THINGS TO KNOW

FOOD

We will provide nutritious food with variety of local and Indian cuisines. We will have menus specially designed for heavy-workouts and easy-digestible food.

HYDRATION

During the race our body consumes salt and sugar in big amount. Our hydration kit for the race is designed accordingly.

  • Boiled potato, oranges, banana.
  • Salted Chips, Chocolates, Candy.
  • Water, Monster Energy, Electrolyte, Soft drink, Packed Juice.

REQUIRED GEAR

  • Trail running shoes
  • Hydration Pack / Waist bottle pouch
  • Running tights
  • Windcheater, rain wear and warmers
  • Sun glasses
  • Trekking poles for trail running (Optional)
  • Light hat or head wear
  • Headlamp with Battery cells
  • Anti-chap cream / Sun block cream
  • Knapsack for accessories while running
  • Whistle

WEATHER

Temperature will vary from 6°C to 12°C. The monsoons are just around the corner and one can expect showers.

REACHING RACE VENUE

Race Venue – Mane Bhanjang, Darjeeling

How to reach Race Venue

Darjeeling is one of the most frequented hill stations in India. The distance from Siliguri to Darjeeling is approximately 70kms whereas from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling the distance by road is approximately 75 kms. One travelling from Bagdogra Airport needs to cover a distance of 100kms approximately. It takes one couple of hours to travel from Bagdogra to Darjeeling. One, who is planning to reach Darjeeling by road from Gangtok, needs to cover a distance of 110kms. It takes approximately 3 hours from Gangtok to Darjeeling.

One who is planning to reach Darjeeling by train may opt to reserve his ticket on the Darjeeling Himalayan narrow gauge that connects Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. It is one of the most prestigious as well as heritage journey in India. Well, the new Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the closest broad gauge railway station from Darjeeling that connects to all other major cities in India.

The Bagdogra Airport is the only airport that connects Darjeeling by air with all other major destinations in India. There are some direct flights to Bagdogra from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling.

From Darjeeling the distance to Manebhanjan is 26kms. The route goes via Ghoom and Sukhiapokhri. You can take a reserved taxi from Darjeeling Chowk bazaar or Gandhi Road (Club Side) Taxi stand and reach in about 1 hour 15 minutes via Sukhiapokhri. There are also regular shared jeeps and buses up to Sukhiapokhri. So alternatively you can come up to Sukhiapokhri (takes about one hour from Darjeeling) and then take an onward jeep up to Manebhanjan. From Sukhiapokhri, there is also a 4km trekking route up to Manebhanjang. So if you want to warm up and get acclimatized, you can even take this short trek.

The main route to Manebhanjan from NJP/Bagdogra is via Mirik, Pashupati Nath Market and Sukhiapokhri (takes about 4 hours by car). However if you take a reserved taxi from NJP or Bagdogra, 2kms before reaching Sukhiapokhri the driver will veer into a steep downhill narrow road on the left that meets at Manebhanjang bazaar area. This route is shorter.

Alternatively you can come up to Ghum along Hill Cart Road, take a left turn towards Sukhiapokhri and then reach Manebhanjan (this route also takes similar time). Sometimes taxis come only up to Mirik, and then you need to change over to another one. Pre-paid taxi is not available from Bagdogra (or NJP) all the way up to Manebhanjan.

A cheaper way of reaching Manebhanjan from NJP/Siliguri is to take a shared jeep up to Mirik or Sukhiapokhri, and then another shared jeep to Manebhanjan. But this takes much longer time as shared jeeps stop at many places, plus a break journey is involved. Shared transport is however not available from Bagdogra airport.

Check out Darjeeling Transport & Fares to know about all the modes of transport available from Darjeeling for Manebhanjang and the fares.

 

* It is advisable to do your own research for what mode of transport suits you best. 

*  The information is taken from – https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/