For some of us, the only thing that works in travel is gorgeous vistas coupled with absolute peace, and what better place to experience that than in Lolegaon; a small hamlet located in the Kalimpong sub division of Darjeeling. It’s a beautiful Lepcha village lying at an altitude of 1,675 meters above sea level.
Lolegaon is a natural paradise, courtesy its beautiful landscapes that mostly comprise of lush green forests and serene valleys. However, the reason why one must visit here is the majestic view of the peaks of Kanchenjunga; especially in the early mornings. Lolegaon is about an hour’s journey from Kalimpong (55km) and Lava (24km); the serpentine forest roads affording the most surreal experience.
Tucked away in the far end of the Himalayas, Lolegaon offers small treks and trails, ideal for unwinding and relaxation. You can go on nature walks here or take up moderate level treks.
Locally known as Kaffer, the first thing to do in Lolegaon is visit the Jhandi Dara Sunrise Point, for the most scenic views of the snow-capped of the Singalila Range. Especially those of Mount Kanchenjunga.
Then head to Canopy Walk, located around a kilometre from the bus stand at Lolegaon. It’s a 180-meter long hanging wooden bridge that goes through the dense jungle, full of fir, oak, birch and cypress trees. The hanging bridge interconnects one tree to another, helping the traveller to get a proper view of the beauty of the forest from a height. Those who feel dizzy at a height, should avoid it completely.
Another great attraction is the Eco Park, right at the centre of the village, great for a picnic with family and friends. On the land opposite the Eco Park, is the only existing bazaar of Lolegaon; this is where you buy most of your stuff from. For short treks and excursions, head to places like Lava, Rishop, Pedong, Rishi, Rikisom, all very close to Lolegaon.