Arghya Das (May 2017)
Ohh.. its a heaven out there.. if u need some rest.. & want to give rest to your brain, want to relax at some cold, calm, beautiful place then Lepcha Jagat is best.. Me & my friends went there in January 2017 for a weekend stay... it was a memorable tour.. you can see the best sun rise along with the clear view of 5 peaks of Kanchan-jangha... with out any crowd.
We stayed there at Kanchankanya Homestay. Most humble person- the owner- Prasang Tamang,
mobile - 9593565309 / 9564555618. He arranged a barbecue for us.. that was the best part of that journey.. & the food was so tasty...
Tapan Kumar Chakravarty (November 2016)
Spent one of our best holidays. Stayed at Kanchan Kanya Home Stay with my wife , daughter and 8 years old Grand Daughter Oct 20-24, 2016 . Pasang Tamang is a gem of a person along with his small family. Vandana was all smile at all times and excellent cook along with her mother. Real feel of home stay. Please book vehicle recommended by Pasang. Only problem is absence of Geyser, but Pasang makes up the deficiency by supplying bucket hot water. Advice, carry an Electric Kettle, and Tea/Coffee/Powder Milk and Sugar if you happen to be addicted to morning cuppa tea / coffee. Room Service starts 8am.
Sampad Basu (November 2016)
Hi Raj, thanks for your so details information and review. What will be the cost of reserve car from NJP to Lepchajagat. Is there any car available for Darjeeling drop, if available what will be the costing. Nowadays I came to know WBFDC resort is lack of maintenance and staying is not so comfortable. is it true ? Thanks in advance...
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2016
Hi, NJP to Lepchajagat reserved small taxi fare would be around Rs. 2,000 - 2,200. You need to pre-arrange a taxi from Sukhiapokhri stand or ask the caretaker to arrange one for you for Darjeeling or NJP drop. But tell him well in advance. Maintenance of the WBFDC lodge has always been an issue but tolerable. There are hardly any staff to look after the lodge. One needs to depend on the caretaker who leaves the lodge after providing dinner and is often quite unaccommodating. So do not go with great expectations of service or amenities. There is no backup generator and power situation here is not great. So getting hot water when you want can be a problem. During day time they can provide hot water in buckets if there is no power.
Samrat Guha (December 2015)
Me and my wife stayed at Lepchajagat for 2 days on 23rd and 24th December, 2015. Passang Tamang's Kanchan Kanya home stay provided us everything that had been needed. People are also very amicable here. Met with some local guys who are opening adventurous tourist activity like cycling, trekking, camp firing from here on. You can visit Sukhia Pokhri, Jor Pokhri, Manebhanjang and Chitrey on a cab. Tonglu and Tumling can be reached from Manebhanjang with permit and through Land rover cars only. Land rover cars charge 2000 rs/.
Goutam Mukherjee (July 2015)
Hi Raj this is my query - would be grateful for a reply. Planning to go in early Dec 2015 for a couple of days. Is it possible to hire a taxi (not a shared one) from NJP to Lepchajagt forest bungalow ? If yes, how much does this cost? If such taxis are available, will there be sufficient number of such taxis or will there be only one or two for this offbeat route?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2015
You can get private taxis from NJP including pre-paid ones. Cost will be around Rs. 1900 for a small cab. From NJP the route is same as Darjeeling up to Ghum and then a diversion towards Mirik. From Ghum it's about 20-25 minutes.
Biswajit Biswas (January 2015)
I stayed at Kanchan Kanya Homestays at Lepchajagat from 27th December 2014 to 01 January 2015. Tamang Daju and his family was so caring that we never felt that we are away from home. So are the local people. We celebrated New Year eve with them and would say it has been the best and fondest New Years eve that I had ever had. Would highly recommend a visit there. Beautiful view of the Kanchanjunga range, forest trail and the local people with heart of gold and always smiling.
Rituparna Guha (November 2014)
Hi Raj, Firstly would really like to thank you for the wonderful and informative reviews. They are so very helpful and provide such detailed information. Me and my husband want to visit Lepchajagat. Due to lack of common holidays, we have decided to reach Lechajagat on 29th January 2015 and leave on 1st February 2015. Based on your reviews, we wish to book Suite 1 in WBFDC Nature Resort. Only question we have is , will it be a secure enough place for us to visit, it being secluded from usually crowded place.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2014
Haven't heard of any untoward incident. But with no other guests in the lodge, it can be quite scary at nights as even the care taker often leaves after dinner is served. There is however a small staff accommodation below on one side.
SK Dasgupta (November 2013)
Dear Raj, From her childhood days, my wife, who is now about 57 years old, is still fascinated with the charm of Darjeeling despite its present state of deterioration like mushroomed construction, stinking roads, water problem, dirty mall and the political unrest etc. We would be very glad if things improve. Anyway,my wife has visited Darjeeling in-numerous times prior to her marriage and also with me for about 6/7 times after marriage. This time when she proposed for another visit, I added a place called Lepchajagat for two nights prior to staying at Darjeeling for another three days. We are planning to go there during first week of January,2014 to feel the chill.
Since I would like to restrict the expenditure on traveling to the minimum, I would like to know from an authority like you the following:-
1) Can we get a share jeep from NJP upto Ghum after we reach there by Darjeeling Mail? What is the approximate cost per person?
2) From Ghum, is share jeep available upto Lepchajagat? If not, in case we are to take a taxi (if available), what would be the approximate cost?
3) We have booked in WBFDC tourist bunglow at Lepchajagat. If we happen to get Shared jeep, would it reach us upto the WBFDC bunglow or at a far-off
4)Is similar mode of transport(share jeep) is available between Lepchajagat and Darjeeling?
I would be grateful to get the information as mentioned above, if you can provide the same. Yours truly,
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2013
Dear Mr. Dasgupta, You can take a shared Jeep from NJP which is bound for Darjeeling and get off at Ghoom. The cost will be around Rs. 150/- per person. These shared jeeps usually take the Hill Cart road. But since hill cart road is closed near Tindharia, they take Rohini or Pankhabari routes these days. From Ghoom you can occasionally get shared jeeps. These jeeps either come from Darjeeling or originate from Ghoom itself and go towards Sukhiapokhri. Lepchajagat is located before Sukhiapokhri. Alternatively, take a taxi from the Ghoom stand for Lepchajagat (may cost Rs. 300/- approx, distance is less than 10kms). If you take a shared Jeep, it will drop you on the main road. The lodge is only couple of minutes walk from there. So if you have trolley or wheeled luggage, you should be able to walk it easily. Otherwise taxi from Ghoom is a better option.
Here is another option: From NJP take a shared jeep for Mirik (Rs. 100 per person). From Mirik stand, take another shared jeep for Darjeeling (Rs. 100). The second leg of this route goes via Sukhiapokhri and Ghoom. So get off at Lepchajagat which comes soon after Sukhiapokhri. This route is scenic and goes through lovely tea gardens. Will take about 3.5 - 4 hours while the earlier route may take 30 minutes less.
For Lepchajagat to Darjeeling transportation, best is to walk down to Sukhiapokhri jeep stand and book a taxi in advance (on the previous day or in the morning). It will come and pick you up from the lodge. It's difficult to avail a shared jeep for this trip. If you come down to the main road, you may get jeeps on the fly, but they may not have vacant seats. Have a great trip!