Doban Valley

Doban Valley - Tour & Travel Guide




4,000 Ft.


Hindi, Nepali


Indian & Chinese

Nestled at the confluence of River Rangpo and River Reshi, Doban is a newly found offbeat destination. Far away from the clutch of urbanization, Doban offers complete serenity and a plethora of scenic natural beauties. Doban is truly a paradise between two states (West Bengal and Sikkim) and it got its name from a Nepalese word where "Do" means two and Ban means a place between. Even though, it is located in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal, in order to reach Doban, one has to come from Rorathang in Sikkim.

Sightseeing Attractions in and around Doban Valley

Doban is a scenic valley filled with birds, tucked away among thick woodlands. The Reshi and Rangpo rivers combine here to form this beautiful landscape. To get to Doban, all you have to do is cross the Reshi River on a wooden bridge. After your encounter with the Silk Route's high-altitude passes and lakes, spending a day in Doban relaxing around the meadows and forests would be a rejuvenating experience. Aritar, another highlight of this road, is only 18 kilometers from Doban. Aritar is known for a number of things, the most notable of which are the Lampokhari Lake, Ariat Gumpa, and the British Bungalow built-in 1896. Don't miss the monastery at Mankhim, as well as a lookout point with a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Activities to Do in and around Doban

There are lots of activities one can do in and around Doban. Doban is a wonderful tourist spot for nature enthusiasts to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature and do the activities they love. You can simply unwind here while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding hills and rivers. Other than that, the major activities you can do here are as follows.

  • Angling: If you've never tried angling before, this is a great place to start. Fishing on the Rangpo and Reshi rivers is one of the finest activities you can do in Doban Valley.
  • Leisure Walking: Go for a leisure walk around the valley and walk up to Rorathang Bridge through the jungle. The experience you will get is truly mind-refreshing.
  • Bathing in the River: The river Rongpo's crystal pure water is a joy for water enthusiasts. You can bathe in the river to refresh your soul and body.
  • Bird watching: This valley is truly a paradise for bird watchers. You will find many beautiful Himalayan birds flying here and there. You can capture some stunning photos with the help of your cameras.
  • Trekking: Trekkers will relish walking through the forest on the difficult riverbeds. Serious trekkers may choose to hike up the river to Pedong.

How to Reach Doban Valley

To reach Doban Valley quite comfortably, you have to travel to Rorathang, Sikkim first. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is 85 kilometers from Doban Valley and takes 3.5 hours to cover through Siliguri - Melli - Rangpo. Bagdogra, the nearest airport, is around 95 kilometers from Doban Valley, Sikkim. Renting a car is the best thing to do just after reaching NJP or Bagdogra Airport. Once you reach the Rorathang Bridge, take the 2 km River Road to Doban Homestay. Make sure the vehicle you have rented has high ground clearance as the road from Rorathang Bridge to Doban is unpaved.

Where to Stay in Doban Valley

The only mode of accommodation available at this place is just a single homestay named Kannan Valley Homestay. The homestay is constructed on a riverbank and is surrounded by hills covered in lush greenery. It offers all the basic amenities that include both food and lodging. Each room has a large window with a view of the riverbed and neighboring low mountains. All of the rooms have an attached western bathroom with hot water.

Best Time to Visit Doban Valley

During the rainy season, from June to September, when the river levels rise, Doban is closed to tourists. Throughout the rest of the year, Doban welcomes visitors with its entire splendor. The migratory birds arrive in the winter, and the spring offers some exciting weather.