Visiting tea gardens and staying at a tea garden are entirely different experiences as you will realize on visiting Peshok, under the Runglee Rungliot CD Block of the Darjeeling district. Peshok is closer to Kalimpong and you have to drive down 27 kilometers from the turn at Jorebungalow when you come from Darjeeling which might take about two and a half hours. Peshok is a typical village at the foothills of the Himalayas with vast stretches of tea gardens all around and tiny village neighborhoods spread across the slope of the hills. You must be at Peshok to experience quietness and serenity as the lush green surrounding and the cold weather seem highly inviting. The cold weather, chirping birds, all-encompassing quietness, and the spectacle of the Kanchenjunga range will leave you in awe. Peshok will relieve you of all urban stress and make you feel happy.
Peshok – How to reach
Peshok is almost equidistant from the Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway station and Bagdogra airport. It takes almost 3 hours to cover the distance of 65 kilometers. Booking a cab is the best way to travel along the picturesque hillside as you crisscross the hills to reach the destination which is gradually making its mark as a tourist.
Best time to visit
Peshok welcomes tourists around the year because of its beautiful climate that remains cool throughout the year. However, summer is the best time to visit Peshok as you get ample opportunity to engage in various outdoor activities. However, the autumn from September to November is the best time when nature spins its magical wand across the hilly landscape that looks marvelous. July and August are the months to avoid because the gloomy monsoon can dampen your spirits as traveling outdoors can be dangerous. The winter weaves magic in the tea gardens as veils of fog and the mist creates an environment of mysterious beauty. With enough woolens, you can venture outside confidently to explore the natural beauty of the place that overlooks the magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in the distance.
Get a taste of the famous Darjeeling oranges at the Orange Orchards serve freshly prepared orange juice. Pickles and marmalades are also available. Being in the tea garden is never complete unless you have a round of the gardens at the Peshok and Runglee Rungliot tea estates. A visit to the Tinchuley Monastery is a soulful experience as you walk down the prayer wheels lined against the long stretch of the exterior wall. Do not miss the glorious view of the Kanchenjunga from the Tinchuley View Point as you witness the magnanimity of mountains. To view the river Rangeet, you have to travel down to Gumbadara, bordering Sikkim. The crowd of waving prayer flags atop tall posts is an irresistible attraction of the Lamahatta village with its huge expanse of greenery that seems so soothing to the eyes.
To spend the night at Peshok choose a homestay that promises extreme relaxation and comfort with heart-warming hospitality and all modern amenities.