Honeymoon in Lepchajagat (west bengal)
What images do you see in your mind’s eye when you envision about your honeymoon? If you keep having visions of snow-capped mountains, verdant valleys, and lush green forests teeming with flora and fauna, then you should start making arrangements for a post wedding vacation to the picturesque hamlet of Lepchaghat.
Since most of the tourists and travellers make a beeline to Darjeeling, you can enjoy your honeymoon in perfect tranquillity and solitude by heading to Lepchaghat and not following the beaten track. Lepchaghat offers unparalleled views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Sunrise and sunset vistas of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from Lepchaghat are really breathtaking as the mountain turns a flaming red.
Watching the sun emerging from behind the Himalayan mountain range or disappearing slowly is mesmerizing. The foggy weather, the giant sequoias, birches, redwoods and cedars, and the unassuming natural beauty of the hamlet all conspire to give a supernatural feel to your honeymoon. Lepchaghat wears a new look for all 365 days in a year. When you plan a trip to Lepchaghat, surely include Darjeeling, Gangtok, Mirik, Jorepokhri, Ghoom, and Pashupati in your itinerary.
Lepchaghat is a hamlet in West Bengal situated at an elevation of 2123 m and is situated alongside the road that links Mirik with Darjeeling. Darjeeling is a mere 20 kms ahead. Lepchaghat was originally inhabited by the Lepcha tribe till the British brought it into the limelight. The hamlets of Kalimpong, Kurseong, and Sukhipokhri are also popular tourist spots that are located close to Lepchaghat.
The nearest railhead is Siliguri (New Jalpaiguri railway station) that is situated at a distance of 85 kms from Lepchaghat. Siliguri is well connected by trains with major cities and towns in India. From Siliguri one can proceed to Lepchaghat by jeep or SUV or private transport.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra located on the outskirts of Siliguri. There are regular flights from Kolkata and Guwahati to Bagdogra. Siliguri is also conveniently connected by road with Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Aizawal, Itanagar, Dispur, and other major cities in Eastern and North-Eastern India.
Ideal Time to Visit
Accommodation options are very limited in Lepchaghat. The only worthwhile place to put up at is the Lepchaghat Forest Bungalow owned and administered by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC). Make reservations well in advance.
Where to Stay
As Tarkali is not frequented heavily by visitors and tourists, the beach remains virtually for the better part of the year. Accommodation is easily available in and around Tarkali. There are many luxury and medium range hotels, resorts, and guesthouses in Tarkali and Sindhudurg. You can expect to get round-the-clock room service in most of the accommodation. Other facilities like cable television and broadband service are also available. You can choose to stay in a MTDC (Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation) holiday resort or the ‘Gods Garden Beach Resort'. You can also choose to stay in a houseboat for a more intimate honeymoon experience.
What to Carry
- Train/Flight Tickets
- Travel Insurance Papers
- Essential Medications
- First Aid Kit
- Antibacterial Wipes
- Woollens including sweaters, windcheaters, jackets, gloves, mufflers, and so on
- Disposable Cash
- Debit Cards/Credit Cards
- Important Phone numbers and Addresses
- Travel guidebooks and maps
- Dry food items
White water rafting on the Teesta and Torsa Rivers is a very popular tourist activity. If you have a passion for trekking, then you can test your nerves on the Sandakphu trek that starts from Maneybhanjan. It takes about an hour to get to Maneybhanjan from Lepchaghat. There are many other famous treks (for instance, Rhododendron trek) that take you to the bases of several well-known Eastern Himalayan peaks. Simply do not miss to catch views of sunrise from Tiger Hill.
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Tsogmo Lake
- Nathu-la Pass
You can shop for woollen garments, local handicrafts, amulets, beaded jewellery, curious, and antiques. Do not forget to pick up packets of the world famous ‘Darjeeling Tea’.