Tinchuley,Takdah & Mongpu – 3 Eco-friendly Mt Kanchenjunga Villages

Tinchuley

Tinchuley is a small village in the snow peaks of Mount Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 5,800 feet,  in Darjeeling district, West Bengal state, India. It is slowing gaining popularity as a village tourism destination. Three ridges meets at Tinchuley.

View from Durpin Dara near Tinchuley
View from Durpin Dara near Tinchuley

17 families are involved in the village tourism program. Some of their homes has been converted into home stays or guest houses.  They also indulge in organic farming.

Orange orchard farms, Tea Gardens, etc, are the main tourist attractions here at Tinchuley. Orange Orchards of Nirmal is at around 8 kilometers from here. Rungli Rungliot and Peshoke Tea Estate are two well known tea estates here. Darjeeling Tea is a Geo-protected tea from this district.

Tinchuley Monastery is another tourist destination here.

Tinchuley View Point offers 180 degree view of the Eastern Himalayas. The view of the sunrise from here, with the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga as the backdrop, is excellent.

Gumbadara view point offers magnificent  view of river Rangeet and parts of Sikkim. There are many caves and rocks which can be explored / trekked from here.

River Teesta & River Rangeet confluence at a nearby place called Triveni. It is one of the most beautiful sights. You can see both rivers in different colors at the confluence as Rangeet waters are crystal clear, whereas Teesta with its mountain stream waters has a different color. Sikkim mountains can be seen on one side.

Takdah

Takdah is another beautiful village near Tinchulay at a distance of around 3 kilometers.  Takdah Monastery, a small monastery,  is situated here.

During World War I, Takdah was one of the the most strategic locations for the British. Army camps were setup  here, which is now known as Takdah Cantonment, a military cantonment of the Indian army.

Durpin Dara Viewpoint (Dara means hills) is at a distance of around 10 kilometers from Takdah, within the Cantonment. The sight of river Teesta flowing through the picturesque landscapes makes you spellbound.

Zang Dhok Palri Monastery alias Durpin monastery or Durpin Gompa is situated here. Consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976, this  new monastery is situated on the Durphin hills.  Durpin Gompa has 108 volumes of Kangyur (sacred texts recognized by various schools of Tibetan Buddhism), other holy books and scrolls that were taken out of Tibet, after the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese in 1959.

Mongpu

Mongpu is another nearby village where the summer residence of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is situated. Its now converted into a museum.

How Do I Go to Tinchuley?

Tinchuley is at a distance of around 28 kilometers  from Darjeeling and takes around 1.5 hours by car.  New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station and Siliguri Junction railway station are the two nearby railway stations at a distance of around 73 and 68 kilometers, respectively. Kalimpong hills, another nearby tourist destination, is at around 35 kilometers distance.

There are direct buses to Takdah from Darjeeling. If you are coming from Siliguri, Jeeps and shared taxis are available. They ply  up to Takdah. From Takdah, you can hire a taxi to reach Tinchuley, which is at a distance of around 3 kilometers.

Tinchuley Resorts

There are a few resorts here. Rai resort Tinchuley  is a leading one. Guest houses and home stays are also available.

Top 4 Hill Stations in India, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Lonavala

Top 4 Hill stations in India region-wise are Shimla in the North, Darjeeling in the East, Ooty in the South and Lonavala in the West.

St. Michael's Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in IndiaSt. Michael’s Catholic Church at Shimla, one of the Top 4 Hill stations in India.

Shimla, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Shimla in North India is situated in Himachal Pradesh state. Shimla hill station offers panoramic view of the Himalayas. Its considered as the best hill station in India. There is a ropeway to Shimla from downtown.

Shimla is at around 223 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India. Shimla is well connected by roads. Kalka railway station is the nearest broad gauge railway station. Kalka station is connected to Shimla by Kalka- Shimla narrow gauge railway line. This railway line is a UNESCO World heritage site and is part of “Mountain Railways of India” along with similar narrow gauge lines at Darjeeline and Ooty. New Delhi airport and railway stations are well connected to other parts of the world.

Darjeeling, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Darjeeling hill station in West Bengal state is a beautiful hill station in the Western India. Darjeeling offers view of the Lesser Himalayas. Darjeeling Tea is a famous Geo-patented tea from this region.

New Jalpaiguri railway station near Silguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling at around 50 kilometers distance. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway starts from here. Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport at around 90 kilometers distance from Darjeeling hill station.

Ooty, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Ooty hill station in Tamilnadu is a beautiful hill station in the South. Ooty is also known as Udhagamandalam or Udhagai. Ooty is part of the Nilgiri mountains or Blue mountains.

Coimbatore is the nearest city with airport at 86 kilometers away. Coimbatore junction railway station is the nearest major railway station which is connected to other parts of the country. Mettupalayam is the nearest railway station on the broad gauge. Very few trains go to Mettupalayam. Heritage Mountain railway to Ooty starts from Mettupalayam.

Lonavala, One Among the Top 4 Hill stations in India

Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state is another beautiful hill station in the Western part of India. Its part of the Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. Khandala hill station is an adjacent twin hill station at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala hill station.

All trains stops at Lonavla railway station. Pune city is the nearest major city with an airport, at around 64 kilometers distance. Mumbai is another major city at 104 kilometers away from Lonavala hill station.