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 oaks 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”.
Perched above the valley of the beautiful rhododendron Lepchajagat has been alluring travelers towards it with the magnificent vista of glorious Himalayan Mountains along with the dense forest of 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 sun slowly starts to rise above the horizon glazing the snow capped mountains of 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 thrives 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 of the exotic Himalayan birds like Fire-Tailed Sunbird and the Rufous Sibia making it a birding paradise. Every season has its own charm in Lepchajagat which can be relish by its visitor throughout the year.
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 as the paradise for those people who want to tend their tired soul with fresh mountain air amidst the dense forest.