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  • The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon.

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Mangpu

Mangpu is a hill station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The place has been made famous by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore who visited Mangpu several times. Tagores used to stay here at the home of his protégé Maitreyi Devi. The house is presently known as Rabindra Bhavan and is maintained by the government of Bengal. It is a must visit place for any fan of Tagore. Many a poetries were written by the famous bard when he was here.

There is another house nearby where Rabindrath stayed when he was in Mangpu for the first time in 1938. It is a British bungalow about 3 kms further from Mangpu market in an area known as ’Surel’. This bungalow is in a dilapidated state. It is said the Rabindranth wrote his famous poetry Camelia here.

Mangpu is also famous for its Cinchona plantation. Once the area was the hub of Cinchona plantation. With reducing economic importance of the herb, cinchona plantations are not very well maintained now, but are still nice places to walk around amidst nature.

Mangpu and its surrounding area is also famous for oranges. The oranges are grown during the winter in the surrounding area such as Shittong, Shelphu, Reshop and Labda area.

How to Reach

From NJP / Bagdogra, you have to travel through the Bengal – Sikkim, National Highway 10 to reach Rambi (45 kms, 1 hour 30 minutes without traffic). From Rambi climb uphill about 10 kms (30 minutes) to reach Mangpu.

If you are coming here from Darjeeling, you may take the Peshok road. From a place called 3rd mile on the Peshok road, take a diversion and you will reach Mangpu in about an hour from Darjeeling (26 kms). A word of caution, this is a relatively less used road, and you should confirm the road condition before embarking on a journey through this route.

Activities

A visit to the Rabindra Bhawan is a must here. Even if you are not an expert of Tagore’s writings and music, you would still find it worth a deco. The small museum contains Tagore’s photographs, writing and several memoires.

You may visit the Dichen Monastery located at Nalidara. The monastery is build in recent years and offers panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

Drive 6 kms from Nalidara to reach Jogighat on the Riyang river. It is a scenic spot with a bridge across river Riyang. Accross the river you may also visit Shittong village which is famous for its Orange plantation.

Reshop village is about 5 kms from Mangpo. From the forest village you can get great view of surrounding mountains including the Kanchenjunga massif.

For the adventurous one, a trek to Chatakpur can be organised from Mangpu. However the area is forested with regular incidences of Bear attack. Careful precautions are must before embarking on this couple of hours trek.

Where to Stay

Mangpu does not have any decent tourist accommodation at the time of writing this. However several homestays are available or upcoming in the vicinity. The best accommodation nearby is at Shittong area about 8 to 10 kms away. Our homestays in Shittong area ready to welcome you. For more information about our Home Lodges, you may visit our other website Humro Home. For any further requirement feel free to contact our helpdesk team.


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