Charkol /Charcoal is the latest edition in offbeat tourist destination map of Darjeeling district. This place is located in the Kalimpong subdivision and 15km away from Lolegaon /Kafer and 26km from Kalimpong. The place offers a complete 360 degree view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from the mountain top of Charkol Hill. The dense forest of towering pine, oak, fir. Cypras, the variety of rhododendrons, the sweet melody of rare birds, will accompany you throughout the journey towards Charkol. The one and only most beautiful nature resort of Charkol will offer you all the relaxation amid the nature. The place offers unlimited relaxation throughout your tour. It is also a best hide-out destination and that’s why Charkol is becoming the popular destinations for Honeymoon couples and nature lovers tourists. The place is already known to Motor Car Rally’s as it is the highest motor rally point in the entire region. The Charkol already won many prestigious awards like “Most promising offbeat destination”.
Location: Charkol or Charkhole is a small village at Neora Valley Forest under Kalimpong sub division in Darjeeling district. It is just 26 Km from Kalimpong and 15 km from Lolegaon.
|Place from||To||Distance (KM)||Approx Road Journey Time
By Rail: Nearest railway is New Jalpaiguri railway Station (NJP). It will take 5 hrs to reach Charkhole /Charkol by car from NJP.
By Air: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (IXB). By car it will take approx 5.5 hrs to reach Charkhole/Charkol from Bagdogra.
By Road: Charkhole /Charkol can be reached from Siliguri by various hired vehicle in roughly 5 hours.
Nearest town- Lava 27 Km from Lava by Jeep , LoleGaon, 15 Km from Charkhole.
Accommodation: NatureWings offers their guests an exclusive eco nature resort, located in the best and premium spot of Charkhole. The nature resort is located on mountain top of Charkhole, offers the best mountain view from Charkhole. The resort provides all rooms with splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. All rooms are provided with geyser, western-type toilet, floor carpets. Facilities for secure car parking are also available. The resort also offers mountain facing courtyard for their guests and playground for toddlers and kids. The resort won many prestigious awards from Tours and Travel industry. This resort is considered the best resort in the entire region and offers various category of rooms and cottages including honeymoon suite.
On Demand Services
Guided jungle Tour
|Package: Charkhole is part of NatureWings’s most favorite package Neora Valley Safari.|
Charkhole is a tiny village located on the lap of Himalaya with just three families. Enthusiasts’ people can enjoy nature trail along the picturesque green forest with a variety of birds and flora including some rare species of wild life. Our Guest can also go for a day trip to Lava, Lolegaon, Kolakham and Rishop. Tourists can also enjoy soft trek within Charkhole. The resort also offers a very big flat lawn with beautiful seating arrangements within its premises.
Lolegaon/Kafer – Lolegaon is a small Lepcha village also known as Kaffer, has a magnificent view of Himalayan snow ranges over the entire horizon. Viewing sunrise over the snow peaks from Jhandidara, and the famous Canopy Walk (hanging foot bridge over the Canopy of huge trees) is an experience of a lifetime. This is the only Canopy walk in the entire Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayan region and must see for all the tourists visiting Lolegaon. For Details about Lolegaon, please click here.
Lava – A 4 km trek through the Neora Valley forest will lead you to Lava. Nearest small town in the district of Darjeeling. In Lava , you can visit the Lava Monas tary, the biggest monastery in this region. You can also carry over your handicrafts shopping from Lava.
Neora Valley Forest – A jungle safari by Jeep and trek inside the forest is a wonderful experience. This trip is a must to all nature lovers and bird watchers. The trips through deep jungle, full of tropical forest and most rare birds will make this trip memorable one. More adventurous people can go go for a Rachela Trek towards the Aritar. The Jeep safari will start from Lava and return at Lava. NatureWings can arrange Jungle Safari for its guests.
Changi Falls – Changi, Changey or Chagey falls just 3 kms jeep drive and 1.5 kms walk down through nicely built stair cases and rest hut takes you to the most beautiful falls in the deep forest of Darjeeling Hills. It is the only falls in the deep forest which can be reached by tourists by jeep ride and a walk down to around 250 stairs. In the deep forest of Neora Valley forest with sounds of rare tropical birds like Wagtail, Minivet and others make your journey a memorable one.
Rishop/ Rishyap – Rishyap is a small hamlet nestled amongst the Himalayas in the Kalimpong SubDivison of Darjeeling District. Located at a distance of 9km from Lava ,Rishyap not only offers a splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjangha but also a 360 degree view of Mt. Kharg, Kokthang, Rathoong and Kabroo. For Details about Rishyap, please click here.
Climate: Summer 5ºC to20ºC, winter -5ºC to 10ºC
Altitude: 5500 ft
Clothing & Luggage: Travel as light as possible with least minimum clothes, toiletries and other essential commodities. The weather of Kolakham during summer requires light woolen garments. In the winter, heavy woolen is required.
Food And Drink: Drink only bottled water. Please carry your water from Lava, Kalimpong or Siliguri. Since this area doesn’t have any single shop, it is always advisable to carry dry foods like to carry biscuits, chips, dry fruits, fruits etc. Foreign Liquors / Alcohols are not also available in Charkhole.
Health Facility & Health Precautions: It is advisable to carry specific medicines as there are no pharmacy shops in Charkhole. Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever etc, also band aids and an antiseptic ointment. The nearest health facility /medicine shop is available at Lolegaon/Kalimpong.
Card Payment & ATM: Credit/Debit Card is not accepted in Charkhole. In Charkhole there is also no ATM. Please carry cash for all your transactions.
Telephone / Mobile phones: The mobile connectivity in Charkhole is limited. Hence, it is advisable to carry mobiles phones from two different mobile service providers.
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