Latpanchar is one of the most saught after off-beat tourist destination is ideal for the tourists who love peace and tranquility.It is a small beautiful village in the lap of Himalayan mountains, located in the hilly region of Mahananda Wild Life Santuary at an altitude of approximately 4500 feet above the sea level.Its lush green forests with varied species of flora & fauna and birds make Latpanchar a peaceful abode and perfect destination for the bird watchers & nature lovers. During clear weather the terrain region of Siliguri plains can be viewed from the Latpanchar. Latpanchar is the home to the most elegant, colourful, endangered species of Rufous Necked Hornbill. Snow studded Mount Kanchanjenga can be viewed from Latpanchar. Bird watching and Jungle trekking at Mahananda Wild Life Santuary are the popular activities which tourists can love to do.
What to see :
In Latpanchar one can enjoy Walking through the lush green Cinchona plantations in the early morning with birds chirping all around is a wonderful experience.They can visit the Mahananda Wild Life Santuary, 6 kms away with the help of the local guides at a stretch from the Forest rest house to Raja Rani hills. There is a temple of the Lord Shiva at the peak of the Raja Rani Hills where the locals offer their prayers. Apart from these places tourist can visit Sitong, Shiva Khola, Ahal Dara, Monpu and Kurseong on a day trip.
Namthing Pokhari - Situated at an altitude of 4250 ft above sea level, the beautiful lake is the natural habitat for a number of rare species. Namthing Lake is only the second place in the region where you can see the Himalayan Salamander in the wild, the only other place being Jorpokhri.
How to reach:
Latpanchar can be reached from Siliguri in various routes.
First route can be from Kalijhora which is on the Highway connecting Sikkim with Bengal. From Kalijhora an uphill journey of about 13 kms will take you to Latpanchar.
A second route to Latpanchar is through Sukna on the Hill Cart road. From Sukna a little known road passes through little known villages such as Chunabhatti, Shiv Khola, Simring and Mahaldiram to reach Latpanchar about 42 kms away. Though total distance through this route is slightly lengthier, you may use this route for a more picturesque drive through the tea garden. You may also get a glimpse of the source of Mahananda river from this route.
The third route to Latpanchar originates from Kurseong and passes through Bagora and joins the second route at Mahaldiram. There are other village roads such as one originating from Lohapul area and passing through Lonku, Rolak and Selpu villages to reach Latpanchar.