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A SHORT SOJOURN TO LOLEGAON…

A SHORT SOJOURN TO LOLEGAON

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Lolegaon is a small village located in the northern fringes of West Bengal. A quiet hamlet nestled in the lap of mountains, Lolegaon is a popular destination among tourists for its spectacular view of the magnificent range of Kanchenjunga. If you wish to go on a sojourn, far away from the madding crowds and the hustle and bustle of city life, Lolegaon is just the place for you. I am in love with the hills and being a resident of Kolkata, the northern regions of Bengal with its hills and mountains is a particular favourite of mine.

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“Nature’s heart beats strong amid the hills”-I completely agree with this statement by Richard Monckton Milnes. Mountains are gigantic in stature and inspire a sense of awe. Mountains are quiet and timeless. There is something eternal about the beauty of mountains. Hence, I love mountains. Thankfully, I share this love for mountains with my husband and thus, we planned a short trip to Lolegaon during the last summers.

 

REACHING LOLEGAON

The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport and the nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri Station. Mostly, a person from Kolkata travels by train since it is only an overnight journey from Kolkata to NJP. It is possible to hire a cab from NJP and reach Lolegaon; it is convenient but expensive. So, we decided to take an auto-rickshaw to Siliguri. After reaching Siliguri in about 20 minutes, we booked seats in shared taxis that ply regularly to Kalimpong. Since we had planned to stay over in Kalimpong for the night, things were easier. From Kalimpong, we booked a car to take us to Lolegaon. One can reach Lolegaon from NJP in about 5 to 6 hours by car.

 

LOVING LOLEGAON AND ITS WEATHER

We reached Lolegaon at around 1.30 p.m. and lo! I was thrilled to find that our hotel was located just beside a vast expanse of dense fir trees down the slope on the other side of the lane. We had booked our hotel- Lovely Resort months back and the location was simply perfect! Thick fog surrounded us on all sides and it took me a few moments to realize that it was not really fog! We were being engulfed by soft twirls of clouds, rolling in on all sides.

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4 our hotel room

Considering the fact that it was the month of May, I wasn’t prepared to get that chilling sensation even though I was wrapped in sweater. The weather was cold and I had to cover myself in a shawl as well. The room was decently furnished and the beauty and serenity of Lolegaon could be enjoyed while in room or even as sitting at the tables under the shade of huge umbrellas on the grassy lawn, adjacent to our hotel.

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The interesting part of being in Lolegaon is that you can walk for miles and miles and yet not come across a single living soul (especially after sunset)! There are no street lights and when it is dark, walking down the streets can be quite adventurous. Once in a while, a car would whizz by and you know that with the few tourists coming in, you are not alone in the place. However, the next day, while we were on our way to the Canopy Walk, we realized that there were a few hotels around and at the same time, small huts and tiny shops selling tea, momo, puri-aloo dum and some mementoes were also there.

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SIGHT SEEING IN LOLEGAON

Staying in Lolegaon is an experience. You get to spend a lot of time with yourself and with nature. However, apart from basking in the hue of greenery and hills, there are a few things you can see around. Wake up early in the morning and head for Jhandidara to see the sunrise. There is a canopy walk located amidst a forest of oak, cypress, birch and fir trees. There are interconnected hanging foot bridges from one tree to another and it helps in viewing the beauty of the forest from an elevation. The bridge swings continuously and adds to your sense of excitement. Both Jhandidara and Canopy Walk are at walking distance. If you haven’t seen the Lava Monastery and the Nature Interpretation Centre while you were on your way to Lolegaon from Kalimpong, it is best if you could ask about in your hotel and book a car for sightseeing.

9 lava monastery 10 lava monastery

Temperature drops as evening descends and at night, it is quite freezing. You can hear the screeching of crickets and at times, hear your heart beating to the darkness which has slowly engulfed the tiny village of Lolegaon.

 

 

 

 

By Somreeta Mukherjee

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  1. Divya Thapa says:

    Oh great! I so want to go there nw away frm this heat. Will plan soon! Thanks for the post! http://gupshupavenue.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-monalisa/icons/wpml_good.gif

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