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Chatakpur is a small forest village on the higher slopes of hill behind the Sonada forest about 20 Kms from Darjeeling town. Located at an altitude of about 8000 feet, the quite little forest village is famous for its exquisite view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains and other hills of Eastern Himalaya. In terms of its location and view, Chatakpur is comparable to Tiger Hill, the sunrise point of Darjeeling. Although there is no overnight accommodation at Tiger Hill, Chatakpur has some tourist accommodation available, leading to its increasing popularity.

The Chatakpur hill came into prominence as the forest department build tourist cottages here. The cottages are managed by the local forest protection committee members. Please check the accommodation tab for more details on the same. There are also some basic homestay accommodations available here. However the service available here is only the bare minimum.

Getting There

As you travel towards Darjeeling from the plains through Kurseong, you will soon reach a small village Dilaram (55 kms from NJP). From Dilaram a small road towards your right will take you to Bagora. From here Chatakpur is about half an hour’s drive. There is also an alternative way to Chatakpur through Sonada.

Activity

Tourists visit Chatakpur to soak in the sublime nature. The small village and its surrounding area is ideal for walks around but lacks in typical sightseeing points. Walk south of the village uphill about a hundred meters to reach the highest point of the village. On a clear day you can see the plains of North Bengal as well as the highest mountains of Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalaya including the Kanchenjunga range from here.

Walking through the forest to the east of the village will soon take you to a small pond and a natural spot for birding. The area is considered auspicious by the local people and prayer flags can be seen flying all around. The area beyond this place is dense forest and there is wildlife including Himalayan bear in the area. So be careful and do not go beyond.

Weather

Mostly cold. Summer temperature between 10 to 20 degree Celsius, winter temperature may go down below freezing point.

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