Charkhole

Charkhole (also spelled Charkhol) is a small Lepcha village situated at a distance of 12 km from Lolegaon and 34 km from Kalimpong in West Bengal. Standing at an altitude of 3500 ft, the village is surrounded by forests of oak, pine, cypress, sal and rhododendron trees. Charkhol is a paradise for birdwatchers as well as those who love butterflies. Various species of birds like Indian robin, ashy prinia, green-backed tit, blue fronted redstart and hill myna are seen at Charkhole. Charkhole also offers its visitors an unique and mind blowing view of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. Apart from Mt. Kanchenjunga and its range, one can get a clear mesmerizing view of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. The view of the lighted Kalimpong town at night from Charkhol is truly beautiful. At a distance of 1.5 km from Charkhole lies a Shiva temple in a serene and peaceful environment surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron trees. You may also visit the nearby destinations like Kalimpong, Lolegaon and Samtahar.

Charkhole

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How to Reach

Trains are running from Sealdah, Howrah and Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. Auto rickshaws are plying from New Jalpaiguri to Siliguri. Charkhole is 68 km from Siliguri. Hired cars are available from Siliguri to reach Charkhole via Sevoke More, Bagrakote, Chuikhim and Nimbong. You can also get cars from Kalimpong, Lava and Lolegaon to reach Charkhol.

Accommodation

Blue Pine Retreat. Tariff - Rs. 1200-2000. Tel: 9432406006.
Glen Vista Retreat. Tariff - Rs. 1000-1400. Tel: 9932889565.
Maple Village Mountain Resort. Tariff - Rs. 1200-2000. Tel: 9836623666.

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