This lodge is on a 4 storied building at Jogighat next to Riyang River. The lodge provides an excellent view of the Riyang Valley and is located suitably between Sittong and Mungpoo. It is one of the last houses in the Sittong area and is just about 5 km from Mungpoo town. The proposed hill university that is coming up at Jogighat is just a couple of hundred meters away from here.
One of the major attractions of Sittong is the river Riyang, the Jogighat area is popular among the locals as well as tourists. During winter months the area is full of picnic parties. Our lodge located next to the Jogighat Bridge starts with this location advantage.
This is a large 4 storied building on the main road that is difficult to miss. The ground floor has a small shop and an eating area. The 1st and 2nd floors are where you have guest rooms. The top floor is where the hosts live.
The amenities at Sittong Jogighat Lodge are basic but hygienic. It is a newly constructed concrete building with a decent room size and attached toilets. All rooms have access to Balcony overlooking the river. All rooms are on the second floor which has to be climbed by stairs. The lodge was approved by the Ministry of Tourism (Government of India) in 2018 as a Homestay. So the basic requirements of the government are all satisfied here.
There is a Dinning area for guests on the ground floor, food is also served in the room if required. Both veg and non-veg foods are available. There is no power backup or television in the room. There is a shop on the ground floor if you need to buy any essentials. This is a big advantage as in most homestays in the villages, in case of an emergency requirement, you may have to go quite far to get a shop, this is not the case here.
This is a three-storied building and the rooms are on the second floor. Being on a higher platform you get a good view of the surrounding area. All rooms have a good view and attached toilet with WC.
Guests visiting our Jogighat lodge prefer to spend long hours on the riverbed next to the lodge. The river is safe for most of the year, but if you are traveling during the monsoon months, be careful as the water level in the hilly river can rise suddenly without much warning.
You can walk uphill to the Sepjey busty area where lots of Orange plantations with greet you. The area is also well known for birding, especially the rufous necked hornbill that attracts a large number of visitors to the Latpanchar area can be easily seen here too.
Mongpu is a common tourist visit from here. Since there are limited accommodation options at Mongpu, many visitors prefer to stay here and pay for a day's visit to Mongpu. There is a Tagores memorial cum museum at Mongpu which houses many things used by the famous bard.
You can also visit the Siloam church and further uphill you can visit the century-old Lepcha Monastery. Further, a few km is the location of Namthing pokhari and then Ahal Dara viewpoint. The area is large enough to keep you engaged for a full day of sightseeing.
The summer weather here is on the warmer side. Occasionally the temperature may go up to 26 or 27 degrees as well. Nights are always comfortable and you may need a light blanket even during summer months. Winters are comfortable with temperatures rarely going below 10 degrees. Monsoon months witness heavy rainfall and are located on the riverbank, monsoon rains have a special significance here. After heavy rain when the river gushes with water, the sound and sight of the fast-flowing river is something to witness.
Ruplal Mukhia -
About Your Host
The father-son duo takes care of guest requirements. Mr Ruplal, the father, was born in the upper ridges of the plantation and came here to set up a shop on the roadside. He is well-known as a helpful social worker.
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The easiest way to reach here is not via Sittong but via Mongpu. You can drive to Rambi Bazar on National Highway 10 connecting Siliguri with Sikkim. From Rambi Bazar take the uphill drive to reach Mongpu, a historical place famous for its cinchona plantation, and British bungalows and associated with Rabindranath Tagore who stayed here on a number of occasions.
Take a downhill road from the Mangpu taxi stand and reach Jogighat about 5 km away. The lodge is situated next to the Jogighat Bridge.