Rangaroon - a sleepy hamlet not far from Darjeeling

#1 Jan 28th, 2016, 19:01
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Our search for a tiny cool and cozy destination ended here in Rangaroon last summer. This village is hidden in the valley between Darjeeling and Tiger Hill separated by a quick stream named Rangdum Khola.

--Rangaroon village from top--

We had to take a 4KM downhill forest drive from 3rd Mile market which is 4KM away from Jorebunglow on the way to Kalimpong. The downhill drive takes you through Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary and throws you amidst a 300 years old British tea garden named Rengaroon T.E.

--Winding roads through Senchal forest--

--Drive through Senchal forest--

The road was bumpy, full of uneven boulders, muddy patches but the serenity and winding roads left us thrilled all the way till we reach this beautiful village.

--The tiny homestay--

There are no so called tourist spots around except an old styled British tea bungalow and a closed tea processing plant. We have not even seen a single car on the road but the beautiful green tea valley unfolded in front of us just before we were entering the village. The evenings at the homestay were fun filled with our host singing Nepali Bhajans and a local musician band playing a number of Nepali tunes on guitars and drums.

--Rangaroon Tea bungalow--

--Short trek to Randum Khola--

After breakfast on the 2nd day, we ventured out for a downhill trek to Rangdum Khola. The entire walk is through tea garden with a distant view of Lebong, Darjeeling and Jorebunglow. Reaching the bank of the river was little tricky and it was just about to rain. So we decided to come back after descending around 3 KMs and visited the local school and tea processing plant. The night was more chilled than we expected and it was raining heavily. But the next morning came with a breeze of surprise – a 180° view of Mt Kanchendzonga range suddenly appeared from middle of nowhere and one more time we felt we are in love with this place.

--Roads through tea garden--

--Rain coming--

But it was time to leave this beautiful village and start our journey back home, we were supposed to be back at Kolkata same night. As apprehended the 4KM jungle road was not in very good shape due to few wild flushes of rain in last two days. In two occasions, I had to negotiate really hard coming out of slushy patches while climbing nearly 40 degrees slope. Finally we reached 3rd Mile market around 8:30 AM with my clutches almost burning.

--Dotted part is the forest road--

So this is the place where you can get lost either in the serenity or listening to the chirping birds or tuning your ears to the tone of music. We drove all the way from Kolkata to Rangaroon which is around 700 KM and came back refreshed with a pit stop at Darjeeling just for the lovely breakfast at Glenary’s.

I won’t recommend taking your car here in the monsoon unless you want to stress test your machine but the road is more or less OK in dry months. Alternatively you can reach 3rd Mile and take a local cab, but you may not like somebody else taking away all the thrill
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