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Tingchim, North Sikkim – 25 kms from Gangtok...

Tingchim is a scenic village in North Sikkim. Tingchim literally means a bamboo urn in Lepcha language. Nestled at an altitude of about 3150 feet, this village is surrounded by a magnificent dense forest with a rock cliff backdrop and a view of the snaking Teesta River. But, the best-kept secret of this little village is the emerald sacred lake within the dark forest guarded by a monastery. This lovely village between Phodong and Mangan serves as an excellent base for the weary travelers who want to spend a day amidst nature after a hectic North Sikkim tour. BOOKING DETAILS OF TINGCHIM Places to see in Tingchim: Tingchim provides you with everything that a traveler would wish for – a sacred lake, a monastery, varieties of flora and fauna and unmatched hospitality. You can visit 133 year-old Tingchim Mani Lhakhang monastery and observe their periodic rituals. This monastery offers Bumkar Puja, an annual prayer held during mid December or the first week of January. You can roam about the Tingchim Tso Lake, ideally located within the forest where silence is broken only by the chirping of unknown birds. This lake, teeming with fish – is thought to be a sacred lake where the villagers offer prayers on several occasions. An interesting feature of this lake is that one part of the lake has dark black water whereas the other part has emerald green water. For more photos of Tingchim click here Nearby attractions of Tingchim: Merely 20 minutes jeep ride will lead you to a newly constructed botanical garden and butterfly park. The medicinal plants and the colorful butterflies are worth watching. The Phensang Monastery established in 1721 AD of Nyingmapa order, is just 16 kms from Tingchim. The monks host an annual festival on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar when sacred dances are performed. Another important monastery is the Phodong Monastery built in the early 18th century. This prestigious monastery has various collections of some ancient murals. Next you can make an exciting trip to Seven Sisters waterfall. The flow of water and the panoramic view will thrill you. This waterfall hits the rocks in seven stages but from the road below you can make out only three stages. If you are a good trekker just reach the view point towards the source of waterfall to make out the seven stages clearly. Another lovely historic site is Kabi Lungchok, where the Lepchas signed the Treaty of Blood Brotherhood with religious fervor during 14th century. It is located 10 kms from Timching on the northern highway. Life size statues of the Lepchas and the Bhutias mark the place where the treaty was signed. Things to do in Tingchim: A pleasure walk through the dense forest would be very rewarding. Walk a little ahead through the forests to the lake and sit beside its placid waters to meditate or simply fall-back on those lost memories. Bird watchers will love the forests teeming with their feathered friends. You may be accustomed with a modern spa but the traditional Lepcha Hot Stone Herbal Bath infused inside a thatched hut is an unbelievable exotic pleasure. This is believed to cure skin ailments and strengthen the bones. If you love trekking, then try out a short one-hour trek to Srijunga Manghim. However, if you are one of those who love to see what only the brave hearts have seen before, then try out the 30 kms...
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Chibo, Kalimpong – 65 kms from Siliguri...

Chibo is a new tourist destination just 4 kms from Kalimpong. Mountains have always been a wonder for tourists. Chibo claims an average altitude of 4100 feet and is a pristine hill village in the Himalayas located on a ridge, offering spectacular views of the Mt. Kanchenjungha and the surrounding forests and foothills. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHIBO Places to see in Chibo Kalimpong: Forests and wild flowers all around make Chibo a small paradise tucked along the slopes of Himalayas. A cactus garden in front of a local village house is just lovely to look at. Chibo has wonderful greenery surrounded by the tall pine trees (locally known as Dhupi) and colourful flowers. The chirping birds and the fresh air of Chhibo makes it an ideal weekend destination to rest and bask in the morning sun.  Click here for more images of Chibo Nearby attractions of Chibo Kalimpong: From Chibo, you can just take a sightseeing trip to Kalimpong, just 4 kms away. Your first stop could be Durpin Dara – an observatory point offering a stunning view of the Himalayas, the meandering Teesta and Relli rivers and the plains far below. You are sure to be charmed by the wonderful nurseries of Kalimpong. History hunters and soul searchers can visit the Pedong monastery, built around 1837 to revive their spirituality. There is also another monastery called Thongsa monastery, considered one of the oldest monasteries of the region. The Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang monastery is situated near the Durpin Dara. You can also visit the Tharpa Choeling monastery, which belong to the Yellow Hat sect of lamas. Travelling through the monasteries, do not miss the remains of a historic Bhutanese fort in Pedong. The Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center established by Mrs. Graham is famous for teaching carpet weaving, dyeing, painting, leather craft, tailoring and carpentry to the locals. The center also promotes the creations of local craftsmen and artisans. The Mangal Dham Mandir spanning an area of two acres, built in 1993, contains the holy Samadhi of their Guruji. In Kalimpong, you can also spot a hidden sanctuary of Rabindranath Tagore – the Gauripur House. Some other noteworthy sightseeing places of Kalimpong are Swiss Dairy, Dharmodaya Vihar and Pranami Mandir. A picnic is always a welcome among groups of tourists. The Delo Hill is an ideal picnic spot with a newly built park and Science Center. A visit to Central Sericulture is truly rewarding, where you can see the breeding of silkworm and the production of silk. Things to do in Chibo Kalimpong: Nature always brings peace of mind. Relax, Drink coffee or tea enjoying the cool and sweet breeze. Let your children run about with full energy. Sink into the panoramic beauty of changing colours on Mt. Kanchenjungha during sunrise and enjoy a fascinating sunset too. Chibo is among the very few places from where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy a short trek of about 20 mins from Chibo to Eagle’s Eye Viewpoint through alpine forest from where you can get a fascinating view of Teesta River, and the National Highway winding beside the river. The forests surrounding Chibo is also great for bird watching. You can also take a village walk amidst paddy fields and farmlands in lower Chibo and nearby Rinkingpong area. How to reach Chibo Kalimpong: The closest railway station from the destination is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and the Siliguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is the...
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Doban, Rorathang – 84 kms from Siliguri...

If you are waiting for a lovely destination in North Bengal to have a great weekend with your beloved ones – Doban can be your choice. In Nepali – “Do” means “two” and “Ban” means “to tie”, so Doban refers to the tying of two rivers. This lovely new spot in the Kalimpong sub division is located at the confluence of two rivers, Rangpo River and Reshi River. The destination is gradually gaining popularity among the tourists for its unique location and picturesque landscape with surrounding forests. Moreover, Doban makes a perfect stopover for the tourists travelling through the Silk Route. It can be an ideal place for spending a day in sparkling weather watching birds and angling before taking to the high-altitude lakes of the Silk Route in Sikkim. You would have to cross a wooden bridge over Reshi River to reach Doban. BOOKING DETAILS OF DOBAN Things to see in Doban: Doban is surrounded with dense forest and grasslands and is home to a huge population of migratory and residential birds. The golden gleam of sunrise is undoubtedly awesome. You will just appreciate the rivers in moonlit night under the starry sky. It looks like a silver necklace lying on a green patch of land. After a hearty breakfast you can go out for a short nature trek to the surrounding forests. Click here for more pictures of Doban Nearby attractions of Doban: Just 18 kms from Doban is the small town – Aritar. The main attraction of this village is a beautiful “boot- shaped” lake called Lampokhari. The place, unique in its own way is covered with lush green forest, mountains, stepped farmlands and waterfalls. Aritar top, which is known as Mankhim offers an amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and some great nature trails, monasteries, view points, bird watching opportunities and village tour options. The Aritar Dak Bungalow, built in 1896 by the British is another attraction. From Doban, you can visit another interesting place, Pedong – a resort town just 38 kms away. There you will find the historical ruins of Damsang Fort, built in 1690 – the reminiscent of the Lepcha Kingdom. Apart from these, you may visit Reshikhola, another riverside destination, just 13 kms away from Doban. You can also take day trips to Kalimpong, which is just 47 kms away and the little hill station Lava just 55 kms away from Doban. Things to do in Doban: Angling in the waters of Rangpo and Reshi rivers can be fun. Children can run over the place and play “catch me if you can.” If you are fond of trekking, then you can go for short treks along the craggy riverbeds through forests up to Pedong. The crystal clear river is also a delight for water lovers. You would also find some farm animals like rabbits and sheep in the resort. A bird watcher can submerge himself in the exotic species of birds in this location. Doban is a heaven for birdwatchers, anglers, photographers and bookworms. How to reach Doban: Doban is very near to Rorathang, which is a border town between East Sikkim and West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 84 km from Siliguri and 47 km from Kalimpong. You can avail rented cars according to your choice and budget from both these places to reach the destination. Best time to visit Doban: The winters bring migratory birds to Doban but during the heavy monsoons of June, July and August,...
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Bawali, Budge Budge – 35 kms from Kolkata...

Staying in three ethnic cottages located beside two large ponds surrounded by more than 180 species of plants and an overdose of greenery can be your next weekend destination near Kolkata. A cruising drive of 35 kms through the villages on the outskirts of Kolkata would take you to this plant nursery, a garden, a modern ethnic guesthouse, a fish farm and a knowledge centre for under-privileged children – all put together. You can spend your weekend angling some great catches, reading some great books, telling stories to the village children and visiting some local attractions like the 300-year old Bawali Rajbari, Ganges riverside and Achipur. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAWALI Places to see in Bawali: The greatest attraction of Bawali is the 300 -year-old Bawali Raajbari (palace) and its adjacent Navratna Gopinath Temple built during the same time. It is believed that Rani Rashmoni built the famous Dakshineshwar Temple inspired from the architecture of this temple in Bawali. A visit to the temple ruins and the recently renovated Rajbari with its antique furniture, sprawling lawns and verandahs lined with Corinthian pillars would be a nice experience. For more photos of Bawali click here Nearby Attractions of Bawali: The area around Bawali has witnessed many historical events. The nearby Ferry Ghat of Budge Budge greeted Swami Vivekananda in 1897 when he returned from his Chicago visit. Till date, this event is celebrated by the people of Budge Budge on 19th of February every year. You can also visit the Raypur riverside just 07 kms away and watch the ships passing by. Another significant event, which took place in Budge Budge in 1914, was the Budge Budge Riot, where the Sikh nationalist Gurdit Singh was arrested in his Japanese ship Komagata Maru for protesting against the Exclusion Laws in Canada. Unfortunately, 20 nationalists fell to the British police firing and many were kept under house arrest in the nearby villages. A plaque remembering the 75th anniversary of this incident is now found in the Sikh Gurdwara of Vancouver, Canada. If you are a history addict, then try to make a trip to nearby Achipur on the banks of River Ganges. Interestingly, you would find a Chinese Temple here still holding back its wood carvings and a grand entrance. History says that Achipur was a Chinese settlement founded by the Chinese businessman – Tong Achi who established a sugar mill here during the 1770’s when Warren Hastings was the Governor-General of Bengal. The sugar mill had closed down long back but the temple and Tong Achi’s grave on the banks of River Ganges can still be found. The famous Boro Kachari Mandir is around 6 kms from here. You will find the ruins of the Barood Ghar (ammunition depot) of the British army located just beside the river is worth a visit. Things to do in Bawali: You can enjoy your weekend, fishing for the greatest catch of your lifetime (maybe a 5 kg Katla or Rohu) or you can simply take your favourite book and read it once more sitting on the balcony overlooking the green paddy fields and ponds. You can also take long village-walks or ask the Nursery Manager to show you all the interesting plants and orchids. If you are thinking of spending some quality time this weekend, then it would be a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience with the less-privileged children of the nearby villages who are taught the regular subjects by...
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Rangaroon, Darjeeling – 68 kms from Siliguri...

Rangaroon is a small scenic tea garden located 6000 feet above sea level and 16 kilometres from Darjeeling with a great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. With a small population and a tea-growing area of around 90 hectares, it is a popular destination among tourists who wish to extend their Darjeeling trip and take in the natural sights and sounds of the hills. Mostly used as a site for adventure travel, Rangaroon also commands offbeat travellers for its scenic beauty, its high quality tea and the abundance of rare and endangered plant, bird and animal species. BOOKING DETAILS OF RANGAROON The name Rangaroon is of Lepcha origin and translates into “The turning of the great river”. Indeed, it is at this valley that the River Rungdong takes a turn. The tea estate traces it’s origins to Lord Adain Ashley, the Governor of Bengal, in 1776. During the time, Rangaroon became famous for its premium quality tea, owing to its favourable climatic conditions and elevation. In fact, British colonists were highly fascinated by “Rangaroon tea” and began to brew and produce newer and more improved varieties of it. This is one of the mainstays of Rangaroon even to this day. Another feather in Rangaroon’s cap is the establishment of the first Botanic Garden in the hills in 1876 here. Rangaroon Photographs Whether it is trekking, hiking, adventure sports or wildlife, tourists will never be disappointed by the amazing range of sights and sounds and activities that Rangaroon has to offer. Places to see in Rangaroon: Rangaroon Tea Garden produces some of the world’s best quality tea, and is home to the world’s famous “Rangaroon” tea. Visitors may take a leisurely stroll through the garden, and breathe in the aroma of fresh tea leaves. In the process, they will also get stunning views of Rangaroon valley, Rungdong River, Tiger Hill, the Observatory Hill and a glimpse of the breathtaking Mt. Kanchenjunga range. Those interested in understanding the nuances of tea cultivation and production may wish to visit the 18th century tea factory that is still open to the public. Here, visitors may also interact with tea growers and tea pluckers to get an in-depth analysis of tea production and processing, as well as understand the different varieties of tea available. Mata Singha Temple serves as a place of religious significance to the people of Rangaroon. This temple is particularly important on the day of the Baisakhi Purnima, when residents of the valley as well as people from near and far congregate at this temple to offer prayers to the resident deity of the temple. Senchel Wildlife Sanctuary is home to some of the rarest animal and bird species in India. Some of the fauna of Rangaroong are unique to the hills alone, and are found nowhere else in India. There are guides in the village who locally arrange Tourists wishing to get a glimpse of old colonial architecture may visit the Old Bungalow, built by the late Frederic von Frostmann, a German native, between 1860 – 1870. Despite of repairs being conducted to the bungalow, a lot of it’s original structure have remained intact since it’s inception in 1860. Apart from rare and old paintings, a complete view of old fashioned architecture and gardening styles can be observed in the bungalow. Nearby Attractions of Rangaroon: From the world famous Tiger Hill from, you can catch a panoramic view of the first rays of the sun rising over the Mt. Kanchenjunga range. This...
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Lamahatta, North Bengal – 76 kms from Siliguri...

Lamahatta, located 23 kms from Darjeeling in West Bengal, is a picturesque mountain village situated 5400 feet above sea-level. It is surrounded on all sides by pine forests and gardens with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Lamahatta is an ideal holiday destination for tourists who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and enjoy natural solitude, with its rare and beautiful species of flowers carpeting the landscape and surrounding gardens. Lamahatta is well-connected to all major tourist hubs like Darjeeling and Kalimpong. BOOKING DETAILS OF LAMAHATTA Places to see around Lamahatta: The Road Side Garden is one of Lamahatta’s major attractions. This is an open garden spread over a wide expanse, surrounded by pine forests containing numerous seasonal flowers, as well as several rare and exotic species of orchids. In addition to browsing through the beautiful array of flowers on display, visitors are also able to relax on the numerous benches and enjoy the views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The watch tower also helps visitors to enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga as well as the Sikkim Hills, the River Teesta and the River Rangeet. Lamahatta Photo Gallery 12► The Dhupi or Pine Forest is the best place to take pleasant walks. Visitors may choose to hire guides or go on un-guided hikes through these forests. They are ideal for visitors who wish to spend quality time with nature. You can also hike to the two sacred ponds situated at the top of the hills guarded by pine forests. There are several tea estates to be visited in and around Lamahatta. Most famous among these is the Runglee-Rungliot Tea Estate, world-famous for its fine blend, and awesome aroma. Fortunate visitors may also be allowed to pamper their taste-buds with a heady cup of freshly brewed tea, which will really soothe their senses. The other tea estates to visit are Takdah, Geil and Teesta Valley, each of which has their own particular variety of tea. No visit to Lamahatta can be complete without a visit to any of these lovely estates. Nearby attractions of Lamahatta: Darjeeling, located approximately 6700 feet above sea-level is just 23 kms from Lamahatta. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (which is a UNESCO heritage site), the Himalayan Zoo (housing several rare and endangered species of animals such as the Tibetan wolf and the Red Panda) and the Mall are some of the famous attractions of Darjeeling. Another hill town – Kalimpong located on a ridge above the Teesta River is a major tourist destination famous for its nurseries growing some of the rarest orchids and cacti. When in Kalimpong, you can visit the famous Zhang Dok Palri Phodang monastery, the golf course, Rabindranath Tagore’s house and the famous markets of Kalimpong. Another nearby hill town is Takdah located very close to the Runglee Rungliot area of the Darjeeling district. This erstwhile Cantonment area of the British is known for its extensive stretches of tea gardens, several old British bungalows, pine forests and the famous Takdah Orchid Centre. The little hamlet of Tinchuley located in Darjeeling, gets its name from the word for “three ovens”. The eco- tourist will enjoy visiting Tinchuley, as it has over the course of several years developed several sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies such as vermin-composting and by-compost. This has enabled Tinchuley to emerge as a centre for eco-friendly floriculture and forest nurseries. The other star attractions of Tinchuley are the Gumbadara view point, from which visitors can get...
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Dara Eco Village, Kalimpong – 58 kms from Siliguri...

Dara Eco Village is perched on a mountain slope amidst orange orchards facing Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Located ahead of Teesta Bazar towards the western side of the Kalimpong hills, in the Teesta Valley, the Dara Eco Village is home to few terraced farms, forests and too many orange orchards. But, the real attraction of this little village is the 105 year old Heritage house. Completely made of wood, this century-old home still has the earliest wood foundations, door arches, staircases, wooden floors and khirkis intact. Recently renovated with modern facilities, the Dara Eco Village Heritage Bungalow with its sprawling lawns and old world charm is no less than a time-travelling experience. This bungalow is one of the very few heritage homes in the Eastern Himalayas, where you can still see the wood-works and architecture of century-old local artisans. BOOKING DETAILS OF DARA ECO VILLAGE Places to see in Dara Eco Village: You can get a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Kalimpong hills as well as a bird’s eye view of the meandering Teesta River from your house. A huge orange orchard surrounds your heritage home, which is located on the fringes of the forest. You would also find some Buddhist Stupas (Chortens) on the nearby hilltop, from where you can savour a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. A stroll around the village will take you to a local school, a temple, terraced farms and more orange orchards. Dara Eco Village Photos 12► Nearby attractions of Dara Eco Village: While staying at Dara Eco Village, you can visit Kalimpong just 24 kms away. The major attractions of Kalimpong include the Durpin Dara Monastery, Delo Park, the various Cactus gardens and off course its markets. If you want to tread the uncharted path, then the forests of Tinchuley and orange orchards of Chota Mangwa can be visited too. The confluence of River Teesta and River Rangit is 12 kms from Dara Eco Village. A trip to nearby tea gardens like Lopchu and Peshok should also be on your cards. Things to do at Dara Eco Village: You have a lot of opportunities for activities at Dara Eco Village. Trekking and bird watching are abundant and so is river rafting in the waters of Teesta. Angling can be enjoyed in Teesta just 08 kms away. You can always take a nature walk along the forest trails to the nearby Chortens on the hill top. Meditation can be practiced in some secluded spot of Dara Eco Village, where no sound of this civilized world has ever reached. How to reach at Dara Eco Village: Get down at New Jalpaiguri Railway station or Siliguri Bus Stop and then take NH-31A straight to Teesta Bazaar. From here you need to hire a car to take you to Dara Eco Village (around 08 kms away). The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. Best time to visit Dara Eco Village: In the winter season, the orange garden is full of oranges and in summers, the chill in the wind will give you the much awaited respite from the sun baked plains. Lodging and dining facilities at Dara Eco Village: You would be staying in a 105 year-old wooden house rich in local wood-works overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha. With a lush lawn in front and an orange orchard in its backyard this heritage home is one of the last few heritage homes built by local artisans. This bungalow is very different from the popular British...
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Singell, Kurseong – 40 kms from Siliguri...

Situated at an elevation of five thousand feet above sea level, and located very close to both Kurseong Town and Darjeeling, Singell is a beautiful but lesser known destination. It is surrounded on all side by alpine villages and tea-estates. It is perfect for those who wish to enjoy several days of perfect calm and solitude, since Singell, given its location and nature, is never crowded and is free of the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors who wish to catch a glimpse of nearby hill-stations can do so, especially catching glimpses of the toy-train from one’s window. BOOKING DETAILS OF SINGELL During the British era, Singell and nearby Kurseong was a town for resting and convalescence, especially for wounded soldiers. Owing to its remoteness and solitude, it provided the perfect place for the same. With several British built bungalows and villas spread all over the landscape, lush tea gardens, colonial churches and pine forests Singell will never disappoint you with all its charm. Singell Photographs Places to see around Singell: Tea Gardens – There are several tea gardens of both historical and commercial significance in Singell. These include Castleton, Makaibare, Singell, Goomtee and Ambotia. Visitors to any of these gardens will be able to get a glimpse of the manufacturing process of the finest Darjeeling tea in the world, and will be enriched for the experience.   Eagle’s Craig View Point – This is located at the top of the hill, on the edge of the cliff. It offers an excellent view of the hills, hamlets, forests and villages surrounding the town. It is well furnished with a watch tower, flower garden and places to sit and relax. This point also has a stone altar adorned with a kukri, called the “Shahid Smarak”. This memorial was built by the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council to commemorate the martyrs of the 1988 agitation. A cafeteria is also located here, to provide fresh beverages and snacks to all weary visitors. In the late evening and night, a fantastic view of Siliguri can also be had from here, when the lights of the nearby town are clearly visible. This is truly a photogenic moment. Deer Park – Located on Dow Hill, this is a deer sanctuary which once held a large and thriving population of the animal; however deforestation has resulted in loss of large numbers. Visitors may still get to catch a glimpse of the animals, but entry into the forested area is strictly prohibited. Forest Museum – The Forest Museum is situated on Dow Hill. It gives visitors a firsthand look into the animals that were, and are present in Singell. It is a must for naturalists who wish to get a glimpse of Singell’s natural history and the animals that may now have become extinct from the mountains. Giddapahar – This site provides a breath-taking view of the mountains, and is excellent for photography. It also houses the Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple, a rock temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It can serve as an excellent tourist spot for both devotees and visitors alike.   Ambootia Temple – This temple is located within the Ambootia Tea Estate, and is a focal point for several devotees. Dowhill Girl’s School – A stellar example of colonial British architecture, it is surrounded by peaceful and green environs lined with pine trees. It is well-known for the quality of education it provides. Victoria Boy’s School – This school has some...
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Rongbull, Ghoom – 52 kms from Siliguri...

Just before Ghoom, on the way to Darjeeling you would come across a non-descriptive village market place called Rongbull Bazar. If you leave the highway and take to the dirt tracks, then a drive of another five kilometres would take you to the famous tea gardens, valleys, waterfalls and endless stretches of blue mountains in the Himalayan foothills of Rongbull village. Here lies our new found destination for travellers who love to spend their weekends far from the tourist crowds. BOOKING DETAILS OF RONGBULL Here, you would find a village resort within a tea estate, overlooking the valleys, forests and tea gardens. While staying here, you can visit the ‘Queen of the Hills’ – Darjeeling just 15 kms. away in day trips and take local sightseeing trips to Ghoom Monastery, Batasia Loop or Kurseong. If you are of the adventurous type, then you can trek to the nearby Indrani Waterfalls, go for bird watching in the surrounding forests or try out angling in the Balasun River. The famous Tiger Hill is just 10 kms from here and you can take a short trip early morning from Rongbull Village to witness the golden hue over Mt. Kanchenjungha during sunrise. Rongbull Photographs 12► Places to see in Rongbull: The tea estate provides the picture-perfect scenery for the guests interested in enjoying a bit of nature’s beauty. You can take long walks through the rows of manicured tea bushes, and enjoy magnificent views of the valley. Known to the locals as Indrani Waterfalls – this is an excellent picnic spot, where you find a perennial rainbow at the base of the waterfall. A short trek from the resort would take you to this waterfall. Nearby attractions of Rongbull: Day trips to Balasun River Valley or the nearby tea factory would be a very refreshing experience. The other major sightseeing spots include Darjeeling and its nearby areas, Kurseong and Mirik. A short drive from the resort (just 15 kms away) would take you to Darjeeling and the famous Mall Road or Chowrasta crossing. The Mall is the best place to experience the local culture through shopping and eateries, as well as sit and watch the local life and colours. Visitors will also be able to enjoy phenomenal views of the Himalayan mountain ranges from here, as well as walk down the road for a leisurely stroll. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute founded by Tenzin Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary houses records of the expedition that had ever been undertaken to Mount Everest. It also provides basic mountaineering training to interested tourists. Another fascinating sightseeing is the Padmaja Naidu Zoological Garden or the popularly known Darjeeling Zoo, which houses some of the rarest animals found in the Himalayan region, such as the Red Panda, the Snow Leopard, the Tibetian Wolf and the Himalayan Pheasant. A toy train trip in Darjeeling can also be on your cards. Things to do in Rongbull: Take leisurely walks around the tea gardens, visit the local tea factory and the local water dam, trek to Indrani Waterfalls, try out angling in the nearby Balasun River, enjoy bird watching in the surrounding forests or simply idle away your time basking in the balcony of your cottage watching over the endless stretches of tea gardens and valleys. Tiger Hill is just 10 kms from here, so you can take an early-morning trip to get a magical panoramic view of sunrise over the Mt. Kanchenjunga range. Best time to visit Rongbull: You can...
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Jhandi, Gorubathan – 87 kms from Siliguri...

Jhandi is a picturesque valley located in the Dooars region of West Bengal around 09 kilometres from Lava on the way to Gorubathan with a panoramic view of the Mahananda River valley and Mt. Kanchenjungha. It is an area of extensive tea plantations and forests. For those interested in exploring a new untouched destination in North Bengal, Jhandi could be the ideal choice. It is rich in lush, tropical evergreen trees, Sal and Pine forests, which are home to some of India’s rarest Himalayan flora and fauna. With its excellent climate, rare flora and fauna and picture-perfect setting, Jhandi should definitely be on the travel plan of all tourists. BOOKING DETAILS OF JHANDI Places to see in Jhandi: The sight of flaky clouds rising up from the Dooars valley, or the sight of yellow fog gently floating along the valley during sunset definitely makes for excellent photography and a lasting memory for the guests. This is combined with excellent and majestic views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga as well as neighbouring mountain ranges and the snaking Mahananda River down the Dooars valley. Jhandi Photographs 12► The Sunrise and Sunset Point is definitely one of the star attractions of Jhandi. From here, exceptional views of both the rising as well as the setting sun could be observed along with the Mt. Kanchenjunga range. The sight of the sunlight slowly making it’s way over the mountains, and filtering through the mist, definitely is a moment worth capturing. This is further complemented by the calmness of the environment, except for the soft chirping and whistling of the birds in the surrounding forest. The Samabeong Organic Tea Garden surrounding Jahndi is well known for employing Biodynamic farming in the tea cultivation. Owing to their particular cultivation technique, Samabeong teas have become widely known both within and outside India for their unusual, distinctive flavour. Tea lovers will definitely enjoy their visit to the tea garden, where they can spend quality time in the cool, clean environs. The visit to the garden is both rewarding and relaxing, as lucky visitors may get to sip a cup of Samabeong brew to soothe their tired souls. Nearby Attractions of Jhandi: As Jhandi is situated near to Gorubathan, guests staying at Jhandi can easily travel to the lush, tropical evergreen forests of the western Dooars region like Gorumara and Chapramari. The Lava Buddhist Monastery just 09 kilometres away is perfect for those tourists who wish to spend a bit of quiet time from all the usual hustle and bustle of the travel, as well as for the spiritual who wish to reflect over things in a calm and peaceful environment. Among the major attractions are a 1000 armed Avalokiteshwara temple within the monastery premises, and various scriptures and figurines of important Buddhist religious figures. The famous Changey Waterfalls with its peaceful, lush and green surroundings can be the perfect relaxation spot. The sight of the water cascading down into white foam can be an awesome sight to behold. Nearby Fafarkheti in Gorubathan area is a picture-perfect village and an ideal picnic spot with the meandering Chel River and surrounding jungles. You can also visit the ruins of Dalim Fort, located high above Gorubathan for the remains of a Bhutanese fortress, hemmed in on all sides by thick forest cover. Things to do in Jhandi: With it’s awesome and evergreen forest cover, and it’s profusion of sub-Himalayan flora and fauna Jhandi provides the perfect place to go on long, organized...
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Raypur, Budge Budge – 35 kms from Kolkata...

If you are searching for a nice riverside destination near Kolkata to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace, then Raypur would be an ideal choice. An hour’s comfortable drive across the green paddy fields from the city’s heart would take you to this beautiful destination on the banks of the mighty Ganges. Here, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies meeting the river over the horizon, count the country boats and the ships crisscrossing the river, take a ferry ride across the Ganges, visit a local temple in the evening, check some local tidbit in the village market, take a village walk and spend the evening watching the sun go down. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAYPUR Places to see in Raypur Budge Budge: The main attraction of Raypur is the mighty Ganges River. Here, the river takes a bend and gives a panoramic view of the horizon. You would also find a pier sticking out to the river to moor ships and boats. A water-treatment plant, the riverside road, the surrounding villages and local tea shops filled with gossiping folks gives a perfect ambience to idle away your day. Raypur Photographs Nearby attractions of Raypur Budge Budge: You can take a ferry ride to the other side of the river to Uluberia. There is a local Radhakrishna Temple where you can visit in the evenings. One of the largest water treatment plants is also located nearby. The local Panchayat has also beautified a children’s park beside the river, where you can sit in the Ghat or on quay and watch the boats passing by. Things to do in Raypur Budge Budge: You can take a village walk in the nearby villages to witness farmers ploughing their fields, local shopkeeper selling groceries and fisherman casting their nets. You can take a long walk along the riverside and visit the local temple during evening Aarti. However, the best thing to do at Raypur is to sit beside the mighty Ganges and witness its changing colours, the passing boats. How to reach Raypur Budge Budge: Raypur is around 35 kms from Kolkata near Budge Budge. It is well connected by railways as well as public bus services. If you are going by train, then the most suitable Railway Station would be Budge Budge. From Budge Budge, you can take any local shared vehicle like auto rickshaws to Birlapur and then to Raypur. There are few bus services which directly go to Raypur from Babughat. Best time to visit Raypur Budge Budge: Raypur can be visited anytime of the year. The monsoons bring in the rolling dark clouds across the river’s horizon, the winters bring sparkling weather and the summers are washed with cool river winds giving Raypur relief from the scorching heat. Lodging and dining facilities at Raypur: You can stay overnight, take a day trip or organize a picnic at Raypur. The resort has all the facilities for supporting corporate picnics, family getaways and individual nature lovers. The spacious Double Bed and Four bed AC and non AC rooms of the resort have attached western bathrooms, television and great views of the river. The resort at Raypur are well equipped with gazebos on water, banquet halls, children’s park, lawns, multi-cuisine restaurant, spacious dining halls, landscaped gardens and parking lots. The resort is available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Babur Haat, North 24 Pgs – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Babur Haat is a quaint rural village located about 51 kilometers from Kolkata. It is a perfect weekend destination for families and friends who want to spend some quality time enjoying the rustic village with the different shades of a traditional Bengal village life. The landscape of Babur Haat is filled with huge stretches of natural fishing lakes or bheris, which are used for the purpose of cultivating some of the tastiest fishes of Bengal. Other village attractions include the vast stretches of rice farmlands, vegetable orchards, mango groves, palm orchards, ponds, rural village houses and local temples. Babur Haat can be a refreshing change from the humdrum existence of a city life. The open fields, thriving greenery, fresh air and vast stretches of blue horizon above can really be a great stress buster. The bustling village life will not only lift your spirits but also take you a step closer to nature’s beautiful peace and quiet. Babur Haat is a preferred weekend destination for many families and business conference events in the city. BOOKING DETAILS OF BABUR HAAT Places to see at Babur Haat: Babur Haat is known for its idyllic village life and the innumerable fishing lakes and bheris surrounding the village. The lakes are pretty huge and stretch over extensive areas of the village. These lakes are maintained and looked after by the local farmers who cultivate and breed different species of Bengal fishes naturally. You can visit the neighborhood farmlands where the locals cultivate vegetables like cabbage, cauliflowers, potatoes and okras. You can also have glimpse of the local village life and culture by visiting the village mud houses, the local temple and the local village market. A typical village scene may have a woman sifting rice on a wooden tray or dheki, cows mooing in the background from the shed of the house, farmers working in the fields, fishermen casting nets on lakes, women weaving baskets and brooms, etc. Images of Babur Haat [AFG_gallery id=’134′] Things To Do at Babur Haat: Nature walks, trotting the village paths and lanes, bird watching, fishing and boating are some of the interesting leisure activities you can do at Babur Haat. Fishing can be a great past time here at the local bheris. You can go for exciting fishing trips with your family and friends and enjoy angling the whole day. You can also go for short picnic trips on the local village grounds and mango orchards. The open fields can be a great space for playing outdoor games like cricket and badminton. For those who love quietness, can spend time walking around the winding paths surrounding the bheris amidst vast stretches of water bodies. You can also spend your time in the beautiful surrounds of the resort property. The resort has boating facilities and swimming pools where you can enjoy having a great swim. Nearby attractions of Babur Haat: Attractions near Babur Haat include the Malancha village, which is only 15 kilometers away. Malancha is a renowned fishing village of Bengal that has some of the biggest fish markets in all of Bengal. Located at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, the Icchamati and the Vidyadhari, Malancha offers a great view of sunset from the banks of the Vidyadhari River. The riverbanks are also dotted with many brick kilns with long towers that line up a long way along the banks. The main attraction at Malancha is the fish market, where you would get some of the...
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Bermiok Martam, West Sikkim – 142 kms from Siliguri...

Martam is a picturesque Himalayan village, tucked in a quiet corner of West Sikkim, with spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The place is mostly known for its pristine village life and beautiful natural surroundings. Although located near popular tourist destinations like Bermiok, Uttarey and Rinchenpong, Martam is still far from the maddening tourist rush. This little village is also popular for its thriving flora and fauna species and is home to some of the most beautiful birds of Sikkim. BOOKING DETAILS OF BERMIOK MARTAM Places to see at Bermiok Martam: Martam is a pristine little settlement in West Sikkim. If you are looking forward to experiencing some authentic Sikkimese Village life in the lap of the Himalayas and a grand panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, then Martam village is the place to be. The quaint village was once a popular and revered religious hub of the Limbu people. The village ground still holds the symbol of its rich religious past in the form of the temple ‘Yuma Samyo Manghim’ that was built by the followers of this religion. The mystic temple has a huge stone place in its entrance, which was once the seat of the great mystic Guru Teyongsi Srijunga. Legend has that it was here that Guru Srijunga used to sit and deliver sermons to his devoted followers. Bermiok Martam Photographs Nearby attractions of Bermiok Martam: This little village is surrounded by many interesting and beautiful places nearby. The Srijunga waterfalls and caves located along the banks of Reshi River is an important historical site located near Martam. The caves are also known as Srijunga Phuku. The Srijunga Wadhan waterfall is simply spectacular to watch. Next stop is the Berthang Berfok Mangerjong located at the confluence of the two rivers Kaleez and Rangsang at Berthang, which is absolutely a breathtaking view. Moving further, there is another gorgeous waterfall known as the Pheng Doji Falls that stands solitary at Hee-Gaon in the Hee-Khola area. A little further from here you can visit the famed Rabindranath Smritiban, which was once a resting home of the Great Nobel Laureate of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore. Near the Hee-Khola riverbank, there is a beautiful water garden by the name of Hee Water Garden that possesses the largest Buddhist Water Prayer Wheel in the world, which is also called the Mani Chukar. The water garden is set amidst beautiful scenery that includes a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a Gazebo (resting place) and a small Temple of Lord Shiva. At upper Martam, located just above the Alley cave temple is a watchtower that offers a magnificent view of the Mount Kanchenjungha. You would also find the picturesque lake Chaaya Taal that offers boat rides to tourists and visitors, just eight kilometers from Martam. Other interesting sightseeing places located nearby are the Resum Monastery, Changay Falls, Singshore Bridge, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Yuksom and Pelling. About 13 miles away, there is a beautiful cave temple of Lord Shiva that is more than a century old. The cave temple is also popularly known as the Kailash Pati Gufa, and is visited by hundreds of tourists and locals every year during the festival of Shivaratri. There is another popular temple cave located nearby known as the Alley Cave, which is also incidentally dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from these activities, you can also go for quite nature walks, bird watching and trekking trips to nearby places of interest. The Red Panda Gate (one of the entrances of the...
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Ramdhura, Algarah – 80 kms from Siliguri...

Located just seven kilometers from Delo, with great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the meandering River Teesta, Ramdhura is the new found gem of North Bengal. Surrounded by pine forests kissed by clouds and the view of flickering lights of Kalimpong in the night, make Ramdhura a great destination to spend a quiet weekend in the Himalayas. Delo is nearby and so are Pedong, Algarah, Icchey Gaon, Sillery Gaon, Kalimpong, Rellikhola, Lava and Loleygaon. There are two homestays at Ramdhura with rooms facing Mt. Kanchenjungha and amenities like attached western bathrooms, electricity and nice home cooked food. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAMDHURA Places to see in Ramdhura: The rooms of the homestay offer spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and Kalimpong hills as well as a bird’s eye view of the meandering Teesta River valley below. A pine forest surrounds Ramdhura, where you can take local short treks. You can also visit the beautiful British-built Jalsa Bungalow of 1930. A trek along the Cinchona plantation and a visit to the Cinchona Godown can be on your cards too. There is a beautifully located Mahadev Dham temple and Hanuman Tok (viewpoint) nearby from where you can catch panoramic views of the mountains and valleys. Ramdhura Photographs Nearby attractions of Ramdhura: While staying at Ramdhura, you can make day trips to the Delo Nature Park, Algarah Bazar, Rikissum, Icchey Gaon, Sillery Gaon, Pedong, Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap and Kalimpong. A sightseeing trip to Sillery and Icchey Gaon and its surroundings like Ramitey Dara (which has the longest view of River Teesta), Damsang Fort, Valley of Silence, Tinchuley view point would be very rewarding to the guests. Guests can also take a whole day trip of Kalimpong and its surroundings like Durpin Dara Monastery, Rellikhola and the various nurseries of Kalimpong. Things to do at Ramdhura: You can take a village walk from Ramdhura and witness the everyday activities of the villagers. You can also take a two-hour jungle trek from Ramdhura to Icchey Gaon and finally to Sillery Gaon. This trek through dense forests and Cinchona plantation is one of the most favourite treks of birdwatchers. The homestays at Ramdhura also arranges paragliding from Delo and rafting at River Teesta. Guests can also take part in activities like rock-climbing and riverbed hiking in Relli. How to reach Ramdhura: You can take any bus or hire a car from NJP, Bagdogra or Siliguri to Kalimpong and from Kalimpong you have take the pick-up service of Ramdhura homestay. Ramdhura is around 15 kms from Kalimpong. The home stay also arranges pick-up services from NJP, Bagdogra, Siliguri and Rangpo. Best time to visit Ramdhura: You can visit Ramdhura anytime of the year. The sparkling weather during winters is the best time for witnessing a mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. In summers, if you want to beat the heat of the plains, then you can visit this place for its pleasant cool weather. The monsoons are best for watching the clouds float across your room. Lodging and dining facilities in Ramdhura: The homestays are located on the edge of the mountains overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. The homestays in Ramdhura are well equipped with electricity, comfy beds, hot water and attached western bathrooms. The breakfast table in the open-air terrace overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta is a great place to spend your early morning. The home stays arrange trek guides for the guests and cars for sightseeing trips too. There are also car parking facilities here....
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McCluskieganj, Jharkhand – 92 kms from Ranchi...

Bada Sahib, Memsaab, bungalows, pastries, village churches and memories of everything that brings back the days of the British Raaj can still be traced in McCluskieganj – lovingly called “Chota England” in the past. The little snaking Dugadugi rivulet, churches hidden amongst trees, a picturesque railway station, hills on the horizon, rundown grand British bungalows with their red roofs and rose gardens make McCluskiegunj an ideal weekend spot for time – travellers. The pleasant weather, the untainted nature and the flavour of the colonial past – it is a different experience at McCluskieganj. After the departure of Anglo Indian and British from McCluskieganj during the 1950’s, the township started loosing its charm and in the next five decades, with no further developments, Mcluskiegunj turned into a nondescript village with a grand colonial past. However, with the recent shifting of Don Bosco School to McCluskieganj, this little town has started regaining its past. The dilapidated British bungalows have been taken up by the school, renovated and turned into student hostels. Local employment has increased and safety of travellers is no more an issue now. The school has generated local tourism too. BOOKING DETAILS OF McCLUSKIEGANJ Places to see in McCluskieganj: Travellers visit McCluskiegunj to spend a peaceful weekend in a quiet colonial village. You would find some elegant British bungalows like Gordon Sahib’s bungalow, few churches and a very interesting monument in the nearby Duli village where a temple, a Gurudwara and a mosque is built side by side. Images of McCluskieganj For more photos of McCluslieganj click here McCluskiegunj is a typically hilly region within the Chota Nagpur Plateau with a beautiful natural landscape dotted with hills, rivers, jungles and villages. Another popular local spot is the Jagriti Vihar built by the Swedish Government for people interested in nature study. The Don Bosco School and its sprawling gardens and bungalows turned into student hostels are few other attractions. The small Railway Station, which services only two trains every day, still holds some interesting features of its colonial past. Nearby attractions of McCluskieganj: This little colonial township is surrounded by forests and hills on all sides. The Dugadugi River just 4 kms away is a popular local attraction here. Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand is only a 3 hours drive from McCluskiegunj. You can keep sightseeing in and around Ranchi like Tagore Hills, Rock garden, Kanke Dam and markets of Ranchi in your itinerary too. If you have a day in hand, you can also stay back at Ranchi and take a day tour to Dassam Falls, Hundru Falls and Jonha Falls. Another interesting place on the outskirts of McCluskieganj is Kothari – a dense patch of jungle with a beautiful landscape littered with hills and streams. You would also find some open-pit coal mines around McCluskieganj.   Things to do in McCluskieganj: Take a walk around the local villages and visit the grand British bungalows and their gardens. You can hire a local car and do some local sightseeing in local churches, jungles, Duli Village and nearby coal fields. You can also enjoy a riverside picnic on the banks of Dugadugi River just 20 mins drive from the township. How to reach McCluskieganj: Shaktipunj Express is the only direct train from Howrah to McCluskieganj, but it reaches McCluskieganj at around 11:30 pm. However, the most convenient way to reach McCluskieganj is via Ranchi. There are numerous trains connecting Howrah and Ranchi and you can hire a car or take...