Tour to Sandakphu

Sandakphu Tour – Full Journey Details

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In recent days, we are in locked-down & we did not go outside from our home for a long time that’s why traveling is one of the best things to change the mindset & according to me, North Bengal especially Sandakphu is one of the best places for visitors, who are planning for a short trip between 2-3 days, from here you can watch each and every peak of Kanchenjunga. You can feel the beauty of the mountain, not only this but also you can see Sleeping Buddha, which is one of the best attractions for all travellors. There a lot of hotels in Sandakphu to stay, so don’t fear and I also describe the Sandakphu tour package price. The most important thing is the Sandakphu route & Sandakphu temperature that I want to mention in this blog.

There are so many questions that come to our mind that if we have to walk or the whole journey can be conducted by car or do we need a passport to reach Sandakphu? How about the roads & what is the temperature in SandakPhu? In this blog, I will clear all your questions one by one. At first, I clear that you don’t need a passport to visit Sandakphu & the whole journey you can travel through a car.

Table of contents

  • Sandakphu route
  • Sandakphu tour package price
  • Sandakphu hotels & homestay
  • Sandakphu sightseeing
  • Sandakphu temperature
  • What is the best time to visit Sandakphu?

How to reach Sandakphu ?

At first, you have to take a car from Siliguri to Manebhanjan from there you need a gate pass & a car to reach Sandakphu. First of all, not all cars can take you to Sandakphu, you need special cars and drivers to reach the hill. Local car drivers prefer Land Rover very much on this route. This route is very risky and I prefer that, if you have a problem in your heart than don’t go there, this route is not for faint-hearted travelers.

From Manebhanjan you have to book a car for 3 days. The first day you will reach Tunglu / Tunglung. there you have to stay, just 7km away from Manebhanjan. But if you reach Manebhanjan before 12 or 1 pm, than you can make it to reach sandakphu in a single day, but if you reach late than you have to stay Tunglu / Tunglung. There you can get many hotels. We make our first halt at Tunglu, this is one of the beautiful places I have ever seen. At night you can count stars, not only this but also the view of Darjeeling from Tunglu is the best, I can bet you, this will be in your memory for a long time. But this place is cold, I can’t describe you in words. Next day, when we reach Tunglung, a km away from Tunglu, is also good for stay at night, from my point of view I guess you should choose your night stay at Tunglung, because you have too many choices in hotels and the place is 100m down from Tunglu, a lot of people live there also. But in Tunglu we can’t find too many houses or hotels.

2nd day, we started our Journey from Tunglu, at about 8 or 9 am, from there we take our first halt at Gouripass to eat our breakfast, after our breakfast we started our journey. One thing I want to mention here that the roads become worse here, you can’t find proper roads, in some places,I think that I will not come back from the hills, hopefully,this is not happening and we reach Kalipokhri, scenic beauty of this place is awesome, the best thing about this place is you are in Nepal & in India at a time, this place looks like a picture,from there you have to go through Nepal, to reach Sandakphu. I can’t describe to you, how happy I was at that time, I can clearly see all the peaks of Kanchenjunga & after watching this I can understand why this is called Sleeping Buddha, it looks like Buddha is sleeping above the hills & he stayed there to protect us. We stayed there rest of the time and next day we came back at Manebhanjan.

Sandakphu Tour package price

JourneyPrice(approx for 4 people)
Siliguri to Manebhanjan via carRs.3000
From Manebhanjan car bookingRs.7000 (For 3 days)
From Manebhanjan PassRs. 1000
Hotel price in TungluRs. 800(Room rent) +Rs.400-600 (approx for food in the Hotel)
Hotel in SunriseRs.3500 (Room rent) + Rs. 1000-2000 (approx for food in the Hotel)
from Manebhanjan to DarjeelingRs. 1500-2000

Sandakphu Hotels or Homestay

You can’t get many hotels or homestays in Tunglu, but we found a place name Trekker’s Hut for a night stay. The position of this hotel is very good, we can see mountain peaks right from our window, not only this we can see the beauty of Darjeeling from our room at night, it resembles like a thousand fireflies are dancing there. Due to extreme cold, I can’t get out of my blanket and I can’t capture any pic.

When I arrive Tunlung , we find many hotels , if you want you can stay there despite of staying Tunglu.

At Sandakphu, we stayed in the hotel name Sunrise, one of the beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in at this height, there rooms are quite clean and well decorated.

Sandakphu Temperature

Temperature of Sandakphu is approx 1-2 degree at late novemembers.

Sandakphu sightseeing

It is the highest point of the ridge and the state of West Bengal, India. The peak is located at the edge of the Singalila National Park and has a small village on the summit with a few hotels. Four of the five highest peaks in the world, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse, and Makalu can be seen from its summit.

Sleeping Buddha
Sleeping Buddha

What is the best time to plan for the Sandakphu tour?

There are two best seasons to go for the Sandakphu tour. The first season, with the temperature ranges from 8 to 15 degrees, is from April to May and the second season is after the monsoon starting from October to early December when the temperature ranges from -5 to 5 degrees.

Do you Know?

Sandakphu literally means ‘Peak of the poison plants’. The nomenclature can be accredited to the bloom of some poisonous genus of plants nearby. One is the ‘Aconitus’, a perennial shrub, the roots of which have been used as medicine since time immemorial while its bright purplish-blue flowers and leaves can be lethally toxic if consumed imprudently. Another is the ‘Himalayan Cobra Lilies’ which also abound in the area.

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