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Is hill stations near Kolkata is what you are looking for? Then you are in the right place.

Kolkata is blessed with a great geographic location that allows close access to the Himalayan hill stations. With easy access from North Bengal to Sikkim, from Meghalaya to Assam Kolkata is ‘the’ spot to be in if you are a hill lover. Most of the common destinations like Darjeeling, Gangtok etc. has lost its sheen due to rampant tourist activities and fast commercialization.

However, these places are so beautiful that every nook can become a destination. In Nomadic we champion the cause of offbeat tourism. We love to take you to places that will surprise you with its simplicity and charm. We love it even more when the simple, earthy people of these places get enough money to send their kids to school.

So, here we go. This is a carefully chosen list of 25 such awesome hill stations near Kolkata that you will absolutely love to go once in a while. These places are mostly offbeat locations in North Bengal. We have not picked locations that are a little challenging for kids or elderly travellers. Our team has been to all these places and we can certify about the quality of holiday that it will offer.

01.  Darjeeling Offbeat

Darjeeling the ‘Queen of Hills’, is, without doubt, the most popular hill station near Kolkata. The recorded history of Darjeeling starts from the early 19th century until then Darjeeling was controlled by Sikkim. At the beginning of the 19th century, the Gorkhas had overrun Sikkim and made ambitious attempts to capture the entire region, which was thwarted by the Brits.

In 1828 it was decided that this hilly town would be used as a sanatorium for British soldier’s and subsequently tea plantations made it famous. Located in the lesser Himalayas at a height of 6700 ft,(2042.2 m) Darjeeling world’s heart for its Tea. Also famous is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which has been named as a World  Heritage site by UNESCO.

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Mt. Kanchenjunga as seen from Darjeeling

And yes, the mighty Kanchenjunga with its mesmerizing views, the third highest mountain in the world has captivated both tourists and mountaineers.

As you look up and catch a glimpse of the mighty Kanchenjunga, which might not be clear from the town, fret not, visit the Sunrise point at Tiger Hill, and you will once again realize why life is worth living. Turley a humbling experience.

Though Darjeeling is the major tourist puller, the outskirts or what we like to call offbeat Darjeeling is a completely different experience. After the 10 Sq. Km area of the Darjeeling city. Nature remains the same but takes a much upper hand. The same weather, the same flora, and fauna, the same Kanchenjunga just less crowded, less polluted and less celebrated. 

Small farm houses and their smiling owners will be all decked up and ready there to greet you. That’s offbeat Darjeeling for you.

How to Reach:

Air:  The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 67 KM and it will take about 2.5 – 3 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 73 KM and it will take around 2.5 hrs – 3 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Darjeeling is 614 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Darjeeling.

Best time to Visit:

March-May

September- November, is a lovely time.

Do avoid the Monsoons

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool Places to Stay in Darjeeling Offbeat:

Darjeeling offbeat has some great places for short trips or weekend getaways. They all the close to nature, secluded and scenic. They all have modern amenities to make your stay comfortable yet not compromising on the serenity of the place. If you are looking for a relaxing trip to offbeat areas of Darjeeling you can pick from the following options.

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Dawaipani Retreat

 

02. Kalimpong

A quaint hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. In the early days, it was used as a gateway for trade between Tibet and India, before China annexed Tibet and the subsequent Sino Indian War. As the Brits came, the temperate climate prompted them to develop this tiny hamlet as alternate to Darjeeling, as to escape the scorching summer of the plains.
Slowly trade too brought more people into this hamlet, and with the coming of the Scottish Missionaries, education followed. One of its examples is Dr. Graham’s Home.

Located at an average elevation of 1250 m (4101ft). The official language is Nepali. The town centre is on a ridge connecting two hills, Deolo Hill and Durpin Hill. River Teesta flows in the valley below and separated Kalimpong from the state of Sikkim. Mt Kanchenjunga at 8586m (28,169ft)is the world’s third tallest peak and is clearly visible from Kalimpong.

Kalimpong has earned its glory as tourist destination owing to its temperate climate, magnificent Himalayan views, lovely locals, delicious food and proximity to popular tourist destinations.

Horticulture had added to its fame, beautiful orchids bring in a riot of colours and strengthen the economy with its export. The Tibetan monastery, Zang Dhok Pairi Phodang, consecrated by the visiting Dalai Lama in 1976, housing many Buddhist scriptures is a must visit. Kalimpong Science Center, Lepcha Museum and yes delicious food, such as Momo, Churpee a type of hard cheese, Thupka are some of the must-try dishes. A cool temperate climate with five distinct seasons makes it comfortable and enjoyable.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 77 KM and it will take about 2.5 – 3 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 71 KM and it will take around 2.5 hrs – 3 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Kalimpong is 623 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Kalimpong.

Best time to Visit:

March-May

October – February.

Avoid the monsoons, brings in heavy rain and landslides are common.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool Places to Stay in Kalimpong

Kalimpong has some great places for short trips and weekend gateways. Most of them are friendly and comfortable homestays. They all have modern amenities to make your stay comfortable yet not compromising on the serenity of the place. If you are looking for a relaxing trip to offbeat areas of Darjeeling you can pick from the following options.

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Lolay Khasmahal Nature Home Stay

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03. Kurseong

A pretty hill station near Kolkata in the subdivision town of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. The original people of Kurseong were Lepchas, who named it so because every spring it came alive and bright with Kurseong -Rip orchids. This town was once part of the Kingdom of Sikkim before the British came to India.

It’s cool and dry climate made it a favourite of the sahibs, escaping the scorching heat of the plains during summer. Located at an altitude of 1458 mt(4783 ft) Kurseong is 32 km from Darjeeling with a pleasant climate throughout the year.

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Kurseong City View

It’s beautiful vistas, picturesque scenery and tracks of the Darjeeling Toy Train running the length of the town give it a romantic setup and adds to its fame.
Kurseong is the seat of several temples such as Ambootia Shiva Temple, Buddhist Gompa, Grotto and Catholic Church in St Mary Hill. Several tea gardens naming Castleton, Makaibari, Ambootia to name a few, can be visited. There are natural sights too, Eagle Craig, Rock garden, Deer Park, Kholas (waterfall) comes alive during monsoons, to name a few.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 41 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 44 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Kurseong is 586 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Kurseong.

Best Time to Visit:

Kurseong had a lovely climate all through the year.

March – May

October – December

Avoid the monsoons, chances of landslides.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Kurseong

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04. Lava

A small hamlet, situated 34 km east of the town of Kalimpong. It sits at an altitude of 7016ft (2138m).One of the few places to receive snow in winter. Lava is the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. Tropical deciduous vegetation to alpine trees of fir, prune, birch give it a picturesque setting. Himalayan black bear and barking deer roam its forests. Proximity to Neora Valley is its claim to fame, and also adding to its grandeur are beautiful views of Jelep La and Reche La passes and yes, found in abundance during Monsoons.

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Lava Monastery as seen from uphill

Nature at its best is what you see. Changey Waterfalls, Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery, Walks, Treks in Neora Valley for which prior permission and permit is required. Lava is a bird watchers paradise, and Neora Valley is home to a large variety of them. Verdant forests give ample opportunity to walk around or even a small picnic! Certainly, Lava is one of the best hill stations near Kolkata for a quiet holiday

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 35 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 30 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Rohini is 575 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Rohini.

Best time to Visit

March/ April/May

Winters bring in the snow.

December – February temperature drops to 0 degree centigrade.

Monsoons to be avoided.

Lava is pleasant throughout the year, with snowfall during Winters. Summers here are very mild.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Lava

 

05. Lolegaon

This is a quite popular hill station near Kolkata. Lolegaon is a small Lepcha village, with a population of only 5000 inhabitants. Situated in the extreme end of a Himalayan Range. Located at a distance of 24 km from Lava, at an altitude of 1675mt. Lolaygaon comes under Kalimpong, district of West Bengal. Famous for its breathtaking view of entire Kanchenjunga range, a full 300 degree Vista.

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Way to Lolegaon through the Misty Pine Trees

This tiny hamlet is covered with visits to other locations such as Kalimpong, Lava, Rishop and so on. Beautiful orchids, birds, clouds, is what you see here. Trekking through forests is a different experience as the calm and quiet brings inner peace. Nature at its best. Kaffer another tiny hamlet at a distance of 1 km from Lava with panoramic views of Kanchenjunga is a must visit. Sunrise from Jhandi Dara. Canopy walk, where the call of the birds in the park and endless forests is sure to steal your heart.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 103 KM and it will take about 4 hr– 4.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 99 KM and it will take around 4 hr – 4.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Lolaygaon is 651 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best time to Visit:

March to May

September to February

Avoid Monsoons due to heavy landslides and leeches!!

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay in Lolegaon

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Lolegaon Valley Retreat

 

06. Upper and Lower Fagu

Fagu is a newfound, offbeat destination in Dooars region. Located 9 km from Lava on the way to Gorubathan. Perched at an altitude of 6200 ft. This is a beautiful place, serene and surreal. This picturesque valley is famous for panoramic views of the Mahananda River valley and mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Away from all chaos and hustle bustle, it has its own scenic charm and tranquil ambience. One needs to see the evergreen forests of Sal and Pine trees to gauge their beauty.

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View of Kanchenjunga as seen from Upper Fagu

Fagu is also famous for its exquisite flora and fauna, Sunrise and sunset point are known as Jhandi Dara with Mt. Kanchenjunga glittering in the background. Lush tea gardens tours, a must Visit. Sip a cuppa of Samabeong brew, an unusual and distinct taste, which has made it famous both in India and an abroad.

One can travel to Gorumara, Chapramari forests, known for its one-horned Asiatic Rhinos and wild elephants. Ruins of Salem Fort, located at the hills of Gorubathan amidst thickly wooded forests, once a Bhutanese Fortress, is not to be missed at all. Also, do Visit the Changey waterfalls.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 96 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Mal Junction, which is about 35 KM and it will take around 30 Minutes – 45 Minutes to reach.

Car Distance:  Fagu is about 744 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

Best time surely will be winters, witness the panoramic view of mountains and River valley. Monsoon brings New leaves to the sal trees.

October- February

March – May

General Weather:

General weather stays pleasant. It comes down to freezing point in winters. Monsoon brings out the pure greenery in this region.

Summer: 1-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay near Upper and Lower Fagu

 

07. Sittong

Home to the Lepcha tribes split by a stream named Khola. A small dreamlike village in the Kurseong division of Darjeeling district. It is not one village but a cluster of villages in one large area locally known as Sittong Khasmahal. Located at a height of 4000 feet above sea level. It is the epitome of beauty and peace.

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Way to Sittong

Sittong is famous among tourists as it is the heart of the orange growing countryside of Darjeeling. Sittong Church, Jogighat in lower Sittong, a bridge over Riyang River. A lovely spot for a picnic, with a small stream nearby. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is nearby, and all its visiting birds, visit Sittong too.

Another birding hotspot is Latpanchar. Trekking, Camping is also popular. Visit Mungpoo, the cinchona village made famous by Rabindranath Tagore is just 8 km from Sittong.

Sittong is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

How To Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 35 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 32 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Rohini is 582 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Sittong.

Best time to Visit:

Winters, Late December to Early January, to witness orange harvesting.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay at Sittong

 

08. Takdah

A small settlement located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Takdah means always covered in fog or as the colloquial name Tukdah, in Lepcha means Mist or Fog. This was a British military cantonment, the era of the Raj can be witnessed in the old buildings. Takdah is located at an altitude of about 4000 ft and close to Darjeeling.

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Mystic Pine Forest Takdah

This hamlet is famous for its orchids. Orchid Center, is a favourite among tourists, it is being revived to bring fame to Takdah.

Tea Estates, such as Rangli Rangliot, Giele, Teesta Valley are some tea Estates worth a visit. The main junction is Dara dokan, a weekly market on Thursday’s is a worthy visit. Marvel the old abandoned Club House just a km away from town. Takdah Monastery, a peaceful visit. Visit Tinchuley 3 km away from Takdah, Lamahatta village 12 km away from Takdah.

By car, you can visit Triveni, a confluence of River Teesta and Rangeet. Darjeeling is 30 km away.

If you want to relive the British era in hill stations near Kolkata, you must consider Takdah as an option.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 80 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 76 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Takdah is 627 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Takdah.

Best time to Visit:

Best time is October- March when the sky is clear and feel the chill of winter.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay at Takdah

 

09. Tinchuley

A small Hamlet in Darjeeling district. Tinchuley means Three Ovens or teen chullah. The name came by because of the three permanent hilltops that surround the place which from far looks like an oven or chullah. Located at an altitude of 5800 ft,3 km from Takdah and faces the Kalimpong hills.

Tinchuley is now famous for WWF(World Wide Federation) initiative of assisting 17 families to develop a model organic village. The village practices modern farming and floriculture methods.Vermiculture and other organic projects.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Tinchuley

Lovely views, meandering Teesta, visits to Tea Estates and yummy organic food had made it popular among tourists. Must visit is Nirmal’s Orange Orchards, 8 km drive from Tinchuley, visit it for fresh juice, Marmalade, pickles, Tinchuley Monastery. About six tea gardens, closest being Rungli Rungliot and Peshok Tea Estate.

Sunrise from Tinchuley viewpoint. Walk through forests to reach Gumbadara viewpoint. Numerous Treks and walks will keep you busy if you wish.

Tinchule is certainly coming up one of the most preferred offbeat hill stations near Kolkata.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 74 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 69 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Tinchuley is 624 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Rohini.

Best time to Visit:

October- April.

When the sky is clear and great views.

November – February is quite cold.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay in Tinchuley

 

10. Charkhole

Charkhole is an offbeat destination. It is where Nature and man becomes one. It’s a very small village, in Kalimpong Sub Division and is popularly known as Charkhol Loleygaon. Located at an altitude of 5500 ft above sea level and surrounded by dense forests.
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View from Charkhole Kanchen Resort

Neora Valley National Park covers this place with lush Green forests of Pine, Sal, Cypress and so on. Famous for bird watching, and due to Neora Valley Wild animals too. On a clear day, My Everest is clearly visible. A serene place, leave your worries behind take a stroll, enjoy the natural beauty and the village life. One can also travel to Lava, Loleygaon, Jhandi. Charkhol is also the highest point for the Motor Car Rally, a must experience!

Charkhol is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 80 KM and it will take about 4 hr– 4.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 73 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Charkhol is 625 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November

April To May

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay at Charkhol

 

11. Delo

Delo hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between and is located to the North East of the town. The hill is the highest point of Kalimpong town with a height reaching up to 1,704 mt above sea level.

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View from Delo Park

Famous for its gorgeous views of surrounding villages of Relli Valley and Teesta River along with the town of Kalimpong. There is also a park located at the summit of the hill, with exotic flowers. Also famous as a picnic spot among tourists. Delo provides a 360-degree view of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 87 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 81 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Delo is 632 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

Best time is winters when the sky is clear. Summers are soothing,  Monsoons to be avoided.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay in Delo

 

12. Rishop

A small hill station in Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal. In the year 1998, Rishop started developing as a tourist destination. Several myths and legends are associated with the name of Rishop, Ri stands for mountain peaks and Shop means age-old trees in Tibetan Rishop is located at 27.03N & 88.18E. The average elevation is 2591mt (8500 ft). It is very close to Lava, about 4 KM uphill.

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Cloud View from Rishop

Famous for its majestic views of Kanchenjunga range. Local Sherpas and Lepchas have built small cottages as accommodation for tourists, which are beautiful. Besides the beautiful sights and views, one can see Tiffindara, a Sunrise viewing spot which is 1km from Neora Valley.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 116 KM and it will take about 4 hr– 4.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 104 KM and it will take around 4 hr – 4.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Rishop is about 658 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

November to February, March to May, visit during the full moon, this tiny hamlet looks magical.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Rishop

 

13. Mirik

Mirik is a tourist spot in the hills of Darjeeling. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir Yok, meaning” place burnt by fire” Mirik bazaar began as a community centre of the region where people from surrounding village and tea gardens came to trade. The present lake area was marshland, until 1974 when work began to develop it as a tourist spot.

Average elevation is 1,495m (4,905ft). The highest peak is the Biker Monastery 1,768m (5,801ft).

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Tea Gardens in Mirik

The centre of attraction here is the beautiful Sumendu Lake, surrounded by a garden named Savitri Pushpaudan on one side and Pine trees on the other linked together is an arching footbridge called Indreni Phool. A 3.5 km long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kanchenjunga on the far horizon.

Sumendu River is the heart of Mirik, with boating options on lovely Shikaras. Rameetay Dara viewpoint, Bokar Monastery, Rai Dhap a picnic spot, Tea Gardens such as Thurbo, Soureni, are worth a visit.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 47 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 56 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Mirik is 593 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

Summer is the ideal time to visit hill stations the place being situated on foothills of Himalaya at a much lower altitude, attract tourists all around the year.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

Cool places to stay in Mirik

 

14. Bungkulung a new hill station near Kolkata identified by us 🙂

Bungkulung is a beautiful village on the banks of River Balasun. The newly constructed road to Mirik- Kurseong passes through this village. It can be reached from Dudhia. As one starts climbing the hills after crossing Balasun  River from Dudhia, about a km away.

A small picturesque village, with several beautiful homestays, promoting Ecotourism. Around 15-20 km from Mirik, an unspoiled, untouched rural life.

Bungkulung is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

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View of Kurseong from Bungkulung

The village community pursues farming, fishing, and sericulture. Visit the Balasun Riverside, walk through Forest patches. Visit Murmah tea gardens.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 35 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 40 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Bungkulung is 581 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best time to Visit:

Best time is Winters for clear, beautiful weather. Monsoons are Green but road conditions can be challenging.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Bungkulung

 

15. Mangwa

Surrounded with green hills of Kalimpong, Sikkim and Darjeeling under the clear blue sky, 35 KM from Darjeeling on the hilltop of Mangwa hill is a picturesque hamlet called Chota Mangwa hill.

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Mangwa Mountain View Point

The newest addition to tourist map under the offbeat Destination of Darjeeling, Chota Mangwa with its surreal beauty and serene ambience has gained the attention of many travellers making Chota Mangwa a favoured tourist destination.
Mangwa village is a one among the newly identified hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 66 KM and it will take about 2.5 – 3 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 62 KM and it will take around 2.5 hrs – 3 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Mangwa Village is 615 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Mangwa.

Best Time to Visit:

Specifically, there is no best time to Mangwa village or any Hill Stations at Bengal. If you want to experience the rain in the hills you can definitely visit the Mangwa villages in monsoons. Otherwise, March – April or October – November will be good for seasonal flowers and natural scenic beauties.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Cool places to stay in Mangwa

 

16. Rohini

Rohini is a tourist spot located closely to New Jalpaiguri. At a distance of about 67 Km from Darjeeling. Rohini is located on the new road constructed to connect Siliguri with Kurseong.

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Rohini Tea Estate

In the past, Rohini was famous for its Tea Garden situated at Lower Rohini. Enriched with splendid beauty Rohini is one of the most popular upcoming tourist attractions of this area.
Rohini is a one among the very less talked about hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 35 KM and it will take about 1 hr– 1.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 30 KM and it will take around 1 hr – 1.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Rohini is 575 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Rohini.

Best Time to Visit:

Rohini can be visited throughout the year. Hills are always welcoming in summer. The monsoon may not be a suitable time if one tries for adventure else it is a superb time to enjoy the Himalayan flora and fauna. The autumn with its holidays and pleasant weather is a nice time to visit this place. Winter requires heavy woollen garment to welcome the cool wind whispering amidst the tall pine trees. Spring is an excellent time to see blossom.

General Weather:

General weather stays cool within 15 – 18 Degrees Celsius. It goes near freezing point in winters. It is advisable to avoid the period of monsoons as the region is prone to landslides.

The place to stay in Rohini

 

17. Chongtong a hill station near Kolkata, popularized by us 🙂

Chong Tong means the ‘arrowhead’, the space created by the confluence of two streams running through this picturesque tea estate. Out of the many beautiful day trips from Darjeeling, Chongtong will rate as one of the best.

Chongtong Tea Estate

Chongtong is a small town located at a valley and at an altitude of about 2,500ft. There is a winding scenic road that goes down from the Ghoom area all the way down to this sleepy town over a stretch of 22 kilometres. On the way, you will pass by some lovely mountain streams, waterfalls, prize-winning tea gardens, and unspoiled forests.

Over this stretch, the road drops by about 4800 ft. Some 13km along this road you will see the great Hima Falls which is also a popular picnic spot. There is a beautiful bridge that crosses over the falls stream.

Chiongtong is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata, identified by our team, that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air:  The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 84 KM and it will take about 2.5 – 3 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 91 KM and it will take around 2.5 hrs – 3 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Chongtong is 639 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach Chongtong.

Best Time to Visit:

Summer brings the best out of the weather here, along with the tourist. In winter it goes down near freezing point, but when the sun comes out, the mountains smile with the snow-covered peaks. Monsoon offers heavy downpour and road blockades occur sometimes owing to landslides.

General Weather:

General weather stays cool within 10 – 20 degrees Celsius in the Summertime. In winters it goes down like 5 – 10 degrees Celsius. Monsoons are beautiful but there is a chance of landslides on the way to Chongtong.

The place to stay in Chongtong

 

18. Tarkhola

Tarkhola, the name itself has a musical string to it. A serene getaway from the other touristy places. Located on the highway to Gangtok and an hours drive from Kalimpong. Tarkhola can be reached by a half day trekking, originating from the quaint Kalimpong town and via the remote village of Sangsey. Memories for a lifetime is what you get here.

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View from Tarkhola, Kalimpong

Picnic, Rafting, Hangliding are some of the experiences one can gather. Other places to visit are Delo Nature Park, Thapa Choling Monastery, Zong Dogpalri Fo Brang Monastery, Tongsa Gompa. Also, Lava, Loleygaon, Sillery Gaon, Neora Valley all can be covered within the day.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 85 KM and it will take about 3.5 hr– 4 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 79 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Tarkhola is 575 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

March – May for mild summers

September – January for pleasant winters.

Avoid Monsoons.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Tarkhola

 

19. RONGBULL

Located 57 km towards South from the district headquarters of Namchi. Just before Ghoom, on the way to Darjeeling, there is a nondescript village market place called, Rongbull this small place will leave you mesmerized with its natural beauty.

Trek to Indrani Waterfalls. Indulge in bird watching. Try your hand at Angling Balasun river. A day trip to Darjeeling can be made which is 15 km away. Do visit Tiger Hill 10 km from Rongbull. Witness the golden Mt. Kanchenjunga during sunrise. Tea Estates provide picture-perfect scenery for long walks through the rows of manicured tea bushes, visit some tea factories to savour some authentic Darjeeling tea.

Rongbull is a one among the less travelled hill stations near Kolkata that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 76 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 72 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Rongbull is 613 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

Best time to visit is surely winter for clear views and crisp mountain air.

October to February. March to May, summers are cool and pleasant.

The place to stay in Rongbull

 

20. Dawaipani a newly developed hill station near Kolkata 

Dawaipani means medicated water. It is an off-track destination 15 km from Darjeeling. Located at an altitude of 6500 feet, Dawaipani is a remote village in the middle of dense forest. It is surrounded by long stretches of pine trees and tea estates.

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Kanchenjunga as seen from Dawaipani

One can take part in various activities such as trekking, hiking, and bird watching in the forest. Be a part of the farm and village life. Darjeeling can be visited as a day trip so cans Tiger Hill. Do try to ride the Toy Train as an experience of a lifetime. Dwaipani is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata, identified by our team, that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 78 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 76 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Dawaipani is 623 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November and February to March.

Avoid July to August due to heavy rains.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in.

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Dawaipani

 

21. Nimbong

A little hamlet situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. A truly unexplored, virgin destination. Located at an altitude of 5000 ft in North Bengal, overlooking the Tarai Rivers of Dooars and Bhutan Hills.

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Farms and Hills near Nimbong

A lush, calm, pollution free destination, with only the sound of chirping birds. Indulge in leisure walks in this picturesque hamlet. Treks for adventure lovers is a must. Nimbong is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata, identified by our team, that you should certainly explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 90 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 81 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance:  Nimbong is 635KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

Best time to visit is Winter

October – November

February- March

Avoid the morning Monsoons.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Nimbong

 

22. Peshok

Peshok is a picturesque mountain village situated at an altitude of nearly 5400 ft.  But it is fast coming up as one of the most wanted hill stations near Kolkata.

It is surrounded on all sides by pine forests and gardens with panoramic views of Mount Kanchenjunga. Peshok is an ideal holiday destination for tourists who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life and stay in solitude. It is made beautiful by the ideal location.

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Peshok Tea Garden

Namchi is visible from here, with its rare and beautiful species of flowers carpeting the landscape and surrounding gardens. The place is well-connected to all major tourist hubs like Darjeeling, Pelling, Namchi, and Kalimpong.

The park / Garden are one of the major attractions. The garden spread over a wide expanse, surrounded by pine forests containing numerous seasonal flowers, as well as several rare and exotic species of orchids.  The Watchtower also helps visitors to enjoy panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga as well as the Sikkim Hills, the River Teesta and the River Rangeet.

If you are looking for hill stations near Kolkata with a very comfortable stay, you should certainly consider this as an option.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 76 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 72 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Peshok is 621 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November

February to March.

Avoid July to August due to heavy rains.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Peshok

 

23. Maldiram a new hill station near Kolkata

Maldiram, located at 4800 ft is a small Hilltop village with a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, surrounded by Tea Garden. The hilly roads bordered by oak, birch and pine trees welcome you to the location. This Maldiram property has lush green tea gardens as their neighbour and nearby orange orchards are full of juicy fruits in the month of December-January.

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Maldiram Tea Garden

Clouds and mists are frequent visitors here, which adds to the mysterious beauty of the place. When the sky is clear, the travellers are rewarded with an amazing view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga from the rooms, over the emerald green tea garden and blue sky.

Maldiram is located inside the Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary. Maldiram is a one among the new hill stations near Kolkata, identified by our team, that you must explore.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 51 KM and it will take about 2.5 hr– 3 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 60 KM and it will take around 2.5 hr – 3 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Maldiram is 596 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November

February to March.

Avoid July to August due to heavy rains.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter : 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Maldiram

 

24. Burmik

Surrounded by the dense emerald forest of pine trees is a new found offbeat destination in North Bengal. Ramdhura is a serene hamlet located at a distance of 15 KM from Kalimpong. Perched at an altitude of 5000ft. Ramdhura offers an amazing view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

The untainted beauty of Ramdhura has captivated the mind of many travellers as one of the new hill stations near kolkata. The scenically blessed hamlet derived its name from the native language where the word “Ram” stands for the name of the Hindu god and “Dhura” for the village. Far from the hectic city life the serene ambience and pictorial view have made Ramdhura a place to find solace.

If you are looking for hill stations near Kolkata that is really offbeat, you must consider Burmik as one of the choices.

How to Reach:

Air: The nearest Airport is Bagdogra International Airport, which is about 90 KM and it will take about 3 hr– 3.5 hrs to reach.

Train: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, which is about 84 KM and it will take around 3 hr – 3.5 hrs to reach.

Car Distance: Ramdhura is 637 KM away from Kolkata. You can take a long drive to Malda for one night halt. Then on the second day, you can reach.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November

February to March.

Avoid July to August due to heavy rains.

General Weather:

General weather is cool, comfortable, windy at times, with ample sunshine, and misty when the fog comes in. It was chosen as a sanatorium after all!

Summer: 5-15 degree centigrade
Winter: 1-10 degree centigrade

The place to stay in Burmik

With Govt and private efforts, interesting hill stations near Kolkata are getting developed every day. Our team is travelling all the time to bring out these awesome hill stations near Kolkata. This list the best 25 of all the places we have visited. But this will be in work in progress mode for us all the time. We are committed to bringing in new hill stations near Kolkata and nearby cities as and when we find them. So, if you love hills you may want to bookmark this page.

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