Smitten by the hills

Darjeeling at its best – from the snow-clad mountains to the foreign tourists flocking the town

India: Life on the rail tracks

These images by noted photojournalist and writer Angus McDonald are from the book India–s Disappearing Railways. The photos record his journeys across the country over three years

Hello Darj!

Going back to the hills, food, tea, and the streets of this well-known hill station in West Bengal

Places to celebrate the end of the year

Terrace rooms looking onto the lake, tented accommodation in a desert, a plush bungalow in a tea estate and more – pick one of these lovely Indian hotels for a year-end holiday

Spy games, 1879

Sarat Chandra Das, headmaster of the Bhutia Boarding School, immersed himself in Tibetan studies