Lepchajagat is a small village located in the 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.
As the name suggests, it once used to be a hamlet of the Lepcha tribes. The word ‘Jagat’ actually means “the world’, so it was the world of the Lepchas. Subsequently, it was taken over by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) and now a reserved forest area.
Main Attractions of Lepchajagat:
On the Ghum-Sukhiapokri road (1.5kms away from Lepchajagat), at an altitude of 7,900 feet (2,400 m) stands a huge detached rock offering a grand view of the Balsan Valley and the hills beyond.
Jorpokhri is a tiny place on a hilltop and located in Darjeeling district. From Darjeeling town, it is about 19kms and can be reached from the road to Mirik. Located at an altitude of 7,400 ft, the main feature of Jorpokhi is its twin lakes after which the place has been named.
Old Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling. The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat sect and is known for its 15 feet (4.6 m)-high statue of the Maitreya Buddha. The external structure of the building was established in 1850 by the Mongolian astrologer and monk Sokpo Sherab Gyatso, who was head of the monastery until 1905.
Sukhiapokhri is a small hilly locality in the India of West Bengal. It is located 11 km from Ghum on the way to Mirik. Sukhiapokhri is near Nepal’s eastern border with India Ilam District, Mechi Zone.
Kurseong comes from the Lepcha word ‘Kharsang’, meaning “The land of white Orchids”. It is a hill station and sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district of the Indian state of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 1,458 metres (4,783 ft)Kurseong is 33 kilometres from Lepchajagat and has a pleasant climate throughout the year.
Mirik is a tourist spot located in the hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of Mirik subdivision. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning “place burnt by fire”
Mirik has become a tourist destination for its climate, natural environment and easy accessibility. The centre of all attraction is Sumendu Lake, surrounded by a garden named Savitri Pushpaudyan (after Savitri Thapa, a martyred soldier of INA) on one side and pine trees on the other, linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pool (named after Indreni Thapa, a martyred soldier of INA). A 3.5-km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kangchenjunga on the far horizon. Boating on the quaint shikaras and horse riding are available.
The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of an ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop.
It is 5 km from Darjeeling, below Ghum. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army. Who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947.
It is the summit of Ghoom. It is 11 km from the town of Darjeeling and can be reached either by jeep or by foot through Chowrasta, Alubari or Jorebangla and then climbing up the incline to the summit.
At sunrise, the peaks of Kangchenjunga are illuminated before the sun is seen at lower elevations.
From Tiger Hill, Mount Everest (8848m) is just visible. Makalu (8481m) looks higher than Mt. Everest, owing to the curvature of the Earth, as it is several miles closer than Everest. The distance in a straight line from Tiger Hill to Everest is 107 miles (172 km).
Lamahatta is a small mountain village near Darjeeling and a lovely eco-tourism place with great natural surroundings and views.Lama Hatta is the Popular for Buddhist Monks as lamas in Lama Hatta, Darjeeling,India.
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 stands for three chullas (chulla means oven), and this is represented by three prominent hill tops that resembels the three chullas.
Takdah is 28 km away (about 1.5 hours by car) from Darjeeling and 60 km from NJP (the nearest rail-head) as well as Bagdogra (the nearest airport). Takdah is a Lepcha word meaning mist or fog, And the name is aptly given as the place often remains covered with fog.
Night View Of Darjeeling