Sittong: 

Sittong or Sitong is a village in the Kurseong division of Darjeeling area. It isn't just a town, yet a bunch of villages in a large region referred to locally as Sittong Khasmahal. The spot has gotten well known among vacationers as it is the core of the orange developing wide open of Darjeeling slopes. Sittong isn't a disconnected visitor goal, it is encompassed on all sides by new and old traveler goals, the vast majority of which despite everything hold their unique excellence and has not turned regular touristic yet. Mungpoo, the cinchona town put on the map by Rabindranath Tagore is only 8 km from Sittong.  From sittong you can have an all encompassing 360 degrees see covering Dooars, Terai, Kurseong, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim slopes, some portion of Bhutan and Nepal is also visible from here. You can also have a fantastic perspective on Mt. Kanchenjunga. A fantastic trek route through the woodland can take you to Chatakpur, a backwoods town that has gotten well known among sightseers recently. You can also trek to Bagora by means of Mamring from here. Other trek choices incorporate a trek to Kurseong by means of Majua and Mahaldiram. In the event that you are keen on low altitude treks, this spot will give you a lot of options.

Ahaldara: 

Among all the visitor attractions Ahaldara needs exceptional explanations. This is the most elevated place of Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary, roughly 7 kilometers from the town of Latpanchar.It's a lot colder than the town itself. It is the most popular viewpoint to get the 360 degree perspective on the East Himalayan Range including Tiger Hill, Kurseong Hill, Mongpu Hill, Darjeeling Hill, Chatakpur Hill and different slopes with the spread of waterway Teesta. Additionally, as a background you can see the compelling Mt. Kanchenjunga. In October-November you get the best view. The spot itself is charming; at the hour of dawn it is considerably additionally engaging. After the dawn, you have to discover your own way to invest energy as there is no other amusement/shop/bar and so forth. 

Latpanchar:

Latpanchar is part of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary which is well known for its wide range of animals and birds. There are some 36 types of animals and over 240 species of birds which can be spotted here.  Most common animals include Himalayan black bear, leopards, deer (including barking deer), mountain goats, monkeys, wild boars, and even elephants which often drift to this side. In order to see the most exotic animals, you will need to go to the core area of the sanctuary which is about 6kms walk from the village. You should always take an armed guide with you. The lodge can arrange for the guide. Most tourists visit the stretch of forest area between the Forest Rest House and Raja Rani Hill. October to May is the best time to visit Latpanchar. Private guides are available to take you to the sanctuary for Rs. 400/- per trip while the birding guides are available for Rs. 600/- (indicative cost only). There is no separate entry fee to enter the wildlife sanctuary. 

How to reach:

Njp to Latpanchar approximately 45 km. You have to  take national highway 10 up to kalijhora after that take a sharp left upward journey. From kalijhora road conditions are not good. Time taken 2 to 2.5 hours.As Road conditions are not best be careful about unexpected bumps.  Latpanchar to Ahaldara distance is 5km via Shelpu-6th Mile Road,  by car it takes about 30 minutes.  

Distance from the nearby area:

Darjeeling – 35 Kms

Kalimpong – 54 Kms

NJP – 54 Kms

Sightseeing:

  1. Sirsari Dara view point.
  2. Namkhil Pokhari Lake (this lake area is well known for the rare Himalayan Salamander "small lizard like creatures"). 
  3. 150 years old Buddhist monastery. 
  4. Sittong Orange Orchard.
  5. Sunrise at Ahal Dara
  6. Chattakpur, another small eco village in the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling District, the village hosts only 18 houses with 88 inhabitants, appx 28 kilometers from Latpanchar.

Tourist activities:

  1. Bird watching at Latpanchar.
  2. Leisure walking.
  3. Visit the orange orchard in Sittong.
  4. Enjoy Bonfire arranged by homestay.
  5. Enjoy local cuisine.
  6. Low altitude treks like Chatakpur, Bagora  from sittong.
Do not expect much of tourism activities as the nature is captivating here.

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