Perched at the highest point of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 4200ft with the mesmerizing view of the Teesta River is a hidden gem called Latpanchar. Located amidst the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Latpanchar is a quaint forest village 40km away from Siliguri known for its Cinchona plantation, and due to its unique location Latpanchar has been endowed with the immense richness of pristine nature. Latpanchar with its surreal gifts of nature and awe-inspiring view of green valley with the backdrop view of Mt Kanchenjunga is making its way towards the most favored destination on the travelers’ list who admires the beauty of nature.
Hidden in the dense mix-wet forest on the foothills of Himalayas, Latpanchar is one of the less trodden destination and free from horde of tourist even in the peak season, which lets it visitor enjoy the beauty of the serene ambiance without much hassle. Sited at the highest point of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Latpanchar offers its visitor with the most breathtaking sight of the river Teesta along with view of the adjacent view of the green valley. Most travelers are lured towards the Latpanchar for the panoramic view of the snow capped mountain seen from Ahal Dhara and chance to spot and observe some wild animal in their natural habitat while trekking through the Cinchona, Sal, Teak and Pine trees towards Latkothi. Visitor can go for a jungle walk near the beautiful Lake of Namthing to explore the hiding place of the rare and exotic spices of wildlife which Latpanchar harbors like the Himalayan newt or commonly known as the Salamander. It is a living fossil which has lived the age of the dinosaurs and is said to be the missing link between the Reptiles and the Amphibians. Latpanchar houses more the 250 spices of birds like Burn Swallow, Laughing Thrush, Sunbird, Scarlet Minivet, Minla, Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Ashy Backed Shrike, Spotted Eagles, Magpie, Drongo, Woodpeckers, Black Bulbul, Drongo, Kingfishers, Robin, Himalayan pheasants etc. It is also the home to the most elegant, colorful, endangered species Rufous Necked Hornbill which migrated to Latpanchar from Nepal hills due to its climatic condition making it a birding paradise for the passionate bird watcher. Latpanchar is a peaceful abode and perfect destination for the bird watchers & nature lovers which can be visited all through the year.
Engulf your senses with the fragrance of the vibrant Himalayan flora while exploring the less trodden road and observing wildlife in the virgin forest while visiting Latpanchar. If you are looking for a place with the touch of nature offering pictorial sight of Himalayan range far from the plague of tourist then Latpanchar a picturesque forest village is the perfect place where visitor can see the nature at its pristine form.