Abhijit Sarkar (November 2018)
Dear Raj, As per your advice we had a tour to Tonglu from Darjeeling. Luckily we met Sukhraj (a Maneybhanjan based Max driver), who picked us up from Darjeeling and drove us up to Tonglu. We were astonished. The journey had been amazing. The GTA lodge was simply superb. The weather was clear and sunny. The momos at Tumling were yummy. The best vacation I have ever spent. Thanks Raj, once again.
Abhijit Sarkar (July 2018)
Mr. Raj, I do really follow your answers and suggestions when I visit Darjeeling. This Nov 5th, 2018 we have planned to visit Tonglu from Darjeeling. How will the temperature expected to be? Which is the best tourist lodge and from where to book? Waiting eagerly for your suggestion.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2018
GTA Lodge is basically the only tourist accommodation in Tonglu which is a budget lodge, but nice. You can book from Gorkha Bhawan at Salt Lake, Kolkata. Nearby Tumling has several lodging choices (Sikhar Lodge, Siddhartha Hotel etc) and has better motorable road from Meghma onwards.
Pyali Chakraborty (May 2018)
I follow your website religiously. It is indeed extremely helpful. I am planning to visit Tonglu from Darjeeling and back on same day on 1st July. How are the visibility and roads during that time? Can I hope to enjoy scenic beauty of the place during that time?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) May 2018
The route up to Meghma has been converted to a concrete road in recent times and the journey to Tonglu will be smooth except the last stretch of about 2kms. But you need to change to a local Land Rover at Manebhanjan (they don't allow other vehicles to ply on that route). July is in peak monsoon time... so expect heavy showers. Visibility is likely to be quite low. You can still enjoy the drive.
Sasikiran (October 2017)
Hi Raj, Is it possible to visit Tonglu and come back to Darjeeling on same day? Usually how much time it takes? And what would be appropriate tax fare for that? Regards,
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2017
Taxis won't go all the way. You need to take a Land Rover from Manebhanjan - a jeep type vehicle. Darjeeling to Manebhanjan takes 1 hr 15 minutes, from there another 1 hr 40 minutes to Tonglu... you can also consider visiting Tumling (near Tonglu).
D J Ghosh (October 2016)
Dear Mr. Bhattacharya, I have been touring all over India and especially North Bengal and Sikkim in a self driven car with my family for a long time. Please let me know whether it will be possible to visit Tonglu in the last week of February,2017 in a self driven vehicle, how is the GTA Lodge? will there be snow during that period? Since you are an expert in this field I would request you to kindly answer these queries at your convenience. Thanks. Your reply will help me in planning my tour.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2016
There is high probability of heavy snow, and routes may not be accessible. I found knee deep snow in end Feb. And you must have a Jeep type sturdy vehicle. Tonglu GTA lodge is otherwise good.