Nathula Pass: Ultimate Guide to Plan Your Trip

Nathula Pass: Ultimate Guide to Plan Your Trip

Located at an altitude of 14450ft and 58kms from Gangtok, the Nathula Pass is not only a popular tourist spot because of its surreal natural beauty, but also because it is enriched in history. The Pass is an offshoot of the Old Silk Route, connecting Sikkim to the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

This pass holds its importance as the crossroad between India and China. It passes through the Tsomgo Lake and until 1962 it served as an important trade route between Tibet and India. Tourists are allowed as far as the International Border where one can see both Chinese and Indian soldiers facing one another, on either side of the barbed wire.

Nathula-Pass

Apart from its significance in the political front, the Nathula is nothing less than paradise with its gorgeous alpine flora. With a mighty height of 4310mts, this pass makes one of the most sought after place to visit for adventure lovers. The convoluted roads of the Nathula Pass, run down to the beautiful Chumbi Valley up to Yathung which was once an important trade town.

If you face the Eastern side of the pass, on a clear day, the magnificent view of the Chomolhari peak of Bhutan won’t be amiss.

 

Nathula Pass: Weather Temperature and Best Time to Visit

Winter:

The Pass, which is at a height of 4310m above sea level, experience extremely cold weather conditions. The temperatures here may drop to Minus 25 degrees Celsius during winter. Here, winters usually last from November to February with temperatures dropping the most from December.

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NathuLa in Winters

The snow-covered Nathula is a wonderful sight during the winters, but survival in the cold can be quite tricky. Motorable roads might be closed for travelling due to heavy snowfall.

Summers:

The summers are cold too. However, during this time, temperatures range from 12 degrees Celsius to a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius.

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Nathu La Pass in Summers

Carrying woollen clothes even during summers is advisable as mountainous winds in higher altitudes, make the area chilly throughout the year.

Monsoons:

Monsoons provide bad road conditions due to heavy rains during this time. Landslides are a quite common threat during monsoons even though the routes are open for visitors.

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On the way to Nathu La  During Monsoon

The best time to visit Nathula would be during the summers (April-mid June) and autumn (October-November). You will find the best weather conditions in the month of September with no snow in the region and the greenery surrounding the area is at its best. You can see the snow till the third week of April. It is during May that the snow starts melting.

Visiting Days

The Pass is a protected area, is open for visitors for five days a week- Wednesday to Sunday. Mondays and Tuesdays it remains closed. However, visiting this Himalayan Pass requires a special permit while foreigners aren’t allowed and photography is strictly banned.

How To Get Nathula Pass Permit:

Receiving special permit is not very difficult for the nationals of the country, as it might sound. It is produced by the Sikkim Tourism Department in Gangtok. You can also request a registered tour agency or the hotel to help you through the procedure and get the permit.

All you need to do is to submit a photo ID proof along with two passport-sized photographs. The charges are INR 200 per person and a minimum of 24 hours is required to get the permit.  Children below 4 years will not receive official permission. However, you can take them at your own risk.

Sightseeing In and Around Nathula:

The Himalaya here is breathtakingly beautiful. The alpine forests, the snow-clad mountains, the winding roads and the history surrounding it will give you sheer chills-literally too! However, apart from the natural beauty, there are a few places in and around the Pass which one must visit for a proper exploration of the region.

Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

The Baba Mandir or Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir is a place of great importance in terms of tourism and is strategically located on the Indo-China border. Harbhajan Singh was an Indian Army workforce and this temple was built in his memory after his strange disappearance near Nathula in 1968.

This temple is located right at the crossroads of Kupup Gnathang Road and Menmecho Lake.

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Harbhajan Singh Mandir

The guards and the locals believe that Baba Harbhajan Singh drowned in one of the nearby streams in Nathula and a few days later had appeared in the dreams of another fellow personnel, asking him to build a shrine in his name. And that is when the Mandir was built.

Legends say that the soldiers posted here still believe that Baba Harbhajan Singh’s spirit is still alive and protects them in this difficult territory while guarding the India China border.

Mera Bharat Mahan Hill

On your way to Baba Mandir, you will find a hill which has the words “Mera Bharat Mahan” words carved on it. The sudden emergence of these three words on rugged terrain, almost at the end of the world, will leave you with a patriotic chill through you.

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Mera Bharat Mahan Hill

It’s a vast area which will amaze you with the history surrounding it. You can visit this spot on the way to Nathula.

Staircase to Indo-China Border

The staircase along the steep mountain roads of Nathula leads to the International Indo-China border. The stairway is quite steep, but there are provisions for travellers to take rest.

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Staircase to Indo-China Border

The panoramic view of the entire Himalayan range from the stairs as you go uphill is breathtakingly beautiful.

Tsomgo Lake

The Tsomgo Lake also known as the Changu Lake is a popular tourist site in Gangtok- located on the Eastern side of the Sikkim District of Bengal. This lake is formed by the meltdown of the glaciers of the Himalayan Range.

The Tsomgo Lake is situated at an elevation of 12,400ft above sea level and its distance from Gangtok is about 38kms.

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Tsongmo Lake

The turquoise blue water, and the floating Brahminy Ducks, of this glacial lake, look ethereally beautiful and it remains frozen during the winters. You will also find a Lord Shiva Temple next to the lake, as the Tsomgo Lake is considered to be one of the holy lakes of this region. However, visiting the Tsomgo Lake also requires a special permit.

Mandakini Waterfalls

The Mandakini Waterfalls is another must-visit tourist spot in the Nathula. This will fall on your way to the Pass.

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Mandakini Waterfalls

The gushing down of the clear green waters from a majestic heightened elevation will leave you smitten by its beauty. It will remind you how magical nature is and that there’s no beauty like natures.

Jelepla Pass

The Jelepla Pass is another most popular and important spot for tourist visit in Gangtok. This is a high mountain pass with an elevation of 13999ft. This Pass is of great significance as it forms the connectivity between Sikkim of India and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The Jelepla Pass falls on the route which connects Lhasa to India.

The Jelepla Pass nestles the beautiful flowing Menmecho Lake below it. The route to Jelpla is beautiful, adorned with vibrant rhododendrons and small quaint hamlets along with the panoramic surrounding.

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Jelepla Pass

Visiting this special place and also visiting the surrounding tourist’s spots will be an experience of a lifetime. The abundance of nature’s beauty along with historical significance will mesmerise you. The surreal and ethereal charm of the region will fill your heart and soul and leave you with a sense of fulfilment. So if you are looking to escape the regularities of daily life go ahead and plan an adventurous trip to Nathula!

Every bit of the experience is worth it.

How to Reach Nathula Pass?

Once you are in Gangtok, from there you can book a round trip tour package with a local authorized tour operator. You could ask for some guidance from the hotel you are staying in, regarding this. Nathula is located at a distance of 56kms from Gangtok and is situated on Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

A trip to Nathula from Gangtok usually takes a full day. Which includes sightseeing in and around Nathula-mainly the Tsomgo Lake and the Baba Mandir. However, make sure the vehicle you are travelling in is from an authorized tour operator and approved by the Sikkim Government. Vehicles which are not approved are not allowed in Nathula.

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The road to Nathula

During the high tourist season, i.e. between May to September, tour operators usually operate in groups and the rate is calculated on the basis of each person. This comes down to a reasonable expense. During the off-season, the availability of vehicles is less due to lack of demand. If you are visiting Nathula during the offseason, then sharing a vehicle might be a difficult option.

Travelling to Nathula during the winters is anyway a not wise choice. Due to the poor road conditions and frequent occurrence of landslides due to snowfall. All of this can lead to road blockage.

Vehicle Fare 

As mentioned earlier, make sure that the vehicle you are travelling in from Gangtok to Nathula Pass is authorized by the Sikkim Government. Saying that the vehicle fare depends on which season you are travelling to Nathula. The rates are higher during the peak tourist season and lesser during the offseason.

The cost for each person in a shared vehicle is usually INR 900/- to INR 1000/-. This rate includes your visit to Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir and also the cost for your permit. If you wish to reserve and travel by yourself and with your group only, then the fare is usually INR 8000/- for big cars like Jeeps and SUV’s. If you choose to reserve vehicles like Sumo or Xylo, the fare is usually INR 6500/-. These rates too, are inclusive of all the permits required.

Nathula Pass Suggested Tour Plans:

Visiting Nathula and sightseeing the tourist spots in and around it, is usually done in a day’s excursion. There aren’t many hotels to stay in here. However, there are places near Nathula where you can stay a night.

Tour Plan 1: 4 Day Tour Plan

Day 1

Reach Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station. From there book a sharing cab or an exclusive ride to Gangtok – which is about 120kms with a travel time of four hours. Check into the hotel. After a few hours rest you can do some local sightseeing in Gangtok along with visiting some local market places and eateries- as per your choice. Stay the night in Gangtok. Also, get in touch with your hotel staff and authorized tour operators for seeking the permit to visit Nathula Pass.

Day 2

After breakfast, leave for Nathula Pass. From Gangtok, the distance to Nathula is about 56kms and should take a travel time of 2 hours. Spend the entire day at Nathula and visit the popular tourist spots in and around it – the Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Jelpla Pass etc. Come back to hotel and rest of the day is free. Stroll around in Gangtok and have a good restful time.

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Tsongmo Lake in Summer

Day 3

On the third day leave for a local city tour. Go for sightseeing spots in and around Gangtok. You can also choose to have a peaceful day in Gangtok visiting local quaint cafes and restaurants- enjoying some quiet time with yourself and your loved ones.

Day 4

Leave for Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station as per your train or plane schedule.

Tour Plan 2: 3 Day Tour Plan

If you are in a little hurry for a quick weekend adventure, you can also cover Nathula Pass in 3 days. However, this tour plan can be a little hectic. But, a once in a lifetime experience like this, is all worth it. Here we have a tour plan ready for you if you have only three days in your hand.

Day 1

On your arrival at Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station, immediately leave for Gangtok. Book a car on sharing-basis or an exclusive ride. Time taken to reach Gangtok is about 4 hours to try and reach before sundown. Once you reach Gangtok, check-into your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to roam around Gangtok at leisure. Look around for permits to Nathula Pass- get in touch with authorized tour operators to Nathula. Stay the night in Gangtok.

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On the way from Gangtok

Day 2

Leave for Nathula Pass soon after breakfast. It usually takes 2 hours to reach Nathula from Gangtok. Enjoy your day at Nathula and do the important sightseeing in and around the area. Leave for Gangtok, so that you reach the hotel again before sundown. You can also choose to stay the night in Nathula in a hotel near the area.

Day 3

This might be a long journey if you are staying the night in Nathula. Check-out from the hotel and come to Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station with enough time in your hand. This might be a 6-hour long journey.

If you are staying the night in Gangtok then there is nothing to worry. Check out from your hotel as per your train or plane schedule.

Hotels and Homestays in Nathula Pass:

As mentioned earlier, there are no provisions for tourists to stay at Nathula. The nearest resorts, hotels and homestays are available in Gangtok. So set your base in Gangtok and experience the wonders of Gangtok, Sikkim. Gangtok is approximately 56 km and hence Nathula Pass and sightseeing spots around it are usually done in a day.

There are a number of budget accommodations in Gangtok providing guests with all basic amenities and good food.

If you want a luxurious stay in Gangtok, such accommodations are available too. You can choose to stay in the central part of the city where cars and cabs are easily available for local sightseeing. There are also quaint accommodations in the nooks and corners of the mountain where you will get all the peace and privacy you are looking for – amidst the serene and tranquil nature.

So whatever your choices and requirements are, ample of options are available for you.

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Bird’s Eye view of Gangtok City from Ganeshtok

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North Sikkim Tour Plan

North Sikkim Tour Plan

North Sikkim is one of those places on earth that redefine our definition of beauty in several ways. While some of us prefer rugged terrains, a majority of us prefers lush green hills and then there are some that marvel at the mesmerizing flowers blooming in the wild. North Sikkim is an amalgamation of all these and more.

Considering the fact that it spreads out over varying altitudes, a trip to North Sikkim will ensure that you experience a bit of everything that Nature bestows upon us, humans.

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Lachen Surrounded by Green Mountains – North Sikkim

While all the aforementioned information caters to the poet in us, there is a calculative accountant within that raises eyebrows at the possibility of an overstretched budget.

Well, here’s good news! North Sikkim is much cheaper in comparison to other hilly areas like Mussoorie, Nainital, Manali, Jammu & Kashmir, Dharamshala etc. If you choose the right time to visit, you might even experience fresh snowfall that will remain etched in your heart forever.

North Sikkim is also a photographer’s delight. There are so many vivid colours, textures and varying landscapes to capture that your camera will be your best travel companion on the trip!

North Sikkim: The Main Attraction

Among all the wonderful places in North Sikkim, the major point of attraction is Gurudongmar Lake. When you book a package of North Sikkim, tour planners will invariably highlight the name of this lake. If you are wondering why to imagine a partially frozen lake at an altitude of 17,800 feet that is surrounded by snow-covered mountain ranges all around.

The lake is placid and the surroundings are nothing less than overwhelming. It would not be an exaggeration to call it a paradise in the midst of nowhere.

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Gurudongmar Lake in Summer

However, reaching Gurudongmar Lake, at once, is not possible or permissible. This is because a majority of North Sikkim lies on sensitive border areas and there is a list of permits that need to be taken before and during the journey, at significant spots. There is also a scientific reason to take halts and make the trip a three-day long process.

The lake is situated at a very high altitude and people travelling from plains will naturally find it difficult to adjust to the varying levels of oxygen as they go higher up.

Hence, almost all trips to North Sikkim have halts so that the body is acclimatized to the changes as gradually as possible.

This is where places like Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley come into play. They serve as a means to an end. Lachen and Lachung are small villages where tourists are generally put up on their way up to Gurudongmar Lake or on their way down to Gangtok, Sikkim.

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Yumthang – The Valley of Flowers

However, it will be a sin to not mention how these means spell divinity by themselves. Lachen and Lachung are breathtakingly beautiful villages. They are idyllic and dream-like and the people that live there are some of the most industrious human beings you will come across.

Best Time to Visit

There is no denying the fact that North Sikkim is, majorly, a difficult terrain. It is essential that you prepare yourself for the frequent changes in oxygen levels, landslides, unannounced halts, unfavourable road and weather conditions.

You can choose to visit in the months of March and April and from September to November for the perfect weather but if you are more adventurous, you could also plan trips in the winter months of December to March. However, you are more likely to experience very rough roads, heavy snowfall and extreme temperatures.

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North Sikkim in Winters

All said and done, words cannot begin to describe the thrill of the journey. Despite the altitude issues, the landslides, the rough roads and freezing temperatures, it is nothing less than an experience of a lifetime.

How to Get There

Assuming that you will begin your journey from Gangtok, the only way for tourists to reach Gurudongmar Lake and the places on the way is via car. If you book a package, you will be given an option of hiring the car exclusively for yourself or travel along with a couple of other groups.

The maximum number of people travelling in 1 car is around 10. You may or may not get the option of choosing your seats, depending upon the seasonal rush.

You will be required to reach the taxi stand of Gangtok by 9 A.M. and you will be accommodated in the car as per your package.

Main meals are generally included in the package but if you buy anything from the shops on your way that is your own expense. There will be several halts on the way, for toilet breaks and meals.

The distance from Gangtok and Lachen is around 121 Km and the cars take the North Sikkim Highway to reach there.

Lachen and Lachung are situated at a distance of 2 hours from each other and since there is no proper accommodation facility beyond Lachen, tourists need to spend the night in the hotels or home stays of Lachen.

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On the way to Gurudongmar

The journey to Gurudongmar Lake begins the next morning and could be as early as 5 A.M.

The weather conditions of and around the lake are most favourable in the first half of the day and worsen as the day passes. This is why it is recommended to reach early and depart before the winds get rough.

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Thangu Lake, North Sikkim

The first halt on your way to the Lake is Thangu that takes around 2 hours from Lachen. Gurudongmar Lake is around 40 Km from Thangu and due to the rough terrain, it takes close to 4 hours to reach.

Lachen- The Idyllic Village

Gangtok to Lachen

Expect a Roller Coaster Ride Through the Bumpy Roads

It takes not less than 6-7 hours to reach Lachen from Gangtok. On the way from Gangtok to Lachen, you will be able to witness the meandering Teesta River. The colours of the river range from a sapphire blue to emerald green, depending upon the colour of the sky in different patches of the journey.

Your first halt will most likely be at Tingchim. This is where you can have your simple lunch of rice, lentils and curries. It might not be a fascinating meal but it will fill you up sufficiently. You might even witness people from the Border Road Organization repairing stretches that have been damaged by landslides.

Depending upon your package, your driver may or may not stop at Naga Waterfalls.

The next brief stop will be at Toong Check Post. This is where all your documents and permits will be thoroughly checked and entries will be made in log books about the details of the trip and the car.

As the car inches towards the town of Lachen, you will notice that paved roads will gradually give way to typical mountain roads with curves and hairpin bends.

The air will start feeling thinner and colder as you go higher up. It will be late evening by the time you reach Lachen.

If you are welcomed with a cup of hot tea in your hotel, make sure you drink it right away because it will get cold in minutes from being served.

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On the way to Lachen from Gangtok

What Does Lachen Look Like?

Lachen will instantly look like a place cut off from the world. Its serenity is unmatched and the warm welcome of the locals is like a bowl of piping hot soup to comfort you in the chill that reaches your bones. You might be surprised to see how the locals go about in single layers of clothing, especially if you visit in the summer months, while you could be shivering habituated to the extremities of weather.

Situated at an altitude of 9,000 feet and “Lachen” originally means, ‘Big Pass’.

It is majorly a grassy valley that is also spotted with forests of conifer and Rhododendrons. Lachen Chu, a mountain stream, passes right through the heart of the valley and cuts through the village, making deep gorges as it flows.

The roads of Lachen require frequent repair and maintenance work because of landslides and especially during the monsoon months.

However, that does not deter the village from looking as picturesque as ever. There are only 250 houses in the village and the inhabitants migrate to the valleys in summers to avoid facing the extremities of weather.

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Mask Dance Festival in Lachen Monastery

Apart from it being visually appealing, Lachen is also home to the oldest Monastery in Sikkim that was built in 1858. The Lachen Monastery had a small start, with not more than 6 monks but it received monetary aid from Sikkim government and was reconstructed.

If you wish to buy local tokens of remembrance for loved ones back home, then the Handicraft Center of Lachen will be a pleasant surprise. The locals, originally called the Lachenpas, are skilled craftsmen and they weave shawls, blankets, carpets and bags from yak and sheep wool that could serve as perfect souvenirs.

You will also find several hard-working women spend ages weaving these pieces of beauty.

The Tourist Information Center of Lachen will help you buy maps of the local area and postcards as well.

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Lachen in clear Summer Night

Nights in Lachen are cold and you will love the dining area of your hotel or homestay where you can expect a large fireplace. Most tourists are found warming themselves up in front of the fire and relishing a simple meal of rice, mixed vegetables, fries and chicken curry.

The hot steam rising up from the bowls of curries laid out for dinner is the kind of warmth one seeks for while on a vacation to the hills. You could take a stroll out on the streets after dinner but if you can’t really brave the cold, you could curl up under layers of quilts in your room and sleep well.

Best Time To Visit: March-April and September-November

Distance from Gangtok: 121 Km

Height: 9000 feet.

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Gearing Up For Gurudongmar Lake

You will be asked to wake up by 3 AM the next morning so that your car can depart at 4 AM to take you to Gurudongmar Lake.

Early mornings in Lachen are beyond beautiful. As it is time to depart this pretty village, you will be greeted by the orange hue of the early morning sun and the golden glow on the snow-capped mountain ranges. Preserve your camera’s battery life because you will soon witness places that could partially be justified with photographs.

If you are lucky, you might even receive fresh snowfall on your way to the lake. You will come across army barracks, uninhabited villages, frozen patches of valleys and landslide damages.

The car driver will stop at Thangu. This is the last civilian settlement area where your permits will be checked and you will also receive medical facilities if you require them. You will get your breakfast here. It mostly comprises of buttered toast and eggs or Egg Maggi. Once you cross this check post, you are literally on your own as there is hardly any habitation ahead.

The last check post is Gaigaon, at 15,000 feet. Your permits and papers will be checked for the final time at this checkpoint.

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Thangu Valley North Sikkim

In a few miles from Thangu, you enter a desert valley of sorts. You may or may not experience breathing difficulties or nausea at this altitude. Staying calm helps in avoiding the condition from getting worse. There is uniqueness about the desert valley that leads up to Gurudongmar Lake.

It is a long stretch of gravel and black sand, coming together in patches. It looks formidable yet spellbinding. All you will come across is one herd or two of yaks and a handful of herdsmen around.

While you huff and puff inside the vehicle and wonder at the vast stretch if desert valley in front, your car will take a steep uphill road and reach your destination in a matter of minutes. There it lies; both breathtaking and intimidating at the same time; Gurudongmar Lake is a feast for the eyes.

You will have to get off the vehicle and walk towards the lake. Reaching the edge of the lake could be difficult unless your lungs are trained to withstand the thinness of air since you are required to go down a flight of stairs. However, the beauty of the lake and the surroundings are so stunning that you could simply stand over the cliff and take it all in.

An Interesting Bit

Gurudongmar Lake is spread out over 290 acres and is surrounded by snow-covered mountain ranges all around. You might even feel that the ranges are floating away on the lake itself. It is nothing short of ethereal. The most interesting thing about this lake is the fact that it never freezes completely.

There is a religious belief around this lake that explains this phenomenon. The lake is the primary source of water for the locals.

It is believed that while Guru Padmasambhava was on his way back from Tibet, the locals had pleaded for a solution to their perennial problem of water. He was moved by their pleadings and had touched a part of the lake that never freezes and is also considered sacred. Several locals believe in the fact that drinking this water could resolve fertility issues of women.

There is also a temple next to the lake where tourists can offer prayers. You will notice brightly coloured flags all around that are individual prayers of people who visit.

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Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is not just a tourist destination but it also a marvel that you can only experience and words will never do justice to its beauty.

However, it is also a very difficult journey and a majority of tourists never make it to the point. They are either halted by landslides or the lower levels of oxygen make them sick way before they can reach. It is extremely windy and you might have to hold on to your partner if you are walking around.

Best time to visit: March-April and September- November

Distance from Gangtok: 173.5 Km

Height: 17,800 feet

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Chopta Valley

Your journey back from Gurudongmar Lake could be exhausting. All the additional work that your lungs have been doing in order to keep pace with the decreasing levels of oxygen in the air, will make you feel sleepy and groggy. However, you can expect the picturesque landscape of Chopta Valley to charge your cells.

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Chopta Valley North Sikkim

If you are the type that loves visiting the hills in the monsoon months, then you will experience the wonders of Nature spread out in this valley itself in the months of May-September.

It will be filled to the brim with rhododendrons, primula and other flowers that bloom in the wild. If you prefer the summer or the winter months, you will witness a completely frozen valley that has a charm of its own.

While going downhill from Chopta Valley, you will have your first meal of the day that usually comprises of bread, butter/jam, boiled eggs, thick noodle soup, Egg Maggi etc. If you experience nausea, dizziness or headache while going uphill, this meal will help you settle down because your glucose levels will be stabilized after a while.

Lachung – The Green Hamlet

Your journey from Lachen to Lachung will take around 2 hours and although the roads could be damaged in places, the view around is mesmerizing, nevertheless. Lachung can easily be called the green hamlet because it has lush greenery all over. There are pretty wildflowers growing in bunches that are never tended to but they grow out with all their might.

Most Picturesque Town Of Sikkim!

Joseph Dalton Hooker had labelled Lachung as the ‘most picturesque village of Sikkim’ in ‘The Himalayan Journal. It is undoubtedly a spot of indescribable beauty and thus becomes the perfect destination for relaxing holidays.

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Lachung City In-between the Mountain Ranges

Rustic Vibes

Lachung is less cold in comparison to Lachen and you can take easy strolls to experience the rustic vibe that hangs in the air of the village. Apart from the wildflowers and the greenery, Lachung is home to innumerable fruit orchards and glacial rivers that cut through the heart of the hamlet and add to its beauty.

If you have been troubled by the polluted air of bustling cities then Lachung will rejuvenate your lungs with fresh, crisp and cold mountain air. While in Lachung, if you crave quality Tibetan food, you could ask your car driver to point out places where you could eat meals that are not part of the package.

There are quite a few restaurants in Lachung that serve delicacies like Mixed Meat Noodle Soup, also popularly known as Thukpa.

Mt.-Katao-North-Sikkim

Mt. Katao North Sikkim

Lachung is a quintessential part of the itinerary of travellers on their way up to or down from Gurudongmar Lake. While you will invariably have a package tour of the nearby tourist destinations, it is wise to have an idea of what other spots you could cover while at it. Some of these spots are ‘Zero Point’ or ‘Yumesamdong’.

If you love trekking, then this could be a great adventure. Yet another point of tourist interest is Mt. Katao that spells unending fun for tourists who are on the lookout for snow adventures. There are activities like snow-tubing, skiing as well as snowboarding on Mt. Katao. However, it is strictly paroled by Army Officials and you will need permits to visit the mountain.

While the winter months give you trekking opportunities, the monsoon month of June will let you experience an unmatched cultural extravaganza of Lachung known as the Saga Dawa Festival.

It is a Buddhist Festival that traces the three significant events; birth, enlightenment and death of Lord Buddha. Lachung hosts folk art functions and other ceremonies, along with serving exotic cuisines as part of the celebrations.

Best Time to Visit: March-April, June, September-November.

Distance from Gangtok: 110 Km

Height: 8,600 feet above sea level.

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Yumthang Valley – The Valley Of Flowers

On your way down from Lachung, you will come across a strikingly beautiful valley of flowers that are known as Yumthang Valley. If you visit the valley in the summer months, you will be greeted with sweet-smelling, brightly coloured flowers that bloom all over the valley.

The scent is intoxicating, to say the least. The main point of attraction is the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary that is home to forty different species of Rhododendrons and other plants. You will also come across stick-like flowers growing in certain places and if you take a closer look, they will give out a heady scent.

These are used to make incense sticks in Sikkim. It is strictly forbidden to pluck flowers from the valley and any form of non-conformity will lead to fines.

If you visit Yumthang Valley during the summer months, you can witness the meandering river, Yumthang Chu that cuts across the majestic valley. It could be completely or partially frozen during winter months.

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The Valley of Flowers – Yumthang

The valley offers yak rides to tourists during winter months when frozen ice forms a sheet over the valley and it is a thrilling experience to ride a yak over it. There are not many food options in Yumthang Valley. Whatever is available is either quite expensive or not great, taste wise.

If you have a package, you will have your breakfast included in it. The simple options include momos, Maggi, bread and jam/butter, boiled eggs etc.

You cannot really put up for the night at the valley. This is because it almost always experiences unfavourable weather conditions all through the year. You can cover this major tourist spot during the day time. The only place to stay the night is a forest resort house that requires permits to put up at. The nearest hotels are in Lachung where you could stay the night.

Best Time to Visit: March-April

Distance from Gangtok: 140 Km

Height: 11,800 feet above sea level.

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5 Tips To Make The Journey More Memorable

North Sikkim gives you a range of options as far as vacationing is concerned. There are waterfalls, lush green valleys, blooming wildflowers, stunning snow-covered mountain ranges, overwhelmingly beautiful lakes and fresh mountain air. Listed below are 5 tips that can make your journey a lot more memorable if you are well-prepared:

  • Study maps before heading out to know the place you are visiting. It will not only fill you with confidence but also help you in case your car breaks down or there is a sudden landslide on the way.

 

  • Carry a first aid kit because these are all remote areas and medical attention could be difficult to access. You will need inhalers and anti-nausea pills if you have asthma or motion sickness.

 

  • Carry additional batteries for your camera and power banks for your phones. You will mostly be travelling by car and the hotels you put up at might not have charging points or electricity.

 

  • Plan your tour in advance so that you can pick your seats in the car and sit comfortably all through the journey.

 

  • Experiment with local cuisines, visit local fairs, festivals and events and participate in them as much as possible. The beauty of a place is largely included in its food and festivities.

 

Concluding Thoughts

North Sikkim is an experience that you are bound to remember for the rest of your life. Visiting once will never be enough. It is a vast stretch of unmatched beauty that is best enjoyed while travelling through the heart of the hills. Book your trip right away for a complete rejuvenation of your mind, soul and body.

Planning your North Sikkim Trip:

It makes a lot of sense to Club  North Sikkim trip. That way generally this can be covered in 3N4D short trips to larger trips like 7N8D days. The main places that this trip will cover is the two beautiful hilly cities Lachen and Lachung along with Gurudongmar Lake (One of the highest altitude natural lakes in the world), Chopta Valley, Yumthang valley and Zero Point. Generally, tourists cover these in a 4N5D trip.

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Lava Lolegaon: All Info You Need to Plan Your Trip and Best Places to Stay

Lava Lolegaon: All Info You Need to Plan Your Trip and Best Places to Stay

Lava Lolegaon: The Ethereal Beauty of North Bengal

Lava Lolegaon as a destination fast becoming a preferred choice of the North Bengal bound tourists. Located at an altitude of 2350 metres, Lava is a quaint little hamlet which is located in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal. This sleepy and calm village falls on the trade route of Bhutan and is adorned with pine forests and coniferous trees.

Lava Lolegaon is a piece of heaven surrounded by the cold misty clouds of the mountains. The exotic and rustic Lepcha village folded in the mountains of the Himalayas will leave you smitten by its beauty and charm.

Lava-Loleygaon

Lolegaon is another quaint village which is only 24kms away from Lava. Located at an altitude of 1675 metres, this Lepcha village is known for its scenic beauty. The glorious view of the majestic Kanchenjunga through the misty clouds makes it the perfect place for relaxing and planning your next vacation.

And if you are one of the few lucky ones and the weather permits, then you can even view the snow-clad peak of the Mt. Everest.

Lava Lolegaon Weather Temperature and Best Time to Visit

Lava and Lolegaon, both these villages share a similar kind of climatic conditions. Since both these villages are located at a higher altitude, they experience cool and pleasant temperatures all-round the year. However, the evenings can be chilly and quite cold.

The distinct seasons they experience are summers, monsoons and winter. Though they experience a brief period of the autumn season, it mostly flows into winter and hence this season is not specifically distinct.

The daytime temperatures in Lava and Lolegaon do not show massive variations. It is pleasant during the summer season, cold in winter and experience heavy amount of rainfall during the monsoons.

Lava Lolegaon in Summers

The summers in Lava and Lolegaon last from March to June- the maximum temperature being 25 degrees Celsius and minimum almost ranging from 12-15 degrees Celsius. The sky is crisp and clear during these months and hence this the best time to view the snow-clad peaks of the mighty Himalayan Range.

Tourist visits are the highest during this time of the year. The weather is mild and pleasant and vacationing here during these months will help you escape the scorching summers of the plains.

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Lava Lolegaon During Summer

Lava Lolegaon in Monsoons

The months of July to August are the time for the monsoon season in this region of West Bengal. Both Lava and Lolegaon experience heavy rainfall during these months which increase the chances of landslides and poor road conditions. The average rainfall recorded here is 2030mm (80 inches).

The temperature during the monsoons varies from 22 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius with an immense amount of moisture in the air. Also, the misty clouds hovering around the mountains will not give you the beautiful view of the snow-clad peaks you are looking for.

Therefore, if you are planning your next trip to Lava and Lolegaon then visiting it during these months is not a very good idea.

Lava Lolegaon in Autumn and Winter

This is the best time to visit Lava and Lolegaon for travellers and adventurers who wish to soak in the abundance of nature. The usual months for this particular season last from September to February. The temperatures during this time can rise up to a maximum of 15 degrees Celsius and drop down to 7 degrees Celsius- sometimes even to sub-zero degrees.

Therefore, it is quite cold and chilly but the skies are clear for a mind-blowing view of the snow-covered peaks, especially the Kanchenjunga and even Mt. Everest.

Autumn is not a distinct season in this part of West Bengal. It usually heterogeneously mixes with the winter season. However, they do experience it for a short span of time which mark the falls.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Lava Lolegaon in winters

In conclusion, the best months to visit Lava and Lolegaon are from September to June depending on what you want to experience. The ethereal beauty of the mountains is highest during this time of the year. People who want to beat the hits of the plain prefer the summers.

Tourists who love to see nature at it truest from prefer autumn and winter season. Tourists generally tag in another small city in the region, Rishop during these best times to visit Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop.

Lava Lolegaon: Places to see | Sightseeing Options 

Lava: Places to see

If you are travelling by train, Lava is at a distance of about 105kms from New Jalpaiguri Station and takes around 3 hours by car via Kalimpong district. By air, Lava takes a travel time of about 4 hours from Bagdogra.

Neora Valley National Park

Lava is known as the gateway to the worldwide famous Neora Valley National Park. The main gate or the entrance to the National Park lays only 10kms from the heart of Lava. If you are a nature or a bird lover, then visit the National Park is a must. This park is popular for being home to an exotic variety of flora, fauna and avian-fauna. It is also the home to very rare species Red Pandas.

Kanchenjunga as seen from Lava Lolegaon in winters

Red Panda in Neora Valley National Park

Samthar Plateau

If you are looking to satiate your adventurous mind, then trekking to Samthar Plateau should be on top of your list. The trek starts here from a place called Gompa Dara which is situated very near to Lava. Apart from this particular one, you will find a number of trekking trails through the mighty mountains and dense coniferous forests.

Lava Monastery

The Lava Monastery, originally known as the Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery is situated near the local market. It is one of the oldest monasteries and is adorned with beautiful Tibetan architecture. Once you are inside the monastery, you can feel the serenity and the peace in your bones.

The Lava Monastery is also considered to be a great viewpoint to see the entire village settlement against the vivacious mountains.

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Lava Monastery

Nature Interpretation Centre of Neora Valley National Park

The Nature Interpretation Centre of the Neora Valley National Park, located in Lava is just a sneak-peak to what you can expect to see inside the National Park. The centre is right at the end of a pathway surrounded by beautiful mountainous vegetation and plantations.

The centre remains open for visitors and tourists on all days, except Thursdays.

Changey Waterfalls

12 km from Lava is the famous Changey Waterfalls. Cut across the narrow boulder roads and reach the base of the waterfall. Take in the ethereal view of the water gushing down from the high mountains and disappearing into the lush green coniferous foliage.

The quiet surrounding with the rushing sound of the water will be no less than melody to your ears. It will calm your soul.

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Changey Falls

Lolegaon: Places to See

Lolegaon, originally known as Kaffer, takes about 4 hours if you are driving down from New Jalpaiguri Station and is about 125kms- the easier route being via Gorubathan. If you are travelling from Lava, it takes only an hour to reach Lolegaon.

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Way to Lolegaon through the Misty Pine Trees

Lolegaon Eco-Park

In the heart of the village is flat land which is opposite to the Eco-Park. Surrounding it are few local shops and food stalls where you can do some souvenir shopping or taste the local food of the village. This is a place to be for all nature-lovers.

Heritage Forest

The immense greenery will soothe your eyes and calm your soul. Walking below the canopy of Oak and Cypress trees will be refreshing and rejuvenating.

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Heritage Forest Lolegaon

Ralli Valley

The Ralli Valley is a flat land of abundant flora and is the most scenic and beautiful part of Lolegaon.

Lolegaon Canopy Walk

The Canopy Walk is the most popular attraction of Lolegaon. It is a 180 metres long hanging bridge which takes you through the dense forest of the mountains. As you walk down the bridge, you will realize it elevates higher and soon you’ll see yourself walking through tree-tops amidst the dense forest.

The experience of walking through the hanging bridge, amidst the deep forest- the experience is nothing but heavenly.

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Canopy Walk in Lolegaon

Jhandi Dara Viewpoint

This is a popular viewpoint in Lolegaon from where you can see a panoramic view of the Himalayan Range. On a clear day, you can see the snow-covered peaks of the Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest from here.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Jhandi Dara View Point

Lava Lolegaon Suggested Tour Plans:

If you are planning to visit Lava and Lolegaon for a quick and short vacation, then we have a few tour plans perfectly chalked out for you. We help you with exclusive and detailed attention to how you want your tour to be. We in Nomadic specialize in the location and we can assure you the best tour plans according to your need and budget options.

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Tour Plan 1: 3N4D Covering Kalimpong, Lava and Lolegaon 

Day 1: Kalimpong 

Travel to Kalimpong from Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station. The travel time should take about 4 hours. Keep yourself free for personal activities. You can sightsee around Kalimpong or take rest in your chosen hotel. You can even visit the local market area and interact with the village inhabitants- just to feel the essence of rustic village life. Stay at Kalimpong for the night.

Day 2: Lava 

Leave for Lava after breakfast. From Kalimpong, it takes a couple of hours cutting through the winding mountainous road. A big car like Jeep will be preferable for travelling through these boulder roads. On arrival at Lava, you can visit the Lava Monastery, Changey Waterfalls and the Neora Valley National Park.

You can even take a safari through the National Park and have a great scope of bird and fauna watching. Stay overnight at Lava for a less hectic tour.

Day 3: Lolegaon

Leave for Lolegaon from Lava post breakfast. From Lava, it takes about an hour to reach Lolegaon. Enjoy the adventure through the Canopy Walk, the Heritage Forest and get a breath-taking view of the Kanchenjunga. Laze around for the rest of the day and stay that night in Lolegaon.

Day 4: Back

You can visit the sunrise point early in the morning and then leave from Lolegaon as per your train or flight schedules. Travelling back from Lolegaon takes about 3.5 hours.

Tour Plan 2: 4N5D Covering Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop 

Day 1: Lava 

Travel directly to Lava from Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri Station which takes about 4 hours. Once you reach Lava, visit the Lava Monastery and the Changey Waterfalls. Rest of the day you can do local exploration and stay the night in Lava. You can visit the local markets and collect some souvenirs to take back with you.

Day 2: Lava Sightseeing 

Book a jungle safari and explore the Neora Valley, National Park. The jungle safari will be time-consuming, so you can

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Lava-Lolegaon-Rishop

stay back the night at Lava and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 3: Lolegaon 

Leave for Lolegaon, which takes about an hour to reach. Enjoy the thrills of the Eco-Forest, the Canopy Walk and the view of the glistening Mt. Kanchenjunga. Stay back at Lolegaon for the night.

Day 5: Rishop 

Travel to Rishop from Lolegaon by car. It will take you around 2.5 hours. Rishop is famous for its great weather and Kanchenjangha View. Savour your stay in Rishiop in lazy strolls through the beautiful streets of Rishop.

Day 5: Back to NJP or Bagdogra 

After Breakfast in Rishop Hotel, drive back to Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri to catch your flight or train back home. This downhill journey will take you around 3.5 hours.

 

Lava Lolegaon Hotels:

You will find a number of pocket-friendly as well as luxury stays in both Lava, Lolegaon. You can choose to stay in homestays as well in case you want a rustic and local feel of the village region. However, they provide you with all basic amenities since both Lava and Lolegaon have now become two popular tourist spots of North Bengal.

Most of these stays (whether homestays or hotels) are located in beautiful surroundings, close to nature. There are certain resorts which do provide well internet connectivity as well. However, access to internet connectivity in those higher altitudes can be an issue.

There are usually not many options for food in budget-friendly hotels. Chines and Indian cuisine is what you’ll get access to easily.  Nonetheless, some grandeur resorts do serve a variety of cuisines as per your choice.

You will also find hotels and stays in the central parts of these villages. In case you want to stay in the heart of these villages. Such stays usually have a wonderful view from the rooms which are on the backside of the establishment. In case, you are travelling in large groups, and wish to stay together, there are provisions for dormitories as well.

No matter wherever you choose to stay- near to the locality or away from it- there are a number of options available for you.

Nomadic Chosen Accommodations in Lava Lolegaon

If you want complete privacy, away from the conundrum, there are provisions of cottages for you too.

We at Nomadic Weekends provide you with customised itineraries and tour plans according to your needs and requirements.  We are travellers just like you and therefore our shortlists or tour plans are not too extravagant and hectic- just like you want it.

 

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Lolegaon Nature Resort

Probably the most luxury accommodation at a value price in Lolegaon. Great reviews.

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Lolegaon Valley Retreat

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Lava Tea Estate

Lavish tea estate stay in Lava, Once in a lifetime experience.

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Tea Estate Lava

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Dooars: All Info, Suggested Tour Itineraries and Best Places to Stay

Dooars: All Info, Suggested Tour Itineraries and Best Places to Stay

Dooars as A Tourism Destination

The Dooars is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya mountain range. It is a magnificent region full of green hills and valley, jungle, rivers and tea plantations. The origin of the name comes from the Bengali word “Duar” which means door or gateway.

This vast region acts as a doorway to major Himalayan Wildlife habitats. It also functions as the gateway to the hills in India and Bhutan. It is the home of many exotic species and rich in the exquisite natural beauty. Major rivers like Teesta, Jaldhaka, Murti, Torsa etc. flow through this nitrate-rich valley.

The three “T”- Tourism, Tea and Timber plays the role of most important economic factors in this area. The winter is chilly and the summer weather is pleasing. When the weather is clear, blue sky and green jungle welcome you to this piece of paradise in North Bengal.

Dooars

Different Parts and Places of Dooars:

Dooars is a region full of diversity. With its huge area, the landscape, weather and beauty changes frequently from one place to the other. Tourists flock to this region to enjoy the beauty of the hills, rivers and forests. Winter temperature falls rapidly here, and the summer is soothing.

The rain is abundant; the trees grow to their full potential and length, forming a canopy. The good condition of the roads makes it one of the best monsoon destination in the state too. The ecstatic beauty of the eye-soothing verdure forest and the sweet song of the birds will provide you with the inner peace and calmness you seek after a tiring urban life.

Dooars tourism highlights and takes pride in the majestic mountains, various flora and fauna, tea gardens, perennial and lively springs, sandy river shores and the wide patches of grassland. There are several colonial-era heritage buildings in this area, especially near the tea-gardens.

Located in the prime spots, they provide an enchanting view over the surrounding area of gardens, hills and river bed. If you are driven by wanderlust, Dooars is a must-visit place for you.

After a day of visiting the major sightseeing points, relax under the starry sky in front of a bonfire, or watch the sunrise from the balcony of your room with a cup of tea in your hand- Dooars offers you numerous choices.

You can go to the tourist-favourite places, or explore the less-crowded options, which are unspoilt and nature is in their full glory.

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Dooars Map

Dooars Wildlife

If your passion is to explore wildlife and take the pictures in their natural habitat, Dooars forests are the perfect place for you. There are many places of interest in Dooars to visit for enjoying the wild beauty. The major forest areas in this region are Jaldapara and Gorumara National Park, and Buxa tiger reserve.

These places are rich in wildlife.

You can easily find the mighty rhino and elephants in here when you take part in the salaries. The jeep safaris are faster, and the elephant safari can take you close to the wild animals. The other common animal and birds include deer, python, turtle, peacocks, Drongo, Indian pied hornbill, etc.

There are several watch-towers placed inside the forest core area. You can watch wildlife without disturbing them from there. You would need prior permission from the forest department for this experience though. Coupled with the salt pits, these places offer a great chance to see the herds of the majestic animals.

If you prefer seclusion and beauty, tourism in Jayanti forest and hill area will be the perfect choice for you. Part of Buxa tiger reserve, the place with the view of Bhutan hills and the beautiful stream, is famous as the “Queen of the Dooars.”

Sight-seeing options in Dooars:

There are many beautiful places to visit in Dooars, and it would take over a month if you plan to hit all the tourist spots of Dooars in a stretch. We are listing the major places for sightseeing in Dooars below and attaching a map for a better idea of the place:

Lataguri and Gorumara

It is one of the major and most crowded tourist-spot. Lataguri is the gateway into Gorumara National park, famous for the rhino and elephant population. Another entry point in the national park is Murti, which is less crowded but rich in natural beauty.

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Gorumara National Park, Lataguri

Jaldapara and Madarihat

Jaldapara is another national park in this area with a vast grassland and riverside forests. Besides the Rhino and Elephant, it is famous for several threatened faunal species. You can find birds like Bengal Florican, Crested Eagle, Fishing Eagle, Pied hornbill etc. in here. Madarihat is a small town and the entry point to this national park.

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Elephant Safari at Jaldapara National Park

You can also visit the nearby Chilapata forest. Here, the major attraction includes the ruin of an ancient castle, famous as “NalrajaGarh”. If you are lucky, you will see Indian Bisons and leopards in this region.

Samsing:

Samsing is a small hilly village on the way to Suntale Khola. Both these places are ideal for nature lovers, with a slow uphill ride, and picturesque tea gardens on both sides of the way.

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Samsing Tea Garden Dooars

Buxa Tiger Reserve and National Park

This place is at the north-east corner of West Bengal, at the Indo-Bhutan Border. Buxa was declared a tiger reserve in 1983, and national park in 1992. It has the second highest tiger population in West Bengal after Sundarbans. The place is also famous for the endangered flora and fauna, and the medicinal plants.

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Buxa Tiger Reserve

Sisamara

On the bank of river Shisamara, it is a tranquil place in the Jaldapara National park area. It is perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The place is away from the noise and pollution of city life, and it offers a chance to see rhinos from close proximity too.

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Sisamara River, Right beside Jaldapara National Park

Chapramari

It is an extension of Gorumara National park, separated by Murti River. It is one of the oldest reserve areas in this region due to the floral and faunal diversity. You can go for Jeep Safari here, that takes you to the watchtower

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Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary Entrance

Jayanti

It is one of the major destinations in the Dooars area. Here, river Jayanti creates a border between Bhutan hills and West Bengal. There are several amazing trekking trails with a quaint view. It is crowned as the “Queen of Dooars for its beautiful hill and river view.

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Jayanti River in Monsoon

Gajaldoba

This is a new and upcoming destination in Dooars area. On the west side of the Teesta River, the place and the dam was already a destination for the migratory birds. The barrage and the surrounding area is home to many birds and animals. In the near future, the area is expected to become one of the high-end tourist destinations of North Bengal, with the development of infrastructure.

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Teesta Barrage, Gajoldoba

 

Dooars Weather and Temperature

Weather and temperature across the year in Dooars:

The weather in Dooars is pleasant throughout the year. In summer the temperature does not go above 26°C, which is relatively less than the surrounding areas. In winter, it goes down to 2-3°C but does not touch the freezing point in general.

As the place is at the mountain foothills, it experiences longer monsoon though.  For these favourable weather condition, the forest canopy grows very fast and the hills often stay green.

In the table below, we can get a basic idea of the temperature throughout the year

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Dooars Weather and Temperature Chart

Winter

From the month of October to February, it is winter in the Dooars. The temperature goes down gradually and when the sun comes out- the weather becomes pleasant.

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Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary Dooars in Foggy Winter Morning

With the progress of winter, the mercury may drop near the freezing point, but snow is very uncommon in this area. Generally, the temperature hovers around 5 – 20°C. This pleasant weather is the perfect time for local festivals like the Teesta Tea and Tourism Festival between November and December.

Monsoon

The season begins in June with sporadic rains, but July is the true beginning of the monsoon season in here. It lasts till September, sometimes early October.

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Samsing Dooars in Monsoon

The average rainfall here varies between 35 – 50 cm. Between July and August, it rains cats and dogs in this region. The rivers run beyond capacity and the barrages often overload. This time of the year is the breeding season of the animals, so most of the sanctuaries remain closed between mid-June and mid-September.

Summer

The season begins in March and continues until early June. The temperature ranges from 20 to 35°C. The morning and evening are very pleasant, but the noon and early afternoon hours face scorching heat, especially near the sandy riverbeds.

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Tea Garden in Dooars in Summer Morning

The grassland withers, the rise in the heat and humidity level become uncomfortable for the tourists. This season has a relatively better chance of wildlife sighting owing to a less amount of greenery.

Best Time to Visit Dooars

The best time to visit Dooars is in the winter seasons. This time the weather is pleasant and perfect for enjoying the jungle safaris. As monsoon just ends, the rain transforms the forest into a green paradise and the rivers run full to the brim. The weather remains pleasantly cool during the day and cold in the night. Therefore travellers consider winter to be the best time to explore the sanctuaries and enjoy the jungle safaris.

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Dooars in Misty Winter

How to Reach Dooars

The monsoon is not the most favourite time for general tourists. However, for the romantic, off-beat travellers and the adrenaline-freaks, it is a great time to come and experience the rain-soaked forest life. The roads are in comparatively good condition which makes it a major monsoon travel destination in West Bengal.

Except for the peak season, summer is a good time to visit and enjoy the beauty too, if you are ready to brave the heat and humidity in the noon.

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Railway through Dooars Region

Dooars is basically a vast spread of forest and greenery at the foothill of the mountain, with major points of interest like Gorumara and Jaldapara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Samsing, Jayanti etc. Kolkata, the city of joy, the queen of hills, is well connected to Dooars by road and railways.

The major routes are as follows:

Kolkata to Dooars Via Train

The biggest and well-connected rail station in this area is New Jalpaiguri Jn. You can hire cars to reach almost all the major points from here. However, there are other rail stations for specific destinations i.e. New Mal Jn. (For Gorumara, Malbazar, Murti), Hasimara (Jaldapara) etc.

Kolkata-to-Dooars-Train-Table

Kolkata to Dooars Train Table

Kolkata to Dooars through Road:

You can easily board a bus from Esplanade bus depot in Kolkata to reach Siliguri. From there you can book a car or share a taxi to reach Dooars.

There is a bus service between NJP station and Coochbehar that goes through various locations in Dooars.

The bus leaves NJP at 8:30 am, takes Sevoke road to go through Mongpong forest area reaching Malbazar at 10:30 am, Gorumara Jungle Camp near Murti area at 11:15 am, Lataguri at 11:40 am, Jaldapara at 2:20 pm, Hasimara at 3.05pm and Rajabhatkhawa (near Buxa) at 4 pm.

On-the-way-to-Gorumara-National-Park-Dooars

On the way to Gorumara National Park Dooars

If you want to drive from Kolkata in your own car and want to enjoy the amazing road journey, you may go by three major routes, by NH-12 or NH-19.

The 1st Route has less traffic as it runs through the Gajaldoba forest area and it is quite scenic. You can get a glimpse of wildlife in the early morning and late afternoon. The second road is through Sevoke road, and it meets the 1st route near Odlabari, passing through Malbazar and Chalsa after that.

The 3rd route passes through Jalpaiguri to Gorumara National Park at Lataguri, then goes north to Murti. This road is not quite popular but there are some bus services on this route.

Kolkata to Dooars through Air:

There is no airport in proper Dooars. The nearest airport is in Bagdogra (Airport code: IXB). From there it takes around 3 hours to reach Jaldapara (134 km) and 2 hours to reach Gorumara (75km), by prepaid reserve taxi.

There are a number of flights in this airport, with the average fare ranges between INR 2,665 to INR 3,515 per person.

A direct flight takes around 1 hour 25 minutes to reach. For an approximate idea of the fare and timing, the important flight details are given below, after 3 months from the date of booking.

Kolkata-to-Dooars-Flight-Timings

Kolkata to Dooars Flight Timings

Hotels in Dooars

Dooars is one of the most popular and diverse tourist destinations in West Bengal and North-East India. In all the major tourist spots, there are several staying options which vary as per the budget and choice of the traveller.

However, owing to the crowd rush in the tourist season, most of them stay full months in advance.

Some properties are well-placed near the jungle or tea-estate, with a good view over the nearby forest or tea estates. There are various other options in the nearby towns. These properties do not offer a good view, but they are inside the budget segment.

Often these hotels are in the regions near the ticket booking area for the jungle safari.

So, when you are selecting a Dooars hotel, you need to fix your goals and search for the perfect location that matches your criteria.

The Best Dooars Hotel and Resorts Options with Nomadic Weekends:

We have been operating and searching for the best properties in the Dooars region for a long time. For the past few years, we have carefully selected the resorts and hotels in Dooars, in all the budget segments.

All of our properties are in nice and calm locations with a good view, or in great locations from where the major attractions are nearby.

Our locations match the exact criteria of the travellers coming to Dooars, from all the sectors.

If you love the river, our luxurious resort near South Dhoopjora is perfect for you. With all the modern facilities, big rooms and a balcony with a great view of the surrounding area, this place is great for relaxing. If you aim for the jungle safari in Gorumara, you will like our Lataguri hotel.

River Retreat Dooars

 

It is well-connected to all the nearby regions and located near the ticket booking counter of the jeep safari area.

The luxurious ambience, swimming pool and room availability throughout the year make this one a good stay option. There is another property in Lataguri, a resort in the midst of deep forest and paddy field. The wooden rooms and the watchtower are major attractions here.

Our Jaldapara hotel is located in Madarihaat, at the outer rim of the national park. The wooden rooms, delicious food, well-maintained garden and swimming pool are the major plus points, also this is at a walking distance from the national park entry gate.

We have selected some options which are not too mainstream also. There is a cosy property located near the Murti River. You can take part in activities like fishing, visiting a tribal village, camping, trekking etc.

Appu Tea Estate, Near Gorumara

If you prefer a rustic environment, you will love the stay in the Appu Tea Estate. Here, you will find the beautiful Himalayan range with the Dooars forest background.

On the bank of the river Sisamara in the Jaldapara forest range, you can stay in the log hut in a tranquil environment. Here, you can see the animals coming to drink water in the early morning or late afternoon, from your room.

Sisamara Wild Hut, Dooars

Thus, when you are travelling with Nomadic, you will get a huge variety of options tailored to your preference. We choose the best place that will suit your plan and make the memory of the trip last for a lifetime.

 

Other Staying Options in Dooars

Retreat Lataguri

Reserve Gorumara

Hotel Dreamland Lataguri

Fagu Tea Estate

Jaldapara Forest Resort

Dooars Tour Plan: Suggested Itineraries 

The Different Ways to See Dooars:

Dooars is a diverse region, full of various natural attractions. The verdure forest, green hills and valley, snow-capped mountains and mighty rivers- all are the major components of the natural beauty in here. Depending on the goal of the visitor, the tour plans and itineraries change accordingly.

There are several routes to enter the Dooars. If you plan to visit the National parks like Gorumara, Jaldapara or Buxa Tiger reserve, you will need to take a specific route.

If you plan to visit the Teesta River and all the other river valleys, you will need a different kind of tour plan.

You can go by the major rail station New Jalpaiguri, or New Mal Jn. or Hasimara as per the major destination. Gajaldoba is a newly opened, protected forest area in Dooars.

It lies very close to New Jalpaiguri Junction. The Samsing hills are enchanting. The path to this location lies through majestic tea plantation areas.

If you plan on visiting the beautiful Bhutan hills bordered by Jayanti River, you will need to get down at Alipurduar. For those who are interested in history and archaeology, you can see the remains of a broken fort, the “Nal Raja Garh” in the Chilapata Forest. So, we can conclude that Dooars is a vast area, and we need different tour plans to cover the major spots in here.

A Suggestion of Itineraries to Visit Dooars:

Here, we are going to discuss a number of suggested itineraries for visiting the Dooars, depending on the major destination, which is as follows:

Dooars Tour Plan 1: Real Taste of Dooars


Covering Murti, Gorumara, Chapramari, Samsing, Sonthalikhola, Jhalong, Bindu

Day 1:

Reach Bagdogra by flight. Transfer from Bagdogra to Murti by Gajaldoba. Night stay at Murti (Gorumara National Park). Book the morning safari for the next day here. Go and see Rangamati Tea Garden which is 30 minutes from here, in the late afternoon.

Day 2:

Take the early morning safari in the Gorumara National Park. After lunch, start for Jhalong and Bindu, on Jaldhaka river. See the hydro-electric power project on the river, and return. Book the jeep safari in Chapramari the next morning. Rest for the night.

Day 3:

Enjoy the early morning jeep safari in Chapramari. Travel to Lataguri by car and book the safari to Rhino point and Jatraprasad watchtower. Enjoy the afternoon safari.

Day 4:

Start for Samsing and Suntalekhola after breakfast. Visit these two places and have lunch on the way. Come to New Mal Jn. to take a train to return home.

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Murti Forest Resort

Best Place to stay in the banks of the beautiful Murti river in Dooars.

Jaldhaka Farm Stay – Rongo

Quaint hilly village staying like the locals.

Dooars Tour Plan 2: Dooars Wildlife Tour

Covering Jaldapara, Gorumara, Sisamara, Lataguri

Day 1:

Reach New Jalpaiguri, and take a car to reach Lataguri. Stay for the night and book the elephant safari at Gorumara National Park for the morning.

Day 2:

Enjoy the early morning elephant safari. Book and enjoy the jeep safari in the afternoon.

Day 3:

After breakfast, avail the jeep safari to Chapramari forest area and by afternoon reach Sisamara.

Day 4:

Take an early morning safari in the Jaldapara National Park. After breakfast, start for New Alipurduar or New Mal Junction. to take the train to return.

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Wildlife Resort Dooars

One of the best place to base yourself to see Dooars wildlife.

Sisamara Wild Hut

Only watch tower lodging in Dooars. Frequent wildlife spotting happens from this watch tower hotel.

Dooars Tour Plan 3: Untrodden Dooars 

Covering Rasikbil, Jayanti, Buxa, Chilapata

Day 1

Arrive at New Jalpaiguri Jn. or Bagdogra airport or Alipurduar Jn. Take a car to get to Rajabhatkhawa/Jayanti and stay for the night. On the way, visit Rasikbill if you can manage time.

Day 2

Take the early morning safari in Buxa tiger reserve. After it, visit Pukhuri Hills by trekking. Visit the Bhutan border town, Phuentsholling, 30 km away from here.

Day 3

After breakfast, proceed to Chilapata Jungle Camp and stay for the night.

Day 4

After breakfast, set out to New Jalpaiguri Jn. / Bagdogra airport. On the way, visit Chilapata forest.

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Jayanti Jungle View Home Stay

Without a doubt the best accommodation in Jayanti.

Chilapata Jungle Camp

A homely place to stay in Chilapata.

Chilapata-Jungle-Camp

Chilapata Jungle Camp

All of the above-mentioned plans are basic suggestions for covering as much place as possible in a few days. We can customise the packages according to the need of the travellers i.e. if you need to relax, we can add days to the list, or change it as per your wish if the vacancy is available.

Dooars travelling is a magical experience, and travelling with us makes it completely hassle-free. So, what are you waiting for? Start packing, the beautiful Dooars is calling you.

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  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
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  • Close to nature
  • Mindblowing locations
  • All modern amenities
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Kalimpong: Know Everything You Need and Best Places to Stay

Kalimpong: Know Everything You Need and Best Places to Stay

Kalimpong is around 50 Km on the east side of Darjeeling and is located at an altitude of 1200 metres above sea level. This place was once a trade hub between India and Tibet.

This dates back to the time when merchants would ferry trade goods on mule caravans that would run over the Sikkim-Tibet border pass.

There are a number of places for sightseeing and although this might not be as bustling as the town of Darjeeling, it still attracts a large influx of tourists every year.

The small hilly town is beautifully ornamented with well-manicured gardens, natural lakes and majestic mountain ranges. There are unlimited options for adventure, food-hunting and temple exploration.

 

Weather, Temperature and Best Time To Visit

It has five distinct seasons and they are Spring, Summer, Monsoon and Winter. There are generally no extremities of temperatures and day weather is pleasant all through the year while nights tend to feel cooler.

Kalimpong-in-Monsoon

Monsson Mist

Summer months witness a temperature range of 16 degrees C to 25 degrees C. Winter months experience a drop in temperature and the range varies between 7 degrees C and 16 degrees C.

There is an average of 100 days in a year when it rains over here.

Spring Season

The two months of spring are March and April. The range of temperature in these months varies between 11 degrees C and 24 degrees C. The skies are cleared in the spring season and there is minimal rainfall during this time.

You can experience uninhibited views of the mighty Himalayan ranges in spring. Since this is the most preferred season to visit, you will have to make prior bookings on hotels.

Summer Season

The summer season here lasts from May to June. This is when tourism peaks in the town and hotels are usually packed to their fullest capacities. The maximum temperature never goes beyond 25 degrees C in summers and the minimum temperature is always within 16 degrees C.

Kalimpong-in-Summer

Summer

While it might not rain much in the month of May, June tends to receive around 15.6 inches of rainfall. It might rain sparingly in June.

Monsoon Season

The prime monsoon months are July, August and September. July is the wettest month of the year and experiences rainfall up to 22 inches. The amount of rain decreases in the months of August and September. Tourism temporarily halts in the monsoon season because of landslides and blocked routes.

However, you might still find some tourists making trips to this place, especially in the monsoon months, to witness the lush green beauty of the town and the adjoining tea estates.

Fall Season

The two months of October and November are fall season. Rainfall is at its lowest in these months. Skies are clear and visibility is fantastic. You can view the majestic mountain ranges clearly without mist and fog clouding your view.

River-Rafting-at-Kalimpong

River Rafting

This is yet another peak season for tourists. The temperature is ideal in these two months and is a great time to be in this town. The temperature ranges between 11 degrees C to 22 degrees C.

Winter Season

Winter lasts from December to February. The minimum temperature in winters is around 7 degrees C and the maximum average temperature is around 16 degrees C. However, skies are clear and visibility continues to be great in the winter months as well.

Although the temperature is never really extreme in the winters, the footfall of tourists generally goes down in this season. You will find great bargains and good deals on hotel bookings with us from our list of winter packages that we offer.

 

How to Go to Kalimpong ? from Siliguri | New Jalpaiguri | Bagdogra 

This place is 68.3 Km away from Siliguri and Bagdogra. It takes around 2 and a half hours to drive from Siliguri. From Siliguri, you will find a number of transportation options to reach there. Both private and shared taxis are available throughout the day.

You will also find buses plying from Tenzing Norway Bus Terminal on Hill Cart Road in Siliguri.

The journey from Siliguri is mesmerizing. In the first half of the journey, you will travel on NH10 through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. The forests are dense and form a natural habitat for many wild animals like tiger, bison and elephant.

NJP-to-Kalimpong-Road-Map

Road Map From NJP

Among many sights and sounds of the forest, you might spot a deer fleeing past your jeep, a majestic elephant crossing the way in front or a bison walking away unperturbed by the intrusion of humans. Your driver will be careful not to honk in this part of the journey so as to maintain the calm and composure of the sanctuary.

At Sevok, the sanctuary will give way to a massive river basin, hilly terrain and a boisterous Teesta River. The forested landscape will transform into a hilly area with sharp turns and hairpin bends. You will cruise alongside the river at varying altitudes.

The last phase of the journey begins from Teesta Bazaar. A sharp turn uphill from this point will lead you to the town. You will no longer be able to view the Teesta River when you are around the town.

 

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Where to Stay in Kalimpong?

Hotels: 

This city welcomes thousands of tourists each year in the peak seasons. It goes without saying that the hill station is dotted with hotels and homestays of all types and budget ranges. You will also find comfortable inns to put up at. These inns are surrounded on all sides by mountains and dense forestland. However, they are also equipped with all modern amenities.

If you want to opt for luxurious stays, then you could choose from 3-star hotels that have lavish rooms with a view, express service, car rental services and all the latest amenities and rooftop restaurants to dine in. These hotels also offer facilities like a swimming pool, a spa and themed resto-bars.

kalimpong-hotels

Congested Hotels

Some of you might also be looking for exotic places to put up at. If you are a newly married couple or a close group of friends out on a vacation, you will surely need privacy and a great location. There are some hotels that are designed in the form of private cottages and are located in the most exotic places.

These cottages offer excellent views of the valley and the surrounding greenery while also keeping your privacy intact.

We at Nomadic, travel the length and breadth of every city to find out the best accommodations for you. Our team scores all properties in 16 different and important parameters and bring out only the best for you everywhere. We reject 6 out of every 7 property that we visit. So, you can understand we try to give just the list that you need.

We are in the business of shortlists of great places to stay. 

Your perfect place to put up is just a click away:

Yuru Retreat Delo

Luxury amenities and Serene View of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Teesta River.

 

Windsongs Retreat

Luxury at its best

Kalimpong Village Retreat

Home Stays 

Yet another option that you might come across is putting up at homestays. While the top-notch hotels in here offer all kinds of amenities, the homestays are humbler options. However, it is bound to feel like your second home.

Generally, families run homestays and they do their best to cater to all the needs of the tourists.

The best part of staying in a homestay is the fact that you get to relish the local flavour and cuisine like you might never have done before. You might even learn a couple of things about the local dishes since homestays often invite tourists to come inside the kitchen and watch the food being prepared.

The food is cheaper and filled with the love of a homemade meal.

Usual services are also significantly cheaper in a homestay. However, it is up to you to decide whether you would prefer all the amenities and stay in the comfort of a hotel or compromise a bit on the accommodation and enjoy the local culture of the place.

We also have a couple of options for homestays if that is what you are looking for:

Lolegaon Valley Retreat

The Best Homestay in Lolegaon

 

Tarkhola Homestay

The serene view of River Teesta and Kanchenjunga

5 Places In Kalimpong That You Must See in your Sightseeing 

Although this is a smaller hill station in comparison to Darjeeling, it still has a number of tourist spots to visit. 5 out of these places should definitely be on your bucket list:

Delo Hill

Deolo Hill is significant in terms of tourist attraction. It is located at a staggering height of 1700 m and is labelled as the highest point of the city.

Deolo-Park-Kalimpong

Delo Park

Three important reservoirs originate from this hill and meet the water requirements of the entire town. The hill is otherwise known for its unusual height that offers spectacular views of the lower valleys around.

There is a recreational park at the top of the hill where you could indulge in several types of adventure-sports.

Graham’s Home

Education is an important factor with the locals over here. Every year, several people visit the town to get their children enrolled in some of the best schools in the city. Dr Graham’s Home is also of educational importance.

Dr.-Grahams-Home-Katherine-Graham-Memorial-Chapel-Kalimpong

Dr. Graham’s Home Katherine Graham Memorial Chapel

It is located on the lower steep of Deolo Hill. Sir Anderson Graham of England had established this place in the year 1990. It is an international institution and is recognized across the globe. It offers vocational courses in baking, farming, dairy management, medication and clothing.

Cactus Nursery

If you have a special liking for cacti, then this is the place to be. There are tourists who would prefer a stereotypical flower garden and then there are others who would give anything to see cactus growing in a nursery. There are also varieties of orchid plants that grow in this nursery.

Cactus-Nursery-Kalimpong

Cactus Nursery

The location has a spellbinding backdrop and attracts many tourists in peak seasons.

Sherpa View Point

Closely located to Deolo Hill, there is a huge statue of Lord Buddha in a rock garden. The watershed right under this statue is the Sherpa View Point. You will be able to view the hills of Sikkim from this point. You can also see the Relli River flowing through a beautiful valley.

Sherpa View Point

Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery

Dalai Lama had consecrated this Monastery in 1976. This is also known as the Durpin Monastery. It is typically designed in the style of Buddhist construction. There are stunning wall paintings and the atmosphere around is calm, serene and rejuvenating.

Zong-Dhog-Palri-Fo-Brang-Monastery-Kalimpong

Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang Monastery

Best Things to do in Kalimpong 

This might be a small town to live in but there are a whole plethora of adventure activities that you could indulge in.

We have discussed some of these activities at length here.

Paragliding 

Paragliding is the latest form of adventure sports that are boosting the tourism of this place significantly. Delo Hill is the starting point of paragliding. There are two different types of flights that you could take from Delo Hill.

Paragliding

Medium Flight- This lets you glide through the sky at a relatively lower altitude. The cost of medium flight paragliding is Rs. 2500.

High Flight – A high flight usually takes you to a higher altitude and lasts for a longer time. The scenic beauty of the valley down below is spectacular.

River Rafting 

The Teesta River meets Rangeet River and a confluence is a great place for river rafting. However, there are different levels of white water river rafting that you should consider before signing up for it. The levels are decided according to the difficulty in accomplishing them.

White-River-Rafting-in-Kalimpong

White-River-Rafting

It is a wise idea to skip river rafting during the monsoon season since the water gets really rough and the river becomes turbulent.

You should also be well-prepared for rafting in this river. It requires some amount of experience as well. The surroundings are stunning and the experience of life-changing.

The cost of river rafting is Rs. 800 per head.

Mountain Biking 

If you like living life by the edge, then you will absolutely love mountain biking in Kalimpong. There are a number of routes that go through some of the picturesque locations in Kalimpong.

Mountain Biking in Lava

You could choose to ride a mountain bike from Lava to Lolegaon, from Kalimpong to Lava, from Lolegaon to Siliguri and from Kalimpong to Peshok.

You will usually be charged a security deposit of around Rs. 1000 for the bike apart from the cost of mountain biking. This fee is refundable.

Trekking

Kalimpong is home to so many hills and mountain ranges that trekking is an invariable option in this hill station.

The ideal time for trekking in Kalimpong is from October to February and from February to May.

Trekking-in-Kalimpong

Trekking

You will witness bright and beautiful blooms on your trek. You will also come across pristine streams and cascading waterfalls on your route that will make the entire journey a memorable one.

For a 1-day trek, the cost is around Rs. 2500.

We are sure that you too would have a lot of points to add to make it a complete guide for people intending to travel to Kalimpong. Please feel free to write your comments and value ads. We would love to hear from you.

 

Places To Eat In Kalimpong

There are quite a few eateries in here, if you do not wish to restrict yourself to your hotel menu only. If you want to take a tour of the restaurants and cafes in and around , here is a brief glance at some of the best places to eat in Kalimpong.

Gompu’s Bar And Restaurant

The name of the eating joint might not sound very appetizing but the moment you step into this cosy little place, you will realize the reason how popular it is.

Tourists from all over India as well as from across the globe throngs to this restaurant for some authentic Chinese and Tibetan delights.

The restaurant is right in the heart of the market. Damber Chowk is the nearest landmark and the restaurant is located on a narrow lane on the opposite foot.

A Tibetan family has been running the restaurant since 1900 and it has been a family pride through many generations. It was originally known as Gompu’s Hotel.

Authentic Tibetan Food

Some of the best dishes served by the restaurant are fried and steamed pork momos, stir-fried noodles, fried rice and Chinese Chicken Curry, chicken drumsticks and wonton soup.

There is a bar attached to the restaurant as well. The prices are quite affordable and the restaurant PPIs thus quite popular among tourists and locals alike.

King Thai Restaurant

For a lively ambience and live musical performances, King Thai Restaurant is the only place that you get to choose in Kalimpong.

King-Thai-Restaurant-Kalimpong

King Thai Restaurant

Locals visit this restaurant often because of the tiny amount of exposure they get in the form of nightlife. The food is decent and affordable.

China Garden

For authentic Chinese food, visit this restaurant close to Kalimpong’s Bus Stop. Mei Foon and Chicken Drumsticks are their best dishes and a lot of people queue up for them in peak seasons.

Authentic Chinese Food

Cafe Refuel

If you are in Kalimpong and are craving for an authentic English style breakfast, then Cafe Refuel is the place where you should be. It is situated on the outskirts of the city, but is worth the miles covered to reach.

Cafe Refuel

Rigyal Restaurant

Around 30 m downhill from the main traffic point is the Rigyal restaurant. If you are cautious about the hygiene of the food then this is the place to be. You will get all the local delicacies at a cheaper price in a hygienic environment.

 

In case you love hills, see these great hill stations for an offbeat getaway

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Few Pointers on Us: Nomadic Weekends
  1. We are retired, corporate people. So, we have taken a lot of stress and we understand what a holiday means to you
  2. We have a team that is travelling on the streets of Darjeeling to find out great stay options
  3. We have ourselves experienced these places and we can guarantee a great stay for you
  4. Unlike others, we are never about dhobi list of options. We are the shortlist by the travellers just like you.
Why Go Nomadic? 
  • Away from super congested tourist places
  • Close to nature
  • Mindblowing locations
  • All modern amenities
  • Perfect Chillout. Guaranteed.

Check out Nomadic Weekends site here for more.