Yelbonga is a small Himalayan village situated in the valleys of the Kalimpong district, West Bengal. The natural beauty of this tiny hilly hamlet will fill your soul. It is surrounded by Hillslopes, Forest and rivers. Amazing view of the sunrise, as well as sunset, will make you spellbound. Chirping of birds, Kiss of lovely butterflies, the sound of flowing river from hill slopes, lovely caring people all together make this place a dreamy destination.
Yelbong is famous for river canyon trekking, surrounded by hidden waterways and lofty waterfalls in the forests just like the movies and it is the main reason its gaining quick popularity among the adventure lovers as well.
A canyon is a deep, narrow valley surrounded by very steep walls with rocky cliffs, typically one with a river flowing through it. The river canyon is haunting and thrilling at the same time. Yelbong has the best canyon trek of north Bengal. One will find many beautiful and spectacular waterfalls deep inside the jungle, perfect for resting and enjoying a peaceful time. During this trek 2 hidden treasure of nature will make you cherish, one is ‘Rainbow waterfall’ – A waterfall that spreads rainbow colour and another is ‘Three-step waterfall’. The main adventure trek starts from here which combines rappelling, Swimming, Bouldering, scrolling in a cave, River crossing and many other terms of the adventure course.
How to reach
Nearest Airport – Bagdogra (IXB)
Nearest Railway Station – New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
From Bagdogra, it is 70 kilometres and from NJP it is 50 kilometres (2.5 hours) drive to Yelbong through some wonderful tea gardens, Forest, hilly landscape, small towns and villages. One can also reach here from Mal. Junction 35 kilometres 1.5 hours drive.
Best time to visit
One can visit Yelbong throughout the year but summer is best as the trek becomes quite pleasing also monsoon monsoons make this place seem close to heaven.