The mountain village of Chatakpur is located at an altitude of 7887 feet within Senchal WLS. On its northern side, is the Mt.Kanchenjunga and on the southern side of it are the swinging green valley and the river gorge of Relly Khola. The small village has a population of around 100 people. The organic crops, the shrubs and medicinal herbs which are acquired by means of the terrace cultivation from the forest, form the means of livelihood of the locals. The place offers spectacular views of Kanchenjungha, lush greenery, forest trails and wooden cottages. It is a perfect destination for those seeking peace and tranquillity in the Himalayas.
Places to see at Chatakpur: A number of popular trek routes are from Chatakpur that lead to the top of the Tiger Hill. During this trek, you might even catch a glimpse of the ‘Chumbalumba’ or Mount Everest. While going to the forest, make sure to take a trained forest guard as the forest is the home to the Great Himalayan Black Bear family, Leopards, Barking Deer and Antelopes.
Nearby attractions of Chatakpur: During your stay make a visit to the Tiger Hill. There are many other places that are situated nearby such as Jorebungalow, Ghoom and Sonada. Darjeeling is the nearest popular tourist destination of Chatakpur. You can enjoy a number of small treks to Tiger Hill, Rimbi village, Sixeen village, Labda. Most of the trekking trails run through the wild life sanctuary and you would be accompanied by our expert guide.
Things to do in Chatakpur: Tourists can climb rock faces or avail the trekking routes both downhill and uphill that lead to various destinations. They can also climb the watchtower to view the sunrise or enjoy an eye-catching sight of Sandakphu. You can also spend time at the Pokhri (Pond). Bird lovers can spend their time watching birds and tourists can even enjoy the heart-stealing view of Kanchenjunga from nearby or enjoy the folk dances performed by local people.You can also enjoy the company of story tellers. A generation still exists to share the experience of myth, culture and traditional values.
Best time to visit Chatakpur: Chatakpur can be visited throughout the year but for those planning to visit the forest are advised to avoid the rainy season.
How to go ?
Chatakpur is located at a distance of around 16 kilometres from Jorebungalow that lies on Siliguri-Darjeeling Road and 7 kilometres from Sonada. You need to go through the Hill Cart Road and enter the jungle trail, in order to reach Chatakpur.
Air Route : The nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is 80 km away and connects with Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata.
Rail Route : Ghoom is the nearest station connected by Indian Heritage Toy Train with New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Junction station which are nearest broad gauge railway station and is 87 km away.
Road : NH 55 passes along the Western side of the Sanctuary . The sanctuary is 9 km away from Darjeeling. Chatakpur Eco village is 17 km from Ghoom, Jorebunglow and 7 km from Sonada.
Where to stay ?
Accommodation options like Homestays and Eco-Tourism cottages are available to the tourists. The homestay in Chatakpur offers a panoramic view of Mt.Kanchenjungha and its allied peaks from the verandah itself. It is furnished with wall to wall carpet, western bathrooms, room heater, Hot water geyser and dining facilities like vegetarian and non-vegetarian Organic Traditional food.
Forest Department had made two cottage with four double bedded room and all modern facilities with warm hospitality of the villagers will impress you. Home stay is available in selected houses in Chatakpur.
You may contact following for booking:
34 Sarat Bose Road, Hakimpara, Siliguri -734 001, West Bengal
Ph. No :91 353 2520492 / 91 94340 72552 / 91 94341 41812
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