You would be staying where two Himalayan Rivers – Reshi and Rangpo meet within a dense forest and create a grassland. In Doban, you fall asleep to the sound of the lapping waters and wake up to the call of unknown birds. Here, you can catch fish on the fast moving waters or simply trek along the river keeping to the forest’s edge. Birdwatching and star gazing can be your activities or you can share some spooky stories in the evenings with the local villagers sitting beside the campfire. Doban surely makes a perfect stopover for the tourists travelling through the Silk Route.
What to see in Doban
Tucked within lush forests, Doban is a grassland teeming with birds. The two rivers – Reshi and Rangpo meet here to create this picturesque landscape. You just need to cross a wooden bridge across Reshi River to reach Doban. Spending a day in Doban lazing around the grasslands and forests after your stint with the high-altitude passes and lakes in the Silk Route, would be a rejuvenating experience.
Aritar – another attraction of this route is just 18 kms from Doban. Aritar is famous for a number of reasons – among which the “boot-shaped” Lampokhari Lake and the British Bungalow built in 1896 steals the show. Also, do not forget to visit the monastery and a view point in Mankhim with a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha.
Accommodation in Doban
Presently, there is only one village resort in Doban spread over 08 acres of land. The resort is located just on the edge where both the rivers meet and you can enjoy angling to your heart’s content here. There are three separate cottages with cozy rooms and attached western bathrooms. If you are a little more adventurous and want to experience the starry nights like the ancient travellers of the Silk Route, then you can put up in tents too. Food is essentially Indian served hot and fresh. The ingredients comprise locally grown vegetables, freshly caught fish from the river and local country chicken.
Best time to visit Doban
Doban remains closed during the rainy season from June to September when the river water rises. Rest of the year, Doban welcomes guests with all its beauty. The winters bring in the migratory birds and the spring brings some sparking weather.