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Uttarey, West Sikkim – 150 kms from Siliguri...

Bordered by Bhutan, Tibet, West Bengal and Nepal, Uttarey is a small village located on the northern slope of Singalila Range in West Sikkim. It is slowly emerging as a satellite township and is only 150 km from Siliguri and 140 km from Gangtok. This beautiful village with abundant nature lies amidst a valley of herbal plants surrounded by hills which bloom in a never-ending array of Rhododendrons. Uttarey is one of the gateways of Singalila trek. Nature has whole heartedly showered itself in this village and that is very much evident in the never-ending greenery of the area. BOOKING DETAILS OF UTTAREY Places to see at Uttarey: There is an old monastery that is beautifully decorated with flower garden and beautiful mountains in the surrounding. Then, there is the Singshore Bridge which is the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. The Simphok Khola river flows beside this little village which is admired by a beautiful valley of herbal plants. You can hike along the surrounding mountains to visit a nearby Manghim (temple) or a lake. Eco-tourism in this village can be really exciting, especially for tourists who love nature. You can also make a soft hike to a Trout Fishing Centre nearby and the beautiful Mainbus Waterfalls (4 kms away). Photos of Uttarey 12► Nearby attractions from Uttarey: You can hire a car and go out for a visit to nearby places like Pelling, Pamyangtse, Kaluk, Dentam Valley, Changey Falls, Hee Bermiok, Chaaya Taal, Rinchenpong and other destinations in West Sikkim. Things to do in Uttarey: You can trek till Chitrey and get to see trout cultivation in cultivation centre. Those interested in trekking can go for it till the top of Singalila via Chitrey and Chiyabhanjan. Adventure lovers can go out for short treks through forests to Barsey and Hilley or to Mainbus Waterfalls. In Uttarey, you can always take a nature walk along the surrounding hills and forests, take up soft treks to nearby monasteries and waterfalls. From Uttarey, you can also take up a 4 Nights 5 days Phoktey Dara trek from where you can see sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha, Mt. Everest and Mt. Kumbhakarna at the same time. This heavenly view has been described by most trekkers as the most beautiful sunrise of the Himalayas. How to reach Uttarey: If you are traveling by air, then nearest airport is Bagdogra which is some 160 km from Uttarey. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. Transport is also available from Pelling to Uttarey. Moreover, the place is well connected with Siliguri and Gangtok by cars. Best time to visit Uttarey: The pleasant climatic condition of Uttarey is favorable for all kind of visitors from any part of the world. The place offers a pleasant climatic condition as the temperature remains moderate in almost all season. So, you can visit this beautiful place during any time of the year. However, if you are planning to see the blooming of Rhododendrons, then March is the best month and winter is best for treks and hikes.   Lodging and dining facilities at Uttarey: There are now many private hotels and resorts available in the place which also offers dining facilities as well. However, most of the hotels in Uttarey are located in the valley without panoramic views of mountains. There is only one hotel located at Upper Uttarey (Gumbadara), which is around 10 mins by car from Uttarey valley. This hotel has the best panoramic view of Uttarey...
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Yuksom, West Sikkim – 148 kms from Siliguri...

Yuksom is a fairytale village tucked in a valley with a view of Mt. Kabru. Founded in 1641 AD, Yuksom is the earliest capital of Sikkim where the first Dharma King (Chogyal) was crowned by three wise monks from Tibet. Yuksom still has that “mystic old world” charm, where you would find the Norbu Ghang Coronation Throne where the first king was crowned, the Dubdi Monastery built in 1701 AD, some mighty waterfalls, a small lake, some more monasteries and lush forests. Although famous for being the base point for treks like Goechala and Dzongri, still Yuksom is untouched by mass tourism. If you are thinking lately of putting your “walking shoes” and reliving your hiking days, then there is no better choice that Yuksom – you can take a 45 min hike along the forest to nearby Dubdi Monastery, enjoy some of the best village walks, monastery treks and birdwatching trails. BOOKING DETAILS OF YUKSOM Places to see in Yuksom: Built in 1701 AD, Dubdi Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim located on a hill top above Yoksum. It takes around 45 minutes by walk through the forests to reach the monastery. This forest walk is one of the finest experiences you can have in Sikkim. The trail overlooking Yuksom passes through a dense forest, which is home to some of the rarest Himalayan birds. The mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha and the twin peaks of Mt. Kabru keep peeping through the trees and nearby hills until you reach the monastery. For more photos of Yuksom click here The interior of Dubdi Monastery is lavishly painted with the figures of divinities, saints, demons and other symbols to narrate the religion. A very rare collection of manuscripts have been preserved at the end of the two aisles of the monastery. The two other monasteries in Yuksom are Karthok Monastery located beside the beautiful emerald coloured Karthok Lake and Ngadak Changchub Choeling. Another prime attraction of Yuksom is the Coronation Throne of the first king of Sikkim. In Yuksom, you can still see, the ruins of Norbu Ghang, which is the throne of the first Dharma King (Chogyal) coronated by the three learned monks in 1641 AD who came from Tibet looking for the rightful person to lead the people of this blessed land and start a new Buddhist Kingdom. Nearby attractions of Yuksom: Just 10 kilometers away from Yuksom on the way to Pelling is the beautiful Kanchendzonga Waterfalls. This waterfall has its source in the famous Rathong-Chu glaciers at the foot of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Another magnificent waterfall is Phamrong Waterfalls located around 7 kilometers from Yuksom on the way to Tashiding. The tranquil and peaceful Khecheopalri Lake, considered the holiest lake in Sikkim is located 27 kilometers from Yuksom. The lake’s contour resembles a left footmark, which is believed to be of Guru Padmasambhava. There is a popular belief that if you pray anything from this lake with pious sole, the holy lake will grant your wish. The Rimbi Rock Garden is a beautiful riverside garden located nearby. A day’s trip around Yuksom would include some great sightseeing options like Tashiding Monastery, Sinon Monastery, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse ruins and few other spots. Tahiding, located around 23 kilometers away is considered one of the holiest places on earth by the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Tashiding literally means “The Devoted Central Glory.” Nestled on a hilltop between the Rathong Chu and the Rangeet River, the monastery was founded...
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Varsey, West Sikkim – 124 kms from Siliguri...

Located in between Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve in the north and Singalila National Park in the south is the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary of West Sikkim. This 104 square kilometer sanctuary is located between altitude ranges of 2,200 m to 4,100 m and is the home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary or the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary forms border with West Bengal and Nepal and can be reached from three points, Dentam, Hilley and Soreng. BOOKING DETAILS OF VARSEY Places to see at Varsey: The main attractions of this place are the different species of Rhododendrons blooming in various colors. The most popular variety of this species is the red colored ones, apart from the pink and white varieties as well. The sanctuary also houses many other species of plant life like oaks, Magnolia and pine along with various species of Himalayan animals like Black Bear and Red Panda. Nearby attractions from Varsey: From Varsey Sanctuary, you can visit Dentam, Hilley and Soreng. Hilley is located within 4 km trek from Varsey. The trail to Hilley is covered with different species of rhododendrons. Things to do in Varsey: The best thing to do while in Varsey is to go for hiking. The Hilley – Varsey hike is a moderately easy trek that can be easily completed in one or two hours. The Hilley – Varsey trail passes through brightly coloured species of blooming rhododendrons. The trek covers a total distance of 4 km and the walk along the Singalila will offer you exquisite glimpses of Mt. Kanchenjunga Range. How to reach Varsey: You can take a night bus or train to reach Silguri or New Jalpaiguri from where you can rent hired cars to Jorethang. From Jorethang, another jeep-ride will take you to Hilley. You can also take a jeep-ride to Ribdi from where an eight kilometer walk can take you to Hilley. However, Varsey is a four kilometer walk only. Best time to visit Varsey: The best time to visit Varsey is during the spring time which comprises of the months of April and May when the whole area turns red with rhododendrons. However, if you want some glimpses of the Kanchenjunga, then the months of October and November is the best time as the weather remains clear at that time. From December to March, the area becomes inaccessible as it remains covered with snow. Lodging and dining facilities at Varsey: When you visit Varsey, you will get accommodation at a lodge which offers both the facilities of dormitory beds and a double-bed room. Plus, the lodge also has dining facilities with different kind of foods including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. 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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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...
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Pastanga, East Sikkim – 28 kms from Gangtok...

If you wish to experience the life of a traditional Sikkimese village, then Pastanga in Laingzey, a hamlet, nestled in the eastern district of the state of Sikkim will be your perfect getaway. This small village located at an altitude of 1423m, is nestled amidst an exotic varieties of flora and fauna, where you can view an abundance of rhododendrons and orchids. BOOKING DETAILS OF PASTANGA Places to see in Pastanga: Pastanga is dotted with a number of sightseeing places, which enhances the appeal of the place to the tourists. One of the prime attractions of the region is the Heritage Homes of the Rais and Bhutias. Built with bamboos and mud, this rare architecture has been treasured for more than 150 years by the people of Pastanga. The walls of this age-old architecture are built in three layered structure, where the inner layer is made of bamboo and the outer layer is plastered with mud on the bamboo framework. The whole structure of the house is elevated around 5 feet above the ground and supported by wooden pillars. A visit to the nearby “Sumni-hwari” waterfall is truly noteworthy. A number of natural springs constitute the major source of the waterfall, cascading from a height of about 150 meters. The waterfall is considered as a sacred site, and the worship of Goddess Durga takes place nearby the site on Chandi Poornima. The village of Pastanga is also known for its herbal garden that nurtures a number of medicinal plants. The medicinal plants are identified scientifically and are utilized for educating people. Orchid Poly-house is home to an exotic variety of rhododendrons, wild orchids and mosses. You can savor the sight of blooming orchids, while visiting in the month of April and May. Nearby attractions around Pastanga: Nopkom, an exotic hilltop, is a major nearby spot of tourist interest, located at the meeting point of the Gaucharan village and emerald green forest. From this point, you can savor the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchanjungha, the renowned Rumtek monastery and the outstanding view of the village. In addition to this, you will be enthralled with the twittering sound of the birds. You can also visit the site of Takcham River, which is renowned for its hot water. The golden yellow water of the river is famous for its healing properties. You will also find a picnic spot nearby the site. The place also houses a site for traditional angling. Things to do in Pastanga: Pastanga nurtured amidst the scenic landscape is a great place for enjoying a nature walk. You can walk gently around the winding village path, passing through the middle of the cardamom field. You can also enjoy the cultural show of the region, featuring Rai Dance and songs. The most noteworthy feature of the cultural show is the playing of traditional handmade instruments like Binayoo and Machunga. If you have an adventurous bent of mind, take part in trekking to Khedi – Malinggo Trail, located at a height of 2803 meters. Relish the local cuisine and the local beverage called thikla, which will be really an enduring experience. How to reach Pastanga: The quaint village of Pastanga is well connected by roadway via Ranipool and Bhusuk. It is also just an hour drive from the capital city of Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Gangtok to reach Pastanga. Best time to visit Pastanga: Pastanga beckons tourists throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the...
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Chungbung, Sikkim – 110 kms from Siliguri...

The mesmeric Chungbung village in West Sikkim attracts travelers with majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, paragliding facilities and a simple village life. The east of Chungbung village is guarded by Zoom, whereas the western side is bounded by Sombaria, Soreng and the renowned Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. It is flanked by the Rothak River in the North and Tangbang River in the south. The place is mainly dominated by the Rai community of Sikkim along with few Lepchas and Bhutias. Chungbung is an upcoming tourist spot in Sikkim with excellent homestay facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHUNGBUNG Places to see in Chungbung: Chungbung is dotted with tourist attractions. Durpiney Dara meaning the telescopic hill is one of the main attractions here. You can savor an amazing telescopic view of the surrounding place from the Durpiney dara. Locally, the place is also called “gadi,” which means fort. Long back, there was a fort in the region. Even now, you can see the ruins of that old fort, which has lately, became the take-off spot for paragliders. The Tanki Dara nestled amidst trees is one of the most preferred picnic spots located just above the Chungbung village. The place is a heaven for the avid bird watchers. The place is also known as Hinguwa Tar, which means a tree similar to a tea-shrub. Chungbung is dotted with such shrubs throughout the region. The inhabitants of Chungbung are religious in nature. They worship “Nag Dewta,” a deity in the form of snake at the nearby spot of Nag Dhunga. They have shaped a huge stone like a snake.  The place is also called ‘Alley’. Yesoltsoling Monastery is a nearby ancient and holy Buddhist monastery. The Noobling Gumpa is another holy monastery near Chugbung, which is said to be the haven of the Tantrik Lamas’ in the olden times. The house of the first Chief-Minister of democratic Sikkim, L.D. Kazi, is also near Chungbung. The house was built out of mud in the traditional architectural style and it is endowed with a special feature. The interior of the house cools down naturally in summer and heats up naturally during the winter. Nearby attractions of Chungbung: You can organize trips from Chungbung to other parts of Sikkim like Pelling, Pemyangtsey, Temi Tea Garden and all other parts in the Western district of Sikkim Things to do in Chungbung: Try out paragliding, a major attraction of the tourists visiting Chungbung. The upcoming International Paragliding Festival 2011 will also be hosted at Chungbung. Chungbung faces the white snow capped mountains and the beautiful view of the tea-estate sprawling on the other side in the Darjeeling district in the West Bengal state. Paragliding lovers could head straight to Durpiney Dara for the take-off. Chungbung is well developed for a long distance paragliding up to Jorethang, covering an aerial distance of 6 kilometers. How to reach Chungbung: The nearest railhead of the region is located at New Jalpaiguri and the closest airport is Bagdogra. Hired cars are available at the railway station and airport, carrying visitors to Chungbung. The entry point to Chungbung is through Jorethang, which is around 13 kms away. Best time to visit Chungbung: You can visit Chungbung any time of the year but paragliding can be enjoyed mostly during winters only. Lodging and dining facilities in Chungbung: There are some excellent home stay facilities available in Chungbung for lodging and dining. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHUNGBUNG   Map of Chungbung [mqMap key=”CWOt” width=”470″ height=”370″...
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Susunia, Bankura – 203 kms from Kolkata...

Susunia Hills in Bankura District is a very good place for a weekend with friends but if you want to take some time out from your hectic schedule and want to spend some moments of your own, then Susunia is enchanting. If you love nature and want to explore its beauty, then come to Susunia and witness its unspoiled nature. Located right in the middle of Bankura is this 1500 feet high hill. It is often believed that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. With plenty of natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill, Susunia gives out a picture perfect look. BOOKING DETAILS OF SUSUNIA Susunia nestles at the northwestern part of Bankura district. This stunning weekend destination is exceptionally welcoming with its incredible natural beauty, rich flora, beautiful holy spring and the rock faces on which the eminent mountaineers of the regions embarked on their journey. The Susunia hillock is also of the rich reserves of medicinal plants. For more photographs of Susunia click here Places to see in Susunia: The main attraction of Susunia hills is a stone edict that belongs to the period of Raja Chandra Varma. It is believed that Susunia hills once had the fort of the Raja. Moreover, the Gandheswari River flowing down the hill is another great place to watch out for. The mighty Susunia hill boasting a height of about 1500 feet is a wonderful site of historical inscriptions, by Raja Chandravama. The hill is also a renowned archeological site, yielding Stone Age tools. Susunia Hill is also a noteworthy site for tourists, who visit the destination to see “Dhara” (Natural Spring) & Silislipi. The twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur, which nestle on the banks of the Bodai River, are renowned for the Mandal family terracotta temples, including Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf. At the entrance of the Barataraf temple, there is a big Rasmancha. The other two temples of Mejotaraf and Chhototaraf are beautifully studded with wonderful terracotta panels, which include a brilliant representation of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture. You can also visit the other notable temples of Bankura, while touring Susunia, which include Gokul Chand Temple, Saileswar Temple, Temple of Radha Damodar Jew, Temple of Ratneswar and Temple of Shyam Sunder. Nearby attractions in Susunia: The other major tourist attractions of Bankura District like the terracotta temples of Bishnupur and the Kansabati Dam at Mukumanipur can be visited from Susunia. Biharinath Hill, which lies on the north of Saltora Block is also nearby. Biharinath is tallest hill in the Bankura district and a popular site of tourism. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from Bankura Town. The place offers spectacular sight of forest. Another famous historical site called Betur is also situated here. Things to do in Susunia: Apart from enjoying the serenity of Susunia, you can indulge in trekking or rock climbing. Susunia village is famous for beautiful stone carving and you can buy them at affordable prices. There are two villages in the vicinity of Susunia, Netkamla and Bindhyajam, which are home of Dhokra craftsmen. Again, Bankura is famous for artistically designed terracotta items, which are readily available all across the district and worth buying. The famous Bankura horse has now become a symbol of Indian handicrafts. Besides buying, also indulge in eating the special sweets of Bankura, like the famous mecha sandesh or the pera. If...
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Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary, Orissa – 568 kms from Kolkata...

Satkosia Basipalli Sanctuary, popularly known as Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Orissa’s famous wildlife sanctuaries. The Gharial Breeding Project, the latest venture of the wildlife reserve has attracted a lot of attention and contributed to its popularity.  The idyllic green sanctuary spans an area of 1330 square kilometers and was established in 1976. The entire area is divided into two parts by the River Mahanadi and is situated between the districts of Budh, Angul, Nayagarh and Cuttack. The sanctuary is valued by wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, scientists and adventure freaks, in a similar manner. The region under the Angul sub division is comparatively hilly and houses dense groves, moist and dry deciduous forests and vibrant flowers like Khalsi and Genwa. BOOKING DETAILS OF SATKOSIA In its secluded premises, it houses a variety of wildlife such as elephants, tigers,  leopards, gaur, nilgai, mouse deer, wild goats, sloth bears, sambar, spotted deer, giant squirrels and four-horned antelopes. It is also home to the gharials (Indian Crocodiles), fresh water turtles, mugger crocodiles and snakes of different specoes. Its most distinctive feature is the Gharial Research and Conservation Unit, which is situated at Tikarapada. Presently, it has been renamed as Satkosia Tiger Reserve. For more photos of Satkosia click here Places to see at Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: Tourism is permitted only across 269 square kilometers of the total area. You can explore the wild side of the sanctuary by visiting Baghmunda, the residential area of the tigers. The Athamallik-Chhendipada-Telkoi corridor, Satkosia-Khalasuni corridor and Kapilas-Rebena corridor are the three main corridors through which the elephants travel and can be mainly seen by the tourists. Nearby attractions of Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: Apart from the main part of the sanctuary, you can tour places like Tikarpara that offers beautiful view of the gorge and meandering river. Hati Girga, known for the watch tower; Labangi, which is situated on a hill top, Purnakot – renowned for offering hiking trails and Kandhaida, known for its intense jungles; completes the list. The places that are popular for its stream and waterfall are Sitalpaani and Bheemdara, respectively. Things to do in Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: Besides exploring the forests for various kinds of animals, you can also enjoy the panoramic vistas and opt for activities like trekking, elephant rides, night safaris and boating that are provided by the Forest Department. How to reach Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: From Kolkata, you need to travel to Cuttack in Orissa by rail. From Cuttack, travel to Angul (which is 115 kms away), via bus, in order to reach Satkosia. The entry point is situated at Pamapsara, at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Angul. The transfer to Satkosia from Athagarh is operated by Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC). Tourists are advised to hire a vehicle from Cuttack or Angul for both traveling and sightseeing purposes. There is also a train from Howrah to Angul (via Bhadrak) that runs only on Saturdays from Howrah and takes around 10 hours. Best time to visit Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: Though the sanctuary can be visited during the months of October to February, the months of December and January are considered to be the best time to visit the place. Lodging and dining facilities at Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary: Tented accommodation facilities are available near Tikarpada, at affordable rates. The option of guest houses is also available in and around the sanctuary. Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian food is offered to the tourists by the places of accommodation. Photographs...
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Hazaribagh, Jharkhand – 340 kms from Kolkata...

The term Hazaribagh literally means a place admired with thousands gardens. The district is situated on the Chota Nagpur plateau of Jharkhand. You will be amazed by viewing the scenic natural beauty of the destination, nestled amidst lush green dense forest, enriched with exotic flora and fauna. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO HAZARIBAGH Places to see in Hazaribag: Popularly known as a health resort, Hazaribag is dotted with a number of tourist attractions. The Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary, nestled in the low hilly region is worth visiting. The site spans an area of over 184 sq. km. of plains, steep hills and nullahs, covered with lush green grass meadows and tropical forest. The sanctuary is refuge to a number of wild animals like Nilgai, wild bear, Chital, Sambhar, tigers and panthers. The sanctuary features several watchtowers to facilitate a close encounter with the wild. Another popular attraction is the Hazaribagh Lake, which is also a sought after picnic spot and a popular site for water sports. You can also pay a visit to the Canary Hill, lying adjacent to the town, which is admired with a nice park and three small lakes and a watchtower. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the town from the top of the hill. Nearby attractions around Hajaribagh: The breathtaking view of Parasnath (90 km.), the highest hill in Bihar admiring the eastern margin of the Hajaribag plateau, is truly mesmerizing. The hill located in the Giridih district is also home to the Parasnath Temple, frequented by the Jain pilgrims. You can also visit the temple of Rajrappa, renowned for housing the idol of Ma Chhina Mastika. The site is also famous as the confluence of rivers Damodar and Bhera. The Tilaiya Dam, located 52 km from Hajaribagh is another spot of tourist attraction, which was built by the Damodar Valley Corporation across the River Barakar, mainly for controlling floods. Tourists are really enthralled by viewing the extensive reservoir and the spectacular hillocks. You can also drive along the GT road to Hari Har Dham, located at Bagodhar, renowned for housing a Shiv Ling measuring 52 ft. Hundreds of tourists also visit Surajkund, 65 km from Hazaribagh, famous for hot water spring. Conducted tours are also organized by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation. Things to do in Hazaribagh: The Tourist Complex built few kilometers away from the Tilaiya Dam, is a perfect place for the sport enthusiasts, where they can enjoy several water sports and boating as well. The Hazaribagh Lake is also a popular place for water sports. You can also enjoy a nature walk, savoring the spectacular view of the town. How to reach Hazaribagh: There are a number of options to reach Hazaribagh. You can avail buses from Ranchi and Patna heading to Hazaribagh. Luxury coach services are also operated by Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation via Hazaribagh. Kodarma is the nearest railway station from the destination. If you want to avail flight, the nearest airport is Ranchi. Best time to visit Hazaribagh: The best time to visit Hazaribagh is between October and April. Lodging and dining facilities in Hazaribagh: You can spot a number of private hotels at Hazaribagh. Dining facilities are also offered by most of the hotels. If you are a street food lover, you can try out snacks like bada, aloo chop, samosas, tikki chat, matka kulfi or steaming maal pua. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Lolegaon, Darjeeling – 123 kms from Siliguri...

Lolegaon or Loleygaon is a small resort town with a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha located in the district of Darjeeling West Bengal. It is one of the offbeat destinations for tourists to hill stations. Loleygaon is 12 kilometers from Lava, 123 kilometers from Siliguri and 54 kilometers from Kalimpong. It is as high as 5,500 ft from sea level. Surrounded by towering Cypress trees and undulating slopes Lolegaon is a place of ethereal beauty in the wilderness. That Nature is the best art of God is evident in every nook and corner of Loleygaon. It gives you a glittering glimpse of the rising sun over Mt. Kanchenjunga and a spectacular view of the shadow spreading over Mt. Khannchenjunga in the setting sun. The picture of colors drawn by sunrise and sunset on the vast canvas of the blue over the daring peaks of the Himalayas is spell- bounding. The cool breeze heavy with fragrance of flowers is the breath of the place. BOOKING DETAILS OF LOLEGAON Places to see at Lolegaon: Nature has lavishly showered its blessings on Loleygaon. A visit to the Heritage Forest will give you a feel of the greenery of the place. Cypress and Oak trees form a canopy at the top of the forest. It is a breath taking experience to penetrate the deep of the forest. The awe-inspiring, enveloping silence of the forest will make you hear the rhythm of your heart. The lush and lavish of greenery in the Ralli Valley is most beautiful scenery of Lolegaon. For more images of Lolegaon click here Nearby attractions of Loleygaon: Lava, Kafer- the Lepcha village, Kalimpong, Samthahar and Jhandidara Sunrise Point are the places of interests around Loleygaon. Things to do in Lolegaon: Nature walking, enjoying the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunjha and visiting the nearby villages, forests, plantations and Buddhist monasteries. The Canopy Walk over the wooden hanging foot bridge is a special attraction. How to reach Lolegaon: You can reach Lolegaon from Siliguri by bus. Rented car service is available from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and the Bagdogra Airport. Loleygaon is well connected with different parts of Darjeeling. Best time to visit Lolegaon: The best time to visit Lolegaon lasts throughout the year save the monsoon season from July to August. Leeches become a nuisance during the rainy season here. Lodging and Dining facilities at Loleygaon: There are Forest Department cottages and private hotels in Loleygaon. Our private hotel at Lolegaon has a great location facing facing Mt. Kanchenjunga. The newly renovated spacious rooms are decked with modern lighting, wood paneling, wall to wall carpets, king size beds. All rooms have attached western bathrooms and large windows.  There is also a multi-cuisine restaurant that can accommodate more that 30 guests at a time. There is also a conference hall with a capacity of 30 people. Other modern facilities like hot water geysers, balconies with views, lobby area, reception, tour guide are all available. You will be served with delicious food in our hotel. There are also few roadside eateries serving basic local dishes like Momo and chips. Photographs by esmitra1801, Pallab Seth, Salim Ansari and others BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Panchalingeswar, Orissa – 280 kms from Kolkata...

If you want to live in seclusion, amidst the tranquil and scenic natural ambience, then this quaint village of Panchalingeswar, is your ideal weekend getaway. Panchalingeswar is located in the hilly areas of Balasore district in Orissa. The sheer serenity of the location is a great stress buster for the tourists. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO PANCHALINGESWAR Places to see in Panchalingeswar: Tourists are primarily attracted to the village of Panchalingeswar to visit the Panchalingeswar Temple, which is the shrine of Lord Shiva. The temple is located on a hilltop near the Nilagiri hills and is renowned for housing five shivalingas, immersed in a small flow of water. You need to ascend 263 stairs to reach the temple. Walk for 3 km from the temple site through a tribal village, to savor the spectacular sight of the Khumkut Dam. You could also locate a watchtower at the site. You can also visit Sajanagarh, the place of Budarachandi, which is also a popular archaeological site. Make a trip to the Kuldiha Elephant Sanctuary and the Jagannath temple, situated nearby. Nearby attractions around Panchalingeswar: Tourist visiting Panchalingeswar can arrange for some interesting trips to nearby destinations. Chandaneswara is a prime attraction of the tourists, renowned for its pristine beach and the shrine of Lord Chandaneswara. Tourists can also visit another serene beach at Chandipur. You can also make a tour to Remuna, the site famous for nurturing the Vaishnavite culture. The place also houses a well-decorated temple of Khirachora Gopinath. Another interesting place is Khiching, popular for housing the age-old Chamunda temple and Kichakeswari temple. Things to do in Panchalingeswar: If you are a trek enthusiast, then you can trek at the Nilagiri Hills. Enjoy your trips in the nearby sightseeing places. You can also enjoy a nature walk savoring the splendid beauty of Pancha lingeswar. How to reach Panchalingeswar: Panchalingeswar is located at a distance of 30 km. from Balasore and 85 km. from the town of Baripada. Regular facilities of transport are available from both the destinations to Panchalingeswar. The nearest airport of the destination is located at Bhubaneswar, whereas Balasore serves as the closest railway station. Best time to visit Panchalingeswar: The ideal time to visit the place is during Autumn and Winter. Lodging and dining facilities in Panchalingeswar: You can stay at Govt. accommodations in Panchalingeswar, which is operated by the Orissa Tourism Department Corporation. There are also a few standard hotels and private resorts at the location. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Sikip, South Sikkim – 132 kms from Siliguri...

Sikip, located in South District of Sikkim is a very famous destination for its beautiful atmosphere. Situated on the banks of Rangeet River, the place boasts splendid natural surroundings and excellent opportunities for camping and angling. Besides, the turbulent waters of Rangeet River offer perfect opportunities for rafting. With lot of angling, camping and rafting, Sikip is the paradise for adventure lovers. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO SIKIP   Places to see at Sikip: Sikip is famous for its wonderful natural surrounding. So, you will definitely have a good time savoring the amazing sites of nature. Nearby attractions from Sikip: Among the nearby attractions, you can definitely visit Jorethang, another great place for its exquisite nature. You would also see a lovely bridge over River Rangeet at Sikip. Samdruptse, Temi Tea Garden, Ravangla, Borong and Namchi other attraction within a few hours drive from Sikip. Things to do in Sikip: Sikip offers great opportunities for rafters and anglers in the waters of Rangeet River. The unstable waters of Rangeet River are perfect for rafting from Sikip-Jorethang-Majitar-Melli. Besides, you can also camp on the banks of the river. How to reach Sikip: You can reach Sikip from Gangtok via the Legship on a motorable road in some 5 hours. You can also hire a car and reach the place from Darjeeling and Siliguri via Jorethang. Best time to visit Sikip: You can visit Sikip during any time of the year. However, if you want to make the most of rafting opportunities, then the months of March to May and October to December is the best time. Lodging and dining facilities at Sikip: Presently Sikip does not offer any hotels for stay. If you want accommodation at Sikip then you can avail some home stays here which also offer moderate dining facilities as well. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Okhrey, West Sikkim – 130 kms from Siliguri...

Okhrey is one of the new destinations in Sikkim. You can spot this small cozy and less famed village of Okhrey on your way to Varsey, one of the most sought – after trekking trails of Sikkim. It is the most popular base for the Varsey Rhododendron trek. At Okhrey, you can stay overnight and start your journey to Hilley around 10 kms away by car the next morning. You have to park your car at Hilley and start your 4 km long trek to Varsey from Hilley. After starting your journey from Okhrey towards Hilley, you will pass through a small natural lake, some breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and endless stretches of Rhododendrons. You will truly be amazed by the breathtaking natural splendor of Okhrey and its surroundings, shrouded with tranquility, where you can find your peace of mind. BOOKING DETAILS OF OKHREY Places to see in Okhrey: Okhrey is famous for being the base for the famous Hilley – Varsey Rhododendron trek. Hilley, which is the checkpost for the 4 km long trek to Varsey is just 10 kms from Okhrey by car. While travelling to Hilley from Okhrey, you would enjoy the view of the magnificent Mt. Kanchenjungha range. If you climb up the slope of the hill, you can spot a serene village called Latitar. Another popular tourist attraction of the place is the Ugen Thon Meon Ling monastery, which is visited by travelers passing through this way. The monastery is operated by the Tibetan missionaries and features a small school. For more photos of Okhrey click here You will also enjoy a walk to the Ribdi from the village of Okhrey, located on the border of West Bengal. You can also explore further down along the forests of Rumbum and Coorkey to Rimbik. Trekking along the trail from Okhrey that leads to Phalut via Gurdung is also quite exciting Nearby attractions around Okrey: You can make a trip to Hilley, located 10 km. from Okhrey, which marks the beginning of the Hilley – Varsey Rhododendron trek. There is a beautiful Sai Temple in Daramdin just 28 kms away. Other nearby attractions of Okrey are the view point Jureli Dara around 18 kms away, the Anden Olong Monastery (20 kms away), Kitan Falls, Dodak Helipad, Butterfly Shape Valley and numerous other view points. You can visit most of these destinations while travelling from Somabaria to Okhrey – they would fall on the way. Other attractions that you cover in a sightseeing trip of Okhrey are Devi Falls, Gathang alls, the EPC church (one of the oldest churches of Sikkim) and a Lepcha Museum. Things to do in Okhrey: Trekking is the favorite activity of the tourists visiting Ohkrey. The towering mountains on the northern part of Okhrey also beckon the adventurous tourists to enjoy a rambling walk along the winding mountainous paths. Most tourists travel to Hilley by car from Okhrey (10 kms) and start the 4 kms long Hilley – Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary trek. The sanctuary offers excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and endless stretches of Rhododendrons in their array of red, pink and white colours. Birdwatching is another great activity to be enjoyed from Okhrey. How to reach Okhrey: Okhrey is located at a distance of 130 km. from the New Jalpaiguri station. A number of trains halt at the New Jalpaiguri station. Regular jeep services are available from Jorethang. It takes about an hour to reach the destination. The route from...
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Tajpur, Medinipur – 140 kms from Kolkata...

The convenient location of Tajpur is the major cause behind the emerging popularity of this sea beach holiday destination. Surrounded with patches of forests this sea shore destination truly offers great visual pleasure.  The sea beach of Tajpur has an unusual shape – unlike the most sorted crescent shape Tajpur has an inverted Crescent shape of the beach, which gives an unusual panoramic view of the sea. Tajpur is still the most unexploited virgin sea-beach around Kolkata.  BOOKING DETAILS OF TAJPUR Places to see at Tajpur: The virgin sea shores surrounded by Casuarina Groves and Keya flower shrubs, the river mohona and fishermen villages must be seen. The inverted-crescent beach of Tajpur is the main attraction here. For more photos of Tajpur click here Nearby attractions at Tajpur: You can travel to Mandarmoni from Tajpur, famous for beach attractions. You can also visit Sankarpur, Digha, Talsaree and Bankiput from here.   Things to do at Tajpur: Shrouded with tranquility, Tajpur is still unexplored, hence unexploited. Savor the natural beauty and the virgin beaches of the place, which will surely enrich your holiday experience of Tajpur. If you love adventure sports, then Tajpur is for you. Here, we can arrange Parasailing, Kayaking, Rafting, Zorbing, Rock Climbing and other types of adventure sports. If you just want to spend few days in peace in a beach destination near Kolkata, the Tajpur is an ideal choice. How to reach Tajpur: Drive along the route leading to Digha and after crossing the Kathi and Chaulkhola crossings, you will reach the Balisai crossing. Turn left and move forward to locate Tajpur. If you are travelling by train, then you can get down at Digha and hire a trekker to Tajpur. All buses to Digha from Kolkata would also drop you at Balusai More and from Balusai More you can catch a local van to take you to Tajpur Best time to visit Tajpur: Tourists can visit Tajpur all through the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Tajpur:   RESORT IN TAJPUR: You would find all facilities in this hotel to enjoy a dream holiday in Tajpur. Children’s park, lush gardens, boating facilities, parking lot and whole lot of facilities. There is also a huge natural lake with loungers and gazebos on its banks for you to spend your evening in tranquility. There are cottage type accommodation as well in this resort. Extra spacious AC rooms with side tables and Televisions, wardrobes, 24-hr power supply, bathrooms and all other luxuries make this newly-built spic and span hotel just the best resort for guests who want to spend a complete luxury holiday.     DELUXE HOTEL IN TAJPUR: If you have a moderate budget and love to spend your weekend in a hotel at Tajpur near the beach with lawns, childrens’ park, car parking and all modern room facilities like 24-hr power supply, AC and non AC rooms with televisions, then this comfort hotel is a great option for you. This hotel is quite near to the beach and the Casuarina groves and you can take a walk till late evenings around it.       COMFORT HOTEL IN TAJPUR: This budget-friendly hotel in Tajpur has cozy Double Bed AC and non AC cottages and is just a two-minute walk from the beach with a lawn for your kids to play around and a children’s park. Facilities like 24-hr power supply, dining hall, room service, parking area, televisions and attached western baths make this hotel a...