Natural History Museum – Darjeeling
If you like to know about the fauna of Darjeeling district and that of the state, don’t miss out on the Bengal Natural History Museum. It’s only a few minutes downhill walk from the Chowrasta Mall. It started as a modest effort way back in 1903 when the then Governor of Bengal initiated creation of a small museum in the Botanical Gardens of Darjeeling.
A small building in the Botanical Garden was constructed at a cost of Rupees 14,000 to display only the butterflies and birds of the area. However it was too small and not good enough for the students and researchers to study the whole bird and animal life in the region. Therefore the present building was constructed in 1915 at a cost of Rupees 55,000 to satisfy such requirement.