Rock formation resembling the face of Rabindranath Tagore has been identified recently in Sitong.
If the Jnanpith Award winner author, Amitav Ghosh, would visit Sittong, he would get an idea for a new novel. Amitav navigates through time, genres and nature to present a unique tale. Sittong offers a splendid view of Mighty Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak of the world. This village is 45 km from Darjeeling & hosts many indigenous tribal groups. Sittong in Darjeeling district of West Bengal is near Mungpoo. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore visited Mungpoo 4 times in his life. Nature, ethnicity, Tagore – all these are hitherto hidden penchant for Ghosh. Nature has unleashed a rock formation resembling the face of Rabindranath Tagore in Sittong. The author’s fantasy gets a shape when nature brings to us Gurudev in the form of a rock. Amitav always believed that nature feels for its creations.
“Rabindra Peak”, at Ahal Dara, lures Tagore Lovers like us for a visit as well as a click. Moreover, October to January is a very good season to visit Sittong to experience Orange cultivation. Maytree Devi’s last gift to Tagore was a basket of oranges from Sittong, The Orange Village. A good number of homestays have come up in Sittong – Ghaleytar – Ahaldara – Selphu for tourists. The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is trying to make this rock a part of maximum social media profiles. More than that, tourists can experience village trails, cultural programs, short treks in and around Sittong.
The area belongs to the directorate of cinchona and other medicinal plantations. In 1938 Monomohan Sen was the quinologist of such cinchona plantation. He & his wife Maytree Devi, was the pioneer in hosting Tagore. Maytree Devis’s son, Priyadarshi Sen was born in this heritage house in Mungpoo(now christened as Ravindra Bhavan). The discovery of this rock thrilled him. We can soon expect him in Sittong and may be Amitav Ghosh as well.