Latpanchar is located at an altitude of 5000 ft above sea level on the hilly region of the Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary.
The beautiful hamlet is just a couple of hours drive from the NJP railhead or the Bagdogra airport. The national highway connecting Sikkim to the rest of the country runs through the hills on the side of river Tista. At Kalijhora, about 28 km from Siliguri, you will have to take the left turn and drive uphill for about 15 km to reach Latpanchar. On your way you will come across beautiful village of Karmat.
The village is known for its proximity to the core area of the Mahananda WLS. It is also famous for the medicinal plants it produces, there is large plantation of cinchona around here. Snow capped peaks of Kanchenjunga range can also be seen from here.
The major attraction of Latpanchar is the 360 degree view it offers. From the “Ahal” hill top, one can have a view of Kurseong, Tiger Hill, Sikkim, and Siliguri. You can also see the Tista River, Kalimpong hill area, Algara, Lava, Lolegaon, Bagora, Tinchule, Takdah and the plains of Dooars. The best part of visit to Latpanchar is that you can enjoy the beauty of the hill without having to jostle among tourist crowd as the destination is new and it is mostly unknown to tourists.
If you continue to travel beyond Latpanchar for about 20 kms more, you will reach Bagora, an upcoming tourist destination on the old cart road. Darjeeling is just 28 km from here, other offbeat tourist destinations such as Chimney and Chatakpur is less than half an hours drive.
Ahal Dara - This is the viewpoint from where you can watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. The place is close to Nathing Lake and requires a walk of about 200 meters.
The lake of Namthing - Situated at an altitude of 5000 ft above sea level, the beautiful lake is the natural habitat for a number of rare species. Namthing Lake is only the second place in the region where you can see the Himalayan Salamander in the wild, the other place being Jodpokhri.
Latkothi - about 4 km from Latpanchar. The mountain road through the Cinchona, Sal, Teak & Pine trees reaches here to disclose the wonder of nature. You can spend a day in this place or may further visit the Kuhi area with special permit from the forest department. Colorful butterflies and birds will welcome you to the region.
Where to Stay
Dreamalayas, a unit of naturebeyond, has own resort at Latpachar. Contact us for booking of the resort.