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This is the first post of my 'Postcards of Tinchuley' series.

About Tinchuley :

Tinchuley is a distant hamlet in the wilderness situated near Darjeeling in West Bengal, India. It is one of the hidden treasures of North Bengal, located just 32 kms. away from Darjeeling, the 'Queen of Hills'. Tinchuley is at a distance of 80 kilometers from Siliguri, 35 kilometers from Kalimpong and 88 kilometers from Gangtok.

The word 'Tinchuley' stands for Three Chullas (Chulla means oven), and this is represented by three prominent hill tops that resembels the three chullas.

Even a few years back Tinchuley was a very lesser known and remote village. The inhabitants of this quite settlement took an initiative for establishing their locality as a model village. With the help of organizations such as the WWF, the village soon developed into eco-tourism resorts. The villagers also showed keen interest in modern farming and with the help of WWF they developed floriculture, vermiculture, organic projects. WWF has declared Tinchuley as a model village for its effort in the improvement of environment of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas.

The leading efforts came from the Gurung family who have developed the model of community tourism. One of the best places of stay here is the 'Gurung Guest House', a simple homestay hosted by the Gurung family and managed by Mr. Dipendra Gurung, a member of the family. The personalized care, attention and warmth that characterizes the hospitality of the host has only to be experienced first-hand to know how much this scores over the lavish decors, room service and other luxuries that typify regular hotels and resorts.

There are numerous viewpoints in Tinchule like the Gumbadara View point, which gives extraordinary views of River Teesta. The Tinchuley View point gives nearly a 180 degree view of the entire range of Eastern Himalayas with the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha ruling the sky.


Reference : holidayhomeindia.com

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