Doban is gradually gaining popularity among the tourists for its unique location and picturesque landscape with surrounding forests. Moreover, Doban makes a perfect stopover for the tourists travelling through the Silk Route.
Doban is an ideal tourist place for spending a day in sparkling weather watching birds and angling before taking to the high-altitude lakes of the Silk Route in Sikkim.
Doban is surrounded with dense forest and grasslands. It is home to a huge population of migratory and residential birds. The golden gleam of sunrise is undoubtedly awesome.
Doban is just 18 kilometers from Aritar. The main attraction of this village is a beautiful “boot- shaped” lake called Lampokhari. Doban is the place; unique in its own way is covered with lush green forest, mountains, stepped farmlands and waterfalls. Aritar top, which is known as Mankhim offers an amazing view of Kanchenjunga Peak and some great nature trails, monasteries, view points, bird watching opportunities and village tour options. The Aritar Dak Bungalow, built in 1896 by the British East India Company is another attraction in this region.
From Doban, one can visit another interesting place, Pedong, a resort town just 38 kms away. There one will find the historical ruins of Damsang Fort, built in 1690, the reminiscent of the Lepcha Kingdom. Apart from these, one may visit Reshikhola, another riverside destination, just 13 kms away from Doban. One can also take day trips to Kalimpong, which is just 47 kms away and the little hill station Lava just 55 kms away from Doban.
Angling in the waters of Rangpo and Reshi rivers can be a perfect entertainment in this region. The crystal clear river is also a delight for adventure lovers. With all, Doban is a heaven for birdwatchers, anglers and photographers.
Doban is very near to Rorathang, which is a border town between East Sikkim and West Bengal. It is located at a distance of 84 km from Siliguri and 47 km from Kalimpong. One can avail rented cars according to one’s choice and budget from both these places to reach the destination. The winters bring migratory birds to Doban but during the heavy monsoons of June, July and August, Doban becomes inaccessible and stays closed to tourists.
(Last Updated on : 20-07-2015)
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