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things to know about Sittong

Just about 60 km distance away from Darjeeling, Sittong or Sitong is a newfound jewel nestled in the foothills of Eastern Himalaya. Surrounded by daunting hills and the lush alpine forest of Himalaya, Sittong is all about providing a calmly ambiance, and the endless natural beauties to its visitors. Also known as the "Orange Village" among the locals, trip to this hamlet can easily be planned to explore its scenic beauty, the vast stretch of tea estates, several orange gardens and the captivating view of Kanchenjunga.

Attractions in and around Sittong

Even though Sittong is far from the hustle and bustle of city life, it offers lots of sightseeing attractions in and around it. Some of the major ones are:

Sittong Monastery

Constructed with Bamboo and mud, Sittong Monastery is a worth visiting religious site offering a stunning view of Kanchenjunga and a breathtaking view of the surrounding.

Sittong Church

It is one of the attractive sites in the village. Once constructed with bamboo and mud, Sittong Church is now a brick and mortar architecture. The breathtaking view of the surrounding as well the unique architecture can immensely provide peace to your distressed soul.

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Just 25 km distance away from Sitong, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a promising forested area quite popular among nature enthusiasts as it hosts numerous birds, butterflies, and also several unique wild animals.


It is another breathtaking sightseeing attraction just 8 km distance away. Surrounded by countless pine trees, it provides a soothing ambiance and breathtaking surroundings which were even loved by the legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore.


Just 25 km distance away from Sitong, Latpanchar is a great sightseeing attraction nearby. Often tagged as the "Birding Paradise" here one can get to see Blue Whistling Thrush, Minivet, Sunbirds, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Drongo, Kingfisher, Falcon, Eagle, etc.

Activities to Do in and around Sittong


Bird Watching

Sittong is full of different kinds of Himalayan birds. One can go for a walk through the pine forest to spot these birds and enjoy the melodious chirping of them.


Enjoy Nature Walking

Go for a long nature walk in and around the village and get to know about the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas. Taste some ripe oranges as sittong is all about orange gardens.


Visit Sitong Church

Visit one of the ancient monasteries in the North Bengal Region named Sitong Church to witness its unique architecture and to seek peace for your disturbed soul.


Sightseeing Trip

One can plan a trip to its nearby destinations like Darjeeling, Mirik, Pashupati, etc to explore the plethora of sightseeing attractions such as Batasia Loop, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, Japanese Temple, Rock Garden, Peace Pagoda, Don Bosco Lake, Mirik Lake, Pashupati Market, Ghum Rock, Jorepokhri and many more.

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How to Reach Sittong

By Flight
Bagdogra is the one and the only airport nearby at a distance of 38 km from Sitong. Board a flight to this airport and after landing, all you have to do is hire a car to reach this scenic settlement comfortably.
By Train
The nearest railway station of Sittong is NJP (New Jalpaiguri Junction) which is located at a distance of just 32 km. From this railway stations, cars can be hired to reach the village comfortably.
By Road
Road is the most comfortable way to reach. Car can be hired from all its nearby destinations like NJP, Siliguri, or Bagdogra Airport. You can reach this village via Sevoke - Kalijhora and Latpanchar.

Accommodation Options in the Village

There is only one mode of accommodation available in this village which is homestay. All kinds of basic amenities are there in this accommodation option such as 24 hours of electricity, attached western bathrooms, hot running water, cozy rooms, and many more. The homemade foods served here are quite delicious and always cooked with natural resources.

Best time to Visit Sittong Village

Sitong can be visited at any time of the year. However, those who are keen to see Sittong ornamented with oranges can visit the hamlet during the months of November, December, and January. However, to get rid of the intense heat of the sun, summer months are also considered to be the best time to visit Sittong.

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