If you’re a true nature lover and go to a place that is very close to nature and surrounded by beauty, then you can go through this article. In this article, I share the latest information about Top offbeat destinations in Darjeeling.
Tinchuley is a small hamlet in the Darjeeling district. It is located at an altitude of 5800 ft. Tinchuley means 3 ovens. This village is surrounded by three prominent hilltops. With the help of the World Wide Federation (WWF) the village turns into an organic village and starts active participating in tourism.
How to reach Tinchuley:
Tinchuley is 73 km from NJP (2 hr 41 min by car), 32 km from Darjeeling (1 hr by car), 35 km from Kalimpong (1 hr 15 min by car).
While coming from NJP or Siliguri you have to take Sevoke Road (NH 10) and go straight to Teesta Bazar. Before Teesta bridge take a sharp turn and take Peshok Road. This road is fairly steep and road conditions are not very good.
You will pass through three tea gardens, Teesta Valley, Rangli Rangliot, and Gille Tea garden. All the gardens offering a picture square view.
You can reserve a taxi from NJP, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong.
Where to stay in Tinchuley
Local villagers have developed homestay in this village. Here we can share the details of some of them. Before making any booking just call them directly and collect their bank details. After making payment, call them for confirmation of your booking.
Charges-2000 to 2500 per night
Tinchuley Himalayan Homestay
Reyok Khasmal, Darjeeling, 734222
West Bengal 734222
VIEWPOINTS IN TINCHULAY
- The Sunrise point
- East Himalayan mountain range
- The Gumbadara viewpoint
- Teesta river, river rafting, and fishing
- Takdah cantonment Bazar
- Gayle Bhanjang Tea Garden
- Rangli-Rangliot Tea Garden
- Namring Tea Garden
- Teesta Valley Tea Garden
- cave point
- Orange Orchid (Nirmal Orange garden)
- Olden Monastry of Tackling Busty
- Lamahatta Eco_toursit park
- Tinchulay Gumba
- Gumba Dara Viewpoint
- Gumba Dara Rock Climbing
- Hanging Bridge of Poobong
- Rabindra Sadan of Mungpoo
Another top offbeat destinations in Darjeeling : Rangbull
Another beautiful small village in Darjeeling. The slope of green lushes, verdant tea gardens, and beautiful nature must surprise you.
How to reach Rangbull:
You can easily connect with New Jalpaiguri or Ghoom rail station.
Where to stay in Rangbull
Charges-1800 to 2500 per night
Booking- Simone Rai
WhatsApp number-+91 98326 16970
Things to do in Rangbull:
- Hiking & Trekking in deep woods.
- Explore the nearby villages.
- And yes, do visit Indrani waterfalls or locally known as Chhago.
- You can avail of a guide for your day trips.
- One can also purchase hand-rolled tea.
- Visit tea gardens.
- Ghoom Monastery.
- Day trip to Darjeeling just 15Km away.
- Toy train ride. Whoopee!!
This place is located in Darjeeling District. Situated on the western side of Kalimpong Hills. The place consists of a few terraced farms, local huts, and many orange orchards.
This tourist destination has tea gardens, the Teesta river, and a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. This is an eco-tourism village. So including lush green nature, the view of Kanchenjunga also makes your soul soar and gives new oxygen in your life.
How to reach Bara Mangwa
You can reach Bara Mangwa by road. Share taxis are available in New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. The distance between NJP to Bara Mangwa is about 60 km and Bagdogra is around 65 km.
Where to stay in Bara Mangwa
There is plenty of option to stay in Bara Mangwa. There are lots of homestays and resorts are available here. Here are details of some of them:
Bara Mangwa Farmhouse
Darjeeling Blossom Ecotourism Complex – Bara Mangwa
Green Lawn Cottage
Things to do in Bara Mangwa
Including the picturesque view, there are lots of adventure sports activities available here. Trekking, rock climbing, river rafting, and fishing are popular ones. Apart from this Yoga and Martial Art center is here where you can learn some martial art techniques also.
The other must-go destination for the nature lover is Chatakpur. If you forget about citizen comfort and spent a few days in the lap of nature then Chatakpur is your ultimate choice. This is another eco-friendly village of Darjeeling district, West Bengal.
This village is surrounded by the Mt. Kanchenjunga range. Once upon a time, the place is full of timber, and local people often smuggle out the timber. The forest department take the initiative and made the eco-friendly village and introduce eco-tourism. It helped the local villagers.
How to reach Chatakpur
Chatakpur is only 64 km from NJP, from Darjeeling it is 26 km and from Jorebanglow it is 17 Km. You can get hire a taxi from the above mention places.
Transport Fair (Updated: January 2020)
Small Taxi from NJP/Bagdogra to Chatakpur: Rs. 2700/- (approx)
Small Taxi from Darjeeling to Chatakpur: Rs. 1400/- (approx)
Where to stay in Chatakpur
There are many homestay accommodations available in Chatakpur. Details are given below:
Humro Home Roman Homestay
Chatakpur Humro Home Norbu Homestay
Fooding extra. Fooding cost is around 1250/- per day, per person.
Attractions in Chatakpur
From Chatakpur you can view Sandakphu, this viewpoint is just 10 min away from the tourist cottage. The name of this viewpoint is the Sunrise Point from where you can experience an awesome sunrise view.
If the sky is clear you can see the Kanchenjunga range for the whole day. The sky is mainly clear in the month of December and January. But due to the high altitude of 7887 feet, this time of very cold compared to other months.
In this village, you can also see organic farming. Many homestay owners have their own garden and taste the vegetable as a being their guest.
You can also take a small walk through the jungle which is very refreshing. But don’t forget to take a trained guide with you. If you are lucky you can see the Himalayan Red Panda. But this forest also has leopards, barking deer, and several other animals, so be careful.
Apart from wild animals, you can see many colorful birds like Blue Magpie, Bulbul, Verditer, Flycatcher, and many more. This is a great place for bird watchers.
Top offbeat destinations in Darjeeling: Latpanchar
A bird wacher paradise. This is the highest part of Mahananda wild life sanctuary. The place have wide range of birds, animal life and different kinds of trees.
The place altitude is 4200 ft. As a part of wildlife sanctuary you will see deer, barking deer, wild boars, leopards and even some times elements also can be seen here.
But the main attraction of this place is ‘rufous necked hornbill’. Other birds can be seen in this place are Blue Whistling Thrush, Minivet, Sunbirds, Minivet, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Drongo, Kingfisher, Falcon, Eagle etc..
But if want to visit sanctuary and watch the hornbill then you should go with a trained guide. In this contrary you can go with Mr Sabir Subba’s who can help you a lot to find the Hornbill and other birds.
How to reach Latpanchar:
Distance of Latpanchar from NJP is around 44 Kms. You can book local taxi or ask the resort to sent their taxi for pickup.
Transport Fair (Updated: January 2020)
Small Taxi from Bagdogra to Latpanchar: Rs. 1800/- (approx)
Small Taxi from NJP: Rs. 1600/- (approx)
Where to stay in Latpanchar:
Sabir Subba’s Latpanchar Homestay
cost 950/person including all meals.
NEST LATPANCHAR , HORNBILL CAMP
Contact: 089260 15477
Attractions in Latpanchar:
- Ahaldara View Point (For resort booking in Ahaldara: Padam Gurung : +91-94759-59974 / +91-89260-15477 / +91-89062-32202)
- Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary
- Cinchona Plantations
Conclusion: I hope you must enjoy this post about Top offbeat destinations in Darjeeling. I am writing a post based on the information available on the internet. After lockdown situations, the price, and availability of the homestay, resort, transportation may vary. Please ask the property owner clearly new price and procedure. Wear masks, use sanitizer, and be safe.
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