It is the peace, serenity and the healthy climate that attracted many a great person to this place. Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranath Tagore were composed in Kurseong. The magic painter Abanindranath Tagore and great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their famous works around Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learnt that Mark Twain spent some time in Kurseong in 1885, Fazlul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subhash Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddapahar near Kurseong. To know more click here.
67 Km from Siliguri, this beautiful hill town in North Bengal which can be reached from either Siliguri or Darjeeling. KALIMPONG – means king's minister's strong hold – a Bhutanese word. It is also called Kalimpong in local dialect meaning "black spur". As per the Lepchas, Kalimpong means ‘ridge where we play'. It is said that these local tribesmen used to organise field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuit – hence the name. To know more, click here.
Pedong is a picturesque hamlet surrounded by pine forests. It is situated 20 km from Kalimpong in West Bengal. Pedong commands magnificent views of the snow ranges of Mount Kanchenjunga. It falls on the ancient Silk Route that connected Tibet with India through the Jelep La Pass. Several short and thrilling treks originate from Pedong leading to the Damsangdugi Fort, a historically important site that witnessed a long ethnic war between the Lepchas and Bhutias. A 300 year old ruin hidden by dense forest at Damsangudi still holds memories of the reigns of the Lepcha kindom.
Mirik is a nest in the hills. This is one of West Bengal's popular hill resort at an altitude of 1767 meters with its own special charms-49 km from Darjeeling and 52 km from Siliguri. TREKKING: Trekking from Mirik to Sandakphu, Phalut has become very popular. Short trek from Mirik to Kurseong via Balasan river & Namsu could be covered within the day only. To know more, click here.
Sandakphu, situated at a height of 3636 m above sea level, might not be famous for any tourist destinations, but is a true paradise for all adventure lovers. Trek to the highest point on this hill station and you will get the never seen before views of the Himalayan Range. A long stretch of Himalayas starting from Bhutan till Mt. Everest is visible. River Teesta flows through Sandakphu at quite a pace. The thundering River Teesta also offers a great option for adventure sports especially river rafting. Sandakphu is the only place in the world where you will find a Rhododendron and Silver fir forests. To reach Sandakphu, one has to nearly trek for 12 hrs from Maneybhanjan, which is the gateway to Sandakphu. You can also hire a Landrover from Maneybhanjan. To know more click here.
On the way from Mirik to Darjeeling lies a town of untouched natural beauty called Jorapokhri. It is situated only 16 kms from Darjeeling and 85Kms from Siliguri. The presence of a couple of lakes in this area gave rise to the name of this place Jorpokhri. (JOR-means a lake, POKHRI means lakes). The lakes are the main attraction in this place.In and around the lake one can notice the Himalayan Salamander, a highly endanagered species of the reptile family.
32 km from Kalimpong and situated at an altitude of 7200 ft. commands panoramic view of Jelep La and Rechi La passes. Short drives through dense forests from Kalimpong are tourist spots with unspoiled idyllic surroundings. Lava is the gateway to the Neora National Park. To know more click here.
56km from Kalimpong and situated at an altitude of 5500ft. Panorromic view of Kanchenjunga can be obtained from this point. Fabulous view of Sunrise over kanchenjunga can seen from Jhandi Dara. To know more click here.
The place can be approached by a four-kilometer walk uphill from Lava (32 km from Kalimpong) through the deep silent forest of Pines, Rhododendrons and Orchids. Non-adventurers can take the 10-kilometer motor-able route from Lava. The enthralling views of the vast range of Kanchenjunga, the blue mountains of Sikkim, Nathu-La and Jelap-La passes are an experience of the lifetime. To know more click here.
15km form Darjeeling and 77 Km from Siliguri, Lepchajagat, bascially a Lepcha Village, is situated at Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling on the Ghoom-Mirik road. Located on hill slope covered with rhododendron and oaks a forest bungalow offers a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga snow ranges over the forested hills and is the only accommodation available in the area. A nice peaceful location and is ideal for honeymooners. The bungalow has 6 well-appointed rooms and provides excellent food. An ideal place to explore the tranquillity of unknown Darjeeling hills
The Dooars Valley is specially noted for its wild life sanctuaries, the most notable of which is Jaldapara, offering memorable elephant rides through rhino and tiger forests. Other sanctuaries include Buxa Tiger Project, Gorumara and Chapramari.