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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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Somrabazar, Hooghly – 82 kms from Kolkata...

Steeped in history and flanked by the mighty Ganges, Somrabazar is known for its terracotta temples, ruins of Zamindar Mansions, lush green paddy fields crisscrossed by rivulets, the riverine island – Sabujdwip and the seat of spiritual awakening of Rani Rashmoni. It is an ideal place to spend a day or two, if you are keen on discovering heritage structures and take long walks along the marshy banks of Ganges to spot some of the rarest birds’ species. Apart from the nearby attractions of Guptipara, Bandel, Balagarh and Hooghly, Somrabazar is also known to produce some of the best sweets of Bengal. BOOKING DETAILS OF SOMRA BAZAR Places to see in Somrabazar: Somra bazar has been home to some of the elite Zamindar families in the history of Bengal like the Sens and Mitra Mustafis. Although most of the mansions of the erstwhile Zamindars are now in complete ruins but one can still make out the lost grandeur of these mansions from their Cornithian Pillars, hanging balconies and Durga Manchas. For more photos of Somrabazar click here The Anandamoye Temple in nearby Sukharia Village is one of the finest specimens of the 25-pinnacled terracotta temples in Bengal. Founded in 1763 AD, Anandamoyee Temple houses the main temple of Anandamoyee Maa, which is surrounded by 12 smaller temples. Although the present structure of the temple was completed in 1813 AD, few terracotta panels are still in good condition. The other notable temples of Somrabazar are Harasundrai Temple built in 1814 AD and Nistarini Temple built in 1847 AD. The Siddheshwari Kalibari Temple on the banks of the Ganges may not be structurally grand as the other temples of Somra bazar but its spiritual and historical importance is immense. It is said that Rani Rashmoni while sailing beside this temple had the spiritual awakening to found the Dakshineshwar Temple. If you do not belong to the group of “history hunters” and prefer more to be a naturalist, then Somrabazar will not disappoint you too. The huge marshland created by the changing courses of Ganges and the rivulets and river islands brings a whole lot of migratory and residential water birds. Somrabazar surely will surprise you with its healthy bird population. Interesting, Somrabazar has been a preferred film location for many films including the National award winning Mrinal Sen’s “Akaler Sandhaney.” Nearby attractions in Somrabazar: A 15-mins ride in a Toto or Rickshaw from the Railway Station will bring you to the Ferry Ghat of Somrabazar from where you can take a boat to Sabujdweep. One of the largest river islands in West Bengal over Ganges, Sabujdweep is a protected sanctuary. There are no accommodation options at Sabujdweep but a walk along the banks of this island and spending a few morning hours within this greenery will surely rejuvenate you. Few other popular tourist attractions near Somra bazar include the Hansheshwari Temple in Bansberia (27 kms.), Imambara (32 kms) in Hooghly and Bandel Church (30 kms). Things to do in Somrabazar: You can hire a Toto or Rickshaw and visit the temples of Sukharia and Somra bazar. You can also hire a fishing boat in the creeks and sail through the paddy fields and marshlands spotting some rare birds in their natural habitats. You can also visit some of the last boat making factories of Balagarh (7 kms) to witness the dying art of wooden boat making. Also, foodies won’t be disappointed at Somra bazar – the sweetshops of Somrabazar is sure to...
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Nachan, Bardhaman – 188 kms from Kolkata...

In Nachan, the lake stretches as far as the horizon and finally touches the Palash forest on the other side. The bungalow stands on the banks of the lake amidst gardens and patches of flower beds overlooking the lake, the Palash Forest, the villages and infinity. If you are of the adventurous kind and is waiting to run away from the din of your city life, then Nachan Nature Bungalow should be your pick for this weekend. Located just 188 kms. from Kolkata, Nachan is a village beside an endless lake created by a dam. BOOKING DETAILS OF NACHAN Places to see in Nachon: There is a nature park with flower beds, children’s park and gazebos adjacent to the bungalow which overlooks the lake. Just a minute’s walk along the lakeside would take you to the log gates and further to the nearby villages and paddy fields along the lakeside. The Sal forest area of Shyampur and its surrounding marshlands which is only a kilometer from here is frequented by different species of storks, cranes, commorants and water hens. For more photographs of Nachan click here Nearby attractions of Nachon: Located within villages surrounded by forests, Nachan is just 20 kms. from the famous Garh Jungle. This dense Sal forest is guarded by the Ajoy River on one side where you would find the village of Kenduli – the birthplace of the great poet Jaidev. You can venture further into the jungle to discover the ruins of an ancient fortress (Garh) and the century-old brick built Deul of Icchai Ghosh in Shikhara style dedicated to Goddess Bhagabati. Apart from your jungle tour, you can visit Durgapur Barrage on River Damodar or a day trip to even Shantiniketan is also possible. Things to do at Nachan: You can take long morning walks along the lakeside or simply while your time watching the clouds floating over the Nachon Lake. The silence of the misty mornings is broken by the chirping of birds and few school kids from the villages would come down in the afternoons to frolic in the lake waters. Apart from sightseeing in the surrounding jungles, bird watching in the nearby marshlands would be very rewarding too. Guests can also enjoy boating in the Nachon Lake and picnics can also be arranged beside Durgapur Barrage. How to reach Nachan, Bardhaman:  You can reach Nachan by car as well as by rail. The nearest rail station is Durgapur, which is around 22 kms. from Nachon. You can hire local taxis to reach Nachan from Durgapur Railway Station. Durgapur is also well connected by regular buses from Kolkata. If you are taking your own car, then take NH19 to Durgapur and then take the road towards Nachan from Durgapur. Kolkata to Nachan is Around 188 kms. via NH19. Lodging and dining facilities at Nachan Nature Bungalow: Staying at Nachan Nature Bungalow is for the adventure lovers only. The full guesthouse is allotted to one single group only and the caretaker and cook are the mortal beings to look after the guests. Similar to staying in forest bungalows, the guests would need to do their own shopping for food supplies and hand it over to the cook, who would prepare the food accordingly. The bungalow is decked with all standard facilities like attached western bathrooms, electricity and spacious rooms with balconies overlooking the lake and gardens. If you are really trying hard to find some place near Kolkata which can pump up...
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Doban, Rorathang – 84 kms from Siliguri...

If you are waiting for a lovely destination in North Bengal to have a great weekend with your beloved ones – Doban can be your choice. In Nepali – “Do” means “two” and “Ban” means “to tie”, so Doban refers to the tying of two rivers. This lovely new spot in the Kalimpong sub division is located at the confluence of two rivers, Rangpo River and Reshi River. The destination is gradually gaining popularity among the tourists for its unique location and picturesque landscape with surrounding forests. Moreover, Doban makes a perfect stopover for the tourists travelling through the Silk Route. It can be an ideal place for spending a day in sparkling weather watching birds and angling before taking to the high-altitude lakes of the Silk Route in Sikkim. You would have to cross a wooden bridge over Reshi River to reach Doban. BOOKING DETAILS OF DOBAN Things to see in Doban: Doban is surrounded with dense forest and grasslands and is home to a huge population of migratory and residential birds. The golden gleam of sunrise is undoubtedly awesome. You will just appreciate the rivers in moonlit night under the starry sky. It looks like a silver necklace lying on a green patch of land. After a hearty breakfast you can go out for a short nature trek to the surrounding forests. Click here for more pictures of Doban Nearby attractions of Doban: Just 18 kms from Doban is the small town – Aritar. The main attraction of this village is a beautiful “boot- shaped” lake called Lampokhari. The place, unique in its own way is covered with lush green forest, mountains, stepped farmlands and waterfalls. Aritar top, which is known as Mankhim offers an amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and some great nature trails, monasteries, view points, bird watching opportunities and village tour options. The Aritar Dak Bungalow, built in 1896 by the British is another attraction. From Doban, you can visit another interesting place, Pedong – a resort town just 38 kms away. There you will find the historical ruins of Damsang Fort, built in 1690 – the reminiscent of the Lepcha Kingdom. Apart from these, you may visit Reshikhola, another riverside destination, just 13 kms away from Doban. You can also take day trips to Kalimpong, which is just 47 kms away and the little hill station Lava just 55 kms away from Doban. Things to do in Doban: Angling in the waters of Rangpo and Reshi rivers can be fun. Children can run over the place and play “catch me if you can.” If you are fond of trekking, then you can go for short treks along the craggy riverbeds through forests up to Pedong. The crystal clear river is also a delight for water lovers. You would also find some farm animals like rabbits and sheep in the resort. A bird watcher can submerge himself in the exotic species of birds in this location. Doban is a heaven for birdwatchers, anglers, photographers and bookworms. How to reach Doban: Doban is very near to Rorathang, which is a border town between East Sikkim and West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 84 km from Siliguri and 47 km from Kalimpong. You can avail rented cars according to your choice and budget from both these places to reach the destination. Best time to visit Doban: The winters bring migratory birds to Doban but during the heavy monsoons of June, July and August,...
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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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Lachung, North Sikkim – 100 kms from Gangtok...

For a refreshing nature break, come to Lachung – a charming mountain village nestling at an altitude of around 9000 feet in the North Sikkim district, close to the Tibet border. Location is the very essence of this pristine village at the confluence of Lachung River and Lachen River, both are tributaries of River Teesta. Literally, the word Lachung means “small pass”. Embraced by spectacular waterfalls, snow covered mountain peaks, cascading streams and apple orchards, Lachung will honestly soothe your eye. The place is renowned for its peaches, apples and apricots. Earlier, it served as a trading post between Tibet and Sikkim. In recent time, tourism is boosting the economy of the town considerably. Majority of the inhabitants of this destination are of Tibet and Lepcha descent, who all mainly interact in Lepcha, Nepali and Bhutia language. British writer and explorer Joseph Dalton has described Lachung in the book ‘The Himalayan Journal’ as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim”. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHUNG PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachung North Sikkim The crowning attraction of Lachung is the beautiful Monastery, which is locally called Lachung Gompa. It is an age-old monastery, erected in the year 1880. Set amidst beautiful apple orchards, the monastery truly offers a visual pleasure. The monastery also houses a number of murals, and it also flaunts two wheels. Many tourists also visit the handicraft center, where exquisite blankets and rugs are woven beautifully. You will fall under the spell of the picturesque Yumthang Valley, nestled at an altitude of about 11800 feet. This place is also renowned for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, through which flows the winding Yumthang Chu. The sanctuary nurtures more than 24 species of Rhododendron trees, the State Flower. Nearby attractions of Lachung North Sikkim Mount Katao is a beautiful destination near Lachung that is located at a distance of 30 km. However, this tourist site only welcomes visitors from India. Lachung is located at a distance of 100 kms from Gangtok. So, trips are also made from Lachung to Gangtok, which takes around 5 – 6 hours and this journey is truly fascinating. Things to do in Lachung North Sikkim Take a stroll along this beautiful village and savor its scenic natural beauty. Skiing is also conducted in Phuni near this town. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron valley trek, which embarks from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. However, Lachung sightseeing while enjoying nature and the Himalayan Mountains is the best thing you can do at Lachung. How to reach Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung can be reached by availing buses and cabs from locations within the state of Sikkim. The nearest railhead of Lachung is the New Jalpaiguri Rail station in West Bengal, located 139 km away from Lachung. The nearest airport of Lachung is the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, connected to different cities of the country. However, visit to Lachung is done in Package Tours from Gangtok as special permits are required to visit Lachung village. Best time to visit Lachung, North Sikkim The summer months extending from March to June are the ideal time to visit Lachung. The climate during this time remains mild and pleasant. However, if you are visiting Lachung in winter, carry adequate warm clothes, as winter temperature dips down as low as –5 degree Celsius. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung hosts a good variety of budget hotels and resorts, offering decent lodging and dining facilities....
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Lachen, North Sikkim – 117 kms from Gangtok...

Nestled at an altitude of about 9000 feet, Lachen is located in north district of Sikkim. It is an alluring tourist destination. The term ‘Lanchen’ means “big pass”. This beautiful place embraces breathtaking scenic beauty that truly offers visual splendor. Lachen, lying in close proximity to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventurers, who want to explore the towering peaks of the region and the exotic Gurudongmar Lake. The valley also offers splendid view of the greatest mountain peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Lanchen truly offers a tranquil atmosphere that is very much mind refreshing. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachen North Sikkim Lachen is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions in and around the village. The place is dotted with amazing viewpoints that offer spectacular shots of nearby mountains and valleys. Traveling to Chopta Valley from Lachen is truly rewarding. This valley is renowned among bird lovers and the enthusiastic hikers. Green Lake is another popular tourist attraction near Lachen. Many tourists also make an exciting trip to Kanchenjunga National Park, which boasts an exotic variety of wild life. Another must visit tourist spot near Lachen is the Gurudongmar Lake that is highly revered by Buddhists and Hindus. Nearby attractions of Lachen North Sikkim Trips are made from Gangtok to Lachen, which is truly enjoyable. Gangtok is located at a six hours driving distance from Lachen. On the way, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape is truly enthralling. Many tourists also use Lachen as a gateway to some of the most fascinating spots, which all nestles in the upper reaches of the mountains of Sikkim. Things to do in Lachen North Sikkim This cool picturesque village of Lachen is an ideal place to leisure around. The place is also an excellent trekking destination. Most of the trek enthusiasts prefer to trek from Lachung to Lachen to experience the exotic splendor of the majestic mountains from a close distance. Also a short two-day-long trekking route connects Yumthang Valley to Lachen. How to reach Lachen North Sikkim The panoramic town of Lachen can be accessed both by buses or hired cars within the state. However, tourists coming from other parts of the country will have to opt for trains or flights that are connected to the nearest railway station or airport of the destination. New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati are the nearest railway station of the destination, well connected to a number of cities. The closest airport from Lachen is the Bagdogra Airport, which is well connected to all-important Indian cities through a number of flights. Buses, hired jeeps and cars are available from both Bagdogra airport, New Jalpaiguri railway stations, Gangtok carrying passengers to Lachen. To visit Lachen you will need permits that are opted from Gangtok. Best time to visit Lachen North Sikkim Lachen experiences alpine climatic condition. The ideal time to visit the location is the summer season (April, May, June and July), when temperature remains favorable and suitable for guests. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachen, North Sikkim There are some budget and luxury hotels at Lachen. Most accommodations at Lachen have hot water geysers, attached toilets, double bed and 4-bed family rooms. All these hotels serve local Indian cuisine. However, to visit Lachen it is best to opt for Lachen Lachung package tour that are operated from Gangtok. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE...
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Raypur, Budge Budge – 35 kms from Kolkata...

If you are searching for a nice riverside destination near Kolkata to de-stress yourself after a whole week of slogging in your workplace, then Raypur would be an ideal choice. An hour’s comfortable drive across the green paddy fields from the city’s heart would take you to this beautiful destination on the banks of the mighty Ganges. Here, you can just relax watching the vast endless skies meeting the river over the horizon, count the country boats and the ships crisscrossing the river, take a ferry ride across the Ganges, visit a local temple in the evening, check some local tidbit in the village market, take a village walk and spend the evening watching the sun go down. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAYPUR Places to see in Raypur Budge Budge: The main attraction of Raypur is the mighty Ganges River. Here, the river takes a bend and gives a panoramic view of the horizon. You would also find a pier sticking out to the river to moor ships and boats. A water-treatment plant, the riverside road, the surrounding villages and local tea shops filled with gossiping folks gives a perfect ambience to idle away your day. Raypur Photographs Nearby attractions of Raypur Budge Budge: You can take a ferry ride to the other side of the river to Uluberia. There is a local Radhakrishna Temple where you can visit in the evenings. One of the largest water treatment plants is also located nearby. The local Panchayat has also beautified a children’s park beside the river, where you can sit in the Ghat or on quay and watch the boats passing by. Things to do in Raypur Budge Budge: You can take a village walk in the nearby villages to witness farmers ploughing their fields, local shopkeeper selling groceries and fisherman casting their nets. You can take a long walk along the riverside and visit the local temple during evening Aarti. However, the best thing to do at Raypur is to sit beside the mighty Ganges and witness its changing colours, the passing boats. How to reach Raypur Budge Budge: Raypur is around 35 kms from Kolkata near Budge Budge. It is well connected by railways as well as public bus services. If you are going by train, then the most suitable Railway Station would be Budge Budge. From Budge Budge, you can take any local shared vehicle like auto rickshaws to Birlapur and then to Raypur. There are few bus services which directly go to Raypur from Babughat. Best time to visit Raypur Budge Budge: Raypur can be visited anytime of the year. The monsoons bring in the rolling dark clouds across the river’s horizon, the winters bring sparkling weather and the summers are washed with cool river winds giving Raypur relief from the scorching heat. Lodging and dining facilities at Raypur: You can stay overnight, take a day trip or organize a picnic at Raypur. The resort has all the facilities for supporting corporate picnics, family getaways and individual nature lovers. The spacious Double Bed and Four bed AC and non AC rooms of the resort have attached western bathrooms, television and great views of the river. The resort at Raypur are well equipped with gazebos on water, banquet halls, children’s park, lawns, multi-cuisine restaurant, spacious dining halls, landscaped gardens and parking lots. The resort is available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Tashiding, West Sikkim – 132 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled amidst the scenic Eastern Himalayas is the tranquil hamlet of Tashiding. The small idyllic village, which derives its name from the deity – Tashiding is most famous for its monastery founded in 1641 AD, which is held in high reverence by people of the Buddhist faith. Legend has it that even a casual glimpse of this monastery can cleanse a person of all his sins and shortcomings. The annual Bumchu festival is celebrated here with people coming from all parts of the world. Tashiding is a place where travellers longing for a spiritual connection would feel at home. A trek to the placid lake of Pokhri Dara or the Sinon Monastery and the surrounding caves give an outstanding experience of silence, nature and the mighty Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF TASHIDING For more photos of Tashiding click here   Places to see in Tashiding West Sikkim: Tashiding monastery is undoubtedly the biggest tourist draw in the region. Venerated for being the spiritual centre of the region, the monastery is situated at a height of 1465 meters. Being the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in North East India, the Tashiding monastery is surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas. The approach from the market to Tashiding monastery is dotted with several prayer wheels, where devotees can offer prayers. The consecrated Chorten area comprises 41 chortens. They are categorized under “Chortens of Enlightenment”, “Chortens of Great Miracle” and “Chortens of Reconciliation”. The faithful can spend time in prayer and meditation here. Amongst the most sacrosanct chortens native to the monastery is the ‘Thong-Wa-rang-Dol’, which is said to bring about an instant catharsis of the soul for anyone who beholds it. Other nearby monasteries are Hungree, Dubdi and Sinon. To reach Hungree and Dubdi Monastery, you have to take a short trek through the jungles but you would be rewarded with magnificent views of snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. However, the 18th century monastery of Sinon guarded by the Siniolchu Mountains can be reached by car. Nearby Attractions of Tashiding West Sikkim: You can visit Pokhri Dara to discover a sacred lake guarded by a Manghim and a natural cave. Tashiding is steeped in religiosity and has four divine caves, where saintly Buddhist monks are believed to have meditated. The caves are located in all four cardinal directions of Tashiding and include Lhari Nyingphug in the north, Khandozhangphu in the south, Sharchog Bephug in the east and Dechenpug in the west. The major touristic areas near Tashiding are Pelling, Yuksom and Rinchenpong. After visiting these touristic regions of West Sikkim, if you want to spend some days in tranquility, then keep Tashiding in your itinerary. Things to do in Tashiding West Sikkim: The whole region of Tashiding is covered in forests and short treks around this region would lead you to numerous caves, monasteries, waterfalls and natural wonders like huge beehives tucked in rock faces. If you are fond of collecting authentic Tibetan trinkets, handicrafts, paintings and other artisan products then visit the Sinek market, situated aloft the ridge overlooking the Rangeet and Rathong Chu rivers. Tashiding is surrounded by monasteries tucked within the forests perched on hilltops so most tourists in Tashiding like to take up Monastery Treks. The trails of these treks pass through forests filled with flora and fauna, rarely found in other parts of India. These forests are often termed as “birdwatcher’s paradise.” Another interesting activity would be participating in the annual Bhumchu festival, which is held on the...
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Nabadwip, Nadia – 116 kms from Kolkata...

Nabadwip is a holy town situated at the picturesque confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The ancient temple town is spread across an area of 11.66 Sq. Km. Nabadwip was historically the erstwhile capital of Bengal during 12th century B.C., which was under the sovereign-ship of Lakshman Sen, the last Hindu Sovereign of Bengal. The town is most legendarily noted for the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who started the famed Gaudiya Vaishnavism movement at this place. Presently, the ancient movement has culminated in the form of the beautiful ISCKON movement and temple that predominates this place now. BOOKING DETAILS OF NABADWIP Nabadwip is basically an archipelago of 9 islands that constitutes together under the name of “Nabadwip” which literally means ‘nine islands’ in Bengali language. The islands are named Antardwip, Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. The names of the nine islands uniquely describe the nine forms of devotional services to the Lord which are complete surrender, patient hearing, chanting the holy name, perfect remembering, service at the lotus feet of the Lord, ideal worshiping, unconditional praying, serving and eternal friendship with the Lord. For more photos of Nabadwip click here The Chaitanya era is considered to be the most luminous epoch of Nabadwip’s history. It was during this time that the ‘Bhakti Movement” originated here and spread far and wide marking a transitional phase of Hinduism in history. As Brindaban Das, the celebrated biographer of Sri Chaitanya has rightly stated, “No place is equal to Nabadwip on earth because Chaitanya was there incarnated.” Sri Chaitanya was not only a divine incarnation but he was also a social reformer and a great philanthropist of his time. Nabadwip has always been renowned for its rich cultural and educational past. It was and still is a very sacrosanct and reputed seat of learning, which has produced many notable scholars and pundits since time immemorial in the fields of law, literature, astronomy, poetry, grammar and theology respectively. Places to see in Nabadwip: Nabadwip is a land of temples. The town is dotted with numerous assortments of temples that vividly portray the incidents of “Bhagavath Leela” that took place here centuries back. There are practically more than 150 temples built in this archipelago. Some of the prominent ones are as follows:   Shonar Gauranga Temple – This temple is the star attraction of Nabadwip that has enshrined in it the golden statue of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The temple is centrally located at Yogapitha, which was the holy birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Lord. It was here that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent most of his transcendental past-times on Earth. Radharani Temple – The temple is dedicated to the divine consort of Lord Krishna – “Radharani”. The idol of Radharani here is beautifully divine with many embellishments of jewels and flowers. The temple surrounding reverberates all through year with holy chants of Lord Krishna along with beautiful devotional songs in praise of the Lord. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math – This holy monastery was established in 1941 in honor of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Srila Sridhar Maharaja also known as Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj. He was the direct disciple of Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu. The math works towards the implementation of spiritual, devotional and social services towards the Supreme Lord and all his devotees. Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math – This sacred monastery is situated at Koladwip which is one of the...
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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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Padamchen, East Sikkim – 116 kms from Siliguri...

Padamchen is a village tucked in the slopes of the Himalayan foothills surrounded by a forest teeming with birds. A nearby waterfall and a sparkling weather make this village on Silk Route circuit one of the best places to stay before taking the high-altitude Nathang Valley or Kupup Lake. Located at 7,000 ft, Padamchen is splendid in its own way. This quaint village lies at a distance of 8 kms from Zuluk and 14 kms from Rongli. Admired with breathtaking landscape and winding roads, this picturesque village of the Sikkim Silk route circuit truly offers a refreshing relief. The heritage Forest Resthouse at Padamchen will take you to the olden days of the Forest Officers and Sahibs, who used to travel this way. BOOKING DETAILS OF PADAMCHEN Places to see at Padamchen: Surrounded with thick virgin temperate forest, Padamchen village is an ideal place for the avid bird watchers. The village offers shelters to a wide range of birds like Fulvettas, Laughing thrushes, Steppe Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Wrens, Tits, Pheasant and many more. and others. The forests witness occasional visitors like Leopards and Himalayan Black Bear. You can also take an early-morning sunrise trip to watch the panoramic sunrise over the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha from Thambi View Point at 11,200 feet. Images of Padamchen For more photos of Padamchen click here Nearby attractions of Padamchen: Padamchen is an excellent base for sightseeing of the other notable places in the Silk Route circuit. The three-level zigzag roads of Zuluk, the placid Kupup Lake, Nathang Valley and all other destinations of the Old Silk Route circuit can be covered in a day trip from Padamchen. Thambi View Point located at 11,200 feet, which offers a mesmeric view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and Lungtung Dhupidara is around an hours drive away after crossing the zig-zag roads. Drive for another 30 minute and you will reach the placid Kalpokhri Lake, Kupup Lake and Adi Baba Mandir. The contour of the Kupup Lake has striking similarity with elephant and thus it’s is also popularly called Elephant Lake. The highest golf course in the world is located near Kupup Lake and so is the Jelepla Pass. Those who desire to explore further afield can experience the rewarding view of the beautiful Tsomgo Lake and reach Gangtok. Things to do in Padamchen: Take the early morning sunrise-trip to Thambi View Point to witness the spectacular sunrise over the mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha range. The zig-zag road leading to Thambi View Point crosses some of the unexplored parts of the region and offers some spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. How to reach Padamchen: Padamchen is around 14 kms from Rongli but you would need permits to enter Padamchen (even Indian citizens) as it is guarded by the Indian Army. To reach this destination, you have to carry your proof of Indian citizenship and permits are arranged at Rongli Checkpost. Best time to visit Padamchen: The weather of Padamchen remains conducive all through the year. Unlike the upper regions of the Silk Route circuit, winter in Padamchen is not that chilling and the region also experiences good sunshine. However, the region becomes quite cold during deep winter (January to March). Lodging and dining facilities at Padamchen: Padamchen has a number of home stays. However, the best place to stay at Padamchen is the Govt. Forest Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is well furnished with comfortable sofas, fireplaces, wood-paneled walls and wooden floors. Staying in the guesthouse will offer you an unforgettable...
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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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Mekhliganj Tea Resort – 86 kms from Siliguri...

A luxury resort tucked within a lush tea estate beside a meandering river – that’s Mekhliganj. You can enjoy a magnificient view of endless greenery of tea garden and farmland from this tea resort. On one side of Mekhliganj teasort lies the snaking Saniajaan River and on the other is the tea estate. The Tin Bigha Border Crossing is just a walk away from Mekhliganj Tea Resort where you can witness the ceremonial Border closing of India and Bangladesh every evening. You can also enjoy long walks along the tea estate, visit the lonely banks of River Saniajaan, visit a nearby tea-factory or just take a dip in the resort’s swimming pool. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEKHLIGANJ Places to see in Mekhliganj: A lush tea estate, the Saniajaan River skirting across the villages and rice fields, a scattered jungle, River Teesta and the Tin Bigha Border Checkpost – all are located nearby. [AFG_gallery id=’103′] The ceremonial border closing between India and Bangladesh at nearby Tin Bigha Border Checkpost is one of the best attractions here. The Tin Bigha Corridor is a strip of land belonging to India on the West Bengal–Bangladesh border, which in September, 2011, was leased to Bangladesh so that it can access its Dahagram–Angarpota enclaves. Nearby attractions of Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is quite far from any popular touristic destination. This makes Mekhliganj an ideal place to spend a few days in bliss within a tea estate far from the madding crowd. Moreover, Mekhliganj is becoming popular as a destination where tourists can wind up their hectic Dooars Itinerary and spend the last couple of days of their Dooars trip in nature’s cradle enjoying all earthly comforts. Mekhliganj is around 55 kms from Gorumara National Forest, around 105 kms from Jaldapara National Forest, 90 kms from Gorubathan and 82 kms from Cooch Behar. If you are planning a trip to Dooars this year, then try to keep Mekhliganj Tea Resort in the last leg of your itinerary. Things to do in Mekhliganj: If you are planning to spend few days doing nothing, then Mekhliganj can be your ideal choice. You can take a nature walk along the bank of Saniajaan River or within the tea estate. You can see tea plucking and even try yourself to pluck a few leaves in the tea garden. A visit to some local villages or the mighty River Teesta can also be in your cards. Another major attraction is the Tin Bigha International Border Checkpost just a kilometer from the resort. You can witness the ceremonial Border closing at Tin Bigha Corridor between India and Bangladesh every evening. How to reach Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is 86 kms from Siliguri, 98 kms from Hasimara and 105 kms from Alipurduar. So you can reach Mekhliganj from anywhere in the Dooars region. Geographically Mekliganj is located in Cooch Behar District. Best time to visit Mekhliganj: You can visit Mekhliganj anytime of the year. The rivers and greenery bloom during the rainy season and the sparkling winter brings a whole lot of birds here. Lodging and Food at Mekhliganj: All modern amenities have been packed in this fully Air Conditioned cozy resort to give the city traveller every luxury he deserves to shrug his year long stress. You can start with a dip at the resort’s swimming pool and enjoy the mesmerizing views of the tea garden from your extra spacious AC room, which is decked with draping curtains, LCD TVs, attached western bathrooms, sitting area and terraces...
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Sitong, Kurseong – 55 kms from Siliguri...

One of the most untouched parts of the Darjeeling Himalayan foothills, Sitong is a treasure trove yet to be discovered. This little picturesque Lepcha village lies is a valley crisscrossed by a rivulet (Khola) and guarded by lush green hills. Every house in Sitong has a garden and every garden has orange trees. The whole village turns orange during the winter. Visiting Sitong is like time travelling – there’s a bamboo bridge, a church, some winding village paths skirting through orange orchards and few meandering streams and a rivulet, which the locals love to call Riyang River. The church guesthouse has been renovated with modern facilities to accommodate guests. BOOKING DETAILS OF SITONG Places to see in Sitong: You can visit the local church. Previously, there used to be a 100-year old Bamboo church here but now a new building has come up. There is a Bamboo Bridge, which you would love to see wobbling when someone crosses. But when you are in Sitong, there is one thing you cannot miss doing – “Enjoying Oranges.” For more photos of Sitong click here When the oranges bloom, the whole village is covered in a hue of orange. You can also spend time walking all around the village along the farms or sit idle on the banks of Riyang river and watch the Lepcha kids returning home. In Sitong, you would love doing “nothing.” Nearby attractions of Sitong: The house of Rabindranath Tagore at Mongpoo is just 20 kms away and Latpanchar – the highest point in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is 13 kms. from Sitong. Latpanchar is also known for being the home to the Himalayan Salamander and numerous species of birds and butterflies. Other touristic destinations like Kurseong, Dilaram, Bagora are all within 20 kms of Sitong.  Chatakpur, the picture-perfect village within  the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is also within 30 kms. of Sitong. Things to do in Sitong: Enjoy long nature walks along the villages and take a peek into the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas, eat as many oranges as possible and visit the church to find some solace. You can enjoy a dip in the Riyang River and do some bird watching and butterfly watching too. You can also avail some light treks to the nearby Labda village and few nearby spots with a local guide. Best time to visit Sitong: November, December and January is the best time to see oranges is Sitong. The orange harvest takes place during late December and early January. As Sitong is located around 4000 feet above sea level so it is also a nice place to beat the heat during the according summers. The rivers and streams get filled after the rains and the lush greenery is something not to be missed during the monsoons in Sitong. How to reach Sitong: There are three routes to reach Sitong. The shortest route (55 kms) is through Siliguri – Sevoke – Kalijhora and Latpanchar. The second route (78 kms) passes through Siliguri – Rambhi and Mongpoo. The third route (75 kms) is through Kurseong – Dilaram – Bagora and Ghareytar. The last leg of the journey to Sitong (last 15 kms) is quite steep. Lodging and dining facilities in Sitong: The newly built three-storey guesthouse of Sitong church located on a hilltop has been modified with all modern facilities for the guests. There are nine double bedded rooms with attached western bathrooms, solar power and 24 hrs warm water. The lobby has a...