Icche Gaon- Nestled at an altitude of 5800ft and tucked within the mystical forest of pine trees is a quaint hamlet called Icche Gaon. Icche Gaon or "Wishing Village" is a place where all wishes of travelers to stay amidst untouched nature would come true. The word Icche Gaon in the local Lepcha language means top and Icche Gaon is truly the topmost point in that area. Perched at the highest point, Icche Gaon offers its visitor a panoramic view of the stunning Mt Kanchenjunga from dawn to dusk. It may be one factor that attracts travelers to Icche Gaon.
Icche Gaon Tour Packages made by the professionals of North Bengal Guide let the visitors enjoy a hassle-free holiday. Visitors don't have to do any tour arrangements as everything is taken care of by the North Bengal Guide.
Surrounded by the dense forest of Juniper, pine, and birch Icche Gaon is a hidden destination still untouched by the tourist rush and offers a true village atmosphere to its visitor with a panoramic view of mountains along with the warm hospitality shown by the local people. There are a few short treks available from Icche Gaon to Ramitey Dhara, Tinchuley, and Jalsa which offer some of the best mesmerizing pictorial sights letting the visitor enjoy the simple yet ravishing beauty of this quaint village. Sillery Gaon is another quaint hamlet beside Icche Gaon where the visitor can go trekking through the tropical forest and if lucky they might even stop some of the exotic animals on the way to Sillery Gaon.
The serene ambiance of the picturesque Icche Gaon is more enhanced in the evening when visitors witness the enchanting phenomena of the sun slowly hiding behind the horizon while glazing the mighty Himalayan range and surrounding hills in the orange hue and when it is completely hidden behind the horizon the twinkling lights of Darjeeling, Ravangla and Namchi along the Himalayan range create a mystical view before the visitor which leaves them spellbound.
The nightlife of Icche Gaon is entirely different there is a mysterious calmness that fills the sounding while the moonlight makes the village look like a mystical place from a fairytale land. Icche Gaon attracts tourists around the year. In winter, you can savor an amazing view of the entire Mt. Kanchenjunga range and in monsoons; the whole region is covered in lush greenery, wildflowers, gushing streams, and waterfalls.
The best time to go for Icche Gaon Tour is during the months of October to December which is the season of Winter. Even though sometimes, the temperature falls below 2 degrees celsius, the view of Kanchenjunga and its nearby peaks looks stunning. To beat the intense heat of the plain, the season of summer is also considered to be the ideal time to go for the Icchegaon tour. Throughout the summer months, you can expect the temperature to hover around 25 degrees celsius. The sky and the splendid Kanchenjunga remain visible.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life lays a quaint hamlet in the Himalayan region still unknown to many travelers, offering a serene ambiance with numerous trekking trails along with the view of the snow-clad mountains. Icche Gaon is an ideal destination place for those nursing the soul of a nature lover to spend a laid-back weekend amidst the simple and serene life.
Icche Gaon is best visited by road as its nearest railhead NJP is 88 km and the nearest airport Bagdogra around 91 kilometers away. Being just 18 km away from Kalimpong, the village is easily accessible. A hired car is available from outside NJP or Bagdogra Airport and even from Siliguri. A shared car is also available up to Kalimpong. However, you have to switch multiple transportations which can be a hassle for some. To help travelers skip the hassle, the tour packages are included with a transportation facility.
Being an offbeat village, hotels and luxury amenities cannot be availed here. Instead of a hotel, you can stay at a homestay run by the local villagers. The homestays of Icchey Gaon provide amenities like attached western washrooms, spacious rooms, cozy beds, and more. Electricity will be staying for 24 hours and the foods being served here are made with organically sourced vegetables. Both veg and non-veg options can be availed. Go for a tour package with accommodation included so that you don't require brainstorming the best one.