Best Hill Stations Around Kolkata – Part 2

5. Sandakphu:

Sandakphu marks the highest point of West Bengal and it offers a breathtaking beauty of the 5 highest peaks of the world. Famous for its adventurous trekking experience, it is an enthralling destination for the youth. It is almost 650km away from Kolkata and could be reached both through trekking and driving. The best time to visit Sandakphu is during October to May.

6. Gangtok:

Gangtok is the ideal place for a mountain enwrapped travel destination. The capital of Sikkim is also the culturally prestigious place for the classical Tibetan experience. Situated almost 670km away from Kolkata, this serene place offers the relaxation and the experience of the beauty of nature. Due to its elevated position, the atmosphere is wintery throughout the year. The best time to visit Gangtok would be from October to June since the skies remain clear and the sun does not hurt or bother much. “Nathu la pass” is one of the famous places to visit. While the “seven sisters’ waterfalls” is also a very attractive site, it only flourishes in the rainy season.

7. Dooars valley:

The gateway of Bhutan, Dooars valley is the combination of jungles, hills and rivers. The beauty of Dooars is enchanting. Situated almost 680km away from Kolkata, it could be reached through the train station of New Jalpaiguri or through the Bagdogra airport. The must visit places are Gorumara and Chapramari wildlife sanctuary. The permit for the jungle safari is given from Lataguri. Also, The Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary is close by and it is the home of single horned rhino along with other rare and pristine animals like Asiatic elephants, leopard, bison, deer, etc. All nature and jungle lovers find their heart’s delight in a single visit of the Dooars region.

8. Shillong:

Although a bit far from Kolkata, Shillong is a mesmerizing hill station for a refreshing experience. Surrounded by greenery and hills, the capital of Meghalaya projects an enchanting beauty. The best time to visit Shillong is from September to May. One of the must visit places in Shillong is the ‘Umiam Lake’ for its serene beauty. Shillong is also the home of numerous waterfalls, picturesque mountain peaks and mystique lakes. The culture and welcoming appearance of the local people also attracts tourists. It demonstrates how the diverse cultures are placed and entertained side by side in India.

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