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Rolep, East Sikkim – 135 kms from Siliguri...

Rolep is tucked on the slopes of the rolling green Himalayan foothills with panoramic views of the Rangpo Khola River valley. While in Rolep, you can hike along the hanging bridges over gushing rivers, get drenched under the 40-feet high waterfall and try angling trouts in the river. Rolep is one of the new-found gems of East Sikkim, which gives a very authentic experience of village life and adventure. Here, guests are welcomed in traditional home stays where they can take part in the daily lives of the villagers and taste some sumptuous local cuisine. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROLEP Places to see in Rolep, East Sikkim: Spending a few days in Rolep village would surely help you to rejuvenate your soul. Apart from taking a dip in the Rolep River and resting on the wet boulders, you can visit the 40-feet high Buddha Waterfalls on Shokey Khola River or trek to the Buddha Cave, which is a local pilgrimage site. You can also visit the dried valley of Chochen Natural Lake and pray at the Dekiling Monastery. For visiting Rolep, guests would need to cross the motorable hanging bridge also known as Rangkey Bridge. For more photographs of Rolep click here Nearby Attractions of Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is very near to Rongli, so tourists on the way to visit The Old Silk Route circuit covering Nathang, Padamchen, Zuluk and other destinations can keep Rolep in their itinerary too. Other upcoming destinations like the river valley of Doban and the boot-shaped Aritar Lake (Lampokhari) can be visited in day trips from Rolep. Things to do in Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is heavily forested and is safe heaven for a wide variety of birds. If you are longing for a bird watching trip then a few days at Rolep would be very rewarding. The paddy fields, natural forests and the river valley of Rolep is home to a very healthy bird population. Another, activity to cherish in Rolep village is angling. As Rangpo Khola river passing through Rolep is fed by the Menmecho Lake and Tsomgo Lake, so Trouts are found in abundance here. The homestays of Rolep have started organizing Fishing trips on this river for the guests too. If you are really fond of local culture, then few home stays in Rolep can also organise a traditional “Lepcha Hot Stone Bath” for you in the river valley. How to reach Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is around 140 kms from New Jalpaiguri – the nearest railhead. You can take any shared car from NJP or nearby Siliguri heading towards Gangtok and drop at Rangpo. Pick-up from Rangpo to Rolep is arranged by the homestays of Rolep. Best time to visit Rolep, East Sikkim: You can visit Rolep anytime of the year. The lush greenery and the foaming rivers in monsoon are a sight to behold in Rolep while the winters are excellent foe birdwatchers. Lodging and dining facilities at Rolep, East Sikkim: Some of the home stays in Rolep Village are located in the river valley, while few are located within the forest – just a few minutes walk from the motorable road, while others are located on the hill slopes with excellent panoramic views of the valleys and step-paddy fields. You can also catch the setting sun from these home stays which are located on the high slopes of Rolep. All homestays in Rolep are decked with facilities like electricity, attached bathrooms, hot water arrangements and clean and cozy...
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Yakten, East Sikkim – 135 kms from Siliguri...

High up in the Himalayas is a small village called Yakten which stays shrouded in mist and caressed by the soft chilling winds. Located just 35 kms from the bustling city of Gangtok in Sikkim, Yakten is surrounded by pine forests with magnificent views of the lush rolling Himalayan foothills. A 10-minutes walk through the pine forest would take you to a view point from where you can catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Almost eight home stays with adequate modern amenities welcome guests at Yaakten. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN Places to see in Yakten: The centuries-old pine forest at the backdrop of Yakten Village is one of the best places to take short treks. A 10-min walk from the home stay through the pine forest would take you to a viewpoint from where you can catch a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Yaakten is a village blessed by a healthy population of butterflies, birds and rare orchids. Although, few areas of Yaakten village are cultivated following the unique step-cultivation pattern most of Yaakten is covered in forests. Yakten Village also has a greenhouse with a very good collection of rare orchids. The upcoming airport at Pakyong is just 10 kms from Yakten. For more photographs of Yakten click here Nearby Attractions of Yakten: A 07-kilometer trail through the pine forests would take you to Jhandi Dara View Point which offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can also take a shorter trek to the ruins of a Bhutia Fort called Budang Gari. In the vicinity, you can explore the local monasteries like and natural caves. Things to do in Yakten: If you are fond of bird watching, then Yakten will not fail to surprise you. There are few bird watching trails which pass through the forests and farmlands and yield some of the rarest sightings. Located at around 5300 feet above sea level, Yaakten Village is also home to rare butterflies and orchids. Apart from treks to Jhandi Dara, you can enjoy taking long village walks and butterfly watching hikes along the edges of the green hills of Yakten. The Yakten Village Community can also arrange for cultural shows in the evenings if you want. How to reach Yaakten: Yakten is around 35 kms from Gangtok, which is the nearest town. You can hire cars from Gangtok to Yakten. The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri (which is around 140 kms.) and the nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB), which is around 145 kms away. However, when the Pakyong Airport becomes operational, this destination would be easily accessible. Best time to visit Yakten: You can visit Yaakten anytime of the year. However, if you are fond of hiking and trekking, then avoiding the rainy season is recommended. Lodging and dining facilities at Yakten: There are 08 homestays presently operational in Yaakten. Out of these, two homestays have been funded by Sikkim Govt. and the rest are privately owned. All homestays are equipped with electricity, attached bathrooms and commands a view of the surrounding hills and the distant city of Gangtok. You have to take a short 10-mins. walk through the pine forest to reach an opening from where you can catch a view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The homestays at Yaakten are known for their warm traditional hospitality and some sumptuous local cuisine. The regular Indian cuisine is served in the homestays and the ingredients are locally sourced and fully organic. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN...
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Somrabazar, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

Steeped in history and flanked by the mighty Ganges, Somrabazar is known for its terracotta temples, ruins of Zamindar Mansions, lush green paddy fields crisscrossed by rivulets, the riverine island – Sabujdwip and the seat of spiritual awakening of Rani Rashmoni. It is an ideal place to spend a day or two, if you are keen on discovering heritage structures and take long walks along the marshy banks of Ganges to spot some of the rarest birds’ species. Apart from the nearby attractions of Guptipara, Bandel, Balagarh and Hooghly, Somrabazar is also known to produce some of the best sweets of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF SOMRA BAZAR Places to see in Somrabazar: Somra bazar has been home to some of the elite Zamindar families in the history of Bengal like the Sens and Mitra Mustafis. Although most of the mansions of the erstwhile Zamindars are now in complete ruins but one can still make out the lost grandeur of these mansions from their Cornithian Pillars, hanging balconies and Durga Manchas. For more photos of Somrabazar click here The Anandamoye Temple in nearby Sukharia Village is one of the finest specimens of the 25-pinnacled terracotta temples in Bengal. Founded in 1763 AD, Anandamoyee Temple houses the main temple of Anandamoyee Maa, which is surrounded by 12 smaller temples. Although the present structure of the temple was completed in 1813 AD, few terracotta panels are still in good condition. The other notable temples of Somrabazar are Harasundrai Temple built in 1814 AD and Nistarini Temple built in 1847 AD. The Siddheshwari Kalibari Temple on the banks of the Ganges may not be structurally grand as the other temples of Somra bazar but its spiritual and historical importance is immense. It is said that Rani Rashmoni while sailing beside this temple had the spiritual awakening to found the Dakshineshwar Temple. If you do not belong to the group of “history hunters” and prefer more to be a naturalist, then Somrabazar will not disappoint you too. The huge marshland created by the changing courses of Ganges and the rivulets and river islands brings a whole lot of migratory and residential water birds. Somrabazar surely will surprise you with its healthy bird population. Interesting, Somrabazar has been a preferred film location for many films including the National award winning Mrinal Sen’s “Akaler Sandhaney.” Nearby attractions in Somrabazar: A 15-mins ride in a Toto or Rickshaw from the Railway Station will bring you to the Ferry Ghat of Somrabazar from where you can take a boat to Sabujdweep. One of the largest river islands in West Bengal over Ganges, Sabujdweep is a protected sanctuary. There are no accommodation options at Sabujdweep but a walk along the banks of this island and spending a few morning hours within this greenery will surely rejuvenate you. Few other popular tourist attractions near Somra bazar include the Hansheshwari Temple in Bansberia (27 kms.), Imambara (32 kms) in Hooghly and Bandel Church (30 kms). Things to do in Somrabazar: You can hire a Toto or Rickshaw and visit the temples of Sukharia and Somra bazar. You can also hire a fishing boat in the creeks and sail through the paddy fields and marshlands spotting some rare birds in their natural habitats. You can also visit some of the last boat making factories of Balagarh (7 kms) to witness the dying art of wooden boat making. Also, foodies won’t be disappointed at Somra bazar – the sweetshops of Somrabazar is sure to...
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Pabong, Neora Valley – 92 kms from Siliguri...

Perched on a mountain slope at 4700 feet and surrounded by the deep and dense Neora Valley Forest, Pabong enjoys one of the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Few kilometers from the popular tourist spots of Loleygaon and Chakhole, this tranquil village of Pabong has somehow escaped the clutches of commercialisation and mass tourism. Here, you can trek along the Neora forest and enjoy bird watching, take village walks along the terraced paddy fields and spend the quite evenings watching the lights of Kalimpong flickering in the horizon. If you are searching for a hidden corner in the Himalayas, then spending your weekend in Pabong would be very much rewarding. BOOKING DETAILS OF PABONG Places to see in Pabong: Terraced Paddy fields and ageless forests of Pine, Cypress and Oak closely guards the secrets of Pabong. You can also catch a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the distant towns of Kalimpong and Namchi from your homestay. Here, nature unfolds itself like no place else in the Himalayas. It is truly a postcard destination. For more photos of Pabong click here Nearby Attractions of Pabong: The more popular tourist destination of Charkhole is just 04 kilometers from Pabong. At Charkole, you would find some nicely landscaped swanky resorts, thatched viewpoints, statues of Gods and playgrounds and a small orange orchard. The tourist towns of Loleygaon and Lava are also nearby. You can visit the monastery of Lava and enjoy the Canopy Walk through the Heritage Forest of Loleygaon in day trips from here. Things to do in Pabong: You should visit here if you are fond of quietness and is planning a tour where you simply get to hear the sounds of nature and nothing more. The chirping of birds would wake you up in the mornings, the magnificent Mt. Kanchenjungha would greet you throughout the days and the cloudless star studded sky would make you fall asleep in the night. Bird watching, village walks, trekking in Neora Valley National Park and spending the evening beside the fireplace or making a campfire are few things you can do here. You can also try your luck in ploughing the fields or milking the cow in the village cowshed. The villagers here would giggle all around you and in no time you would turn a local celebrity. How to reach Pabong: Truly enough! this village is not well connected. It is some 20 kms from Loleygaon and 04 kms from Charkole. Hiring cars from any of these places is the only option. However, the homestay in Pabong also arranges direct pick up from New Mall Junction, New Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Lava and Siliguri. Best time to visit Pabong: You can visit this destination anytime of the year. The spring and winter bring in the birds and the monsoon invites the greenery. The deep dark forests veiled by the morning mist can be enjoyed throughout the year at Pabong. Lodging and Dining facilities in Pabong: There is only one home stay at Pabong and you need nothing more. There are three spacious rooms with two large comfy beds in each room. The home stay is equipped with all modern facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity, hot water arrangements, fireplace and great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. And the best part is, there are no television to remind you of the civilization! Food served is essentially home cooked, sumptuous Indian cuisine served hot in the dining hall. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Nachan, Bardhaman – 188 kms from Kolkata...

In Nachan, the lake stretches as far as the horizon and finally touches the Palash forest on the other side. The bungalow stands on the banks of the lake amidst gardens and patches of flower beds overlooking the lake, the Palash Forest, the villages and infinity. If you are of the adventurous kind and is waiting to run away from the din of your city life, then Nachan Nature Bungalow should be your pick for this weekend. Located just 188 kms. from Kolkata, Nachan is a village beside an endless lake created by a dam. BOOKING DETAILS OF NACHAN Places to see in Nachon: There is a nature park with flower beds, children’s park and gazebos adjacent to the bungalow which overlooks the lake. Just a minute’s walk along the lakeside would take you to the log gates and further to the nearby villages and paddy fields along the lakeside. The Sal forest area of Shyampur and its surrounding marshlands which is only a kilometer from here is frequented by different species of storks, cranes, commorants and water hens. For more photographs of Nachan click here Nearby attractions of Nachon: Located within villages surrounded by forests, Nachan is just 20 kms. from the famous Garh Jungle. This dense Sal forest is guarded by the Ajoy River on one side where you would find the village of Kenduli – the birthplace of the great poet Jaidev. You can venture further into the jungle to discover the ruins of an ancient fortress (Garh) and the century-old brick built Deul of Icchai Ghosh in Shikhara style dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati. Apart from your jungle tour, you can visit Durgapur Barrage on River Damodar or a day trip to even Shantiniketan is also possible. Things to do at Nachan: You can take long morning walks along the lakeside or simply while your time watching the clouds floating over the Nachon Lake. The silence of the misty mornings is broken by the chirping of birds and few school kids from the villages would come down in the afternoons to frolic in the lake waters. Apart from sightseeing in the surrounding jungles, bird watching in the nearby marshlands would be very rewarding too. Guests can also enjoy boating in the Nachon Lake and picnics can also be arranged beside Durgapur Barrage. How to reach Nachan, Bardhaman:  You can reach Nachan by car as well as by rail. The nearest rail station is Durgapur, which is around 22 kms. from Nachon. You can hire local taxis to reach Nachan from Durgapur Railway Station. Durgapur is also well connected by regular buses from Kolkata. If you are taking your own car, then take NH19 to Durgapur and then take the road towards Nachan from Durgapur. Kolkata to Nachan is Around 188 kms. via NH19. Lodging and dining facilities at Nachan Nature Bungalow: Staying at Nachan Nature Bungalow is for the adventure lovers only. The full guesthouse is allotted to one single group only and the caretaker and cook are the mortal beings to look after the guests. Similar to staying in forest bungalows, the guests would need to do their own shopping for food supplies and hand it over to the cook, who would prepare the food accordingly. The bungalow is decked with all standard facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity and spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the lake and gardens. If you are really trying hard to find some place near Kolkata which can pump up...
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Khoai, Shantiniketan – 165 kms from Kolkata...

Khoai is a geological formation of small canyons resulting from constant erosion caused by wind and water. The Khoai Shantiniketan region in Bolpur is characterised by a patch of dry forest of Sonajhuri (Acacia Auriculiformis) trees on an eroded landscape of red laterite soil. This unique look of the forest was immortalised by Rabindranath Tagore in many of his compositions. The Sonajhuri forest in Khoai is surrounded by the famous Kopai River (Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) on one side and Ballavpur Forest and Bonerpukur Adivasi Village on other sides. BOOKING DETAILS OF KHOAI The Sonajhuri Forest is probably the cleanest forest you would ever visit, so your early morning forest walks would be a grand success. However, the star attraction of Khoai is the weekly market of Shanibarer Haat (Khoai Boner Annya Haat) held every Saturday, where local artisans sell their creations. For more images of Khoai click here Places to see in Khoai Shantiniketan: Shonajhuri literally means “droplets of gold.” In winters, the Sonajhuri trees shed their tiny yellow flowers and the whole forest seems to have a downpour of gold. You can take long walks along this Sonajhuri forest of Khoai region and visit the adjacent Bonerpukur Gram dotted with the mud houses of the Adivasis (tribals). These houses have walls decorated with paintings of daily life. Khoai Shantiniketan attractions: The Kopai River is just a kilometer away from Khoai. This meandering river with its knee-deep waters inspired Tagore to compose his famous “Amader Choto Nadi“. You would find some Bauls, stringing their Ektaras and singing to the tune of the winds on the banks of Kopai. You can surely visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Ashram – Santiniketan to witness his works. Few things you shouldn’t miss out are the Kala Bhawan, Vishwa Bharati University campus, Geetanjali Theatre, Uttarayan, Shantiniketan House, Chatimtala, Kalo Bari, Rabindra Museum and the various installations of the great sculptor Ramkinkar Baije and others. If you are fond of bird watching, then try to make a trip to the nearby Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary and for the religious minded a visit to Kankalitala should also be on the cards. The Kankalitala Temple located around 10 kms from Khoai is considered one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of Sati. Things to do at Khoai Shantiniketan: A visit to the Shanibarer Haat (Saturday Weekely Market) is one of the prime attractions of staying at Khoai. The weekly market officially known as “Khoai Boner Annya Haat” is a platform for local artisans and small goods traders to showcase their works. The usual items include ethnic jewelry, showpieces, local artworks, garments and even local ethnic Bengalee dishes like pithey and payesh. The Haat starts to gather from around 03:00 pm and ends at around 06:00 pm. Apart from the Shonajhuri Haat, the early mornings are really nice for village walks along the tribal villages and the Khoai region. Bird watching can be enjoyed at nearby Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Baul programs can be arranged on request in the resorts of Sonajhuri in the evenings. How to reach Khoai Shantiniketan: The nearest railway stations are Prantik and Bolpur. There are regular trains from Howrah. Guests can also reach Bolpur by bus from Kolkata. There are regular luxury bus services connecting Kolkata and Bolpur. If you are taking your own car then the shortest route would be taking NH19 first and NH114 from Nababhat. Lodging and dining facilities in Khoai Shantiniketan: Located just beside the Sonajhuri Forest, this resort is equipped with all modern amenities and is counted as...
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Singee, Bardhaman – 135 kms from Kolkata...

At Singee, you can walk along the paddy fields, marvel at 300-year old terracotta temples, make wishes to the magic tree and sit besides the Brahmani River gazing at the green horizon. There is something for everyone at Singee – a little know village in Bardhaman with a hint of history, culture, untouched village life and endless greenery. If you are harbouring some special interests like bird watching, then you can visit nearby ox-bow lake of Chupir Char in Purbasthali, which is the hotbed for migratory birds. BOOKING DETAILS OF SINGEE Otherwise, history buffs can make a trip to the nearby terracotta temples of Chandra Family and pay respects to the birthplace of Kashiram Das – the composer of Mahabharat in Bengali. Our village guesthouse in Singee is equipped with all modern amenities and commands a great view of the surrounding greenery. You can also take a swim in the guesthouse’s pond or do some angling with a country made fishing rod “Cheep”. For more photographs of Singee click here Places to see in Singee, Bardhaman: You can take your car for the local sightseeing of Singee or the village guesthouse in Singee can arrange for a bullock cart to take you along the muddy village roads. You can start with a visit to the birthplace of Kashiram Das – the poet to compose Mahabharata in Bengali, then you can visit the Navratan structured temple of Buro Shibtala. This temple exudes the typical temple architecture of Bengal in the 18th and 19th Century. Next stop could be the wish-fulfilling magic Banyan tree of Kshetropal. Much older than history, this tree is revered by the villagers for its powers to fulfil wishes of all. In certain auspicious days, animal sacrifices are still held here. Further, along the muddy village roads, crossing paddy fields and vegetable orchards, you would come to the banks of the Brahmani River and a bamboo bridge over it. Nearby attractions of Singee, Bardhaman: Just 22 kms from Singee, is the famous bird watching spot of Chupir Char in Purbasthali. Here, river Ganges takes a sharp turn and creates a marshland which invites migratory birds in winter. If you put up at the village guesthouse in Singee, then you can easily visit Chupir Char in early mornings and late evenings to catch the best moments of the winged visitors. Another nearby attraction is the terracotta temple complex of Chandra Family in Moolti Village. Nearly 300 years old, these terracotta temples represent the Orissa structure of temple building. Still in good shape, these temples and the adjoining Zamindari buildings gives you a feeling of time travelling. Things to do in Singee, Bardhaman: You can take a walk along the village roads or take a swim in the guesthouse’s pond. You can also try your hand in fishing or go for bird watching in the fields and rivers of Singee. Visiting local temples, enjoying bullock cart rides and observing the local rituals and culture are few things you can do here in Singee village. Apart from this, you can spend some quiet evenings with your loved ones, plant some more trees or accompany your children to pick up some fresh vegetables from the guesthouse garden or local fields. How to reach Singee, Bardhaman: If you are travelling by car, then you can take NH19 from Kolkata and cross Singur and reach Jaugram and further take diversions to reach Manteswar and finally Singee. If you are travelling by train, the...
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Tshlamthang, South Sikkim – 98 kms from Siliguri...

Tshlamthang is a quaint village tucked in the Himalayan foothills. The bird’s eye view of gurgling Teesta River and snow-clad Nathula peaks create a mix of charms. The name Tshlamthang means Orange Farm. It is a quiet and organic spot for both people who love to laze in nature enjoying native cuisine and culture and adventurous people looking for treks, bird watching, trails and walks and angling. With plenty of nearby tourist attractions like Ravangla, Temi, Solophok and forest trekking scope, this new destination in South Sikkim is still an unknown paradise. BOOKING DETAILS OF TSHLAMTHANG Places to see at Tshlamthang: The best mode of sightseeing is by foot, though transport is also available. The first stop could be a 160-year-old local Heritage House, created with local stuff like wood, bamboo and Siru. Next you can take a short trek to the Ban Jakhri Cave, the ancient abode of Jakhris (witch doctors of Sikkim). You can also climb the Daras (the highest point of a hill) like the Harray Dara, sacred to newly married couples or Deorali Dara overlooking villages and mountains. Click here for images of Tshlamthang Nearby attractions of Tshlamthang: Go on a small cliff edge trail to Tarey Bhir. On the cliff top, view River Teesta and Rangeet among pine forests. If you are lucky, spot the rare wild mountain goats – Bharals. Visit Ravangla for majestic mountain views and sprawling Buddha Park, with a 130-foot high Buddha statue. Visit Chaardham, Solophok, with a hilltop view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Chaardham has replicas of the 12 Hindu Jyotirlingas and four Dhams (pilgrimage sites). It has a 87-feet high sitting Shiva and a 16.5 feet high statue of Lord Kiriteshwara. Visit Samdruptse Monastery, 30 kms from Tshlamthang, and with a 45-meter high golden statue of Guru Padmasambhava. For nature lovers, Temi Tea Garden is a must visit from here. Around 14 kms from Tshlamthang, this is one and only tea garden of Sikkim. You can view Mt. Kanchenjungha and witness tea processing from Temi. Things to do at Tshlamthang: Forest picnics with fishing are fun. The locals arrange everything well. You can even fry up your day’s catch! Forest trekking to Maenam Hill and Tendong Hill is available with guides, porters, tents, permits and all else required. Walks in forests, farmlands, villages, cave or the riverside are also popular. It’s a farm area so you can also do some vegetable picking. Enjoy fishing in Kaleej Khola, 2 kms away. Catch cold water fishes like Asala, Buduna, Chirkey, Bhitti and sometimes rare species like Goonch. Basic fishing equipment is available but professionals should bring their own gear. Birdwatchers can see seasonal migratory Himalayan birds like Woodpeckers, Warblers, Magpies, Finches, Sunbirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Eagles, and Patridges. Enjoy cultural programs performed by local communities: Chettris, Bharmans, Karmis and Subbas. Best is the Barbeque with the local drink Thumba. How to reach Tshlamthang: From NJP railway station it takes over 3 hours to reach by road. Tshlamthang is near to Namchi as well as Gangtok. Best time to visit Tshlamthang: The hotter months (May, June) are good for those who want to beat the heat of the plains. The rains (July, Aug) bring a cloud cover (that often hides the Himalayas) but has a charm of its own. The winters are good for people who wish to see the oranges bloom and for clearer views of the mountains. Lodging and dining facilities at Tshlamthang: With four comfortable Double Bedrooms in a cottage perched on a hilltop hanging over a...
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Agarhati, South 24 Pgs – 66 kms from Kolkata...

While you sit at the green island and look out to the endless water meeting the sky at the horizon, a freshly cooked maach bhaja (fried fish) arrives to break your thought process. You bite a piece off and let your thoughts float with the clouds and suddenly you feel a slight tension building on your fishing rod – that’s it! Your second catch of the day. Fishing or the professionals would call it angling, boating, basking in the sun and playing around with your children on the lush lawn are few things you can do at the resort in Agarhati, just 60 kms from Kolkata. If you are longing to run away from the hectic city life for a day and spend a lazy weekend in a water world, then come to Agarhati. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI Places to see in Agarhati: A true water world, just two-hour drive from Kolkata. The resort itself sits on large fishing lakes (bheris) surrounded by water on all sides. The endless stretch of water meets the skies in the distance. There is a small lush green island within the resort connected by a bamboo bridge (sankho) where you can sit and enjoy the view of water on all sides. Click here for images of Agarhati Nearby attractions of Agarhati: Just 16 kms from Agarhati is Malancha – one of the largest fish markets in West Bengal. You can also pay a visit to the newly-built bridge over Vidyadhari River at Malancha and see the setting sun over the confluence of Ichamati River and Vidyadhari River. You would also find the brick kiln chimneys standing tall along the riverbank as far as you can see and the ferries crossing the river every now and then. Things to do in Agarhati: The best thing to do in Agarhati is to do nothing – just sit back in the gazebo and watch the clouds float across the blue skies. Few other things you can do here are fishing, boating and spending some quality time with your family in the park. You can also take a nap in the island’s lush green grass accompanied by the lullaby of the lapping lake water. At Agarhati, you can kill the stress of your work-life and come close to your family and friends. Best time to visit Agarhati: You can visit Agarhati anytime of the year. The winters are best for basking in the sun while the monsoons are best for the lush greenery and dark clouds rolling over the horizon. How to reach Agarhati: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and cross Malancha to reach Agarhati. All Buses connecting Dhamakhali from Kolkata will take you to Agarhati. Lodging and Food at Agarhati: Presently, there are four air-conditioned rooms at resort. All rooms are equipped with large comfy beds, wardrobes, attached western bathrooms, mini-fridge, hot water geysers, LED televisions with cable connection, 24-hours electricity and other facilities that make your lives comfortable. There is also a dining hall where some sumptuous food is served. The resort is facilitated with manicured lawns, a children’s’ park, few thatched gazebos for your evening gossip, three large fishing lakes and an island within the water world. BOOKING DETAILS OF AGARHATI...
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Kurbia, Kurseong – 38 kms from Siliguri...

If you have dreamt of a cosy home within the lush tea gardens overlooking the snow capped peaks of Mt. Kanchenjungha – then its time you spend your weekend at Kurbia. Tucked within Darjeeling’s legendary tea gardens – Castleton, Monteviot and Springside, Kurbia at an altitude of around 5000 feet is the place where you take long walks along the tea gardens and gaze at Mt. Kanchenjungha while sipping your coveted “first flush.” If you are planning for some sightseeing, then Kurseong, Ghoom, Darjeeling and few other untouched nearby destinations can be on your cards. A tea factory tour is also recommended during your stay at Kurbia. BOOKING DETAILS OF KURBIA Places to see in Kurbia: Being near to Kurseong, from Kurbia you can visit the famous Eagle’s Craig View Point from where you can catch a panoramic view of the hills, hamlets, forests and the plains of Bengal too. There is a “Shahid Smarak” to commemorate the martyrs of the 1988 agitation. you can also visit the nearby Grotto, which houses a statue of the Virgin Mary and is perfect for spending time in solitude. Then there is the famous Giddapahar view point and Sati Mata Temple, a deer park, a forest museum and off course St. Paul’s Church and the beautiful colonial buildings of Dowhill. Click here for images of Kurbia Nearby attractions of Kurbia: You can take a short trip to Darjeeling and spend your time at the famous Mall or tickle your tastebuds at the Keventers and Glenary’s. Also, a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and the famous Darjeeling Zoo can be made. Some nearby forest villages like Lepchajagat, Bagora and Chimeni can be covered in day trips too. The Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Pashupati Market in Nepal, Jorepokhri and the Sumendu Lake in Mirik are few of the sightseeing option to be covered in day trips. Things to do in Kurbia: If tea gardens fascinate you, then Kurbia will not disappoint you. Some of the world’s best tea gardens are located all around Kurbia. You can take long walks within these tea gardens and watch the local folks plucking tea in their colourful attires. Also, you can simply spend your time in the balcony basking in the morning sun and watching Mt. Kanchenjungha changing colours. A tea factory visit or a family picnic in a tea garden would remind you of Kurbia’s colonia past. A short drive from Kurbia would take you to one of the stations of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from where you can enjoy the heritage toy train ride of Darjeeling. Best time to visit Kurbia: Kurbia can be visited anytime of the year. Tea gardens are lush during monsoons and early winters whereas the late winters are perfect for enjoying the splendid views of Mt. Kanchenjungha looming over Kurseong in the distance. How to reach Kurbia: You can catch any vehicle towards Kurseong and it would drop you near Kurbia. Regular cars and buses are available from Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri and Bagdogra Airport to Kurseong. Lodging and Food at Kurbia: One of the best home stays in Darjeeling tea gardens is located in Kurbia. Surrounded by tea estates on all sides this tea garden homestay also enjoys a great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. There are Double Bedrooms, triple bedrooms, a common sitting room and a dining hall available to the guests. All rooms have attached balconies overlooking tea gardens and Mt. Kanchenjungha. The rooms have...
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Bees Gaon, Darjeeling – 90 kms from Siliguri...

Located within a pine forest, this heritage wood bungalow in Bees Gaon is a hidden treasure just 28 kms from Darjeeling. A walk from the bungalow would take you to a nursery, tea gardens and some more British heritage bungalows. The sparkling weather at 5000 feet and the wilderness of the surrounding pine forest makes the stay in Bees Gaon bungalow a lifetime experience. Being near to Darjeeling, Bees Gaon is also a choice for tourists who want to escape the chaos of Darjeeling yet enjoy the sightseeing options in day trips like Ghoom, Batasia, Teesta Valley, Lamahatta, Takdah and the numerous tea gardens like Gielle and Runglee Rungliot. BOOKING DETAILS OF BEES GAON Places to see in Bees Gaon: Bees Gaon falls on the outskirts of the British Cantonment area of Takdah. You can take a walk to the nearby nurseries and visit some of the British Heritage Bungalows here. The pine forest surrounding Bees Gaon is one its major attractions. A short drive can take you to the newly-discovered park area of Lamahatta and the forest village of Tinchuley. You can also stroll in the tea gardens and visit the local monastery, church and Tibetan Medicine School. A morning trip to Teesta Valley View point to enjoy the longest view of Teesta River with the mighty Mt. Kanchnjungha looming over it can also be very rewarding. Click here for photos of Bees Gaon Nearby attractions of Bees Gaon: Main town Darjeeling is just 28 kilometers from Bees Gaon, so a day trip to Darjeeling can be on your itinerary too. A stroll in Darjeeling’s Mall, a visit to Keventer’s and Glenary’s, the toy train ride, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia loop, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoo – everything can be enjoyed in day trips from Bees Gaon. You can also visit Peshoke Tea Gardens just 15 kms away or enjoy a days at the orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa around 13 kms away. Things to do in Bees Gaon: If you are into bird watching and nature photography, then Bees Gaon will not disappoint you. You can trek through the forests of Beesgaon crossing some makeshift bamboo bridges to discover some rare species of butterflies and birds. If you are planning to do nothing and just sit-back and enjoy nature, then take your favourite novel with you to read while basking on the bungalow’s lawn and sipping to fine Darjeeling tea. You can also visit the local Haat (weekly market) and the local nursery to buy some orchids and local handicrafts. However, do not forget to rise early at Bees Gaon – the sunrise is spectacular from the bungalow! How to reach Bees Gaon: You can get shared cars from Darjeeling as well as Ghoom to Beesgaon. If you want “pick-up” services can also be arranged from NJP, Siliguri or Bagdogra. Best time to visit Bees Gaon: You can visit Bees Gaon anytime of the year. The winters are known for their sparkling weather and spectacular sunrise while the monsoons are favourite with tourists who love to see lush forests and tea gardens covered in mists and clouds. Lodging and dining facilities at Bees Gaon: The heritage wood bungalow in Beesgaon has just completed its 100th birthday. Recently, it has been renovated with some modern facilities like hot water geysers, attached western bathrooms, cushy beds and a lounge area with a Television for the guests. Presently, the bungalow has two triple bedrooms to offer  its guests...
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Shankarda, Jharkhand – 15 kms from Tatanagar...

There are few places on earth where you get a chance to find yourself – Shankarda is one of them. A four-hour journey from Kolkata to Tatanagar and another 15 kms on the dark snaking roads through tribal villages and paddy fields will take you to this little known village of Shankarda in Jharkhand. Surrounded by lush Narwa and Dalma Hills and crisscrossed by tributaries of Subarnarekha River, this picturesque village boasts of a fascinating eco resort, where your children get a chance to pick vegetables from kitchen gardens and run around in swaying paddy fields. You can spare some time to visit local attractions like Chandil Dam, Dimna Lake, Dalma Hills and Jubilee Park but the real attraction here is the valley at Pahar Bhanga Hills. It is simply mesmerizing! BOOKING DETAILS OF SHANKARDA Places to see in Shankarda, Jharkhand: There is something about Paharbhanga Hills and Rankini Mandir just 07 kilometers away. Here two rivers meandering through tribal villages meet the Subarnarekha River on a remote valley. It is a sight to behold! The villages are lined with mud houses decked with colourful paintings on their walls. The rich culture of some of the oldest tribes of India still survives in these villages. Click here for more photos of Shankarda Nearby attractions of Shankarda: Just 52 kms from Shankarda is the Chandil Dam built at the confluence of Subarnarekha and Karkori Rivers. The dam and its adjacent lake surrounded by dense forests and hills is one of the most scenic spots in Jharkhand. A museum and some temples border the lake. On the way to Chandil, you can cover the Dimna Lake (32 kms from Shankarda) and Jubilee Park (24 kms from Shankarda). If you are planning to stay a couple of days at Shankarda, then you can keep a visit to Dalma Hills just 32 kms away in your itinerary too. The forests surrounding the Dalma Hills are famous for wild elephants and you can catch a glimpse of them if you are lucky enough. Few other popular destinations like Ghatshila and Galudih also fall within 40 kms of Shankarda. Things to do at Shankarda, Jharkhand: Take a walk in the nearby villages and capture the daily life of the villagers, arrange a picnic in Paharbhanga Hills or enjoy a cockfight in the local market. If bird watching and hiking is your new-found love, then the hills and forests around Narwa can be very rewarding. If photography is something you have always cherished, then you can get some of the best glimpses of tribal life in and around Shankarda. The resort also arranges for local tribal programs in the evenings on request. You can try fishing in the resort’s pond or rent a bicycle and paddle your way through the paddy fields and villages. It must have been long since you felt the wind on your face! Best time to visit Shankarda: The dark clouds roll down the Narwa hills and green paddy fields during monsoons and it makes for a sight to behold. The winters bring in a chill and you would enjoy the mid-day sun, wild flowers and the many tribal festivals. Shankarda can be visited anytime of the year and especially when you are stressed out. How to reach Shankarda, Jharkhand: There are regular train services to Tatanagar from all parts of the country. Shankarda is 15 kms from Tatanagar Railway Station. Pickup service from Tatanagar Railway Station or Jamshedpur is also available....
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Chandpur, Midnapore – 170 kms from Kolkata...

Chandpur is the newest beach destination near Kolkata. Still untouched by tourists, Chandpur has the cleanest stretch of beach anywhere near Kolkata. This beach is best for spending your weekend frolicking in the briny waters. But, Chandpur reveals its true mystery during full moon nights when the sea seems to turn into silver and the beach golden. In Chandpur, you enjoy the sunset, the early morning walks on the beach and the lonely evenings with your loved ones on the resort’s terrace watching the twinkling stars of the night sky meeting the endless sea. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDPUR Places to see in Chandpur: A very clean and lonely beach is what you would love to see in Chandpur. There is something about lonely beaches – it gives you the feeling of “owning the horizon.” The eerie looking stumps bordering the beach and the feeling of being “one of the firsts” to reach a virgin beach is just enough to persuade any traveller to pack his bags this weekend. Surely! Visiting Chandpur now, will make you feel like Robinson Crusoe.  For more photos of Chandpur click here Nearby attractions of Chandpur: The major beach destinations like Digha, Shankarpur, Tajpur, Mandarmani, Talshari are all within 30 kms of this new sea beach destination. You can also take day trips to other nearby deserted beaches like Bankiput and climb the 96-feet high Dariapur Lighthouse to catch a panoramic view of the sea and land. The Deshapran Fishing Harbour located at Petuaghat at the confluence of Rasulpur River and Bay of Bengal can also be a part of your day-trip itinerary. Things to do in Chandpur: Walk, run, play and chase the mud crabs on the beach. Try building sand castles with your children and take a dip into the waters. The best part! No other tourists to make you feel guilty of your madness. For peace – stay at Chandpur, for some shopping experience – visit nearby Digha and for some excitement – visit nearby Mandarmani to try your hands on some adventure sports like Paragliding, Kayaking and Zorbing. How to reach Chandpur: If you are going by car, then you have to take the road to Chand pur before entering Shankarpur. If you are coming by train, then come to Digha Station and take a trekker to Chand pur. Best time to visit Chandpur: You can visit the place anytime of the year. The monsoons bring the rolling dark clouds over Bay of Bengal and the winters give a sparkling weather just fine for your long walks over the beach collecting sea shells. Lodging and Food at Chandpur: A newly-built resort with 12 Double Bedrooms facilitated with all earthly comforts like air conditioning, cushy beds, televisions, attached western bathrooms, a lush lawn and a fabulous terrace facing the sea will make your stay quite comfortable. Other simpler services like car rentals for day trips and generators for electric breakdowns are also available in the resort. The food served in the resort is necessarily sumptuous Bengali cuisine. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Rajendrapur, South 24 Pgs – 42 kms from Kolkata...

Rajendrapur is a beautiful village just 42 kms from the heart of Kolkata. It is one of the best places to visit and de-stress yourself after a week of hectic work in the office. You wake up to the chirping of birds and watch out from the window of your mud hut to the green horizon of paddy fields dotted with towering coconut trees. You stay in mud huts decked with modern facilities but no Televisions. There is a pond where you can wet your feet and enjoy angling with local fishing rods. The local village boy can also teach you how to cast fishing net. Few things, which have already started vanishing from our complex urban lives like fresh khejurer rash (date juice), shorshey phool (mustard flower), hansher ghar (duck house) can still be seen at Rajendrapur. Rajendrapur village is soon becoming one of the best weekend escapades near Kolkata. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJENDRAPUR Places to see in Rajendrapur: The simple and slow moving village life of Rajendrapur would surely make you envious. You would find the farmers ploughing their fields, children chasing ducks, fisherman casting their nets and the village elders sitting under the Peepul tree discussing the year’s crops. Paddy and mustard fields stretch as far as your eye can meet on one side of the village, while the other side has vegetable gardens, ponds and mango orchards. The mango grove is more like a hideout surrounded by green fields, vegetable gardens and a placid pond teeming with carps. A walk through the paddy fields would take you to this peaceful refuge.  For more photos of Rajendrapur click here Nearby attractions of Rajendrapur: Take a ride in the local van rickshaws to the famous Vidyadhari River at nearby Malancha (around 6 kms from Rajendrapur). You can watch the setting sun from the bridge over Vidyadhari River. Rajendrapur is surrounded by large fishing ponds and a mango grove. Fish lovers can also visit nearby Malancha Village, while returning from Rajendrapur to buy some fresh catches. Malancha is one of the biggest fish markets in West Bengal. Things to do in Rajendrapur: Take a village walk in the paddy fields and chase the ducks to the puddle. If bird watching is your hobby, then the early mornings of Rajendrapur can yield some nice surprises for you. But the best thing to do in Rajendrapur is to become a part of the village life. You can take long walks taking to the edges of paddy fields, do some fishing, try out khejur rash (date palm juice) early mornings, play badminton, bring out eggs from the duck house, do some campfire in the evenings and simply de-stress your weekend. Family addas during the afternoon and evening in the gazebo with a barbeque can be a unique thing to do during your stay here. Essentially, a stay here is a 2 days of peace in the green. How to reach Rajendrapur: If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and take the road turning right before Malancha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will take you to Rajendrapur. Lodging and dining facilities at Rajendrapur: Presently, there are two mud houses in the eco village for guests to stay. Located beside the ponds overlooking the paddy fields and gardens, these spacious Double Bed ethnic mud houses are equipped with all modern facilities like electricity and attached western bathrooms with 24-hrs water. You would also...
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Mangerjang, Rangpo – 89 kms from Siliguri...

Mangerjang is a small village, surrounded by forests overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Far from the tourist rush – it’s a refuge for the soul searchers. Here, you wake up to bird calls and fall asleep to starry nights. You can take jungle walks and stay in a village still not marked on the tourist map. Located at an altitude of 3500 feet on a cliff, Mangerjang is very near to Munsong and just 11 kms from Rangpo. The village has around eight resident families, who till a small piece of land and leave the rest to the deep forests. A village monastery, a playing field and a homestay run by an enterprising villager, is what makes most of the village. You also have a small thatched seating space on the cliff’s edge to enjoy your cup of tea and an open Maachan (bamboo watch tower) jutting out and hanging over the hill to overlook River Teesta and Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF MANGERJANG Places to see at Mangerjang: There is a small monastery in Mangerjang and the village is surrounded by forests. You can take a forest walk with your hosts or spend all the time at The Maachan hanging over the cliff and witnessing the changing colours of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. From the Maachan, you can enjoy views of Sikkim on the distance and the winding highways along the river. This little village of Mangerjang is near to Pedong, Munsong and Rangpo. Click here for more photos of Mangerjang Nearby attractions at Mangerjang: After a restful night you can make short trips to the nearby attractions. The Cross Hill near Pedong built in 1882 is acknowledged as a site of pilgrimage by the Local Christian Community. Another wonderful location is the Shahid Park, which nestles 2 km away from Pedong Bazar. The park guards a stone, in honor of a local young soldier of Indian Army, Late Palender Raj who gave up his life at the (Kargil War). A trip to the Damsang fort, located in Pedong is also rewarding. However, only the ruins of the fort exist now. Do not miss to have the fascinating beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forestland. Many tourists also visit the Jalsa viewpoint in upper Munsong, a great place within the Cinchona plantation with a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, River Teesta and lush forests surrounding it. There is an old British Bungalow at Jalsa, which gives the place a mystic feel and reminds of the Sahibs and their trips to the Himalayas. Things to do at Mangerjang: You can either idle away your whole stay or enjoy some activities. You can trek through the forests or hire a car to go around the places. The place is also great for bird watching. However, the best thing to do is to climb up the Machan and gaze towards the mountains, rivers and forests. In the evenings you can arrange a small campfire. How to reach Mangerjang: The closest railway station from the destination is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. You would get shared cars to Rangpo in Sikkim from NJP or Bagdogra. From Rangpo or Kalimpong you can take the pick-up service to Mangerjang. Best time to visit Mangerjang: Mangerjang welcomes tourist round the year. Winter is the best time for viewing Mt. Kanchenjungha. The monsoons fill up the rivers to the brim and gushing water, lush forests and wild flowers...