Sandakphu is a wonderland for the trekkers. It's located at an altitude of 11,929ft (i.e. 3,636 meters) in Darjeeling district. This is the summit or the highest point in Singalila range, and is also the highest peak of West Bengal, India. The trek to Sandakphu goes all along the Singalila range.
One can you see four of the five highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse, along with many other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan from Sandakphu.
The trek route starts from Manebhanjan.The following four days walk through the serene landscape of Meghma,Chitrey, Tumling, Kalipokhri , Sandakphu and Srikhola is pure bliss. The trek route is easy and the nature is Beautyful. Play with the rainbows and walk through the cloud. The Singalila park withits moss cladded old trees, mist and diverse wild life creates a magical world. The route turns red with the bloosom of Rhododendron and offers a complete different view to the travelers during that time.
Kalipokhri is a small village at an altitude of just above 3000 mtrs en-route to Sandakphu.Kalipokhri derieved its name from the small lake situated over here. The Buddhists consider this lake holy and nobody is allowed to swim on the holy lake.
Combination of gradual and steep ascents, level walks and descents is charectaristics of Sandakphu. Rocky path (gravel roads) with few muddy way and forest walks is common en-route Sandakphu.
Trek of Sandakphu starts from Manebhanjan. The route covers Meghma,Tumling,Kalipokhri. On way back to Jalpaiguri travellers have two ways. One way goes From Sandakphu to Phalut and from Phalut to Gorkhey then Srikhola.
The second route takes the traveler directly to Srikhola from Sandakphu.
Legend says that the pond in Kalipokhri is the left foot print of Gautam Buddha. The Kalipokhri or the black pond is considered holy by the Buddhists and nobody is allowed to take a bath in the pond.
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Phalut and gorkhey
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Bagdogra is the nearest Airport.
New jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station
Sandakphu is motorable all the way. Sandakphu is connected to New jalpaiguri and darjeeling with road.