Chota Mangwa is a tiny hamlet in Mangwa hills near Darjeeling with magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha on one side and teesta river and valley with Kalimpong Hills on the other side is Chota Mangwa. Placed wonderfully with both side views and orange gardens and citrus plantations surrounding the small quiet village, Chota Mangwa is rapidly growing as a hot tourist destinations. It's a quiet village with some excellent views of the meandering river Teesta and magnificent Kanchenjungha on a clear sunny day.
Chota Mangwa is one and half hours drive from Darjeeling and can also be reached via Teesta bazar from NJP/Bagdogra. From Darjeeling it took us about 40 minutes to cross Ghoom and then take a left turn from Jorebangla. Drive up to 6th-mile and then take a right turn to proceed down towards Takdah which is about 8kms from here.
What to see :
Take a nature walk through the mountain forests and many orange orchards. You are allowed to pick up the oranges that fall off to the ground and savor the natural juices.
Visit the wonderful Rungli Rungliot Tea Garden in Takdah.
Another small village nearby, called Lopchu where one can visit the orange juice manufacturing unit here and see how the juice is produced.
One can visit Darjeeling, Kurseong on a day trip by hiring a car. Tinchuley and Kalimpong are also within short driving distances.
How to reach:
Chota Mangwa is accessible from NJP, Bagdogra, Sikkim, Kalimpong & Dooars via Teesta Bazar, and from Kurseong, Mirik and Darjeeling via Jorebangla.
The distance from Darjeeling town is 35kms by road, takes about 1.5 hours to reach. From NJP station it takes about 2.5 hours to reach (distance ~70kms). From Gangtok the distance is 62kms.