Sunday, July 08, 2007


Panighata is a small village on the bank of river Balason, just as it flows down onto the plains. The British tea planters left their sign throughout the Darjeeling hills and the accompanying Dooars area. Panighata is such a place. Its main attraction is an old British bunglow on a hill top and the accompanying deciduous forest. River balason is also an attractive picnic spot in its own right. But most of the picknickers visit Balason on the other bank, i.e. at Dudhia, leaving Panighata quite peaceful. There is a bridge built over the river Balason connecting Dudhia & Panighata. But sadly, due to some strange reason, its approach road is still incomplete. So its better to reach Panighata through Bagdogra.
Walk for 1 hour from Panighata Bazar to reach Top Bunglow. Stay within the bungalow(mattress required) or camp on the lawn. Very old bungalow. Out of order. No furniture. Renovation going on. Next morning go for a walk and refreshing bath at the Changa river. Climb the hill on the other side of the rivulet to reach Phudung. From Phudung, you can reach Mirik by walking.


How to go: Panighata can be reached by bus, public share auto or private car from Siliguri within 45 minutes. Distance 34 Km from Siliguri.

Level: Very easy

Where to stay: Camping at the Top bungalow itself, or at the house of Kaley Tamang, who is a local villager.


siddhart said...

dear sir,
i am quite fascinated by panighata tea estate as because those who have been there are just saying that one must go there once in their i have decided to go there at any cost.....they say that it the best place for eco tourism.can u please provide me with the details of any resort or hotel in panighata.......i am very excited to go there........

Raju said...

Hi Siddhart,

There is no such hotel or resort at Panighata. The nearest you can get a hotel to stay is at Bagdogra, which is 26 Kms from Panighata. You can even stay at Siliguri, which is at a distance of 34 Kms.
Where are you from?