A small Himalayan village from nestled on the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga. This village is known by Ghaletar. From Ghaletar, one can get to the nearest spots like Latpanchar, Orange village Sittong and Land of Salamandar- Namthingpokhri. Ghaletar is a new emerging offbeat destination in the Darjeeling hills. From New Jalpaiguri NH 10 has gone towards Sikkim, on the hilly tracks, while going by the left side of River Teesta one will get see a route diverted to the left had side that has divided into two parts. One route has gone towards Kalijhora and another route has intersected upto Birikdara. One may avail any one of the two routes and will meet at Mana crossing. From Mana through the uphill route one need to avail the right hand side and reach at Ghaletar. Ghaletar is absolutely an offbit destination. From Ghaletar to the eastern side within 4 kilometres is Namthingpokhri. From there Ahaldara view point is another 1 kilometre. From Ghaletar the 360 degree panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga worth bliss to the eyes. From Ghaletar at a distance of 3 kilometre is Latpanchar (a paradise for bird watchers), and by car it takes about 20 minutes. From Ghaletar, the route to western side by the ridge at a distance of about 12 kilometre is Bagora, at about 10 kilometre is Chatakpur and Darjeeling is another 21 kilometer. All total from Ghaletar upto Darjeeling the distance is about 33 kilometres. By car it takes around 1 hour 30 minutes. From Ghaletar to the Northern side the by the downhill route is Orange village Sittong, and at a distance of about 6 kilometers is Jogighat, on the banks of River Riyang. In the winter Jogighat becomes an ideal picnic spot. From Jogighat a route has gone to the upper side within a distance of 5 kilometers and met at a Cinchona village Mungpoo. At Ghaletar one can indulge in activities like rock climbing, landscape photography. Or you can just go around for a village walk and get to know about the daily life style of the people at Ghaletar village. Few of the villagers at Ghaletar have started the concept of Eco-tourism in their home, and provide accommodation for the tourists those who visit Ghaletar. Though the main source of livelihood of the locals are farming.
How to reach: From New Jalpaiguri station via Kalijhora at a distance of 54 kilometers is Ghaletar. Birikdara is about 59 kilometers. From both Kalihora and Birikdara a straight route has gone to the downward side and intersected at Mana crossing, from there to the right hand side 500 meter downhill is Ghaletar main road.
Transportation: From NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport several jeeps/ cars are available both in share and reserved basis those reaches upto Sottong via Ghaletar. Or one can pre-book cars after getting confirmation from the respective homestays, these cars will directly takes you upto Ghaletar.