Perched at an altitude of 5800ft is a serene hamlet called Icchey Gaon.It is an offbeat destination of West Bengal.It is located at a distance of 17 Kms from Kalimpong.This quaint settlement has caught the attention of travelers with its astounding view of Mt Kanchenjunga and rustic style of living.Over looking the beautiful township of Darjeeling and Sikkim, during the night time the whole valley lights up like fireflies.The night view of Icchey Gaon has captivated mind of many travelers.
Bounded by Verdant forest area Icchey gaon is surrounded with astounding trekking routes.Those trekking routes lead towards some of the most pictorial viewpoints of Icchey Gaon like Ramitey Dara, Tinchuley and Jalsa. Ramitey Dara offers the panoramic view of River Teesta making the legendary 14turns through the mountainous Himalayan Valley.
On a clear Day visitors can catch the unhindered view of Mt Kanchenjunga along with towns of Sikkim ,Jelep La and Nathula from Tinchuley.At a distance of 6 Km from Icchey Gaon is an ancient monument called Damsang Fort. The Fort was built in 1690 by the Lepcha Ruler.After the Anglo Bhutan war the fort was destroyed and turned into ruins
The Jalsa Viewpoint is known for offering the grandiose vista of Cinchona Plantation , visitors can adore the colonial era architecture of British built Jalsa Bunglow .
PLACES TO VISIT AROUND ICCHEY GAON:
- ReshiKhola ,Pedong, Aritar,Mankhim and Sillery Gaon these are the sightseeing spots from Icchey Gaon
Unscathed by the modernized society there are no fancy hotels or resorts in Icchey Gaon,there is only one accommodation facility in Icchey gaon i.e Homestay. The Homestay of Icchey Gaon is equipped with all the basic amenities
Icchey Gaon is located at a distance of 88km from NJP and 91 km Bagdogra.It is an easily accessible destination.Visirors can hire a cab directly NJP or Bagdogra to Icchey Gaon or they can take a shared vechile till Kalimpong ..It is only 17kms far from Kalimpong.