2/4/15 was a memorable day for me as i started to do something out of my "comfort zone". One week earlier one of my friend came to me and said " We are making a plan to travel Sandakphu-Phalut (North-East India) during summer & have to walk 85 km in the hills/ trek. Will you join us", i paused for a while and i said "What makes you think that a guy who avails rickshaw/auto to avoid walking in the road can go for trek?". But later on i took it as a challenge and joined them. The tour started from Sealdah (Kolkata) railway station at 8.30 pm by taking Darjeeling mail and reached New Jalpaiguri station by 6 am in the morning. This station is one of the busiest and prime railway station in entire North-East India, situated in West Bengal and vehicles from this station can lead you towards different travelling destinations like Darjeeling, Assam, Guwahati, Sikkim etc. Without wasting any time we took a four wheeler (Wagon r ) for 1500 rupees and headed towards Mane-bhanjan.
Mane-bhanjan is called to be the gateway of eastern Himalayan ridge or Singalila mountain ridge. This small village is situated at an altitude of approximately 7000 ft from sea level and population density is much lesser than other places like Darjeeling, Sikkim. Vehicles from NJP station, Darjeeling, Siliguri station can easily transport travelers to Mane-bhanjan within 3-4 hr depending on the weather condition. A local market, ATM facility is available upto this point of the journey and the trekking route began from this place. According to our local guide our next destination was Chitrey.