Darjeeling, the glorious hill station is now overrun by tourists and too much chaos has weakened its natural beauty. If you want to spend two or three days in a quiet hilly place surrounded by nature, then Chota Mangwa, an offbeat ecotourism destination can be your next choice. It is an eco-village situated at the top of the Mangwa hill in Darjeeling district away from the crowd noise.
The view of Kalimpong and the mountains in Sikkim looks spectacular from this place. There is only one place to stay- Darjeeling Blossom Eco-Tourism Complex that does not offer high-end amenities like a city but beautiful cozy cottages, a colorful garden, mouth-watering delicious food and an awesome view around.
How to reach Chota Mangwa?
If you are coming by train then from NJP, you have to book a car and it takes almost two and a half hours to reach Chota Mangwa via Teesta Bazar. And if you are planning to travel by airplane, then from Bagdogra airport you will also need to follow the same direction. If you stay at Darjeeling then Chota Mangwa is one and half hours drive from Darjeeling. The distance from Darjeeling City and Chota Mangwa is only 35 km.
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Main Attractions and Sightseeing at Chota Mangwa
If you want to feel the true essence of village life nestled in the lap of the mountain and want to attach with nature, then Chota Mangwa may fulfill your wish. The journey towards Chota Mangwa is a wonderful experience and when you will reach there, it will offer complete peace with chilly weather and complete silence of nature. If there is a heaven, you can get a glimpse of it at Chota Mangwa.
The less crowded place is truly nature’s paradise and worth spending a couple of days. On top of that, the hospitality of the local people of this eco-friendly village can melt your heart. This quiet village has an excellent view of the river Teesta. You can witness a magnificent view of Kanchenjungha on a clear sunny day.
In the early morning, you can witness a picture-perfect sunrise over the hills of Kalimpong. The lush greenery and different types of flowers during the spring season enhance the beauty of Chota Mangwa. December to February is the time when oranges grow in Chota Mangwa. You can visit the orchards of orange and taste the fresh juice. Bird watching is also a very good option to spent time here.
Nearby attractions at Chota Mangwa
- Hiking through the forest trails, one can reach the old monastery that is situated at the Takling Khasmahal Village. The way towards the monastery is quite adventurous. From the monastery the view of the misty mountains and forest is awesome.
- Teesta river can be seen from a distance. The curve of the flow of the river around the mountains is magnificent to look upon. If you love photography, this place can be your ideal destination.
- Hiring a car, you can visit the beautiful Rungli Rungliot Tea Garden and orchid center in Takdah. The car may cost Rs 1800 to Rs 2500 for half-day and full-day sightseeing.
- Lamahatta park is a very good place to see near Chota Mangwa. This scenic park is covered by dhupi and pine trees. A sacred lake is situated at the top of the park.
- Bara Mangwa, Tinchuley and Kalimpong are also within short driving distances from Chota Mangwa.
Darjeeling Blossom Eco-Tourism Complex: Best Place to Stay
To enjoy the natural beauty fullest, we recommend staying in the Darjeeling Blossom Ecotourism Complex, the best homestay/ lodge at Chota Mangwa. The complex is full of flowers and in the winter season, the orange trees are in full blossom. The resort is situated on top of a hill that has excellent views from all sides.
The wooden rooms of the cottage are very comfortable and worth every penny. There are several seating benches in the complex from where you can witness the beauty of the mountain, gaze at the sky for hours and when you look down, you can see the Teesta river flowing.
In the early morning, the mesmerizing sunrise and at night, the mindblowing starry lights of Kalimpong town can be seen from here.
Organic food is served in the hotel and every item is very delicious. The behavior of the staff in the complex is heartwarming. You can easily spend here two or three days just doing nothing but feeling everything around nature. You can also hire a car from the complex for sightseeing.
There are many other homestays to halt that has been established lately. But they are not as beautiful and have less facility than the Darjeeling Blossom eco-tourism complex at Chota Mangwa.
There is a small and beautiful hilltop at a 2-minute walking distance the complex towards the north-east side. View of Sunrise, hills of Kalimpong and Teesta river looks the best from here. This place is remote and must be advanced with proper precaution.
Best time to visit Chota Mangwa
You can visit Chota Mangwa throughout the year but every season has its own specialty. In summer, you can get a pleasant atmosphere here running away from the heatwaves in the plain land. During the rainy season, the mist and clouds cover the whole place making it a bit gloomy. The road gets slippery and sometimes you may not be able to go outside of the room.
So, you should avoid visiting this time. In winter, the place offers a crystal clear view. At this time, the Kanchenjungha is seen very clearly from here. Apart from it, you may like the taste of fresh oranges at this time. October to February is the best time to visit Chota Mangwa.
6 Tips to visit Chota Mangwa
- If you are planning to visit anytime between December and February, you must carry warm clothes with you as the weather gets very cold.
- If you come in the early or late rainy season, then do not forget to bring an umbrella and raincoat with you.
- Before reaching Chota Mangwa, the last two-kilometer stretch of the road is not in good condition. Therefore, you must hire an SUV like Scorpio or Bolero.
- The hilltop near the complex I have mentioned must be reached with extra caution. You should avoid the place during the night unless you are professionals.
- The Ecotourism Complex uses a solar heater to warm water for regular use that is good but do not expect a city-like facility in there.
- If you are planning for an itinerary of 4-5 days, I suggest staying two days at Chota Mangwa and the remaining days at Tinchuley and cover Lamahatta, Takdah from there.
Chota Mangwa is getting more popular day by day as the crowd in the other popular places is increasing. If you a nature lover and want to spend a memorable time in the green with the singing birds around, you must visit it once. This peaceful offbeat place will give you the opportunity to take rest and free your mind from the daily busy routine. So, why waiting? Pack the essentials in a trolley bag and travel to Chota Mangwa.
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