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A Trip to Darjeeling Dabapani Homestay
|by Prof. Priyam Roy|
I and my friend Jayanta and Debashish decided to spend three days in the lap of Himalayan nature free from urban turmoil. As such, we set out by Darjeeling Mail on 25th December, 2016 (day before Christmas). As soon as we kept our feet at New Jalpaiguri the next morning, the Kanchendzonga peak freshened our spirit.
As we reached Takdah, Dabapani after that tremendous car-ride, Mr. Bishal welcomed us with a grinning Namaste. We had to ascend some boulder-steps to reach the Resort, a beautifully decorated Home-Stay.
Though on the way we faced a fogy whether, arriving at Dabapani, we enjoy the clear sky with gorgeous Kanchenjunga. What is notable is that this is the place where you will notice an orange orchard. Crores of orange are there in every branches of the trees. Therefore we got busy with our cameras. After roaming in the orchard we returned to Resort in the evening after watching a spectacular sun-set. Mr. Bishal made the happy announcement of serving us chicken curry in dinner.
Kanchanjangha from Dabapani
This village houses around 30 families. Felling of trees and basic agriculture (mainly orange & ginger) was the way of life of the villagers, but newly started eco-tourism is the new found alternative source of livelihood that runs parallel.
Eco-tourism is a collective brain-child of Mr. Tshering Gopal and the result is the conception of Home stays is growing one. There is permanent electricity supply in the village that no doubt provides comfort to villagers and tourists. Tourists have no problem charging their mobile phones or camera batteries. The main attraction of the village other than its pristine greenery is the open north with the towering Kanchendzonga, the Dabapani Spring, Uttisini river, the lash green Tea Garden and Namchi town of Sikkim as far as the eye can stretch.
One can also enjoy the Uttisini Round Trek and reach Darjeeling trekking by time-taking distance of 3 hours and spend quality time in the lap of nature. Therefore after idle living for 2/3 days in Dabapani, one can reach Darjeeling and hence to have the twin taste of outing.
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