With Majestic Views Of Kanchenjunga, This Quaint Hamlet In Darjeeling Is A Great New Year Getaway

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Bagora

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Serenity and beautiful vistas come together at Bagora. Situated at a height of 2339 metres above the sea level, this little village is a soothing refuge from the frenzy of the city life. If you are searching for a relaxing weekend during the year-end, you can easily give Darjeeling and Kurseong a miss and visit this picturesque hamlet that still remains unspoiled from the demands of tourism.

Bagora is nestled between pines and conifers along with the rhododendron trees. The Kanchenjunga ranges appear with her mighty glory from this serene hamlet; and the views are quite rewarding. Bagora also has a few short hiking trails through the jungles that are quite unexplored. Bagora is also known as the Zero Point as the core area of the Kurseong Air Force Base is a few minutes walk from the market area. You will enjoy a view of the vast expanse of the Teesta valley from this area.

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Things to do at Bagora:

1. Take a stroll towards the Air Force Base Camp

The Kurseong Air Force Base Camp is just a few minutes uphill walk from the market area of Bagora. You will obviously be not allowed to enter the base camp; but the way towards the camp is simply mesmerizing. There are a couple of gazebos on the way that serves as viewpoints. You will get spectacular views of the Teesta River valley from here. And if the weather is cloudy and misty, the place becomes utterly romantic.

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2. Visit the Forest Rest House

Visit the Forest Rest House to enjoy the view of the exotic Himalayan flora. There arewell maintained garden, terraced greenhouses with rare and exotic species of flowers and orchids. Infact, Bagora is also known for its herbal and medicinal plants. Those who have interest in gardening will surely enjoy a visit to the garden of the Forest Rest House. The Rest House is a few minutes downhill walk from the Bagora market.

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3. Go for village walks

The place is so beautiful serene that you can simply spend your day here doing nothing and enjoying the nature. Walk around the village and the winding forest roads. There is a small temple amidst the forest a few minutes away from the village. You can take a walk to the temple and experience the peace and tranquility of the place. Bagora is a place to be savoured and enjoyed. With the nature so bountiful in her gifts to this small hamlet, the best thing you can do here is to enjoy the languid pace of the village and relax.

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4. Go for bird watching

Bagora is an ideal place for amateur bird watchers. You can see a number of Himalayan birds at Bagora. For bird watching, take the forested pathway that goes towards Chimney village. You will definitely get a glimpse of some rare Himalayan birds.

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5. Go for trekking

Bagora is an ideal place for trekkers. There are a number of trek routes from Bagora that are not very difficult. You can walk down the shadowy forest trail to Tiger Hill, to watch the spectacular and famous sunrise or go for a day trek to the Senchal Lake. You can also plan a 12 km trek towards Mongpu, the place famous for the residence of RabindraNath Tagore. There is also a three days forest trek from Kurseong to Kalijhora via Bagora, NamthingPokhri and Latpanchar.

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Overall, Bagora is a trekker’s paradise.

6. Visit the nearby places:

Kurseong is just 8 km from Bagora. So from here, you can visit the nearby hill stations like Kurseong, Dilaram, Chimney and Latpanchar.

How to Reach Bagora:

The Nearest Railway head is New Jalpaiguri.

The nearest Airport is Bagdogra.

Regular bus and car services are available between Siliguri and Darjeeling via Kurseong and Ghoom. If you are taking the bus or hired jeep, you have to get down at Dilaram. From Dilaram, you have to hire a car to Bagora. The car will take around Rs.600/-.

If you are driving down, you can take a right turn from Kurseong to reach Bagora via Dow Hill Road (16 km). The drive, through a road lined with conifers, is pleasant.

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Places to Stay:

Diki’s Homestay is an affordable option of staying at Bagora. It is a comfortable homestay with basic facilities. Food is available on request.

Best Time to Visit:

Bagora is an all season destination. You can visit here any time of the year. However, in March and April, you would find the Rhododendrons in full bloom in the surrounding forests.

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