Manebhanjang

Mane Bhanjang
Maney Bhanjyang
village
Mane Bhanjang
Mane Bhanjang
Location in West Bengal, India

Coordinates: 26°59′N 88°07′E / 26.98°N 88.11°E / 26.98; 88.11Coordinates: 26°59′N 88°07′E / 26.98°N 88.11°E / 26.98; 88.11

Country  India
State West Bengal
District Darjeeling
Elevation 2,150 m (7,050 ft)
Languages
 • Official English, Hindi, Nepali
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 734221
Telephone code 0354
Nearest city Darjeeling
Vidhan Sabha constituency kaka

Maney Bhanjyang (2150 m) is a village in the Darjeeling Sadar subdivision, Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal in India. It is located at the gateway of the Singalila National Park, 28 km away from Darjeeling town. The income of the local residents is geared towards tourism, especially foreign trekkers. Mane Bhanjyang is the start of the trailhead for the trek to Sandakphu on the Singalila Ridge, the highest point in West Bengal. Conveyance for Sandakphu is also available mainly from Mane Bhanjyang.

Mane Bhanjyang lies on the border between India and Nepal. The two countries are separated by a small drain covered with a culvert, which also acts as a motor stand for vehicles carrying people to Sukhiapokhri. This small valley is a residence of approximately 5oo households with an approximate population of 6ooo.

The village has a large playground where a football tournament is organised every year during the Independence Day of India.

Geography

Mane Bhanjang is located at an average elevation of 2150m in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill Region. in the Singalila Ridge, the highest point of West Bengal. These hills are a part of the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya. The soil is chiefly composed of sansdstone and conglomerate formations, which are the solidified and upheaved detritus of the greater range of Himalaya. However, the soil is often poorly consolidated (the permeable sediments of the region do not retain water between rains) and is not considered suitable for agriculture. The area has steep slopes and loose topsoil, leading to frequent landslides during the monsoons. According to the bureau of Indian Standards, the area in which the village lies falls under seismic zone-IV (on a scale of I to V, in order of increasing proneness to earthquakes) near the convergent boundary of the Indian and the Eurasian tectonic plates and is subject to frequent earthquakes. The geographical co-ordinates of the village are 26°59′N 88°07′E / 26.98°N 88.11°E / 26.98; 88.11.

Mane Bhanjang is surrounded by several small villages within a radius of 5–8 km. Being a border of Nepal and India, the Friday Market or the "haat" brings the entire population of the area together for various household and business purposes.

Transport

Mane Bhanjyang can be reached directly from New Jalpaiguri railway station where hired vehicles are available, although the number of vehicles are limited. Most vehicles are available from 4am to 6am. From Siliguri, shared and non-shared taxis operate directly for Mane Bhanjyang. One can also avail taxis for Rimbick from Siliguri and Darjeeling, which travel via Maney Bhanjyang. Another option is to take vehicle en route to Darjeeling and drop at Ghoom. Conveyance is available from Ghoom to Sukhiapokhri and then from Sukhiapokhri to Maney Bhanjang. Maney Bhanjyang is the last point or base came for trekkers heading toward Sandakphu and Phalut. All required accessories and stuffs required during the 2–4 days trek is available here. The famous Rhododendron trek and the Himalayan Run & Trek are organised from here.

Education

Maney Bhanjyang has four schools in total. Maney Bhanjyang High School has classes from Grade V to Grade X. The course curriculum followed is that of the West Bengal Board Of Secondary Education. Other schools are Rhododendron Integratus Boarding School, Highland School and R.C. Mission Primary School which are primary schools that teach from the kindergarten level to Grade V.

References

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