Darjeeling Off The Beaten Path

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    Sunrise at Tiger Hill

    by goutammitra Written Aug 6, 2011

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    Sunrise at Tiger Hill is the best attraction for Darjeeling, so I put it here in Off the beaten path! It is one of the best Sunrises visible on the Earth! Tiger hill is about 18/19 kms from Darjeeling takes about less than an hour in Jeep. But to witness the breathtaking Sunrise from 9000 Feet, you need to get up at 3.00AM and board in the prefixed Jeep ( They will come to your hotel and fix up, don't worry). The fare would be around Rs.100 /120 or US$1.2 for the five point visit on return. Please be sure that you board on Jeep on time or else you will miss the greatest Sunrise! The Jeep will take to the viewing point by 5.00 or 5.30 just at the beginning of dawn. With in moments you shall find the area around you and the snow capped mountain Kanchendzonga has turned in to Golden Colour! But this precious moment will last only about 15/20 minutes.

    Please avoid monsoons to go there and also cloudy days. The best time to visit/ witness in summer or in winter ( February to June then October to January). On return you will be able to see Sinchal Lake, the reservoir supplying water to Darjeeling and Ghoom Monastry!

    Have a look at the pictures of Sunrise taken in October 1984 by film camera! Continued to page -2.

    The beginning of Sunrise! The beginning of Sunrise-2 The beginning of Sunrise-3 The Sun has come out! The Sun is out!
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    Sunrise at Tiger Hill-III

    by goutammitra Written Aug 7, 2011

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    As soon as the Sun comes out our face and the entire surrounding has become Golden! This precious moments lasts for only about 10/15 minutes and is not repeated regularly as there may be clouds and rains! Be fast and first to reach there to capture these moments. I visited the place before digital days so I had to wait till the pictures are developed. The thrill is not to be forgotten. Today, you can instantly take hundreds of pictures and capture almost every movement of the Sun. These pictures were taken in 1984!

    Our face has become Golden with the Golden Kanchen Golden Kanchendzonga in the background!
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    Rishyap Village!

    by mamtap Written Jul 30, 2015

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    About 28 km from Kalimpong is Rishyap, a quiet, Lepcha community village in the mountainous landscape which falls under the Neora Valley, one of the last tracts of virgin wilderness in the country. There are also trekking trails that take you there via Lava, which abounds in verdant greenery.

    Rishyap is blanketed with pine trees, birch, fir, rhododendrons and orchids. A panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and many other Himalayan peaks can be seen from here.

    The famous Nathula and Jelepla passes (Kalimpong was a trade hub between India and Tibet) also can be seen from here.

    Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000176.htm

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    Chitrey Monastery!

    by mamtap Written Aug 24, 2015

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    There are a couple of attractions for you while you visit Sandakphu and return from there and of them is Chitrey Monastery. This is one of the treks mentioned in the book 'Unforgettable Walks To Take Before You Die'
    By Clare Jones, Steve Watkins. The trek starts from MANEBHANJAN (6300 ft) a settlement that borders Nepal. One starts along the motorable road which is not a pitch tar road but one made of stones, jut out ruggedly all the way up to Sandakphu. A steep gradient of 3 km will lead to Chitrey Monastery.

    Phone: 00919830372948

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    Charkhole!

    by mamtap Written Aug 3, 2015

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    Charkhole is a very lonely but beautiful Village in the District of Darjeeling. it is about 3 hours away from Kalimpong and 15 Kms away from Lolegaon. It is a small picturesque village and has only one resort at the top of the hill. It has some homestays also. The view of the valley is magnificent. Kanchenjungha appears here with all her beauties. A great view and a great destination.

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    Visit to Lamahatta!

    by mamtap Written Aug 3, 2015

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    Lamahatta is located at an altitude of about 1700 meter and only 23 km away from Darjeeling town. Attractive also as a ‘Honeymoon Point’, with five cottages and 44-bed accommodation, a watch tower and garden benches are major attraction of the village from where a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, Sikkim Hills, flowing Teesta and Rangit rivers and also a bird’s eye view of Darjeeling town can be enjoyed. The spot is being promoted as an attractive tourist destination as part of developing village eco-tourism.

    Inhabited by tribes like Tamangs, Sherpas, Yalmos, Bhutias and Dukpas, besides few Christians, this village is a conglomeration of rich and unique mountain culture with the main occupation of inhabitants being farming and cattle rearing.

    With moderately cool but pleasant climate, Lamahatta is well connected by Darjeeling-Kalimpong state highway.

    Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_0000ed.htm

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    Latpanchar!

    by mamtap Written Jul 20, 2015

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    Latpanchar is one of the top hidden and unseen destinations in North Bengal Hills. Situated in the lower Darjeeling hills in Kurseong sub-division, Latpanchar is the highest point in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at 4200 ft.

    Among the many villages covered with lush and lavish greenery Latkothi, Namthing Pokhri, Mana Hills, Ahal Viewpoint deserve to be visited. Latkothi that was once a British residence is now a Forest Department bungalow. The house is surrounded by the vast stretch of Cinchona plantation that the British set up in 1920. The old bungalow is no more and it has been replaced by a new bungalow. A track through pine forests and Cinchona Plantation leads to a lake, Namthing Pokhri, which is the natural abode of Himalayan Salamanders. Travelers can take an early morning car ride to this lake just 3 kms away and visit the view point to catch a mesmerizing sunrise and Mt. Kanchenjungha. Bird watching and jungle trekking is the most favourite activity at Latpanchar and nearby Mana Hills is a favorite haunt with bird lovers. The entire region teems with swallow, swift, thrush, sunbird and babbler. Mahaldiram Tea Estate is a fascination with adventure loving tourists.

    Latpanchar can be reached from Siliguri with a 2 hrs drive covering 44 KMs via Kalijhora on NH31 A. The nearest airport Bagdogra just 53 km well connected with Delhi, Kolkata, North East and other part of India. NJP is the nearest Railway Junction, which is 43 KMs far and is well connected with all major destinations in India.

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    Lava Monastery!

    by mamtap Written Aug 3, 2015

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    Lava is a quiet and romantic place as it is situated in the dense forest of Pine and Juniper. There are a huge number of orchids as well. Since 1987 on a hill, overlooking the snow-mountain range to the north, the Lava Monastery is surrounded by ancient forests and enveloped in mists for most of the year. In this remote, secluded place, monks in the Monastery are intensively engaged in Buddhist studies.

    Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000130.htm

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    Trekking in Sandakphu!

    by mamtap Updated May 22, 2015

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    It offers panoramic views of the whole Himalayan range including Mount Everest, the world's highest peak at 8,848 meters, Mount Makalu, and the overwhelming glory of Mount Kangchenjunga. Following peaks of Himalays can be seen from Sandakphu

    1. Full range of Kanchendzongha
    2. Mount Everest
    3. Makalu
    4. Three Sisters
    5. Jano
    6. Lothse
    7. Pandim
    8. Norsing
    9. Chomolang

    plus many other peaks of Himalayas.

    The name Sandakphu means the Height of the Poison Plant.

    Phone: Ph : +91 33 22421475/22421402

    Website: http://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000079.htm

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    Chitrey!!

    by mamtap Written May 22, 2015

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    A small valley on the way to Sandakphu trekking route with a beautiful Buddhist monastery and the grand view of the Kanchenjunga range. Very calm and peaceful. Away from the hectic world, feels like heaven.

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    Tinchuley!

    by mamtap Updated Aug 10, 2015

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    Tinchuley which literally means three Chulas or ovens is a Model Village and a Community Tourism initiative of Help Tourism, local villagers and WWF-India (West Bengal State Office) in the Darjeeling Hills.

    Visit organic farms and orchards to understand the livelihood processes of the local villagers, metre-square gardening process and vermi composting. Walk in the tea garden and visit local market in Takdah.

    Tinchuley is 32 Kms from Darjeeling (1.5 hours by car), 73 Kms from NJP (about 3 hours), 77 Kms from Bagdogra (about 3.5 hours) and 35 kms from Kalimpong (about 1.5 hours drive).

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  • Visit Mirik

    by vpsn_99 Written Feb 21, 2007

    Mirik can be visited as a day outing. It takes around 3-4 hours one way journey (by personal cab). Although there is not much to see there apart from a big lake and surrounding park, it is quite peaceful and romantic spending time there watching people on boats and ponies. One side of lake is covered by huge pine trees.
    The journey from Darjeeling to Mirik is absolutely fabulous. All along the way you will find green tea gardens. Do remember to take photos there. I took some and they are just great.

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    Watch the Lord Budha temple.

    by AKHTARSAYYAD Written Jan 30, 2009

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    To visit Darjeeling Town lord Budha temple is really making u calm and ur mind will be in peace....l

    In the forest this is Lord budha temple! LOrd Budha Temple. Lord Budha statue. Golden plate covered Smiling Budha..!

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