Ichchegaon, Darjeeling

Ichchegaon

Nestled at an altitude of 5800ft and tucked within the mystical forest of pine tree is a quaint hamlet called Ichchegaon. Ichchegaon or “Wishing Village” is a place where all wishes of travelers to stay amidst untouched nature would come true. The word Ichchegaon in local Lepcha language means top and Ichchegaon is truly the topmost point in that area. Perched at the highest point Ichchegaon offers its visitor with the panoramic view of the stunning Mt Kanchenjunga from dawn to dusk and it may be one of the factors which attract travelers to Ichchegaon.

Surrounded by dense forest of Juniper, pine and birch Ichchegaon is a hidden destination still untouched by the tourist rush and offers a truly village atmosphere to its visitor with panoramic view of mountains along with the warm hospitality shown by the local people. There are few short treks available from Ichchegaon to Ramitey Dhara, Tinchuley and Jalsa which offer some the best mesmerizing pictorial sights letting the visitor enjoying the simple yet ravishing beauty of this quaint village. Silery Gaon is another quaint hamlet beside Ichchegaon where the visitor can go for trekking through the tropical forest and if lucky they might even stop some of the exotic animals on the way to Silery Gaon. The serene ambiance of the picturesque Ichchegaon is more enhanced in the evening, when visitors witness the enchanting phenomena of 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 leave them spell bind. Night life of Ichchegaon is entirely different there is a mysterious calmness which fills the sounding while the moonlight makes the village look like a mystical place from a fairytale land. Ichchegaon attracts tourists round 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, wild flowers, gushing steams and waterfalls.

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 the view of the snow clad mountains. Ichchegaon 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.

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