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The Unknown Lands of Lepchajagat

by Madhav Srinivasan 1945 days ago

Situated on Ghoom-Mirik road at the Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling, Lepchajagat is located on a hill covered with Oaks forests and beautiful rhododendron. It used to be the village of the Lepchas before British acquired it in 19th century.

Thousands of tourists come to Lepchajagat just to experience the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga. The place is also frequented by nature lovers and honeymooners. At Lepchajagat one can find accommodation at West Bengal Forest Development Corporation's Nature Guest House. This guest house has been modelled from an old British Bungalow and offers the beautiful view of Himalayas from every room. The best view however is from the terrace of this guest house. Darjeeling tour packages should also be included when planning a holiday in Lepchajagat. 

For a clearer view of the mountains, one can move to Balsan valley which is at a distance of 2.5km from WBFDC's guest house. A longer trek through the rocks and snow takes you to Hawa Ghar which offers even clearer picture of Himalayas amidst a silent and calm atmosphere. Book your Lepchajagat tours in West Bengal

When tired you may treat yourself with traditional Bengali cuisine of steaming rice and fish and move to the woods for leisurely nature walk.Another place to watch the Himalayas in their full might is Jorepokhri. Short treks can be undertaken with the help of local guide at Lepchajagat.


Best time to Visit Lepchajagat

Lepchajagat attains sub-zero temperature during winters and is not recommended for a tourist visit during this time of the year. During March, Lepchajagat has pleasant climate along with variety of newly blossomed rhododendrons and can be best visited by taking up holiday tours from Kolkata.

How to Reach Here

Lepchajagat is well connected with cities of Siliguri and Darjeeling by road. Tourists can come here after taking a train for Siliguri or a flight to Bagdogra. Beyond that, one can take a bus or a shared jeep to reach Ghoom from where a car can be booked for Lepchajagat. The car ride is an eight hour journey through rocks, snow and beautiful flora. A running jeep going to Mirik can also be hired to alternatively reach Lepchajagat.


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