Ilam, located in Eastern part of Nepal. And at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga, Ilam is a small hilly town with pristine landscapes of sloped tea gardens, thick natural forests, holy sites and unique culture. Ilam offers an excellent getaway from city life for romantic sunrise and sunset, a brisk walk in the tea garden, tranquil picnic and sightseeing spots, short treks along gentle slopes or a trudge into the nearby woods. Some of the main places in the ilam:
Antu Danda (Shree Antu):
From 2,328 meters, Antu overlooks Terai flatlands, terraced hills of cash crops, tea gardens and thick forests of pine trees offering spectacular sunrise, sunset, and views of Everest and Kanchenjunga. On clear day of antu dada we can see the view of Mirk, Kurseong and darjeeling of india.
A pristine lake amid the natural forest, Mai Pokhari is surrounded by thick forest of fir, juniper, birch, pine and is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Altogether there are nine ponds in the vicinity some of which are large enough for boats. Different varieties flowers like orchids, rhododendron, herbs, rare animals like musk deer, leopard, porcupine, jackal and numbers of birds and insects are found in this region. They makes the this place very attractive and the holy lake is consider as the goddess Bhagwati.
At 3,636 meters on the international Nepal-India borderline, Sandakpur provides a majestic view of the Himalayas, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Makalu, and Mt Everest. Different varieties of Rare wildlife like red panda, musk deer, and wild bird like Danphe also can be seen in the forest of this area.
Kanyam and Fikkal
Kanyam and Fikkal have large estates for which Ilam has been famous for the last 140 years. This place is more famous by the tea plantation. Due to to outstanding nature any visitor visit this place every year. It falls on the Mechi highway on the way to Ilam.
It offers good views of sunrise and sunset from its elevation of 1800 meters. From siddhi Thumka we can also see the flatlands of terai, the Mahabharat range and the Churia mountain range. Siddhi Thumka is 3-hour trek away from Ilam Bazaar.
Chhintapu at 3,400 meters is the second highest peak in Ilam district. The area is rich in natural, forests of red rhododendron, herbal plants and various species of birds. About 11 varieties of rhododendron are found in the area. In addition are rare herb Yarchagumba, and wild animals like musk deer and the rare red panda. This place is make up by the nature.