Sitong - Hills of Bengal




About Sitong

Sitong is a small village cum tourist spot located at an altitude of 4000 feet. This small village, dominated by the Lepcha community is one of the few untouched and unexplored territory of Darjeeling, and an ideal place to beat off the heat of the summer in the plains. Surrounded by the rivulet Khola on one side and green vegetation on the other, Sitong is practically a small piece of heaven; calm and quiet, ready to welcome and accommodate you. The speciality of this village lies in the fact that during winter, the entire village turns orange, owing to its widespread Orange farms.

How to reach

By Road: The distance between Darjeeling and Sitong it is 68 kilometres. Cars are readily available from the Darjeeling town.
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest station, which is well connected with both Howrah and Sealdah stations in Kolkata. From NJP, it is around 48 kilometres to Sitong.
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport, which connects this region to almost all parts of India. From the airport, the distance to this place is 55 kilometres.

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  • When to visit
  • November to January is the best time to visit this place. This is also the time, when Oranges are harvested. Avoid visiting this place during the monsoons.

  • What to Eat
  • Located so close to natural water bodies, this place offer some of the best preparations made out of fish. Also local dishes like Thupkas and Momos are quite popular.

  • Attractions
  • - Latpanchar : It is the highest point of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located 13 kilometres away from Sitong. This place is famous for Himalayan Salamander and rare species of birds.
    - Mongpo : Another significant spot is located at Mongpoo, 20 kilometres away. Here you can see the ancestral house of the famous Bengali poet- Rabindranth Tagore.
    - Other spots like - Dilaram, Bagora are all within 20 kilometres of this place.

  • Activities
  • - Enjoy a walk along the village road and do consider visiting the small village Church as well. One can also visit the orange gardens for having some fresh oranges or taking some really cool pictures.
    - One can go for a swim in the nearby rivulet or engage in some bird and butterfly-watching. Trekking is also a good option. Do also consider exploring the cultural history of the Lepchas.