Sittong the orange village situated in deep valley of Kalimpong hills beside Riyang River. Sittong village is popularly known among the people of Darjeeling Hills as the Orange village.Sittong is situated in the laps of the hill with waterfalls, beautiful lakes and the echoing green. Various types of fruits are found here specially the orange, as if filled with nectar. One can watch people with helping hands living in peace and harmony.
Though life is tough in such difficult terrain each but each villager is sporting a smile of happiness. The smiling mongoloid faces are surely going to win your heart during your stay at Sittong.
Sittong is really a wonderful place seen to be believed. As if a plot of heaven down on earth for us to enjoy, peaceful and serene. This is how beautiful the place Sittong is.The place can be reached via Mungpoo. This destination is also a hotspot due to the visit of the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Sittong can be reached via Latpanchar and Ghaletar too. For guest who loves adventure and enjoy, October is the right time to visit though from October to January , oranges can be seen everywhere. Yaksaa is the home developed for tourist. It is a community based home tourism site. The people along with the scenic beauty will mesmerize all. Sunrise and sunset and the view of mount Kanchenjunga along with the rest of the Himalayan range, Forest & Nature trek, birding and butterfly watching, Village excursions, are some of the activities one can get into. Joining the local for the evening drink is also an experience of its own. Leisure tour, offbeat destination, home stay whatever you name the destination is one of the few places close to heaven. The home stay is with traditional food, but one can also join the family and cook something of your own. Sittong – Shelpu – Latpanchar – Mungpoo is nice for short trek too. Perfect Place for Eco tourism, nature enthusiast and those who are interested to feel the wild Himalayas. A chance to feel the culture of the local people more closely with fooding, and home stay facilities available.
How to go –
The nearest airport Bagdogra just 83 km well connected with Delhi, Kolkata, North East and other part of India.
NJP nearest Railway Junction 73 km well connected with all major destinations in India.
Route – I
NH 31A after crossing Sevoke on the way to Gangtok, Sikkim , from Kalijhora (5 km from Sevoke Coronation Bridge) take left turn by another 13 km inside ‘Mahananda Wild Life Sactuary you will reach LATPANCHOR next 30 minutes bumpy road (must on 4 wheel drive) will reach SITTONG the orange village.
Route – II
From Mongpoo bazaar (55 km from Siliguri) take left turn towards Labda and next 30 minutes after crossing Riyang river you will reach SITTONG the orange village.
NB: Road is extremely bad from Mongpoo you need to take a 4 wheel drive and don’t explore this road during monsoon because you have to cross the Riyang river.
Route – III
Hill Cart Road crossing Kurseong (55 km from Siliguri) take right turn via Dilaram , Bagora you will reach ‘GHAREYTAR’ (total 75 km ) down 20 minutes 4 Wheel Drive you will reach SITTONG the orange village.
- You need to confirm the transportation along with your accommodation booking to avail local 4 wheel drive.
- Rates has been fixed by the local people and syndicate .
- Present rate from NJP pick up and drop to SITTONG is INR 2800
- Type of vehicle – SWARI JEEP ( 11 pax maximum each vehicle)
- From NJP to MANGOPOO drop INR 2200 and from MANGPOO to SITTONG drop INR 1200
- From NJP via Kurseong , Dilaram , Bagora , Ghareytar drop SITTONG INR 3200
- Minimum 50 % payment to be made for Transportation in Advance.
NB: Above rates for Transport may be changed without prior notice (Please confirm the rates before your journey)
Distance calculation not in scale –
Route I- Siliguri to Sevoke 22km, Sevoke to Kalijhora 5 km, Kalijhora to Latpanchor 13 km, Latpanchor to Sittong 15 km
Route II –Siliguri to Rambhi 45 km , Rambhi to Mangpoo 13 km , Mangpoo to Sittong 20 km ,
Route III- Siligur to Kurseong 55 km , Kurseong to Dilaram 5 km , Dilaram to Sittong via Bagora and Ghareter 15 km