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Presidency: Bengal
Coordinates: 27.037559, 88.263044
Altitude: 2,134 m (7,001 ft)
Present Day Details
Place Name: Darjeeling
State/Province: West Bengal
Country: India
Transport links
Darjeeling-Himalayan Railway
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places of interest during the British period

Darjeeling was a hill station in Bengal.

There were military cantonments at Jalapahar (alternative spelling Jellapahar) (established 1848), Darjeeling and at Lebong, situated below Darjeeling about eight miles away. Lebong cantonment was established in 1882 as part of the Jalapahar cantonment, and became a separate cantonment in 1895.[1]There were artillery barracks at Katapahar, above Darjeeling and it appears that this was what was called the Darjeeling cantonment. The term "Darjeeling cantonment" seems at times to have also included Jalapahar, which was a convalescent depot. Senchal was a station five miles from Darjeeling, at an elevation of about 8,600 feet.

Spelling variants

Modern name: Darjeeling
Variants: Darjeeling/Darjiiling/Darjiling/Dorjeling


  • Darjeeling Old Cemetery darjeeling-tourism.com (This cemetery is also known as Hill Cart Road Cemetery or Hooker Road cemetery)
  • Darjeeling New Cemetery. (Singtom Cemetery] Established 1858. In the 1980s this cemetery was in a devastated condition, [2] but subsequently BACSA provided a substantial grant for restoration.[3]
  • The Jewish cemetery. The approximate location is mentioned in the comments by Peter J. Karthak on November 8, 2009 in Rebecca Bragg's article above. No records appear to have survived.
  • Jalahapar Old Cemetery
  • Jalahapar New Cemetery

A BACSA (British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia) cemetery publication is

  • Darjeeling and the Dooars: Christian Cemeteries and Memorials 1842–1995 by Eileen Hewson, 2006. A record of the cemeteries and isolated graves from this corner of India with MIs and biographical notes on the planters and other notable tombs. 93pp, 23 illustrations, and map. See BACSA Books. (BACSA are in the process of putting the indexes to its cemetery books online and these indexes are free to browse. If an indexed name is of interest then application can be made to BACSA for details of the relevant burial inscription - charges apply for this service).
The above publication is now also available as part of a pdf publication Burials In Assam & N.E. India 1793-1974 by Eileen Hewson, from Kabristan Archives.

Churches and Missions

St Andrew's Church, Darjeeling
  • St Columba's Church (Estab 1894) trekearth.com
  • Immaculate Conception Church (Catholic) - (Estab 1848)
  • Sacred Heart Church - (Catholic) - (Estab 1898)

Schools and Colleges

Loretto Convent, Darjeeling
St Joseph's School, Darjeeling

(See also Schools)


Taylor’s Maps of the following Tea Districts, Darjeeling, Terai, Jalpaiguri and Dooars, Darrang, Golaghat, Jorhat Nowgong, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh, Cachar, Sylhet, with complete Index to all Tea Gardens, published 1910

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Historical books online

  • "Darjeeling Town" Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 11, page 178
  • "Jalapahar" Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 14, page 17.
  • "Lebong" Imperial Gazetteer of India, Volume 16, page 158.
  • "Map of Darjeeling" between pages 314 and 315, A Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma, and Ceylon published by John Murray, London Eighth Edition 1911 Archive.org.
  • "Darjeeling -The New Indian Sanitarium" page 261 Parbury's Oriental Herald and Colonial intelligencer Volume Ii, July-December 1838. Google Books
  • "“Bye Laws” and Office Rules at Darjeeling 1st August 1841" page 263 The Bengal and Agra Annual Guide and Gazetteer for 1842 Volume II Google Books
  • "Darjeeling in 1841" by J. D., page 74 Bengal, Past and Present, Journal of the Calcutta Historical Society Volume 44, July-Dec 1932. Archive.org. Digital Library of India Collection.
  • "Darjeeling" page 396 Report of the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Sanitary State of the Army in India : with Abstract of Evidence, and of Reports Received from Indian Military Stations 1864 Archive.org
  • The station of Senchal, five miles from Darjeeling c 1865 is mentioned in " India: Bengal. Report" by C. Macnamara, Medical Officer-in-Charge of the "Chandnie" Hospital, Calcutta, and Surgeon to the Ophthalmic Hospital. Page 89 Reports on the progress of practical and scientific medicine, ed. by H. Dobell, Volume 2‬, 1871 Google Books
  • Bengal District Gazetteers: Darjeeling by L.S.S.O’Malley (reprint 1985/1999, original 1907) is available to download as a searchable pdf file at DSpace at West Bengal State Central Library. Also available as Google Books Preview
1907 edition, Archive.org Digital Library of India Collection.
Newman’s Guide to Darjeeling 1930. Pdf download Pahar- Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset
This book is also available to download as a pdf file from Pahar-Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset
  • Catalogued as History Of The Darjeeling District by E C Dozey 1917, Archive.org, Public Library of India Collection. Full title as for 2nd edition. A chapter on schools commences digital page 99, and a chapter on cemeteries, with details of some burials, commences digital page 140. Note some pages appear to be missing.
A revised 2nd edition, published c 1922 is titled A Concise History of the Darjeeling District since 1835 by E C Dozey Archive.org. The chapter on cemeteries commences page 146. Another file, Archive.org, where images perhaps may be better.
Himalayan Tea Garden by David Wilson Fletcher. Link to a pdf download PAHAR Mountains of Central Asia Digital Dataset. Full title: Himalayan Tea Garden: A Young Family's Adventures on a Tea Plantation Near Darjeeling. Published New York, 1955.
These two publications are possibly the same book, with different titles. Elsewhere, the author was stated to be a Gurkha officer who ran a tea plantation in Darjeeling in 1953.


  1. Dr. Wangyal's Column : Discursive Hills November 2008 mygorkhaland.wordpress.com
  2. Sinclair, James. Destruction of graves Rootsweb India Mailing List, 26 August 1998. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. llewellyn-jones, rosie. Darjeeling Cemetery Rootsweb India Mailing List, 11 February 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2019.