Latpanchar Tour: a ravishing Offbeat Destination to Explore


An unseen and hiding destination in North Bengal, Latpanchar situated in the lower Darjeeling hills in Kurseong sub-division, Latpanchar is the highest point in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at 4200ft. Latpanchar is a mesmerizing mirror of natural beauty covered with forests and Cinchona Plantation. Being the highest point of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, tour to Latpanchar provides with a fabulous view of Teesta River, deep gorges and greenery all around.

What makes Latpanchar a Popular Tourist Destination?

Since its part of the sanctuary, there is a good chance that you will come across some wildlife here like deer, barking deer, wild boars, and sometimes even leopards and elephants while having a tour through the jungle of Latpanchar.

Latpanchar is not plagued by pollution and ravaged by human activities. With the overwhelming fragrance of different flowers throughout all the season, Latpanchar is also known as the paradise for all bird lovers.

Approximately 240 species of birds are spotted in Latpanchar namely Burn Swallow, Laughing Thrush, Sunbird, Scarlet Minivet, Minla, Yuhina, Scaly Thrush, Ashy Backed Shrike, Spotted Eagles, Magpie, Drongo, Woodpeckers, Black Bulbul, Drongo, Kingfishers, Robin, Himalayan pheasants etc. which makes the place paradise for the bird watchers.

Throughout the year Latpanchar experiences the visit of several Bird watchers who enjoy the echoes of the varied species of birds chirping and singing all around the mountain trees. Latpanchar is the home to the most elegant, colourful, endangered species - Rufous Necked Hornbill which migrated to Latpanchar from Nepal hills due to its climatic condition. Latpanchar also offers short trek routes through pine forests and Cinchona Plantation which leads to a lake, Namthing Pokhri.

How to Reach

The most comfortable and convenient way to reach Latpanchar is by road. You can hire a private car or taxi to reach Latpanchar via Kalijhora from Siliguri. The journey will take not more than 42 km and it will give infinite pleasure to explore the undiscovered places near Latpanchar.

NJP is the major nearby station and Bagdogra is the only airport nearby. From both of these stations, you can hire a taxi to subsequently reach Latpanchar.

Tourist Attractions in and around Latpanchar

Namthing Pokhri is a small lake it is one of the last natural habitats of the famous Himalayan Salamanders and if you are lucky enough you can catch a glimpse of this endangered animal.

There is a 150 years old Buddhist monastery near this Pokhri and a viewpoint which has excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Places like Ahal Sunrise point is an excellent place to spend hours soaking in the beauty and peace of a mountain village.

Just 4km away from Latpanchar, Latkothi is a tiny yet beautiful hamlet to explore. This mesmerizing village is full of Saal, Teak and Pine Trees. On top of that colourful butterflies and Himalayan Birds will surely make you mesmerized.

Best Time for having Latpanchar Tour

Every month has its own charm and offers a unique tour experience in Latpanchar. But October to April is the best time to visit Latpanchar. During these months, the weather stays quite friendly and completely clear. However, winter can be quite cold out here. So, it is not advisable to have a Latpanchar Tour during the winter season.

Where to Stay during Latpanchar Tour?

Even though a tiny offbeat destination, Latpanchar does not disappoint its travellers with its excellent accommodation offerings. Many homestays and hotels are available to stay in Latpanchar.

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The beauty of Latpanchar lies mostly on its lush green virgin forests covering the undulating slopes of hills. These untouched forests are the natural home for many rare species of mountain goat (serow), wild boars, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, gaurs, and different kinds of deer, porcupines, civets, monitor lizards and snakes. Latpanchar is a destination which is still untainted by the modernized society. Latpanchar is a safe haven for the nature lovers and for people who love the solitude fund midst nature.

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