If we break the word in two ‘Jagat’ actually means ‘the world’, and Lepcha is tribe name so together word means World of The Lepchas. 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.

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If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic stay for a couple of days, then Lepchajagat is the place for you. I know of many who actually association a short stay in Lepchajagat with their visits to Darjeeling just to blend the vacation with an offbeat stay amidst nature.

Subsequently, it was taken over by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) and now a reserved forest area.

This place has dense forest area full with conifers like pine, oak and rhododendrons. Along with gleaming view of Kanchenjunga peaks, and amazing birdlife and tranquillity that awes you this place give you happiness in a wonderful way. Not many shops or other nightlife attractions so one can enjoy the quietness to oneself. Hawa Ghar which is about 1 km can be trailed by walk for fitness lovers. If the luck is in your court you might be able to see all five peaks of Kanchenjunga range.

Another place is Ghoom Rock which is 1.5 km away and at an altitude of about 7,900 ft is famous as a sunrise point that tourists visit. Wonderful view of the Balsan Valley is also remarkable.

The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 85 km takes 3 hours. Also, the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri 95 km which would take 3.5-4 hours.

West Bengal forest development corporation lodge offers to stay. Other sight-seeing places are Jorepokhri, Mirik is 25 km away with a natural lake called Sumendu Lake, Pasupati Market located in India but near Nepal border is 15 km away, Maneybhanjan a 15 km drive also located on the India Nepal border start point of Sandakphu trek.

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