Tinchuley is a small mountain village (rather a hamlet) in Darjeeling district and located at an altitude of 5,800ft, and just 3kms above Takdah. The word Tinchuley means Three Ovens (i.e. Tin Chullahs). And such name to the village has been given because of the three prominent hill tops that surround the place and which from far look like ovens or chullahs. Tinchuley faces the Kalimpong hills.
The word Tinchuley means three “chullas” or ovens. Tinchuley is a small village near Darjeeling which has become famous in recent years due to the effort of local people in developing community tourism. The leading effort comes from the Gurung family who have developed the model of homestay to suit their condition.
It\’s a developing tourism place. In fact the organization WWF (World Wide Federation) has been actively assisting some 17 families here to develop a model organic village and promote village tourism.
WWF declared Tinchuley as a model village for its effort in the improvement of environment of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas with active participation from the local people. The people of Tinchuley has undertaken several eco-friendly projects including building of forest nursery, floriculture project, bio-compost manure projects, vermi-compost projects and many other such projects.
On top of it, you are away from the typical crowd of typical hill towns. Tinchuley is a calm and quiet village offering the tranquility and nature which most city dwellers long for. And there are several great attractions, beautiful places and spots nearby.
If you are coming from the West, i.e. places such as Kalimpong, Gangtok or even Siliguri, the road via Teesta Bazar is the shortest. From Teesta Bazar a obscure road with steep ascent will take you to Tinchuley. From Tista Bazar the distance is just 15 kms.
If you are not very comfortable with the steep ascent, you may take the alternative road through Rangli Rangliot Tea Garden and Takdah. This road is specially suitable for anyone coming from Dooars or Siliguri. The road starts from the National Highway 31A at a village named Rambhi, about 12 kms before Tista Bazar. From here Tinchuley is about 27 kms away.
If you are traveling from Darjeeling side, you will drive through Peshok road till 6th Mile. Here take a right turn and follow the wooded road to reach Tinchuley via Takdah cantonment area.