Lepchajagat is a small village near Darjeeling which has turned into a tourist village in the recent past. The village is located on the Ghoom – Mirik road just 8 kms from Ghoom and about 14 kms from Darjeeling town.
The primary attraction of Lepchajagat is its view of the Kanchenjunga range along with that of Darjeeling town. The surrounding area is very peaceful and is an ideal place for the tourists interested to visit a less visited destination. Yet due to the proximity of Darjeeling town, you can easily do the local sightseeing of Darjeeling and yet stay away from the crowded tourist town of Darjeeling and enjoy nature in its pure form.
Lepchajagat is a very small village. The village is spread on both sides of the main road known as connecting Ghoom with Mirik. The road is known as Rishi road. The village is spread over a 100 meter stretch on the highway. All the houses and the lodges are located on both sides of the highway. There are just two places that are not right on the road. One is the forest department managed Lepchajagat forest bungalow, which is about 100 meters away from the main road and located amidst trees. The other is the Sunrise point which is the highest point of the village and the best place for viewing the surrounding area, this point is also about 100 meters from the main village.
From Bagdogra or NJP, you can reach here either via Mirik or via Ghoom. Ghoom is 8 kms away whereas Mirik is about 30 kms. From NJP or Bagdogra, Lepchajagat is about 75 kms via Ghoom. Darjeeling is about 14 kms away and Kalimpong is about 53 kms. If you plan to travel on a shared vehicle, take a vehicle bound for Darjeeling and get down at Ghoom. From here you will get regular local shared vehicle travelling towards Sukiapokhari area. It takes about 15 / 20 minutes to reach Lepchajagat from Ghoom.
Where to Stay
There are several accommodations at Lepchajagat which are all referred to as Homestay. However they can be considered as lodges rather than homestays. Typically these are budget accommodations which offer rooms with attached toilet and basic amenities. The forest bungalow has much larger rooms compared to private accommodations offered here. However the maintenance and service of the forest bungalow has remained an issue. Most of the lodges have 8 to 20 rooms. The rooms are let out on all meals inclusion basis and the tariff quoted is always on a per person basis rather than on a per room basis. Food offered are typical Bengali preferences as the guests here are mostly Bengali tourists from Kolkata and surrounding area.