Shree Antu is a paradise on the foothills of the third highest peak in the world, Mt.Kanchenjunga (8,586m). Shree Antu, Ilam tour provides an unforgettable lifetime adventurous experience within the isolated and remote villages, landscapes filled with tea gardens, along with dense forests in the shade of the Mt. Kanchenjunga(8,586m).
Shree Antu is one of the richest districts in Nepal in terms of diverse culture, traditions, and ecosystems. Hence, a tour to Shree Antu would be one of the pleasant journeys in life that let you explore the naturally flourishing region along with new culture. Shree Antu is one of the top internal tourist destinations in Nepal.
Moreover, this place offers beautiful views of sunrise along with the tea garden. Antu is a beautiful part on the southern part of the Kanchenjunga range and right at the border of the beautiful city of Darjeeling.
Kathmandu-Bhadrapur, 45 minutes of duration by air
Bhadrapur-Antu Illam, takes around 2-3 hours by road
Kathmandu-Antu, Usually, it takes 12-13 hours by bus via East-West highway.
There are many lodges and homestays to stay in Shree Antu. Most of the lodges here lie within tea gardens that give incredible views.
Moreover, all the lodges and homestays are with good facilities in Antu, Ilam.
Shree Antu, Illam can be visited all around the year.
However, Autumn and Spring are considered the best for the beautiful view of the sunrise.
You can also visit during Monsoon and Winter in the time of clear weather. Moreover, it would be better to go with the weather forecast.
At the endpoint of the Antu Danda, there is a view tower( lies around 2300m from sea level) from where you can view the majestic golden view of the sunrise above the third highest mountains in the World, Mt. Kanchenjunga. The beauties in sunrise views from Antu danda are indescribable in words and impossible to capture on Camera as well.
Moreover, Shree Antu danda/hill is a less explored and beautiful hill. An early morning (around 5 am) hike of about20-30 minutes from Antu Pokhari through the virgin trekking trail filled with dense forests consisting of beautiful natural sounds would be one of the best lifetime journeys.
The deeper inside the forests you go, you will feel like you are walking in different beautiful worlds. Moreover, this place is generally wetted, is cloudy in the rainy and winter seasons. It also receives drizzles in most of the winter and summer seasons.
Mai Pokhari also known as Mai pond is a wetland that was also listed on the list of wetlands of Ramsar sites of international importance in 2008. It lies at an altitude of 2,121m, surrounded by a tea garden on one side. There is also a Botanical garden of horticulture along with ecological significance on the Periphery of Mai Pokhari. This region is a home for trees like juniper, pine, fir, and orchid, plants collected from different parts of eastern Nepal. This pond is also considered the sacred pond of Goddess Bhagwati.
Besides this, you can explore many natural springs, which are the sources of water collected in Main Pond. Mai Pokhari areas are also famous for bird watching as it consists of 300 birds species as per the records. Furthermore, you can take a boat and enjoy the beauties of Mai Pokhari.
Ilam offers the beautiful scenery of a tea garden covering the hills and the lush green view of the surrounding forests. Besides this, you can explore the tea factories around it, buy organic tea and learn some ideas on making tea.
No doubt, Ilam Nepal is a tea garden of Nepal, as most of the part of this region with the greenery of tea plants along with the pine trees. Further, Illam is also famous for growing ginger, potatoes, cardamon, and chilly (aka bare khursani).
Shree Antu, Ilam is the home of the indigenous group of peoples, which mainly includes Lepcha. Moreover, peoples of ethnic groups like Rai, Magar, Limbu, Tamang, and others. You can visit the indigenous Lepcha museum at Antu.
Besides this, you will admire the socio-cultural traits of the peoples, that peoples are descent and friendly, that they give you warm welcome and hospitality. You can stay in a homestay and explore the unique culture and traditions of the locals. Additionally, you can enjoy the local foods and buy tea along with milk products like churpi and lollipop.
If you go with the guide, it will be easy to explore the local lifestyles and cultures.
Gufa means a cave in English. A hike to Gufa Patal takes around 3 hours from Shree Antu. Gufa Patal hill offers splendid views of the tea gardens, tea States in India, Mirik Lake, and Mt.Kanchenjunga. The hike takes you through the beautiful trails filled with streams, tea gardens, Tamang villages, and forests. This hike is perfect to have a good sweat through the beautiful journey. It is believed that the Tamang's ancestors used this cave for meditation. Hence, no doubt this place is worth having peace of your mind through meditation.
Moreover, the rich natural and cultural diversity in Shree Antu would be the best for those who like to research nature or culture.
If you are here in Shree Antu, Ilam, you can extend your trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp or Makaluto Base Camp to explore the closest views of third and fifth highest mountains in the world respectively. Moreover, this region is also a famous stop point during the Kanyam Illam visit or Darjeeling tour.