Just imagine! One fine morning, you get up from your bed and your sleepy eyes suddenly get mesmerized by the majestic view of snow-clad Mt. Kanchenjunga. Will it not be a lifetime experience for you? Obviously, it would be. To live your imagination go through this article where you would get to know about such 7 offbeat destinations of West Bengal from where you would be able to witness the amazing best view of Kanchenjunga.
Stay at Ramdhura:
A new colorful feather namely Ramdhura has recently been added to the beautiful crown of North Bengal. This yet-to-be-explored rural hamlet is at a distance of just 15 km & 7 km from popular tourist spots Kalimpong and Delo respectively. Ramdhura is surrounded by the wide range of snow-clad Mountain Kanchenjunga, winding Teesta and dense forest of pines. So, this is one in evitable destination if you are hunting to shoot and capture the best view of Kanchenjunga with your camera.
If you are traveling to Icchegaon, Sillerygaon and other destinations that are also the gateway to East Sikkim then it would be recommended to take a relaxing halt at Ramdhura as this silent rural village would definitely surprise you by offering breath-taking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Whenever you are enjoying your leisure in any of the well-equipped budding homestays of Ramdhura, you would surely feel rejuvenated while capturing the majestic view of the mountains reflecting the sun rays or soothing night view of the Kalimpong city being flooded with uncountable twinkling lights.
Get in: You may book private car or jeep from NJP (New Jalpaiguri Railway Station) or Siliguri or Bagdogra Airport and it will drop you directly at Ramdhura. You may also opt for shared vehicles to cover the distance between NJP and Kalimpong from where the rental car or pickup services (offered by homestays) are available to reach Ramdhura.
Nothing can be more amazing than starting your day with the alluring view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Isn’t it? Then what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head towards Kolakham – an adobe of peace just at a distance of 108 km from Siliguri. At the top of a hill, Kolakham is a tiny rural hamlet overlooking Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kabbru and Mt. Pandim.
Several homestays and resorts have come up in this village to offer the visitors a relaxing and comfortable stay. Being a part of the Neora Valley National park, Kolakham allows the tourists to indulge themselves in a wide range of activities like – camping, village walks, rock climbing, birding, rope traversing and short trekking. To enjoy an escape from the daily chores of the city and spend some cozy moments with your loved ones while getting magnetized by the scenic beauty of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kolakham would be the ideal destination to get the best view of Kanchenjunga from West Bengal for you.
Get in: A 3-4 hours’ drive from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or New Mal Junction will take you to your destination – Kolakham. Private or shared vehicles are easily available from Siliguri or NJP or Bagdogra Airport to drop the tourists at Kolakham.
At the opposite of Himalaya’s pride – Tiger Hills (approx. 6500 feet); Dawaipani – a small hilly rural hamlet comprising of just 135 households, has Mt. Kanchenjunga just in front of it. Dawaipani (literally meant as the Medicated water) is a healthcare center, set up by nature in form of a serene rural hamlet. As the hamlet has been developed at the rear part of Tiger Hill so chilled winter prevails here most of the time and its native dwellers struggle a lot to earn their daily livelihood.
‘Dawaipani Homestay’ on the top of the hills, overlooks the widespread mountain range along with the tiny hamlet. The homestay is well decked with all modern facilities. During your comfortable stay here, you would be pleased to capture the breath-taking best view of Kanchenjunga, meandering river and the downhill forest while sipping an early morning tea at the balcony of ‘Dawaipani homestay’.
Get in: Dawaipani is just 15 km away from Darjeeling town. Frequent shared and private vehicles are available to take the tourists directly from NJP (New Jalpaiguri Railway Station) or Darjeeling.
Accommodation at Kaagey:
Would you like you to retreat yourself with an unexploited serene environment of a hilly rural hamlet? If so, then you must plan your next trip to Kaagey – an unexplored Lepcha village just 15 km away from Pedong. As the village is a remote village, you would definitely get a peaceful vacation here far away from the bustling crowd of Kalimpong.
Small yet beautiful hamlet Kaagey has lots of nature’s assets in its store such as – spectacular view of almighty Mt. Kanchenjunga, seductive Teesta River, mountain valley, dense forest, Jhakri waterfalls, monastery, church, Shivalaya Mandir and happy faces of native dwellers. It would be an unforgettable memory for you to witness the first rays of the sun kissing the snow-clad peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga while sipping a cup of Darjeeling tea at the balcony of the only homestay located at the heart of Kaagey.
Get in: From Kalimpong pickup services (provided by the homestay owner) are available to take the visitors at Kaagey. Private and shared vehicles that head towards Kaagey (following the route via Teesta Bazaar) regularly run between Siliguri/NJP/Bagdogra Airport and Kalimpong.
At an altitude of 6000 feet, Darjeeling Rural tourism has recently explored an Eco-friendly rural hamlet named as – Tinchuley. This pollution free, the silent hilly hamlet along with the wide range of Mt. Kanchenjunga also gives you the mesmerizing glimpses of orange orchards, surrounding tea gardens and ever flowing river Teesta. Tinchuley is also an ideal eco-spot for bird lovers and admirers of photography. There are several homestays and eco-huts which offer a magnificent view of the mountains from their windows and balconies.
Whenever you are traveling to Tinchuley, your early morning starts here with the sweet chirping of mountain birds and your sleepy eyes rejuvenate by the golden sun rays, kissing the crystal clear hilltop of Mt. Kanchenjunga that is one rare best view of Kanchenjunga from West Bengal.
Get in: A drive of almost 3.5 hours by private or shared rental cars will reach you to this eco-friendly village – Tinchuley directly from Bagdogra airport or Siliguri town. The road journey through the hilly roundabouts would itself be a treat for you.
Book Sillerygaon Homestays:
Do you want to witness a majestic sunset at peaks of Kanchenjunga? If yes, then Sillery gaon would be the ideal destination for you. Just 23 km away from Kalimpong, this picturesque green village has only 45 odd households at an altitude of 6000 ft. Sillery Gaon has got its name from edible ‘Sillery leaves’ that were once cultivated and sold by its native dwellers.
At its north Mt. Kanchenjunga along with other Himalayan ranges is standing tall and our neighboring country Nepal is at its west. Meandering Reshi River also passes through the village. While taking a stroll through the village paths, you would get several viewpoints from where you would enjoy the stunning view of Kanchenjunga during sunrise or sunset. At a distance of 3 km from Sillerygaon, there is a Silent valley where you would feel the ultimate peace and serenity.
Get in: A car journey of an hour will take you to Sillery gaon from Kalimpong. You can hire private cars or avail shared vehicles to reach Kalimpong from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra Airport.
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Stay at Chatakpur:
To take a break from your daily life struggle, you must consider spending a day or two at this pristine village – Chatakpur that comes under the jurisdiction of ‘Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary’. This eco-friendly tiny hamlet has the widespread mountain range of Kanchenjunga in the North whereas the ever-flowing river Relly Khola in the South. If you are a nature lover then this pristine village is going to be a paradise for you.
From its 7887 feet altitude, you would not only witness a magnetizing best view of Mt. Kanchenjunga but also it would let you experience an overwhelming view of the lush green forest surrounding this village of 90 people. On a clear day, you may also be lucky to get a view of Sandakphu from the watchtower of Chatakpur.
Get in: Chatakpur is a beautiful destination at a distance of around 80 km from NJP/Siliguri/ Bagdogra airport. You may hire a private car or jeep to reach directly at Chatakpur from NJP. Chatakpur is also easily accessible from Bagora, Sonada, Jorebunglow, and Darjeeling.
Don’t miss the chance to capture the best view of Bengal’s pride – Mt. Kanchenjunga from the above mentioned offbeat rural hamlets. Get ready to explore the nature meaningfully in your own way.