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Yangyang, South Sikkim – 115 kms from Siliguri...

Surrounded by lush jungles on one side and the rolling mountains on the other, the bungalow in Yangyang is the ideal place to spend your weekend in nature’s lap. The Yangyang Bungalow perched on the edge of a hill overlooks the curious looking Bhaleydunga Hill (appears like a Bear’s Nose) and the deep valleys of Teesta River. Lush gardens, manicured lawns, a huge lobby, extra-spacious rooms, fireplaces in every room and modern facilities like hot water geysers make this British-style bungalow one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Sikkim. Located at the base of the Maenam Hills, Yangyang is very near to the popular touristic destination of Ravangla and local sightseeing options include the Tig-Cho Lake, a helipad, a Buddhist rock-painting and endless stretches of jungles, hills and river valleys. The popular nearby destinations include Ravangla, Solophok, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden and others. BOOKING DETAILS OF YANGYANG Places to see in Yangyang: The little village of Yangyang has a Lepcha Heritage Centre with a museum dedicated to Lepcha art and culture. There is a helipad just 3 kms from Yangyang Bungalow surrounded by the beautiful Tig Cho lake and dense forests. A rock painting of Guru Padmasambhava and a local monastery are few other things you can visit in a day trip. Being at the foothills of Maenam Hills, Yangyang is covered in dense forests, which is home to numerous bird species. The nearby Teesta River is another attraction of Yangyang. For more photos of Yangyang click here Nearby attractions of Yangyang: Ravangla, which is just 24 kms away, is the most popular touristic attraction near Yangyang. In Ravangla, you would find a local monastery, the newly-built Buddha Park and the trail to Mainam Hill. Solophok – famous for its Chaardham Temple Complex, the Samdruptse Monastery near Namchi and  Tendong Biodiversity Park are all located within 65 kms. from Yangyang. Temi Tea Garden, the only tea estate of Sikkim is around 40 kms from Yangyang and can be visited in a day trip. Things to do in Yangyang: Yangyang is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The nearby Teesta river valley and the dense forests surrounding Yangyang is home to some of the rarest birds of Sikkim. Another great activity to be enjoyed by tourists in Yangyang is riverside picnic and camping. The meandering Teesta river with its wide valley is a great spot to spend an idle morning picnicing with friends and family. Best time to visit Yangyang: You can visit Yangyang throughout the year. The winters are not that biting at Yangyang and the summers are cool and pleasant. Bird watching can be enjoyed throughout the year. How to reach Yangyang: The village of Yangyang is around 53 kms from Gangtok through Singtam and 115 kms from Siliguri. The Yangyang Bungalow is located further 1 km ahead of Yangyang town in a secluded hilltop. Lodging and dining facilities in Yangyang: The majestic Yangyang Bungalow overlooks the Bhaleydunga Hill and the rolling valleys. Perched on the edge of a hill top and surrounded by forests, this British plantation style bungalow has two majestic rooms and a huge lobby with ceiling to floor windows. There are fireplaces in every room and all bathrooms are equipped with hot water geysers. The Yangyang Bungalow has a nice lawn, few park benches and a nice garden. The word “tranquility” best describes the experience at Yangyang Bungalow. It is a great hideaway for travellers wanting to spend a few days far from the din. Food...
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Kaagey, Pedong – 75 kms from Siliguri...

A panoramic-view of and the allied peaks of Mt. Kanchenjungha, a winding river down the valley, a jungle in the backyard, a waterfall just 15 mins away, a monastery, a church – all that makes the little unknown village of Kaagey a charming getaway just 21 kms from Kalimpong. Kaagey is near to popular touristic destinations like Kalimpong, Pedong, Reshi and Sillery but far from the tourist rush. Kaagey is also known for its impressive bird population and its indigenous people and culture. Like other nearby destinations, enterprising individuals have developed home stays in Kaagey, which are clean, comfortable and very homely. If you are planning a trip to a destination where very few travellers have been before you, then drop at Kaagey to experience nature in all its glory. BOOKING DETAILS OF KAAGEY Places to see in Kaagey: A 15 mins walk from Kaagey would take you to the 50 feet high Jhakri Falls where you can take your shower. There’s a small church and a smaller village monastery around 3 kms away. These structures may not be big or historical but they are simple and fit the place where they belong. It’s just like your childhood storybook villages, where a small church with a garden, a small school and lots of birds keep chirping all day long. There are a whole lot of opportunities at Kaagey for the nature lovers who like to trek and love bird watching. The Ramitey Dara viewpoint, which falls on the way to the village school, has one of the longest views of River Teesta meandering below in the gorges. The little-known Deorali Dara also offers great views of Eastern Sikkim and the snow capped mountains. You can also visit the nearby Lepcha village of Gerok to understand the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas. Images of Kaagey For more photos of Kaagey click here Nearby attractions of Kagay: Kaagey is 21 kms from Kalimpong and 15 kms from Pedong. You can take day tours to Damsang Fort, Sillery Gaon, Valley of Silence, Tinchuley View Point, Cross Hill, Pedong Monastery and numerous other sightseeing destinations. There is an 8 km long trek route from Kaagey to Reshikhola through the forests and villages, which is a heaven for birdwatchers. However, the motorable road to Reshikhola is a bit longer. Day tours to Lava, Loleygaon and Kalimpong can also be done from Kaagey comfortably. Things to do at Kaagey: Trekking, bird watching, butterfly watching, village walks and soaking under the waterfall are few activities you can have at Kaagey after enjoying a mesmerizing sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha in the morning. You can take short walks around Kaagey to Jhakhri Falls (15 mins walk), Monastery (around 3 kms away), Deorali Dara (around 2 kms away), Kanchenjungha view point near Shivalaya mandir, the local Church and herbal garden (around 4 kms away). You can also trek to nearby Lingzey around 8 kms away to see a local temple and church. Apart from visiting all these destinations, you can enjoy short treks through jungles and villages to visit viewpoints all around Kaagey, which offers glimpses of Mudung Khola or Reshi Khola winding across the valleys and gorges. How to reach Kaagey: The closest railway station from the destination is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport. Hired cars are available from both airport and railway stations to Kalimpong via Teesta Bazar. From Kalimpong you can take a pick-up to Kaagey village. Best time...
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Icchey Gaon, Pedong – 84 kms from Siliguri...

Icchey Gaon or “Wishing Village” is a place where all your wishes to stay amidst untouched nature would come true. At Icchey Gaon, you can get a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, wake up to the call of unknown birds, take jungle walks through pine forests and stay in a village still untouched by tourist rush. Located at an altitude of 5800 feet, Icchey Gaon is close to Pedong. The homestay at Icchey Gaon is well-furnished with Double Bed and Triple Bed rooms with attached western bathrooms. At night, you can relish the twinkling lights of Darjeeling, Namchi and Ravangla from your homestay and the morning sky is ruled by the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha. BOOKING DETAILS OF ICHHEY GAON Places to see in Icchey Gaon: Some of the best viewpoints of the Kalimpong Hills are located a walk away from Icchey Gaon. Ramitey Dara viewpoint, which offers a panoramic view of the winding Teesta River, flaunting its 14 turns with the Mt. Kanchenjunga guarding it, is truly breathtaking. The hilltop of Tinchuley near Icchey Gaon also offers a great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the Eastern Himalayas. Ichhey Gaon Photos 12► You can also savor the wonderful view of Nathula and Jeep La from Tinchuley. A trip to the Damsang fort, located at a distance of 6 km from Icchey Gaon is also rewarding. However, only the ruins of the fort exist now. Conclude you day trip by admiring the fascinating beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forestland. Many tourists also visit the Jalsa viewpoint, a great place nestled 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. You can trek to these destinations or hire a car for the whole day to go around these places too. Nearby attractions around Icchey Gaon: This little village of Icchey Gaon is near to Reshi, Pedong, Sillery Gaon and Mankhim. A prime tourist attraction near Icchey Gaon is the age-old Sangchen Dorjee Monastery, located close to Pedong. This monastery is a 300-old structure, erected during the domination of Bhutanese in Pedong. The old section of the monastery flaunts an array of beautiful wall paintings, depicting Tantrik Buddhism. The center of attraction of the new section of the monastery is a mummified body of a Bhutanese priest. During April-May, the annual “Chyam” dance is also celebrated at this place with great pomp. The Cross Hill near Pedong built in 1882 by Augstine Desdgodins is another popular destination nearby. The place 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, which has been laid to honor the memory of a local young soldier of Indian Army, Late Palender Raj who gave up his life at Thangdhar J & K sector (Kargil War). Another popular viewpoint called Rikisum, which you will pass on the way from Algarah to Lava can also be visited in daytrips. The Kashyone village, located 8 km from Pedong Bazar offers a great view of the converging point of Teesta River and Rongpo Khola. The village is adorned with beautiful Cinchona plantation. Explore a little ahead top visit Ranibon – a preserved forest. The place also has a 300-year old Lepcha...
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Sribadam, West Sikkim – 82 kms from Gangtok...

Sribadam, the beautiful forest village is famous for the meditation center and the healing of sick people in the monastery. Sri Badam is considered by people as ultimate destination for inner peace and meditation. It is also well known for the Phurpa Thordo Puja and authentic Cham Dance at the monastery. Located at an altitude of 2100 meters above the sea level and 82 kilometers away from Gangtok lies in the valley this small remote village of Sribadam (Sreebadam). It is basically a small, but a well maintained forest village comprising of around 300 families, with population of Bhutia, Subba and Gurung. The village overlooks Samduptse (Namchi) on the opposite hill with river Reshi flowing through the gorge below. The place is highly significant for its natural, cultural and religious aspects. The word Sribadam was actually Siribatam meaning open space or flat land in the Limboo (tribe) language. The cultural and tradition of the Sikkimese can be seen and felt at Sribadam. BOOKING DETAILS OF SRIBADAM Places to see in Sri Badam: The nearby Phuntsok Choeling Monastery famous for its meditation center all over Sikkim and its neighboring state as well as in countries like Nepal and Bhutan. The monastery is also well known for healing people from any kind of sickness which is cured by religious ritual and practices. The Nyingmapa Palyul Dechen Gawelling Monastery known for its famous Phurpa Tordo Puja and Cham Dance (Mask Dance) that is performed during the month of December every year. There are three natural lakes and one artificial lake at Sribadam. Lakes like Bhaishi Pokhori, Jhor pokhori are well known. Bhaishi Pokhori is in a sacred location in the forest of Sri Badam. The Bhaishi Pokhri has numerous amount of fishes and is forbidden from fishing. There is a road built by the British for their horses in the middle of Sribadam forest and Ganesh Tok. Images of Sribadam For more photos of Sribadam click here You can also visit the Woodwork Industry where designs are carved on the wood plank and tables known as Thockchi, Holy seat for Rimpoches [ABOOT] are made. If you are adventure loving then trekking around the Wildlife Sanctuary at Sribadam will be a different experience. There are two waterfalls near Sri Badam. The Ramay Dham dara known for its varieties of flowers and is a place where Rishi (sadhus) perform pujas of various kinds.  The famous 10 Buddhist praying wheel that is powered by water current is also nearby. The temple of Om Nandha (God Angel) is also famous for its meditation center. The unique 17 stairs leading to Jhandi Dara in the middle of Sribadam forest which was built during the British period is also a place to visit when you are at Sribadam. Nearby attraction of Sribadam: You can visit the Rishum monastery, which is around 20 minutes by car from Sri Badam. A trek route leads to the famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. You can visit the hot spring at Legship and also the famous Daramdin Sai Temple. From Sribadam you can visit Solophok and Samdputse at Namchi. The Singshore Bridge at Uttarey and even Khecheopalri Lake can be visited during a half day sightseeing. The Shrijanga Temple is just 13 kms from Sribadam. The Vhir Dara Tourist Point, well known for great views of Mount Kanchenjuga and sunrise can be visited from Sri Badam easily. You can even visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (home at Rinchenpong). People visiting Sribadam during the month of...
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Nathang Valley, East Sikkim – 60 kms from Gangtok...

Nathang Valley, also known as Gnathang Valley is a high-altitude plateau in East Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level and flanked by mountains on all sides, this is a remote valley with a meandering stream crisscrossing it. Nathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the remotest Tibetan habitations in Himalayas. Nathang Valley usually remains covered with thick snow from January to April. The long four-month of sub-zero temperature makes the valley a cold desert and one of the most beautiful parts of Himalayas. Recently, few homestays with modern facilities have been built with aid from the Government by the local villagers to accommodate tourists. Nathang Valley is the most scenic destination in the whole of Old Silk Route and the sunrise points of Lungthung and Eagles Nest Bunker are only 5 kms from here. BOOKING DETAILS OF NATHANG Places to see in Nathang Valley: There is a local Hindu temple, a small Buddhist monastery, few houses, some migratory birds, a stream snaking through the valley and a small bridge over the stream in the distance – Nathang is as close as you can get to paradise. Photographs of Nathang Valley 123► The sunrise points of Lungthung and Gyamochen are just 5 kms from Nathang valley. The whole of Mt. Kanchenjungha range with all its allied peaks can be seen from here. The sun rises over Bhutan, it washes the whole of Bhutan and parts of China with its early rays and reaches Mt. Kanchenjungha to turn it crimson and you stand in the middle to witness the magic called “creation.” This heavenly experience can be witnessed from these sunrise points. If you want to see the longest view of the entire Eastern Himalayas, with Bhutan, China, the hills of Bengal including Darjeeling, the entire Mt. Kanchenjungha range and River Bramhaputra meandering across China and entering India, then you have to trek uphill for 10 minutes to reach the Eagle’s Nest Bunker. This is an abandoned Bunker of the army and located strategically on a hill top with a 360 degree complete view of the Himalayas. You can still see bullet marks in the bunker walls, which bears the testimony of the Indo-China war. Within 5 kms of Nathang Valley, these sunrise points can be reached within 20 mins from Nathang. However, from other spots in this Old Silk Route like Zuluk or Padmachen, it takes around 1.5 hours to reach the sunrise points. Nathang is the most scenic and strategically located spot in the Old Silk Route. Nearby attractions of Nathang Valley: You can take local sightseeing tours to Zuluk (24 kms away). The panoramic view of winding roads across Zuluk (also spelt as Dzuluk) with 32 turns is an interesting sight. Lungthung – Dhupidara also has a great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and so does Thambi View Point and Tukla Valley. From Nathang, you can also move ahead following the GN Road and reach Kupup Lake (also known as Elephant Lake or Bitan Cho) at 15,600 feet above sea level. Some of the most sacred and scenic lakes like Jorepokri, Green lake, Changu lake and Menmecho Lake all fall within 25 kms of Nathang and can be covered in local sightseeing tours. You can also take a trip to the Nathula Pass at 14,400 feet above sea level to witness the border gates of India and China. There is a...
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Dilaram, Kurseong – 45 kms from Siliguri...

Guarded by a private forest on one side and lush green tea gardens on another, Dilaram is a little village tucked within nowhere in the Kurseong Hills. Here, you can take long nature walks, enjoy birdwatching, take a tea garden tour or visit a tea factory. But, the best thing to do in Dilaram is to do nothing but sit and watch the shadows of the clouds move across the deep valleys, slopes and tea gardens of Mirik, Sandakphu and the adjoining hills. You can also trek to nearby Chatakpur or Bhanzang Salamander Lake. A day trip to Kurseong and its nearby attractions can also be on your itinerary. BOOKING DETAILS OF DILARAM Places to see in Dilaram: Lush green tea gardens surround Dilaram. Here, you can pluck tea leaves or just watch the daily activities of the tea plantation workers. For more photos of Dilaram click here There is also a nearby Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva with a unique feature. This age-old temple has a stone carving of the Buddhist Guru Rimpoche – it is a perfect example of communal harmony. Nearby attractions of Dilaram: Bhanzang Salamander Lake, which is the natural habitat for the Himalayan Salamander is just 10 kilometers from Dilaram by road. The emerald lake, tucked within the endless stretches of tea gardens and forests is a sight to relish. You can also visit the famous Margaret’s Hope tea estate, which produces some of the finest tea varieties in the world. Sitong – the orange village, the forests of Chatakpur, Balasun Tea Estate, Chimeny, Bagora and Kurseong are all located within 10 kms of Dilaram. You can also visit Mirik, Rangbang or Darjeeling in a day trip from Dilaram. Things to do in Dilaram: Take a walk in the lush forest of Magnolia, Chestnut and cardamom plantations surrounding Dilaram. Bird watching is another activity you can undertake. Dilaram is surrounded by tea gardens and you can take a tea garden tour and visit a local tea factory to see tea processing. You can also pluck a few handfuls of tea leaves if you want. A village walk around Dilaram to watch the daily chores of the villagers can also be rewarding. For the more adventurous, a full day trek can be organised to nearby Chatakpur View point. The trek passes through dense Cryptomere forest and small hamlets. Trekkers would experience a varying vegetation as the elevation changes. The sight of Mt. Kanchenjungha range and its adjacent valleys and hills from Chatakpur watchtower is breathtaking. This trek is very rewarding to bird watchers. Best time to visit Dilaram: The winters bring lots of birds and butterflies to Dilaram. Treks and peak watching can be best enjoyed during winters. Snow covers the Sandakphu Hills in the distance and the sight is awesome from Dilaram. However, the monsoons cover Dilaram with lush greenery and it is one of the best destinations of Darjeeling Hills to watch the rains on the Himalayas. How to reach Dilaram: The little village of Dilaram is 45 kms from Siliguri and 8 kms from Kurseong. You can always hire an exclusive car from New Jalpaiguri / Bagdogra / Siliguri to Dilaram. You can also take a shared car to Kurseong and then hire a local taxi to Dilaram. Local taxis also ply from Darjeeling to Dilaram. Lodging and dining facilities in Dilaram: There is a lovely luxury homestay in Dilaram. The wall-to-wall carpeted rooms of the homestay are very spacious with attached...
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Mulkarkha Lake Trek, North Bengal

Mulkarkha Lake is a natural lake tucked in a remote corner of the forests of the Himalayan foothills of Northern Bengal. The most fascinating feature of this lake is the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on its tranquil waters. The trek route to Mulkarkha Lake is one of the most exciting and untouched trails of the Himalayan foothills. You would come across 200 feet waterfalls, dense forests, enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, ageless Buddhist monasteries, remote villages, hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and flowers.  The Mulkarkha Lake is considered sacred by the locals as Manokamana (Wishing) Lake. The overall difficulty level of this trek is considered “Easy” and there are numerous options for completing this trek. Our Starting Point for the Mulkarkha Lake Trek is the small village of Lingzey in West Bengal.  This little Himalayan village has the second largest temple in Darjeeling district. Throughout the year several Hindu festivals are held in the temple complex. The most important among them are the Sawan Bole Bhum, Shivaratri, Durga Puja, and Bala Chaturdasi. There is also a Sanskrit Vidyalaya  in Lingzey which stocks rare and valuable books of Hinduism.  Other than that, Lingzey also has a Hot Suphur Spring, few traditional Lepcha Houses and the Rang Bang River. BOOKING DETAILS OF MULKARKHA LAKE TREK Photographs of Mulkarkha Lake Trek 12► The three options of the Mulkarkha Trek are: OPTION 1 (5 Nights / 6 Days – Uphill trek and Downhill trek) OPTION 2 (4 Nights / 5 Days – Uphill by car upto Chota Ramitey and Downhill trek) OPTION 3 (3 Nights / 4 Days – Uphill by car upto Chota Ramitey and Downhill by car from Chota Ramitey) Mulkarkha Lake is 2.5 hours trek from Chota Ramitey, which is motorable from Lingzey     ========================================================= OPTION 1 (5 Nights / 6 Days – Uphill trek and Downhill trek) ========================================================= Day 1: Reach Lingzey from NJP /Bagdogra Distance: 104 kms from Siliguri Altitude: 4800 ft. Time taken: 4 hours by car Places of Interest: Hareshwar Shivalaya Mandir & Sanskrit Vidhyalaya, Lepcha Monastery, Traditional Lepcha House, Devi’s Than, Sankhey Dhunga, Dawaipani (Hot water sulphur-rich spring), Rang-Bang River Side Picnic Spot, Sericulture. Where to stay: Homestay facilities Day 2: Trek from Lingzey to Jhusing Distance: 5 kms uphill Altitude: 5400 ft. Time taken: 4 hours Type: Easy Introduction with porters and Guide in the morning. Have breakfast and a Brief of the trek from the guide and start for the trek from 8:00 am. Reach Jhusing at 1:00 pm. Stay in our Homestay facilities and have lunch. Take rest and get a brief of next day’s trek. Places of Interest: Jhusing View Point, Servang Waterfalls, Mini Micro Hydro Project River Recreation. Where to stay: Homestay facilities Day 3: Jhusing to Tagathan Distance: 3 kms uphill Altitude: 5900 ft. Time taken: 4 hours Type: Easy Early morning visit to Jhusing View Point for a mesmerizing sunrise over Himalayan Ranges (including Mt. Kanchandzonga)). Have breakfast at Jhusing and leave for Tagathan (3 kms) at 9:00 am. Reach Tagathan at 1:00 pm. Have lunch and stay overnight at Tagathan Homestay. Places of Interest: Tagathan Falls, Dhoksingh Falls and nice view of Newra valley National Park. Where to stay: Homestay facilities Day 4: Tagathan to Mulkarkha Distance: 3  kms uphill Altitude: 7300 feet Time taken: 3 hours Type: Easy Early morning visit to nearby Tagathan Falls. Return to Tagathan Homestay, have breakfast and then start trek at 8:00 am. Reach Mulkarkha by 12:00 noon. Places...
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Chimeni, Kurseong – 58 kms from Siliguri...

Chimeni – the name itself might excite you! And why not? The history behind this little unknown village is as exciting as its name. This Himalayan village is home to a 23-foot high chimney, which was probably built during the First World War by the British. When the British soldiers and officials trekked from Kurseong to nearby villages, they rested in this valley under the shadows of this Chimney and soon the village also got its name – Chimeni. This exotic destination nestles on a valley, overlooking River Teesta and River Mahananda and offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Chimeni is surrounded by pine trees and dotted with numerous viewpoints. The mystical night view from Chimeni along the slopes of the Himalayas of Darjeeling is truly awe-inspiring.  Located just 8 kms from Kurseong, Chimeni is far from the tourist rush yet near to the tourist attractions. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHIMENI Places to see in Chimeni: While touring Chimeni, do not miss the greatest attraction of the place, which is a 100-year old 23-foot high brick chimney built by the British. It was probably built during World war I. The region adjoining the chimney offers a splendid view of the Nathu-la and Kalimpong and you can also savor a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from here.  The village of Chimeni is located on a valley and it is surrounded by pine and cedars. For more photos of Chimeni click here Nearby attractions of Chimeny: Chimeny is very close to all the major attractions of Kurseong like its famous tea gardens – Makaibari, Castleton, Ambotia and Goomtee. The toy train station is one of the major attractions of Kurseong. Some major religious sites of the region are the Ambhotia Shiva Temple, Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Jagdish Mandir on Bank Road (on way to Eagle’s Craig), St. Paulseak Church on Hill Cart Road, Buddhist Gompa in Downhill Road, Buddhist Gompa in Montieviot and Juma Mosque in Hat Bazaar. You can also visit the satelite zoo at Dow Hill in Kurseong. You can also visit the Deer Park also known as DownHill Park on the Down Hill Road. The forest museum located in Down Hill Road is also worth a visit. You can also take a look at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum and NSC Bose Institute of Asiatic Studies, located at the Giddhapahar Area. The Eagle’s Craig viewpoint, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, hills, slopes and hamlets is also located nearby. The location has a cafeteria, a watch tower and a flower garden. You can also visit the nearby village of Bagora, which is famously called Zero Point as the place boasts the highest altitude in Kurseong. The place also houses a base camp of the Indian Force with a helipad. The grotto housing the statue of Virgin Mary is also located nearby. The place offers seclusion and it is visited by a number of devotees, who light candles here. The Bhangzang Salamander Lake is located 14 km from Kurseong. It is a beautiful green-hued lake that offers shelter to the rarest and most endangered species of salamanders – a species at the verge of extinction. Things to do in Chimeni: Explore the little village of Chimeni and savor its natural beauty. You can take a nature walk along the scenic landscape of the region, the forests and tea estates. Chimeni is also an ideal location for the trek enthusiasts. You can trek from Chimeni to the...
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Bunkulung, Mirik – 48 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled in the lap of nature, just 15 kms from Mirik – Bunkulung is a picture-perfect Himalayan village surrounded by hills and rivers. With miles of green millet and paddy fields spread over the slopes of the mountains, scores of ponds and water tanks for trout farming and the Murmah Khola and Balasun River crisscrossing the village, you need nothing more to pacify your tired soul. You can take long walks in the nearby tea gardens, enjoy a dip in the rivers and sit and watch the clouds and sun playing hide and seek over the lush green mountains all around. Bunkulung is one of the best examples of ecotourism in North Bengal. The locally grown produces, includes varieties of fruits and vegetables boasts of high quality. The 19 ponds of sericulture project, maintained by the Government of West Bengal, enhance the beauty of the location. Moreover, use of any chemical fertilizers or toxic materials is restricted in the region. This exotic tribal village of Bunkulung is primarily dominated by the Limbus of the Gorkha community. This beautiful name, Bunkulung is a nice combination of Lepcha and Limbu language. BOOKING DETAILS OF BUNKULUNG Places to see in Bungkulung: Bungkulung is nature lover’s paradise. The whole village is engaged in agriculture – you would find unending miles of paddy and millet fields and 19 big ponds for pisiculture. Bunkulung has been declared as a model village by the DGHC fisheries department in 2001. The pleasant climate, availability of huge tracts of barren land and easy accessibility of water from close by streams and rivers, help in promoting pisiculture in the region. Floriculture is also practiced in Bunkulung and the farmers. You can also visit the nearby Balason River and Murmah River. For more photos of Bunkulung click here Nearby attractions of Bunkulung: You can visit the nearby tea factory and tea gardens in Murmah and Gayabari. You can also visit the town of Mirik just 15 kms away and enjoy a boat ride in the famous Mirik Lake. The Bokar Monastery in Mirik and the orange orchards of Rangbang can all be covered in day trips. Things to do in Bunkulung: You will never have a single dull moment, during your stay at this exquisite location. If you nurture an adventurous bent of mind, enjoy camping and picnics on the banks of River Balasun or take a dip in the chilly waters of this river. You can enjoy angling in the nearby rivers or indulge in horse riding through the paddy fields, mountains and tea gardens. Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque landscape of Bunkulung. Enthusiast tourists can enquire for the local cultural program, organized in open air with barbeque and campfire. You can also enjoy village treks to various nearby villages around Bungkulung. How to reach Bunkulung: Bunkulung is 48 km from Siliguri, in the Siliguri-Mirik highway. Tourists can hire a vehicle from New Jalpaiguri to reach Bungkulung. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Bunkulung from Siliguri via Siliguri-Mirik road. You can also hire cars straight to Mirik and then change for a car to Bunkulung. Best time to visit Bunkulung: You can visit Bunkulung any time of the year. In the rainy season, the whole of Bunkulung is shrouded in green and in the winters when the millet and paddy ripe, the endless stretches of golden brown covers the mountain slopes of Bunkulung. Lodging and dining facilities in Bunkulung: Our spacious and clean homestay in Bungkulung...
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Jayanti, Dooars – 30 kms from Alipurduar...

Imagine staying in a cottage amidst a lush forest overlooking a meandering river and the distant mountains. Jayanti is one of the last destinations in Dooars still untouched by mass tourism. Often termed as the “Queen of Dooars,” this heavily forested area is close to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve known for its tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, peacocks and the historic Buxa Fort. Although the Jayanti River is mostly dry throughout the year, its shores of white pebbles add to the eternal beauty of the place. With the soothing sound of the Jayanti River blending with the chirping of birds, your weekend trip to Jayanti is sure to rejuvenate your tired soul. The way to Buxa Tiger Reserve offers breathtaking views where herd of elephants or spotted deer or peacocks are a common sight. Jayanti is located in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. It is a forest village forming a natural boundary with the Bhutan Hills, some 30 kms from Alipurduar.  BOOKING DETAILS OF JAYANTI Places to see at Jayanti: There are in fact, quite a number of places to see at Jayanti other than the Jayanti River. One such place is the ruins of the historic Buxa Fort which is located on top of the Buxa Hill, at a height of 2600 feet. During the time of British India, this fort used to be a prison for freedom fighters. After that, it became the spot for refugee camps for Bangladeshis and Tibetans. There is also a Pokhri (pond) located on the nearby Pokhri Hill, which is considered holy by the locals. It is some 4 km from Jayanti. This place has great religious importance for the Bhutanese and to reach both Pokhri and Buxa Fort, you need to trek through the forests. For more photos of Jayanti click here Mahakal is another popular sightseeing destination and popular pilgrimage site. It is located very close to the Bhutan border and is a cave devoted to Lord Shiva. The hike through the forest towards the Mahakal cave is famous for bird watching. You can also trek to the nearby Bala Riverbed (another river near Jayanti), which is a great place for bird watching, mainly for peacocks but don’t stay back till late evenings because it is a leopard prone zone. Another great destination for elephant viewing is Bhutia Basti just 1.5 kms from Jayanti. Nearby attractions of Jayanti: You can actually visit a lot of places during your stay in Jayanti and one such place is the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary which is one of the best forests in India to view Rhinoceroses. The sanctuary covers a total area of 216 sq kms and is covered by woods, grasslands, flowing streams, sandy river banks and long lines of trees. It is located in Jalpaiguri district and has the Torsa River flowing through it. Other than rhinos, Jaldapara is also the home of a wide range of birds like paradise flycatcher, Bengal Florican, racket-tailed Drongo and hornbill. Totopara – the village of the Toto tribe is one of the oldest tribes of India who reside in the area. From Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also visit Khairabari Leopard Sanctuary. The Chilapata Wildlife Reserve can be an equally exciting place to visit. One of the main interests of the Chilapata Forest reserve is the “Nalraja Garh” or “Mendabari Fort,” situated very close to the Bania River. The fort is in ruins and it speaks a lot about the Nal kings. You can also...
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Sonajhuri, Santiniketan – 165 kms from Kolkata...

At Sonajhuri you can enjoy the lost charm of Shantiniketan with the winding village roads, untouched forests, Adivasi Villages, the Kopai River and the Khoai region. Sonajhuri is situated very near to the northern side of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Those who do not like the crowded Visva Bharati area but want the peaceful Shantiniketan then Sonajhuri should be the choice. The area is between the Shyambati Canal and the Sonajhuri jungle. With plenty of greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) this is an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. The traditional life of the Santhali community with their local art and culture make Sonajhuri a heritage destination. Moreover, you can find the local crafts along with the traditional delicacies being sold at the famous Shonajhuri Haat (weekly market) on every Saturday. The famous Baul singers of Shantiniketan also perform in this Haat. BOOKING DETAILS OF SONAJHURI Places to see in Sonajhuri: The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offers a serene atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region. Sonajhuri Home stay Photographs 123► The slow flowing Kopai River (Rabindranath Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) and the Baul singers along the banks are special attractions. The Banerpukur tribal village inside the forest area shouldn’t be missed as it gives a chance of close encounter with the local tribes living there. Nearby attractions of Sonajhuri: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is just a kilometer from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn’t miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or Rabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 kms from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti’s Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby. The 14th century Surtheshwar Temple is only 8 kms from here on the way to Illambazar whereas Nannoor – the birthplace of the famous poet Chandidas is just 23 kms away. You can also visit Dangali Kali Temple nearby. Another popular destination – Kankalitala Temple, which is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Sati is around 9 kms from Sonajhuri. You can also visit the famous Gar Jungle from here located 30 kms via Illambazar. Other popular nearby destinations include Kenduli, Bakreshwar, Maithon, Tarapith and Durgapur Barrage. Things to do at Sonajhuri: Take a leisure morning stroll through the Sonajhuri jungle to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. The jungle is clear and devoid of wild animals so you can also take your kids...
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Rangbang, Darjeeling – 58 kms from Siliguri...

Dreaming of a quiet and cozy home tucked within orange orchards overlooking blue hills, white mountains and endless tea gardens? Your dreams would come true at Rangbang! This beautiful escapade is far from the hustle and bustle of city life yet near to one of the most popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling Hills – Mirik. The beautiful Rangbang homestay, the meandering village paths through tea gardens, pony trails, long nature walks, chirping of unknown birds, the frolicking rivulets and mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha make Rangbang a dream destination for nature lovers like you. BOOKING DETAILS OF RANGBANG Places to see in Rangbang: The joyful Rangbang River passes through the hills, tea gardens, orange orchards and villages at Rangbang. You can trek or take a pony ride from the Rangbang homestay and follow this beautiful river along its shores as long as you like. You can visit a naturally formed Rock Garden with some strange formations at Rangbang. A visit to Murmah Tea Garden would be a nice experience too. 12► You can also take a long nature walk or a pony ride to the Thurbo Tea Garden to relish the majestic views of the blue hills of “Nagari” and “Mangarjung.” At Rangbang, there is a Roman Catholic chapel run by the Selesian fathers and there is a Buddhist monastery and a Kabir Panth Math too. There is a nearby Lepcha Gaon, where you can still see the traditional village lifestyle of the Lepchas. You can also visit the Tin Tangay Waterfalls located nearby. Nearby attractions of Rangbang: The beautiful Sumendu Lake (popularly known as Mirik Lake) surrounded by forests with views of Mt. Kanchenjungha is the most popular attraction of Rangbang. All the attractions in and around Mirik like the temple of Shri Mangal Dham, Devi Sthan and the view points like Rai Dhap are all located within 4 kms of Rangbhang. The Ramitay Dara viewpoint offering views of the mountains and the plains below and the Sunrise Point offering breathtaking sights of the sun rising over miles of tea gardens, orange orchards and Mountains are located nearby. The Bokar Monastery located on the way to Rameetay Dara, Jayanti Nagar, Pashupati Nagar, the Mirik Church and the Swiss Cottage are some of the places of attractions located very close to the Rangbang. Nearby tourist towns like Kurseong and Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. On the way to Darjeeling from Rangbang, you can also check out lesser-known destinations like Bunkulung, Jorepokhri, Sukhiapokhri and Lepchajagat. Things to do in Rangbang: There are no motorable roads in Rangbang connecting the village houses but cobbled footpaths that would remind you of fairy tales. So, morning and evening strolls would be ideal around Rangbang. You can go to the Mirik helipad in the early mornings to see the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can spend your evenings around the fireside hearing the forgotten stories of the demons and kings of the Himalayas from the locals. You can also enjoy Nepali folk music and dance. You can take pony rides to nearby tea gardens, arrange picnics on the shores of Rangbang River and visit the Rock Gardens to enjoy a beautiful view of the sparkling waters of Balason River and the endless stretches of paddy fields. You can also spend a lazy day just reading your favorite novel at Rangbang or trek through the mountains and orchards along with a guide. Another special feature of Rangbang is the integration of different communities. There...
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Chota Mangwa, Kalimpong – 61 kms from Siliguri...

Chota Mangwa is a charming quiet village located amidst orange gardens with majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Winding village alleys passing through landscaped gardens and cottages with view points located everywhere along the mountain slopes make this village one of the undiscovered gems of Eastern Himalayas. This relatively new destination nestles at the top of the Mangwa hill in the Darjeeling district, offering picturesque view of the snaking Teesta River and magnificent mountains. Chota Mangwa, is an eco village where no vehicles ply within its area and tourists must leave their car before entering it. A trip to this exotic destination will offer you the true essence of village life nestled in the lap of mountain. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHOTA MANGWA Places to see in Chota Mangwa: From Chota Mangwa you can savor an un-parallel view of the majestic Mount Kanchenjungha and the beautiful meandering Teesta River. The spectacular sunrise is also equally admirable. A trip to the orange orchards at Chota Mangwa to see the oranges in full bloom, picking them and enjoying orange juice fresh from the orange garden is an experience worth of a lifetime. Chota Mangwa is an eco-tourism village, where the farmers mainly practice organic culture in terrace cultivation. The most commonly produced crop is rice, which is cultivated along with a number of vegetables. Oranges are found in abundance, covering the entire village with an orange hue during the blooming season from October to February. Beside oranges, loads of yellow hued, sweet and juicy lemons (Mausambi) also grow in Chota Mangwa. For more photos of Chota Mangwa click here Nearby attractions of Chota Mangwa: Tourists can make a trip to the nearby village of Takling to view an age-old monastery. There is also a Tibetan Medical center at nearby Takdah. You will also surely fall under the spell of the stunning view of Rungliot Tea Estate at Takdah. You can also visit the small orange juice-making factory at Lopchu, a cozy pristine hamlet across the hills. Here you will also find small shops offering hand processed tea, jams, juices and jellies prepared not only from oranges but also from plum and other citrus fruits. Bara Mangwa is just a kilometer from Chota Mangwa. Tinchuley and Kalimpong are other popular tourist destinations near Chota Mangwa. Other destinations like Mongpoo (21 kms.), Pedong (36 kms), Loleygaon (69 kms.) and Delo Hill Top (34 kms.) can be reached within a couple of hours. Things to do in Chota Mangwa: Tourists nurturing an adventurous bent of mind can try rafting in River Teesta and River Rangeet. You can also walk through the lush green mountains and orange gardens of Chota Mangwa, to savor the view of the entire range of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The intoxicated smell of the ripe orange that makes the air heavy is fascinating. Guests are allowed to collect the ripe oranges from the forest floor after taking permission from the farmers. You can have the oranges, drink the orange juice and can apply it as a natural pack. A short uplifting and rejuvenating local course in medication and yoga are also offered at Chota Mangwa. While taking a nature walk along the meandering alleys of the place, inhale the refreshing unpolluted mountain air. How to reach Chota Mangwa: Tourists can avail overnight trains from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. They can also take flights to Bagdogra airport. Rental cars are available at the New Jalpaiguri station, which will take you to Chota Mangwa in three...
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Selim Hill Tea Bungalow, Kurseong – 35 kms from Siliguri...

Selim Hill Tea Estate is just 35 kms from Siliguri located at an altitude of 4,500 feet overlooking the lush Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary on one side and the magnificent Mt. Kanchenjungha on the other. The 150 year old Tea Bungalow is tucked into one of the oldest and finest tea estates of Darjeeling, decked with period furniture and the old world charm of a tea planter’s life. Selim Hill Tea Estate was set up by the British planter Mr. Henry in 1800. It is located off the Hill Cart Road towards Darjeeling. Unlike other tea bungalows in this region, accommodation in Selim Hill Tea Bungalow is much affordable. According to locals, the name of the estate is after Selim Saheb, who was an earlier planter at the place, while others believe that the name is after the stunning sailing hills bordering the estate. BOOKING DETAILS OF SELIM HILL Places to see in Selim Hill: The Selim Hill Tea Estate is a bio-dynamic tea garden divided into upper and lower segments across the slopes. You can savor the spectacular views of River Mahananda and Balasun River Valleys and on a clear morning catch a glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjungha over Kurseong town in the distance. You can roam around this beautiful lush tea estate all day accompanied by the distant hoots of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway passing through the Mahananda Forest. The shivering River Teesta meanders down in the valleys below and you stand witness to the mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises over the verdant valleys, hills and forests. For more photos of Selim Hill click here Nearby attractions of  Selim Hill: Within a walk of few minutes, there is the renowned Agony Point of 20th Mile Loop of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways locally called ‘Smritivan Park.’ You can also visit the nearby orphanage of Mother Teresa – ‘Santha Bhawan.’ The nearest railway station of Gayabari of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway which is a world heritage site is also located nearby. The town of Kurseong is also nearby. Things to do in Selim Hill: The Selim Hill Tea Bungalow offers a number of activities within its boundaries. There is a badminton outdoor court, table tennis games room and library. The estate is also a good center for studying tea processing. Guests can also try for foot treks and pony treks within the boundary of the estate. You can also opt for several low altitude treks, nature walks and bird watching trips in nearby forests. Other options may include a guided tour of the tea estate with a visit to the nearby tea factory for watching tea processing, tea tasting and tea plucking. A Toy Train ride on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or organizing an outdoor picnic lunch  with cultural shows in the evenings can also be on your cards. How to reach Selim Hill: Selim Hill is just 35 kilometers from Siliguri on the Darjeeling Hill Cart Road at an altitude of 4500 feet bordering the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in the Kurseong Division. You can hire a car from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri to reach Selim Hill. You can also board the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from New Jalpaiguri and get down at Gayabari Station. Selim Hill is just a walk from the Gayabari Station. Best time to visit Selim Hill: You can visit Selim Hill anytime of the year. The winters are addictive, the monsoons are lush and the summers are cool here. Lodging and dining facilities in Selim Hill:...
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Beloon Eco Village, Bardhaman-175 kms from Kolkata...

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