Rock Garden In Darjeeling

Rock Garden, also known as Barbotey Rock Garden, is a tourist attraction located 10 km from Darjeeling town. The park is constructed around the Chunnu Summer Falls. Ganga Maya Park is another trending eco-friendly tourist spot just below the rock garden, established nearby the Bloomfield Tea Garden.

The surrounding hill with greenery, a stream cascading over rocks along the slope, nicely decorated flowers, plants, and shrubs, well-maintained seating areas, and a small lake make the entire rock garden beautiful.

Rock Garden, Darjeeling

Background

In 1980, Darjeeling tourism was disrupted by political restlessness by the movement of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), demanding Gorkhaland state to separate from West Bengal. With the formation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council (DGAHC) in 1988, the situation started to stabilize.

To boost the tourism industry, the Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department constructed the rock garden, which was inaugurated by the GNLF supremo Subhash Ghising. Since then, the rock garden has been a popular tourist destination among the tourists visiting Darjeeling.

Ganga Maya Park is another tourist attraction nearby the rock garden, constructed during the same period. The park was named after a victim of police firing during the Gorkhaland movement.

entrance to rock garden

Attractions Of Rock Garden

The rock garden has been constructed in multi-levels, keeping the beautiful Chunnu Summer Falls in the middle. From top to bottom, the beautiful waterfall cascades all the way over the rocks. The entire area is created by cutting, shaping, and arranging rocks of various sizes at different levels.

large seating area at Rock Garden, Darjeeling

After entering the garden, you get the first glimpse of the waterfall beside the large seating area. You can get your picture in front of the waterfalls, dip your feet in the water, and sit on the rocks for a while. It will give an enjoyable experience.

path to waterfall

From this point, the pathway is divided into two parts and rises upwards. The right side pathway is directed uphill by the side of the waterfall, followed by some small bridges. You can relax here, enjoy the view with the sound of the waterfalls, and reach a higher viewpoint to watch the magnificent surrounding area.

Chunnu Summer Falls

The left pathway leads to the hill’s other side, away from the waterfall. You will need to climb stairs, ramps, and cross some small bridges to reach the top viewpoint. There are some innovative seating areas and serene gardens to rest and enjoy the view. You will find a short hiking trail that meets the other pathway by the side of Chunnu Summer Falls. From this point, you will get a fantastic view of the entire garden with the waterfalls.

Pathway at Rock Garden

The rock garden in Darjeeling is worth visiting for tourists who prefer to stay out of the crowd and love the garden’s natural beauty, the waterfall with its burbling sound, and the lush greenery all around. The garden is most enjoyable during the best time to visit.

The Ganga Maya Park

If you are visiting Rock Garden, don’t forget to add Ganga Maya park to your itinerary. It is located just further down the Rock Garden at the foothill of the mountains. The park is full of flower gardens and trees, and a natural river stream inside the park also increases its attraction. Sit on the large rock beside the stream, and dip your feet in the water while enjoying the scenic beauty all around.

Small curved bridges are built over the stream to make your walk amusing. Here you can also enjoy boating in the lake surrounded by mountains. During the peak tourist seasons, local cultural programs like Gorkha folk dances are also performed here.

Rock garden top

How To Reach?

To visit the Rock garden, first, you must visit Darjeeling town in West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri is well connected with major cities in India, located just 90 km from Darjeeling. If you prefer a train journey, reach New Jalpaiguri railway station or Siliguri railway station, which directly connects the major cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, etc. Hire a cab from the airport or railway station and reach Darjeeling within 3 hours.

From Darjeeling town, drive along the Hillcart road, and before arriving at Ghum, turn right to reach the garden. With a sharp bend, the road descends rapidly into the valley. The tea gardens and the scenic beauty on both sides of the road make the journey fantastic. You will surely ask your driver to stop your car to take pictures of the beautiful tea gardens and mountain range.

tea garden on the way to rock garden

When you finally reach the rock garden, you will see some food stalls and souvenir shops just outside the park. You can buy tea, coffee, mouthwatering momos, chips, cold drinks, and various snacks here. After crossing these shops, you will see the ticket counter a little further to buy tickets to enter the rock garden.

Timing And Entry Ticket Fee

The rock garden is open for tourists 7 days a week from 8 AM to 6 PM. As the opening days and timings are fixed throughout the week, you can easily adjust your itinerary for the rock garden.

The entry fees are minimal too. Here are the latest entry fees for rock garden and Ganga Maya park-

Destination/ AttractionEntry Fee
Rock garden₹20
Ganga Maya Park₹20
Boating (15 minutes)₹50

Tips To Remember

  • For elderly persons, it can be challenging to reach the top of the Rock Garden, and they should enjoy the park’s beauty from the bottom of the garden.
  • When it rains, the pathway becomes slippery. So wear shoes with a good grip.
  • Please do not throw garbage like a packet of chips, chocolate wrappers, or plastic bottles here and there. Use the designated dustbins placed all around the garden. We should always follow eco-friendly practices to keep the rock garden neat and clean.
  • Darjeeling has another rock garden known as Sir John Anderson Rock Garden, a part of the famous Lloyd’s Botanical Garden. It is smaller and not as magnificent as the other one in this article. So, do not confuse the two.
  • You can add multiple tourist attractions like the Darjeeling Zoo (9.4 Km), Botanical Garden (6.5 Km), Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (9.4 Km), Lepcha Jagat (15 Km), Tinchuley and Lamahatta (28 and 21 Km), Takdah (27.5 Km), and Batasia Loop (5.6 Km) to your itinerary while visiting the rock garden, as they are not far ahead.
bridge at rock garden

Rock Garden At A Glance

PlaceRock Garden
AddressBloomfield Tea Garden, WB 734102, Darjeeling, India
Latitude And Longitude27.0255° N, 88.2381° E
FounderDarjeeling Gorkha Autonomous Hill Council (DGAHC)
Distance From Darjeeling10 Km

Koyeli is a passionate traveler, hiker, and trekker with a tremendous experience in India. Backed by an M.Sc. degree in environmental science, she is a teacher and expert travel blogger focusing on sustainable and eco-friendly tourism practices.

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