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A dreamy landscape of paddy fields & peace

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Parengtar is a small village located at the Indo-Bhutan border in Patangodak Gram Panchayat under Gorubathan Block, Kalimpong, West Bengal. The meaning of Parengtar in Nepali translates to "A Plateau of Pareng". Villagers recount that the place was once a Bamboo forest (Pareng being a type of bamboo). The landscape of Parengtar is a dreamy vignette of Himalayan houses in bright shades of red and blue idle amidst paddy fields. The glorious Jaldhaka River flows below while the hills of Bhutan stand like a faraway fortress. A governmental school ground sits at the heart of the village, a compound where the community gathers. The ariel view of Parengtar looks like a guitar with a road that chafes right through the paddy fields towards Todey- Tangta.

The People of Parengtar

Parengtar is home to a majority of Kirati Rai people of the Eastern Himalayas who practice Christianity or Hinduism & also preserve their indigenous worship of land and nature. According to oral speculation, the progenitors of Parengtar seem to have come from the Bhutanese belt in the 16th-17th centuries. Parengtar's ambitious and close-knit population is continually working to improve their village. The residents are mostly farmers who actively cultivate paddy, a rarity in the neighboring districts. The inhabitants are strict Parma believers, helping one another with daily and agricultural duties. 

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While in Parengtar, you can go on a culinary adventure that celebrates the season and the spirit of togetherness. Enjoy the simple nourishment of an authentic village spread replete with fresh and local delicacies like bamboo shoots, kalo dal (black lentils), and kukhura ko jhol (local chicken soup). During Asaar auspicious dahi chiura, a combination of curd and beaten rice, a staple during the festival that provides a quick and nutritious meal for busy farmers is a must-try. The community preserves and celebrates the traditional cuisine of the Rai community such as the hearty Dhido and wachipa.

Cuisine & Culture

Celebrate Paddy

Agriculture is an integral part of Parengtar's economy. It is one of the few villages where community paddy farming is in proactive practice. Parengtar is a stalwart of self-sustenance where the community grows its food. Oral legends vouch that paddy farming began when a Jogi(a wandering mystic) started sharing rice seeds that he collected from nearby villages with the villagers of Parengtar.


Community-based tourism in Parengtar

In Parengtar, Kalimpong, community-based tourism takes center stage. Here, the community creatively designs its tourism patterns, offering authentic and sustainable solutions for preserving its rural heritage. Parengtar is rapidly emerging as a zero waste model village for tourism and sustainability, showcasing remarkable achievements. By choosing Parengtar, you become part of a sustainable travel movement that supports responsible tourism practices and empowers local communities. Join us in discovering this enchanting village where community-based tourism thrives, sustainability is cherished, and the spirit of the community shines brightly.

Parengtar Nawlo Umanga Welfare Society 

Parengtar Nawlo Umanga Welfare Society was established in the year (2021) to mobilize the community for the holistic welfare and healing of the village through sustainable livelihood initiatives. The youth of Parengtar have come together to lead the way in creating sustainable livelihoods for their home and participate in attaining the UN SDG goals via grassroots initiatives.



Asaar Pandhra Festival

Feel the magic of Asar Pandhra (June/July), the Nepali festival heralding the paddy planting season. Immerse into the rich heritage of rice fields in the serene village of Parengtar, Jaldhaka. Soak in the rain, play with mud, and celebrate a community united by sustainability and zero-waste practices. Embrace this opportunity to immerse into the lived realities of rural life in the Eastern Himalayas.

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Kholeydai Harvest Festival

Kholeydai is a celebration of the new harvest of rice. Dai refers to the dance-like steps used to process the harvested rice and Kholey is fresh rice porridge. One of the prime highlights of Parengtar, this lively festival is a one-of-a-kind celebration of rural life. The festival usually takes place from November - December.


Village Walks

Enjoy a stroll across the open green paddy fields of Parengtar with the friendly locals. You can have tea at any house and extend your conversation with Parengtar. A walk through the village is always full of surprises and fresh discoveries.


Learn Indigenous Craftsmanship

Narbahadur Chamling Rai is one of the only remaining craftsmen of Nepali Madal. He's been doing this for almost 60 years. He says he learned it from a Nepalese nomad when he was a child. He is always willing to teach this uncommon art to visitors. Just like this, there are many such hidden stories in the fabric of Parengtar 's narrative which can be experienced with an open mind.

Parengtar has so much to offer that you would love to stay a little longer. Immerse completely into the rural lifestyle of the Eastern Himalayas with our long-term volunteering opportunities. You can engage in daily village duties like farming, chores, and tending to animals, or also teach children at the Mizpah Academy as a volunteer teacher, or work with Parengtar Nawlo Umang in various welfare activities.

Volunteer In Parengtar


Enhance your Asar Pandhra experience by choosing to stay in local homestays. Embrace the warm hospitality of the people of Parengtar, who graciously open their doors and share their spare rooms with guests. This is also your chance to forge intimate connections, create lasting memories, and gain an empathetic understanding of life in the Eastern Himalayas.


Rangka-Sukim Homestay

Rangka-su-kim homestay is located in the beautiful village of Parengtar at the Indo-Bhutan Border of Kalimpong District. Get a chance to experience the great hospitality of Roshan Rai's family at Parengtar. Roshan jokingly refers to himself as a "raw rural boy," and he is. One of Parengar's brightest young people, he is constantly working for the betterment of his community. Roshan is also one of the first people in his area to start promoting tourism. Binita Rai is the lady of the house and the heart of Rangka-su-kim homestay. She has a deep passion for plants and flowers. One should definitely check out her beautiful nursery with a vast collection of plants.

Nearest railway station- New Jalpaiguri (NJP) NJP to Parengtar - 2 hr 36 min (96.1 km)
Nearest airport - Bagdogra Bagdogra to Parengtar - 3 hr 16 min (119.8 km)
There are no direct bus routes to Parengtar, but you can get a bus to Bindu and drop down at Jholung Stand, about 2 km from Parengtar. You can also get a direct share taxi from Pani Tanki, Siliguri from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.
Or you can come to Malbazar from where you can get regular cars till 3 p.m.
September to April is the best time to explore Parengtar as the dry weather and clear skies make it easier to travel. We can arrange your pick up/drop to and from NJP/Bagdogra/Siliguri.
This cost is not included in the tour package.
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