Sandakphu Peak (11,941 Feet) is the highest peak in West Bengal. The highest peak of Singalila Ridge in Darjeeling district, almost near the border of Nepal, it is located very close to Singalila National Park. Sandakphu, the highest peak in West Bengal, gives you a spectacular view of four out of the five highest peaks in the world. The best view possible is of mountain Kanchendzonga. You can reach the peak either by car or trekking. The trek is a beautiful 51 km long way up the hill, starting from Manebhanjan. Sandakphu is also known as the "mountain of poisonous plants" because of the abundance of Himalayan Cobra Lilies here. Since this is an arduous trek, it is advisable to undertake it only after ensuring your complete fitness.
Another very popular activity at Buxa is trekking at the Reserve. A 15 km trek from Buxa to Jayanti Riverbed is very popular. The trek will take you from the beautiful dense forests of Buxa, all the way to Jayanti. There you can sit by the Jayanti Riverbed and see the Bhutan Himalayas. the breathtaking beauty of the hills is accentuated at sunset.
Offering you a sweeping view of four out of the five highest peaks of the world Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Lhotse, all in a single stretch, Darjeeling offers some of the best trekking routes in the world. Singalila range is one of the most popular trekking routes while Sandakphu & Singalila Trek, Phalut Trek and Sikkim Trek - Dzongri & Goechala are some of the other trekking routes in Darjeeling.
The national park is part of a trekking route and no less than a paradise for trekkers and adventure lovers. In fact, the region was earlier used as the trekking route from Manebhanjang to Sandakphu and Phalut. Singalila National Park derives its name from the Singalila spur, which runs through the park, descending from Mount Kanchenjunga in the north and running south to the northern fringe of the Gangetic Plains.
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Kalimpong is a good place for Hiking and you can also take help from guide. The altitude of about 1500 m in Kalimpong offers mild to medium challenges.
Known For : Susunia Hill Joyrambati Bishnupur
With much historical significance, Bankura is a town famous for its hills and temples and a treat for adventure sports enthusiasts such as trekkers and hikers.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Jaldhaka River Valley Coronation Bridge Gorumara
Jaldhaka is a valley town hidden in the hills of Darjeeling. It takes you back in time when nature was, all that man cared about. The place is one of those that will combine the beauty of a relaxation trip with the thrill of an adventure getaway.
Best Time: October to March
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