With its rareness, Bong traditions catch each art, music, and history buff's notice. Be it the yellow taxis or the police uniform, you cannot run away falling in love with its old-world charm. The places of North Bengal especially Lamahatta Tour encapture you with their loveliness, pulling you into a haven of tranquility.
This is a magnificent route and one of my favorites if you are preparing for a rapid trip. The Lamahatta Tour is forever a good quality thought to imbibe some unusual traditions of Ecotourism in North Bengal, particularly if you live close to Bengal. A three hour’s pictorial drive along the Teesta River from Siliguri to Lamahatta Eco Park takes us to a few picturesque ecological villages which lie in this division of the Himalayas. It is a calm and peaceful place with pine trees standing royally with threatening Mount Kanchenjunga in the front position.
Lamahatta Eco Park is one of Lamahatta main attractions. It is bounded by pine forests containing many seasonal flowers, as well as some rare and foreign types of orchids. Browsing during the stunning range of flowers on display, guests can also comfy on the various benches while enjoying the vision of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The watchtower is placed at a planned place that helps visitors to enjoy panoramic vision of the juncture of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Sikkim Hills, River Teesta and Rangeet.
What is the Altitude of Lamahatta?
The place of Lamahatta is 5,700 Ft higher than Sea level. Coordinates 27.0535° N, 88.3516° E
How is the Weather of Lamahatta?
You can visit Lamahatta anytime of the year. However, if you are loving flowers then you can visit Lamahatta in winters, when the flowers are in full blossom and the weather is the most favorable.
DAY 1: NJP/BAGDOGRA TO LAMAHATTA [2 HR 40 MIN (70.6 KM) VIA NH10]
Meet and Greet at NJP Station / Bagdogra Airport and go on towards Lamahatta. As you arrive at Lamahatta, the first spot to stop would be the Lamahatta Roadside Garden. Located on a hill slope, this stunning garden is bounded by pine forests containing many seasonal flowers, as well as some unique and foreign type of orchids. And as you go up, the canopy of first and conifers start caressing you. Enjoy your Lamahatta Homestay.
DAY 2: LAMAHATTA SIGHTSEEING TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, go for a short tour in and around Lamahatta. It offers a calm ambiance for all those looking for some tranquility apart from city life. Enjoy the loveliness of the pine trees standing royally, the powerful Kanchenjunga, Colorful Buddhist prayer flags, in the evening; you are free to wander around the local area. Night stay at a Lamahatta Homestay. The spot you will visit are:
Chota Mangwa Tour - A tiny hilly village in the secluded surrounds of Darjeeling District. It will get around half an hour's small drive to Chota Mangwa from Darjeeling town. Chota Mangwa is a pleasant calm village located among the orange garden with a royal sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Travelers can as well go for a day trip to Malley for River rafting. Tea Estate at Takdah is one more main traveler’s attraction.
Dense Dhupi Plantations - Small walks and treks are possible from Lamahatta. Walking among the Dhupi agricultural land with lush green flowers all just about provides an awesome experience.
Tea Estates - Visit the tea gardens nearest (you will get one within about 1.5kms). Some of the famous tea estates close to take in Glenburn Tea Estate, Rangli Rangliot Tea Estate, and Takdah Tea Estate etc.
Tinchuley Tour - It is a small eco-friendly mountain peak village and one of the main destinations in Village seeing the sights in Darjeeling district. Lamahatta to Tinchuley Distance is just 6 kms. The road passes during the beautiful Peshok Tea Gardens. Tinchuley is popular for the brilliant vision of Kanchenjunga and the some orange orchards it has. It is a tranquil and calm village with tea garden and orange orchards offering tranquility and nature makes it the most gifted eco-village and one of the main spots in Village Tourism in Darjeeling area which most city dwellers long for.
DAY 3: TRANSFER TO DARJEELING [23 KM - 1 HRS]
After relishing the loveliness of these offbeat spots and experiencing a country lifestyle, go on to the hot traveler’s destination, Darjeeling. Darjeeling is popular for its huge make larger tea gardens, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and for the wonderful visions of Mount Kanchenjunga. Placed 20 km apart from Lamahatta, to arrive at Darjeeling, you have to cover 1 hour of driving distance. On arriving, make sure to go into your pre-booked hotel room. In the evening, go for the discovery of the Darjeeling Mall Road. Return back to the hotel to an all night stay at a hotel in Darjeeling.
DAY 4: FULL DAY DARJEELING TOUR
Wake up early in the dawn and prepared to discover nearly all of the travelers attractions of Darjeeling. Begin the sightseeing trip by witnessing an amazing daylight over Mount Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill. Drive back to the resort for breakfast. On the method visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop etc. Post breakfast; visit most of the remaining famous sites. Start with Himalayan Mountaineering organization, the spot where you will get to see the climbing equipment used by Tenzing Norgay. Visit extra sites like Rock Garden, Padmaja Naidu National Park, Peace Pagoda, etc. After successfully seeing the sights journey, return back to the hotel during the night stay at Darjeeling.
DAY 5: DARJEELING TO BAGDOGRA [IXB] / NJP DROP
After mealtime go on towards NJP / Bagdogra [IXB] with sweet vacation memories.
TREKKING IN LAMAHATTA
Option 1 - There is a little nature track that leads to a small lake on a hilltop. The villagers think this to be a holy lake.
Option 2 - You can also do jungle trekking. There is one more track of around 8 kms from Lamahatta to Takdah that goes during a maze of pine and Dhupi trees.
Option 3 - Trek to Takdah Orchid hub (over 5 kms). The Orchid hub is nonetheless open regularly in the season (February through April)
Option 4 - Trek to the Gari Danda, an old fortress on top of a mount which is about 3 kms away
Q. What is the perfect time to visit Lamahatta?
You can select for Lamahatta Tour anytime of the year. However, if you are loving oranges then it is at Lamahatta in winters, when the oranges are in full bloom and the weather is the most helpful.
Q. Can I obtain a shared taxi to arrive at Lamahatta from Siliguri?
No, there is no straight shared taxi service from Siliguri / NJP to Lamahatta. You need to distribute taxi service for Darjeeling from Siliguri / NJP and get down at JoreBunglow, near Ghoom. Then from JoreBunglow to Lamahatta, you can get a new shared taxi service.
Q. What is Lamahatta popular for?
The Lamahatta is a popular destination with its vivacious dazzling flora. A watch tower built at the park nearby the stalk of the pine tree is one more attraction presenting wonderful vision. Residing nearby and well linked with Darjeeling, Lamahatta is an amazing place to take a look at.
Q. What is the best route to arrive at Lamahatta?
From Siliguri the path to Lamahatta is 72 kms and will take about 3.5 hours. You will require coming to JoreBunglow close to Ghoom and then delightful the street for Lamahatta. Easiest is to get a taxi from NJP station. Or else take a common jeep up to JoreBunglow and then one more from there up to Lamahatta.
Q. Can I get a shared car from Darjeeling to Lamahatta?
Yes, from Darjeeling to Lamahatta, you can catch a share car. The car for Takdah, Kalimpong and Gangtok all are transitory during Lamahatta and it is approximately just 1 hr trip from Darjeeling.
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