Fly within the Himalayas is an unforgettable experience. Paragliding in Kalimpong provides one well trained and experienced pilot flying with a passenger that doesn’t need to have any previous training or experience.
Paragliding in Kalimpongstarts from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm depending on wind conditions. Take off point is Dello hill. There are two types of flights, Medium and Cross Country. The medium flight’s lands on Homes Ground near Dr. Grahams Homes School and the Cross Country flight’s lands on Relli River ground near Relli resort distance about 10 km. They provide transportation to way back from landing location to starting point.
Echhey Gaon is a picturesque village in the lap of Himalayas surrounded by dense forest of Juniper, pine and birch where you will feel detached from human civilization. With loads of greenery and peace and quiet, this old-world village has not been spoilt with materialistic pleasure of the city life. This is an ideal place for the nature lovers at an altitude of 5,800 feet none of the machines can disturb you from relishing the natural abundance of this village. Only 12 kilometers away from Kalimpong and cab fare is around 800 INR, this incredibly pristine hamlet is home to approximately 30 families living in peace and happiness. If you wish to share their happiness then definitely visit Echhey Gaon or the Wishing Village.
Latpanchar is a small and wonderful hamlet near Kalijhora which is also a part of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Only 13 kilometers from Kalijhora, you should not miss this beautiful and unspoiled forest village with an average elevation of 4,200 feet. The best part of Latpanchar visit is that you will be able to see many wild animals, birds and enjoy dense vegetation as it is a section of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is an ideal place for forest lovers. However, in spite of such natural splendor Latpanchar has yet to become a primary tourist destination in the Eastern Himalayas.
Monsong is a lovely little quaint village located in the charming eastern Himalayan region. It is quite an offbeat destination and a perfect weekend getaway. The beautiful and cool weather, the formidable mountains, the lush green forests of fir, pine, birch shaal, cinchona and cypress, innumerable birds, some endangered animals and hospitable and warm people are some of the characteristics of this charming hamlet, Monsong. It is situated at a short distance of only 8 kilometers from Pedong and 32 kilometers from Kalimpong, the major town. Sparsely populated and far from the din and bustle of city life, this is an ideal place for rejuvenating the senses; tired body, mind and soul.
Rikisum is a beautiful and almost isolated village in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling District in West Bengal. 15 kilometers to the north of Kalimpong, this quaint hamlet is only an hour’s drive from the main town. The hilltop settlement welcomes you with open arms to savor the unspoiled beauty of the village in its full glory. Since it falls on the Pedong–Lava Road the village enjoys an elevation from which the mighty Kanchenjunga and other peaks are clearly visible. The towns of Gangtok and Pedong also present a panoramic from this village.
Chibo is a busty found in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district in West Bengal which is famous for its flower nursery. Busty meaning residential area; Chibo Busty is quite a famous community in Kalimpong. Located on 7th Mile Kalimpong Chibo Busty attracts a large number of tourists for the Standard Nursery of flowers. Standard Nursery is popular for growing magnificent and colorful Dahlias, Gerbera and different types of roses.
How to reach Chibo nursery
Reaching the nursery is easy. Once you reach Kalimpong from Darjeeling, you can walk or hire a local vehicle to take you to the Standard Nursery.
Attractions in Chibo nursery
It is an amazing place for horticulturists because he/she can learn a lot about the process. For general public it is a beautiful place to see a wide variety of roses including the rare ones, Dahlias and Gerbera.
Standard Nursery like all the other nurseries in Kalimpong facilitates export of plants and flowers to other parts of the world. The nursery has a seating arrangement inside and remains open throughout the week expect Sundays from 9 in the morning to 6 in the evening. The weather of Kalimpong supports horticulture in the area. Therefore, beautiful plants are cultivated in various localities of Kalimpong for commercial purposes.
Rishikhola is a unique gift of nature to Kalimpong. It is rapidly becoming a popular tourist destination due to its scenic landscape and peaceful environment. Located at the border of West Bengal and Sikkim, it gets tourists from both the parts. Khola in the local language means stream and Rishikhola the place derives its name from the stream itself. Only 13 kilometers from Pedong sitting at an elevation of 1700 feet, Rishikhola offers a blend of fishing and trekking activities for the adventure lovers and lot of opportunity to sit and back, relax and relish the beautiful, tranquil environ with occasional chirp of birds and only constant noise of the stream flowing.
TInchuley is a lovely mountain village located at a distance of 30 kilometers from Darjeeling, 25 kilometers from Kalimpong blessed with a lovely weather. Reckoned as an offbeat tourist destination, Tinchuley is a relatively new discovery in the eastern Himalayas. Located at an elevation of 5,500 feet, the weather in Tinchuley is pleasant most of the year. However, the best time to Tinchuley is during the summers when the temperature remains between 18 and 22 degree Celsius. Tinchuley is promoted as part of the Home Stay Project in eco-tourism initiative. Lot of organic farming is also done in the area.
13 kilometers from Mongpu and 28 kilometers from Siliguri tucked away in the Himalayas is the small and relatively less crowded hamlet of Kalijhora. The village is totally covered by the forests of shaal, arjun, segun, eucalyptus and derives its name from the water fall Kalijhora cascading down from a height of 550 meters. Kalijhora literally means black water and the color is definitely more blackish than the mighty Teesta flowing downstream. Mouni Pahar/hill surrounds this quaint little hamlet and Swetkhola and Kalikhola Rivers act as borders of this Kalijhora while the village itself is the border between Bengal and Sikkim.
How to reach Kalijhora falls
Reaching Kalijhora is quite easy because it is located on the National Highway 31A connecting Bengal with Sikkim. You can take any vehicle that is plying towards Sikkim from Siliguri and reach Kalijhora since its enroute to Sikkim via the same route. For accommodation, the forest rest house and PWD inspection bungalow are available. However, both of these require advance reservation.
Attractions in Kalijhora falls
The scenic beauty of Kalijhora is incomparable to any other village and the presence of the waterfall makes it even more attractive. Initially famous as picnic spot because of its proximity to River Teesta, it was only loved by the locals. However, over the last few years there has been a steady influx of tourists at this region. The landscape has altered considerably after the construction of the dam in 2000. This is the perfect spot for lazing around and enjoying natural abundance. The unspoiled greenery along with the consistent orchestration of crickets will enchant you throughout.
The well known Sevoke Bridge commonly called Bagpool is only 7 kilometers from Kalijhora. Latpanchar another tourist spot which is potentially developing into a popular one is located nearby at the end of the forest. Trekkers can trek to reach Latpanchar through the forest trail. You can continue on the same route to Shittong, Pokhritar, Bagora finally leading you to Kurseong-Darjeeling Highway. There is even more adventure waiting for you at Kalijjhora. You can trek within Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary which is only a couple of hours from Kalijhora. Tourists often trek to Kamala Falls within the premises of the sanctuary. However, special permission from the forest department is mandatory.
Discover the Rambijhora Falls at a short distance and also take part in white water rafting during the day. Peshok is a close by spot which is marked with the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet offering an amazing sight. Only 20 kilometers from Kalijhora is Mongpu, famous for Cinchona plantation and Rabindranath Tagore’s summer residence.
Charcoal located at an elevation of 5000 feet sits pretty at the top of the eastern Himalayan range rewarding the tourists with natural abundance. Only 16 kilometers from Lolegaon and 22 kilometers from Kalimpong, Charcoal or Charkhol is a small Lepcha village tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas. Charcoal offers the most pristine forests in the eastern Himalayas and a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga which you will never forget in your life. Easy, simple, peaceful, Charcoal is arguably one of the best places for mind and body rejuvenation. With so much of greenery all around you, you will completely forget about the concrete jungle you have come from.
How to reach Charcoal
Reaching Charcoal is easy once you have arrived at Lolegaon. You can trek, walk or even hire a vehicle to reach Charcoal.
Accommodation in Charcoal
The best part about Charcoal in terms of easy access to the tourists is its accommodation facilities. There are cottages in Charcoal which welcome you with open arms to enjoy your sojourn at this small village. The well developed accommodation units have contributed to the popularity of the destination among discerning travelers. You can put up at Dhanbagey Home, Heritage Farm, Waiba Home stay, Niyma Hoitsher Home Stay, Nijano Homestay, Cocomando Homestay, Anudith Lodge Rangaroon T.E., Peace Palace Homestay, Yonzon’s EC0-Tourism Homestay. Obviously as a part of the eco-tourism project these home stays have come up with excellent facilities for the tourists. Besides, there are some resorts as well like K Kunj Village Resort, Orange Villa, Mhendhola Dhim Resort, Golden Valley, Garden of Heaven, AUKS Homestay Soreong, Green Valley, Blue Pine Retreat and Trident Hill Resort where you can stay during your trip. The prices which include food and lodging range from 700-1700 INR. All the units are provided with modern amenities for the guests.
Attractions in Charcoal
The biggest highlight of Charcoal is the hypnotizing view and the color play at the snow capped peak of Kanchenjunga throughout the day. You can actually spend the entire witnessing nature’s love affair or take a stroll through the pine, cypress, oak and rhododendron forest. During the course you will notice various species of beautiful birds, butterflies, orchids and fragrant flowers. The ambience of Charcoal will have an everlasting effect on you and the view of Mt. Everest on clear days from Jhandi Dara is a visual treat. If you are missing some adventure, then trek to nearby Kafer only 15 kilometers from here.