Lepchajagat is a small yet a quaint village located at an altitude of 6956 ft.. The village is at a distance of approximately 19 km from the famous destination of Darjeeling. Lepchajagat finds its place on a hill slope which is filled with thick forests of oak and rhododendron trees.
It is a perfect place for those who come seeking peace and calm away from hustle and bustle of city life and also from the mundane crowds of other popular hill stations. It gives you an overview of Darjeeling when it is illuminated.
PC: Ankit Agarwal
Lepchajagat translates to the world of the Lepcha. The land used to belong to the Lepcha tribe which later on was bought from them and then turned into a reserve forest. The mighty Kanchenjunga ranges changing its colours during sunrise and sunset is an unforgettable experience.
It is a haven for nature lovers who would love to stay away from the crowd; Lepchajagat is perfect blend of nature and peace. Apart from the chirping of birds and the sounds of cricket there is nothing else to be heard.
Best Time To Visit
PC: Man Bartlett
Lepchajagat is a year round destination to be visited; however, the months starting from October to April is seen as the best time to visit the place to enjoy the beauty of the place.
By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is approximately 85 km away from here. The airport receives regular flights from major cities across the country which includes Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.
By Train: The nearest major railway station to Lepchajagat is New Jalpaiguri Railway station which is located at an approximate distance of 95 km from Lepchajagat. The railway station has regular trains to all the major cities from here.
PC: Alena Getman
By Road: Lepchajagat is well-connected by roads and has bus services from Darjeeling and other nearby locations. Darjeeling is at a distance of 22 km from here and 618 km from Kolkata.
PC: Janet Ramsden
At an altitude of 7400 ft, Jorpokhri is known for its twin lakes after which the town is named. 'Jor' in translation means two and 'pokhri' means a lake. One can notice a large number of swans swimming in the lakes. The place is however, not only known for its lakes, but also for its pine and dhupi forests.
The place also provides some breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas and the landscape of Darjeeling, and along with that one can also come across one of the majestic sights of the Kanchenjunga peaks from the lake side.
2. Yiga Choeling Monastery or The Old Ghoom Monastery
Built in the year 1850, the Yiga Choeling Monastery is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the Darjeeling area . The Yiga Choeling Monastery is the original Ghoom Monastery, as there is another monastery called Samten Choling Monastery, which is often mistaken as the old Ghoom Monastery.
The major attraction here is the 15 ft tall statue of Buddha known as the Maitreya Buddha or the Gyalwa Shampa which translates to the Buddha of the future.
3. Pashupati Market
PC: Anja Disseldorp
The market is located on theIndo-Nepal border and only Indians are given access to the market on producing valid ID proofs. The market is well-known for foreign goods at throwaway prices, a word of caution - beware of counterfeits and products made in China.
It is the base camp for the trek to Sandakphu which is very popular.Apart from which the place is known for the Singalila National Park. If you happen to be an auto enthusiast, you would notice the vintage 4X4 Land Rovers here which dates back to the British days in India.