Saturday, March 9, 2019

Charkhole, Darjeeling, Your Offbeat Summer Holiday Destination India

Charkhole, Darjeeling, Offbeat Summer Holiday Destination

Fast Fact:
Location: Charkhole, Darjeeling, India
Place to Visit: Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap, Kolakham, Rikisum, Pedong
Charkhole Best Time To Visit: October to May
Charkhole Weather: Summer around 5 to 20° C, winter around -5 to 10° C
Charkhol Attraction: Neora Valley National Park, Pine, Oak, Shal, Cypress Forest, Variety of Birds

Charkhole, Darjeeling:

Charkhole being one of the newest destinations in Eastern Himalayas, North Bengal. Charkhole is a pristine destination, overlooking the green valley with the panoramic view of Kanchenjunga, stuck within a deep forest of Oak, Pine & Rhododendron, situated around 15km from Loleygaon and around 30km from all the hustle bustle of Kalimpong.

Charkhole is an offbeat destination in Darjeeling District where nature welcomes with its abundant beauties and varieties. It is a very small village on the hilltop & indeed can be declared as a paradise of the Eastern Himalayas. Charkhole is in Kalimpong Sub-division and Darjeeling hills of West Bengal state and located at an altitude of 5500 ft above the sea level. Neora Valley National Park covers the place with lush green forest with the trees of towering Oak, Pine, Shal, Cypress, Rhododendron etc. Charkhole is only disturbed by the chirping sound of numerous birds like Blue Fronted Redstart, Indian Robin, Green Backed Tit, Pippit, Ashley Prinia, Verditer Flycatcher, Himalayan Bulbul and many others make the place as one of the most favourite destinations for bird watchers.

Hordes of Butterflies added more beauty to make Charkole as one of the most favourite destinations for every kind of travellers visiting Darjeeling hills. Because of the forest coverage of Neora Valley National Park, some wild animals are also available here. The view of the mighty presence of Mount Kanchenjunga and its adjoin snow clad peaks is really awesome. On a very clear day, even Mount Everest is clearly visible from here.

There are very few families living in Charkhole. The primary source of their live hood is agriculture. Their simple lifestyle honesty and warm hospitality are really charming. With all its beauty Charkole is really an ideal place to spend some time in peace and tranquillity.
Train tickets and accommodations were booked early during your January in order to avoid any mishaps due to the long weekend rush.

Things to do in Charkhole :

Charkhole is a place of serenity. Take a walk in the forest area near Charkhole under the warm glow of sun with birds & colourful flora everywhere you lay your eyes on while been enthralled by the heart touching hospitality of the people of Charkhole. Revive your tired soul while immersing in the surreal beauty of Charkhole. If you long for a place far away from the irrepressible city life with astounding site amidst the green luscious forest, Charkhole is the ideal destination for you. Walking leisurely in & around the village & to watch the lifestyle of the simple villagers along with enjoying the spellbound natural beauty. A further walking inside to Neora Valley forest is enthralling. Bird watching can be a good experience here.

Charkhole, Derjeeling, Your Offbeat Summer Holiday Destination India

Places to visit around Charkhole :

From Charkhole it’s easy to visit several beautiful places as a day tour. Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap, Kolakham, Rikisum, Pedong etc are the places which are full of natural beauties and offer a full-blown view of Eastern Himalayas along with mighty Kanchenjunga and its neighbouring peaks. Jhandi Dhara in Loleygaon which is famous for spectacular sunrise view on Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest.

Lolegaon is a small Lepcha village also known as Kaffer, has a spellbound view of Himalayan snow ranges over the entire horizon. Viewing sunrise over the snow peaks from Jhandidara, & the famous Canopy Walk (hanging footbridge over the Canopy of huge trees) is an experience of a lifetime. This is the only Canopy walk in the entire Darjeeling & Sikkim Himalayan region and must see for all the tourists visiting Lolegaon.

 4 km trek through the Neora Valley forest will lead you to Lava. A nearest small hill town in the district of Darjeeling. In Lava, you can visit the Lava Monastery, the biggest & famous monastery in this region.

Neora Valley Forest :
 A jungle safari by Jeep & trek inside the forest is a wonderful fabulous experience. This trip is a must to all nature lovers & bird watchers. The trip through deep jungle, full of tropical forest & most rare birds will make this trip memorable one. More adventurous people can go for a Rachela Trek towards the Aritar. The Jeep safari will start from Lava. Nature Wings can arrange Jungle Safari for its guests.

Changi Falls:
Changi , Changey or Chagey falls just 3 km jeep drive and 1.5 km walk down through nicely built staircases and rest hut takes you to the most wonderful falls in the deep forest of Darjeeling Hills. It is the only falls in the deep forest which can be reached by tourists by jeep ride & a walk down to around 250 stairs. In the deep forest of Neora Valley forest with sounds of rare tropical birds like Wagtail, Minivet & others make your journey a memorable one.
The picturesque Rishop offers a spellbound view of snowcapped Mt Kanchenjangha along with Mt Kabroo, Mt Kharg Mt Pandim, Mt Simvo and Mt Rathung.

How to reach Charkhole :
There is no public transport system to connect Charkhole from the rest of the places. The only way to reach there by a hired SUVs.

By Air: Bagdogra Airport nearest airport from Charkhole. Charkhole to Bagdogra Distance 86km.

By Train: Nearest railway station New Jalpaiguri Station, distance is 96 km from Charkhole.

Train To New Jalpaiguri:
Train No
Train Name
Howrah Njp Satabdi Exp
Howrah To NJP
Kanchanjangha Exp
Sealdah to NJP
Sealdah to NJP
Padatik Express
Sealdah to NJP

Uttarbanga Express
Sealdah to NJP

By Road: New Jalpaiguri to Charkhole 96km, Charkhole to Kalimpong 26 km and  15km from Loleygaon.

Where to stay in Charkhole :

There are not plenty or variety of accommodations are here. Apart from it, there is one resort which can offer all modern amenities as per the place concerned with a comfortable stay. And few homestays which are also good for staying.

Hotels in Charkhole:

Charkhole Resort
Address: Charkhole, Lulagaon Khasmahal, West Bengal 734301
Phone: 084203 61281

Blue Pine Resort, Charkhole
Address: Lulagaon Khasmahal, West Bengal 734301
Phone: 096813 53660

Hotel Merigold
Address: Near Syndicate Office, BSNL TOWER, CHARKHOLE,
Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal 734301
Phone: 098303 29591


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