Scenic places in & around Darjeeling
For Photography

Hi, I'm an amateur landscape photographer. I'm planning to visit Darjeeling in this December. After 20th. can you please suggest some nice locations near Darjeeling that i can capture. some not-so-well-known locations. and some places that is not so far from proper Darjeeling. Thank you. A reply to my mail address will be very helpful. Thanks again. 
Debjyoti Dasgupta (December 2014) 
Take a day trip to Mirik and you will get nice landscapes including tea gardens. You can alternatively drive down Peshok road, visit Lamahatta (23kms from Darjeeling, great landscaped garden fringed with pine forest, walk up to the lake) and drive beyond to Lover's Meet View Point on Peshok Road (10 kms from Lamahatta, great views of River Teesta and its confluence with river Rangeet) and return. 
You will need to hire a taxi for this. Within shorter distances, you can visit Happy Valley Tea estate (few minute drive from Chowk Bazaar), or go towards Lebong (Rangeet Valley Tea Estate etc). 
Raj ( May 2013 
Dear Raj, 
Firstly I would just like to say how helpful your website has been. All the advice and information has been highly beneficial to my intended travel. 
I just have a question regarding photography in Darjeeling and if you know of any fees or permits that are required for use of photography in botanic gardens, monasteries, local markets, etc. 
I am travelling to India on a horticultural research project and would require documentation of my visit so would just like to get a rough idea before I confirm any funding. 
Rob Flack (December 2019) 
Hello, there is no fees for photography in local markets and botanical garden although there is a small admission fee (Rs. 20) for Botanical Garden. You can take pictures freely. Several monasteries (for example Bhutia Busti Monastery) do not permit photography inside the main temple although you can photograph freely around the premises. Some take nominal donations of Rs. 10 - 20 per photograph inside the main temple (e.g. Old Ghum Monastery). 
There is no formal process for getting permits for photography in monasteries where it is not allowed. If you can however meet up with the head monk and discuss your intent &árequirements, he may on his own discretion allow you to photograph... I could manage to do that in Bhutia Busti Monastery and I have taken the liberty to publish few of such pictures on my website. 
Raj ( December 2019