Sonada

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Sonada
Town
Sonada is located in West Bengal
Sonada
Sonada
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 26°56′10″N 88°14′54″E / 26.9359973°N 88.2483673°E / 26.9359973; 88.2483673Coordinates: 26°56′10″N 88°14′54″E / 26.9359973°N 88.2483673°E / 26.9359973; 88.2483673
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Darjeeling
Languages
 • Official Bengali Nepali English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Darjeeling
Vidhan Sabha constituency Kurseong

Sonada (Nepali: सोनादा, Bengali: সোনাদা) is a small town in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. It is 17 km from Darjeeling town and 16 km from Kurseong. Mirik is 23 km away, Ghoom 8 km, Mangpu 8 km and Takdah 11 km. It lies on National Highway 55 connecting Darjeeling with Siliguri. Sonada Monastery, Tiger Hill, Chatakpur, Goreto Nalichour Intek Ceder's and Senchal Lake are some places of interest near Sonada. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (Toy Train) passes through this town and there is a DHR railway station here.

There are several Tea Estate located in Sonada Valley: Oaks, Rungmook, Ceder's, Milling, Moondakotee, Ringtong, Balasun, Margaret's Hope, Kalej Valley. Balasun River is best place for fishing where fish like trout is found in this region. Chatakpur Eco Village, 6km uphill from the town is a very beautiful place attracting many tourists from where sunrise can be seen.

Sonada has Salesian College and Sonada Degree College, which are affiliated to the University of North Bengal.

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View of Sonada railway station