A small village located in the wilderness at an altitude of 6956 ft, Lepchajagat. It takes its name from "Lepcha" meaning the indigenous inhabitants of the region, and "Jagat" symbolizing "world" or "domain". It's not a wildlife sanctuary or national park but a place taken over by WBFDC (West Bengal Forest Department Corporation) and turned into reserved forest area. Although Lepchajagat is only 19km away from the main town Darjeeling it still has the aura which gives sense of solitude and calmness.
Covered by wild forests of rhododendron, pine and oak with bounty of natural beauty Lepchajagat is the ideal place for all the people who longs for solitude amidst nature. See Mount Kanchenjunga with its surrounding peaks stands with its full might on the north-eastern side of Lepchajagat. Particularly during early morning, just after the break of dawn, the sun casts a rich, golden glow on the five peaks of the mountain range, and combined with the peace and tranquility and the clear, cloudless sky, makes for a truly magical experience. From Lepchajagat, you can also catch a glimpse of Darjeeling town in the distance. This is an ideal place for nature lovers to stay in an offbeat place with a blend of nature and peace. The only sound here is chirping of numerous birds during day time and the sound of cricket at the evening. Not only does it offer stunning greenery and mountain views, but birdwatchers will be thrilled with the amazing variety of birds with several rare species including the Fire-Tailed Sunbird and the Rufous Sibia that inhabit Lepchajagat.
Roaming in the nature with the company of wild forest, numerous birds, sea of mountains and silver glazing Kanchenjunga can be the main activity in Lepchajagat. In addition to the magnificent and majestic mountain views, visitors will also find great excitement in the numerous forests in the region. Visitors will greatly enjoy traversing the beautiful pine, oak and rhododendron forests that abound in Lepchajagat. Not only do they offer great places to walk, hike or even camp, but also fresh, un-spoilt air, glimpses of frolicking birds and fleeting animals like hares and occasional leopards. Together with the beauty of colorful blossoms in full bloom and the verdant greenery of coniferous trees, the forests of Lepchajagat are truly an enchanting place for all nature lovers.
Watch the mesmerizing sunset from the hawa ghar of Lepchajagat and be spell bind by its beauty. Lepchajagat is the paradise for the one who longs to find solitude and enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature.