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#MonsoonTrek: Escape to Changey waterfalls

By Ashim Chakravarty
August 02, 2016 14:57 IST
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We'd asked you, dear readers to share your experiences of monsoon treks.

Ashim Chakravarty trekked to Changey waterfalls in June and returned mesmerised. You can share your story too.

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IMAGE: Changey Waterfalls: Hidden inside a lush green forest. Photograph: Kind Courtesy Ashim Chakravarty

Changey is a 14 km drive from Lava, a small hamlet near Kalimpong, in the hills of Darjeeling District in West Bengal.

From the last drivable point, one has to trek for almost 30 minutes downhill just to reach this beautiful waterfalls, which is hidden in a lush green jungle.

While returning, it takes almost 45 minutes uphill.

The sound of the water amidst the silence of nature will remove all the tiredness of the journey.

Birds chirping around and plenty of butterflies will welcome you.

The monsoon always makes any waterfall look gorgeous, and Changey is best enjoyed during this time of the year as there are few tourists.

The water will drench your clothes and belongings.

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IMAGE: You have to trek down a winding path to view the waterfalls. Photograph: Kind Courtesy Ashim Chakravarty

How to get there

You can take a train to New Jalpaiguri railway station or travel by air to Bagdogra. Then hire a car to Lava.

One can proceed further to a resort nearby, which has been named after the waterfalls. From the resort, one can trek to Changey waterfalls.

People who stay in Lava can reserve a jeep to the last driving point. The road is treacherous and it is more comfortable to walk.

From the last driving point, one has to trek for one-and-a-half hour to the waterfalls.


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Write to us about your favourite monsoon trek with these details, if possible:

  • How far is it from your city/town/village?
  • How to reach there?
  • Things to see and do. 
  • How much the trek cost.
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  • History of the place, if any?
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