Dilaram, a quaint little village is just 8 k.m from Kurseong. The place is emboldened by a private forest one one side and profuse tea garden on another. Here, you can take the pleasure of trailing alongside the nature. This place is also a delight for the birdwatchers. Take a tea garden tour or visit a tea factory. But, the best thing to do in Dilaram is just to sit and watch the shadows of the clouds move across the deep valleys, slopes and tea gardens of Mirik, Sandakphu and the adjoining hills. Trekking to nearby Chatakpur or Bhanzang Salamander Lake is another thing you can do. A day trip to Kurseong and its nearby attractions can also be on your itinerary.
Places to see at Dilaram: Dilaram is surrounded by lush tea garden. Here, you can pluck tea leaves or just watch the daily activities of the tea plantation workers.
Nearby attractions of Dilaram: Bhanzang Salamander Lake, which is the natural habitat for the Himalayan Salamander is just 10 kilometers from Dilaram by road. This lake is tucked within the endless stretches of tea gardens and forests. The sight is just enthralling. You can also visit the famous Margaret’s Hope tea estate, which produces some of the finest tea varieties in the world. Sitong – the orange village, the forests of Chatakpur, Balasun Tea Estate, Chimeny, Bagora and Kurseong are all located within 10 kms of Dilaram. You can also visit Mirik, Rangbang or Darjeeling in a day trip from Dilaram.
Things to do at Dilaram: Enjoy a walk in the lush forest of Magnolia, Chestnut and Cardamom plantations surrounding Dilaram. Bird watching is another activity that you can undertake. Dilaram is surrounded by tea gardens and make a trip to the tea garden and visit a local tea factory to see tea processing. You can also pluck a few handfuls of tea leaves if you want. A village walk around Dilaram to watch the daily chores of the villagers can also be rewarding. Those who are adventurous can enjoy a full day trek trip to nearby Chatakpur View point. The trek passes through dense Cryptomere forest and small hamlets. Trekkers would experience varying vegetation as the elevation changes. The sight of Mt.Kanchenjungha range and its adjacent valleys and hills from Chatakpur watchtower is marvelous. This trek is very rewarding to bird watchers.
Best time to visit Dilaram: The winter is the best time to visit this place as it brings lots of birds and butterflies to Dilaram. Treks and peak watching can also be enjoyed mostly during winters. Sandakphu Hills are covered with snow and the sight is excellent from Dilaram. However, the monsoons cover Dilaram with lush greenery and it is one of the best destinations of Darjeeling Hills to watch the rains on the Himalayas.
How to go ?
The little village of Dilaram is 45 kms from Siliguri and 8 kms from Kurseong. You can always hire an exclusive car from New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra / Siliguri to Dilaram. You can also take a shared car to Kurseong and then hire a local taxi to Dilaram. Local taxis also ply from Darjeeling to Dilaram.
Where to stay ?
There is a lovely luxury homestay in Dilaram. The wall-to-wall carpeted rooms of the homestay are very spacious with attached private balconies and western bathrooms with hot water geysers. There are open spaces for kids to play, a garden, a private forest and all modern amenities for the guests to feel comfortable. Few other facilities include 24 hrs hot and cold water and 24 hrs power back up. The home stay serves standard Indian cuisine and various Gorkha local cuisines where the guests can also practice and prepare the delicious local dishes with the family members at their kitchen of the home stay. Contact Details:
Kettle Valley Home Stay: +(91)-8609456707
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