Srikhola - Rimbick Trip

#1 Nov 8th, 2016, 17:56
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Hi,

We are travelling to Srikhola on Nov 6, 2016.

Have a few questions..

1) Is it possible to travel directly to Srikhola from NJP by a car? How much does it cost for a reserved car/shared car? Is there any phone number to book before hand?

2) 3 people out of our 4 member team is planning to trek to sandakfu from srikhola in a day and return on the next day. Is it possible? Is there any guide who can help?

3) Is there any local bird watching guide in Rimbick or Srikhola?

Thanks in advance for your help.
#2 Nov 8th, 2016, 18:48
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Hello,

About your questions,
1. You can take a vehicle from NJP, Siliguri, Bagdogra or Darjeeling and reach via Manebhanjan, Dhotrey and Rimbik. Some times reserved taxis may not go all the way up to Srikhola. In that case, change to another one at Manebhanjan.
Alternatively you can take a shared jeep from Siliguri at 'Darjeeling More' (leaves at round 1pm). Shared jeeps are also available from Darjeeling (6am-7am, 11am-2pm). Note that shared jeeps from Siliguri usually go up to Rimbik, but if you pay a bit extra, they will drop you up at Srikhola. However from Darjeeling, the shared jeeps always go up to Srikhola as their scheduled destination. REF: https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_0000b3.htm

2. Are they experienced trekkers? One day and return in the next for first time trekkers will not be possible I believe.

3. The hills are the best place to watch rare species of birds which are never found on the plains. Blue magpie is very common in this region. Search in Google and you will find many how-to guide there. Also, the hotel manager can help you on this. You can also trek to nearby villages of Timburey and Gurdum and Jareo Pokhri, a sacred lake.

Regards,
Aneek
#3 Nov 9th, 2016, 09:37
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Originally Posted by aneek View Post Hello,

About your questions,
1. You can take a vehicle from NJP, Siliguri, Bagdogra or Darjeeling and reach via Manebhanjan, Dhotrey and Rimbik. Some times reserved taxis may not go all the way up to Srikhola. In that case, change to another one at Manebhanjan.
Alternatively you can take a shared jeep from Siliguri at 'Darjeeling More' (leaves at round 1pm). Shared jeeps are also available from Darjeeling (6am-7am, 11am-2pm). Note that shared jeeps from Siliguri usually go up to Rimbik, but if you pay a bit extra, they will drop you up at Srikhola. However from Darjeeling, the shared jeeps always go up to Srikhola as their scheduled destination. REF: https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_0000b3.htm

2. Are they experienced trekkers? One day and return in the next for first time trekkers will not be possible I believe.

3. The hills are the best place to watch rare species of birds which are never found on the plains. Blue magpie is very common in this region. Search in Google and you will find many how-to guide there. Also, the hotel manager can help you on this. You can also trek to nearby villages of Timburey and Gurdum and Jareo Pokhri, a sacred lake.

Regards,
Aneek
Thanks Aneek...

Thanks Aneek

1) Found all answers to my questions.

2) No they are novice trekkers. But if sandakfu is not viable then how about some other mini treks for this duration?

3) Yes we know about these places. But our concern was if we can find a local birding guide (sometime local village boys help a lot). But hopefully with your tips it might be easier.
#4 Nov 9th, 2016, 12:08
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Originally Posted by frombehindthesh View Post 2) No they are novice trekkers. But if sandakfu is not viable then how about some other mini treks for this duration?
You can go up to Rammam or even Gorkhey, it will be a steep climb up to Rammam. The route from Ramman to Gorkhey will take you through a forest, a lot of bird watching scope there. As Aneek said, a lot of magpies can be seen.

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