Tanaya Das, an avid traveler and foodie writes for Bong Yatra for the first time. Her love for traveling has led her to explore some of the most interesting (and less-explored) terrains of Bengal. Explore Majua with her right here!
Majua – The secluded hill hamlet of North Bengal.
Majua is located in Pulbazar in Darjeeling district. It only has a population of 1079 people. It is nestled on the banks of Sawaji Khola river, (the source of river is Rangeet- one of the famous rivers of Darjeeling). This village is surrounded by Singalila Forest range. It is on the way to Bijanbari from Manebhanjang. Majua is in the altitude of 5042 ft.
Documented below are the details of this interesting but less explored haven.
Location of Majua :
Majuwa is 4 km from Manebhanjang, 89.6 km from NJP Station (approx. 3hr 29min)via NH 10.
How to Reach Majua :
Reach NJP by Train or by Air. It is always advisable to hire a car from NJP station to Majua. One can also reach upto Ghoom Bus Stop in shared vehicle. From Ghum Bus stop it isonly 21 Km.
Where to stay :
This is a place where you will not find any star property for any luxurious stay. What you will find here is more than that…. Here you can enjoy a homestay, Aranya Baas Village Homestay is run by Mr. Ajay. Entire hospitality is taken care of by him.
This Homestay has 3 rooms with the basic amenities for stay. There are 1delux double bedroom,1 double bedroom and 1 dormitory. It can accommodate upto 9 -10 guests at a time.
The cottage has a nice lobby made of bamboo and bamboo beds. Though the entire village doesn’t have electricity but 2-3 houses have dish antenna, which the villagers operate by generator. The entire village has scores of Argentinian followers, and they don’t miss out any football match during the football season.
Since it is homestay, it is understood that dinning comes along with the stay only. The food is very basic here. One gets to have all the flavours of home cooked food, It is a home away from home. In case if one has some specifications, then also there is no problem, only the guest need to inform the same to the owner, and there he is.. when you reach, you get all according to your specification.
The stay will anyways will be a pleasant one for any one who wants to relax in absolute solitude. You can just sit outside in the dining area in the lawn of the cottage and see how the clouds and the sun plays hide & seek. One can even sit on the log stool of the balcony of the tree house and close your eyes. Ahhaaa.. it’s lovely.. one can only listen to the chirrups of birds or can see the beautiful coloured butterflies dancing around. One can even enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna along with the pollution free environment. One can even enjoy the view of the dancing river and its mesmerizing music.
Just for a change one can take a walk along the forest trail to the local village and enjoy the experience of the day to day life of the local villagers. One can find some varieties of medicinal plants, which grows here naturally.
In the evening though life becomes boring, as absolute silence prevails everywhere, still I would stay there is nothing to worry or to feel sad about. Evening can be made interesting and romantic with campfire, which can be arranged by the owner on request. One can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or even local liquor (Tongba)on request over some lovely local music accompanied by guitar.
How much it costs :
For some memorable moments in life, little more is affordable for all. Worried about it? No nothing to worry, this trip is very pocket friendly. The maximum cost is for hiring a cab from NJP to Majua. The cab charges 3200/- approx. for one way. The Stay and fooding (all 3 meals included) cost 1167/- to 1250/- per night per person basis. That’s all for the trip and you will have a lovely memorable trip for lifetime.
Suitable For :
This trip is suitable for groups. It’s definitely economical. This trip is even good for a couple, as they can enjoy the solitude and spend more time with themselves. It is even good as a solo traveller, as he / she can find his inner soul away from the hustle & bustle of daily life. You can enjoy the calmness of the environment by sitting in the lap of the Mother Nature.
This is an ideal place to relax, rejuvenate and to get refreshed.
While making an onward journey back home, if one can start a little early from Majua, Bokar Monastery in Mirik can be visited. The Monastery allows the visitors during the Prayer times on request (1pm & 4pm). The view of offering prayer by the little lamas is a rare experience. Though this Monastery cannot be called “grand”, but it is an institute. Along with taking lessons, the lamas are taught to create wood art, etching and colouring. Pin drop silence prevails inside the Monastery.