Heaven on earth is North Sikkim with diversity seen to be believed. Beautiful Lakes, Valley, Hot water spring, Rhododendron forest; Monastery, etc are places to visit. Yumthang and Lachung are in Itinerary and rest of the places can be visited by guest with supplement cost.
Pelling is the hub of West Sikkim. Pelling is the second biggest tourist destination in the state of Sikkim after Gangtok. It is little more than a strip of road lined with hotels. It is known for the breathtaking view of mount Khangchendzonga and the rest of the Himalayan range. Pelling is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters. The destination experience moderate climate where the temperature in summer goes up to 25 °C and comes down to 1°C in winter. It is warm and pleasant in summer and cold in winter but with bright sun shining and clear sky most of the time. Clothing required is light with light jumper in summer and heavy woolens in winter. Monsoon is from July to September.
Gorkhey, a beautiful valley in the border of West Bengal and Sikkim. 18 km from Phalut. Gorkhey is a nice valley. You can find Gorkhey khola (river stream) in this nice valley. This pristine village is bounded by lush green trees and a worth visit for a nature lover. (Car uptoBhareng then easy trek of 4kms to reach Gorkhey).
Near Hilley, in West Sikkim is the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Sandwiched between the Singalila National Park in the south and Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in the north, this small 104-sq-km sanctuary is at an altitude of 10,000 ft and supports a wide variety of bio-diversity. But the main attractions of the sanctuary are the rhododendrons which bloom in April-May coloring the Sanctuary in wild abandon. Hilley is the last motorable point before Varsey. A four-km walk through beautiful pine forests takes you to the Sanctuary. You can stay at the GurashKunj Lodge here.
North Bengal (Hills)
Jhandidara is the paradise for the bird watchers and of course, nature lovers. One can also get the view of sunrise and the sunset is awesome ion a clear day. Jhandidara is under Kalimpong district and around 10-12 Kilometers from Lava and close or near Fagu. There are two routes to reach Jhandidara from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) - Kalimpong - Lava - Jhandidara and another option is from New Mal Junction / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) - Gorubathan - Fagu and ask your driver to take you to Upper Lungsel village. Please note Jhandidara is quite remote so please do not forget to complete your shopping at Algarah or Gorubathan market.
This pristine village is bounded by the Kachenjunga Mountain Range in the North and the river gorge Relly Khola in the south. Chatakpur is only about 80 Kms from NJP or Bagdogra, 26 Kms from Darjeeling and 17Kms from Jorebungalow, Ghoom. Located at an altitude of 7,887 feet, Chatakpur is a paradise for nature lovers as one can get a spectacular view of the imposing mountain range of Kanchenjunga and at the same time experience the overwhelming lush green forest in a quiet village setting with a population of only around 90 people and 18 village houses. The forest is also a home to a number of lovely colorful birds like Blue Magpie, Bulbul, Verditer, Flycatcher, Pipit, Long tail Shrike, Warbler, Prinia and lot more, it's a great place for the bird watchers. You can view the trekkers' dream destination Sundakphu from the sunrise point (Watch Tower) in Chatakpur. The view of sunrise from here is simply awesome.
Lepchajagat is a small village located in wilderness at an altitude of 6,956 ft (i.e. 2123 meters) and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. Although it's quite close to Darjeeling's main hub and takes only about 45 minutes by taxi, it has a world of its own. If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic stay for couple of days, then Lepchajagat is the place for you. Lepchajagat is all about dense forested area full with pines, oaks and rhododendrons. And all that is combined with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga peaks, wonderful birdlife and serene tranquility.
Tinchuley is a small mountain village (rather a hamlet) in Darjeeling district and located at an altitude of 5,800ft, and just 3kms above Takdah. The word Tinchuley means Three Ovens (i.e. Tin Chullahs). And such name to the village has been given because of the three prominent hill tops that surround the place and which from far look like ovens or chullahs. Tinchuley faces the Kalimpong hills. Tinchuley is 32kms from Darjeeling (1.5 hours by car), 73 kms from NJP (about 3 hours), 77kms from Bagdogra (about 3.5 hours) and 35 kms from Kalimpong (about 1.5 hours drive). While coming from NJP/Siliguri, you will need to go towards Teesta Bazaar and take a diversion towards Rambi Bazaar, then to a place called 27th mile, then Teesta Valley Tea Estate, Takdah Club, Takdah Bazaar and then to Tinchuley. You can get reserved taxis from NJP, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Shared taxis/Jeeps are available from Siliguri (Sevoke Road, behind Vishal Cinema Hall or from Ranjit Garage behind 9/10 Hotel Sevoke) up to Takdah. From Takdah you will need to take a private taxi (like a Maruti van) for a short drive up to Tinchuley. From Darjeeling you can get buses up to Takdah (leaving in the afternoon).
Lamahatta is located at an altitude of about 5,700 feet and at a distance of 23kms from Darjeeling hill town (takes little over an hour by car). Lamahatta offers a serene, quiet and a romantic environment. It's ideal for honeymooners or couples who would like to spend some quiet and intimate time with the nature, take some nature walks through the maze of dhupi jungle, enjoy the beautiful garden & the views around as well as several other natural attractions nearby.
Jorpokhri is a tiny place on a hilltop and located in Darjeeling district. It is a wonderfully landscaped hilltop with the view of Darjeeling and Kurseong on one side and the entire Kanchendzonga range on the other side. The famous Darjeeling, Mirik and Lepchajagat are nearby, easily accessible if you hire a car. The lakes are the main attraction in this place and the view of Kanchenjunga through the pine forest in clear weather and also of the beautiful Darjeeling town. Being close to the Nepal border one can visit the Pashupati market there. Other attractions are Sukhiapokhri, Senchal Forest Area and the Tea Gardens all along.
From Darjeeling town, it is about 19kms and can be reached from the road to Mirik. You will need to book a car from Darjeeling taxi stand and it takes little over 1 hour by road. From Mirik it takes about 1 hour drive to reach Jorpokhri via the PashupatiNath Market located on the India Nepal border. From Siliguri, distance to Jorpokhri is 85kms.The presence of a couple of lakes in this area gave rise to the name of this place Jorpokhri.
This is a place of endless peace in the hills of North Bengal. Rangbull is about 12 KM towards west from Darjeeling.
DARA GAON, about 10 Km. from Kalimpong, in the TeestaValley isnewly added to Eastern Himalayas Village Tourism. Connected by well maintained road, DARA GAON is situated in the vicinity of Delo Park and hardly to reach 30 minutes from Kalimpong by a car. The place is called UPPER ECHEY also. It is home to few terraced farms, forests and too many orange orchards with a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha.