Shree Antu is a small town in Ilam, eastern Nepal close to the Indian border. Shree Antu is a paradise tourist destination famous for agro tourism, beautiful scenery, spectacular sunrises, tea plantations, pine forests, a soothing lake, beautiful gardens and breath-taking mountain vistas including one of the world’s highest mountains Kangchenjunga.
There are plenty of things to do in here during an eco-cultural trip. You can enjoy this beautiful part of Nepal that hasn’t seen many tourists yet by staying overnight in the wonderful homestays. At Shree Antu community homestay, visitors can participate in local daily lives and enjoy local foods while staying in with the local host family.
Shree Antu is home to several of Nepal’s ethnic groups such as Lepcha, Tamang, Rai and Limbu, each with their own rich customs and traditions. Shree Antu is worth visiting the whole year, the mountain views are spectacular in the dry winter season, however the tea estates are closed then.
Underneath are our top things to do when you visit Shree Antu in Ilam District, eastern Nepal.
1. Discover Tea culture of Nepal in Shree Antu
A major attraction, if you are a nature lover who loves plants, trees and tea, are the tea estates in Shree Antu Ilam, which are a beautiful place to go and the best place in Nepal to learn how tea grows and to taste a freshly brewed authentic Nepali tea.
Visitors can admire the green fields of cultivated tea gardens and witness the production of Nepali tea by participating in harvesting and or visiting the tea factories. The factories are closed during winter. So, please make sure to travel between mid-April and mid-November to Shree Antu for a full tea experience.
While visiting a tea garden of Ilam Nepal, have some quality time with local people and your beloved ones while plucking the tea leaves in the beautiful fields. You can wear local costumes like locals and will be delighted by the fresh breeze and green sights of the tea shrubs.
When you reach the tea factory, every single step of tea production from plucking to drying the tea leaves will be explained. During the excursion, you can interact with local factory workers by asking them more details according to your curiosity. Later, visitors can taste a variety of different green and black teas of different grades with distinct flavors.
2. Relax at Shree Antu Lake
Paddle boating in Antu Lake is one of the most exciting activities to do in Shree Antu. The lake is around 11,000 square meter and located a 20 minutes walk from most of the community home stay places. The lake is sustained by the national lake conservation development committee of Eastern Nepal. The Emerald Water and Mountain Views offer fantastic views while boating with family or friends. Try to find a spot in the middle of Antu pond where you can relax and take in the mountain views. Birds fly over your vessel while you are watching mother nature. Paddling slowly and having fun in this beautiful area is a must.
A visitor mentioned that “Antu Pokhari is a wonderful tourist destination to enjoy on the lap of mother nature.”
3. Hike to Gufa Patal
Hiking to Gufa Patal View Point is one of the most worth visiting reasons to travel to Shree Antu. It only takes a 3 hours hike from Shree Antu. Take your partner along the beautiful trails through Tamang villages while seeing daily motions of local people. Make photos and share the beautiful sightseeing filled with streams, tea gardens and pine tree forest with your loved ones. The hiking is all about seeing mesmerizing views, the top reward awaits in Gufa Putal that offers the panoramic view of the third world’s highest mountain, Mt.Kanchenjunga. After taking a hike, you can find inner peace by meditation in or near a cave which has been used for mediation by Tamang ancestors.
4. The Shree Antu Sunrise – one of the most beautiful sunrises of Nepal
Visiting Antu is not complete without seeing the sunrise from the Shree Antu view point. The marvelous golden sunrise above the world’s third highest mountain is indescribable in words and will be one to remember a lifetime. One of the best romantic spots to start your early morning and have an unforgettable moment together with your partner. After the light spreads, the mesmerizing view of tea gardens and forest is waiting to calm you after seeing the golden sunrise. To see the beautiful sunrise of Sree Antu , take a ride of about 20 minutes from your Shree Antu homestay place around 5 am and hike about 20-30 minutes to reach Antu Danda.
5. Stay with locals at Shree Antu Community Homestay
Shree Antu is the home of various indigenous ethnic groups of Nepal, especially the Lepcha tribe. Staying in a community homestay of Shree Antu can make you see the authentic culture of Nepali surrounded with green nature and tea gardens. The Community Homestay provides 3 local meals a day which are cooked with local ingredients. The house is made of wood and the facilities are comfortable, also for foreign travelers. It only costs $24 a day per guest inclusive meal. The Shree Antu Homestay is surrounded by tea gardens where visitors can pluck tea leaves together with locals. You can arrange tea and other tours mentioned on these pages from your homestay. The local people of Shree Antu love to share about the way they live and the beautiful nature. As Shree Antu is in Ilam district, of eastern Nepal, the countryside is less traveled and nature unspoiled . Most of the locals are farmers and very friendly to visitors.
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