Situated between 3,500-4000ft, it is well known for its cinchona and medicinal plant cultivation. Mongpu has a bazaar called Reshep, a bungalow and a rest house under the control of the Cinchona Directorate. The cinchona plant currently has stopped production but the garden remains.
Although Kanchenjunga is not visible from here, the place has a quiet charm of its own which attracted Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, who came and lived here on many occasions. The house in which he lived now serves as a museum, where some of his personal effects are preserved.
Mongpu can be reached either from Darjeeling through Peshok Road, or from the Sikkim Bengal National Highway 31A taking a diversion near Rambhi Bazar.
There is no proper accommodation available at Mongpu, a couple of home stays provide basic amenities, recently some tourist accommodation has come up about 7 / 8 km from Mongpu near the Riangkhola River.