Top 9 Offbeat Places To Visit In Darjeeling

Darjeeling, the ‘Queen of Hills’ is an amazing wonderland to get around with your family, friends or your beloved.  Flanked by the luxuriant tea gardens, breathtaking mountains & landscapes, and a variety of rhododendrons, this little hill town thrives as the most popular hill station in Asia.  Even the Google search engine regards it as the third most searched destination on the internet. Most of its finest sites are generally filled with local as well as foreign tourists but far in the arms of isolation, there are still a few places which happen to be surprisingly wonderful and attractive enough. If you ever happen to plan an extraordinary trip to Darjeeling`s offbeat places, here is a rough guide to make your trip simple and smooth.

 1. Takdah- ‘A Heritage Hamlet’:

 

Takdah

Starting with Takdah, this small hamlet is one of the least explored offbeat destinations in Darjeeling which is perhaps developing to a serene tourism place. The expansive and splendid tea gardens, misty meandering roads, beautiful fountain streams, large variety of orchids and spectacular mountain views are all that describes Takdah.

Location: About 27 kilometres from Darjeeling.

Where to stay:

  • Saino Guesthouse
  • Forest Rest House.

Attractions:

  • Tea gardens
  • Gielle Bhanjyang Bazaar
  • Orchid Center
  • Takdah Monastery.

Best time to visit: October to March.

2. Lamahatta- ‘A Monk`s Hermitage’:

Lamahatta

The second offbeat destination near Darjeeling is a small, quiet and eco-friendly village of Lamahatta which is a habitat for tribes like Sherpas, Yolmos, Tamangs, Dukpas, and Bhutias. It has a beautiful roadside garden edged with a row of prayer flags and filled with a bountiful of seasonal flowers, and a pathway that takes you to a leisure nature stroll towards embracing the majestic views of Kanchenjunga.

Location: 23 kilometres from Darjeeling main town.

Where to stay:

  • Everest Hut Resort
  • Kanchenjunga View Fooding & Lodging
  • Mountain View Food & Lodging
  • Private Lodge.

Attractions:

  • Lamahatta Roadside Garden & Homestays
  • Jungle trekking
  • Cave temple
  • Peshok View Point
  • Village Mountain Farming System
  • Lamahatta Gompa (monastery).

Best time to visit: One can visit Lamahatta at anytime of the year.

3. Latpanchar- ‘A Birdwatcher`s Paradise’:

LATPANCHAR

Latpanchar, a beautiful sleepy hamlet is just a couple of drives away from NJP, Siliguri. This mountain village is a lovely paradise for bird lovers offering a wide range of rare bird and animal species, and stunning views including Mt. Kanchenjunga and comprehensive Cinchona plantations.

Location: 41 kilometres from Siliguri.

Where to stay:

  • Latpanchar Hornbill nest Homestay
  • Latpanchar Gurung Homestay
  • Latpanchar Homestay Service
  • Kharkha HomeStay.

Attractions:

  • Cinchona plantations
  • Ahal Dara View Point
  • Namthing Lake
  • Sarsari Dar and
  • Sitong Orange Orchard.

Best time to visit: October to April.

4. Chota Mangwa- ‘The Heavenly Ridge Hamlet’:

Chota Mangwa

If you happen to be an avid traveler and a nature admirer, then we suggest you visit Chota Mangwa, a small and tranquil settlement on a ridge, rather a Darjeeling offbeat stay. The meandering river Teesta gently gushing down the mountainscapes, vast stretch of lush tea gardens, and tall coniferous Dhupi trees are something that makes Chota Mangwa an Eco-friendly place.

Location: 35 kilometres from the fascinating Darjeeling hill station.

Where to stay:

  • Darjeeling Blossom Ecotourism Complex
  • Bara Mangwa Farmhouse
  • Orange Villa

Attractions:

  • Natures walk through the nearby Takling Village.
  • Rungli Rungliot Tea Garden
  • Lopchu village
  • White water rafting down at River Teesta or River Rangeet.

Best time to visit: October to February.

5. Chatakpur- ‘A Nature Lover`s Paradise’:

 

Chatakpur

 

 

 

Less known to the foreign tourists, Chatakpur is a small Himalayan village which is located adjacent to the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary which offers lovely views of the snow-capped Mt. Kanchenjunga, lush greenery of dense forest trails and the dotted wooden cottages. This is perhaps a newly built eco-tourism destination ideal for those who seek a peaceful and tranquil ambiance.

Location: About 20 kilometres from Darjeeling town.

Where to stay:

  • Chatakpur Homestay Humro Home
  • Green Valley Home Stay

Attractions:

  • Wooden Watch Tower
  • Cottages
  • Wildlife

Best time to visit: Chatakpur is a year-round destination except for the monsoons i.e., July to mid-September.

6. Tinchuley- ‘Home to Orange Orchards’:

Tinchuley

Tinchuley is a small mountain settlement located just 3 km above Takdah. Because the place is unknown to most of the foreign as well as indoor tourists, Tinchuley is regarded as an offbeat place near Darjeeling. Though offbeat, it is a sought destination for nature lovers to savor the lovely mountain views, meandering Teesta flowing, lush tea gardens, fruit orchards and bird watching.

Location: 32 kilometres from Darjeeling.

Where to stay:

  • Gurung`s Guesthouse
  • Abiraj Homestay

Attractions:

  • Orange Orchards
  • Tinchuley Monastery
  • Lush tea gardens
  • Tinchuley View Point

Best time to visit: October to April.

7. Lepchajagat-‘For a Romantic Escapade’:

 LEPCHAJAGAT

Away from the hustle and bustle, locate yourself in a tranquil atmosphere at Lepchajagat, a peaceful settlement in the wilderness of the forested realm. Though an offbeat place near Darjeeling, Lepchajagat is probably the best spot to experience the wonderful Himalayan beauty and nature bloom as you take a sip of Darjeeling tea.

Location: 19 kilometres from Darjeeling.

Where to stay:

  • WBFDC (West Bengal Forest Development Corporation) Lodge.
  • Kanchankanya Homestay

Attractions:

  • Ghoom Rock
  • Bird Watching
  • Jorepokhari
  • Pashupati Market

Best time to visit: October to April.

8. Palmajua- A Halting Place for Trekkers:

Palmajua

Palmajua is a small hidden Himalayan secret located at an altitude of 7,300 ft. above the sea level which offers a quiet and serene ambiance for those who seek peace at the lap of nature. Slightly lying on the fringes of the Singalila National Park, one can even experience wildlife in Palmajua. It is the home to rare animal and bird species like Red Panda, Pangolins, Blue Whistling Thrush, Yellow Napped Woodpecker, and much more.

Location: 50 kilometres from Darjeeling.

Where to stay:

  • Singalila Jungle Lodge

Attractions:

  • Natures walks
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Mountain Biking

Best time to visit: Palmajua can be visited all round the year.

9. Jorpokhri- ‘Discover the twin lakes’:

JORPOKHRI

Located on a hilltop, Jorpokhri is a tiny picturesque place famous for the wonderful silver glazing views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the lovely Dhupi forests, and the charming ‘twin lakes’ being its major attraction.

Location: 19 kilometres from Darjeeling main town.

Where to stay:

  • GTA Tourist Lodge
  • Salamander Tourist Lodge

Attractions:

  • Jorpokhri Lake
  • View Point

Best time to visit: October to March.

Darjeeling car rental services to ease your trip

Treat yourself to an authorized car rental service provider in Darjeeling if you want to make your trip relaxed and worthy. Car rental services come with a comfortable and hassle-free option especially for tourists who are traveling for the first time to Darjeeling. Availing such services can even help you from paying a hefty amount for certain easy requirements and besides the fact that you`re planning to trip around the offbeat stays in Darjeeling, hiring a car is comparably essential.

So, start planning a journey to exploring the unexplored because a famous saint has said “Once a year go someplace you have never been before”.

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