Chatakpur is a mountain village located at an altitude of 7887 feet within Senchal WLS. On the northern side, it is surrounded by the Mt. Kanchenjunga and on the southern side the undulating green valley and the meandering river gorge of Relly Khola resides. The small village has a population of around 100 people. The terrace cultivation of organic crops and the shrubs and medicinal herbs acquired from the forest, form the means of livelihood of the locals. The place offers majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, lush greenery, forest trails and wooden cottages and in short, is an ideal destination for those seeking peace and tranquility in the Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHATAKPUR
Places to see at Chatakpur: Chatakpur offers a number of popular trek routes that lead to the top of the Tiger Hill. During this trek, you might even have a glimpse of the ‘Chumbalumba’ or Mount Everest. On your visit to the forest, make sure to be guided by 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: You can visit the Tiger Hill or 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 trekkinmg 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 take a panoramic view 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 breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from nearby or enjoy the folk dances performed by local people. Pick your vegetables from garden fresh organic orchards, feed and even milk the cattle. You can also enjoy the company of story tellers. A generation still exists to share the experience of myth, culture and traditional values.
How to reach Chatakpur: 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.
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.
Lodging and dining facilities at Chatakpur: 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.
Photographs by Anirban Banerjee.