Guarded by the Himalayas in the North and Bay of Bengal in the South, West Bengal is a state that every traveller should visit to witness nature’s wonderful creation and experience the culture of Bengal. Even though it is revered for the mangrove forest that is home for the famous Royal Bengal Tigers, the mountains in the north have a great fan following. Along the verdant mountains of Himalayas stands tall like the ruler of the region the Kanchenjunga. And it is the aura of this magnanimous range that works like Pied Piper’s music to lure the mountain lovers from far and wide.
It is the gurgling river Teesta and the enamouring view of the mighty Kanchenjunga is what makes a Kalimpong a must visit hill station for all mountain lovers. Its scenic beauty and tranquil ambiance is something city lovers cherish. This small hilly town is also blessed with monasteries, churches, colonial architecture and colourful nurseries. The bustling centre market is another attraction where you will find Tibetan handicrafts and eateries too. And lastly, not to miss the flower market of Kalimpong that is filled with orchids, Gladiolas and other flowers of the hills.
How to reach: The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri which is well linked to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. New Jalpaiguri is the closest railhead from where you either have to hire a private cab or take a bus.
Where to Stay: The Elgin Silver Oaks, Holumba Haven, Hilltop Tourist Lodge, Orchid Retreat
Nestled on the lap of Himalayas, Darjeeling is one of the most popular hill stations of the world. Hemmed along this hill station are the emerald tea gardens and lush mountain range, that casts a spell on any traveller visiting it. And apart from this what they take back home bundled in their memories is the hypnotic sight of Kanchenjunga during sunrise when it shines like gold. At Darjeeling you will also witness the colonial architecture, monasteries and the wildlife in the nearby zoo. if you decided that you have seen enough of this place in movies and want to see it all by yourself, then do not forget to eat in Glenary’s and also grab a plate of momos.
How to reach: You can take a flight till Bagdogra airport or a train till New Jalpaiguri. From there you either take the buses that regularly ply or hire a taxi or jeep. Toy train from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling is also available.
Where to stay: Mayfair Darjeeling, Cedar Inn, Windmere Hotel, The Elgin Darjeeling
When you want to get away from the torpor of life and fill your soul with some zeal, then you should make your way to Lolegaon, near Kalimpong. Located amidst the heritage pine forest where the mist adds the extra zing to the tranquil ambiance. If you are a nature lover you can wander in the woods full of pine, cypress and oak. Lava and Rishop are close by so you can visit these small hamlets. What you will enjoy is the music of the sudden rains maybe in the dead of night.
How to reach: The nearest airport is Bagdogra while New Jalpaiguri is the closest railway station. You can hire a cab or car from Mal Junction station or from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri.
Where to stay: Forest Bungalow of Forest Department, Hotel Treefern, Lovely Resort, Hotel Sunrise
If you are visiting the hills of West Bengal, you cannot ignore Mirik. A small hill station near Darjeeling, it is surrounded by the enormous Himalayas, tea gardens and lake. This place is perfect for those who want to escape from the city life and take a break amidst a peaceful environ. The pristine Sumendu Lake adorned with gardens is the major attractions of Mirik. This hill station will stay forever in your memory for its scenic landscape and tranquillity
How to reach: You can either fly till Bagdogra airport or take a train till New Jalpaiguri station. Buses regularly ply from Siliguri or you can hire a private car or taxi to reach Miriki.
Where to stay: The Park, Hotel Blue Lagoon, Hotel Jagjeet, Rangbhang Homestay
As you stroll along the hilly slopes of Kurseong, you will be mesmerized by the blooming white orchids that may look like snow from a distance. Yes this small hill town is known as the ‘land of white orchids.’ Kurseong is crowned with manicured tea gardens and hilly slopes that look all the more beautiful when it rains. It is a perfect place to go back in time especially during the British colonial era, as many old building still tall adding a unique charm to this hill station.
The pitter-patter of rains, the emerald hills, and the snow clad Himalayas, the misty forests, and the warm people of North Bengal will compel you to visit it again and again. And every time you visit the hills of West Bengal, you will make a new discovery every time.