Phalut in itself has no attractions for tourists, but it is a heaven for trekkers. Trekking in the Himalayas can only be completed if the Sandakphu â€“ Phalut route has been traversed. It is situated in the North Eastern corner of Darjeeling district where West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal come together at the same point. It has an elevation of over 11900feet above the sea level and makes up a part of the 22 km trekking route from Sandakphu through Singalia range of mountains.
To get here, you can take one of the following alternatives given below:
- By Train: The NJP Railway Station in Siliguri connects the city to several cities across India. If you are journeying from Kolkata, then get in the Darjeeling mail which arrives at 10:00 pm in Kolkata. Once you reach NJP Station, take a taxi ride to Sandakphu as described below.
- By Jeep/Taxi: Get in a taxi going towards Darjeeling. At Darjeeling, change taxis and get a jeep going towards Sandakphu. After arriving at Sandakphu you have to trek through the Singalia range of mountains to reach Phalut.
- By Plane: Bagdogra airport located at Siliguri is has several planes available offered by many airlines. Some of them are:
Air India and Jet Airways has flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Bagdogra available, Go Air has daily flights to and from Delhi and Spice Jet operates flights from Kolkata and Delhi.
Once you reach Bagdogra airport, you can take a taxi ride as described above.
Things to see in Phalut
Mountain Ranges: Phalut offers gorgeous and scenic mountain views and snow ranges available in Darjeeling district. Mount Everest is also visible from Phalut and is partially hidden by a peak with a shape of an armchair.
Things to do in Phalut
Go Trekking: Phalut makes up a part of the Sandakphu â€“ Phalut trekking range through the Singalia mountain range. As such you must go trekking here. Trekking from Phalut offers an exciting opportunity and a breath-taking experience to the trekker.
Accommodations in Phalut
Phalut has few trekkerâ€™s huts and bungalows available to provide temporary accommodation for the trekkers. Although nothing fancy, they provide adequate accommodation and the hospitality of the locals leave nothing more to be wanted.