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6 Facts About Why Sandakphu is The Holy Grail of Indian Trekking

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Sandakphu has been in the limelight for years as the trekkers' paradise. Located at north-west of Darjeeling, this is the highest point of the Singalila mountain range. 

6 Facts About Why Sandakphu is The Holy Grail of Indian Trekking:

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1. Sandakphu is the highest peak located in the Darjeeling district

Sandakphu is the highest peak located in the Darjeeling district
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It is located at an altitude of 3,636 metresSwakhar Pachal tells HolidayIQ: "We started our trekking from Manebhanjan, the base camp of Sandakphu. It is an awesome trekking route, full with scenic beauty and different landscapes goes all along the singalila range."

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2. The name Sandakphu means ‘Height of the Poison Plant’

The name Sandakphu means ‘Height of the Poison Plant’
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The strange name is derived from the poisonous aconite plants that grow near the peak. Biswajit Chanda shares on HolidayIQ: "Sandakphu is the place from where you get a 180 degree panoramic view of some of the highest and most beautiful peaks of the world."

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3. The peak of the Singalila Range is the most audacious point of many trekking routes

The peak of the Singalila Range is the most audacious point of many trekking routes
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This region of Darjeeling-Sikkim proves to be quite a challenge to many trekkers. Amit Bhadury shares on HolidayIQ: " I visited most of the place by walk everything is very good there. You must carry warm cloths, shoes and camera. Tiger Hill is a must visit."

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4. Sandakphu sports the best view of the mountain Kangchenjunga

Sandakphu sports the best view of the mountain Kangchenjunga
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The view posed from Sandakphu is known as the Sleeping Buddha or the Sleeping Shiva wherein it appears like a huge man sleeping with spaced legs. Arjun tells HolidayIQ: "The attitude of the locals are so polite, unbelievably breathtaking sights, scary roads and what not."

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5. It is the only place where you can see four of the five highest peaks of the world

It is the only place where you can see four of the five highest peaks of the world
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It is the only place where you can see four of the five highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse, along with Three Sisters and many other peaks of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan in one single stretch of snow.

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6. Trekkers get to walk through the forests of flowering rhododendrons

Trekkers get to walk through the forests of flowering rhododendrons
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Giant magnolias, spruce and wide range of amazing orchids, the walk is a dream come true. Arnab Ganguly tells HolidayIQ: "It would be unfair to categorise Sandakphu as a sightseeing destination because it's surely more than that. The trek route of Sandakphu is a paradise."

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