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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Roaming around MONPONG ; LATPANCHAR.......(North Bengal Part II)

Sunrise at Mongpong

MONPONG

Mong pong, placed in the Darjeeling District is a small hilly village. This calm, quiet place is situated on the bank if Teesta River and on the fringe of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. Monpong has always been loved by nature loving tourists because of its peaceful natural beauty. The loveliness of sunrise from monpong village is just speechless.

Teesta River


Places to visit:
Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary:   Mahananda Wild life Sanctuary is a safe heaven for various species of Birds such as Pintali duck, Bar –headed goose, Poachard etc. Travelers must spend some awesome and memorable days at Mongpong to get rid off busy concrete life. This peace heaven for wild life is spread over varying elevations and across 158 sq km and altitude varies from 500 ft to 4300 ft (approx). It will take 45 minutes from Siliguri to reach Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and from Darjeeling it will take 2 and ½ hrs. Daily safaris are offered to tourists in two shifts, one in morning and another in the afternoon.

Watch Tower at Sanctuary
Journey from Darjeeling to Mahananda Wild life Sanctuary is also very charming if travelers experience a trip on Toy Train.


If Travelers plan to spend one or two nights at this sanctuary, they can experience either forest lodge at Sukna area in the southern lower region or at Latpanchar which is in the northern region of this sanctuary.


Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary

Red crested pochard at Sanctuary
Pintali Duck
Bar headed Goose
Latpanchar:   Latpanchar is a mesmerizing natural beauty covered with forests and cinchona plantations. It is the highest point in Mahananda Wild life sanctuary. Travelers will be relaxed with the greenery all around. The main attraction here is 360 degree view of Kurseong, Tiger Hill, Sikkim and Siliguri from “Ahal” hill top.

View of Kanchanjangha from Latpanchar......
 Ahal Dhara:  This is the viewpoint from where travelers can watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. The place is close to Namthing Lake.


Namthing lakeSituated at an altitude of 5000 ft above sea level, the beautiful lake is the natural habitat for a number of rare species of birds. Namthing Lake is only the second place in the region where you can see the Himalayan Salamander in the wild.
Namthing Lake..


Latkothi:    A mountain road covered with sal, teak, pine tress leads to Latkothi, a place of natural splendor. It is situated at an altitude of 5000 ft above the sea level. Nature lovers can spent a calm day here out of the city life.





Latkothi..  

Nearest Railway Station : New Jalpaigudi is the nearest railhead which is about 2 hrs way from Latpanchar.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, just 2hrs away from Latpanchar, is the nearest airport.

Accommodation at Latpanchar:   Being a small place, no such option of good hotels in Latpanchar can avail. However Forest Bungalow maintained by West Bengal Government are there over a hill slop overlooking the vast forest canopy of Mahananda Sanctuary.
A small privet hotel 'Himalayan Resorts' offers few rooms with basic facilities.
Accommodation is also available in Himalayan Nature resort.

Bungalow at Latpanchar....

Himalayan Resort at Latpanchar......

Accommodation at Mongpong:   Accommodation at Mongpong is available at forest bungalow.  
Night view of Forest Bungalow at  Mongpong...... 


Distance from Siliguri :  Mongpong is about 29 kms from siliguri. Nearest railhead is NewJalpaigudi and nearest Airport is Bagdogra.

Beauty during Autumn at latpanchar.......

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