Lepchajagat - At an altitude of 6956ft, 19km away from Darjeeling is a quaint hamlet called Lepchajagat. Lepchajagat is a picturesque Lepcha village sited close to Sukhiapokhari. Located on a hill slope covered with rhododendron and oak forests, Lepchajagat offers a rich diversity of nature. It takes its name from "Lepcha" meaning the indigenous inhabitants of the region, and "Jagat" symbolizing "world" or "domain".
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Perched above the valley of the beautiful rhododendron Lepchajagat has been alluring travelers towards it with the magnificent vista of the glorious Himalayan Mountains along with the dense forest of the pine tree. The beautiful surrounding with the cool weather makes Lepchajagat a perfect place to venture if travelers are looking for a place far from the maddening city life. The most awaited moment for the visitors while traveling to Lepchajagat is during dawn when the sun slowly starts to rise above the horizon glazing the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan range with an enchanting hue of golden and orange while gently revealing the green luscious valley combined with the clear sky and tranquil ambiance creates a phenomenal event which has enthralled the mind of all the visitors.
Apart from offering a spine-chilling sunrise over the Mt Kanchenjunga visitor can also go for a short trek through the beautiful pine, oak, and rhododendron forests that thrive in Lepchajagat where they get a chance to blend in with the pristine nature flourishing near Lepchajagat while spot some wild animals carelessly wandering in the woods. Lepchajagat with its pleasant weather house some exotic Himalayan birds like the Fire-Tailed Sunbird and the Rufous Sibia making it a birding paradise. Every season has its own charm in Lepchajagat which can be relished by its visitor throughout the year.
Lepcha Jagat is full of tourist places near it. Have a look at the most popular one which you might be interested to visit.
Yiga Choeling Monastery - One of the oldest monasteries in the region, this Buddhist religious site in Ghum is a major attraction nearby. Ghum is around 10 km driving distance away from the village. The railway station in Ghum is one of the highest in the world.
Jorpokhri - A little community located at an elevation of 7400 feet above sea level is only 5 kilometers distant away. The words "Jor" and "pokhri" signify "two" and "lake," respectively. The twin lakes gave the village its name. Travelers are drawn to it by the peaceful atmosphere and breathtaking vista.
Yiga Choeling Monastery You may visit Pashupati Market from LepchaJagat. It is located near the Indo-Nepal border in Pashupati Nagar. The market is about a 15-kilometer away from the Lepcha Jagat Village. Only Nepalese and Indians with appropriate Government ID proof are allowed to enter the market, which is well-known for selling international goods at inexpensive costs.
Manebhanjan - Another spot to see near LepchaJagat is this small tourist-friendly neighborhood. The settlement is frequently used as a base camp by trekkers heading to Sandakphu. Manebhanjan and Lepchajagat are around 11 kilometers apart. It would take just around half an hour to cover the road distance.
The best place to stay in Lepchajagat is at the Government Lodge run by the West Bengal Forest Department Corporation (WBFDC). A British Bungalow constructed in the year 1800 which is now transformed into a Lodge for the tourists by the Government, staying here will be quite comfortable. The rooms of the WBFDC Lodge are spacious and have fireplaces, wooded panels, large cupboards, etc. The accommodation is a 2-storey building with 6 rooms. The pictorial view of the splendid Kanchenjunga and the tranquil ambiance has made this one of the most preferred accommodations to stay here in this village.
The nearest railway station to this village is New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) at a distance of around 75 km. The nearest airport is located at Bagdogra. The approximate distance between the airport and Lepcha Jagat is 72 km. Renting a car in NJP, Bagdogra, or Siliguri will get you to Lepchajagat quite comfortably. You can also take a shared jeep from Siliguri or NJP to Ghoom. The sumos traveling to Darjeeling will drop you off in Ghoom. You can either take another shared jeep or get a full vehicle from Ghoom. It can be difficult to find a shared jeep from Ghoom to Lepchajagat. Darjeeling is around 13 km away from Lepchajagat, and you may reach there by renting a car from the Darjeeling Chowk Bazar Taxi Stand. If there isn't a shared car available to take you to Lepchajagat, take one to Ghoom and then another to Lepchajagat. To skip the hassle of renting a car on your own, go for a well-planned package that includes complete transportation service.
Lepcha Jagat being a village does not have any hotels to stay in. However, there are lots of homestays available. Run by the locals, the homestays here provide all the basic amenities you truly need for your comfortable staying experience. The foods served here will be completely homemade. The amenities include clean spacious rooms, an attached western-style toilet, room service, a view of the splendid mountains, 24 hours electricity, geysers, and more.
The best time to visit Lepchajagat is during the season of summer. Throughout the summer months when the cities of the plain become scorching hot, Lepchajagat, with its pleasant weather and cool temperatures, become the ideal destination to seek refuge for the people. Winters are quite cold and frigid due to the high altitude of the village, but it is the best time to visit Lepchajagat if you want to see the Himalayan range in all its glory. In the winter, the temperature varies from 2.4°C to 9.6°C hence bringing warm clothes, hats, and socks is recommended.
Inflate your lungs with the untainted air while listening to the melodious chirping of birds and being mesmerized by the stunning vista of blooming flowers with the backdrop view of majestic snow-capped mountains in Lepchajagat. The surreal beauty of Lepchajagat has spell-bound many travelers and is considered the paradise for those people who want to tend their tired souls with fresh mountain air amidst the dense forest.