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Icchey Gaon: A Pristine Himalayan Hamlet

Icchey Gaon is a similar salubrious village like Sillery Gaon, and is surrounded by the similar atmosphere. Nestled at an altitude of 5800 feet, this place is a perfect place for true nature lovers. It is at a distance of 15 kms from Kalimpong and hence you have to travel along Kalimpong when you visit Ichhey Gaon. You can take numerous treks from this point and hence, you can visit many places from here. The word Ichhey Gaon means the top in the vernacular of the Lepchas, and rightly this is the top most area of the locality. This village has a feel of green forest of the valley which is submerged in the greens of Pine, Birch and Juniper trees. Rare blooms of orchids and canopy of Rhododendron make the valley a colourful one. The sight of the evening in this area is omething you will not forget soon. When the lights of Darjeeling, Ravangla and Namchi twinkle as stars, you would believe in the healing motion of nature. There are fewer homestays here, but still they make the stay comfortable and worthy. The eco-friendly organic village is filled with people who will treat you nothing lesser than higher authorities. The warmth of the people will compel you to visit here again, if this is your first time. The homely touch and smiling face is not to forget.

How to Reach Ichhey Gaon?

  • By Flight:

    The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport and hence you can take till here. And then take a car ride till Kalimpong. The home stay at Ichhey Gaon would send another car to pick you up from Kalimpong. And, you will see 15kms will be covered in an hour or less.

  • By Train:

    Take a train to NJP and then you will reach Siliguri. And, Icchey Gaon is 80 KM from Siliguri, therefore, you can reach Pedong from Kalimpong and from here travel for more 5 kms and you will reach Ichhey Gaon.

  • By Road:

    You will be dropped at the Siliguri Bus bay and then you have to follow the same journey henceforth.

What to see in Ichhey Gaon?

  • Ramitey Dara
  • Tinchuley
  • Jalsa
  • Delo,
  • Pedong,
  • Sillery,
  • Lava,
  • Reshikhola
  • Cross Hill
  • Mankhim
  • Rikisum
  • Kashyone village
  • Rongpo Khola
  • Reshi Bridge
  • Aritar Lake or Lampokhri Lake
  • Lampokhari
  • Love Dara
  • Dello Hanuman Park
  • Sillery Gaon

When Is The Best Time To Visit Ichhey Gaon?

You can visit Icchey Gaon all the time, throughout the year. However, winter is regarded as the best time to visit here as you can see the Mt. Kanchenjunga at its best. In the monsoon, the rivers gets filled with the gushing water and the lush greens of the forest and wild forest, make the surrounding of the Ichhey Gaon, a heaven like place for your stay.

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