Situating at 7100 ft above sea level Bagora is a charming hamlet surrounded by magnificent lush green all around. The ever-luring thickly wooded alpine forest filled with rhododendron trees and breath-taking view of snow-capped mount Kanchanjangha made this place a hidden treasure of Darjeeling district, West Bengal.
The beauty of meandering River Teesta beside the village is definitely an added attraction; In addition, well-maintained flower gardens, abundance of orange trees, and mesmerizing sunrise and sunset view around the wider Himalayan range draw the prime attention of the nomadic travelers.
Besides the abundance of exotic Himalayan flora, Bagora is famous for herbal and medicinal plants gardening and you’ll find such farmlands almost everywhere in this small village. So, this place is kind of heaven for the botanist and Phyto-chemists.
Things to do in Bagora
With the evergreen alpine forests filled with rhododendrons, flowing River Teesta, and breath-taking mountain range, the hamlet Bagora offers a lot of excitement to nature lovers. The prime things you can do here, are:
- Explore the well-maintained natural flower gardens and greenhouses.
- Spend amazing hours sitting beside the meandering River Teesta.
- Wander through the lush green rhododendron forest.
- Explore the natural flora of Himalayan territory and the medicinal gardens around the village.
- Watch the breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchanjungha and sunrise over the snow-capped mountain.
- Wake up with the song of vibrant Himalayan birds.
- Enjoy the calmness of a hilly hamlet.
Nearby tourist places: Eagle’s Craig view point, Bhanzang Salamander Lake, Ambootia temple, Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple, Ancient Chimney (British age), war memorial, Batasia Loop, Ghoom monastery.
How to reach Bagora
It’s important from where you are starting your journey. Are you visiting from Siliguri, Darjeeling, or Kalimpong? All are having different routes but anyway you have to book a rented car and reach Kurseong first, then take a turn towards the village Bagora. Just take a look at the distance from different starting points.
- The distance of Bagora from New Jalpaiguri Station: 55 km
- The distance of Bagora from Bagdogra Airport: 52 km
- The distance of Bagora from Darjeeling: 21 km
- The distance of Bagora from Kalimpong: 60 km
Best time to visit
Except for the monsoon season, North Bengal hill stations can be visited any time of the year. However, winter and spring is the best time to visit Bagora because of three prime reasons.
- In winter the orange gardens remain filled with ripening oranges, which is a magnificent view.
- The late spring is the blossoming season of the rhododendron flower. The forest looks amazing in late spring to early summer.
- The sky remains relatively clear during winter and spring; thus, you may have a clear view of Mt. Kanchanjungha and sun-rise in these seasons.
However, many nature lovers visit Bagora in Autumn to spend seasonal holidays and during hot summer to get relief from the angry sun. Without any hesitation, you may visit Bagora any season except monsoon to experience the pleasant atmosphere and amazing beauty surrounded by lush green.
Where to stay in Bagora?
There are two main options to stay in Bagora.
- Village Homestay
- Forest Bungalow hosted by West Bengal Government.
Almost all the homestay as well as the forest bungalow offers spacious rooms with a precious view and equipped with all the required amenities.