Well, if there's something which north Bengal doesn't lack, that's scenic beauty. The next time you are planning a trip to the hills, Lamahatta – a scenic hamlet 23km from Darjeeling town – is an amazing place to unwind.
It is a relatively quiet place. Although lately, it has become quite popular with tourists and people have been pouring in huge numbers, primarily due to its rich greenery and breathtaking surroundings. But one place which you have to visit while you are here, is the Lamahatta Eco Park.
Developed with the aim to promote eco-tourism, the government has opened this park as a tourist spot, which explains the increase in numbers as well the higher concentration of homestays here. You can either choose to stay here or just visit Lamahatta to see the park.
On entering, you will see a well-manicured garden with a nicely cut out pathway. There are a number of wooden & bamboo gazebos where you can just sit and chill, with the magnanimous pine trees in the background. But the main attraction of the park is the lake at the top, which one has to reach after an 800-m trek uphill, via a serpentine pathway through the pine forest. And trust me when I say this, the trek might be difficult, but once you reach the summit, it is literally heaven on earth.