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

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

High up in the Himalayas is a small village called Yakten which stays shrouded in mist and caressed by the soft chilling winds. Located just 35 kms from the bustling city of Gangtok in Sikkim, Yakten is surrounded by pine forests with magnificent views of the lush rolling Himalayan foothills. A 10-minutes walk through the pine forest would take you to a view point from where you can catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Almost eight home stays with adequate modern amenities welcome guests at Yaakten. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN Places to see in Yakten: The centuries-old pine forest at the backdrop of Yakten Village is one of the best places to take short treks. A 10-min walk from the home stay through the pine forest would take you to a viewpoint from where you can catch a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Yaakten is a village blessed by a healthy population of butterflies, birds and rare orchids. Although, few areas of Yaakten village are cultivated following the unique step-cultivation pattern most of Yaakten is covered in forests. Yakten Village also has a greenhouse with a very good collection of rare orchids. The upcoming airport at Pakyong is just 10 kms from Yakten. For more photographs of Yakten click here Nearby Attractions of Yakten: A 07-kilometer trail through the pine forests would take you to Jhandi Dara View Point which offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can also take a shorter trek to the ruins of a Bhutia Fort called Budang Gari. In the vicinity, you can explore the local monasteries like and natural caves. Things to do in Yakten: If you are fond of bird watching, then Yakten will not fail to surprise you. There are few bird watching trails which pass through the forests and farmlands and yield some of the rarest sightings. Located at around 5300 feet above sea level, Yaakten Village is also home to rare butterflies and orchids. Apart from treks to Jhandi Dara, you can enjoy taking long village walks and butterfly watching hikes along the edges of the green hills of Yakten. The Yakten Village Community can also arrange for cultural shows in the evenings if you want. How to reach Yaakten: Yakten is around 35 kms from Gangtok, which is the nearest town. You can hire cars from Gangtok to Yakten. The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri (which is around 140 kms.) and the nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB), which is around 145 kms away. However, when the Pakyong Airport becomes operational, this destination would be easily accessible. Best time to visit Yakten: You can visit Yaakten anytime of the year. However, if you are fond of hiking and trekking, then avoiding the rainy season is recommended. Lodging and dining facilities at Yakten: There are 08 homestays presently operational in Yaakten. Out of these, two homestays have been funded by Sikkim Govt. and the rest are privately owned. All homestays are equipped with electricity, attached bathrooms and commands a view of the surrounding hills and the distant city of Gangtok. You have to take a short 10-mins. walk through the pine forest to reach an opening from where you can catch a view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The homestays at Yaakten are known for their warm traditional hospitality and some sumptuous local cuisine. The regular Indian cuisine is served in the homestays and the ingredients are locally sourced and fully organic. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN...
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Pabong, Neora Valley – 92 kms from Siliguri...

Perched on a mountain slope at 4700 feet and surrounded by the deep and dense Neora Valley Forest, Pabong enjoys one of the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Few kilometers from the popular tourist spots of Loleygaon and Chakhole, this tranquil village of Pabong has somehow escaped the clutches of commercialisation and mass tourism. Here, you can trek along the Neora forest and enjoy bird watching, take village walks along the terraced paddy fields and spend the quite evenings watching the lights of Kalimpong flickering in the horizon. If you are searching for a hidden corner in the Himalayas, then spending your weekend in Pabong would be very much rewarding. BOOKING DETAILS OF PABONG Places to see in Pabong: Terraced Paddy fields and ageless forests of Pine, Cypress and Oak closely guards the secrets of Pabong. You can also catch a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the distant towns of Kalimpong and Namchi from your homestay. Here, nature unfolds itself like no place else in the Himalayas. It is truly a postcard destination. For more photos of Pabong click here Nearby Attractions of Pabong: The more popular tourist destination of Charkhole is just 04 kilometers from Pabong. At Charkole, you would find some nicely landscaped swanky resorts, thatched viewpoints, statues of Gods and playgrounds and a small orange orchard. The tourist towns of Loleygaon and Lava are also nearby. You can visit the monastery of Lava and enjoy the Canopy Walk through the Heritage Forest of Loleygaon in day trips from here. Things to do in Pabong: You should visit here if you are fond of quietness and is planning a tour where you simply get to hear the sounds of nature and nothing more. The chirping of birds would wake you up in the mornings, the magnificent Mt. Kanchenjungha would greet you throughout the days and the cloudless star studded sky would make you fall asleep in the night. Bird watching, village walks, trekking in Neora Valley National Park and spending the evening beside the fireplace or making a campfire are few things you can do here. You can also try your luck in ploughing the fields or milking the cow in the village cowshed. The villagers here would giggle all around you and in no time you would turn a local celebrity. How to reach Pabong: Truly enough! this village is not well connected. It is some 20 kms from Loleygaon and 04 kms from Charkole. Hiring cars from any of these places is the only option. However, the homestay in Pabong also arranges direct pick up from New Mall Junction, New Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Lava and Siliguri. Best time to visit Pabong: You can visit this destination anytime of the year. The spring and winter bring in the birds and the monsoon invites the greenery. The deep dark forests veiled by the morning mist can be enjoyed throughout the year at Pabong. Lodging and Dining facilities in Pabong: There is only one home stay at Pabong and you need nothing more. There are three spacious rooms with two large comfy beds in each room. The home stay is equipped with all modern facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity, hot water arrangements, fireplace and great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. And the best part is, there are no television to remind you of the civilization! Food served is essentially home cooked, sumptuous Indian cuisine served hot in the dining hall. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Tshlamthang, South Sikkim – 98 kms from Siliguri...

Tshlamthang is a quaint village tucked in the Himalayan foothills. The bird’s eye view of gurgling Teesta River and snow-clad Nathula peaks create a mix of charms. The name Tshlamthang means Orange Farm. It is a quiet and organic spot for both people who love to laze in nature enjoying native cuisine and culture and adventurous people looking for treks, bird watching, trails and walks and angling. With plenty of nearby tourist attractions like Ravangla, Temi, Solophok and forest trekking scope, this new destination in South Sikkim is still an unknown paradise. BOOKING DETAILS OF TSHLAMTHANG Places to see at Tshlamthang: The best mode of sightseeing is by foot, though transport is also available. The first stop could be a 160-year-old local Heritage House, created with local stuff like wood, bamboo and Siru. Next you can take a short trek to the Ban Jakhri Cave, the ancient abode of Jakhris (witch doctors of Sikkim). You can also climb the Daras (the highest point of a hill) like the Harray Dara, sacred to newly married couples or Deorali Dara overlooking villages and mountains. Click here for images of Tshlamthang Nearby attractions of Tshlamthang: Go on a small cliff edge trail to Tarey Bhir. On the cliff top, view River Teesta and Rangeet among pine forests. If you are lucky, spot the rare wild mountain goats – Bharals. Visit Ravangla for majestic mountain views and sprawling Buddha Park, with a 130-foot high Buddha statue. Visit Chaardham, Solophok, with a hilltop view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Chaardham has replicas of the 12 Hindu Jyotirlingas and four Dhams (pilgrimage sites). It has a 87-feet high sitting Shiva and a 16.5 feet high statue of Lord Kiriteshwara. Visit Samdruptse Monastery, 30 kms from Tshlamthang, and with a 45-meter high golden statue of Guru Padmasambhava. For nature lovers, Temi Tea Garden is a must visit from here. Around 14 kms from Tshlamthang, this is one and only tea garden of Sikkim. You can view Mt. Kanchenjungha and witness tea processing from Temi. Things to do at Tshlamthang: Forest picnics with fishing are fun. The locals arrange everything well. You can even fry up your day’s catch! Forest trekking to Maenam Hill and Tendong Hill is available with guides, porters, tents, permits and all else required. Walks in forests, farmlands, villages, cave or the riverside are also popular. It’s a farm area so you can also do some vegetable picking. Enjoy fishing in Kaleej Khola, 2 kms away. Catch cold water fishes like Asala, Buduna, Chirkey, Bhitti and sometimes rare species like Goonch. Basic fishing equipment is available but professionals should bring their own gear. Birdwatchers can see seasonal migratory Himalayan birds like Woodpeckers, Warblers, Magpies, Finches, Sunbirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Eagles, and Patridges. Enjoy cultural programs performed by local communities: Chettris, Bharmans, Karmis and Subbas. Best is the Barbeque with the local drink Thumba. How to reach Tshlamthang: From NJP railway station it takes over 3 hours to reach by road. Tshlamthang is near to Namchi as well as Gangtok. Best time to visit Tshlamthang: The hotter months (May, June) are good for those who want to beat the heat of the plains. The rains (July, Aug) bring a cloud cover (that often hides the Himalayas) but has a charm of its own. The winters are good for people who wish to see the oranges bloom and for clearer views of the mountains. Lodging and dining facilities at Tshlamthang: With four comfortable Double Bedrooms in a cottage perched on a hilltop hanging over a...
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Kurbia, Kurseong – 38 kms from Siliguri...

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

Located within a pine forest, this heritage wood bungalow in Bees Gaon is a hidden treasure just 28 kms from Darjeeling. A walk from the bungalow would take you to a nursery, tea gardens and some more British heritage bungalows. The sparkling weather at 5000 feet and the wilderness of the surrounding pine forest makes the stay in Bees Gaon bungalow a lifetime experience. Being near to Darjeeling, Bees Gaon is also a choice for tourists who want to escape the chaos of Darjeeling yet enjoy the sightseeing options in day trips like Ghoom, Batasia, Teesta Valley, Lamahatta, Takdah and the numerous tea gardens like Gielle and Runglee Rungliot. BOOKING DETAILS OF BEES GAON Places to see in Bees Gaon: Bees Gaon falls on the outskirts of the British Cantonment area of Takdah. You can take a walk to the nearby nurseries and visit some of the British Heritage Bungalows here. The pine forest surrounding Bees Gaon is one its major attractions. A short drive can take you to the newly-discovered park area of Lamahatta and the forest village of Tinchuley. You can also stroll in the tea gardens and visit the local monastery, church and Tibetan Medicine School. A morning trip to Teesta Valley View point to enjoy the longest view of Teesta River with the mighty Mt. Kanchnjungha looming over it can also be very rewarding. Click here for photos of Bees Gaon Nearby attractions of Bees Gaon: Main town Darjeeling is just 28 kilometers from Bees Gaon, so a day trip to Darjeeling can be on your itinerary too. A stroll in Darjeeling’s Mall, a visit to Keventer’s and Glenary’s, the toy train ride, Ghoom Monastery, Batasia loop, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Zoo – everything can be enjoyed in day trips from Bees Gaon. You can also visit Peshoke Tea Gardens just 15 kms away or enjoy a days at the orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa around 13 kms away. Things to do in Bees Gaon: If you are into bird watching and nature photography, then Bees Gaon will not disappoint you. You can trek through the forests of Beesgaon crossing some makeshift bamboo bridges to discover some rare species of butterflies and birds. If you are planning to do nothing and just sit-back and enjoy nature, then take your favourite novel with you to read while basking on the bungalow’s lawn and sipping to fine Darjeeling tea. You can also visit the local Haat (weekly market) and the local nursery to buy some orchids and local handicrafts. However, do not forget to rise early at Bees Gaon – the sunrise is spectacular from the bungalow! How to reach Bees Gaon: You can get shared cars from Darjeeling as well as Ghoom to Beesgaon. If you want “pick-up” services can also be arranged from NJP, Siliguri or Bagdogra. Best time to visit Bees Gaon: You can visit Bees Gaon anytime of the year. The winters are known for their sparkling weather and spectacular sunrise while the monsoons are favourite with tourists who love to see lush forests and tea gardens covered in mists and clouds. Lodging and dining facilities at Bees Gaon: The heritage wood bungalow in Beesgaon has just completed its 100th birthday. Recently, it has been renovated with some modern facilities like hot water geysers, attached western bathrooms, cushy beds and a lounge area with a Television for the guests. Presently, the bungalow has two triple bedrooms to offer  its guests...
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Mangerjang, Rangpo – 89 kms from Siliguri...

Mangerjang is a small village, surrounded by forests overlooking Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Far from the tourist rush – it’s a refuge for the soul searchers. Here, you wake up to bird calls and fall asleep to starry nights. You can take jungle walks and stay in a village still not marked on the tourist map. Located at an altitude of 3500 feet on a cliff, Mangerjang is very near to Munsong and just 11 kms from Rangpo. The village has around eight resident families, who till a small piece of land and leave the rest to the deep forests. A village monastery, a playing field and a homestay run by an enterprising villager, is what makes most of the village. You also have a small thatched seating space on the cliff’s edge to enjoy your cup of tea and an open Maachan (bamboo watch tower) jutting out and hanging over the hill to overlook River Teesta and Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF MANGERJANG Places to see at Mangerjang: There is a small monastery in Mangerjang and the village is surrounded by forests. You can take a forest walk with your hosts or spend all the time at The Maachan hanging over the cliff and witnessing the changing colours of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. From the Maachan, you can enjoy views of Sikkim on the distance and the winding highways along the river. This little village of Mangerjang is near to Pedong, Munsong and Rangpo. Click here for more photos of Mangerjang Nearby attractions at Mangerjang: After a restful night you can make short trips to the nearby attractions. The Cross Hill near Pedong built in 1882 is acknowledged as a site of pilgrimage by the Local Christian Community. Another wonderful location is the Shahid Park, which nestles 2 km away from Pedong Bazar. The park guards a stone, in honor of a local young soldier of Indian Army, Late Palender Raj who gave up his life at the (Kargil War). A trip to the Damsang fort, located in Pedong is also rewarding. However, only the ruins of the fort exist now. Do not miss to have the fascinating beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forestland. Many tourists also visit the Jalsa viewpoint in upper Munsong, a great place within the Cinchona plantation with a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, River Teesta and lush forests surrounding it. There is an old British Bungalow at Jalsa, which gives the place a mystic feel and reminds of the Sahibs and their trips to the Himalayas. Things to do at Mangerjang: You can either idle away your whole stay or enjoy some activities. You can trek through the forests or hire a car to go around the places. The place is also great for bird watching. However, the best thing to do is to climb up the Machan and gaze towards the mountains, rivers and forests. In the evenings you can arrange a small campfire. How to reach Mangerjang: The closest railway station from the destination is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. You would get shared cars to Rangpo in Sikkim from NJP or Bagdogra. From Rangpo or Kalimpong you can take the pick-up service to Mangerjang. Best time to visit Mangerjang: Mangerjang welcomes tourist round the year. Winter is the best time for viewing Mt. Kanchenjungha. The monsoons fill up the rivers to the brim and gushing water, lush forests and wild flowers...
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Chibo, Kalimpong – 65 kms from Siliguri...

Chibo is a new tourist destination just 4 kms from Kalimpong. Mountains have always been a wonder for tourists. Chibo claims an average altitude of 4100 feet and is a pristine hill village in the Himalayas located on a ridge, offering spectacular views of the Mt. Kanchenjungha and the surrounding forests and foothills. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHIBO Places to see in Chibo Kalimpong: Forests and wild flowers all around make Chibo a small paradise tucked along the slopes of Himalayas. A cactus garden in front of a local village house is just lovely to look at. Chibo has wonderful greenery surrounded by the tall pine trees (locally known as Dhupi) and colourful flowers. The chirping birds and the fresh air of Chhibo makes it an ideal weekend destination to rest and bask in the morning sun.  Click here for more images of Chibo Nearby attractions of Chibo Kalimpong: From Chibo, you can just take a sightseeing trip to Kalimpong, just 4 kms away. Your first stop could be Durpin Dara – an observatory point offering a stunning view of the Himalayas, the meandering Teesta and Relli rivers and the plains far below. You are sure to be charmed by the wonderful nurseries of Kalimpong. History hunters and soul searchers can visit the Pedong monastery, built around 1837 to revive their spirituality. There is also another monastery called Thongsa monastery, considered one of the oldest monasteries of the region. The Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang monastery is situated near the Durpin Dara. You can also visit the Tharpa Choeling monastery, which belong to the Yellow Hat sect of lamas. Travelling through the monasteries, do not miss the remains of a historic Bhutanese fort in Pedong. The Kalimpong Arts & Craft Center established by Mrs. Graham is famous for teaching carpet weaving, dyeing, painting, leather craft, tailoring and carpentry to the locals. The center also promotes the creations of local craftsmen and artisans. The Mangal Dham Mandir spanning an area of two acres, built in 1993, contains the holy Samadhi of their Guruji. In Kalimpong, you can also spot a hidden sanctuary of Rabindranath Tagore – the Gauripur House. Some other noteworthy sightseeing places of Kalimpong are Swiss Dairy, Dharmodaya Vihar and Pranami Mandir. A picnic is always a welcome among groups of tourists. The Delo Hill is an ideal picnic spot with a newly built park and Science Center. A visit to Central Sericulture is truly rewarding, where you can see the breeding of silkworm and the production of silk. Things to do in Chibo Kalimpong: Nature always brings peace of mind. Relax, Drink coffee or tea enjoying the cool and sweet breeze. Let your children run about with full energy. Sink into the panoramic beauty of changing colours on Mt. Kanchenjungha during sunrise and enjoy a fascinating sunset too. Chibo is among the very few places from where you can enjoy sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy a short trek of about 20 mins from Chibo to Eagle’s Eye Viewpoint through alpine forest from where you can get a fascinating view of Teesta River, and the National Highway winding beside the river. The forests surrounding Chibo is also great for bird watching. You can also take a village walk amidst paddy fields and farmlands in lower Chibo and nearby Rinkingpong area. How to reach Chibo Kalimpong: The closest railway station from the destination is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and the Siliguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is the...
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Rangaroon, Darjeeling – 68 kms from Siliguri...

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

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

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

Situated at an elevation of five thousand feet above sea level, and located very close to both Kurseong Town and Darjeeling, Singell is a beautiful but lesser known destination. It is surrounded on all side by alpine villages and tea-estates. It is perfect for those who wish to enjoy several days of perfect calm and solitude, since Singell, given its location and nature, is never crowded and is free of the usual hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors who wish to catch a glimpse of nearby hill-stations can do so, especially catching glimpses of the toy-train from one’s window. BOOKING DETAILS OF SINGELL During the British era, Singell and nearby Kurseong was a town for resting and convalescence, especially for wounded soldiers. Owing to its remoteness and solitude, it provided the perfect place for the same. With several British built bungalows and villas spread all over the landscape, lush tea gardens, colonial churches and pine forests Singell will never disappoint you with all its charm. Singell Photographs Places to see around Singell: Tea Gardens – There are several tea gardens of both historical and commercial significance in Singell. These include Castleton, Makaibare, Singell, Goomtee and Ambotia. Visitors to any of these gardens will be able to get a glimpse of the manufacturing process of the finest Darjeeling tea in the world, and will be enriched for the experience.   Eagle’s Craig View Point – This is located at the top of the hill, on the edge of the cliff. It offers an excellent view of the hills, hamlets, forests and villages surrounding the town. It is well furnished with a watch tower, flower garden and places to sit and relax. This point also has a stone altar adorned with a kukri, called the “Shahid Smarak”. This memorial was built by the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council to commemorate the martyrs of the 1988 agitation. A cafeteria is also located here, to provide fresh beverages and snacks to all weary visitors. In the late evening and night, a fantastic view of Siliguri can also be had from here, when the lights of the nearby town are clearly visible. This is truly a photogenic moment. Deer Park – Located on Dow Hill, this is a deer sanctuary which once held a large and thriving population of the animal; however deforestation has resulted in loss of large numbers. Visitors may still get to catch a glimpse of the animals, but entry into the forested area is strictly prohibited. Forest Museum – The Forest Museum is situated on Dow Hill. It gives visitors a firsthand look into the animals that were, and are present in Singell. It is a must for naturalists who wish to get a glimpse of Singell’s natural history and the animals that may now have become extinct from the mountains. Giddapahar – This site provides a breath-taking view of the mountains, and is excellent for photography. It also houses the Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple, a rock temple which is dedicated to Goddess Durga. It can serve as an excellent tourist spot for both devotees and visitors alike.   Ambootia Temple – This temple is located within the Ambootia Tea Estate, and is a focal point for several devotees. Dowhill Girl’s School – A stellar example of colonial British architecture, it is surrounded by peaceful and green environs lined with pine trees. It is well-known for the quality of education it provides. Victoria Boy’s School – This school has some...
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Lepchajagat, Darjeeling – 68 kms from Siliguri...

Lepchajagat, situated at an altitude of 6956 feet, is a small village 19 kilometres from Darjeeling, in North Bengal. It takes its name from “Lepcha” meaning the indigenous inhabitants of the region, and “Jagat” symbolizing “world” or “domain”. As the name suggests, the village is a Lepcha stronghold, which has since been transformed into a forest reserve. Lepchajagat is ideal for those tourists visiting Darjeeling but planning to take a diversion from the hustle and bustle of the Darjeeling main town. Not only does it offer stunning greenery and mountain views, but birdwatchers will be thrilled with the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Lepchajagat. Visitors to Darjeeling also have the option of combining their tour of Darjeeling with Lepchajagat for added value, at little extra cost. BOOKING DETAILS OF LEPCHAJAGAT Places to see in Lepchajagat: One of the main reasons to visit Lepchajagat is the stunning and breath-taking views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga at dawn. The Kanchenjunga mountain range, in the local language means “the five treasures of snow”, consists of five main peaks. One of the specialities of Lepchajagat is that all the five peaks of the Kanchenjunga can be viewed from Lepchajagat. Particularly during early morning, just after the break of dawn, the sun casts a rich, golden glow on the five peaks of the mountain range, and combined with the peace and tranquillity and the clear, cloudless sky, makes for a truly magical experience. From Lepchajagat, you can also catch a glimpse of Darjeeling town in the distance. Images of Lepchajagat In addition to the magnificent and majestic mountain views, visitors will also find great excitement in the numerous forests in the region. Visitors will greatly enjoy traversing the beautiful pine, oak and rhododendron forests that abound in Lepchajagat. Not only do they offer great places to walk, hike or even camp, but also fresh, unspoilt air, glimpses of frolicking birds and fleeting animals like hares and occasional leopards. Together with the beauty of colourful blossoms in full bloom and the verdant greenery of coniferous trees, the forests of Lepchajagat are truly a picture postcard come alive. Nearby Attractions of Lepcha Jagat: There are many places of interest around Lepchajagat for the interested visitors. These include Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong, Batasia, Jorepokhri and Ghoom. Among these, the most well-known is Darjeeling. Darjeeling – A lovely hill-town situated not too far from Lepchajagat. Originally serving as the erstwhile British summer capital, it has since expanded into a thriving tourist destination. It boasts such attractions as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (better known as the “Toy Train”), the Himalayan Zoo, Observatory Hill, Rock Garden and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Visitors will also be treated to the ubiquitous Darjeeling Tea, and will also be able to purchase the same at reasonable prices. Batasia Loop – It is a large railway loop where the Toy Train makes a complete 360 degree turn, and also boasts a Gorkha War Memorial and a landscaped rock garden. Visitors interested in local crafts may choose to set out before 8 am.   Jorepokhri – It’s principal attractions are the two natural water tanks and the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range, as well as views of Darjeeling and Kurseong. It is a great place for landscape photographers. Kurseong – Visitors interested in purchasing some of the best quality teas in the world should certainly visit Kurseong. It has on offer some of the finest black teas in the world, such as Castleton, Makaibari and Ambootia....
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Bermiok Martam, West Sikkim – 142 kms from Siliguri...

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

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