Unveiling the Hidden Gems: A Journey through Sittong, Lepchajagat, and in Darjeeling
Why settle for the mundane when you can embrace tranquillity? If you’re craving a rejuvenating getaway, look no further than the enchanting landscapes of North Bengal. But before you set off on your adventure, a little bit of information on Darjeeling’s tourist places and the hidden gems of North Bengal will go a long way in planning your perfect vacation.
Travelling is not just a treat for the mind and body, but it’s even better when combined with mountain trekking. Picture this: a well-planned tour filled with thrilling surprises. As you bask in the cool mountain breeze, consider snuggling into resorts or homestays in Sittong or Lepchajagat hotels. It’s all about finding your slice of serenity.
1st Day : Towards Sittong
To kickstart your journey, head towards Siliguri. You can reach the Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) depending on your preferred mode of travel. Personally, I’m a fan of train journeys, but hey, it’s up to you how much you need this vacation and how soon you want to reach those chilling destinations. From NJP or Bagdogra, you can easily hire a cab to take you to your first destination, Sittong. These cabs can accommodate anywhere from 4 to 10 people, with options like Swift Dzire, Innova, or Tata Sumos.
2nd Day : Sittong Stay
Your first stop is Sittong, often referred to as the Orange Hamlet. It’s a place that oozes beauty and tranquillity, leaving you breathless. The crisp mountain air, the gushing streams, and the lush greenery create an unforgettable experience. Sittong is a cluster of villages that stretches from lower Sittong to upper Sittong, within Darjeeling’s Kurseong division. The locals are known for their warmth and hospitality, always ready to show you around.
Sittong offers numerous Homestays where you can spend your days mingling with friends and acquaintances. These cozy and comfortable accommodations provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local way of life.
Visit below sightseeing points in your tour
- Ahaldara view point
- Namthing Pokhri
- House of Rabindranath Tagore
- Cinchona Plantation
- Orange Orchards
- Sittong Monastery ((Upper Ghaylear Longho Lepcha Buddhist monastery)
- Jogighat Bridge and Riyang River
3rd Day : Sittong to Lepchajagat
After soaking up the wonders of Sittong, it’s time to explore further into the serene civilization and make your way to Lepchajagat. Tucked away in the stunning highlands of Darjeeling, Lepchajagat is a slice of paradise. Imagine dense green forests, misty mornings, and awe-inspiring views of the majestic Kanchenjunga. It’s like stepping into a dreamland where nature takes centre stage.
What sets Lepchajagat apart is its sheer natural beauty, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Embark on incredible hikes through the dense forests and spot some truly unique wildlife. It’s as if you’ve stumbled upon a scene straight out of a National Geographic documentary.
But wait, there’s more! Stay in charming cottages that seamlessly blend with the environment. Awaken to the melodious symphony of chirping birds and savour your morning tea amidst the company of nature’s wonders.
4th Day : Lepchajagat to Darjeeling
I know the thirst for feeling these beautiful places is more and more filling you up. So, it is time to visit the beautiful Darjeeling from Lepchajagat. The road from Lepchajagat to Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful and scenic routes in North Bengal, Darjeeling Highlands. The route winds through the lush green woods of Singalila National Park, providing breathtaking views of the snow-capped Himalayas.
5th Day : Darjeeling Stay
One of the most intriguing parts of Darjeeling tourism is the chance to learn about the town’s distinct combination of Indian and British traditions. Darjeeling was historically a summer retreat for British colonial officials, and the architecture, cuisine, and traditions reflect that.
Sightseeing in Darjeeling
- Tiger Hill, prepare to be awe-inspired by the breathtaking sunrise, painting the sky in vibrant hues.
- Embark on a thrilling journey aboard the Batasialoop, a UNESCO World Heritage Toy Train, offering panoramic views of the Himalayas and lush valleys.
- Discover tranquillity at the serene Ghoom Monastery, where the soul finds solace amidst prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze.
- Immerse yourself in the spirituality of the Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda, a testament to harmony and enlightenment.
- Indulge in a sensory delight at the Happy Valley Tea Estate, where you can witness the art of tea production amidst sprawling tea gardens.
- Climb Observatory Hill to experience panoramic views of the town and soak in the spiritual ambience of Mahakal Temple.
- Explore the Ava Art Gallery, a haven for art enthusiasts, showcasing exquisite works of local and international artists.
- Discover serenity at the Dali Monastery or Druk Choeling Monastery, where ancient rituals and peaceful chants transport you to a realm of inner peace.
Staying in a heritage hotel immerses you in the grandeur and elegance of the colonial past, with spacious rooms, antique furnishings, and panoramic views of the surrounding hills and tea gardens. Hotels are typically located in the city centre.
6th Day : Back to your place
It is time to bid goodbye to these beautiful places. From Darjeeling you can get various transports to return to NJP or Siliguri or Bagdogra.