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Zurrantee Teasort, Dooars – 96 kms from Siliguri...

Zurrantee or Juranti is a 119-year old British Bungalow set amidst lush green tea gardens surrounded by mountains in the distance. This teasort is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, on one of Dooar’s highest points and lies between Murti and Neora rivers. Zurrantee offers a variety of flora, sprawling tea gardens and the long lost feel of the colonial days. BOOKING DETAILS OF ZURRANTEE Places to see: Zurrantee is one of the four tea estates located in the region. The sprawling tea gardens, the tea factory, the heritage bungalow and the Zurrantee River are the main attractions of this place. You can only admire the beauty of the place and rejuvenate your senses amidst its tranquil environment. For more photos of Zurrantee click here Nearby attractions: The Neora Valley Reserve Forest is at a distance of 45 minutes from Zurrantee and the Gorumara National Park is located at a distance of 35 minutes. You can also visit the famous tourist attraction of Suntaleykhola and Samsing located nearby or enjoy special trips to Lava, Loleygaon or Kalimpong. Things to do: You can take a nature walk through the tea gardens and enjoy the beautiful surroundings or can opt for fishing in the Zurrantee River. You can also arrange a picnic in nearby Samsing or Suntaleykhola or play Golf and tennis at the nearby Chalsa Club. How to reach: From Kolkata, you can either travel to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or to the New Mal Bazaar located on the Delhi-Guwahati route. From these stations, you can avail the option of cars in order to reach Zurrantee. The journey from New Jalpaiguri takes around 3 hours and from Siliguri, it takes around 2 hours. From Bagdogra airport it takes around 3.5 hours. Best time to visit: Zurrantee can be visited throughout the year but if you want to visit the forest, it is better to avoid the monsoon season. Lodging and dining facilities: The 119 year-old British Bungalow is the only accommodation option available in Zurrantee. This heritage bungalow was built in 1890 and is considered one of the most well-maintained and oldest bungalows of the region. The Zurrantee Heritage Bungalow is our Preferred Property, so you can avail discounts if you book it through us. Recently, the bungalow was changed into a luxury heritage resort to offer all kinds of modern amenities to the tourists. This heritage tea bungalow has 3 sprawling bedrooms with attached bath with all modern amenities and one Master Suite. The bungalow is also equipped with 24 hrs centralized generator back up.  The dining and the drawing room with a fireplace are common. ‘Piano Room’, the entertainment zone of the resort, has the facility of cards and pool tables. If you are interested, tune in to old classics on vintage gramophone and cherish the romance of the colonial days. The facilities at the bungalow are: – Laundry – Doctor on Call – Variety of indoor games (pool, chess & cards and more ) – Evening snacks at the Gazebo overlooking the Dooars plains – Free car parking – Picnic at Samsing / Suntaleykhola (chargeable extra) – Pick-up and drop from railway station/airport (chargeable extra) – Golf & tennis at Chalsa Planters’ Club (chargeable extra) The bungalow and its surroundings are attractions by themselves. It has all the elements to keep you wondering and wandering around. Photographs by Sanjoy Majumder. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Beloon Eco Village, Bardhaman-175 kms from Kolkata...

Want to spend a relaxing, peaceful holiday away from the humdrum of city life? Have only a weekend to spare out of your busy schedule? Don’t worry! It will only take a weekend to rediscover the rural life of Beloon Eco Village and rejuvenate your senses with a stroll beside the Shibai River, rafting in a nearby lake, watching dolphins in Kalyanpur Ghat, plucking fresh vegetables from the farm and bird watching. Beloon Eco Village is located in Bardhaman District just 175 kms from Kolkata. You would be staying in a traditional mud house, where you can enjoy mouth-watering Bengali meals of freshly picked vegetables and freshly caught fishes. You can also volunteer in conserving the local wildlife and rehabilitating them in nearby forests. BOOKING DETAILS OF BELOON ECO VILLAGE Places to see in Beloon Eco Village: While in Beloon Eco Village, you can take a walk on the lush grasslands, alongside River Shibai and watch migratory and local birds frolicking the whole day. You can take a bullock cart ride to roam around the entire village and pluck some garden fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm and enjoy them. But the best thing to do in Beloon Eco Village is to sit idle and watch the boats crossing the Shibai River, the green lush paddy fields swaying like waves with the wind and the endless white ocean of Kash Phool welcoming hope and prosperity of the future. For more photos of Beloon click here Nearby attractions of Beloon Eco Village: Beloon Eco Village is very near to Choto Pukur, which is a wetland, where animals and migratory birds like White-throated Kingfisher, Bramhiny Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Wooly-necked stork frequent in thousands every year. Just 15 km from Beloon Eco Village is Attahas which is famous for being one of the “Satipith” pilgrimages of Hindus. Attahas also has a flourishing population of Fruit Bats and Open – Billed Storks, which birdwatchers would love to spot. A little far from Beloon Eco Village is Kalyanpur Ghat, where you can still spot the endangered species of Gangetic dolphins frisking on the water. Nayachar, some 20 km from Beloon Eco Village, is an island on the River Ganges, where many wildlife species and migratory birds inhabit. There is a village named Musharu, which is popular for being the home of the venomous cobras, who are worshipped here as deities. Hence this village is also called Snake Village. While returning, you can also visit the nearby major town of Kalna, which is famous for its 108 groups of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Things to do in Beloon Eco Village: You can catch fish from the nearby lake and ask your host to cook it while you enjoy rafting in Choto Pukur. In winters, you can enjoy fresh Date Palm juice (Khejur Rosh) in the early mornings and during your stay if someone in nearby village spots a honey comb then you may get the privilege to enjoy some fresh honey too. You can also get engaged in activities like rescuing wild animals and releasing them, studying the behavior of the wildlife and boating on River Shibai. Camping is another popular activity done in this place. You can also volunteer in social activities like teaching, re-vegetation and health checkups. If you visit during the festivals of Bolan Gaan and Jhapan, you can see the local people enthusiastically participating in these festivals. How to reach Beloon Eco Village: You can reach Beloon Eco...
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The Bliss Resorts, Biksthang – 119 kms from Gangtok...

The village of Biksthang, also known as Chuchen or Mangalbaray is located 119 kms from Gangtok in West Sikkim. Nestled amidst scenic landscapes bordered with lofty mountains, Biksthang offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The Bliss Resort of Biksthang with its lush lawns, cozy rooms and excellent hospitality offers the best accommodation at Biksthang. BOOKING DETAILS OF BLISS RESORT Location: The Bliss Resorts is located between Legship and Jorthang at about 124 kilometers from Bagdogra airport and 120 kilometers from New Jalapaiguri Railway station. The Bliss Resorts is very near to Pelling. You can see the beautiful and the panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga from the resort. For more photos of Bliss Resort click here Rooms of the Bliss Resorts: There are two luxury cottages for the guests who needs privacy. Each cottage has a room with attached bathroom, balcony and a garden. Other than these there are two super deluxe rooms and four deluxe rooms. Facilities at Bliss Resorts: The rooms have Colour television, hot and cold running water as room amenities. Transportation to all the destinations will be provided by the Resort if informed earlier. If you are travelling by road on your own, your driver will be provided accommodation free of cost at the Staff Quarters. Dining at Bliss Resorts: Dining facilities are available and the food served is from the local cuisine to Chinese, Indian and continental. Things to do around Bliss Resorts: There are indoor games room, boating/ rafting facilities at NHPC Dam which is located at about half an hour drive from the resort, village tours in the vicinity of the resort etc. You can also enjoy Horse back Riding to the Lhentse monastery and Rahu Ney (Caves). BOOKING DETAILS OF BLISS...
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Biksthang, West Sikkim – 119 kms from Gangtok...

The small pristine hamlet of Biksthang, also known as Chuchen and Mangalbaray is located 119 kms from Gangtok in West Sikkim. Nestled amidst scenic landscapes bordered with lofty mountains, Biksthang offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Tourist footfall has been limited in this tranquil destination of Sikkim but off late, Biksthang, is experiencing a rise in tourist footfalls. BOOKING DETAILS OF BIKSTHANG Places to see in Biksthang: The destination is primarily popular among the tourists for offering the majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The place is located close to Pelling and the tourists can visit the regular sightseeing options of Pelling from Biksthang. Apart from offering majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Pelling has a number of monasteries like Dubdi Monastery, Sanga Choeling Monastery, Tashiding Monastery and Pemayangste Monastery. The spectacular sight of the Khecheopalri Lake is also admirable. Biksthang is also near to the splendid Khangchendzonga Falls and the Shinshore Bridge and Temi Tea Garden. For more images of Biksthang click here Nearby attractions of Biksthang: Two major sightseeing locations around Biksthang are Pelling and Rinchenpong. Rinchenpong is one of the latest additions in the list of nearby attractions around Sikkim. While making tour to Rinchenpong, a visit to the Poison Pokhri or Poison Lake is a “must” for all travelers. Just opposite to the pond, you will find a stony staircase leading towards the forest trail that will lead you to Rinchenpong Monastery, built in 1717. The monastery houses an idol of Ati Buddha in the position of Yub-Yum. Some other notable nearby attractions are Lhentse monastery, Rahu Ney (Caves) and Phursachu (Hot Spring). Things to do in Biksthang: The surrounding area of Rahu Ney caves and Lhentse monastery is ideal for horse riding. You can also enjoy some boating and river rafting at the nearby dam. Village tours are also organized by the resort at Biksthang around the amazing surrounding of West Sikkim. How to reach Biksthang: Biksthang nestled between Jorethang and Legship, is located at a distance of 124 km from Bagdogra airport and 120 km from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Arrangements can be made on prior request by the resorts at Biksthang to provide pick up service from New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra.  Biksthang is also well connected by motorable roads. You can drive from Siliguri through Teesta to reach Melli. Then take a turn towards Jorethang and instead of turning toward Darjeeling, drive further to reach this beautiful destination in West Sikkim. You can also reach the destination via Gangtok, located at a distance of 119 km. Best time to visit Biksthang: You can visit Biksthang any time of the year. However, to savor the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, the ideal time of visiting the place is from October to February.   Lodging and dining facilities in Biksthang: The Bliss Resort of Biksthang has  luxury cottages and lush lawns all around with excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The Bliss Resort is our Preferred Property, so you can get heavy discounts if you book it through us. (Click here to know more about our other Preferred Properties and how to get the discounts on them). Each cottage is furnished with a room, an attached bathroom, balcony and a garden. Beside this, there are also few deluxe rooms and super deluxe rooms. The rooms are admired with color televisions and facilitated with hot and cold running water. The resort also has an indoor games room. Arrangements for transportation services are also made by the...
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The Bamboo Retreat, Sajong – Rumtek – 24 kms from Gangtok...

Surrounded by acres of terraced paddy fields, lush bamboo groves and sub-tropical forest the only boutique hotel of Gangtok – Bamboo Retreat is located only a 30 min. drive out from the din of Gangtok in Sajong village. Enjoy the peaceful energy of the ground, the enchanting panoramic view of the Nathula-Himalayan range across the valley and the unique blend of Swiss-Sikkimese cuisine and hospitality. Established by Swiss Helen Kämpf and her Sikkimese Team the Bamboo Retreat endeavors to bridge the cultures of the east and west by offering the best of and to each world. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAMBOO RETREAT Helen has integrated the comforts of western modernity and design with the cultural heritage of the Himalayas and the Northeast. At The Bamboo Retreat intercultural learning is an ongoing process – customer satisfaction, aesthetics, hygiene, ecological and social soundness here are a high priority. Carefully laid out according to the principles of Feng Shui the retreat has its own gardens and 12 individually decorated rooms following the themes of the elements – Water, earth, wood, fire and metal. From the secluded comfort of your own private balcony, you can enjoy the panoramic vista of the city of Gangtok with the Himalayas towering in the background. In the evenings you can relax with a cup of tea and a good book while the chirping of the birds and the tick ticking of the insects from the forest all around will be the only sounds you’ll hear. For more images of Bamboo Retreat click here The dining Hall offers local Sikkimese as well as Indian, Chinese and even Italian cuisine. You can meditate in the traditional prayer hall, take guided village and monastic walks, interact with the villagers or relax in a refreshing herbal bath made from homegrown fresh herbs. Location: The Bamboo retreat is located village of Sajong in East Sikkim, just 24 kms from Gangtok amidst spectacular views of Sikkim’s green rolling hills and the snow-capped Eastern Himalayas. With the Rumtek Monastery nearby, Sajong village is a tranquil sanctuary that can offer you the ultimate seclusion. Rooms: Each room at Bamboo Retreat has its own individual character and is decorated in various colour-themes according to the elements as taught in Feng Shui. Most come with balconies providing stunning, panoramic views of Nathula and the Eastern Sikkim- Himalayas towering behind the city of Gangtok. Our apartment Emerald is spacious and ideally suited for honeymooners, families or guests preferring spaciousness, privacy and quietness. Please note that the Bamboo Retreat is non-smoking inside. However, guests can smoke in the garden or on their balconies. We do not provide televisions in the rooms as we believe that the essence of your purpose of visiting is lost if you stay spending your time watching TV. We do however have a common room with a television. Facilities: Some of the facilities this boutique resort offers its guests are: – Traditional Sikkimese Meditation-hall: Introduction on Meditation &/or Buddhism by local monk-instructor available upon prior notice – Herbal Baths- & Massage Therapy-Room: Ayurvedic massage available upon prior notice – TV-Room with Tata Sky, DVD & Video: Our selection of DVD’s and Videos include themes on Sikkim, the Himalayas, Buddhism and Traditional Healing – Panorama Restaurant with Pizza-oven and Bar: With ethnic, Indian, Chinese and Italian cuisine freshly prepared with seasonal vegetables and herbs. – Organic Herb- & Vegetable-Garden with a focus on indigenous varieties – Flower-Garden & lawn with swing, outdoor tables & chairs – Badminton...
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Sajong, East Sikkim – 24 kms from Gangtok...

If you are craving to savor the spectacular view of Sikkim’s green rolling hills and the snowcapped Eastern Himalayas then make a trip to the village of Sajong in East Sikkim, just 24 kms from Gangtok. Nestled amidst paddy fields in a serene environment and the Rumtek Monastery nearby, Sajong village is a tranquil sanctuary that can offer you the ultimate seclusion. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAJONG Places to see in Sajong: The quaint village of Sajong houses a nationally awarded statue factory, caves and traditional farms. The location offers a spectacular view of Gangtok during nighttime and far fetched views of the boundaries of Tibet and Bhutan. Two notable monasteries namely Rumtek monastery and Ranka monastery are also located nearby. Rumtek, popularly known as the Dharmachakra Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. The monastery was originally built in the 16th century by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. This splendid gumpha is located at a distance of 24 km from Gangtok. If you walk for few minutes downhill from the new monastery, you will reach the old monastery, built in 1730 by the ninth Karmapa. The view of the Rumtek Monastery decked with prayer wheels at the entrance is truly a visual treat. The monastery houses gold plated statues of Buddha. The inner side of the Monastery is admired with several drawings and depictions. The best part of the monastery is that tourists are allowed to explore the most of the interior of this monastery. There are also more than 20 varieties of Bamboo growing in Sajong. Bamboo is a symbol of vitality and flexibility. [AFG_gallery id=’12’] Nearby attractions of Sajong: The capital city of Gangtok, just 24 kms from Sajong is admired with a number of tourist attractions, which you can visit by arranging day trips from Sajong. Some of the major nearby attractions are Tibetology Museum, Do-Drul Chorten, Orchid Exhibition, Enchey Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Phodong Monastery and handicraft and Handloom Industries. Things to do in Sajong: Enjoy a nature walk while exploring the village of Sajong and Rumtek. You can also rent a Mountain bike to move around the area. Two days guided treks are also arranged to Tinjure Ridge, from where you can savor the majestic view of the third highest Mountain of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga.  Visit the local Buddhist monasteries along with local guides. You can also arrange for picnic at the nearby locations. Many tourists also indulge in swimming at Ray Khola mountain-river. How to reach Sajong: The nearest airport of Sajong is the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. You can reach Sajong from Bagdogra in 4 hours by cars. Best time to visit Sajong: You can visit the destination any time of the year. However, to get a clear view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, it is best to visit the place between October and March. Lodging and dining facilities in Sajong: The only place to stay in Sajong is the luxurious Himalayan boutique resort The Bamboo Retreat.  The Bamboo Retreat is our Preferred Property (Click here to know more about our other Preferred Properties and how to get the discounts on them). The retreat is best suited for those seeking a place away from the hustle of the city, who enjoy a mix of ethnic and global good-quality homemade cuisine, who are interested in meditation, Sikkim’s history, undertaking day-walks and generally as a starting point to explore other parts of Sikkim. The hotel’s architecture is inspired by Sikkim’s monastic architecture that originated...
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Martam, East Sikkim – 158 kms from Siliguri...

If you are a true nature lover and nurture an appetite for adventure, then this pristine village of Martam in East Sikkim is your ideal holiday destination. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Martam Village offers a calm and quite refuge to the tourists. Martam is known for its breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys and exotic array of flora and fauna. BOOKING DETAILS OF MARTAM Places to see in Martam: Martam is known for its lush vegetation, majestic views of the Mountains, quaint villages, nature walks and forests harbouring thousands of birds, butterflies and orchids. Martam and its surrounding areas are excellent locations to view birds and butterflies. The place truly offers visual splendor to the naturalists. Nearby attractions of Martam: The most popular destinations near Martam are the Rumtek and Sang monasteries. You can visit the Rumtek Monastery, located around 6 km from Martam. There is also the Nehru Botanical Park, near the monastery. Then you can also visit the Sang Monastery, located in a village town called Sang, 6 km away from the resort. Gangtok is also nearby and you can make a day trip to this capital city for enjoying its colourful culture. Gangtok is admired by a number of sightseeing attractions, including Chorten Monastery, Ropeway, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok and others. A day tour to Temi Tea garden is also admired by the tourists to Martam. Drive for around two hours from the resort towards south Sikkim, to locate the sole tea garden of Sikkim, Temi Tea Garden. A tour of the Temi tea factory is also worth enough, where you can watch the processing of tea leaves into tea. You can also take a day trip to the Tibet Border – Changu Lake and Nathula Pass You can also enjoy a day-trek into the Fambong Lo Wild Life Sanctuary along the forest area of the village featuring varieties of trees and vegetation. While trekking, you can savor the sight of some beautiful birds, butterflies and some wildlife, which include monkeys, barking deer, caveats, pheasants, mountain goats, wild rabbits, porcupine and more. There is also a lake and a viewing tower on the hilltop offering a majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range. After leaving the forest, you can walk along the Bhutia villages and visit the local monastery. Things to do in Martam: Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque scenic landscape of the Martam village. You can also hire a local guide who will acquaint you to different herbs and plants used by the village folks in their daily lives. Observe the farming technique and the animal husbandry practice of the villagers. You can also spend some time trying your hand in angling at the rivers or streams with bamboo fishing rods. You can also organize picnic by the riverside. There are also arrangements of mountain cycles to move around the village. The serene surrounding of the village resort is ideal for conducting meditation, retreat or religious courses. You can also invite the Buddhist teachers to your place to offer you an introduction into Buddhism. How to reach Martam: The quaint village of Martam located in East Sikkim is 34 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. You can reach Martam from Rangpo via Ranipul and Rumtek Best time to visit Martam: Tourists are welcomed at Martam throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Martam: Martam Village Resort offers excellent accommodation at...
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Aritar, East Sikkim – 120 kms from Siliguri...

Aritar, a pristine hamlet nestled in the Eastern border of Sikkim under the Rongli Sub-Division, is a relatively new tourist destination, boasting a picturesque scenic landscape and a beautiful “boot- shaped” lake called Lampokhri. The place, unique in its own way is covered with lush green forest, mountains, stepped farmlands and waterfalls. Aritar top offers an amazing view of Mt Kanchenjunga and some great nature trails, monasteries, view points, bird watching opportunities and village tour options. However, Aritar is also known for one of the best heritage bungalows of Sikkim – The Aritar Dak Bungalow. Built in 1896, this Dak Bungalow is a typical British bungalow recently restored by the Sikkim Govt. for tourists. BOOKING DETAILS OF ARITAR Places to see in Aritar: Aritar is famous for its Lampokhari Lake. This vast natural lake shaped in the form of human foot is flanked by emerald green forest. The lake is ideal to enjoy paddle boating. There is also a cafeteria beside the lake. A well-maintained jungle path with view points and gazebos skirts through the jungle and climbs up to the Aritar Top, also called Mankhim from where you can catch a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Click here for more photographs of Aritar You can also visit the nearby Aritar Monastery, which houses some remarkable painted murals, rare manuscripts and Buddhist artifacts. The Dak Bungalow popularly called Ari-Bangla is an age-old British bungalow, built under the supervision of James Claude White in 1896. Of late, the bungalow has been transformed into a guesthouse for tourists. This temple of Mangkhim, belonging to the Rai cult of Hindu origin is located at an altitude of 6500 feet at Maity Village overlooking the Aritar. The viewpoint near the temple offers a panoramic view of the mighty Eastern Himalayas, Aritar town, rolling hills and the Silk Route. You can also visit the Ever Green Nursery and Ram Gauri Sangrhalaya, which is a nursery and museum, displaying some stunning collection of drift wood, botanical and some exotic varieties of flowers. Nearby attractions around Aritar: You can visit nearby Reshikhola, Icchey Gaon, Sillery Gaon and Pedong in West Bengal from Aritar. Some other nearby attractions are villages that used to fall on the Old Silk Route like Kupup Lake, Menmecho lake, Nathang, Padamchen, Zuluk and Lungthung. If you are an adventure lover then a trek to Mulkarkha Lake can be rewarding. You need to travel few kilometers uphill to locate this lake in an isolated forest area. Savor the beauty of the surrounding area of the lake adorned with jungle of exotic orchids and colossal mountains. On a clear day, you can see the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on the placid waters of the Mulkarkha Lake. Things to do in Aritar: You can organize picnics at the popular picnic spot called Love Dara. The place is also ideal for the avid bird watchers. You can also enjoy boating in the Lampokhari Lake, trekking to nearby hilltops, enjoying village walks and nature walking. How to reach Aritar: The nearest airport of Aritar is located at Bagdogra, from where you can hire car and drive for 4-5 hours to reach Aritar. The closest railway station of the location is at New Jalpaiguri, which is well facilitated by trains from all parts of the country. You can also hire vehicles from Siliguri and reach Aritar in 5 hours. Many tourists also hire vehicles and make tour to Aritar from Gangtok in roughly 3 hours. If you are...
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Ashanboni, Jharkhand – 240 kms from Kolkata...

Ashanboni is a stopover town located just 17 km from Jamshedhpur at the foot of Dolma Hills. This unspoiled destination nestled amidst green mountains, hills, rivers and streams attract lots of tourists. You will truly fall under the spell of the breathtaking natural beauty of the location. You can also reach the peak of Dolma Hill just 9 kms away. Ranchi is around 120 kms from Ashanboni. BOOKING DETAILS OF ASHANBONI Places to see in Ashanboni: Ashaboni is admired with a number of sightseeing destinations like the Chandil Dam, Dolma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jayda Temple and the Sai Baba Temple. The Chandil Dam boasting a colossal height of 220 meter is built on River Subarnarekha. The location is also ideal for boating. The Karkori River, which originates from the Hundru falls blend with the Swarnarekha River at Chandil. The ideal time for visiting the place is November to February. The dam featuring a huge water reservoir is a nice place to spend a winter afternoon enjoying boating. You can also visit the museum located near the Chandil Dam. The museum showcases some valuable collections of 200 years old scripts, inscribed on rocks. A visit to the open air Sheesh Mahal Auditorium near the Chandil Dam should also feature in your “to do list.” You can also organize a day trip to the Dolma Wild Life Sanctuary from Ashanboni. The sanctuary is famous as the refuge of Deer and Elephants. However, you need to acquire an entry permit to Dolma Sanctuary from the checkpost by paying a minimum Entry fee. Another popular attraction is the nearby Sai Baba Temple. This renowned religious temple of Sai Baba stands for universal brotherhood, peace and unity. The nearby Jayda Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is another popular attraction nearby. A huge fair is held every year at the site on the eve of Makar Sankranti. Nearby attractions in Ashanboni: If you want to explore further, you can take a tour to Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand located around 130 km from Ashanboni. Visit the Dassam Falls across the Kanchi River, located some 80 km from Ashanboni and it takes around 1.5 hrs to reach the destination. Other notable nearby attractions are Jubilee Park, Dimna Lake and TISCO complexes. Things to do in Ashanboni: You can enjoy a nature walk, while savoring the breathtaking natural beauty of the destination, enjoy boating in Chandil Dam Lake and take a nature walk in forests of Dolma Hills. How to reach Ashanboni: The nearest railway station of Ashaboni is located at Tatanagar, just 17 kms away. Moreover, Ashanboni is also connected with Ranchi, Jamshedpur and West Bengal by NH 32 and NH 33. Best time to visit Ashanboni: Though you can visit Ashanboni any time of the year, the best time to visit is from November to February. Lodging and dining facilities in Ashanboni: Decent accommodations are provided by a number of private resorts located in Ashanboni. Dining facilities are also offered by these resorts. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Biharinath, Bankura – 249 kms from Kolkata...

Bounded by Purulia and River Damodar on both sides – Biharinath in Bankura, near the famous Joychandi Hills is the highest hill of Bankura District. The hill boasts of a towering height of 451 meters and has gained considerable recognition as a popular tourist destination in the recent years. Covered in thick forests, the place blooms with the shades of Kash Phool, Shimul and Palash during the seasons. The villagers here deck their mud homes with Alpona and you can catch a glimpse of the wild boar, hare, fox and some unknown colourful birds when they cross your path. Surprisingly, Biharinath Hill is the highest hill in the sub-Himalayan terrain in West Bengal (1480 feet). BOOKING DETAILS OF BIHARINATH For more photos of Biharinath click here Places to see in Biharinath: The prime attraction of Biharinath is the lush nature all around and Biharinath Hill. The unforgettable experience of watching the rising and setting sun over Ledhi and Sharpahari Hills and the winding village paths would compel you to extend your stay. Another popular attraction here is temple dedicated to Shiva, popularly known as the Biharinath dham and a small tank located at the foothill. Nearby attractions in Biharinath: Just a walk from Bihari Nath would lead you to the Ureshwari Temple located to the West of the Biharinath Hill. The Binodpur Dam and Joychandi Hill (where Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshey was shot) is also located nearby.  Boranti Lake is located just 15 kms from Biharinath. Other attractions that can be covered within a couple of hour’s journey are Maithon, Panchet, Shaltora and Sushunia. Bihari Nath is just 66 kms from Durgapur. Boranti is also nearby, just 15 kms. Things to do in Biharinath: Tourists with an appetite for adventure will have a great time here. Bihari Nath hill is ideal for trekking and you can scale the hilltop in just one and half to two hours. You can also explore the region, which boasts of an exotic range of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy boating at the lake located nearby the Biharinath temple. Enjoy a nature walk along the scenic natural landscape. The destination also hosts also hosts a whole range of religious fairs and festivals throughout the year. Huge fairs are organized during Shivrati and Saraswati Puja. How to reach Biharinath: There are a number of options to reach Bihari Nath. You can drive along the Durgapur Expressway, bypassing Panagarh, Durgapur and Ranigang. After crossing the Damodar River Bridge, drive straight towards Madhukunda. After bypassing the Madhukunda railway crossing, go straight to Biharinath (16 kms). You can also avail trains running to Asansol. Biharinath is located at a distance of 46 km from Asansol, which you can commute by hiring a cab from the Asansol Railway Station. However, the best way to reach Biharinath is by train to Raniganj and then to Biharinath by hired car (22 kms). Best time to visit Biharinath: There is no definite time of visiting this destination, as the place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, if you are looking for a peaceful weekend gate away then try to avoid the seasons when fairs and festivals (especially Shivratri) are held. If you love palash flower then February/March should be the ideal season. Lodging and dining facilities in Biharinath: A spacious private resort with all modern facilities have recently come up at Biharinath just beside the hill. The rooms of the resort are facilitated with AC, Televisions, balconies facing the...
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Bagora, Kurseong – 60 kms from Siliguri...

Sometimes we feel the urge of exploring some lesser known destinations during our weekend trips. Bagora, a quaint village, located at a height of 7100 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district, is not yet explored and hence it still remains unexploited. Nestled amidst pine forests and rhododendron trees with majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the meandering River Teesta, this romantic getaway will not disappoint you. Bagora is also called Zero Point and has a base camp of the Indian Air Force with a helipad. If you are fond of low altitude jungle treks and bird watching then Bagora can be on your cards next week. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAGORA Places to see in Bagora: You can take a short stroll from Bagora to the Kurseong Air Force base alongside the Tea Gardens. The site offers a spectacular view of the vast stretch of River Teesta and breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can also visit the Forest Rest House to savor the view of the exotic variety of Himalayan flora. You will truly treasure the sight of the nicely maintained flower garden, adorned with terraced greenhouses. Bagora is renowned for its herbal and medicinal plants. Moreover, in the months of November-December, you will find the trees bearing oranges. The dense pine forests surrounding this little village, a viewpoint and a dilapidated British-built chimney in a nearby village are few other things to be discovered here. For more photos of Bagora click here Nearby attractions of Bagora: Kurseong is just 8 kms from Bagora and most of the sightseeing options of Kurseong like Eagle’s Craig view point, Ambootia Temple, Bhangzang Salamander Lake and Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple are all located nearby. The little village of Chimeni with its surrounding valleys is just a few kilometers away. Other nearby attractions include the war memorial at Ghoom, the Batasia Loop and the Ghoom Monastery. Things to do in Bagora: You can always enjoy a nature walk along the scenic landscape of the region. There is also a nice trekking trails from Bagora to Zero point. The place is also a heaven for the avid bird watchers, as Bagora is the home to a wide variety of birds. You can also walk down the shadowy forest trail to Tiger Hill, to watch the spectacular sunrise or plan for a trek of 12-km to Mongpu. If you are planning for more than a weekend in Bagora, enjoy a three-day forest trek from Kurseong to Kalijhora via Bagora, Namthing Pokhri and Latpanchar. Take snaps of the exotic surrounding of the region, which will capture your memory of Bagora. How to reach Bagora: Regular bus and car services are available between Siliguri and Darjeeling via Kurseong and Ghoom. While driving take a right turn from Kurseong to reach the village of Bagora via Down Hill Road. You can also hire a car from Kurseong. Best time to visit Bagora: You can visit Bagora any time of the year. In March and April, you would find the Rhododendrons in full bloom in the surrounding forests. Lodging and dining facilities in Bagora: The accommodation options offered in Bagora is limited and exclusive. There is only one private homestay in Bagora run by a local family. The home stay has Double Bed rooms and Four-Bedded rooms in their main building and annexe cottage. All the rooms and cottages of the homestay have western bathrooms, comfy beds, running water in bathrooms and views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, surrounding...
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Namchi, South Sikkim – 88 kms from Siliguri...

The capital of South Sikkim, Namchi is located at an altitude of 1675 m above sea level and is 78 km from Gangtok. Namchi means ‘sky high’ in Bhutia and this township is slowly emerging as a very important tourist destination. With its prime attraction of the 135 feet statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse monastery, majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and upcoming Chaar Dhaam point, Namchi is soon to become one of the most popular tourist destinations of Sikkim.  According to historical records, Namchi was the place where the princess Pende Ongmoo poisoned one of the Chogyals of Sikkim, but was later caught and killed. It is believed that her spirit still looms large over the horizon. BOOKING DETAILS OF NAMCHI Places to see at Namchi: Perhaps, the most striking piece of attraction of Namchi is the 135 ft high statue of Guru Padmasambhava on Samdruptse Monastery located on top of a rising hill. Ngadak Monastery, another piece of attraction is one of the oldest in Sikkim and belongs to Nyingmapa Buddhist sect. Other attractions include Solophok, which is still under construction and is expected to house the replicas of the ‘Chaar Dhaams’, the pilgrimage sites of Hindus. Then there is also the Kanchanjunga Handicrafts Center, Salleybong Bul Cave, Tirikhola Dancing Falls, Temi Tea Garden, Rayong Sunrise View Point and the Tendong State biodiversity Park among others. Nearby attractions from Namchi: Some 5 km from Namchi is Assangthang, a small and unique village that can offer you some really exclusive experiences. There are some 75 huts, brick paved paths in between farmlands, solar lighting system and extremely affectionate villagers who will make your trip wonderful. Things to do in Namchi: Sightseeing is the most important thing that you can do while in Namchi. The town offers quite a lot of places of attraction to look out for. Besides, you can also go out for trekking and discover the most exquisite beauty of nature. How to reach Namchi: Namchi is located some 90 km from New Jalpaiguri, so the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Station. But if you go by plane, then the nearest airport is Bagdogra which is about 96 km from Namchi. Best time to visit Namchi: You can visit Namchi anytime of the year. However, if you want to see the annual flower show that displays a wide variety of rare orchids organized by Namchi garden, then you must visit during the month of February. Lodging and dining facilities at Namchi: There are numerous private hotels of different budgets in Namchi. Dining facilities are available in most of the hotels. You would also find roadside eateries selling local dishes in Namchi. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Hee Bermiok, West Sikkim – 145 kms from Siliguri...

Hee Bermiok village is located in West Sikkim and is bounded by Hee River in the West, Kalez River in the North, Rangeet River in the East and Samdong Reserve Forest in the South. Other than being the perfect place for some good collection of plant life, the place is also the home to over 65 species of birds. Hee and Bermiok are two separate villages located some 150 km from New Jalpaiguri with Bagdogra being the nearest airport, Hee Bermiok offers great opportunities to its tourists to witness a variety of nature at its best and excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF HEE BERMIOK Places to see at Hee Bermiok: The Sirijunga Falls or Sirijunga Vadhan is one of the prime attractions of the place and is located about an hour’s walk downward from Bermiok Bazaar. Besides, there is the mysterious holy box and the Sirijunga Cave or Sirijunga Phuku. All these are located at the point of meeting of Reshi Khola and Kalej. There is also a village foot trail that leads to these places via Martam village and Phagudara. Other places worth a visit include Yuma Samyo Mangheem, and the beautiful lake of  Chaaya Taal located at Hee-Kyangbari where tourists can enjoy facilities like boating. Tourists can also witness the world’s largest prayer wheel and a water park in nearby Hee Gaon with swimming pools and gazebos. Nearby attractions from Hee Bermiok: You can go for short trips to the nearby Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary that is located very close to Hee Bermiok. Other destinations of West Sikkim like Pelling, Rinchenpong, Borong and Uttarey can be reached from Hee Bermiok within a couple of hour’s journey. Things to do in Hee Bermiok: You can take part in mountain biking, visit different villages and nature walks. People, who love adventure, can also take part in the two and half hour trek to Varsey. The annual tourist festival is also a very important activity that tourists can take part in. How to reach Hee Bermiok: From Gangtok, you need to travel for four and half hours to reach Hee Bermiok. Besides, you can also reach from Pelling and the journey takes one and half hours to complete. Best time to visit Hee Bermiok: You can visit Hee Bermiok any time of the year. However, if you want to see the Tourist Festival by the Hee Bermiok Tourism Development & Heritage Conservation Society, then you must come during the month of May. Lodging and dining facilities at Hee Bermiok: You can stay at village homes with local families and local hotels. These hotels also offer dining facilities as well. BOOKING DETAILS OF HEE...
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Tooruk, South Sikkim – 95 kms from Siliguri...

Stay in a Heritage home in a grand old estate of South Sikkim built in 1848. Just 30 minutes drive from Malli Bazaar in South Sikkim, Tooruk offers a soothing refuge from the bustling city life, with its exotic natural splendor. You could just relax on the lawns and be pampered by fresh air and the surroundings of Tooruk Estate. Tooruk is a private estate spanning 9 acres of lush greenery and the heritage home is the only accommodation here. BOOKING DETAILS OF TOORUK   Places to see in Tooruk: The focal point of attraction in Tooruk is the Heritage Home, an age-old estate built amidst acres of exotic varieties of flora and fauna. You will be amazed by the hospitality of the landlords of the Tooruk Estate. Another attraction is the razor edge cliff of Taraiy Bheer from where you can enjoy panoramic views of Rangeet and Teesta rivers flowing 4000 feet below, distant Darjeeling and beautiful Kalimpong perched on the saddle between Durpin and Delo hills. There are view points along the Taraiy Bheer cliff built for the tourists to enjoy mesmerizing sunsets. Nearby attractions around Tooruk: Arrangements can be made from Tooruk for some enjoyable trips to the nearby tourist spots in Sikkim like Namchi, which is famous for the 135 feet high statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Samdruptse Monastery. Things to do in Tooruk: Bird watching is one of the major activities of the visitors at Tooruk Estate. You can savor the sight of some exotic variety of birds like Oriental White Eye, Red Vented Bulbul, Owl and many more. If you have an appetite for adventure, then go for a White Water Rafting trip down the Teesta River. You will thoroughly enjoy the roller coaster ride along the roaring Teesta River. The place is also ideal for short trek along the back hill slope, to Rani Ban, dotted with emerald green vegetation and medicinal herbs.  The humming of the bees along with the twittering of the birds coupled with the exotic aroma of the wild flowers creates a mystical environment in Tooruk. Take a stroll through the village path and savor a glimpse of the simple life style of the local people. However, if you are not much an outdoor person, just relax on the lawn of the Tooruk Estate and watch the performance of the village folks to the rustic music in the evening. How to reach Tooruk: Drive for 30 minutes from Malli Bazaar to reach Tooruk. Malli Bazaar is two and a half hours drive from Siliguri. Best time to visit Tooruk: You can make a trip to Tooruk any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Tooruk: Tooruk is a private estate spanning 9 acres and the heritage home is the only accommodation here. There are separate cottages having accommodation for a total of 12 people. There are no telephones or television in the cottages and who needs them in such a tranquil paradise. However, for all those who simply cannot separate themselves from civilization, there is a Common lounge area in the main house where you can avail a Television. Delicious homemade dishes, prepared from organically grown fresh vegetables and fruits are also served to the guests. Eggs and chicken also constitute a part of the menu. BOOKING DEATILS OF TOORUK...
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Borong, South Sikkim – 117 kms from Siliguri...

Borong, located at an altitude of 5800 feet in South Sikkim is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Borong can be easily accessed from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri. Some 17 km from Ravangla, Borong can also be reached from Pelling, Gangtok and Rinchengpong. With Himalayan Mountains situated at the backdrop, Borong offers an ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquility. BOOKING DETAILS OF BORONG Places to see at Borong: You can catch a glimpse of some extraordinary views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and other the snowcapped peaks. And a spectacular sight of sunrise from the snow-covered mountains is perhaps the main reason behind a visit to this beautiful place. You can also look for glances of Sinolchu, Narsingh and Pandim peaks. For more photos of Borong click here Nearby attractions from Borong: Some 5 km away is the Ralong Monastery. You can hire a car and visit other places like Famtam Village, Gurang Monastery, the Silver Falls and the Barmely Bridge. Besides, a hot fountain is located at a distance of some 3km from Borong, on the bank of Rangit River. Things to do in Borong: Borong offers a very good base for trekking to Maenam Peak. Besides, there is also a trekking route at Namchi that ends in Borong and takes some 6 days to complete. Apart from trekking, you can go for bird-watching as Borong is home to a wide variety of birds like the scarlet minivet, the black magpie and the Himalayan pheasants. How to reach Borong: The nearest railway station to Borong is New Jalpaiguri. Then from the station, you need to hire a car that will take you to Borong via Ravangla. You can also reach Jorthang or Singtam from Siliguri bus stand and then head to Borong. Borong can also be reached from Pelling, Gangtok or Rinchengpong by car. Best time to visit Borong: Borong can be enjoyed throughout the year. But if you want to see the festival taking place by the bank of Rangeet River, then you must come during the month of February. Lodging and dining facilities at Borong: There are two accommodations at Borong located amidst beautiful hilly trees covering from all sides. Both these accommodation options offer dining facilities. Photographs by Debkinkar Baidya BOOKING DETAILS OF...