Away from the milling crowd, this small village of West Sikkim provides a great atmosphere to spend some days in tranquility with its balmy weather and great sunset views.
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This place is paradise for adventure lovers. This is the highest point in West Bengal and you have to trek for around 12 hours from Maneybhanjan to reach this place. You can also hire a landrover from maneybhanjan. This is also a village and is a part of the Singalila National Park. As you reach on top of this [point, you will be welcomed with some of the most awesome views including the famous route from Bhutan till Mt. Everest. The view of the mighty River Teesta is also very attractive. This river is apt for river rafting due to the high speed in which the water flows. If you can put in physical effort for the love for nature, this is the right place to choose.
One of the most important attractions in West Bengal, this is around 12 kilometres from Darjeeling and is a point 2555 metres above sea level. The Tiger Hill is famous for the rare views at dawn. The only condition if you want to enjoy this enthralling experience is that you have to be awake and ready by 4AM in the morning. You go straight to the Tiger Hill before the sun comes out and take the last views of the snow capped Kanchenjunga Peak. As soon as the sun comes out, the color of the sbow turns absolutely red and a little later Orange and then turns to Golden which again cpmes back to white when the sun is completely up. This natural show of lights is extra ordinary and is a visual treat. Starting your day to something like this is complete bliss. You can come to this place at anytime of the year except for monsoons and deep winters as the climate is extremely uncomfortable at this time.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Darjeeling Zoo is also known as the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park to honor the ex- governor of West Bengal, Padmaja Naidu. This is a beautiful zoo where you can find some of the high altitutde animals as well as some endangered species of animals too. The zoo is in the Birch Hill area which is presently known as the Jawahar Parvat. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had dedicated the zoo in the honor of Padmaja Naidu who was also a poet and the daughter of the famous freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. This is one of the best zoos in the world and is the first recipient of the International award of "The Earth Heroes 2014". This is an award given away by the Royal Bank of Scotland. The reason this zoo was chosen among more than 300 zoos all over the world is that it has successfully conserved and looked after Himalayan Animals and also those which are of the Alpine Region. You will find the endangered species such as Red Panda, Snow leopard and Tibetian Wolf here among many others. There are also a number of Siberian Togers and Yaks here. Very old herbs, shrubs, climbers, medicinal plants and orchids cover most of the zoo and you will also find trees such as birch and aldar here. There is a huge aviary too where very bautiful birds find home. The birds conserved here include Rose ringed Parakeets, Ring Necked Pheasants, Himalayan Mynahs, Blue- Gold Mackaws and others. There are steps on many sides inside the zoo and these are for the ones in search of extra adventures. Beyond these steps are the area which are home to H8imalayan bears, Sambhar deer, Blue Sheep. tahr, barking deer, goral and Musk Deer. They roam about openly ball around and thus a trained guide is a must when you opt for these places. The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute is also closeby.
This is a railway loop a few kilometers from the beautiful Darjeeling. The toy train goes round this loop and there is also a war memorial here. This war memorial was built after independence in memory of all the brave people of Darjeeling who laid their lives in various wars since the time of independence.
Built in 1875 by Lama Sherab Gyatso, this monastery in Darjeeling is mainly known for the beautiful statue of the Maitreye Buddha or the 'Future Coming Buddha'. This place is also blessed by the very famous Tomo Geshe Rimpoche of Tibet. The Monastery has conserved some very rare Buddhist Writeen Manuscripts. The monastery will fall on your way back from the famous Tiger Hill.
After the dropping of bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Buddhist saint Fuiji decided to spread the message of peace and harmony all around the world and this pagoda in Darjeeling is just one example of the movement. This is a Japanese Style pagoda built by the Buddhist Monk. The foundation stone was laid down in 1972 by Nichidatsu Fujii and the pagoda was completed by his biggest disciple Guruji Fuiji and opened in 1992. It is a white pagoda and white is the symbol of peace. The aim of this place was to entertain everyone irrespective of their caste and religion. You will find immense peace when you come here.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Neora Valley National Park
Every year we organize a seasonal trekking which begins from the month of December- April, the trek covers the versatile desires of all the types of nature enthusiasts. It can be an educational trek, adventure trek, amateurs trek, cultural trek, wild trek, snow trek etc, Rhododendron trek.The paces we cover are the Neora valley national and Buxa tiger reserve Depending upon the trekkers desire,Below are the details of the dates and tariff for the participants:Neora valley national park:Best for Botanists, bird watchers, animal census, butterfly trek , geographical excursion, wild trek, snow trek, rhododendron trek, jungle tour. Brief description:Neora valley national park is rich in its heritage flora and fauna. The place is an abode to different types of medicinal hers, shrubs and extinct species. It is also a habitat for several extinct species like the Red panda, Tiger. The trek can be an ample source for the information required for the educational thesis and theories for students. We provide professional guides for such treks. The highest point of the park is called Rachela, a virgin paradise of north bengal (9500 ft -10,000 ft), The place is beautifully decorated with the forest of rhododendron trees which are more than 300 years old. During the month of December one can enjoy the experience of snow trek. While trekking Neora valley national park the botanists can gain different experiences on different types of vegetation from , evergreen, deciduous, coniferous, bamboo and rhododendron forest. The point happens to be the meeting point of three borders, Sikkim, Bhutan and India adjacent to the legendary "Silk route".There is more to come which cannot be described in words and can only be experiences live.Below are the dates for the participants: ( join the group) **NOTE- ALL THE NAMES OF THE PLACES MENTIONED BELOW ARE THE LOCAL NAMES OF THE AREAS OF NEORA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK** Category - moderateAttraction - Snow covered green mountains, Rhododendron BlossomingTREK ROUTES: DAY OPTION-1 OPTION-2 OPTION-3 1ST DAY Samsing FARI ( HALT) SAMSING FARI ( HALT) TODEY TANGTA (HALT) 2ND DAY TONGTONGAY (HALT) TONGTONGAY (HALT) RUKA (HALT) 3RD DAY TIGER CAMP (HALT) TIGER CAMP (HALT) RACHELA ( HALT) 4TH DAY RACHELA (HALT) RACHELA (HALT) ALUBARI (HALT)/ 5TH DAY TANGTA ( HALT) ALUBARI (HALT) CHAUDAPHERI (HALT) 6TH DAY CHECK OUT (THROUGH TODEY) CHECK OUT( THROUGH CHAUDAPHERI) CHECK OUT (THROUGH LAVA) TREKKING COST: (5NIGHTS 6 DAYS) 1. Rs 7000 per/person (Total cost for seasoned trekkers)2. Rs 8000 /per person ( total cost for amateurs)3. Rs 12000 per/person ( for foreigners) The total cost includes: 1. Food and lodging2. Potter charges ( two potter/per person for amateurs)3. Permit charges4. Guide charges5. Tents and trekking equipments ( hiring charges)6. Lodging at base camp and check out camp7. Transportation till and from base camp ( To and from nearest railway station) *** Trekkers are requested to get a medical fitness checkup 5 days before the trek*** For booking and inquiries please email email@example.com call +91 7384083137
Darjeeling Rangeet Valley Passenger Ropeway
The Ropeway is probably the best way to get a birds eye view of the spectacular valley below. it was started in the year 1968 by the forest development authority. After an accident in 2003, it was shut down for tourists and was restarted in 2012. There are two lines which go to and fro between the 'North Point', and Singla on either end. If you want a quick view of the entire valley in just a few minutes, then the Ropeway is the place you should head to. However, be prepared for a serpentine queue as almost every tourist in Darjeeling eventually makes his way to the Ropeway.
Shrikhola is a beautiful little place amidst the green hills. It basically hosts a Trekkers Hut and some private lodges with a few localites huts here and there. Your car will leave you at a point, around 2-3 kms from Rimbik. You have to walk around 1-1.5 km. to reach Shrikhola. You will cross a old hanging bridge, called Shrikhola Bridge and cross the Shrikhola river underneath and thereby the name of the place, Shrikhola. We had our room booked by our guide in Trekkers Hut. But what we did not know that Trekkers Hut does not have electricity but the private lodges do. We were actually became happy knowing that as it allows one enjoy nature to the fullest. The trekkers hut is just beside the river, and as you know the sun sets early in the mountains. Once it goes dark, there is no sound other than that of the river flowing down the sloppy terrain just beside the place. All the huts and lodges are basically on the left side of the river, while the right side hosts hills covered with dense trees. The valley is really narrow enough to provide an eerie feeling we were looking for. There is nothing to do in the evening, other than endless gossiping and chatting, and fortunately we had cards and we were 4 friends, so it was like dream for us playing cards under the light of candles in the gloomy wooden rooms of the trekkers hut with the only sound coming from outside from the Shrikhola river.
Happy Valley Tea Estate
This is a tea estate in Darjeeling and rolling meadows of emerald green tea plantations. It is a bliss watching the women plucking carefully the tea leaves. There is also a factory where you can see the making of tea and fermentation processes. It is both an entertaining as well as educational trip
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or more dearly known as the Toy Train. With its narrow gauge trains of two feet, things do not get more exciting than when one is on a ride on the toy train. The length that the train covers is about 80 kilometers. The starting point is New Jalpaiguri in the district of West Bengal and the train goes past Siliguri, then Kurseong and Ghum while chugging along many loops and reverses. After having been out of service for quite some time, the toy train is now back in action and promises one a ride of a lifetime.
Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is a popular vacation spot in Sikkim. It is a copy of all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Char Dhams in India. You'll discover here a 33 m tall Shiva statue raised on the Solophok peak. It's an enormous journey complex with Hindu sanctuaries all around. Generally, it's a decent place that gives you positive vibes. Char Dham is a journey destination arranged at Solophok Hill, which is at a separation of around 5 km from Namchi Town. Solophok Hill has a verifiable and religious significance, as it is trusted that meeting this spot washes away one's sins. The venture is visioned by CM of Sikkim. They have built the sanctuaries of all the 12 jyotirlinga, Char dham and other essential sanctuaries. The sight is awesome and you will love to see the climate there. Best time to visit Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is during summer or during winter.
Near the giant Buddha Statue in the Thai Temple Complex is the Idosun Nippon Japanese Temple. This is a typical Japanese Temple which was made quite a few years ago but has recently opened up for the public. The temple posses very authentic, minimal designs like many other Japanes temples. There is a huge, 80 ft idol of Lord Buddha inside the temple and from outside it looks nothing but a nice, Japanese mansion and nothing more. There are a number of temples close to the Mahabodhi Tree and this is one of those. All of these are equally beautiful and has a unique charm. Make sure that you have enough time in your hands to explore all of these.
Singalila National Park
The total distance is 22 kms from Tonglu to Sandakphu through gravel road which will break your back. The only respite is the viesw as you tread forward.Sankakphu is in the Sangalilla National Park. After Tonglu, Sandakphu might look a bit congested. Tonglu has only two guest houses but in Sandakphu one has around 10 built badly on the hillock to block the view of the Kanchenjunga. This place officially lies in Nepal. The owner of the guest house we stayed was a Nepali and from her behavior it seemed she didn’t like Indians. Since she was the leader of the place and had all the lodges running under her, she knew we didn’t have much choice. Her attitude was “Take it or leave it”. The room that we got here was for 1800/night and the food she was serving was also very costly but since there isn’t much option we had to budge and anyways we didn’t want to spoil our journey for few hundred bucks. The only good thing was there was solar light installed and we had a private western toilet for ourselves. In the afternoon we took a 2 hours stroll on the ridge which leads to Phalut. Came back and had hot meal consisting of Dal, chawal and one sabji which tasted delicious in the Nomads land. We retreated to the bed early as there wasn’t much to do. Day 4 :- Sandakphu to Darjeeling
Known by most as Ghum, this place stand 7407 feet above sea level and at a distance of 6 kilometres away from the town of Darjeeling. This place happens to be the highest point where the toy train can reach. When here, the Batasia Loop should be the place to visit with its landscaped gardens and awesome views of the snow-capped Everest and the Kanchenjunga. From Ghoom, one can reach many other locations including Siliguri. The place is a quaint little town that offers one a peaceful and healthy stay. Around three kilometers away is the Senchal Lake that should be a priority to visit when one is in Ghum.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist religious community in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometers west of Gangtok. About 2kms from Pelling, you can visit the principal monastery belonging to the Ngingma group (one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism) which was implicit in the year 1705 AD. One of the first and couple of oldest monastery in Sikkim, it was fabricated by Gyalwa Lhatsun Namkha Jigme.The most important one amongst three monks, who blessed the first religious ruler of Sikkim at Yuksam in 1641 AD. These days, the child monks get a legitimate classroom and teachings by the educators in the correct monastic school called Laptha. Today numerous youngsters having a place with this religious community are in the enormous Buddhist learning centers in different states of India, such as Namdoling Monastery of H.H. Penor Rempoche (Mysore), Mindoling Monastery of Thichen Rempoche (Mousori) and inside Sikkim are Takche Dubda of Ven.
The grand Singshore Bridge is touted as the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. An architectural brilliance with a length of 198 m, the bridge is built in between two hills. An extremely popular tourist spot, the bridge is about 5 km away from Pelling.
The Dhungay Estate & Home Stay
Dhungay Estate and Home stay is situated at the foot of Rhododendron Sanctuary at a disclosure of 1500m. This huge estate is only five minutes tough stroll from the main jeep road. The house is encompassed by terraced ranches, profound valleys, so typical of West Sikkim. The house has five people living in it. Ran Bdr is the family's Head a Retried Spice (cardamom) merchant, who now meets expectations in the ranch. His wife Deo Maya is a house wife, Ganesh is a farmer, who helps the family doing family unit tasks. Padma Chhetri instructs in adjacent schools, and at night helps family to run the homestay. The family is warm and invites you into their home as well as their group. In any case, this is not at all noisy or oblivious of one's space. There are particular dinner times in the old style family kitchen and the food served is delicious.
Sandakphu Photo Tours
Three nights at three different places, Maneybhanjan, Tonglu and at last Sandakphu. From childhood when I used to travel and see any rising of land above plain it made me exciting and would shout "look hills...". And this time the dream was finally accomplished going to land of Himalayas. The trail started from Maneybhanjan a beautiful starting point to Singalia National Park. Singalia National Park is famous for the endangered red panda. It has kept the himalayan beauty of eastern India and will make you return again again in every season.
Bengal Natural History Museum
It is a house of various birds, mammals and animals. The displays here are the specimen of real creatures that had been captured and preserved. It had been started with an effort to display butterfies and birds of Darjeeling but fortunately it now has collection of various animals.
Pelling is approximately 130 km far from Siliguri and 115 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and is very well connected by transport and jeep services. The lovely little town of Pelling is popular for magnificient views of the snow-topped Kanchenjunga range, the third most elevated crest in the world.The Placid town pulls a large portion of the guests for its representative status in history, and nature of the state of Sikkim. Situated at a height of 6,800 ft, Pelling offers great perspective of the whole Kanchenjunga mountain reach including Koktang, Kumbhakaran , Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and many more. This is as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without leaving the material solace of good lodgings. Because of its worthwhile area, numerous hotels and cabins have come up in and around Pelling taking into account shifted tastes and budgets. Also the climate in Pelling may change from bright and sunny to blurred and miserable in a matter of minutes.
Hotel Garuda is just at the peak of Pelling providing some fascinating views of the mighty Kangchenjunga range.All of their rooms are comfortable but for nature lovers my one-stop suggestion would be room 'Nima' as from its private attached balcony the divine peak appears as if just a hand away.Hotel staff is very amiable and always active in their service.
Golden Tips Tea
Pradeep: "You don't like tea? Well okay......but try Darjeeling's tea" After the spiritual experience, I kept walking in the streets of Darjeeling and I reached to a point where I could smell the aroma of a beverage. It was Golden tips, a very famous place in Darjeeling were one gets a taste of diverse varieties of tea. When I entered the shop, a lady welcomed me to a point, where from one end I could get an excellent view of the mountains and from the other end, there was a large end-to-end wall painting that added to the grandeur of the lounge. I wondered what made this place and the tea so special and so I ordered a Kashmiri Khawa. After having a cup of Kashmiri Khawa I do admit that I don't like tea but if the tea is from Darjeeling then I need to think about it.
After a short nap I headed towards Sanga Choling. Sanga Choling is situated on the other side of Pelling which requires a moderate trek to a hill top. I had carried sufficient energy bars and water with me. From the top of the mountain I was able to get the view of Buddha park at Ravangla which made me feel more happy. The Sanga Choling means 'The Place of Secret Spell'. It is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. There are usually four 'Kings of the Quarters', who guard the universe against the outer demons. Exploring the oldest monastery it took an hour for me and enjoying the beautiful landscape by side it started getting dark. I started my trek back at 1745 hrs and reached my hotel by 1830 hrs.
Two days later on 26th April, we find ourselves in Dhotrey, a 3 hr drive from Darjeeling. An expectant look around the horizon to see Kanchendzonga betrays the diminishing hope that I had. After a mishandled episode of putting blames, and the death of a local – both unrelated incidents, dirt finally hit our shoes – in the literal sense that is. Our trail was a well laid one, almost too well laid for some. It was a constant ascent, but manageable. We moved in groups, the same groups that we had come from. In the orientation meeting a leader and a deputy was chosen amongst us – Shubham and Sowmya. Convention says that the leader follows the pack at the back while the deputy leads from the front.
Pradeep:- "Oh Please!! Tiger hill is the most overrated and crowded place in Darjeeling....why don't you find your own place to witness the sunrise."Early morning, around some 4:30 am, when I was having a very peaceful sleep my alarm rang. I woke up and was in 'To go or not to go' stage to witness the sunrise. I pushed myself and walked down in this cold weather which was about 11-12°©. After walking some distance, I stopped and turned back towards my hotel to take a nap, considering the fact that I love sleeping. But then suddenly I heard a sound of a bell....loud and clear.Yea, this might be some indication, maybe the supreme source of energy was indicating me something. But what? I cancelled and walked down to witness the sunrise. I waited...waited...waited and then I saw this...
Also known as the Druk Sangag Choli Monastery, this is another beautiful place where you can rejuvenate yourself amidst divine settings in Darjeeling. The monastery was built in the year 1971. This is basically a Tibetian Monastery and thus follows the styles of Buddhism meditation. The peacefulness and tranquility of this place serves as a therapy to the mind and soul and you feel more at peace when you leave this place.
Riddhi Siddhi Hotel Darjeeling
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
LLYODS BOTANICAL GARDEN. The garden houses orchids, magnolias, primulas, ferns and many other varieties of Himalayan plants. Lloyd Botanical Garden is named after W. Lloyd, the famous banker who gifted this land in 1878. You can walk along the pathways and spend a quiet afternoon in these large, open gardens. The hothouse has a fantastic collection of more than 50 species of orchids. It is the oldest Botanical Garden named as Lloyd Botanical Garden with varieties of flora and is famous for two living fossils. It is located just below the Eden Sanatorium(Saheed Durga Mall District Hospital) on an open slope covering an area of about 40 acres. Lloyd Botanical Garden is open seven days a week. There are no entrance fees. A camera, a small note book for a botany. enthusiast and a couple of hours to spare, is a must.