Chisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley

Chisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley

Reading Time: 3 minutesChisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley Chisang, a small village located in the Kalimpong district of West-Bengal India. The real essence of Chisang lies in its rich history, unique culture and the original natural beauty. Peaceful village life style and adventure also draw attention of the travelers. Chisang is popular for The World Famous Organic Cardamom production & also known for medicinal plants. Picturesque village is nested in a blissful place of peace and tranquility barely 4 kilometres from Bhutan & is home to many rare & endangered animals, birds & plants.   How to reach: The nearest railway station of Chisang is New Mal Junction. Share vehicles are available form Siliguri, Kalimpong, Malbazar, Chalsa. Timing of share vehicles : Siliguri – 1pm Kalimpong – 1pm Malbazar & Chalsa 10:30 – 3pm Reserved car from Malbazar will cost 2500/- Nearby attractions: One may visit nearby places like Dawai Khola, Tangta Monastery, Todey Bazar, Tangta River , Bindu, Dalgaon, Jhalong, Paren. Activities at Chisang: You can enjoy a lot of activities including Trekking, River walking, Bonfire, bar-b-cue, fishing, picnic beside the Dawai Khola river, trekking in the cardamom fields or simply spent your time leisurely loitering around. The arrangements like BBQ, bonfire etc. may require a nominal extra charge. You can also look out for local Products, fine arts collection in certain places. Where to Stay: There is a beautiful home stay named as The Wildwoods Retreat. From the roof of the home stay the view of nearby Bhutan peaks is picturesque and scenic. They have 5 rooms altogether. Tariff : Rs 1200/- on triple...
Turzum – A heaven inside tea garden

Turzum – A heaven inside tea garden

Reading Time: 3 minutesTurzum – A heaven inside tea garden Turzum is a heaven situated on the top of a hill surrounded by tea gardens. This place is on the midway to Mirik and Darjeeling. Lepchajagat and Sukhiapokhri is very near to this place. The view of surrounding tea gardens are really scenic and picturesque. If you are looking for a clam and romantic gateway then Turzum should be in your list. From the top you will get the view of near by Nepal hills as well as Mirik and Darjeeling hills.   How to reach : Turzum is only 34km away from Mirik, 9km away from Sukhiapokhri and 26km away from Darjeeling. One may reach either Mirik, Sukhiapokhri or Darjeeling and from there one have to take car for Turzum. http://tourplannerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/VID_20190602_100536.mp4 What to do: Turzum is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens and hills. One can walk through tea gardens. May visit nearby Siva Temple, gopal dhara tea estate, rangbhang khola, Tabakoshi. The best way to enjoy Turzum is to seat beside tea garden and enjoy the view with a cup of hot tea. Best time to visit : Turzum can be visit in any season. The road towards Turzum remain open through out the year. We preferably suggest you to visit in rainy season and winter. At the time of rain the place become so vibrant and romantic. Nearby places: If you are planning to visit Turzum then club it with Tabakoshi. Turzum is only 8-10km from Tabakoshi. Read more about Tabakoshi here. You may visit Sukhiapokhri, Jorpokhri, Lepchajagat as well as Darjeeling and Mirik from here. Where...
Parkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim

Parkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim

Reading Time: 4 minutes Parkha – A new offbeat destination in East Sikkim Parkha is a small eco village lies in the eastern part of Sikkim (India)(Sikkim is India’s First Organic State).It is situated at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level. It is 150 km from NJP Railway Station and 170km away from Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri (WB). It takes 4 hr drive from Siliguri to reach Parkha. (one and half hour drive from Gangtok). On the way one can visit Saramsa Garden (also called as Epica Garden) highly decorated with natural flowers at Ranipool, and many other small falls as well. The name of the village PARKHA is Tibetan word (Parkha is a word used in Tibetan astrology,it is eight trigrims of Tibetan astrology )and in olden days the old silk route was also done from here with Tibet. Parkha village is (approx 60km) below Changu Lake and it is surrounded by green forest, small hills, rivers and streams as well. What to do at Parkha : One can experience the nature walk in and around village through forest trails , Parkha view point where entire village is seen from the top, Machong Monastry one of the oldest Monastery in Sikkim,Parkha Gurung Gumpa, Makhim At Rekyap, Barapathing Zheel and also experience the River walk , Buddha falls at rolep and do River bathing, swimming ,Ratey khola cave and many more. For the bird lovers one can experience the Himalayan bird which are found abundantly in the village and little above in the forest as well. Parkha sightseeing: One may visit Machong Monastery, the oldest monastery in...
Mangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim

Mangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mangalbarey – A new offbeat destination of West Sikkim Are you looking for a new offbeat destination, where you can hide yourself from the hustle and bustle of daily life? So here is a new place for you on the way to Rinchengpong of West Sikkim. Mangalbarey is a beautiful and scenic destination of west Sikkim. Here you will enjoy lush green hilly village, village life, a small Town, Monastery, rauney Buddha, an year old cave and organic farm. How to reach : Mangalbarey can be reach by share car or direct hired car from Siliguri Junction. Regular share car ply between Siliguri and Mangalbarey or Rinchengpong/ Kaluk. It will cost around ₹200-250. Where to stay : There is brand new beautiful guest house located in this village. The host in his own word “Myself Boonu Dong. We are a family of 3. My parents are both school teachers and I am a graduate, pursuing post graduate. We have started this homestay from last month. The name is Hyangla Namsha Retreat. We are located on Mangbir Village, Mangalbarey on Reshi Kaluk road.” Call : Boonu Dong 9733293343 (Note: While calling dont forget to mention our name 🙏) Location : Hyangla Namsha Retreat Mangbir Village, Mangalbarey, Sikkim 737121 Google Map Location Get out :  One can hire a cab and may visit Singsore bridge, Ravangla or Temi Tea Garden of Sikkim. Do you know Temi is the only tea garden of Sikkim? If you don’t know check this write up here. Want to visit Ravangla? Read it before going there. Ravangla- Pelling travel guide Want to...
Borong – An offbeat Destination in South Sikkim

Borong – An offbeat Destination in South Sikkim

Reading Time: 3 minutes Borong – A Birder’s Paradise About 17 km from Ravangla, Borong is a small hamlet in south Sikkim which is mostly famous among the Ornithologists as it is filled with exotic flora and hundreds of chirping birds. There is a beautiful homestay nestled in the lap of nature, named Himalayan View Homestay. This Homestay is hosted by Manjeel Gurung who is still studying. All his family members are taking care of the problems of the guests. Himalayan View Homestay is located in the lap of snow peaks mountains with clear vision of Mt.Narsing, Pandim, Sinolchu and even Kanchenjunga. As the village is the paradise of lovely birds, you can find the varieties of birds chirriping from early morning itself. How to reach : From the town Ravangla, these Homestay is 18 kms away, which is far away from all the crowds and city life. Ravangla which is about 125kms from NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport. It will take nearly 5 hours to reach Ravangla from Bagdogra/NJP. From Ravangla, Borong is further 17kms (takes about 45 minutes by car). The small reserved taxi will charge you 1500 INR for a round trip to Borong from Ravangla. You can ask the homestay owner for pick up and drop from NJP. Best Time to Visit : Borong is enjoyable throughout the year. But if you want to experience the festival taking place at the bank of Rangeet River, then you must come in the month of February. Places to Visit nearby : On the way towards your destination, you can visit different spots like Buddha park, Ralong...
Lossing and Rangpokhola – A offbeat gateway of east sikkim

Lossing and Rangpokhola – A offbeat gateway of east sikkim

Reading Time: 4 minutes পূর্ব সিকিমের অচিন গাঁ লোসিং (Lossing) এবং রংপোখোলা(Rangpo Khola) নদী- অতনু চক্রবর্ত্তীর কলমে সিল্ক রুট ভ্রমনের এই পর্বে আমাদের আজকের গন্তব্যস্থল রোলেপখোলা হয়ে লোসিং গ্রাম। নিউ জলপাইগুড়ি থেকে একটা গাড়ি নিয়ে দুপুর একটা নাগাদ পৌঁছে গেলাম রংলি। গাড়িটা রংলি থেকে বামদিকে কিছুটা যেতেই আশেপাশের সবুজ দৃশ্যাবলী চোখে পড়লো। ডানদিকে পাহাড় আর বাঁদিকে সবুজ উপত্যকা রংপোখোলা, মাঝখানে ঝকঝকে রাস্তা দিয়ে গাড়ি ছুটে চলল। দুপাশে অনিন্দ্য সুন্দর দৃশ্যাবলী,খানিক দূর অন্তর ছবির মতো ততোধিক সুন্দর পাহাড়ি গ্রাম। নীচে রুপোলী রেখার মতো চোখে পড়ল একটি পাহাড়ি নদী, সেই জন্যই দুটি পাহাড়ের মাঝখানে সৃষ্টি হয়েছে গভীর নদীখাদ। বেশ কয়েকটা বাঁক ঘুরে আরও কিছুটা যাবার পরে চোখে পড়ল একটি ঝুলন্ত পুরানো সেতু আর তার নিচ দিয়ে বয়ে চলেছে উদ্দাম রোলেপখোলা নদী। পুরানো সেতুর ঠিক পাশেই একটা পাকা সেতুও দেখতে পেলাম। নদীটি যেন পাহাড়ের বুক চিরে নেমে এসেছে। সে এক অনির্বচনীয় দৃশ্য। প্রকৃতি তার অপার সৌন্দর্য্যের ডালি সাজিয়ে রেখেছে আমাদের উপভোগ করার জন্য। খরস্রোতা নদীটি বোল্ডারে ধাক্কা খেয়ে রীতিমত গর্জন করতে করতে নিচে নেমে আসছে।   ফটো তোলা শেষ করে গাড়ি ফিরতি পথে এগিয়ে গেল বুদ্ধ জলপ্রপাতের (Buddha Falls) দিকে।গাড়ি থেকে নেমে পাহাড়ি রাস্তায় কিছুটা হেঁটে নামতে হয়, ঝরনার কাছে পৌঁছাতে হলে। খুব সাবধানে আস্তে আস্তে হেঁটে আমরা ঝরনার কাছে গেলাম। ওপর থেকে সশব্দে নেমে আসছে সাদা জলের ধারা। পাহাড়ি পথে ধাক্কা খেতে খেতে বয়ে চলেছে ঝরনার জলরাশি। এদিকে দুটো বাজে, পেট খিদেয় চুঁইচুঁই করছে তাই আর দেরি না করে এগিয়ে গেলাম লোসিংয়ের উদ্দেশ্যে। আসা যাবার পথে অনেক পাখী উড়ে যেতে দেখলাম। অবশেষে ক্লান্ত শরীরে প্রায় পৌনে তিনটের সময় পৌঁছয়ে গেলাম রংপোখোলার (River Valley Home Stay) হোমস্টেটে।     হাতে গোনা দুটি হোমস্টে নিয়ে গড়ে উঠেছে গ্রামীণ পর্যটনের এই নতুন ঠিকানা রংপোখোলা।...