Ramdhura

Ramdhura, North Bengal – Covered by pine forests adored by clouds, Ramdhura offering magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the River Teesta

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Ramdhura is just seven kilometers from Delo, offering magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the River Teesta. Ramdhura is a new found gem of North Bengal. Covered by pine forests adored by clouds and the view of gleaming lights of Kalimpong in the night, make Ramdhura a perfect destination to spend a quiet weekend in the Himalayas. Near to it are the tourist spots like Delo

RamdhuraPedong, Algarah, Icchey Gaon, Sillery Gaon, Kalimpong, Rellikhola, Lava and Loleygaon. At Ramdhura there are two homestays with rooms facing Mt. Kanchenjungha and with facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity and nice home cooked food.

Places to see at Ramdhura: The rooms of the homestay offer spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and Kalimpong hills as well as a bird’s eye view of the meandering Teesta River valley below. A pine forest surrounds Ramdhura, where you can take local short treks. You can also visit the beautiful British-built Jalsa Bungalow of 1930. A trek along the Cinchona plantation and a visit to the Cinchona Godown can be on your cards too. There is a beautifully located Mahadev Dham temple and Hanuman Tok (viewpoint) nearby from where you can catch panoramic views of the mountains and valleys.

Nearby attractions of Ramdhura: While staying at Ramdhura, you can make day trips to the Delo National Park, Algarah Bazar, Rikissum, Icchey Gaon, Sillery Gaon, Pedong, Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap and Kalimpong. A sightseeing trip to Sillery and Icchey Gaon and its surroundings like Ramitey Dara (which has the longest view of River Teesta), Damsang Fort, Valley of Silence, Tinchuley view point would be very rewarding to the guests. Guests can also take a whole day trip of Kalimpong and its surroundings like Durpin Dara Monastery, Rellikhola and the various nurseries of Kalimpong.

Things to do at Ramdhura: You can take a village walk from Ramdhura and watch the everyday activities of the villagers. You can also take a two-hour jungle trek from Ramdhura to Icchey Gaon and finally to Sillery Gaon. This trek through dense forests and Cinchona plantation is one of the most favourite treks of birdwatchers. The homestays at Ramdhura also arranges paragliding from Delo and rafting at River Teesta. Guests can also take part in activities like rock-climbing and riverbed hiking in Relli.

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Best time to visit Ramdhura: You can visit Ramdhura anytime of the year. The sparkling weather during winters is the best time for witnessing a spectacular sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. In summers, if you want to beat the heat of the plains, then you can visit Ramdhura for its pleasant cool weather. The monsoons are best for watching the clouds float across your room.

How to go ?

You can take any bus or hire a car from NJP, Bagdogra or Siliguri to Kalimpong and from Kalimpong you have to take the pick-up service of Ramdhura homestay. Ramdhura is around 15 kms from Kalimpong. Ramdhura homestay also arranges pick-up services from NJP, Bagdogra, Siliguri and Rangpo.

Where to stay ?

The homestays are located on the edge of the mountains overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. The homestays in Ramdhura are well equipped with electricity, comfy beds, hot water and attached western bathrooms. The breakfast table in the open-air terrace overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta is a great place to spend your early morning. The home stays arrange trek guides for the guests and cars for sightseeing trips too. There are also car parking facilities here. The food is essentially Indian and home cooked and the ingredients are mostly locally sourced and fresh.

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Sitong

Sitong, North Bengal – A quaint destination which lies in the Darjeeling Himalayan foothills is still an unexplored treasure trove

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Sitong, a quaint destination which lies in the Darjeeling Himalayan foothills is still an unexplored treasure trove. This small scenic Lepcha village lies in a valley intersected by a rivulet (Khola) and emboldened by the lush green hills. There is a garden with orange trees in every house of Sitong. The whole village turns orange during the winter. The main attractions of Sitong are a bamboo bridge, a church, some winding village paths skirting through orange orchards and few streams and a rivulet, which the inhabitants lovingly call Riyang River.

SitongPlaces to see at Sitong: You can visit the local church. Previously, there used to be a 100-year old Bamboo church here but now a new building has come up. There is a Bamboo Bridge, which you would love to see jiggles when someone crosses. When you are in Sitong, there is one thing you cannot miss doing – “Enjoying Oranges.” When the oranges bloom, the whole village is covered in a hue of orange. You can also spend time walking all around the village along the farms or sit idle on the banks of Riyang river and watch the Lepcha kids returning home. In Sitong, you would love doing “nothing.”

Nearby attractions of Sitong: The house of Rabindranath Tagore at Mongpo is just 20 kms away and Latpanchar – the highest point in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is 13 kms from Sitong. Latpanchar is also known for being the home to the Himalayan Salamander and numerous species of birds and butterflies. Other tourist destinations like Kurseong, Dilaram, Bagora are all within 20 kms of Sitong.  Chatakpur, the picture-perfect village within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is also within 30 kms of Sitong.

Things to do at Sitong: Enjoy long nature walks along the villages and peep into the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas, eat as many oranges as possible and visit the church to find some solace. You can enjoy a dip in the Riyang River and do some bird watching and butterfly watching too. You can also avail some light treks to the nearby Labda village and few nearby spots with a local guide.

Best time to visit Sitong: November, December and January is the best time to see oranges is Sitong. The orange harvest takes place during late December and early January. As Sitong is located around 4000 feet above sea level so it is also a nice place to beat the heat during the according summers. The rivers and streams get filled after the rains and the lush greenery is something not to be missed during the monsoons in Sitong.

How to go ?

There are three routes to reach Sitong. The shortest route (55 kms) is through Siliguri – Sevoke – Kalijhora and Latpanchar. The second route (78 kms) passes through Siliguri – Rambhi and Mongpoo. The third route (75 kms) is through Kurseong – Dilaram – Bagora and Ghareytar. The last leg of the journey to Sitong (last 15 kms) is quite steep.

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Where to stay ?

The newly built three-storey guesthouse of Sitong church located on a hilltop has been modified with all modern facilities for the guests. There are nine double bedded rooms with attached western bathrooms, solar power and 24 hrs warm water. The lobby has a fireplace where you can get along with your family enjoying a cozy evening. Organic vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served in the Guest house’s Dining hall.

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Takdah Forest Bungalow

Takdah, North Bengal – 27 km from Darjeeling, here you can enjoy a stroll in the cedar & pine forests & stay at local orchid garden

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Takdah is located in the Runglee Rungliot area of the Darjeeling District. It lies in the heart of the mountains and is just 27 km from the main city of Darjeeling. It is located at an altitude of 4000 feet. Here you can enjoy a stroll in the cedar and pine forests, and halt at a local orchid garden. You must drop at some of the famous heritage British bungalows and watch the local women pick tea leaves from the vast stretches of tea gardens. Takdah also called Tukdah was a British Cantonment area and you can still sees the fragments of the British Raaj in the bungalows and gardens of Takdah. In Takdah, you can stay at a heritage bungalow built in 1908 decorated with modern amenities for the tourists who want to make the days of the Raj alive once again.

Places to see at Takdah: There is a religious monastery or gumpha, (Dechhen Pema Tshoiling Monastery) centrally located in Takdah, just beside the caves of Mata Durga. This monastery and the caves were looked after by Rev. Lama Karma Gyaltchen (Bal Takdah Forest BungalowMe Me) till 1st May 2007. Other than these, there are the British Bungalows (locally known as Kothis) built mostly between 1905 and 1915. The most famous Colonial Bungalows of Takdah are the clubhouse, forest bungalow, Shikharini, Rani Kothi (presently a church), Att Number Kothi and the famous Sonpur Palace now in ruins. Some of the colonial bungalows have also been taken up by local schools like Green Shields and GriffithHigh School. There are around 12 colonial bungalows in Takdah. Flooded in colonial charm, Takdah is surrounded by larges stretches of pine forests and tea gardens like Runglee Rungliot, Takdah Tea Estate, Gielle, Teesta Valley and Namring. The Orchid Centre, Dokan Dara (local market) and the Durpin View Point are some other destinations where you can visit during your stay. Another interesting nearby place to visit is the 100 year old suspension bridge called Barbatey Bridge.

Nearby attractions of Takdah: The little village of Tinchuley, which enjoys some of the most beautiful views of Mt.Kanchenjungha is only 4 kms from the heart of Takdah. The famous orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa are around 12 kms away and the mesmeric views from Peshoke Tea Garden view point is 14 kms away. The newly – discovered Lamahatta village, which has great views of Kanchenjungha is around 12 kms away. You can visit the nearby destinations of Kalimpong (40 km) and Darjeeling around 27 kms away.

Things to do at Takdah: Doing nothing is what you should do when you are in Takdah. Going for sightseeing, taking a nature walk around the local villages and pine forests and enjoying a picnic in the lawns of the colonial bungalows are few other things you may like doing in Takdah. For tourists who have never seen a weekly village market, they will get to see this on Thursdays, when locals from nearby villages turn up to shop at Dokan Dara in Takdah. You can also see the collection of uncommon Himalayan orchids in the orchid centre of this cantonment town. A visit to the local Chagporti Tibetan Medical Institute can also be rewarding for all those interested in local culture. An early morning visit to nearby Durpin Dara viewpoint to witness the sunrise and Mt.Kanchenjungha in a cascading hue of gold with the river valley below can be the “moment” of your life.

Best time to visit Takdah: Takdah can be visited anytime of the year. The summers and the welcoming monsoons shroud the valleys and tea gardens of Takdah with lush greenery. The winter sunshine, the chill and sparkling weather in other times of the year makes it an ideal destination to escape the heat of the plains.

How to go ?

Takdah is very near to Darjeeling and you would get regular shared cars and buses from Darjeeling to Takdah. You can also avail shared cars from Ghoom to Takdah. Takdah is around 70 kms from Siliguri and you can also hire cars directly from Siliguri, NJP or Bagdogra.

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Where to stay ?

In Takdah, you can stay in a heritage British bungalow built in 1908. The present owners have restored its old glory and renovated it with some modern amenities like hot water geysers and western bathrooms. Run by a retired teacher and his wife, this bungalow has a lawn with a pair of fountains, a colonial verandah overlooking the plains and valleys and off course the quintessential fireplace to keep you warm during the evenings and help you to break a conversation with your hosts and fellow travellers. But a British Bungalow is not complete without a dog and so you have a nice gentle dog guarding the premises of this bungalow that is fortunate enough to get a new name every time a new guest arrives. Food is essentially home cooked delicious Indian cuisine served hot and fresh. The host can also serve English breakfasts and continental dishes. Lastly, the view of rising sun from the bedroom of this bungalow is unforgettable. For reservation purpose you can visit www.takdah.com

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gour

Gour, North Bengal – If you love history then the city of Gour is your ideal holiday destination

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If you love history, then the city of Gour, is your ideal holiday destination. This place fully which is fully soaked in history is located near the west bank of River Ganges. It is around 40 km. downstream from Rajmahal, in the district of Malda of West Bengal. The location is marked with a number of archaeological sites and historical places, and admired with splendid architectures. Though most of the architectural splendours are dilapidated, yet the city of Gour holds some aura, which attracts tourists from far and near.

Places to see at Gour: This tourist spot Gour is a witness to some age-old architectural treasures, which enhance the historical value of the site. Gour is famous for housing an ancient fort on the bank of the River Bhagirathi, where you can only view the ruins of the fort. However, the sight of the main entrance of the fort, the Dakhil Darwaza, admired with five-storied towers built in its four corners is truly amazing. It was built with red bricks, decorated with motifs of rosettes, suns, lamps etc. The south eastern corner of the fort is adorned with the Biasgazi wall, boasting a towering height of 22 yards. You will also admire the extensive Lukochuri Darwaza or the Royal Eastern Gate, built in Mughal style in the year 1655 by Shah Shuja. A domed squared building, known as Kadam Rasul, housing the footprint of The Prophet is also found within the fort area.

Make a visit to the Tantipara Mosque, located near the fort. The mosque features five entrances and is highly decorated with red coloured bricks. Another site of tourist interest is Lattan, gracefully structured with colourful bands of green, blue, white and yellow glazed tiles. You will also be attracted to the beautifully built Firuz Minar, symbolizing the victory of Firuz Shah. The Bada Sona Masjid admired with 44 domes also offers a visual treat. You can spot the Madan Mohan Jiu Mandir in Ramkeli, located nearby the Bada Sona Masjid, frequently visited by the devotees of Sri Chaitanya.

Nearby attractions around Gour: You can highly organize a tour to the old city of Malda, located at the confluence of two rivers. Visit the Mala town located 4 km. away from the Old Malda. The major attractions of the Old Malda city are the Nimasari Tower and The Jami Masjid. The region also features some marshy tracts called bhils, which attracts wild fowl like the Siberian goose.

Things to do at Gour: Explore the city of Gour admired with a number of significant historical places and archaeological sites. You can also enjoy a trail along the forest, encircling the entire region.

Best time to visit Gour: You can visit Gour any time of the year.

How to go ?

Gour is directly accessible from Malda by both roadway and railways. Moreover, direct flights are also available from Kolkata to Malda.

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Where to stay ?

Though the site features some hotels, you can find out some decent accommodation and dining facilities offered by the guest houses and hotels located in Malda. The state tourism department also runs a guest house in Malda. For booking details you may contact:
WBTDC, Tourist Centre ,
BBD Bug (East), Kolkata – 700001
Phone Number – (033)-2219591, 5178
You can also stay at the
Circuit House. Write/Fax to District Magistrate,Malda at (03512)-253092 , (03512)-253049.
Or  Call at: (03512)-252330
For further details you may visit the link: www.wbtourism.gov.in

There are also many private hotels. Some options are:
Hotel Continental
(03512)-220388
Hotel Meghdoot
(03512)-266216

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

 

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Sillery_Gaon

Sillery Gaon, North Bengal – A ideal Himalayan village for escaping in the romantic world

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Sillery Gaon is a Himalayan village that rests at an altitude of 6000 ft. and is an idyllic for escaping in the romantic world. Only 25 families reside in this landscaped destination. This heavenly place offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and its related peaks. The place creates an ambiance of tranquillity. The only interruption is caused by the chirping of birds. The pine trees that adorn this serene village are nowadays being lovingly called New Darjeeling nowadays. Sillery Gaon is 96 km from New Jalpaiguri via Kalimpong.

Places to see at Sillery Gaon: Tin Chuley is a wonderful hilltop near Sillery Gaon, providing a 360 degree view of the legendary Himalayas, the towns of Sikkim, Jeep La and Nathula. The place is accessible by car or you can also trek to Tin Chuley. Another amazing spot of the location is Ramitey, a well-known view point, offering an extensive view of River Teesta with around 14 turns along with the majestic Kanchenjunga range.

You can also pay a visit to Damsang Fort, located 4 km. away from the Sillery Gaon. This fort locally was constructed in 1690 by the Lepchas. However, it was invaded by the British after the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864. The ruins of the fort only exist now. You can conclude your day tour by enjoying the exquisite beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forest area with grassy land, offering the ultimate serenity.

Nearby attractions of Sillery Gaon: Sillery Gaon is surrounded by Pedong, Reshi and Aritar. A major attraction of tourists visiting Sillery Gaon is Sangchen Dorjee Monastery near Pedong. This 300-year-old monastery was built during the reign of Bhutanese in Pedong. The old section of the monastery is admired with some exquisite wall paintings depicting Tantrik Buddhism. The major attraction of the new section is the mummified body of a most revered Bhutanese priest. The annual “Chyam” dance is also held at this place in April-May.

You should also visit Cross Hill near Pedong, built by Fr. Augstine Desgodins in 1882. It stands grandly, overlooking Jelep-La and Nathula and is considered as a place of Pilgrimage for the local Christian Community. Another “must visit” location is the ShahidPark located 2 km from Pedong bazaar. A memorial stone has been laid at the park to commemorate the memory of a local young soldier of Indian army, Let Palender Raj who sacrificed his life at Thangdhar J & K sector (Kargil War). The park offers clear view of Sikkim on the opposite side.

A visit to the Rikisum, a majestic viewpoint on the way from Algarah to Lava is also rewarding. You would also appreciate the natural splendor of Kashyone village, located 8 km from Pedong bazaar. Relish the majestic view of the union of Rongpo Khola and Teesta River, behind this village. The village is dotted with Cinchona plantation. Walk a little ahead to visit Ranibon that has been declared as a preserved forest. You will also find a 300-year old Lepcha house here, which is the sole specimen of the rich Lepcha craft works.

Many tourists also make trip to Reshi Bridge and Reshi Khola, located 15 km from Pedong Bazaar. Rishi and Mudum Khola merge to form Rishi Khola just before the bridge. The place nurtures a romantic natural atmosphere. The Aritar Lake or Lampokhri is an amazing eco tourism spot, located 16 km from RishiBridge in East Sikkim. The top point here, popularly known as Mankhim offers a spectacular view of Mt.Kanchenjungha on the southwest and Jelep La and Nathu La towards the north-east. Another major viewpoint at Aritar is Love Dara.

Things to do at Sillery Gaon: You can enjoy boating at the Aritar Lake (Lampokhri) or step down the Reshi Bridge to join the adventure camping site, where fishing and camping is arranged for the tourists. Make short treks to various sightseeing points around Sillery Gaon like Tinchuley, Ramitey and Damsang Fort. The place is also a heaven for the bird lovers. You can also enjoy nature walk around the picturesque landscape of the village. However, the best thing to do is to sit idle and watch the mighty Kanchenjungha changing colours.

Best time to visit Sillery Gaon: The place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season. In the winters, you would get an excellent view of the entire range of Mt.Kanchenjungha.

How to go ?

You need to drive for about 30 minutes to reach Sillery Gaon from Pedong.  From New Jalpaiguri Railway station or BagdograAirport, you can hire a car to reach Pedong via Teesta Bazar and Alagarh. Alternatively, you can also take shared cars or buses to Kalimpong and catch shared taxis to Pedong.

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Where to stay ?

Decent home stay is offered in Sillery Gaon, which comes with furnished rooms, an attached Western bath and basic necessities like electricity, hot water, transport arrangement facilities and guides for local treks. Sillery Gaon is a very small village and the homestay facility overlooks the village, the forests and Kanchenjungha. Food here is essentially home cooked and completely fresh. Some options are:

Sillery Heaven Valley Home Stay :  +91-9933390937 / 9635052623
Thapa Home Stay :  +91 9365005410
Renu Home Stay :  +91 9800486608
Phumpa Home Stay : +91 9933167214

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Reshikhola

Reshikhola, North Bengal – A picturesque scenic landscape & a relaxing retreat from the frantic city life

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Reshi Khola, is a new riverside tourist destination nestled in the Kalimpong sub division that serves as a relaxing retreat from the frantic city life. The location is named after the Reshi River (Khola in Nepali means a small stream). The destination is slowly gaining popularity among the tourists for its unique location and picturesque scenic landscape. In geographical terms Reshi Khola marks the division between the states of West Bengal and Sikkim. Moreover, it is also the perfect halt for the tourists travelling to “The Silk Route” tour as Reshi is an ideal camping ground and picnic spot.

Places to see at Reshi Khola: Reshi is a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is located in the mid of emerald dense forest and tall grasses beside the gurgling Reshi River, the place truly offers the true essence of nature. You will enjoy the sports like angling and even take a bath in the Reshi river. You can even have your dinner and enjoy a good night’s sleep beside it. The Reshi River in the moonlit night under the starry sky looks like a silver necklace lying on a green carpet. You would really love your first date with the Reshi River at Reshi Khola.

Nearby attractions of Reshi Khola: Reshi, one of the pristine hill stations nestled in the Darjeeling District is located at a distance of 37 km from Kalimpong. However, Reshi is also recognized as the stopover for your journey to Silk Route in India. From Reshi, you can organize trips to neighbouring areas like Pedong, Kupup, Aritar and Zuluk. Adventure loving tourists can also experience a trek to Menmecho Lake.

Things to do at Reshi Khola: Reshi is an amazing location for enjoying a number of fun filled activities. In day time, you can try your hand in angling and relish your catch, fried deeply as evening snacks. If you nurture an adventurous bent of mind then experience a short stay in the pitched tents. Tourists who are fond of trekking can go for rock climbing and light treks. Moreover, bathing in the crystal clear water of River Reshi is a pleasurable experience. You will also find some exotic species of birds in the location. Tourists also organize picnics at the riverside.

Best time to visit Reshi Khola: Reshi Khola welcomes guests throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season, as the roads do not stay in proper conditions.

Reshikhola-accomodationHow to go ?

Reshi is nestled on the bank of Reshi Khola, a small stream flowing through the border of West Bengal and Sikkim. Reshi Khola is located at a distance of 105 km from Siliguri and 37 km from Kalimpong. You can avail rented cars from both these places to reach the destination. Pedong is also nearby. Reshi Khola is also easily accessible from Algarah (21 km) and Aritar (26 km).

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Where to stay ?

Reshi does not provide too much accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Reshi Khola Ecotourism Resort
+91 9932 7444 07, +91 9932 6801 70, +91 9002 7742 20

The Reshi Retreat
 9832372070, 9641191669

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Mekhliganj Tea Resort

Mekhliganj Tea Resort, North Bengal – A luxury resort within a lush tea estate

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Mekhliganj is a luxury resort that is located within a lush tea estate and with a river along the tea estate. Enjoy a splendid view of lush greenery of tea garden and farmland from this tea resort. It is located between the winding Saniajaan River and the tea estate. The Tin Bigha Border Crossing is just a stone’s throw from the Resort from where the ceremonial Border closing of India and Bangladesh is visible every evening. Take a stroll along the tea estate or spend some idle time at the lonely banks of River Saniajaan, and a tea-factory located nearby you can also take a dip in the resort’s swimming pool.

Mekhliganj Tea ResortPlaces to see at Mekhliganj: A profusely green tea estate, the Saniajaan River skirting across the villages and rice fields, a scattered jungle, River Teesta and the Tin Bigha Border Checkpost – all are located nearby. The ceremonial border closing between India and Bangladesh at nearby Tin Bigha Border Checkpost is one of the best attractions here. The Tin Bigha Corridor is a piece of land belonging to India on the West Bengal–Bangladesh border, which in September, 2011, was leased to Bangladesh so that it can access its Dahagram–Angarpota enclaves.

Nearby attractions of Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is quite far from any popular tourist destination. This makes Mekhliganj an ideal place to spend a few days in bliss within a tea estate far from the madding crowd. Moreover, Mekhliganj is becoming popular as a destination where tourists can wind up their hectic Dooars Itinerary and spend the last couple of days of their Dooars trip in nature’s cradle enjoying all earthly comforts. Mekhliganj is around 55 kms from Gorumara National Forest, around 105 kms from Jaldapara National Forest, 90 kms from Gorubathan and 82 kms from Cooch Behar. If you are planning a trip to Dooars this year, then try to keep Mekhliganj Tea Resort in the last leg of your itinerary.

Things to do at Mekhliganj: If you are planning to spend few days doing nothing, then Mekhliganj can be your ideal choice. You can take a nature walk along the bank of Saniajaan River or within the tea estate. You can see tea plucking and even try yourself to pluck a few leaves in the tea garden. Make a visit to some local villages to enjoy a true flavour of their ethnic  lifestyle or the charming River Teesta. Another major attraction is the Tin Bigha International Border Checkpost just a kilometer from the resort. You can witness the ceremonial Border closing at Tin Bigha Corridor between India and Bangladesh every evening.

Best time to visit Mekhliganj: You can visit Mekhliganj anytime of the year. The rivers and greenery bloom during the rainy season and the sparkling winter brings a whole lot of birds here.

How to go ?

Mekhliganj is 86 kms from Siliguri, 98 kms from Hasimara and 105 kms from Alipurduar. So you can reach Mekhliganj from anywhere in the Dooars region. Geographically Mekliganj is located in Cooch Behar District.

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Where to stay ?

There is a tea-eco-resort in Mekhliganj. For booking details you may contact:
G.B.C Enterprise Limited 
4, B.B.D. Bag (East), Stephen House,
6th Floor, Room No. – 106,
Kolkata – 700 001
Ph. No. (033) 2231 0370, 71, 73
Fax: (033) 2231 0372

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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tiyabon-resort

Tiya Bon, North Bengal – Located in the middle of tea gardens and forests

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Located near the Khariar Bander Forest, Tiya Bon is 63 kilometers from Siliguri. This place is located in the mid of tea gardens and forests. This destination is idyllic for both the adventurous and nature lovers. The Tiya Bon Resort extends for an area of 2.33 acres and offers the spectacular views of the surrounding forests and gorgeous hills. Tiya Bon provides with the combined essence of wild Dooars and Gorumara Forest. Besides Tiya Bon also shares close proximity to Chapramari, Khunia, Gajol Doba, Sakham and hill stations like Samsing, Suntaleykhola, Jhalong and Bindu.

Places to see around Tiya Bon: The Gorumara National Park is located near to Tiya Bon in the Dooars region, in the district of Jalpaiguri. In 1949, this small forest area was declared a wildlife sanctuary and in 1994, it was proclaimed a National Park.  The National Park spans an area of 79.99 square kilometers and houses a variety of flora and fauna. It is also famous for being the home to the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the Indian Bison.

tiyabon-resortNearby attractions of Tiya Bon: The other famous forests that can be visited from Tiya Bon are Chapramari forest and Jaldapara Sanctuary. The Chapramari forest is situated near National Highway 31 and can be easily reached by crossing the river Teesta and following the route that leads to Dooars. The Jaldapara Sanctuary is also situated near National Highway 31 and is at a distance of 80 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The other forested areas located nearby are Khunia and Sakham. The birding site of Gajol Doba, which is famous for the annual visit of migratory birds is also located nearby.

You can also visit a number of hill stations from Tiya Bon such as Jhalong, Samsing and Toto Para. The hamlet of Jhalong is situated at a distance of around 47 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The valley, Bindu is on the banks of Jaldhaka River and is encircled with the hills of India and Bhutan. Samsing is located at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Tiya Bon and the route offers the most picturesque landscape. The journey takes around 30 minutes, by car. The small village of Toto Para is located on the banks of TorshaRiver, near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhutan border. The place is famous for housing the slowly disappearing ‘Toto’ tribe. Besides this tribe, Dooars also houses several other tribes.

Things to do at Tiya Bon: You can opt for a variety of adventure activities such as rock-climbing, trekking, tree climbing and angling in nearby areas of Tiya Bon. You can also visit the nearby craft villages or tea gardens to see the tea production process or can opt for jungle safaris at the nearby forests.

Best time to visit Tiya Bon: Though the resort can be visited throughout the year, it is better to avoid the rainy season if you want to visit the forests.

How to go ?

Tiya Bon is located in Chalsa on NH31. You have to cross Mal tourist Lodge and reach Chalsa. Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. Tiya Bon is around 70 kms from Siliguri.

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Where to stay ?

The Tiya Bon Resort provides excellent accommodation and dining facilities in wooden cottages to the tourists at very reasonable rates. There are Deluxe Rooms, Ethnic Standard Rooms and Six Bed Huts at Tiya Bon Resort, which arranges activities like trekking, rock climbing, angling, tree climbing and rope traversing for its guests.  From Tiya Bon Resort, you can enjoy jungle safari at GorumaraNational Park, Chapramari and other nearby forests. Visits to tea factories in tea gardens and nearby crafts villages can also be arranged by Tiya Bon Resort. For booking details you may contact:

Tiya Bon Resort
9831018135, 9432647740
Website : www.tiyabonresort.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Samsing

Samsing, North Bengal – The heart touching landscape with hills, forests, river & the green tea gardens

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Samsing, located at an altitude of 3000 ft. has a lot to offer its visitors. The heart touching landscape, hills, forests, the meandering river and the profusely green tea garden makes the place an ideal destination for spending some time in isolation. Samsing is still unexplored for the purpose of commercialization; and hence the purity of the place is still alive. Samsing is also the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park, located at a distance of 18 km.

SamsingPlaces to see at Samsing: The sleepy and pristine village of Khasmahal in Samsing is truly is full of orange orchards and you could see that the whole village is covered in an orange hue, while visiting in season. Just after crossing the Khasmahal village, you will get the very first view of the Murti River in Samsing. The scenic beauty of this emerald green stream is truly fascinating. Moreover, the stunning view of the tea gardens and forested areas covering major parts of Samsing is also captures the heart.

Nearby attractions around Samsing: Samsing boasting of its picturesque beauty is mostly admired by the nature lovers. The place is also surrounded by a number of pristine destinations within 5 to 7 km of distance. One of the most preferred locations of the tourists near Samsing is Suntaleykhola (Suntaley means oranges and Khola means stream), located at a distance of 5 km. from the destination. Suntaleykhola is also the starting point of various trek routes. Listen to the eternal tunes of water of the winding Murti River while exploring the bank of Suntaleykhola. The Neora Valley National Park lies in close proximity to this place.

Next to Suntaleykhola, most tourists you can visit the serene village of Faribasti. From the top of Faribasti, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Dooars region. The village with around 30 households is very well-maintained and clean.

Another popular tourist spot is the ‘Rocky Island,’ cradled on the bank of River Murti. This charming location is about 2 km from Samsing. The RockyIsland is completely downhill, where you can take the pleasure of the stunning view of the MurtiRiver. The terraced fields on the either side of the river will make you spellbound. You can continue your journey further downhill, where the vegetation will gradually change to thick bamboo groves. Cross the Murti River to explore the quaint villages of ‘Tinkatari’, ‘Bhalukhop’, located within few kilometer.

Things to do at Samsing: Murti River is a special attraction for everyone visiting Samsing. You can spend hours just by sitting near the river, savoring the exquisite beauty of the place. Bathing in the river is also a favourite activity of the tourists. You can also organize picnic on the riverbank of Murti. Moreover, a number of trek routes also originate from Suntaleykhola, which is another village near Samsing. Tourists nurturing an interest in trekking can opt for a steep ride to ‘Tree Fern Point’ and ‘Mo’ or ‘Mo Chaki’ for savoring the spectacular view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other.

The most exciting trek leads to the unexplored wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. However, prior permission is required to organize this trek. Again, Samsing is a great place for the avid bird watchers. The sound of the sweet chirping of the colorful birds in this scenic picturesque landscape is truly refreshing. Some of the most notable species of birds are Grey Nightjar, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Maroon Oriole, Greychinned and Short-billed Minivets, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Slaty-backed Forktail, Sultan Tit, Ashy Bulbul, Yellow-vented, Golden-spectacled and Chestnut crowned Warblers and black-chinned Yuhinas. The forest trails of Samsing are also great for enjoying a nature walk.

Best time to visit Samsing: Samsing welcomes tourists throughout the year.

How to go ?

Samsing is located at a distance of 82 km. from Siliguri and it takes around 3 hours to reach from Siliguri. The journey to Samsing is truly admirable, as you gradually drive uphill through the scenic Dooars tea garden on the rolling hilly slopes. However, it is better for tourists from Kolkata to get down at New Mall Junction which is only 19 kms from Samsing. Cars can be hired from New Mall Junction for Samsing.

Where to stay ?

SamsingSamsing has very limited accommodation. Other than Government owned Forest Department cottages there is only one private deluxe accommodation in Samsing named Tempula Inn. To book the Government owned cottages you may contact:

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060, 2237-0061, 2225-8549.
Official website: www.wbfdc.com.

For booking Tempchula Inn you may contact: +91 03562-200324

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rangbang

Rangbang, North Bengal – Land of Orange orchards, white mountains & endless tea gardens

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Long for a placid and relaxing atmosphere within orange orchards overlooking blue hills, white mountains and endless tea gardens? Then you must visit Rangbang. This is an ideal place to stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life for some days and also near to one of the most popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling Hills – Mirik. The curving village paths through tea gardens, horse rides along-with the long hikes, the chirps of unknown birds, the frisking small streams and mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha make Rangbang a heavenly haven for nature lovers.

RangbangPlaces to see in Rangbang: The joyful Rangbang River passes through the hills, tea gardens, orange orchards and villages at Rangbang. You can trek or take horse ride from the Rangbang homestay and follow this beautiful river along its shores as long as you like. You can visit a naturally formed Rock Garden with some strange formations at Rangbang. A visit to Murmah Tea Garden would be a nice experience too.

You can also take a stroll or a horse ride to the Thurbo Tea Garden and rejuvenate yourself with the majestic views of the blue hills of “Nagari” and “Mangarjung.” At Rangbang, there is a Roman Catholic chapel run by the Selesian fathers and there is a Buddhist monastery and a Kabir Panth Math too. There is a nearby Lepcha Gaon, where you can still see the traditional village lifestyle of the Lepchas. You can also visit the Tin Tangay Waterfalls located nearby.

Nearby attractions of Rangbang: The beautiful SumenduLake (popularly known as Mirik Lake) surrounded by forests with views of Mt.Kanchenjungha is the most popular attraction of Rangbang. All the attractions in and around Mirik like the temple of Shri Mangal Dham, Devi Sthan and the view points like Rai Dhap are all located within 4 kms of Rangbhang. The Ramitay Dara viewpoint offers the stunning views of mountains and the plains below and the Sunrise Point offers the magnificent sights of the sun rising over miles of tea gardens, orange orchards and Mountains are located nearby. The Bokar Monastery located on the way to Rameetay Dara, Jayanti Nagar, Pashupati Nagar, the Mirik Church and the Swiss Cottage are some of the places of attractions located very close to the Rangbang. Nearby tourist towns like Kurseong and Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. On the way to Darjeeling from Rangbang, you can also check out lesser-known destinations like Bunkulung, Jorepokhri, Sukhiapokhri and Lepchajagat.

Things to do at Rangbang: There are no motorable roads in Rangbang connecting the village houses but cobbled footpaths that would remind you of fairy tales. So, morning and evening strolls would be ideal around Rangbang. You can go to the Mirik heliport in the early mornings to see the sunrise over Mt.Kanchenjungha. You can spend your evenings around the fireside hearing the forgotten stories of the demons and kings of the Himalayas from the locals. You can also enjoy Nepali folk music and dance. You can take pony rides to nearby tea gardens, arrange picnics on the shores of Rangbang River and visit the Rock Gardens to enjoy a beautiful view of the sparkling waters of Balason River and the endless stretches of paddy fields.

You can also spend a lazy day just reading your favourite novel at Rangbang or trek through the mountains and orchards along with a guide. Another special feature of Rangbang is the integration of different communities. There are Lepchas, Gurungs, Tamangs, Rais and Limboos. They have their own dialects and their own unique culture, food and lifestyle. One can experience village life in all its fullness.

Best time to visit Rangbang: You can escape the heat of the plains in summer and the winters are best for the oranges and beautiful sunrise.

How to go ?

Rangbang is only 3 kms from Mirik and can be reached by cars. Regular buses and taxis connect Mirik to Darjeeling, Kurseong, New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. If you are traveling by air, you have to reach Bagdogra Airport, situated very close to Siliguri. From the airport, you can board a taxi or a bus to reach Mirik. From Mirik you can hire a local car to Rangbang. You would also get cars from New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Darjeeling or Kurseong to Rangbang.  By rail also, you need to get down at New Jalpaiguri station from where, taxis and buses leave for Mirik and Rangbang. It takes around 1.5 hrs to reach Rangbang from Siliguri.
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Where to stay ?

The Rangbang Homestay is a good option. For booking details you may contact: +91 09832913617. There are also many hotels and lodges in Mirik.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Latpanchar

Latpanchar, North Bengal – A mirror of magnificient natural beauty covered with forests

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A mirror of magnificent natural beauty covered with forests and Cinchona Plantation, that’s Latpanchar. This place is the highest point in the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary with excellent views of Teesta River, deep gorges and greenery all around. The Latpancharplace is not troubled by pollution and damaged by human activities. The dark, deep forest makes the place more mysterious. The fragrance of the flowers fills the air all the time. The major attractions here are treks through Mahananda WLS, visit to sunrise point just 3 kms away and discovering the natural habitat of the endangered Himalayan Salamander.

Places to see at Latpanchar: Among the many villages covered with lush and luxurious greenery Latkothi, Namthing Pokhri, Mana Hills, Ahal View Point is worth a visit. Latkothi that was once a British residence is now a Forest Department bungalow. The house is surrounded by the vast stretch of Cinchona plantation that the British set up in 1920. The old bungalow is no more and it has been replaced by a new bungalow.

Places to see at Latpanchar: Among the many villages covered with lush and luxurious greenery Latkothi, Namthing Pokhri, Mana Hills, Ahal View Point is worth a visit. Latkothi which is now a Forest Department bungalow is surrounded by the vast Latpanchar-cinconastretch of Cinchona plantation that the British set up in 1920. The old bungalow is no more and it has been replaced by a new bungalow.

The way to the cinchona field is lined with sal, pine and teak trees. The way is suitable for a gentle morning walk. The surrounding remains sonorous with the chirp of birds at daybreak. Namthing Pokhri, which is a small lake, is one of the last natural habitats of the famous Himalayan Salamanders and if you are lucky enough you can catch a glimpse of this endangered animal. There is a 150-year old Buddhist monastery near this Pokhri and a view point which has excellent views of Mt.Kanchenjungha.

There is a Lord Shiva temple at the peak of Raja Rani Hill. Locals visit the temple to offer flowers at the obedience of the Lord. Ahal View Point that is locally called Sansaridara View Point is an obsession of Latpanchar with tourists. On a sunny day, from Ahal you can drink to the gripping glimpse of Mt.Kanchenjunga, Dooars, Terai plains and the Teesta River.

Latpanchar-orangeNearby Attractions of Latpanchar: At Mongpoo, you would find the famous house of Rabindranath Tagore just 35 kms via Sitong and 45 kms via Rambhi. Sitong is another nearby village of Latpanchar, which is famous for its orange orchards and natural extravaganza. You can continue further to Chatakpur near Sonada and further to Kurseong. After coming down to Sevoke, you can visit another nice destination called Mongpo.

Things to do at Latpanchar: A track through pine forests and Cinchona Plantation leads to a lake, Namthing Pokhri that is the natural abode of Himalayan Salamanders. Guests can take an early morning car ride to this lake just 3 kms away and visit the view point to catch a stunning sunrise and Mt.Kanchenjungha. Bird watching and jungle trekking is the most favourite activity at Latpanchar and nearby Mana Hills is a favourite retreat of the bird lovers. The entire region teems with swallow, swift, thrush, sunbird and babbler. Mahaldiram Tea Estate is a fascination with adventure-loving tourists. As Latpanchar is within the Mahananda WLS, so wildlife is also abundant – squirrels, deer and even elephants can be viewed occasionally around Latpanchar.

Best time to visit Latpanchor: The suitable time to visit Latpanchor is between October and April. During this time, Latpanchar remains free from bad weather.

How to go ?

Latpanchar is 41 kilometers from the heart of Siliguri. It is located at the height of 4,500 ft from sea level. It is at a distance of 13 kilometers from Kalijhora. There is no bus service on the route to Latpanchar. However, car service to the place is available in Siliguri.  The nearest railhead of Latpanchar is New Jalpaiguri. You have to take NH 31A and reach Sevoke just 22 km away. From Sevoke, you have to reach Kalijhora 5 km away and then take left turn by leaving NH 31A. After driving for next 13 km you will reach Latpanchar.

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Where to stay ?

The forest rest house has two nice rooms with basic amenities. It is located where the road ends and surrounded by dense forest. Latpanchar-BungalowYou can make the bookings through West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC,  6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013; Phone: 033-2237 0060/ 2237 0061/ 2225-8549).  Website: www.wbfdc.com Another option is Cinchonest Home Stay run by Padam Gurung. The two storey building has three basic rooms upstairs. No TV or other luxury amenities but the attached toilets are of European style. They provide hot water in the bathrooms. The view of sunrise from the balcony is something to be cherished. The ladies run the kitchen and prepare nice & simple food (both veggie and non veg … a typical meal would be rice, daal, sabji, papad and chicken / fish or eggs).  They take personal care and will chat with you as you dine and make you feel at home. They also offer all help and information about the area including birding and animal life. Phone no: +91-9475959974

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Mongpong, North Bengal – The first step to Dooars located on the banks of River Teesta

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Mongpong is the first step to Dooars and located on the banks of River Teesta. It is quite popular as a great tourist destination that offers marvellous views of the Mahananda Sanctuary and Teesta basin. This small place, Mongpong has very few shops, a forest check post and some huts, but it is not far behind when it comes to display of natural beauty. There is a Sal forest hiding the TeestaRiver and making the place idyllic for relaxed outing. It is about 29 kilometers from Siliguri, Mongpong and provides a perfectly tranquil atmosphere longed by any urbanite.

MongpongPlaces to see at Mongpong: The Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is a must see when you are in Mongpong. The sanctuary houses wide variety of bird life like the Pintail duck, Bar-headed goose, Poachard, Brahminy duck, Mallard and others. Plus, the Teesta valley offers some breathtaking views of nature that you had somehow missed in the chaos and confusion of the city. The historical CoronationBridge at Sevoke is also a great piece of attraction.

Nearby attractions from Mongpong: The city of Siliguri is just 29 kilometers from Mongpong and the forests of Dooars are also nearby. So, you can definitely make a trip to these two places.

Things to do at Mongpong: Enjoying the breathtaking views of the region and its natural beauties is perhaps the best thing that you can do.

Best time to visit Mongpong: You can visit Monpong during anytime of the year.

MongpongHow to go ?

Mongpong is some 29 kilometers from Siliguri. It is better if you reach New Jalpaiguri railway station and from there, you can easily hire a car. Cars can also be hired from Siliguri. All the buses heading towards Dooars go via Monpong.

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Where to stay ?

You can stay at forest department cottages and bunglows offered by the Government. They also offer one dining hall and dining facilities as well. For booking details you may contact:

Mongpong-cottagesWest Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060, 2237-0061, 2225-8549.
Official website: www.wbfdc.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Darjeeling, India, West Bengal, Batasia Loop, Steam train known as the Toy Train of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway listed as a World Heritage Site,

Darjeeling, North Bengal – An internationally known charming hill resort

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Darjeeling has an international reputation for being a charming hill resort. This Himalayan town of North Bengal still remains in the lead as an attractive tourist destination. Tourists from all corners of the world make a visit to this place throughout the year. Darjeeling is located at an altitude of 6,710 ft, in the Lesser Himalayas. The most popular tourist spots in Darjeeling is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the Zoo. A trip to nearby Tiger Hill to watch the beautiful sunrise over Mt.Kanchenjunga is also a lifetime experience. You must carry your umbrella in Darjeeling because it rains here suddenly and stops abruptly.

DarjeelingPlaces to see in Darjeeling: The hill resort of Darjeeling is always adorable to the tourist. The place is pristine with diverse tourist spot. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, which was established by the late Tenzing Norgay is the most popular spot. Norgay is renowned for conquering the Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. In this institute, the equipments utilized in that ascend are displayed. Another tourist spot is the Japanese Peace Pagoda, built by the Japanese Buddhist Nipponzan-Myohoji Order. Make a visit to the Himalayan Zoo also. A trip to the Tiger Hill early in the morning, to watch the mesmeric sunrise on Mt.Kanchenjunga, is a feast of the eyes. The mountain shimmers in the rays of the sun. One of the oldest sightseeing locations of Darjeeling is the Observatory Hill, which is locally called “Makal-Babu-Ko-Thaan.”

Nearby attractions of Darjeeling:  There are some major tourist attractions, nearby too.  You can organize a day trip to the MirikLake, located at a height of around 5,800 feet. This hill-resort offers a visual delight with its picturesque natural backdrop. DarjeelingThe prime feature of the spot is a natural lake, fed with rainwater and perennial springs. Barbotey Rock Garden, located 10 km from Darjeeling is a charming picnic spot admired with natural waterfalls. You will truly enjoy the mesmeric sight of the natural waterfall.

You can also visit to HappyValley tea estate, located 3 km away from the heart of the town (Chowk Bazar). Enjoy a trail along the vast stretch of the estate and also take a look at the procedure of tea picking and manufacturing at the site. Most of the tourists buy packs of tea from this location.

Things to do in Darjeeling: Darjeeling is an ideal site to hike and trek. The most popular trekking destination of Darjeeling is the SingalilaNational Park. The park is accessible from Maneybhanjang. You can also access it from Rimbik or Bijanbari.

DarjeelingThe prime attraction of the tourist is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly called “Toy Train,” which is still powered by steam engine. The exciting toy train trip, from Siliguri to Darjeeling is truly a wonderful experience. If you have an adventurous bend of mind, try out mountain biking along the exciting tracks, which is the perfect way to explore the serene natural beauty of Darjeeling

Those addicted to shopping will really have a nice time while enjoying shopping at the location. The world famous tea of Darjeeling renowned for its aroma and exclusive taste is a must buy for all tourists. Move around the mall area to locate some tea selling outlets. You can also shop some curio items like garments manufactured from yak wool and Thangkas from the destination. You will also find an array of handicrafts like wooden or metal statues, ethnic garments and footwear, artificial jewellery, furnishings, singing bowls displayed in the shops. There are also many bookshops housing an excellent collection of books. You can also collect some amazing picture postcards from Darjeeling.

Best time to visit Darjeeling: You can travel to Darjeeling any time of the year. However, it is better to avoid the monsoon for landslides often block the roads during this time.

How to go ?

You can avail a number of options to reach Darjeeling. The Bagdogra Airport, located at a distance of around 96 km from Darjeeling, is the nearest airport of the destination. The airport is well connected with direct flights to Kolkata. Direct taxis to DarjeelingDarjeeling are available from the Bagdogra Airport. You can also reach Darjeeling by roadway via Siliguri from Kolkata in buses. Buses and Taxis are available in Siliguri to reach Darjeeling.

Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan is also connected with Darjeeling by roadway. The nearest railhead of the destination is the New Jalpaiguri rail station, which is directly connected to Kolkata with a number of trains. You can hire the direct taxis to Darjeeling available from the New Jalpaiguri Station.

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Where to stay ?

You will find many accommodation facilities offered by several hotels and lodges in Darjeeling. The location also has a number of forest guesthouses. Decent dining facilities are offered in most of the hotels. There are also Government Tourist Lodges. Some options are:

Mainak Tourist Lodge:  (0353) 2512859
Maple Tourist Lodge:  (0354) 2252813
Darjeeling Tourist Lodge:  (0354) 225412

For Reservation and Detailed Information contact
Tourism Center (Kolkata)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700001
Phone: 033 – 22437260, 22488271, 4401 2659/60/61/62
Mobile: 09836769196, 09874026914.
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Mirik

Mirik, North Bengal – Renowned for its panoramic beauty

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Renowned for its panoramic beauty and the beautiful Sumendu Lake, the monastery Mirik is an ideal tourist destination.  Here you can also enjoy the activities like horse riding and boating. This hill station is a perfect spot for complete relaxation for those tired of the bustling city life. It perches at an altitude of 1767 meters, and is widely covered by cardamom and pine forests.  There are also many other plantations and orchards in Mirik that attracts a lot of nature lovers from all over the country. You can enjoy nature walks down the gardens of Mirik and the natural surrounding there. Do watch the Sumendu Lake, with a bridge over it that spans 80 meters and enters a dense pine grove.

MirikPlaces to see at Mirik: The prime attraction of Mirik is the Mirik Lake, which is a great place to take a horse ride around it. Beside, there is the coffee and tea plantation that makes it a good spot, especially for nature lovers. Religious people will have a pretty good time visiting some places of religious importance like Shri Mangal  Dham, a temple that was built in 1933. Devi Sthan or the Singha Devi Temple located on the western bank of the Sumendu Lake is another place of religious importance. Rai Dhap, another beautiful spot overlooking Mirik is ideal for picnics. This place is the main source for water for the people of Mirik. There are a few viewpoints located all around Mirik, which offers wonderful views of Mt.Kanchenjungha too.

Nearby attractions of Mirik: There are many sightseeing opportunities around Mirik. The Ramitay Dara is one such destination located few kilometers from the town. It is a viewpoint offering views of the mountains and the plain below. You can also visit the Sunrise Point that offer breathtaking sights of the sun rising in the east, miles of tea gardens, orange orchards, the Bokar Monastery located on the way to Rameetay Dara, Jayanti Nagar, Pashupati Nagar, the Mirik Church and the Swiss Cottage are some of the places of attractions located very close to the town. Nearby tourist towns like Kurseong and Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. On the way to Darjeeling from Mirik, you can also check out lesser-known destinations like Jorepokhri, Sukhiapokhri and Lepchajagat.

MirikThings to do at Mirik: Mirik is famous for all kinds of activities like boating, horse riding and nature trailing along the lakeside. You can also visit coffee and tea gardens, orange orchards and cardamom plantation. For trekking, you can definitely visit Phalut, which makes a favourable surrounding for trekkers.

Best time to visit Mirik: Summer is the ideal time to visit hill stations. This is one of the best ways to escape from the heat of the plain land. Temperature, during this time is pretty mild when compared with the harsher climatic condition of the rest of the sub-continent. You can also visit this place during the beginning of the winter season. The later half of the season can become too cold and you might have to travel with heavy luggage.

 How to go ?

Regular buses and taxis connect Mirik to Darjeeling, Kurseong, New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. If you are travelling by air, you have to reach Bagdogra Airport, situated very close to Siliguri. From the airport, you can board a taxi or a bus to reach Mirik. By rail also, you need to get down at New Jalpaiguri station from where, taxis and buses leave for Mirik. By road, Mirik is well connected to Kurseong, Darjeeling and Siliguri. It takes around 1.5 hrs to reach Mirik from Siliguri.

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Where to stay ?

Mirik is a very popular tourist destination and offers a wide variety of lodges and hotels other than forest rest houses and private guest houses. In Mirik you would find chic luxury hotels with all modern facilities as well as traditional hotels and wood cottages. There are also some homestays in Mirik. Some options are:

Bomzon Salamander Homestay, Thapa Thali Salamander Homestay, Syangden’s Homestay. For booking details you may contact: +91-9932224074.

You can also stay in hotels. Some options are:

The Park Hotel & Restaurant.
Ph. no.: :  +91-354-2243319
Mobile: :  +91-98007-07039

Hotel Jagjeet
Phone: +91-354-2243231 , 769 , 205

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Malbazar, North Bengal – Enjoy the natural beauty of Dooars

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Want to enjoy the natural beauty of Dooars?  Malbazar is an ideal spot for you then. On your way to Malbazar, you will find the beautiful Teesta River beside you. The town of Malbazar has a beautiful tea garden of Raja Tea Estate and a nice Mal Park. MalbazarMalbazar can also be used as a base to visit nearby forests like Gorumara, Chapramari, Chukchukia and others. You can also make day trips to Jhalong, Bindu, Paren and other nearby destinations from here. On your way to Malbazar, you will cross a few forests and come across the famous Sevokeshwari temple and CoronationBridge.

Places to see at Malbazar: The biggest attraction of Malbazar is the Mal Park. There is also a beautiful tea garden named Raja Tea Estate which you can definitely pay a visit.

Nearby attractions from Malbazar: Mongpong overlooking River Teesta and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary located on Sevoke Road falls en route to Malbazar. Beside, there are various forests like Chapramari, Gorumara, Chalsa, Khunia and Chukchikia located all around Malbazar. Other nearby places of attraction includes Jhalong located on the banks of Jaldhaka River and Bindu near the Indo-Bhutan border. The twin villages of Suntaleykhola and Samsing perched within dense greenery on the banks of rivulets can also be visited on day trips from Malbazar. You can also arrange a picnic on the banks of River Murti.

MalbazarThings to do at Malbazar: There are many things that you can do in Dooars. You can take a long walk along the river banks, take a dip or enjoy some fishing in the knee deep Murti River. You can also try your hands in tea plucking, enjoy a safari in the nearby forest or enjoy wildlife viewing from the forest watch towers like Chandrachur Tower, Jatraprasad, Chapramari Tower, Rhino Point and Chuk Chuki. You can visit the nearby villages and meet the local tribes like the Toto, the Bodo of Assam, Bhutanese, the Koch, Mundas, Limbus, the Rajbongshis in Bengal, Lepcha, Rabha and Oraons and know more about them.

Best time to visit Malbazar: The best time to visit Mallbazar is during the months of September to March, when the monsoon gets over.

 How to go ?

If you are traveling from Kolkata, you need to board the Kanchankanya Express from Sealdah and reach New Mal Junction station. This train leaves Sealdah station four times in a week. You can also reach New Jalpaiguri station from where, you can board a car or a bus to reach Malbazar.

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Where to stay ?

The WBTDC (West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation) Tourist lodge at Malbazar perched beside tea garden, overlooking greenery is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Malbazar. For booking details you may contact:

Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal
2, Brabourne Road, Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724. Official website: www.westbengaltourism.gov.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Makaibari, North Bengal – One of the oldest and most prestigious tea estates in India

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Makaibari tea estate is one of the oldest and most prestigious tea estates in India. It was founded in the year 1859. The tea estate spans over an area of 1575 acres of the Himalayan slopes at an altitude of 4600 feet, the garden overlooks River Balasun, a dense Makaibariforest cover and the beautiful town of Kurseong. Makaibari is still farmed by the original founding family (presently, the 4th generation) in one of the most eco-friendly methods producing organic tea of the highest quality. At Makaibari, there are total 16 homestays managed by the villagers and plantation workers. Discover the charm of living in a tea estate. You would enjoy traditional hospitality in these Makaibari homestays and enjoy the sumptuous home-cooked food. You can also enjoy endless cups of Makaibari Tea, participate in tea tasting sessions, try your hands in tea plucking and visit the famous Makaibari tea factory to see the various stages of tea processing from here. You can also go for a trek along the estate, visit a local Hindu temple, do birdwatching or just spend few days idly.

Places to see at Makaibari: Tea is everything in Makaibari. Endless slopes of tea gardens spread in all directions are a sight to take the pleasure of. Sometimes the tea gardens seem to fade into the horizon and sometimes it disappears into the forests. There is an old Hindu temple, a monastery, a bamboo grove and a nameless stream that flows through the jungle surrounding the Tea Estate.

Nearby attractions of Makaibari: Makaibari is just 3 kms from Kurseong town and 33 kms from Darjeeling. All sightseeing destinations of these two towns can be covered from Makaibari in day trips. You can board the famous toytrain of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from Kurseong, visit local villages resting on scenic destinations like Dilaram, Chimeni and Bagora and trek in the forests around Chatakpur, staying at Makaibari. An early morning visit to the Batasia Loop, Ghoom, Tiger Hill and day trips to the Mountaineering Institute and zoo in Darjeeling should also be included on your tour. You can also take a hike across Darjeeling, do some shopping and spend some nice moments at the Darjeeling Mall watching people.

MakaibariThings to do at Makaibari: You can take long walks along the tea gardens and take to the winding paths up and down the slopes skirting the tea bushes. You can try tea plucking with some expert plucker or visit the tea factory to see tea processing. You can also take part in tea tasting sessions with tea tasters and start understanding why Darjeeling Tea is considered the world’s best tea. You are sure to return as a “tea pundit” from Makaibari. However, when you are not drinking, plucking or tasting tea at Makaibari, you can enjoy birdwatching, village walks, jungle treks and do picnics beside a stream flowing through the jungle criss crossed by bamboo bridges.

Nearly, two-thirds of Makaibari Tea Estate is covered by forests which are occasionally visited by leopards. You also stand a good chance of sighting exotic Himalayan birds like the Hornbill, Drongo and the Sultan Tit. You can also spend your afternoons watching the shadows of the clouds over the green stretches of the gardens.

Best time to visit Makaibari: You can visit Makaibari any time of the year. However, if you are a tea lover and want to try your hand in tea plucking then you should visit during March to April for First Flush plucking, April to May for the Second Flush plucking, June to August for Monsoon Flush and October to mid November for Autumn Flush plucking. The tea factory remains open throughout the year but is mostly operational during plucking seasons.

How to go ?

Makaibari is only 3 kms from Kurseong near Darjeeling. You can get regular Taxis from New Jalpaiguri / Siliguri / Bagdogra Airport to Kurseong and then hire a car to Makaibari Tea Estate. There are regular taxis from Kurseong to Makaibari.

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Where to stay ?

There are several homestays in Makaibari. For more information on homestays you may contact: +91-33-22878560 or visit the official website www.makaibari.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Serrani Tea Bungalow, North Bengal – Bordering Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary & the hills of Bhutan

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After the hectic and tired city life we feel like taking a break in the lap of peaceful and pristine nature. The Serrani Tea Bungalow rests in the back side of the renowned Duncan’s tea estates with Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary on one side and the hills of Bhutan on the other side. This place is perfect choice to explore the nature taking a temporary retirement from work. The serenity of the place will cast magic spell upon you. The picturesque view of the sprawling acres of tea gardens on the foothills of the Himalayas is truly eye-catching.

Places to see at Serrani Tea Bungalow: Serrani Tea Estate that lies in the Dooars region is a perfect destination for relishing the essence of the forests, wildlife and the hills. A stay of few days at Serrani will let you discover all about the life in a tea estate from dawn to dusk. A visit to the nearby tea factory of the estate is also a charming experience.

Nearby attractions around Serrani Tea Bungalow: The entry checkpost of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is just an hours drive from the Serrani Tea Bungalow. This rain forest sanctuary is enriched with lush vegetation and an exotic variety of wildlife. The view of the swift flowing TorshaRiver will arrest your heart. The only way to explore the forest is by riding elephants or taking a jeep safari. Jaldapara comes second in boasting the maximum number of rhinos population in India after KazirangaNational Park in Assam.

Close to the sanctuary, Totopara is another major spot of tourist interest, especially for the travelers willing to go for ethnic tourism. It is an exclusive experience to observe the livelihood and the traditional culture of the Toto tribe – one of the rarest ethnic communities across the world.

You can also visit the remnants of a thousand years ancient fort of Nal King, located deep inside the ChilapataForest. The site is attached with remarkable historical importance. It was built in the 5th century during the Gupta Empire.

Things to do at Serrani Tea Bungalow: Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary bordering the Serrani Estate, invites guests to enjoy the elephant safari to explore the forest and its Rhinos. Jeep safari is also available in morning and afternoon. The prime attraction of the sanctuary is the Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. You can also catch the sight of herds of elephant and frisking deer all around. However, visitors are not allowed in the park between 15 June and 14 September.

While staying at Serrani Tea Bungalow, you can enjoy a picnic on the banks of a river flowing between India and Bhutan. The sight of different birds and butterflies along the tea estate is also delightful. You can also enjoy a walk along the picturesque tea garden. There is a nicely maintained lawn outside the Serrani Tea Bungalow, where you can sit for hours savoring the surrounding natural beauty and toasting to the sun. Also, do not miss the spectacular sunsets.

From Serrani Tea Bungalow you can visit the nearby “Bhutiya Haat” at Gomtu, Bhutan on specific days for attending the weekly flea market. While you make a return a visit to the age-old KaliTemple nestled in the forests on the Indo-Bhutan border is worth.

Best time to visit Serrani Tea Bungalow: The Serrani Tea Estate invites tourists all round the year. However, guests who want to enjoy an elephant safari at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, should avoid the phase from 15 June to 14 September, as the park remains closed during that time. However, the ideal time to visit the place is from October to May and especially the month of March and April, when new grass grows all around.

How to go ?

Serrani Tea Bungalow is nestled at the heart of the Lankapara Tea Estate bordered by the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary on one side and the blue hills of Bhutan on the other. The site is located around 130 km from Siliguri and 140 km from Bagdogra. The entry checkpost of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is just an hour’s drive from the tea estate. However, you can also drive to the Indo-Bhutan border in just 15 minutes.

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Where to stay ?

This 50 year old bungalow offers excellent accommodation facility in its three deluxe rooms equipped with attached bathrooms and all modern amenities. There is a lounge area, a verandah spanning the entire frontage of the bungalow with sit-out arrangements and an army of staff longing to pamper all your impulse. The hedges bordering the lush lawn are another attraction of the Serrani Tea Bungalow. Guests simply love to spend their days on the lawn. Food is a way of life at Serrani and chefs will leave no stone unturned to keep you asking for their secret recipes.

For booking details you may contact:
TEA BREAK
P 91 Oxytown
Biren Roy Road (West)
Kolkata 700 061
West Bengal, India
Ph. +91 98308 22937,9836362937

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.
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Rikissum

Rikissum, North Bengal – A village like a bit of paradise on earth at an altitude of 6,000 ft

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Perching atop a hill Rikissum provides the longest views of Mt.Kanchenjungha. It is located on the Pedong-Lava Road. This village is like a bit of paradise on earth. The attractions of Rikisum are the Kanchenjungha, a deserted (some even say haunted) half – burnt British Bungalow, Elaichi farms and the nondescript villages. Near to it are Pedong and the Ramitey View point which is famous for views of Teesta River. It is located at an altitude of 6,000 feet and offers some of the best sunset and sunrise experiences on the Eastern Himalayas. The distant mountains covered with thick virgin forest, the low-lying valleys and deep slopes will give you a heavenly experience.

Places to see at Rikkisum: Rikkisum is package providing impressive attractions. A trek to the Rikisum View Point and abandoned Forest bungalow along the thick pine forest is truly rewarding. A spectacular view of the sunrise with a distant sight of a Rikissum-2part of Sikkim, Nepal and the snow covered Mt.Kanchenjungha offer a visual delight. Atop the View Point, you will find the remains of an old lofty bungalow, which was built by the British in 1902. It is popularly known as the Rikkisum Forest Bungalow offering an extensive panoramic view. The dwellers of this village are simple natured and happy smiling lot. Round the day, they are engaged in farming of ginger and elaichi. Animal husbandry is another occupation of the villagers. The villagers also share a trading relation with nearby Algarah market.

Nearby attractions of Rikisum: Rikisum is very near to Pedong, the place is admired for amazing sunrise and sunset points. One very popular nearby sunrise point is Tinchuley. However, you need to hike for around 45 minutes to reach Tinchuley to savor the sunrise along with a splendid early morning view. As for sunset, nearby Crosshill is another ideal place for the tourists.

Rikisum is a nice base for exploring the neighboring destinations. The nearby tiny hamlet of Chuikhim is gradually gaining popularity for home stay tourism. Many tourists also set out to relish the visual splendor of the nearby Lava, Rishop and Lolegaon from Rikisum. The Buddhist monastery atop a hill at Lava is ideal for offering prayers. Pedong itself as a destination is incredible. The place admired for dense pine forests and meandering rivers and terrace fields offer a perfect ambiance for tourists. Ramitey view point offering the longest view of River Teesta is another popular nearby destination.

You can also make trip to the picturesque Silence Valley, admired for thick pine trees. The place is also perfect as a picnic and a camping spot. A visit to the ruins of Damsang Fort, the sole fort in the Darjeeling district, which was the abode of the last Lepcha King-Gyabo Achuk and the nearby Sangchen Dorjee Monastery in Pedong will definitely arrest your attention. The inner walls of the monastery are admired for some stunning fresco paintings depicting Tantric Budhism. The Franco-SwissMissionaryMuseum set up at Pedong on 20th January, 2005 is also a must visit for all travelers.

Make a trip to Crosshill, to savor the sight of the Chinese border and magnificent sunsets. Visit the Reshi River to unwind yourself. You can also enjoy bathing in the river or simply sit on a rock by the riverside. A trip to the Sillery Gaon, a village in the heart of the forest, consisting of 30 families is an enduring experience. Nestled at an altitude of 6000 ft, the place offers ultimate serenity to tourists.

Things to do at Rikissum: Rikissum boasts immense travel potential. The place is ideal for nature lovers, who could explore the thick forest, savoring the chirping of some most exotic birds. You can also enjoy rafting in River Teesta or chill out by the riverside. The Reshi River nestled on the border of East Sikkim and West Bengal is ideal for swimming, fishing or picnicking. A village walk is must for all tourists while in Rikissum.

Best time to visit Rikisum: Rikisum welcomes tourists round the year. However, visit the place in March and April, to view the Rhododendrons in full bloom. The peak tourist season starts from October to February, when the Mt.Kanchenjungha is visible best.

How to go ?

The closest railway head of Rikissum is the New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station. Try to avail the evening trains, which arrives at New Jalpaiguri in the next morning and you can reach Rikisum in daytime. You can avail hired cars from New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and Bagdodra Airport. Buses services also run to Pedong (nearest town to Rikisum) from Siliguri to Kalimpong in regular interval. Rikissum is just 1 hour journey from Kalimpong.

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Where to stay ?

Rikissum offers only one decent accommodation, named Swarnashikhar Tourist Lodge. The Cottages are with double beds and attached baths. The lodge offers nice dining facility. For booking you may contact: +91-8017008919, 9836904947

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Lolegaon

Lolegaon, North Bengal – A Green Heaven over 5,500 ft

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Lolegaon also spelt as Loleygaon is a small resort town with a marvellous view of Mt.Kanchenjungha and located in the district of Darjeeling West Bengal. It is one of the unusual destinations for tourists to hill stations. Loleygaon is 12 kilometers from Lava, 123 kilometers from Siliguri and 54 kilometers from Kalimpong. It is over 5,500 ft from sea level. This place is surrounded by Cypress Lolegaontrees and undulating slopes. Lolegaon is a place of elegant beauty amidst the wilderness. That Nature is the best art of God is prominent in every corner of Loleygaon. Here you will get a sparkling view of the rising sun over Kanchenjunga and a dazzling view of the shadow spreading over Kanchenjunga in the setting sun. The sunrise and sunset seem to draw the picture of colours on the vast canvas of the blue over the peaks of the Himalayas. Inhale the cool breeze full of the fragrance of flowers to rejuvenate yourself.

Places to see at Lolegaon: Nature has bestowed all its blessings over Loleygaon. A visit to the Heritage Forest will give you a feel of the greenery of the place. Cypress and Oak trees form a canopy at the top of the forest. It is a charming experience to penetrate the deep of the forest. The awe-inspiring, enveloping silence of the forest will make you hear the rhythm of your heart. The lush and lavish of greenery in the Ralli Valley is most beautiful scenery of Lolegaon.

Nearby attractions of Lolegaon: Lava, Kafer- the Lepcha village, Kalimpong, Samthahar and Jhandidara Sunrise Point are the places of interests around Loleygaon.

Things to do at Lolegaon: Nature walking, enjoying the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunjha and visiting the nearby villages, forests, plantations and Buddhist monasteries. The Canopy Walk over the wooden hanging foot bridge is a special attraction.

Best time to visit Lolegaon: The best time to visit Lolegaon lasts throughout the year save the monsoon season from July to August. Leeches become a nuisance during the rainy season here.

How to go ?

You can reach Lolegaon from Siliguri by bus. Rented car service is available from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) and the Bagdogra Airport. Loleygaon is well connected with different parts of Darjeeling.

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Where to stay ?

There are Forest Department cottages in Loleygaon. For booking details you may contact:

Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
(For reservation & detailed information)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : (033)22436440 ,22488271
Online Booking : www.wbfdc.com
or,
West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited

6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/2225-8549

There are also several private hotels in Lolegaon. Some options are:

Lovely Resort. For booking details you may contact:
Sea Shell, 309 B.B.Ganguli Street ,2nd Floor, Room No.- 8
Kolkata, West Bengal , India. PIN – 700012
Telephone: 033-22252787 / 54210
Mobile: 09830154264 , 09433258157

Tree Fern Resort
9932371313, 9434467951, 9832375903

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Tinchuley

Tinchuley, North Bengal – A village amidst the wilderness

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Tinchuley, the hidden treasures of Darjeeling region is a village amidst the wilderness. Tinchuley means three chullas or three ovens. The localites of Tinchuley with their initiative converted their rural village into self-sustained eco-urban village. The organizations like WWF (World Wildlife Federation) with their effort led to the development of floriculture projects, forest nursery, and by-compost and vermin-compost manure projects. There are innumerable viewpoints in Tinchuley like the Gumbadara View point, which gives extraordinary views of River Teesta. The Tinchuley View point gives nearly a 180 degree view of the entire range of Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Mt.Kanchenjungha ruling the sky. The towns like Gangtok,  Kalimpong and Darjeeling are also visible from these view points.

Places to see at Tinchuley: Tinchuley has several attractions in store for its tourists. Among them Tinchuley Monastery, Tinchuley Sunrise Point, Durpin Dara, the Teesta River, the Rangit River and Gombu Dara View Point deserve to be mentioned. A local youth club provides tourists with trails, treks, transports and tours.

tinchuleyGumpha Dara Rocks in Tinchuley have emerged from the deep of underground. A long fern-covered trail through the dark and deep forest leads to these rocks. The rocks stand amidst picturesque and panoramic landscape. Gumpha Dara rocks feature the magnificence of Indian art and culture during the British Raj. Several caves lie hidden beneath the rocks. The interior of the caves is an impenetrable mystery. These rocks are historically important as it recalls a 200-year-old legend. A group of lamas with their geylings and jhamtas ran from the dead hand of their enemies and took shelter there. The British army would train its soldiers on the Gumpha Dara rocks.

The breathtaking and awe-inspiring voyage to the Teesta River is an obsession with the tourists. Especially the Lovers’ Meet point where the Rangit meets the Tista is an irresistible attraction of Tinchuley. It is a good chance to have a look of Sikkim standing on the bank of the Tista. The forbidding mountain peaks Everest and Kanchenjuaga loom at a distance from the Teesta.

Nearby Attractions at Tinchuley:

From here you can have a glance of the magnificent Kalimpong.  The meandering Teesta River will also cause an oscillation in your heart. The towering peak of mighty Mt.Kanchenjunga and numerous walks through winding paths across villages and forests are also its other attractions. You can also visit a local monastery. Darjeeling is nearby and so are the numerous Tea Estates like Runglee Rungliot and others.

Things to do at Teenchuley: Nature walk, trekking, birdwatching and cave hunting.

Best time to visit Tinchuley: The best time to visit Tinchuley ranges from the month of September to the month of April.

How to go ?

The small village of Tinchuley is located above the old cantonment area of Takdah in Kurseong. In the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal, Tinchuley is a luring call to rock climbers. It is within your reach from Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Darjeeling distances 32 kilometers and Kalimpong distances 43 kilometers from Tinchuley.

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Where to stay ?

There are two accommodation options in Tinchuley – a heritage guesthouse and a village homestay. Both the accommodation options provide the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay with a touch of local culture. For booking details you may contact:

Tinchuley Retreat
9836955186, 9830947352, 9830788403

Gurung Guest House
9163755845, 9830947352, 9830788403

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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