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things to know about Latpanchar

Enclosed by the thickly wooded forest and cinchona plantation, Latpanchar is a mesmerizing hamlet in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. Nestled amidst the luxuriant Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Latpachar is far from the clutch of urbanization where natural beauty is completely untouched and ravaged by the human activities. Often tagged as a birding paradise, the unique flora and fauna of the village have captivated the minds of many travellers.

Places to See in and around Latpanchar

Even though Latpanchar is a small and sleepy mountain village, the tourist attractions here can be found in abundance. However, some of the prominent ones are as follows:

Ahaldara Viewpoint

An ideal place to witness a breathtaking sunrise over the mighty Himalaya, Ahaldara Viewpoint is one of the major attractions in Latpanchar. Approximately 7 km distance away from the village, you can witness a complete panorama of the forests on mountain slopes and the river Teesta flowing. Moreover, the jaw-dropping view of the Kanchenjunga looks unearthly from here. In recent years, few cottages have been built at the viewpoint to offer visitor comfortable night stay.

Namthing Lake

Very close to Ahaldara Viewpoint, Namthing is a serene lake situated at an elevation of 5000 feet above the sea level. Though the lake stays dry for most of the time, it's surrounding forested area host plethora of unique wildlife including the Himalayan Salamander. Due to its surrounding forested area, birds also get attracted which adds more charm to this lake.

Sarsari Dara Viewpoint

Just about 1.5 km distance away from Latpanchar, Sarsari Dara is another worth visiting viewpoint nearby. A great view of Kanchenjunga can be captured along with the surrounding valleys and mountains.

Sittong Orange Orchards

Sittong is known for its colourful orange orchards and it is one of the major sightseeing attractions near Latpanchar. The vast stretch of the orange garden is truly a treat to the eyes of the beholders.

Activities to Do in and around Latpanchar

Surrounded by daunting hill and dense forest all around Latpanchar is truly a less trodden destination where most of the tourist rarely visits. However, visitors to the village can enjoy lots of different kind of activities.


Nature Walking

Nature walking through the Cinchona plantations and through the forest of Teak, Pine and Sal trees is truly a great activity to do here in this village. Apart from a leisure walk birding is a great activity to do as Latpanchar hosts more than 240 species of birds such as Robin, Himalayan Pheasant, Black Bulbul, Drongo, Sunbird, Burn Swallow, etc.



Trekking is one of the finest activities to do here as Latpanchar is connected with several trekking trails. A trek through the alpine forest and the cinchona plantation of Latpanachar will lead you to some of the fascinating sites like Ahaldara Viewpoint, Namthing Lake, Sarsari Dara, the temple of Lord Shiva at the top of Raja Rani Hill, etc.

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How to Reach Latpanchar

By Flight
Bagdogra is the nearest airport at a distance of 41 km. This is the busiest airport in the North Bengal region. After boarding a flight to this airport, all you need is a rented car. Car will be included in the package if you book a tour package.
By Train
Latpanchar is an offbeat village. Hence, the nearby railway station is far away from the village at a distance of 43 km. Trains are available to this station from most of the nearby cities. After reaching the station, you can go for the hired car.
By Road
Even though shared cars are not available to travel to this hamlet. From Siliguri, Bagdogra or NJP railway station, you will be driven via NH 31A and Sevoke to reach Kalijhora. From Kalijhora, take left and after covering an approximate distance of 13 km.

Accommodation options in this Village

The only mode of accommodation in Latpanchar is homestays and there are no hotels available, as it is an offbeat place. The homestays are offered by the local villagers for a comfortable night stay. The rooms of these homestays come with all the basic amenities such as wall to wall carpet, electricity, hot water, attached western bathrooms, etc.

Best time to Visit Latpanchar

Every season offers different kinds of charm and holiday experience to the visitors of Latpanchar. However, October to May is considered to be the best time to visit Latpanchar because of the soothing weather.

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