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Sittong: The unexplored part of Bengal




The beauty of Bengal is unparalleled and unmatched. It always pulls me to pen down a travel blog and here’s the fourth fragment. From Kalimpong to Darjeeling, there are tonnes of places that truly define the beauty of Bengal. Although, there are quite a few places that gain less popularity even being beautiful in its own way. Sittong, being one such less explored place, is widely known as the pulpy region of North Bengal. Sittong can be compared to heaven as it displays a picturesque valley of Kalimpong hills beside Riyang River. The tough terrains of Sittong have always been silhouetted by the curvaceous smile of villagers. People live here with utmost peace and harmony and chirp with the hymn of nature. The homestays here, are the main attraction for those tourists who just like to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle of the city life and connect with a natural essence. Keywords like, eco-tourism, nature enthusiast, etc. truly define the aura of Sittong. Let’s get to know the important places to visit in, and around Sittong.

Sittong North Bengal
Magnificent view of Sittong Khasmahal
Sittong The pulpy region of Bengal Orange
The pulpy region of Bengal: Sittong
Red flower Sittong Khasmahal
Flowers are forever

Upper Ghalayter Lepcha Buddhist Monastery, Sittong

I celebrate every religion and Buddhism amazes me every time I get to feel its glory. Though I have visited more than twenty to thirty monasteries, yet this one proved to be one of a kind. I am a worshipper of calmness, simplicity, tradition, and peace. Well, this place has all the virtues embedded in it. Locals claim that the Lepcha Buddhist Monastery dates back to almost two hundred years. It attracts a lot of tourists from other parts of our country. We hardly spotted anyone there hence, escorted ourselves inside. The smell of burning incense sticks, the compelling eyes of Lord Buddha and some dilapidated structures fascinated us, in true sense. Don’t these photographs speak?

Upper Ghalayter Lepcha Buddhist Monastery in Sittong
The exterior of Lepcha Buddhist Monastery
Upper Ghalayter Lepcha Buddhist Monastery 200 years old Sittong
The oldest monastery in Sittong

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Lord Buddha monastery in Sittong
Lord Buddha’s shrine
200 year old monastery in Sittong
The 200 year old monastery in Khasmahal, Sittong

Namthing Pokhri, Shelpu

Namthing Pokhri (as the name implies, “Pokhri”=pokhar or lake) is a natural lake, situated in the district of Shelpu, Khasmahal. It lies 4500 ft. above sea level. It is basically a home for rare reptile species namely, Newt, the Himalayan Salamander. The pine trees (as you see in the picture) cover most of the part of the forest. It serves as the habitat for more than hundreds of birds and insects. Tourists who trek from nearby places like Ahal Dara or Latpanchar can witness calmness and serenity of nature. The roads are smooth enough so be sure about your comfort level.

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Ahal Dara viewpoint, Latpanchar

Ahal Dara is a popular view point where you get to witness the mighty peak of Khangchendzonga (or, Kanchanjunga). Not only that, but I saw tremendous amount of Cinchona and Eucalyptus plants too which looks pretty amazing with such a great view. My mom loved the place and she is still staring at her photos. Our family has a hilarious tendency to stare at own pictures so, sorry not sorry. Tea plantations are at peak and not-so-pointed rocks, allowed us to sit and feel the breeze. Teesta river can be seen from afar with fog as a value added tax. I am just so lucky, right? (screams afar) We stumbled upon a huge rock as we headed towards our car. What’s next?

Tea garden at Ahal dara View Point
Tea garden at Ahal Dara View Point
Teesta river Ahal dara view point Aldara Latpanchar
Teesta river as seen from Ahal Dara view point
Aldara Ahaldara viewpoint Latpanchar
The beautiful view from Ahal Dara viewpoint
Cinchona Eucalyptus plant Ahal Dara Aldara Latpanchar
Cinchona or Eucalyptus? Guess guess.

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19 thoughts on “Sittong: The unexplored part of Bengal”

  1. I have never been to North Bengal. But this post makes me want to plan a trip asap. After all thats the least one could do during the summers staying in Kolkata

  2. I have grown up in Kolkata but sadly haven’t travelled much and I regret so much now. Bengal has so much to see, from diverse landscapes to architecture and culture. Not to mention the food.

  3. The less explored places are often more mesmerising. Your pictures and experience says a lot about the beauty of the place.

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