Perched amidst the orange orchards overlooking the stunning Mt Kanchenjunga and Kalimpong valley is a quaint hamlet tucked away in the hills of North Bengal called Chota Mangwa or Chota Mangmaya (as many locals call it). Travelers are being attracted to this relatively new found destination Chota Mangwa located on a ridge at the top of the Mangwa hill for its surreal beauty and serene ambiance. In the Lepcha language the meaning behind the place name is “A small place of finger millet”.
Chota Mangwa is an Eco friendly village with extremely friendly and down to earth people whose hospitality is sure to swell the heart of all travelers. Located 35km from the Queen of Hills Darjeeling town Chota Mangwa provide a great atmosphere which is untainted by the polluted air to detox away from the maddening city life. Surrounded by the luscious green hills of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Sikkim Chota Mangwa is making its way towards being one of the most favored destinations on the list of travelers. From Chota Mangwa travelers can savor an un-parallel view of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga and the beautiful meandering Teesta River. The spectacular sunrise is also equally admirable which has left many of its visitors spell bind. A trip to the orange orchards at Chota Mangwa to see the oranges in full bloom, picking them and enjoying orange juice fresh from the orange garden is an experience worth of a lifetime. Apart from offering the pristine view of the snow capped mountains and meandering river Teesta, travelers can gain access to few sites which may hype the interest of visitors. Tourists can make a trip to the nearby village of Takling to view an age-old monastery. There is also a Tibetan Medical center at nearby Takdah. You will also surely fall under the spell of the stunning view of Rungliot Tea Estate at Takdah. You can also visit the small orange juice-making factory at Lopchu, a cozy pristine hamlet across the hills. There is specific time to visit the picturesque location the astounding beauty of Chota Mangwa can be relished throughout the year but to get the view of valley covered in orange orchards the best time to visit is during November and December
Take a stroll through the orange garden which fills your senses with the goodness of citreous fruit while basking in the sight of the glorious snow capped mountains of the Himalayan range at Chota Mangwa. Far away from the mundane city life Chota Mangwa is an ideal place if you long to find solitude amidst the hilly region or enjoy a laidback weekend with your loved ones.