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Are you looking for a serene romantic village to get some ‘alone time’ with your partner?? If so, then come and spend a holiday at Lamahatta homestays. ‘Lama’ denotes ‘the Buddhist monks’ and ‘hatta’ stands for the monk’s hermitage. At an altitude of around 5700 feet, Lamahatta is standing as a small tranquil village that has recently (from 2012) been developed as a beautiful eco-tourism place. Sherpa, Bhutias, Tamangs, and Dukpas are the age-old inhabitants of Lamahatta. Being surrounded by the wide stretch of pine and dhupi forests, local farming and cattle rearing are the only sources of livelihood here. Presently the eco-tourism ventures have effectively supported the dwellers to develop their ways of living at Lamahatta developing many Lamahata homestays.
Lamahatta itself is a picturesque village in the lap of nature. Its unexploited environment and loads of natural diversity will definitely make you spellbound. Besides enjoying some cozy moments with your partner, you may also get a chance to explore the offbeat places in and around Lamahatta.
- An evening stroll through the specially manicured ‘Roadside Garden’,
- Walking over the narrow village trails leading to a sacred lake adjacent to the hill top,
- Jungle trekking to Takdah,
- Trekking to an old fort – Gari Danda,
- Strolling through the nearby tea estates – Glenburn or Rongli Rangliot tea estate,
- Capturing the scenic beauty of ‘Triveni’ from Peshok view point,
- Paying a visit to the local village monastery of Lamahatta.
All these places are within the radius of 10 km (approx) from Lamahatta Homestays. So you can easily cover these places by walk or trek. Local transports are also available to reach out nearby tourist spots.
How to reach:
Lamahatta is around 23 km away from Darjeeling. Although it’s a ‘not-so-popular’ small hilly village, it’s still well connected with two most important entry points- Darjeeling and Kalimpong. From Kalimpong, Lamahatta is at a distance of 41 km. It takes around 2 hours to reach the village from Kalimpong whereas it will take about an hour’s drive from Darjeeling. If you are coming from Siliguri then you have to cover around 72 km to reach Lamahatta. A drive of almost 4 hours will take you to your destination. From Jorebunglow (adjacent to Ghoom), the road turns towards Lamahatta.
Share taxis, jeeps and other public means are available from Siliguri (New Jalpaiguri Station or Siliguri bus stand or Bagdogra Airport) to reach Darjeeling, Kalimpong or Jorebunglow from where you have to take another vehicle heading towards Lamahatta. But it’s best to book a private car from Siliguri and it will drop you directly at Lamahatta. Taxi fares are negotiable.
A good number of super fast express trains (Darjeeling Mail, Padatik Express, Uttarbanga express etc.) daily run between Kolkata and New Jalpaiguri Station (Siliguri). Siliguri is also connected with Assam and other major cities. Bagdogra airport has also connected the town with important metropolitan cities. AC/Non AC Volvo buses also ply between Siliguri, Malda, Burdwan, Kolkata and other accessible destinations. So it’s not too difficult to reach Siliguri from wherever you are. Private cars or easily accessible vehicles will transfer you to Lamahatta from Siliguri within some hours.
Accommodation and Food
Being recognised as an eco-tourism hotspot, some homestays have sprung up at Lamahatta with the help of State government and local dwellers. There are more than 15 rooms with a capacity of around 34 accommodations. Each room is equipped with basic amenities like beds, attached toilets etc. Although no luxury (like hotels and resorts) is offered here, the homestays are noteworthy for their neat arrangements, clean environment and warm hospitality. There are also five tents in the lap of hill slopes. Each tent accommodates two persons only. The tents are furnished with twin beds, cupboards and clean toilets.
Homestay owners themselves cook and serve delicious healthy meals to their guests. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner are provided at a minimal cost. All the meals are freshly prepared using locally produced or home-grown vegetables. Customized food is also served as per prior request and availability of the raw materials. Local delicacies are also prepared and sold in the roadside eateries. Thupka and Momos are ‘must-try’ delicacies of Lamahatta.
A WALK THROUGH THE TEA ESTATESIt was mid-afternoon when our jeep dropped us at the entrance of a beautiful homestay amidst the lavishly green tea estate of Lamahatta. Last night, I caught the Darjeeling Mail from Sealdah at 10:00 pm. It reached NJP station next morning at around 8:30 am. My travel buddies were already waiting just outside the station and fortunately they hired a jeep for our trip to Lamahatta. While crossing the Coronation Bridge (at Sevoke) we were already enchanted by the beauty of hilly landscape. In addition to it, the 4 hours’ long journey towards our destination gave us thousand moments to fall for the beautiful nature. At our arrival, we were cordially greeted by the homestay family. We chit chat with them over the cups of flavourful Darjeeling tea. They already prepared lunch for us. So we got freshened up in our respective neatly arranged rooms and assembled at the dining hall. Freshly cooked authentic hilly style Bengali meals were served and our empty stomachs finished the food as early as possible. During lunch we got to know about the sacred lake and tea estates of Lamahatta. On our way we already got a glance of the manicured garden – the most attractive place of Lamahatta. So in the verge of sunset, we went outside our rooms to explore the village. One of the family members happily became our guide and made us acquaintances with their picturesque village. The narrow village trails led us to the sacred lake which was just adjacent to a hill top. We sat beside the hill top to enjoy the scenic view of the lake as well as the surrounding. Then we went for a long walk through the Rangliot tea estate. The estate was compacted with lavishly green and well maintained tea plants. Drastic layer of fogs and mountain dews on the tea leaves created a majestic environment throughout the tea garden. On our way back to homestay we took a halt at the ‘Roadside garden’. We played some music and laughed over our gossips amidst the colourful blooming flowers of this manicured garden. To spice up our evening, we ordered the hot-selling Momos and Thupka for the nearby tea stall. And truly it was one of the best Momo, I have tasted yet. At around 11 pm we dozed off after having sumptuous dinner at our homestay.
COLLECTING MEMORIES OF LAMAHATTAWe started our morning by taking part into the early Morning Prayer of the local village monastery. Most of the local dwellers attend the prayer regularly and such morning bliss was more than enough to rejuvenate our jovial minds. From the monastery we directly headed towards the Peshok view point from where we captured the mesmerising scenic beauty of ‘Triveni’- confluence of three rivers. Coming back to the homestay, we quickly finished our homemade breakfast and got ready to take part in the jungle trekking. We trekked the widespread dense jungle to reach Takdah – another beautiful neighbouring village of Lamahatta. We took a halt at Takdah, sipped some tea and captured the naturally painted scenery of the surroundings. Our next trek was towards Gari Danda- an old fort that is still standing at one of the corners of Lamahatta village. The fort still bears the essence of ancient history. We came back to the homestay before lunch. The homestay owner already booked a car for us as we had to bid goodbye to Lamahatta. Post lunch we took leave from the loving family members of the homestay and promised to pay a visit here again. If you have not explored Lamahatta yet then you must plan your next vacation here. The untouched beauty of its nature, great hospitality and serene atmosphere will definitely give you an unforgettable memory of Lamahatta.
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