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Mungpoo

This is a small village under the Kurseong Sub-division of Darjeeling district, Mungpoo (also spelled Mongpu) is about 25 Km from Darjeeling and 54 Km from Siliguri.
Situated between 3,500-4000ft, Mungpo is well known for its cinchona and medicinal plant cultivation. Mungpoo has a bazaar called Reshep, a bungalow and a rest house under the control of the cinchona Directorate.

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.

Getting There

There are three major roads that meet at Mungpoo. The North West bound road goes towards Peshok road, a east bound road goes towards Teesta and a south bound road reaches jogighat and then towards Selphu Shittong area.

If you are coming to Mungpoo from Darjeeling, you will be travelling by the first road mentioned above. Travel through the Peshok road and take diversion at 3rd mile. From 3rd mile check post Mungpoo is just 15kms away. Total distance from Darjeeling is about 25 kms.

Those travelling from NJP station has to travel through Bengal Sikkim National highway 10 till you reach Rambi Bazar, from here take a diversion and drive for about 10 kms to reach Mungpoo. The total distance from NJP is about 56 kms. Those travelling from Sikkim or Kalimpong hills may also follow the same route.

The third route is suitable for tourists travelling to Mungpoo from Kurseong and its adjoining area. First you have to drive to Jogighat and then an uphill road of 6 kms will take you to your destination.

To See and Do

Mungpoo is not a place where you will visit for morning and evening sight seeing tours. This is a place to enjoy nature and local culture at its best. You may spend days walking in the woods or simply roaming in hilly villages blissfully, without jostling with other tourists. The whole area is quite attractive, here are the few places you must visit while at Mungpoo

Rabindranath Tagore Memorial is the bungalow where the famous bard stayed a number of times. The place is converted into a museum and is a must visit for tourists.

Dichen Sherpa Choyling Monastery, also known as Peace Pagoda is a monastery located at the Nalidara square. This area is the main market of Mungpoo and the pagoda just above the market offers a calm and peaceful environment.

Few kms away from Mungpoo towards Peshok road just outside the peshok town limit is the location of Surel Bungalow. This used to be a beautiful british bungalow where Rabindranath had stayed during his first visit to Mungpoo, however the bungalow has been burnt down during local political agitation several years ago. The burnt down structure of Surel bungalow and a large very old tree next to it tells the story of yore. From this area you can also try to trek towards Chatakpur which is just couple of hours walk away. Do not try the trek alone or without local guide as the dense forest on the way is the habitat of Himalayan beer which on a number of incidence has attached human in the past.

Further ahead a few kilometres you will reach Siksin village also known as Reshep village (not to be confused with Reshop near Lava). It is said that when Cinchona plantation started in the area, the plantations were divided into different sections, the locals, not conversant with the term “Section” started pronouncing it as Siksin, thus giving rise to the present name of the village. The beautiful village with houses spread out over a large area also is a great place for grand view of the surrounding mountains.

On the other direction from Mungpoo, drive 6 kms to reach Jogighat, a small bridge is built here over river Riyang which has turned out to be a picnic spot for locals as well as tourists. Baba Ramdev, the famous Ayurveda and Yoga guru, visited the place a few years back thus giving the place its present name.

Further crossing the bridge you can reach Shelphu, Sittong, Latpanchar area which also has several tourist attractions.

Accommodation

Choice of tourist accommodation is limited at Mungpoo, Humro Home Sittong is about 7 kms from Mungpoo market and is a naturebeyond recommended accommodation for tourists staying at Mungpoo. For updated list of accommodations around, you may get in touch with naturebeyond helpdesk team members by filling the enquiry form in this page.

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