The word Rangaroon is derived from “Rai Gurung”, which is a Nepali caste. There is a substantial population of Rai and Gurung people in the little village and its neighbouring area, giving rise to the name. It is also termed Rangaroong and Rangeyroong. The region is a tea garden with the adjacent village - it is famous mainly for the Rangaroon tea garden. The Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling, is located only about 20 km from here.
Since Rangaroon is a small village and there is no restaurant in the area, if you are in the village, you must have your meal at the Homestay itself.
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Most visitors come here to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings and the pleasant weather. The village people are very friendly and as the main activity here is village walks, the peaceful and quiet atmosphere is an experience you will cherish for a lifetime. Birding enthusiasts can spot some interesting species.
If you are slightly adventurous, you can walk down to a nearby river, Rungdung Khola for some fishing or a family picnic. Keen trekkers can hike to Dawaipani through a forest trail.
Darjeeling town is a short drive away and you can visit the local sightseeing places there. If you are an early riser, you can leave at about 3 am to visit the sunrise point at Tiger Hill. The popular Mata Singha Mandir is a 15-20 minutes climb from the homestay. Lamahatta, Takdah, and Tinchule are also short distances away.
At about 6000 feet, Rangaroon enjoys pleasant weather all year round. Temperatures would range between a maximum of 28 degrees and a minimum of 2 degrees. You are recommended to carry some light woollen in summer and heavy woollen in winter.
Mr Bishan Rai is a simple local villager who also runs a grocery store in this small village. He is assisted in the day-to-day running of the homestay by his wife, also a local. They are a mid couple, eager to please and sincere in their hospitality.
It is about 16 km from Darjeeling town. From Siliguri, drive till Jorebungalow (60 Km from Siliguri) and then take a turn to reach the 3rd mile. From 3rd mile, there is a route downhill to Rangaroon. Rangaroon is about 8 km from Jorebungalow.