Rangaroon Rhapsody

Rangaroon Rhapsody
Plucking the two leaves and a bud at a garden in Rangaroon, Photo Credit: Abhirup Bhar / Shutterstock.com

This tea-garden based hamlet near Darjeeling is exclusively for nature lovers

Uttara Gangopadhyay
June 01 , 2021
06 Min Read

Rangaroon, about 16km by road from Darjeeling, is excellent for taking a tranquil break among the hills while staying within touching distance of the popular big brother. The hamlet has grown around the Rangaroon Tea Estate (a British era tea estate now owned by an Indian company) and sits in the middle of the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary.

 
 
 
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The weather gods in Rangaroon are very moody. So expect anything from sunny days and starry nights to misty mornings and rainy days. If the weather is fine, you will see the town of Darjeeling sprawling on the hill slopes beneath the lofty Mt Kanchenjunga. Rangaroon is located on a hill tip directly opposite Darjeeling. The best view is at night, when the lights of Darjeeling shine like a golden arc across the hill when seen from Rangaroon.

 
 
 
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Unless it is raining heavily, you may explore the hamlet on foot. Mountain springs flow down the slopes like a swatch of silver raiment. There is a temple in the middle of the village. Seasonal flowers bloom by the roadside, and someone has thoughtfully placed wooden benches by their side. So you may rest awhile here. In Spring, the countryside is filled with rhododendrons and magnolias.  

Or, unless you have knee problems, you may go down the narrow trails through the tea gardens for wee treks. But do remember, you have to climb all the way up while returning. If you are accompanied by a local person, you may take the short cuts, some taking you past people’s homes. The British era tea factory has been shut down. See if you can get a veteran staff to show you around the factory which still has the old machines, many shipped from England. 

 
 
 
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An early start and a hardy downhill trek can take you to the Rungdung River flowing down below. The noise of the water can be heard from far. It is a good three to four hour trek and best to take along a local guide. Not only to show you the way but also to warn you of wild animals. The green hills often form a natural corridor for migrating animals within the sanctuary.

 
 
 
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Accommodation in Rangaroon is limited, which is also one of the main reasons that the place is bereft of crowds. Two of the popular addresses here are Neelam Homestay (Tel: 9647729080) and Khalling Homestay (Ph: 980035301) If you are keen for some serious trekking in the area, contact Rangaroon Explorers Group (on Facebook here) who also run a pleasantly furnished trekkers’ hut (which can also be booked by calling 9830011715).

Getting There: Rangaroon is 16km by road from Darjeeling. If you are coming from Bagdogra (nearest airport) or New Jalpaiguri (nearest railway hub) or Siliguri (the road transport hub), you have to either hire a taxi from NJP/Siliguri or take a shared jeep to Jorbungalow/Ghoom and then another shared jeep to Rangaroon. Rangaroon is about 80km from Siliguri.

October to April is the best time to visit. Carry adequate warm clothes depending on the season.

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Note: With the pandemic lockdown prevailing in West Bengal, transportation and accommodation facilities are not operating now. So please check with West Bengal Tourism offices or the homestays before planning.


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