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Today we are going to visit a comparatively secluded location of north Bengal, Tabakoshi.
Tabakoshi is a small hamlet just 8 km away from Mirik. This quiet little village is surrounded
by tea gardens and hills on all side. A gushing hilly stream, named Rangbhang is flowing through
this village and needless to say the river adds more beauty and freshness to this place.
Here is a short 3 days tour plan around Tabakoshi. Let’s start the tour.
Day-1 On day-1 of your tour, reach Tabakoshi from
any part of the country. For that 1st reach New Jalpaiguri railway station or Bagdogra
airport from your home town. From there go to Tabakoshi either via Mirik Bazar or directly.
A shared cab from Njp to Mirik bazar will charge Rs 200 to 300 per head approximately.
From there take a separate shared cab to reach Taba Koshi. From Mirik Bazar the shared cab
fare is around Rs 150 to 200 per person. It will take around 2 and a half hours to reach
Tabakoshi from NJP. If you want to avoid this break-journey then
you may avail a reserved car from NJP which will take you straight to Tabakoshi. And in
that case, the fare will be around Rs 2500 to 3000.
Upon reaching Tabakoshi, check in to your home-stay.
Day-2 On day-2 morning, after breakfast go for local
sightseeing tour. First, visit the surrounding tea gardens.
This village is surrounded by tea gardens. Take a walk around the rolling green slopes
of famous Darjeeling tea gardens. Next, go to visit the local Lord Shiva Temple.
This beautiful temple is situated on the banks of river Rangbhang and is a holy place for
the locals. From there go to visit the iron bridge on
the river. This place is famous for scenic beauty. You can spend some quality time on
the banks of the river here. Day-3
On day-3 morning go for a sightseeing tour around Tabakoshi. A local cab will charge
around Rs 2000 for this whole day tour. Generally, the local homestays arrange this trip.
First, go to visit Jorpokhri. Jorpokhri is a small village on top of a hill
in Darjeeling district. Located at an altitude of 7,400 ft, the main feature of Jorpokhi
is the twin lakes after which the place has been named. There are seating arrangements
on the side of these lakes where you can sit for some time and relax.
From there go to visit Gopaldhara Tea factory. This is a famous tea estate in the Darjeeling
region. You can also visit the tea factory here and watch the tea processing procedure.
Next, go to Mirik. On your way, visit Simana Viewpoint. This place is located in India-Nepal
Border and from this place you can enjoy the surrounding hills and tea gardens.
You may also roam around the local market here and can indulge yourself in some shopping.
This market sells only local products. If you are a shopping enthusiast, then you
can also visit the famous Pashupati Market from this place. Pashupati market is situated
in the Nepal border. Your reserved car will take you to the Nepal Border and from there
you have to take a separate auto rickshaw to go to Pashupati market. The charge of the
auto rickshaw will be Rs 40 per person. At Mirik, visit the Sumendu Lake or the Mirik
Lake. It is located at the heart of Mirik. You can boat in the lake or take a horse ride
around the lake. From there go to visit Bokar Monastery. It
is one of the most famous Buddhist meditation center of this region.
Day-4 On day4, head back to NJP for departure.
Where to stay Sunakhari home-stay is the most popular place
here where you can put up for the night. The charge here is Rs 1300 per person per day
including food and stay. Other than this there are also some home-stays
available for night-stay. The total package will cost around Rs 5000