Yelbong: Hidden Treasure of North Bengal
North of West Bengal is a gold mine for travel lovers. It is difficult to say how many beautiful places are hidden in North Bengal. One of them is Yelbong. Yelbong is a small village near Kalimpong.
This is an ideal place for those who want to start trekking and do not want to start with a big place. It is one of the offbeat places in Kalimpong. This trek can be planned for two-three days centering on a river called Rumti. During this trek 2 hidden treasures of nature will make you cherish, one is the ‘Rainbow waterfall’ – A waterfall that spreads rainbow colors and another is the ‘Three-step waterfall’. It is an unknown gem in North Bengal that boasts of an adrenaline-filled adventure strewn with waterfalls, deep jungles, a paradise for Butterfly lovers, River Camping, and Trekking & the best of these is the River Canyon Cave.
If you are a nomad and you are addicted to mountaineering then you have to go to Yelbong once. The hilly river here will attract you. Located here is the largest river canyon in North Bengal. There are also numerous small and large fountains scattered all over the place. You must go if you want to explore them.
You may not want to miss out on the experience of spending a night in a tent by the river in the woods. And if you are thinking of starting trekking and are afraid to start any long trekking then you can visit Yelbong first. You will hardly find an adventurous place like this at a low cost.
How To Reach Yelbong?
There are various ways by which you can reach Yelbong. I am sharing all the possible ways to reach there.
- Nearest Airport – Bagdogra. (Distance from Bagdogra to Yelbong is 70 kilometers.) You can rent a car from Bagdogra Airport. It will cost around ₹3000.
- Nearest Railway Station – New Mal Junction (Station Code- NMZ. Distance from New Mal Junction to Yelbong is 35 kilometers.). You can rent a car from New Mal Junction to reach Yelbong. It will cost you around ₹2500.
- Nearest Bus Stop – Mina More. You can rent a car from Mina More to reach Yelbong. It will cost you around ₹1500.
- NJP Railway Station – NJP Railway Station Junction. (Distance from NJP to Yelbong is 50 kilometers.) You can rent a car from NGP Railway Station Junction to reach Yelbong. It will cost you around ₹3000.
- Malbazar to Yelbong distance is 19 Km.
Things To Do in Yelbong
If you like offbeat places and if you want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city and spend a couple of days in a secluded place then Yelbong is the ideal place for you. Here are all the great surprises waiting for you.
- Trek to River Rumti.
- Butterflies and Bird Watching.
- Forrest Hike
- Mountain View
- Night Walk along the riverside.
- Yelbong river canyon trek.
- Yelbong canyon cave
- Campfire at the Hill Forest with some music.
- Offbeat Hidden waterfalls.
- Walk around Yelbong village to observe the simplicity of life.
- You can enjoy a campfire and barbecue at night.
- At night you can enjoy the murmur of the river and the silence in the dark place.
- Sleeping in a tent in the middle of the woods
- Exploring hidden places and observing hundreds of unknown birds.
Staying In Yelbong
Currently, One agency is organizing trekking and adventure tours in Yelbong. You will find their details on this page. You can also contact this page on Facebook.
Contact Number: +91 7407700920 / +91 7074570127
Here you can stay in a homestay or in the riverside camp. You will find the details of everything in the link given above. They will set up tents along the river. They will guide you. They will arrange the food. Everything is in the package. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour to reach the bottom. (Local people there take about 15 minutes.). On the day of return, it will take two to two and a half hours to climb the hill.
There are four types of stay options available in Yelbong
1. As per person or Group you can stay on Homestay there (Cost is Approximately ₹1200 per day)
2. Yelbong River Camping and Trek Trail- 3 Days & 2 Night River Camping (Trail Fee: 1-5 Per Persons – ₹4700, 6-10 Per Persons – ₹4300, 11-15 Per Persons – ₹3900, 16 up Per Persons – ₹3600)
3. Yelbong Homestay and Trek Trail- 3 Days & 2 Nights at Yelbong Homestay ( Trail Fee: ₹ 3000 Per Person)
4. Chuikhim and Yelbong Trail- 4 Days & 3 Nights at Yelbong & Chuikhim Homestay (Trail Fee: ₹ 4500 Per Person)
Cost To Travel Yelbong
- It will cost around ₹3000 From Bagdogra Airport to Yelbong.
- It will cost you around ₹2500 from New Mal Junction To Yelbong.
- It will cost you around ₹1500 from the Mina More Bus stand to Yelbong.
- It will cost you around ₹3000 from NJP railway station to Yelbong.
Best Time To Visit Yelbong
You can travel here anytime except rainy season and the chilling cold of November to mid-January. Avoid going, especially in the rainy season. This time there is a possibility of a landslide that time.
Things to Carry While Travelling To Yelbong
- A travel bag.
- A torch.
- A slipper.
- Travel shoes
- Plastic for keeping wet things.
- Dry food as needed
- Soap paper
- clothes according to the weather.
- Necessary Medicines.
- Camera For Taking Pictures of Breathtaking Beauty.
Important Tips About Yelbong
- Do bring your mobile power bank to avoid inconveniences.
- It is a remote area, the mobile network is not too strong. There are hardly one or two places from where the network is available.
- Do bring a torch, and always carry it while you are walking along with the river at night.
- Carry at least one ID proof with you.
- Carry all the necessary medicines. Because there is no medical shop available in that area.
- For this trail, you need to prepare yourself or your body strength in advance.
- Credit or debit card payments cannot be made at most homestays, so keep enough cash with you.
- Although homestays serve plenty of food, you can keep dry food like cakes and biscuits with you.
Yelbong Tour Plan
There are 3-4 types of plans for the Yelbong Tour. I am sharing some plans here. You can go to Yelbong’s own website for more details.
- Yelbong River Camping and Trek Trail – (3 Days & 2 Night River Camping)
Day 1: On reaching Yelbong Homestay-
Trek to the campsite.
Welcome drinks and lunch.
After lunch, you can explore Rainbow Waterfalls or you can do some adventure sports like Rappling.
Evening snacks along the riverside.
Enjoy a Campfire at the riverside. (With Music)
Day 2: After breakfast
You can proceed Yelbong River Canyon Cave trek (It will take 3-4 hrs one-way.)
After lunch walk along the riverside.
In the evening campfire & barbeque.
Overnight at camp.
Trek to Yelbong Homestay.
- Yelbong Homestay and Trek Trail: (3 Days & 2 Nights at Yelbong Homestay)
After lunch, you can explore Yelbong village or you can go for Butterflies Watching and enjoy the sunset or mountain view.
You can proceed to the Yelbong River Canyon Cave trek 4-5 hrs trek.
Lunch at the riverside.
Return to Yelbong Homestay and enjoy an Evening with Campfire and Barbeque in the wild.
Day 3: After breakfast check out.
Please Check This Website For More Information
Frequently Asked Questions About Yelbong
What is the best time to visit Yelbong?
You can travel here anytime except rainy season and the chilling cold of November to mid-January.
What is the distance between NJP and Yelbong?
The distance from NJP to Yelbong is 31 kilometers.
What is the distance between Darjeeling and Yelbong?
The distance from Darjeeling to Yelbong is 32 kilometers.
What is Yelbong famous for?
Yelbong is famous for the River Canyon trek, Mountain View, Forest Hike, Bird Watching, Night Walk along the riverside, Riverside camp, and many more attractions.
What is the best way to reach Yelbong?
One can book a car from NGP Railway Station Junction/ Siliguri to reach Yelbong. It will cost around ₹3000.
Is there any option for Trekking in Yelbong?
Yes, Various types of Trekking option is available there. Yelbong is famous for its River Canyon Trek.
Can we watch Bird during Yelbong Trip?
Yes, you can see various species of birds in Yelbong.
Gold mines are waiting in the north of West Bengal for people who love to travel. I started a series today. I will discuss all the onbeat offbeat places of North Bengal one by one. This is the first post in that series.
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