Sonada is a beautiful town in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal. It's altitude is 6142ft. Sonada lies between Darjeeling and Kurseong on N.H.55. It is 17km from Darjeeling Town and 16km from Kurseong. Tibetan Refugees settled down to Sonada after being exiled from Tibet. There is a Magnificent Monastery which is a residency for young Tibetan Scholars. There are many interesting place to visit in sonada. Such as, Samdrup Darjay Choking Monastery, Gortto Nalichor, Pumping House, Chatakpur and many more.
Samdrup Darjay Choling Monastery is located on the opposite side of the petrol pump. Dorje Chang Kabje Kalu Rinpoche, who was born in Tibet was enthroned in this Monastery. If you are a religious person, you gonna love this place a lot. This is the best for the people who want inner peace for themselves.
Gortto Nalichor is again another religious place.. It is 800m below the main sonada Town. There are are statues reflecting the life of Lord Jesus Christ. The details of the statues looks so real that you gonna feel that you are among them and all the incident is happening in front of you.
Chatakpur is one small ecog friendly village within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, Jorebunglow, Darjeeling. Very few people knows that Sonada is the best place to start trekking for Chatakpur. The pristine village is bounded by the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range in the North and the River George Relly Khola in the South.
Located at the altitude of 7,887 feet, Chatakpur is a paradise for the nature lovers as one can get a spectacular view of the imposing mountain range of Kanchenjunga. There are only 18 villages and 90 people.
Pumping house isc located just 9.1km away from the main Sonada Town. If you take a car, than it'll take around 35-40 minutes to reach there. Whereas if you choose to walk instead, than it takes 2 hours approximately. If you are a nature lover than you'll find this place an amazing one. You can even take lovely pictures with your loved ones and make ur day memorable.
You'll find many good restaurants in Sonada for foody ones. If you wanna go for pure veg, than I highly recommend you to go 'Samarpan'. It is on the way to Shree Shree Sani Mndir. Here, in Sonada you'll find many highly known schools and colleges in the field of education. Again, if you are fond of shopping (getting new clothes), you'll find Sonada an interesting place for that too. Here you'll find plenty of options. Few we'll known shops in Sonada are Fashion Passion, Right Choice, Prashanti Store, Hanger and many more.
Overall, Sonada is quite an interesting place to roam around. Even people over here is friendly in nature. If you ever come to darjeeling or near by areas, I suggest you to take your precious time and do visit these places in Sonada. Do add up more good memories of Sonada.