(Last Updated on : 15/01/2015)
Hill Stations of West Bengal
offers the national and international tourists with the mesmerizing natural beauty. These hill stations are located in the northern part of Bengal and the southern part of Bengal. The northern part of West Bengal includes Darjeeling, Kalimpong
, Loleygaon, Rongbull
and many other places. These are located near to Siliguri. These hill stations are easily accessible from Kolkata
and many other places of the Indian state of West Bengal and other states of India. While on the contrary, the southern part of West Bengal has the other hill stations like Mukutmanipur, Joychandi Pahar, Ayodhaya Hills
and Garhpanchakot. The southern most part of West Bengal is easily accessible with other states of India and the other places of West Bengal.
Darjeeling is a hilly town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located in the Mahabharata
Range or Lesser Himalaya at an average elevation of 6,710 ft from the sea level. Darjeeling is the ideal tourist destination for West Bengal people. This place is noted for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Darjeeling is the headquarters of Darjeeling district of the northern part of West Bengal which has a partially autonomous status within the state of West Bengal. The development of Darjeeling dates back to the mid-19th century, when the colonial administration of British Government of India
. Darjeeling was set up with a sanatorium and a military depot. Subsequently, the extensive tea plantations were established in the region of hilly tracts, and tea growers developed hybrids of black tea and created new fermentation techniques. The resultant distinctive Darjeeling Tea is internationally recognized and ranks among the most popular of the black teas. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway connects the town of Darjeeling with the plains and has one of the few steam locomotives still in service in India.
Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres.
The town of Kalimpong is the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision, a part of the district of Darjeeling. The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located in the outskirts of the town. Kalimpong is well known for its educational institutions, many of which were established during the British colonial period. Kalimpong used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China's annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War.
Kurseong is a hill station and sub-divisional town situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. In the Lepcha
language, Kharsang means the "Land of the White Orchids". Kurseong is located at an altitude of 1,458 metres. Kurseong is just 32 kilometres from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Kurseong is about 29 miles from Siliguri. It is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra Airport
and the nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri
. The New Jalpaiguri Railway Station which is about 53 kilometres from Kurseong. The economy of the town of Kurseong is based primarily on education and tourism.
Mirik is a charming tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok with a meaning "place burnt by fire". Mirik has become a popular tourist destination not for its climate, but for its natural beauty and easy accessibility. The centre of all attraction is the Sumendu Lake. Mirik is surrounded by a garden on one side and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pull. A 3.5-km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kangchenjunga Peak on the far horizon. The boating on the quaint "shikaras" and pony riding are available.
Lava is a small rural community situated 34 kilometres east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarah in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet. It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park
from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is picturesque with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests of Lava are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching.
Lava has now become a favourite tourist destination for people living in West Bengal. The tourism in Lava has become the source of living for the inhabitants. Wild animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear and barking deer are found in these parts. A Buddhist monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava. The notable sites include Changey Waterfalls and Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery.
Loleygaon is a small Lepcha village located in West Bengal. Loleygaon has a population of about 5000. It is situated in an extreme end of a Himalayan Ridge. This is located at a distance of 24 kilometres from Lava lying at an altitude of 1,675 meters. It comes under the Kalimpong I block in the Darjeeling District
of West Bengal.
Joychandi Pahar is a hill and the locality in this region which is a popular tourist attraction in West Bengal. Joychandi Pahar is three kilometres from the sub-divisional town of Raghunathpur region of Purulia district
. It is on the Purulia-Barakar road, is a popular tourist centre and major attraction for rock climbing. Joychandi Pahar Railway station is on the Asansol-Adra section of South Eastern Railway. It is located in the state capital of Kolkata. The other rock climbing centre nearby is at Susunia Hills.
Susunia Hills in Bankura District of West Bengal is an ideal spot for weekend tourism. The pleasant climate of Susunia Hills is enchanting one.
Ayodhya Hill in Purulia district is an extension of the Dalma Hills
. It has an altitude of 610 meters from sea level. The hill is ideal for rock climbing and trekking. It is popular because of its scenic beauty. A visit to beautiful waterfalls, deep forests, tribal villages, Gorshabru and Mayur hill are sure to captivate not only the local tourists but also it is a cynosure to the others. The presence of the variety of wild animals in the forests makes this place more adventurous.
has an outstanding view of Kanchenjungha. Rishop attracts tourists not only for the mountains but also for the dense forest. The deep silent forest of pine, birch, fir and Orchids with soothing path following the chirps of birus and the view of azure sky on the lad of snow capped Kanchenjungha
is a special gift of Rishyap to the travellers. By standing in Rishap one can see the some part Nathu La Pass
and Jalep La Pass.