Tiffin Dara is a point from where the 360 degree view of Kanchenjungha can be seen without any interruption. Dara means point in the Lepcha language and Tiffin Dara is a point in the Eastern Himalayan range in North East India offering a breathtaking view of the world’s 3rd highest peak. 2 kilometers uphill from Rishyap, a small hamlet, Tiffin Dara can be reached by trekking on the mountainous trail. The best part of this trek is that it goes through the dense forest filled with birch, pine, fir trees and different varieties of orchids. Chirping birds and some mountainous dogs might accompany you through the journey.
How to reach Tiffin Dara
Reaching Tiffin Dara is not difficult especially for the adventure lovers because it’s only 3 kilometers uphill from Rishyap through the dense forest filled with birch, pine, fir trees and different varieties of orchids. Rishyap can be reached by train, rail and also by air. The nearest railway station is New Jalpiguri which is 116 kilometers drive from Rishyap. The nearest airport is Bagdogra from where you can hire cars, trekkers, jeeps to reach Rishyap. It is only 126 kilometers taking 4.5 hours approximately to reach the destination. If you are coming to Rishyap from Lava, then it’s a 30 minutes drive and from Kalimpong it’s a 1 hour drive.
Image guide for trek to Tiffin Dara view point from Rishyap
Attractions in Tiffin Dara
There is no accommodation available at Tiffin because it is a tourists spot. However, Rishyap has a number of private accommodation facilities including home stays.
Tiffin Dara is located at an altitude of around 2,360 meters; it could a little higher than that. The magnificent view of the snow capped Kanchenjunga during sunrise is a mind blowing treat to the eyes. The other peaks of Himalayan range can also be seen from here and some parts of Jalep La and Nathula Pass as well. It feels paradise on earth when you see the skyline on top of the mountain. You can also feel like being on the top of the world once you reach the point and savor the panoramic view.