Sittong is a cluster of villages within a large area known as Sittong Khasmahal. It is located in the Kurseong subdivision of Darjeeling district in the Northern part of Bengal. Sittong is a secluded yet a picturesque place perched in the beautiful eastern Himalayas. It is an ideal destination to rejuvenate the mind and soul. The Himalayan peak, the valley full of mist and cloud, the small river, the chirping of birds, the orange orchards, surrounding greenery everything here in Sittong is invigorating. Far away from pollution and hustle-bustle of the urban chaos, Sittong is the ultimate expression of the pristine beauty of nature.
Sittong is famous for orange cultivation. The orange orchards here are a visual treat for the tourists. While walking in the villages, tourists can enjoy the orange gardens in the backdrop of eye-catching natural beauty.
Sittong is ideal for nature walks. Just walking through the village and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature is something which a traveller must not miss. A walk towards the Riyang river is also quite interesting. The river is flowing through the valley in the backdrop of the mountain range. This is a beautiful sight indeed.
The old Buddhist monastery in Upper Sittong is another place which should not be missed. The monastery is situated amidst nature and it offers a mesmerising view of the surroundings which include the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range.
The Sittong Church is also a place to visit. Nestled in the lap of the mountain the place offers a majestic view of the valley and the mountains.
Ahaldara viewpoint is a nearby place. It can be easily visited by sittong. This point offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga range and Teesta river flowing in the middle of the valley. It is considered as one of the best viewpoints of North Bengal.
Mungpoo is around 8 km from sittong. It is famous for the beautifully built Tagore House, where the Noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore stayed. Tagore House is extremely well maintained and a must-visit place here.
Sittong is close to the main airport Bagdogra and rail station of NJP. The drive to Sittong village from the Airport or the rail station is about 2 hours duration and the distance is about 60 to 65 km.
Best time to visit
This little paradise could be visited throughout the year. The orange orchards are in the full bloom in winter so people wish to enjoy the orange cultivation at its best must try in winter. Summer here is cool and comfortable. The weather is crystal clear and the view is splendid.