A quint hilltop village at the western side of the Kalimpong hills, Bara Mangwa recently gained immense attention to the nomadic travelers due it its splendid beauty, enchanting nature, and absolute serenity. Situating right on the Teesta valley, the village offers the dual experience to the visitors; the magnificent confluence view of Teesta and Rangeet Rivers on one side merges with lush green Kalimpong Hills, while the absence of tourist rush offers the ultimate serene ambiance.
Plenty of orange gardens, terraced ecofriendly step farming all around, and simplicity are the prime essence of the village; In the harvesting season when all the gardens become filled with ripped oranges, tons of Himalayan birds assembles and the place becomes an unignorable heaven to the bird watchers and photographers.
Bara Mangwa is surrounded by several of attractive hilly destination, if you plan the visit nearby spots centering Bara Mangwa, definitely this is a good idea.
100 years old Talking Phunchok Choling Monastery is situated in the net village (Talking), offering the perfect blend of Buddhism architecture. Tinchuley which become another top attraction nowadays is located only 9 km away from Bara Mangwa. Watching the sunrise from the Tinchuley sunrise point is an ever-nostalgic experience. Chota Mangwa is another nearby spot that offers equal experience. If you ride about 15 km from Bara Mangwa, you’ll find a wide tea valley at Peshok and Lopchu, a perfect place for tea lovers.
Things to do in Bara Mangwa
- Enjoy the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet Rivers; Do river rafting as well.
- Experience the green beauty of the hilly hamlet and surroundings.
- Visit Talking Phunchok Choling Monastery situated in the nearby Talking village.
- Enjoy the sunrise from the back of snow-capped Mt. Kanchanjangha.
Nearby tourist places: Chota Mangwa, Tinchuley, Chatakpur, Latpanchar, Kalimpong, Darjeeling.
How to reach Bara Mangwa
You may visit Bara Mangwa by a rented car starting from Siliguri/New Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, or Kalimpong? Definitely, you have to follow different routes for all but all are healthy journeys through the green hilly roads. Just take a look at the distance from different starting points.
- The distance of Bara Mangwa from New Jalpaiguri Station: 62 km (approx 2.5 hr)
- The distance of Bara Mangwa from Bagdogra Airport: 65 km (approx 2.8 hr)
- The distance of Bara Mangwa from Darjeeling: 32 km (approx. 1.2 hr)
- The distance of Bara Mangwa from Kalimpong: 20 km(approx. 1hr)
Best time to visit
Except monsoon season, you can visit Bara Mangwa anytime of the year. Summer time offers a pleasant weather but chilling winter and blossoming spring are the most perfect time to visit Bara Mangwa as you can experience the orchards of ripped orange and many Himalayan birds in Full winter.
Where to stay in Bara Mangwa
You’ll not find conventional hotels in this small hamlet, but you’ll get some comfortable homestays, farmhouses, and eco-tourism cottages.
Two of the most attractive stay options in Bara Mangwa are Bara Mangwa Farm House and Darjeeling Blossom Eco-Tourism Cottages.
The first one is like a dreamland wrapped up by green hills with a panoramic view of Kalimpong and Sikkim hills, and a ‘birds-eye view’ of river ‘Teesta’. The latter one offers an extra ordinary holiday experience surrounded by the green hills, with the magnificent view of Kanchan Junga, Nathulla Range, and Teesta-Rangit river.