Shree Antu is a popular tourist destination best known as the place to observe sunrise and is known for its tea gardens. Shree Antu is the First place in Nepal where the First ray of Sunshine lands; the view of the sunrise is so mesmerizing and is to die for.
Shree Antu is Famous for Six Aa’s – Adhuwa, Alaichi, Akabare, Amlisho, Olan, Aarthodax Tea. You can experience typical village life of eastern Nepal. Shree Antu is a great escape from the Crowd, noise, and hectic lifestyle.
Geographical Overview of Shree Antu:
Shree Antu is a Village which lies in Suryodaya Municipality in Illam; Province No. 1 of Eastern Nepal. Shree Antu shares a border with Darjeeling, India. It covers 18.8 Square Kilometers. It lies on 957 m to 1800 m elevation range.
At the time of 2011 Nepal census it had a population of 4,98. People belonging to different ethnic groups such as Limbu, Tamang, Rai, Lepcha and Magar lives in this area. It also consists of the Nepal’s only Lepcha village and famous for Agro-tourism.
People & Culture of Shree Antu:
Shree Antu is also known as Lepcha Village; the only village of Lepchas in Nepal; there are 38 Lepchas families live in this VDC. Lepcha community have a historical existence. They have traditional tools and weapons which were used during the war between Nepal and Tibet. They also have their own language, culture, religion, customs etc. According to history, Lepchas protected Shree Antu and Samalbung VDC to merge in India. Lepcha museum is under construction. But people keep the traditional weapons and tools which you can ask to see.
Major Attraction of Shree Antu:
Shree Antu is the First place in Nepal where the First ray of Sunshine lands; the view of the sunrise is so mesmerizing and is to die for. A view tower has been constructed to view the sunrise clearly on the top of the Shree Antu Hill situated at an altitude of 2328m from sea level; Hike of about 20-30 minutes from Antu Pokhari through the virgin trekking trail filled with dense forests consisting of beautiful natural sounds would be one of the best lifetime journeys that will lead you to the view tower. From view tower you can have the magical golden view of Sunrise.
Apart from Sunrise, Shree Antu is really famous for its natural beauty. Shree Antu is a small pleasing village, with largest tea estate, beautiful gardens, and alluring mountain view of world’s third highest mountain i.e., Kanchanjunga (8586m).
Far from the crowd and noises, Shree Antu has the peaceful and beautiful environment which will make everyone forget their lives and fall in love with its beauty. Travelers can have a wonderful experience of visiting tea garden, cycling and horse riding, exploring the overall tea production process through tea factory visit.
Antu Pokhari is one of the major attractions of Shree Antu; the beautiful Sceneries of greenery around the pond is Exquisite. Antu Pokhari is surrounded by Pleasant Green tea gardens and pine trees. It is the best place to chill and click aesthetic pictures.
Also, you can find different colored fishes inside the pond. Beauty of Antu Pokhari goes beyond beautiful at night; with lights, breezing air, and peaceful environment it feels like a paradise; like there’s nothing more one could ever ask for.
Around the Pokhari, there are beautiful cafes and resorts where you can spend quality time with your friends and family.
Shree Antu is also known for homestay; Shree Antu Community Homestays are located in a small village in Illam, surrounded by tea fields, beautiful gardens and the third-highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjunga.
At homestay where local people provide the local food items like fafar ko roti with mud honey, local chicken, dhido and so on along with Antu tea.
Similarly, there you can have a wonderful sleep experience in the traditional houses made of wood as well as you can be more familiar with eastern region cultures and traditions which is Shree Antu Eco-cultural tourism destination famous for.
The community homestay in Shree Antu was established in 2000 A.D and got legally registered in 2009 A.D. As of today, around forty families have opened their houses for tourists from all around the world. We can experience typical village experience in home stay; every home has their own garden and its own beauty.
Homestay not just provide homely environment it also offers fun activities like Campfire, BBQ, Musical nights and so on.
Things to do in Shree Antu:
- Tea Gardens & Tea Factories Visit
- Horse Riding & Cycling
- Visit Nageshwori Temple (It is a religious spot. Nearby the temple there is a forest with old trees. There are many herbal plants. So, this is developing as an herbal park.)
- Explore Mechi River & Temples nearby
- Enjoy the Sceneries of varieties of flowers
- Take a deep look into dense forests
- Best place for picnics and campfire
How to Reach Shree Antu:
Shree Antu is 57 km from Birtamode, Jhapa which takes around 1 hour 56 mins. If we start our journey from Birtamode, we have to stay on Mechi highway for 8kms which is around 16mins; from charali we have to take a turn towards Illam which is on Mahendra Highway; After 44km (1 hour 21 min) of travelling we will reach Chipitaar (Fikkal) which is the diversion between Illam road and Antu road; Leaving Mahendra highway from Chipitaar(Fikkal) we need to travel for Approx. 5km to reach Antu.
Visiting Shree Antu is great experience. It is a paradise in earth, which is full of natural beauty, history, hospitality, chilling weather, and environment and many more.
Moreover, Shree Antu is the must visit place for everyone who are planning to visit eastern side of Nepal, for foreigners who visit Nepal, Shree Antu must be on top of their list. Visit Shree Antu and experience the real paradise on earth.
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