Even as the mists over Mungpoo lifted,
In a riot of colours the hills erupted.
The ancient wizard, rapt in his game,
Not a care in the world, no worry to his name.
Sitting here, as I peer into the past,
As ever the sun and the clouds flit past.
How many kingdoms rose and fell,
How many heroes – only the bard can tell…
The tree there, forever like an overgrown child,
Looks on as the sun rises, and sets each night.
The slope of those hills, so parched and bare,
Evening chants her prayers there.
Down in the valley, like a ribbon blue,
The Teesta lightens the arid gloom….
Mongpu and Rabindranath
Mongpu’s Rabindra Museum
Mongpu and Rabindra Jayanti
Other Things to See at Rabindranath’s Mongpu
Jogighat Bridge over Riyang River- Jogighat Bridge is 74 meter long bridge connecting Mongpu and Sittong. The bridge has innumerable colourful prayer flags tied to it, fluttering in air. The awesome hilly River Riyang flows under the bridge, over large boulders making a soulful gurgling sound. I dipped my feet in the cold water and sat for quite some time. The bridge was inaugurated by the Yoga icon, Baba Ramdev. The old wooden bridge from the British era is still present but is not in a state of use.
From Mongpu one can visit Kalimpong, the popular hill town which also has a Rabindranath connection.
Jogighat Bridge and Riyang River
How to Reach Mongpu
Mongpu is 60 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) and 50 kilometres from Siliguri (Bus Stand and/or Bagdogra Airport). It is better to hire a car to reach Mongpu as there is scarcity of public transportation and/or shared transportation.
It is better to avoid monsoons.