Charkol (also spelled as Charkhole) is just eight beautiful wooden cottages at an altitude of 5000 feet overlooking a green valley with magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. It is one of the newest destinations on the Eastern Himalayas just 15 kms off Lolegaon’s tourist din and 30 kms from Kalimpong. Situated amidst the deep, moist woods of towering pine, cypress, oak and rhododendrons, this sleepy valley of Charkol is also a bird watcher’s delight. In Charkhole, you can build a bonfire at night under the star studded sky, take a nature walk along the coniferous forests under the warm glow of sun with birds and colorful flora everywhere or brisk on the village resort’s jogging track. But, the best thing you can do is to sit on the on the soft mushy grass of the valley with your cup of tea and watch the riot of colours on Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHARKHOLE
Places to see at Charkhole: Charkol is a small valley tucked 15 kms off Loleygaon in a strategic point which has one of the widest views of the entire Eastern Himalayas. The eight cottages and a main building built on two acres of land is everything in Charkhole. This village resort is beautifully landscaped with Japanese type gardens, statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses and a playground. Charkol is surrounded by towering coniferous forests and is blessed by regular visits of rare Himalayan birds. Numerous species of butterflies, a wide variety of flowers and orchids spread riot of colors in the surroundings of Charkhole.
Nearby Attractions at Charkol: Loleygaon is just 15 kms from Charkol and Lava is around 32 kms away. Rishyop, Rishi and Gumba Dara falls with 30 kms from Charkol and Rikkisum and Pedong is around 50 kms away. Another new found wonderland “Chuikhim” is just a walk away from Charkol.
Things to do in Charkhole: Take a nature walk along the forest trails of Charkol, play a friendly game of cricket on the valley, sit out and bask in the sun, build a bonfire under the night sky, do bird watching and the rest of the day just sit on your cottage’s verandah and gaze at the mountains. Don’t worry, the birds would accompany you with their chirps.
How to reach Charkhole: Charkol is 15 kms from Loleygaon and can be reached by hiring a car from either from Lava, Loleygaon or Kalimpong.
Best time to visit Charkol: You can visit Charkol anytime of the year but the snow capped Himalayas are best viewed during the winters.
Lodging & Dining facilities at Charkol: Charkhole has two different types of accommodations. A village resort with comfortable cottages and a nice homestay facility. The homestay at Charkhole provides furnished rooms with attached western bathrooms. Necessities like hot water, electricity, transport facilities are also provided. There are double and triple bedrooms and even family rooms in the Charkhole homestay. All rooms come with attached western bathrooms and clean beds. The food is essentially Indian and home cooked and the ingredients are mostly locally sourced and fresh.