Located 28km from Darjeeling at the fringe of Singalila National Park on the border of India and Nepal is Manebhanjan a small transit-town. Singalila National Park is the home to various species of birds and animals including Blood Pheasant, Red Panda and Himalayan Black Bear. At an altitude of 1928mt, Manebhanjan marks the start of the trailhead for the trek to Sandakphu which is also known as the trekkers’ wonderland on the Singalila Ridge the highest point in West Bengal. Bhanjayang in Nepali means Junction, and Mane stands for Buddhist Stupas. So the name Manebhanjan means the junction of Stupas. The income of the local residents is geared towards tourism, especially foreign trekkers.
Manebhanjan is a small town and being sited along the Singalila Ridge expansion of this forest village is strictly restricted beyond its current borders so as to protect the surrounding forest and its ecosystem. Manebhanjan is few of the places where travelers can still get the chance to see the Land Rovers being used. The vehicles were being used amid the British period and are perfect concerning climbing the rock filled streets that dab the trail to Sandakphu. There are just a couple of them remaining at this point. You will be astonished when you perceive how grandly the proprietors treat these automotives. At Manebhanjan tourism being one of the principle methods to earn economy the Land Rover Association now allows only these vehicles to ply along the Sandakphu route, although one can take his personal 4-wheel-drive vehicle too. The 4 hour ride can be quite 'jumpy' as drivers maneuver their prized possessions along snaky curves and uphill roads. Travelers are lured toward this quaint town since it can be used as the base for all the trekkers who are walking their way up towards every trekker’s dream destination Sandakphu or for the wilderness explorer who came to explore Singalila National park at the extreme northwest of West Bengal forms the border with Nepal and is a high altitude protected forest. The trek, which starts, from Manebhanjan, is a spectacular birding trail. Some of the birds to be seen here are Blood Pheasant, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Himalayan Griffon, Steppe Eagle, Golden Eagle, Spotted Nutcracker, Plain-backed Thrush, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Blue-capped Redstart, White-throated Redstart, Eurasian Tree creeper, Buff-barred Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fulvous Parrot bill, Black-throated Parrot bill, Alpine Accentor, Rufou-breated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Pink-browed Rose finch, Dark-rumped Rose finch, White-browed Rose finch, White-winged Grosbeak, Little Bunting making it a birding paradise. Manebhanjan is the gateway towards exploring the wonders of Himalayan range.
Let your inner explorer be freed and start your journey towards one of the highest point while spotting one of the classic vehicles used during British Era in Manebhanjan. Manebhanjan is an ideal place to start your journey towards wilderness and be one step closer to nature.