If you are a nature lover, then Lepchajagat is the place for you, a perfect weekend destination. I am aware of many who join a short trip in Lepchajagat with their visits to Darjeeling just to mix the get-away with an offbeat stay amidst nature. So, we did.
As the name, it once a village of the Lepcha tribes. The word ‘Jagat’ really signifies “the world’, so it was the universe of the lepchas. Control by the West Bengal Forest development Corporation (WBFDC) and now a reserved forest area.
Situated at an elevation of 2123 m above Sea level. Lepchajagat is around 14 km from Darjeeling.
Lepchajagat is about thick forest zone full of pines, oaks and rhododendrons. And all that is joined with grand view of Kanchenjunga peak, superb birdlife and peaceful surrounding.
So, during the day time, you draw in with nature, and when the sunsets, you sit beside the bon fire and read a book, or simply restate your day’s involvement as you taste some Darjeeling tea and unwind. There are no shops or other nightlife attractions around.
Tourist Attractions around Lepchajagat
Ghoom is about 12 Kms away from Lepchajagat and can be reached in about half an hour. Places to visit in Ghoom monastery and Tiger hill.
Maneybhanjan is about 15 kms from Lepchajagat on the Inda-Nepal boarder is the base for treks to Sandakphu and is about 45 minutes’ drive.
Jorepokhri Salamandar Project
It is about 6 Kms from Lepchajagat. Places to visit here are the lake which is home to Himalayan Salamandar, a rare species of Reptile.
Mirik (30 Kms) is about an hour’s drive
Is located along the Indo-Nepal border, around 10 kilometres away and is known for its wide range of consumables.
Accommodations in Lepchajagat
Nature Education and wilderness Resort
Phone No.: 033 23350064 / 033 23358320
Pakhrin Home Stay
Lepchajagat FRH, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734102
How to reach
By Road: This place is only 19 kilometres from the Darjeeling town, and can be reached by cars.
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest railway station, from where it takes around 3 hours to reach Lepchajagat.
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport. It takes 3 hours to travel from here to your destination.