Charkhole (altitude of 5500 ft.) , a lepcha village, is indeed an Eden on earth with all its natural surroundings. It is the latest and most promising offbeat tourist destination in Darjeeling district. The place is located at Neora Valley forest in the Kalimpong subdivision. Charkhole is famous for its tranquility and scenic beauty. It is a small hill village with its everlasting freshness. Charkhole offers deep woods of huge towering pine, cypress, oak, shal and rhododendrons. This place is paradise for bird watchers. The melodious song of beautiful rare birds i.e. Indian Robin, Verditer flycatcher, , Himalayan Bulbul etc. along with some very rare numerous species of butterflies all around will always accompany you in Charkhol. Some wonderful variety of flowers and orchids add beauty to the place. On clear days Mt. Kanchanjungha is visible from this spot. This green, sleepy and dreamy valley offers unlimited relaxation at the midst of the nature throughout your tour. It is also the best hide-out destination and that is why Charkhole is becoming the popular destination for Honeymoon couples and nature lovers tourist. There is a small gompa at this small piece of heaven. The locals live mainly on farming and agriculture. Elaichi and tea are the main plantations here . Their true honest hospitality will definitely charm you. You are cordially invited to this heaven-like place by its nature and inhabitants. Charkhole calls you with all its beauty and virginity. So just pack your bags and get ready to spend your memorable days at Charkhole.
How to Reach
Reach Charkhole by hiring a car from Lava, Lolegaon, Kalimpong, New Mal Junction or New Jalpaiguri.
Places to Visit
Charkhole is a tiny village located on the lap of Himalaya with just three families. Enthusiasts? people can enjoy nature trail along the picturesque green forest with a variety of birds and flora including some rare species of wildlife. Our Guest can also go for a day trip to Lava, Lolegaon, Kolakham, and Rishop. Tourists can also enjoy soft trek within Charkhole. The resort also offers a very big flat lawn with beautiful seating arrangements within its premises.
Lolegaon/Kafer : Lolegaon is a small Lepcha village also known as Kaffer, has a magnificent view of Himalayan snow ranges over the entire horizon. Viewing sunrise over the snow peaks from Jhandidara, and the famous Canopy Walk (hanging footbridge over the Canopy of huge trees) is an experience of a lifetime. This is the only Canopy walk in the entire Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayan region and must see for all the tourists visiting Lolegaon. For Details about Lolegaon.
Lava : A 4 km trek through the Neora Valley forest will lead you to Lava. The nearest small town in the district of Darjeeling. In Lava, you can visit the Lava Monastery, the biggest monastery in this region. You can also carry over your handicrafts shopping from Lava.
Neora Valley Forest : A jungle safari by Jeep and trek inside the forest is a wonderful experience. This trip is a must to all nature lovers and bird watchers. The trips through the deep jungle, full of tropical forest and most rare birds will make this trip memorable one. More adventurous people can go for a Rachela Trek towards the Aritar. The Jeep safari will start from Lava and return at Lava. NatureWings can arrange Jungle Safari for its guests.
Changi Falls : Changi, Changey or Chagey falls just 3 km jeep drive and 1.5 km walk down through nicely built staircases and rest hut takes you to the most beautiful falls in the deep forest of Darjeeling Hills. It is the only falls in the deep forest which can be reached by tourists by jeep ride and a walk down to around 250 stairs. In the deep forest of Neora Valley forest with sounds of rare tropical birds like Wagtail, Minivet and others make your journey a memorable one.
Rishyap : The picture Rishop offers a splendid view of snowcapped Mt Kanchenjangha along with Mt Kabroo, Mt Kharg Mt Pandim, Mt Simvo, and Mt Rathung.