Meghma

Singalila National Park, West Bengal

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The name Meghma comes from the word Megh, which stands for cloud. This Mystic mountain village located on the Singalila ridge at an altitude of 9,514 ft is mostly covered with a blanket of cloud. And hence the name.

Meghma is located about 9kms from Manebhanjan along the way to the popular trekking destination Sandakphu. This sleepy and mystic village falls right at the border of India and Nepal. In fact the border continues along the entire trekking route up to Sandakphu.

At Meghma, the border literally merges. So there is a border check post here where several security guards (about 20 from Sashastra Seema Bal) are posted on long term rotational assignments. And there are only handful village huts where the local families live. They are all Nepalese.

But there is actually no checking done here. It's like a free way although the route from Meghma freely enters Nepal and India at various points. India and Nepal being two friendly neighboring countries and having had no trouble across the border in the past, this area has been virtually kept as a free way for all. Neither there is any visa required.

While approaching Meghma, there is a small monastery at the entrance of the village. It has a strange and a difficult name - Sangchen Ugagyur Hoshal Dechen Choling Monastery. On one occasion I was told that a monk had been praying inside continuously for three years without having seen the sunlight and the villagers would provide him food at night. This was to attain his next seniority level as a monk.

Opposite to the monastery is the entrance to the camp of security guards and it's a restricted area. Further ahead you will reach the center of Meghma which is an open area. Here the gravel road (which is also the trek route) bifurcates. One on the right goes to Tonglu (2kms) through Indian territory and the other on the left goes to Tumling (4kms) through Nepal. The onward route from Tonglu also finally meets at Tumlling. So whichever route you take from Meghma, you will pass through Tumling. 

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