When a writer as illustrious as Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore calls a summer retreat his favourite haven, you know it has to be extraordinarily quaint.
In April 1938, Rabindranath Tagore first stepped in this beautiful village on an invitation from Maitrayei Devi – a poetess and a novelist known for her phenomenal Bengali novel Na Hanyate. Tagore was spellbound by the quaintness of this tiny village and the entire experience was recorded by Maitreyi Devi in her book Mongpute Rabindranath.
In 1940, Tagore fell terribly ill on his visit to Mongpu. This became his last visit to the village because in 1941, Tagore passed away.
Apart from witnessing Rabindranath’s iconic literary treasure, you can spend time musing over cinchona plantations along beautiful orchid parks.
The Kalijhora waterfall merging into Testha river is another beautiful sight at the village.
Since this village still remains untouched by commercial tourism, there is no hotel. So one has to choose a homestay. Or you can stay at Darjeeling, which is just 25 kms from Mongpu.