There are few experiences that open up not just your heart but also the lungs and your mind and hiking does just that. Hiking or trekking in Darjeeling is the best possible way to experience the local flavors of the destination. With the pace under your command, stop at leisure, meet people who live around there, try native cuisine from small hole-in-the wall shops, make new friends and come back with an interesting tale of your own. Darjeeling has now become an apt destination for adventure activities like trekking. The alpine mountains and the lesser explored regions draw attention of many adventure enthusiasts from all across the globe. Trekking in Darjeeling is one experience that no thrill-seeker would want to miss out on. The panoramic view of the Mt. Everest and Mt. Kanchenjunga is what makes trekking in Darjeeling an unforgettable experience.
One of the major treks in North Bengal is Sandakphu wonderland of all trekkers. The trail of Sandakphu abounds in Rhododendrons, Primulas, Magnolias, Orchids and a variety of Ferns. There are also about 600 species of birds inhabiting on the slopes of the mountains. Thus the trail provides great opportunity for birding along with enthralling trekking experience. Along with the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Everest, trekkers in Darjeeling get an opportunity to catch a glimpse of awe-inspiring 8 thousanders like Mt. Makalu and Mt. Lhotse.
The Darjeeling trek is the part of the great Singalila range, which separates West Bengal from the Himalayan mountain range in the west. The trail covers Maneybhanjyang, Tonglu, Sandakphu and Phalut. The adventure holiday in Darjeeling becomes livelier when the trekking trail reaches Gairibas; continuing towards Kalipokhri one has to encounter swamp leeches that inhabits between the Gairibas and Kalipokhri trail. The rare species of Red Panda can also be seen on the Sandakphu-Phalut trek. Thus one can be guaranteed of tremendous adventure with a rendezvous with rare and special.
There is no particular season to trek your way towards Sandakphu every season has its own magic. If you love colors, visit Sandakphu during the springs. See the rhododendrons bloom in a riot of colors. The whole path will be blasting in red, pink and white. Sandakphu will bear a dreamy look in the monsoons. With the clouds hanging just above, you will be transported to the misty and dreamy land. October will give you the best view of the ranges. The sky will be clear and Kanchenjunga will appear with all her glory in front of you. And if you love snow, visit Sandakphu during December and January. The path will be covered with snow and you might even see a few frozen waterfalls on the way! Sandakphu will itself be snow covered during this time.
"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." — John Muir
|Place||Things to see||Best Season|
|Sandakphu, Maneybhanjyang, Tonglu, Gairibas, Kalipokhri||Rhododendrons, Primulas, magnolias, Orchids and variety of Birds||Spring, Monsoon|
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