Sandwiched between the Eastern Himalayas and Bay of Bengal, West Bengal is home to everything from natural beauty, exotic wildlife, snow-capped mountains, dense green forests, crowded cities to historical villages and towns. Though one can’t possibly count the myriad experiences one can have here, one of the unmissable ones are trekking in the mountains of Bengal. If you’re an adventure junkie, go on these trekking trails for the experience of a lifetime.
Singalila Ridge Trek
The picturesque Singalila Ridge connects the grand Himalaya of Nepal to India. Starting in Darjeeling, the trek takes you through Phalut, the Singalila Peak and Sandakphu (3636 meters/11,929 feet), the highest point in West Bengal, from where you get jaw-dropping views of the highest peaks in the world. The looming presence of Mt. Khangchendzonga at 8586 metres is definitely the highlight of the Singalila Ridge Trek. It’s a short and easy trek spanning 6 days, and affords a gentle experience to the intrepid traveller.
Bamonpokhri Jungle Trek
Beginning from Garidhura, about 30km from Siliguri, this trek goes through the dense forest reserve of Bamonpokhri with the Rungsung river flowing right beside it. It’s a relatively short trek, therefore, suitable for novice trekkers. Keep an eye out for the gorgeous tea gardens and a variety of birds that you’ll spot on your way.
Phalut trek is a 21km long trail that starts from Sandakphu and ends at Phalut. The terrain is rather easy to traverse; since the start and end points lie at the same altitudes (12,000 feet), making them the two highest peaks of the Singalila range. Taking you through a dense forest replete with pines, spruces, oaks, chestnuts, magnolias and shrubs of rhododendrons, this trail is a delight to the senses. The trek also affords the traveller with a magnificent view of the highest peaks in the world like Mt. Everest and Mt. Kangchendzonga. This one’s a 6 day long trek.