Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the north of West Bengal are replete with traditional performing art forms, each unique in its form, content, presentation and musical richness. Home to about 15 indigenous communities, they continue with their traditional culture practices in the picturesque villages of the Eastern Himalayas. These folk traditions are sparkling in the diversity of cultural expressions, indigenous instruments and colourful costumes.
The Snow Lion dance of Tibetan folk artists, Chyabrung dance of Limbu community, Damphoo dance of Tamang community, Naumati Baja of Damai community, Lakhe dance of Newar community, Sakewa dance of Rai community, traditional songs and dances of Mangar, Lepcha, Bhutia and Dhimal community are the integral part of their life and cultural identity.
Plenty of hotels and lodges of various price range is available in Darjeeling.
Hundreds of performing artists from different hill communities like Gurung, Rai, Newar, Kami, Damai, Dhimal, Tamang, Sherpa, Mangar, Tibetian, Khas, Bhutia, Limbu and Lepcha perform their own songs and dances in Darjeeling Kalimpong Folk Festival. The craft stalls showcase traditional handicrafts along with food, dress, publications etc. Lot of tourists visit this festival to celebrate the cultural diversity of the region.