- The people of North Bengal are also a varied lot. The tea gardens brought in Tribals from Bengal and Bihar. The hill stations attracted people from neighboring Nepal, and the partition of 1947 brought in Hordes of Bengalis from Bangladesh.
- The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon.
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Latpanchar is a new tourist destination that is gaining fast popularity due to its unique location, grand view of the Himalayan range and the flora and fauna in the surrounding area. The small village is located in Kurseong division of Darjeeling district. At an altitude of about 4000 feet, Latpanchar is about 48 kms (2 hours) from New Jalpaiguri rail station and Bagdogra Airport.
The most important attraction at Latpanchar is the grand view of the Snow capped peaks of Kanchenjunga range. One can also see the Teesta River, Kalimpong hill area, Algara, Lava, Tode, Tangda and the plains of Terai. The best part of visit to Latpanchar is that you can enjoy the beauty of the hill without having to jostle among tourist crowd.
Latpanchar is close to the core area of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary. Among the animals found here are the rare mountain goat (serow), tigers, leopards, gaurs, wild boars, different kinds of deer and monkeys, jungle cats, porcupines, civets, monitor lizards and snakes. Latpanchar is also famous for the medicinal plants it produces.
In the last few years, the area has come up very strongly as home to a few rare species of birds. Ornithology enthusiasts have started flocking here from all over India and abroad for the unique bird species such as the Himalayan Pied Hornbill.
The lake of Namthing (Namthing Pokhari) - Situated at an altitude of 4250 ft above sea level, the beautiful lake is the natural habitat for a number of rare species. Namthing Lake is only the second place in the region where you can see the Himalayan Salamander in the wild, the only other place being Jorpokhri.
Latkothi - about 4 km from Latpanchar. The mountain road through the Cinchona, Sal, Teak & Pine trees reaches here to disclose the wonder of nature. You can spend a day in this place or may further visit the Kuhi area with special permit from the forest department. Colorful butterflies and birds will welcome you to the region
Ahal Dara - This is the viewpoint from where you can watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. Ahal Dara has now become the spot for our resort Humro Home.
Latpanchar can be reached from Kalijhora which is on the Highway connecting Sikkim with Bengal. From Kalijhora an uphill journey of about 13 kms will take you to Latpanchar.
A second route to Latpanchar is through Sukna on the Hill Cart road. From Sukna a little known road passes through little known villages such as Chunabhatti, Shiv Khola, Simring and Mahaldiram to reach Latpanchar about 42 kms away. Though total distance through this route is slightly lengthier, you may use this route for a more picturesque drive through the tea garden. You may also get a glimpse of the source of Mahananda river from this route.
The third route to Latpanchar originates from Kurseong and passes through Bagora and joins the second route at Mahaldiram. There are other village roads such as one originating from Lohapul area and passing through Lonku, Rolak and Selpu villages to reach Latpanchar.
Consult our travel experts for the best route for you to follow before you embark on a journey to Latpanchar. You may do so by filling the form at the buttom of this page with your queries and requirements.
By far the best accommodation in the area is located at Ahal Dara. It is part of a project called Humro Home. The project envisages setting up unique home stay and resorts in off beat destinations. More details about Humro Home Latpanchar can be found here.