Algarah is a small town located at a distance of 15 km east of Kalimpong in Darjeeling district of
West Bengal, India. It lies at an elevation of 1,780 m (5,840 ft) and has a population of about 3,000. Most of the towns residents are ethnic Gorkhas. Algarah is very much well connected to Kalimpong, Lava, Rishyap, Darjeeling, Delo along with Sikkim and other places of that region. Alragah is also at a distance of 28 kms from Lava. Algarah is famous for the remains of the ancient Damsang Gadi (Damsang Fort). It is said that the Lepcha king Gyabo Achuk had built this fort in 1690 with the help of spirits who brought the big round smooth stones from the Reshi river. And the remnants of the Fort still do exist if accompanied by a guide they will give you a historical tour all through the Damsang Fort. There has been many stories passed from generation to generation about the King Gaybo Achuk it was believed that he used to possess some kind of supernatural powers, there are stories about some hidden treasures guarded by some kind of supernatural forces and also tunnels build by the Lepcha king Gaybo Achuk. Every year on 20 December, the Lepchas from all the adjoining regions (Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Sikkim) come to Damsang Fort to celebrate the birthday of king Gaybo Achuk and to attain some auspicious rituals which is followed from generations to generation by the Lepcha tribes. The surrounding villages of this small town are Paiyung Busty, Santook Menzong, Tenderbong and Dalapchand. People of these villages depend on agriculture, floriculture, milk production, etc. for their living. Tenderbong Busty is very well known for the production of milk. Potato production is a major income source for the people of these villages. Algarah is also known as “New Darjeeling”. The place has a eye view of the snow capped mountains of both Darjeeling and Sikkim Hills. It is very much well connected to the subdivisions of Kalimpong Hills i.e. Lava, Lolegaon, Rishyap, Kolakham and also the road to Silk Route. One can spend a day or two at this small town. The local languages usually used in this region are Hindi, Nepali, Bengali.