Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division. It is known for its natural and landscaped beauty. It is located on the edge of the Himalayas, and can be reached in about four hours' drive from Gangtok via either Pakyong or Rangpo.
Lampokhari: Initially one of the oldest natural lake in Sikkim and recently artificially constructed to facilitate boating for the tourists. At an altitude of 4600 ft (1,400 m) it is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim.
Dak Bungalow:Popularly known as Ari-Bangla, it is an old British-built dak bungalow built by Sir James Claude White (first political officer of Sikkim during British rule in India) in the year 1895. At the same premises Sikkim's first treasury was built as well as Sikkim Police was raised and the first outpost started functioning in the year 1897.
Aritar Gumpa: A monastery of the Kagyuapa order, considered as one of the holiest and oldest in Sikkim. The visitor's can imbibe the tranquil air with splendour of monastic arts reflected in its traditional architecture, carved & painted murals and treasure of manuscripts and icons.
Others Attraction: Parbateyswar Shivalaya Mandir, Mankhim, Nirmal Dham, Ever green nursery & Ram Gauri Sangrhalaya, Kali khola falls (Lonely falls), Changey water fall, Lungchok valley, Love Dara etc.
Gangtok is a municipality, the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. It also is the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft).
Temperatures range from an average maximum of 22 °C (72 °F) in summer to an average minimum of 4 °C (39 °F) in winter. Summers (lasting from late April to June) are mild, with maximum temperatures rarely crossing 25 °C (77 °F). The monsoon season from June to September is characterised by intense torrential rains often causing landslides that block Gangtok's land access to the rest of the country. Rainfall starts to rise from pre-monsoon in May, and peaks during the monsoon, with July recording the highest monthly average of 649.6 mm (25.6 in). In winter temperature averages between 4 °C (39 °F) and 7 °C (45 °F). Snowfall is rare, and in recent times Gangtok has received snow only in 1990, 2004, 2005 and January 2011.
Place of Interest : Kanchenjunga, visible from Gangtok, is the world's third-tallest peak, Ban Jhakri Falls - Gangtok, Ban Jhakri Falls Energy Park - Gangtok, River Teesta is the lifeline of Gangtok, Gangtok from Tibet Road, Dro-dul Chorten - Gangtok, Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery, Temple of the Maharajas, Gangtok, the statue of Lord Shiva in, Sikkim etc.
Pelling is a town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing.
The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow. Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.
Place of Interest : Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monasteries namely the ancient Pemayangtse Monastery and Sanga Choeling Monastery, the rock garden and waterfall at nearby Rimbi River, the holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Chhange Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists. Other locations close to Pelling are Yuksom, Rinchenpong, Dzongri and Hee Burmiok.
Ravangla or Rawangla or Ravongla is a small tourist town situated at an elevation of 7000 ft in South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is connected by state highway to other major towns in the state and lies between Pelling and Gangtok.
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Rayong Sunrise point : At a distance of 8kms from Ravangla on the way to Dentham, Rayong is known for its magnificent snow view over the Kanchenjunga Mountains particularly at the Sunrise.
Kheunpheling Carpet center : A Tibetan Refuge Settlement Camp cum Carpet weaving Center is located just above the Ravangla Market. A good place for buying carpets and shawls traditionally woven and designed by the Tibetans.
Sikip : Located on the banks of river Rangeet in a natural surrounding is an excellent fishing spot and river campsite.
Sikip : Located on the banks of river Rangeet in a natural surrounding is an excellent fishing spot and river campsite.
Rinchenpong is a town in West Sikkim, India. It is situated in West Sikkim, about 40 km west of Gangtok, 10 km due south of Gyalshing, close to the village of Kaluk. It sits at an altitude of 5576 feet (1,700m) above sea level amidst a heavily forested area. It is famous for the Rigsum Monastery and trekking routes.
You can visit Rinchenpong any time of the year but the mighty Himalayas are best visible during the winter.
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The world's largest prayer wheel powered by water at Hee Water Garden is only 6 kms fom Rinchenpong. The famous Chaaya Taal Lake is also nearby and so is the Dentam Valley, Singshore Bridge (India's highest hanging bridge) and Uttarey Valley.
All these destinations can be covered in day trips from Rinchenpong. The Srijunga Temple, located some 8 km from Rinchenpong, is a very popular picnic spot as well. Besides, there are other places of attractions near Rinchenpong like the Reesum Monastery, the Barsey Rhododendron sanctuary, Temi Tea Garden, Bermiok and Van Jhakhri waterfalls. If you are fond of local treks and Sikkimese culture, then a visit to nearby Sribadam village could be very rewarding. Short nature walks through forests originating from Sribadam would take you to some breathtaking jungle lakes, waterfalls and view points.
Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim.
It is a very beautiful place. It is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks (some of them are covered with snow throughout the year).
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Khecheopalri Lake : The Khecheopalri Lake is situated at a height of 6000 ft. and is about 28 km from the city of Pelling. The lake is known as one of the largest lakes in the entire state and therefore attracts a lot of tourists. Not only is the lake very big, it is also known to be sacred and is located inside a forest. According to legends, the lake is known to be connected with the Goddess Tara. Different stories about the lake can be heard from locals but all of them deem the lake to be sacred. The lake has clean and pristine waters and the surface of the lake always remains clear. Pilgrims come to the lake every year and offer prayers.
Tashiding Monastery : The Tashiding Monastery is a very important place for Buddhists because according to the legends, the place was visited by the Buddhist master Guru Padmasambhava. Amazingly, the area has suffered numerous earthquakes and every time, the monastery is rebuilt and reconstructed with the help of funds from the State government. The beautiful building has dazzling colours and beautiful Buddhist architecture. Many sacred ceremonies are hosted here and one should definitely visit the place to experience the local way of life!
Dubdi Monastery : The Dubdi Monastery translates into 'the retreat'. It was built in the year 1701 and is said to have been established by Chogyar Namgyal. The monastery is also known as the Yuksom Monastery and is situated on a beautiful patch of green land. The interiors have beautifully painted and carved Buddhist designs and houses pictures of saints, Buddhist symbols and even manuscripts. The monastery is a must see while in Yuksom.
Borong, located at an altitude of 5800 feet in South Sikkim is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Borong can be easily accessed from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri. Some 17 km from Ravangla, Borong can also be reached from Pelling, Gangtok and Rinchengpong. With Himalayan Mountains situated at the backdrop, Borong offers an ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquility.
Borong can be enjoyed throughout the year. But if you want to see the festival taking place by the bank of Rangeet River, then you must come during the month of February.
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You can catch a glimpse of some extraordinary views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and other the snowcapped peaks. And a spectacular sight of sunrise from the snow-covered mountains is perhaps the main reason behind a visit to this beautiful place. You can also look for glances of Sinolchu, Narsingh and Pandim peaks.
Some 5 km away is the Ralong Monastery. You can hire a car and visit other places like Famtam Village, Gurang Monastery, the Silver Falls and the Barmely Bridge. Besides, a hot fountain is located at a distance of some 3km from Borong, on the bank of Rangit River.
Bordered by Bhutan, Tibet, West Bengal and Nepal, Uttarey is a small village located on the northern slope of Singalila Range in West Sikkim. It is slowly emerging as a satellite township and is only 150 km from Siliguri and 140 km from Gangtok. This beautiful village with abundant nature lies amidst a valley of herbal plants surrounded by hills which bloom in a never-ending array of Rhododendrons. Uttarey is one of the gateways of Singalila trek. Nature has whole heartedly showered itself in this village and that is very much evident in the never-ending greenery of the area.
The pleasant climatic condition of Uttarey is favorable for all kind of visitors from any part of the world. The place offers a pleasant climatic condition as the temperature remains moderate in almost all season. So, you can visit this beautiful place during any time of the year. However, if you are planning to see the blooming of Rhododendrons, then March is the best month and winter is best for treks and hikes.
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You can hire a car and go out for a visit to nearby places like Pelling, Pamyangtse, Kaluk, Dentam Valley, Changey Falls, Hee Bermiok, Chaaya Taal, Rinchenpong and other destinations in West Sikkim.
Guwahati is the largest city of Assam and Northeastern India, a major riverine port city and one of the fastest growing cities in India, situated on the South Bank of the Brahmaputra River.
Guwahati in the state of Assam sports a humid subtropical climate, which offers an average annual temperature of 24°C with an extreme that is known to have touched the 40 degree mark. The city lies between the mighty Brahmaputra River and the Shillong Plateau. Guwahati has a good network of hills surrounding it as well, which further contributes in the subtropical topography of the region.
Place of Interest : Kaziranga National Park, Kamakhya Temple, Purva Tirupati Shri Balaji temple, Uma Nanda Temple, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, ISKCON Guwahati, Saraighat Bridge, Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra, Fancy Bazar, Assam State Zoo, Regional Science Center, Navagraha Temple, Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary, Basistha Ashram Temple, Temples of Hajo, Bhuvaneswari Temple, Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Accoland, Sukreswar Temple etc.
Kaziranga National Park is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam, India.
The park experiences three seasons: summer, monsoon, and winter. The winter season, between November and February, is mild and dry, with a mean high of 25 °C (77 °F) and low of 5 °C (41 °F). During this season, beels and nallahs (water channels) dry up. The summer season between March and May is hot, with temperatures reaching a high of 37 °C (99 °F). During this season, animals usually are found near water bodies. The rainy monsoon season lasts from June to September, and is responsible for most of Kaziranga's annual rainfall of 2,220 mm (87 in). During the peak months of July and August, three-fourths of the western region of the park is submerged, due to the rising water level of the Brahmaputra. It was found that 70% of the National Park was flooded as on 3 August 2016. The flooding causes most animals to migrate to elevated and forested regions outside the southern border of the park, such as the Mikir hills. 540 animals,including 13 rhinos and mostly hog deers perished in unprecedented floods of 2012. However, occasional dry spells create problems as well, such as food shortages and occasional forest fires.
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Observing the wildlife, including birding, is the main visitor activity in and around the park. Guided tours by elephant or Jeep are available. Hiking is prohibited in the park to avoid potential human-animal conflicts. Observation towers are situated at Sohola, Mihimukh, Kathpara, Foliamari, and Harmoti for wildlife viewing. The Lower Himalayan peaks frame the park's landscape of trees and grass interspersed with numerous ponds. An interpretation centre is being set up at the Bagori range of Kaziranga, to help visitors learn more about the park. The park remains closed for visitors from 1 May to end-October due to monsoon rains. Four tourist lodges at Kohora and three tourist lodges outside the park are maintained by the Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Assam. Private resorts are available outside the park borders. Increase in tourist inflow has led to the economic empowerment of the people living at the fringes of the park, by means of tourism related activities, encouraging a recognition of the value of its protection. A survey of tourists notes that 80 percent found rhino sightings most enjoyable and that foreign tourists were more likely to support park protection and employment opportunities financially, while local tourists favored support for veterinary services. Recently set up Kaziranga National Orchid and Biodiversity Park established at Durgapur village is a latest attraction to the tourists.
Nameri National Park is a national park in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, India, about 35 km from Tezpur. Nameri is about 9 km from Chariduar, the nearest village.
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Angling at Nameri This park is full of rivers. Fishing is the famous activity which is held by forest department. The golden mahseer fish is famous in these region where they grown to 3-9 feet. They are known as "tigers of the Himalayan rivers". Angling has been suspended by local park authority under the Wildlife Protection Act as this habitat is now a Save the Tiger Project site.
Nameri River Raftingis held at southeast of the park on river Jia Bharali. The rafting is up to 13 km around 3 hours.
Nameri Wildlife Trekkingis an amazing experience in these park. An armed forest department worker guides the trekking.
Bhalukpung is a small town located along the southern reaches of the Himalayas in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh in India. The town is located at 213m above sea level, 100 km from Bomdila, 52 km from Tezpur and 5 km from Tipi. It lies along the Kameng river and is the headquarters of Bhalukpung circle. A road leads to Bomdila via the Tipi Orchidariurm, and the inner line check post is located at Bhalukpung.
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Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary : Spreading over an area of 862 sq.km, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is located in a scenic environment. Surrounded by rivers on three sides and situated amidst the Himalayan ranges, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is a treat to your eyes. The sanctuary is home to various wild animals including tiger, jungle cat, Himalayan black bear, elephant, leopard, barking deer, flying squirrel and many more. Some of the rare bird species found here includes great pied hornbill, jungle fowl, serpent eagle and wood duck.
Kaziranga National Park :UNESCO has recognized Kaziranga National Park as a world heritage site. It is unique as it was home to one horned rhinoceros, which was among the last creatures belonging to prehistoric period. The park is situated southeast of Bhalukpong. Being a renowned reserve of India, Kaziranga National Park attracts visitors from all parts of the world.
Bhalukpong Fort :Bhalukpong Fort was constructed around 10th century and though now in ruins, it stands for the culture and ancient glory of the place. It was built by king Bhaluka on the banks of Bharali River. Apart from the fort's remains, important remains of Bana, grandson of King Bhaluka are also preserved here.
Bomdila is the headquarters of West Kameng district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Bomdile is one of the 60 constituencies of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
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Bomdila Monastery : Inaugurated in 1965, this abode to Buddhist monks and Llamas is the biggest attraction in Bomdila. The monastery is also believed to be an exact replica of Tsona Gontse Monastery, Tibet. This monastery in Bomdila is constructed by who was believed to be the 12th reincarnate of Tsona Rinpoche. The monastery belongs to the Mahayana Buddhism. A huge prayer hall has also, recently, been added to the structure. Another major part and attraction is the Buddha Temple built withing the monastery premises. This monastery has three parts, Upper Gompa, Middle Gompa and Lower Gompa.
Tipi Orchid Reserve :Also known as Orchids Research and Development Centre, this sprawling area is full of orchids of various varieties - nearly 20 species endangered. The entrance says, 'temple of orchids'. The Orchid Glass House is the biggest attraction here and the entire orchidarium show cases almost 50,000 exotic types of the flower.
Bomdila View Point Overview :Clouds kissing the ground, the massive Himalayas towering all around, the panoramic view of the Kemeng Valley - not a single one of the will let you down. The view from up here is sure to take up a permanent space in your memory and its beauty will be unforgettable.
Dirang is a village in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh West Kameng is the name of the district that contains village Dirang. The latitude 27.36201 and longitude 92.2400201 are the geocoordinate of the Dirang. Itanagar is the state capital for Dirang village. It is located around 137.7 kilometer away from Dirang.. The other nearest state capital from Dirang is Itanagar and its distance is 170.7 KM. The other surrouning state capitals are Dispur 145.0 KM., Shillong 202.6 KM., Imphal 332.6 KM.
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Dirang is an ideal getaway in West Kameng district with beautiful apple orchards and sheep breeding farms.
Dirang is popular for Trekking and hiking
Visitors to Dirang visit Kalchakra and Ngingmapa Monastery, Yak Research Center, Sangti Valley, Kiwi / Apple orchards and hot-water springs
Tawang is a town situated at an elevation of approximately 3,048 metres (10,000 ft) in the northwestern part of Arunachal Pradesh in India.
Tawang is a popular tourist destination thanks to the well-preserved Tawang Monastery. The Sela Pass rises steeply and is covered with snow for most of the year. Jang waterfall is a big tourist attraction. The beautiful town of Tawang, also pronounced as Dawang has many sceneries to make your trip a picturesque one. However, what begins to define the area is its significance for Buddhist monks. Tawang is the place to go for monasteries, with the Tawang Monastery being the most popular one and extremely sacred for the Buddhists. Tawang is a place which will flatter you with its natural beauty wrapped in the scent of spirituality. The beautiful orchid sanctuary and the Tipi Orchid Sanctuary is also an ideal place for your list of places to visit.
Place of Interest : Tawang Monastery, Jaswant Garh, Bap Teng Kang, P.T Tso Lake, Tawang War Memorial, Sela Pass & Lake, Gorichen Peak, Shungatser or Madhuri Lake etc.
Paro is a town and seat of Paro District, located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. It is also home to Paro Airport, Bhutan's sole international airport.
Paro is a historic town with many sacred sites and historical buildings scattered through the area. In addition, the Paro Valley is wide and verdant and is recognized a one of the most beautiful in all Bhutan. Prefer to stay in Paro if you are someone who is fond of nature and would like to spend quiet and peaceful time. However, apart from the main street (which is constructed of traditional wooden structures), the bazaar area is a nondescript hodgepodge of concrete buildings that is totally bereft of charm and character. Along with Jakar and Punakha, Paro forms the 'golden triangle' of popular tourist destinations in Bhutan.
Place of Interest : Taktsang Monastery, National Museum of Bhutan, Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong, Drakhapo, Kichu Lhakang, Jangsarbu Lhakhang etc.
Phuntsholing, also spelled as Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog.
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Amo Chuu The Crocodile Breeding Centre on the banks of the river behind the bus station. The crocodiles are bred in order to be released in a nature reserve.
The gate at the border (called Bhutan Gate) - not much to see, but it makes a good first photograph for your Bhutan photo album.
Chukha Hydrothermal Project For this you need to take special permission.
Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang This city centre temple represents the heaven of Guru Rinpoche. On ground floor there are statues of eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life while the next floor contains eight Bodhisattavas and statues of Avalokiteshvara and Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. On top floor, there is a main statue of Amitabha.
Thimphu is the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
The winter season in Thimphu is very cold but dry, while the summers are wet and humid. The best times to visit are from mid September to the end of October and from March to May.
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Changangkha Lhakhang, Constructed in the 15th century, this is one of the oldest temples in the Thimphu Valley, and is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, the Buddhist emanation of compassion. The temple affords wonderful views over the entire valley.
The National Memorial Chorten, ocated off Jangchhub Lam. A good place to visit in the evening when the locals are doing their evening prayers. The stupa was built in 1974 in memory of the third king.
Zangthoperi Lhakhang, lower Thimphu (follow the path down from below the GPO). The present structure was built in 1960s and although lacking the charm of many of the older temples, Zangdopelri still possesses some impressive murals and art treasures and is worthy of a visit. The site of the temple was a former battle ground, and the temple was constructed there in order to pacify energies.
Statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, sitting on top of Kuensel Phodrang hill is a 51.5mt bronze statue of the founder of Buddhism. The site also offers unobstructed views over the Thimphu Valley - especially stunning at sunset.
Shillong is the capital and hill station of Meghalaya, also known as "The Abode of Clouds", one of the smallest states in India.
The romantic city of Shillong is one of the important tourist destinations in the northeast. It is often referred to as the "Scotland of the East" due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. The city derives its name from "Leishyllong"-the Superpower or God who is believed to reside on the Shillong peak, overlooking the city. Lying in the cradle of the tall pine conifers and pineapple shrubs, Shillong's undulating terrain is a constant source of attraction for tourists from both home and abroad. The Khasi, Jaintia and Garo tribes add color to this hilly city.
Shillong is blessed with a pleasant climate all throughout the year and thus it can be visited all around the year.
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Elephant Falls : 12 km on the outskirts of the city, the mountain stream descends through two successive falls set in dells of fern covered rocks.
Lady Hydari Park : The park stretches over a kilometre and has an adjacent mini zoo.
Wards Lake : Known locally as Nan-Polok. It is an artificial lake with garden and boating facilities.
Others Attraction : Shillong Golf Course, Motphran, Shillong Peak, Capt. Williamson Sangma State Museum, Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Entomological Museum, Chrysalis the Gallery, State Museum, Cathedral of Mary Help of Christians, Bishop and Beadon Falls, Spread Eagle Falls, Sweet Falls, Crinoline Falls etc.
Jayanti is a small forest village within Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India. It is located along the Jayanti River, forming a natural border with the Bhutan hills. It is popular with hikers for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and wild fountains. The 13 km trek from Buxaduar to Jayanti is especially popular, passing through the dense forest of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Jayanti also features a stalactite cave known as the Mahakal cave.
The nearest railway station is Rajabhatkhawa on the New Jalpaiguri-Alipurduar-Samuktala Road Line.
You can visit Jayanti any time of the year but it is advisable to avoid the rainy season when the region might become quite inaccessible.
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Buxa Fort – This fort atop the Buxa Hill at a height of 2600 feet is of great historical importance. The fort was used as a prison by the British during its rule in India. Many freedom fighters were imprisoned here during the British rule. After independence, it served as a refugee camp for Tibetans and Bangladeshis. To visit this place of historic importance one has to trek through the dense forested hills. The 5 Km long trek starts from Santhlabari (914 ft) and offers some panoramic and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Pokhri – This sacred and holy pond on the top of Pokhri hill at a distance of about 4 Km from Jayanti is a must-visit sightseeing destination of Jayanti. To reach Pokhri one has to trek the distance partly through forested hills and partly through previously used roads. The whole trek is quite a joyful experience and provides a scope to come so close to nature. People visiting Jayanti hardly misses a chance to visit the Pokhri pond. The beauty of the surroundings is certainly something which has a refreshing effect. It is a place of religious worship for the Bhutanese and other local people. The pond is considered as extremely sacred and people even do not touches its water with feet. Large number of big-sized Magur and Turtle fish in the waters of the Pokhri is another attraction of the place.
Alipurduar is a municipal city and the district headquarters of Alipurduar district in north Bengal in the Indian state of West Bengal. Situated on the east bank of Kaljani River on the foothills of the Himalayas, the town is a gateway to Bhutan and northeastern states of India. Apart from the Alipurduar municipality, the district contains nine census towns and rural areas of 66 gram panchayats under six community development blocks: Madarihat–Birpara, Alipurduar–I, Alipurduar–II, Falakata, Kalchini and Kumargram. The nine census towns are Paschim Jitpur, Chechakhata, Alipurduar Railway Junction, Bholar Dabri, Sobhaganj, Falakata, Jaygaon and Uttar Latabari and Uttar Kamakhyaguri.
The most important forest near Alipurduar is Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) , which attained much fame all over India for its enormous natural resources in terms of rare flora and fauna. The forest has got the status of a National Park and houses the maximum number of Royal Bengal Tiger Population in North Bengal. The entry point of BTR, at Rajabhatkhawa, is just 12 Kilometers from Alipurduar. Within BTR, tourists have the option of visiting Jayanti or go to Buxa fort. If you are a little adventurous, you may go up to Lepchakha (A 4 km trek). There are also great trekking options in the area including trek to Sinchula and Rovers Point. The highest peak of Jalpaiguri the Chota Sinchula is located near Alipurduar. At an altitude of 1733m at about 12 km from Buxa the peak offers beautiful sights of the impermeable forest covers of Buxa hills and Bhutan valley. Other interesting tourist destinations around Alipurduar include Hatipota, Raimatang and others.
Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009.
Climate: The temperature ranges from 10 to 21 °C (50 to 70 °F) from November to February, 24 to 27 °C (75 to 81 °F) from March to April and 27 to 37 °C (81 to 99 °F) from May to October. Rainfall mostly occurs between mid-May to mid-October and average annual rainfall is 382 cm (150 in).
Day visit to the park and to the Chapramari wild Life Sanctuary is arranged by naturebeyond. You can make your base in Murti to explore the less tourist trodden wonders of Dooars and lower Kalimpong hills like Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Jaldhaka, Jhalong, Bindu, Paren, Caron, Diana, Jaldapara and even Bhutan.
The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothill of Eastern Himalayas on the bank of river Torsa in West Bengal. The vast grassland with patches of riverine forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1943 for protection of the great variety of flora and fauna. Principle among them is the Asiatic one horned Rhino. The sanctuary is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams. The Sanctuary covers an area of 216.51 sq km.
Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary provides extensive grassland which is refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Madarihat town is the main town near the forest.
An adventurous elephant ride in the morning will take you deep inside the grassland for the real excitement. The sights of rhino in a muddy pond, the herd of elephant or the running deer are the thrilling experiences in Jaldapara. Please note the elephant rides are booked on the spot and cannot be reserved in advance. For most part of the year, the few elephants available are unable to serve the large number tourists who flock the Sanctuary. Jeep safari inside the forest is the other option of visiting inside the forest.
Kalimpong was earlier a subdivision of Darjeeling district, but now a separate district of West Bengal effective 14th Feb 2017 with an area of 1,056 square kilometers and inhabiting 49,403 people (as per 2011 census). Kalimpong town itself is small, located about 2.5 hours drive from both Darjeeling and Siliguri. But the town and its surrounding areas offer immense opportunities for tourism.
Kalimpong is located at an altitude of 4,100ft. Because of its relatively lower altitude compared to Darjeeling or Gangtok, the weather is milder and pleasant for most part of the year. And therefore it suits all tourists who are looking for such pleasant weather combined with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks, sweeping landscapes and lush greenery.
Numerous view points to get lovely sight of the Kanchenjunga snow peaks, monasteries, temples, tourist complexes, heritage buildings, parks, flower nurseries, heritage schools, charitable institutes and more.
Kurseong is a sub-division of Darjeeling district. In 1835 it was handed over to the British by the King of Sikkim. It was a small village then. However it gained importance when the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train service was extended to Kurseong in August 1880. It then became the Head Quarter of the subdivision.
Kurseong is located in Darjeeling district and is on National Highway NH 55 (I.e. Hill Cart Road) that originates from Siliguri and goes all the way to Darjeeling. It's about mid way to Darjeeling and you can easily combine a couple of nights stay here when you plan a vacation in and around Darjeeling. The altitude of Kurseong is moderate 4,864 ft and therefore the climate for most part of the year also remains temperate. However it can get quite cold during the winter.
Kurseong has several great view points offering spectacular views of the landscapes, tea gardens and the snow peaks. There are some great heritage schools here which the British had established. You can visit some nice museums (including DHR Museum that showcases original railway archives & exhibits), tea estates & factories, temples and even interior villages to know the life and culture of the locals. Most taxi drivers will offer standard half and full day local sightseeing tours.
Lava and Loleygaon are two quaint mountain hamlets in Darjeeling district under Kalimpong block and surrounded by forests. Altitude of Lava is 7,700ft while Loleygaon (also known as Kaffer village) is at a lower altitude of 5,500ft. Since they are close to each other (about one hour driving distance between the two), most tourists make a combined visits to these two places.
Loleygaon is a quiet and peaceful hamlet located at an altitude of 5,520ft and surrounded by towering dhupi and cypress forests. Several locations in the village offer sweeping views of Kanchenjunga range. You can also see a range of orchids and other flowering plantations here. It's also a great place for bird watchers.
Lava is a small sleepy village located at an altitude of 7000ft. From Loleygaon the distance to Lava is 22kms and takes over 1 hour drive. From NJP station, Lava is about 105kms via Kalimpong and takes about 3 hours by car.
On your way back, visit the Nature Interpretation Center of Neora Valley National Park which is located in Lava itself. As you walk down the pathway and through the lovely plantations all around, the center is at the end. Here you will understand the nature and the flora and fauna that you can expect in the Neora Valley National Park.
The Nature Interpretation Center is open from 8am - 12noon, 1pm - 4pm. It remains closed on Thursdays.
Changey Waterfall is about 12kms from Lava. You should take a jeep type vehicle as the narrow winding road is full of boulders and can hardly be negotiated by a small car. It'll take about an hour to reach the Changey base and then walk down for about 20 minutes to see the wonderful waterfall gushing down from high above and disappearing into the lush foliage below. It's a quiet lovely place with nobody around.
Lataguri is a small town located in the Jalpaiguri district of Indian state of West Bengal. The village is located outside the Gorumara National Park on National Highway No. 31. Permits for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. The village also contains a "Nature Interpretation Center", which gives information about the flora and fauna of the area. A few roadside restaurants ("Dhabas") and hotels cater for tourists.
The small village is now a tourist town with several dozens of tourist lodges and resorts coming up in the town. Lataguri is bounded on the North and East by Gorumara forests, in the South Moulani more and in the West by Neora river. The main road crisscrossing the town South- North is the original National Highway 31. There is one road originating from this highway near Lataguri Welfare Association and moving east crossing the forest to reach Ramsai. Another road originates at Neora more and goes towards the West. This road crosses Neora river and to Malbazar. Most of the population in Lataguri are Bengali or Rajbanshis. Main economic activity till the 90's was Saw mill, Timber merchant and goods transport. Today the economy is overwhelmingly dependent on tourism.
Lataguri is the base for your tour to Gorumara National Park. Tourism around Gorumara started in Lataguri and its surrounding area although today large number of tourist accommodation has come up all around the forest including in Murti, Ramsai and other area.
Even today most tourists prefer to stay around Lataguri. There is a Nature Interpretation centre at Lataguri which issues ticket for day visitors inside forest, known as forest safari. Cultural programs such as tribal dance etc. are organised at the centre in the evening.
Madarihat is a small village located in the Alipurduar subdivision of Alipurduar district, West Bengal, India. This village is situated on the outskirts of Jaldapara National Park which is famous for Indian rhinoceros. This is one of the main tourist spot in North Bengal surrounded by tea gardens, forests, hill and small rivers and also having a great diversity in the population. Madarihat is also world famous for the local wooden furniture.
Madarihat is the small town on the forest fringe of Jaldapara National Park. Madarihat town and its surrounding area is where you are most likely to stay if you intend to visit the forests of Jaldapara. The small town is located right on the National Highway 31 and there is also a small rail station in town. Hence travelling to Madarihat is not much of a problem. From here you can not only visit the forests of Jaldapara but also Chilapata, Phuentsholing, Totopara and Buxa can be visited easily from here.
Madarihat is the base for travel to Jaldapara forests. The entry gate for the forest is within walking distance from the town. You may visit the Jaldapara page for more information on local attractions.
Malda district is a district in West Bengal, India. It lies 347 km (215 miles) north of Kolkata, the state capital. Mango, jute and silk are the most notable products of this district. The special variety of mango produced in this region, popularly known by the name of the district, is exported across the world and is acclaimed internationally. The folk culture of gombhira is a feature of the district, being a unique way of representation of joy and sorrow of daily life of the common people, as well as the unique medium of presentation on national and international matters. According to the National Investigation Agency Malda is believed to be a hub of a fake currency racket. It is reported that 90 per cent of the fake currency that enters India from Pakistan via Bangladesh comes in from Malda which borders the neighbouring country.
Malda is at 25.00°N 88.15°E. It has an average elevation of 17 metres (56 feet). It is on the western bank of the river Mahananda.
As in much of Bengal, the weather is usually extremely humid and tropical. Temperatures can reach as high as 46 °C during the day in May and June and fall as low as 4 °C overnight in December and January.
Places of interest : Adina Mosque, Gol ghar, Eklakhi mosque, Adina deer park, Nimai Sarai Tower, Jami Masjid etc.
At a distance of 55 kms from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri, Malbazar is one of the most important towns in Dooars. The town is strategically located on the NH31 providing close access to major tourist attractions around. The town itself does not have much to offer to the tourists except for the beautiful Mal Park.
If you are planning to visit Eastern Dooars. Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Gorubathan, Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing, Suntalekhola; Malbazar can easily be your base. Kumlai is a famous picnic spot of Malbazar.
The Siliguri - Alipurduar broadgauge inter city express passes through Malbazar. This is one of the most beautiful train rides anywhere. The train passes through some of the best forests of the region. Unfortunately accidents on this line is not uncommon leading to death of wildlife, mainly elephants.
Malbazar is the most important town in Western Dooars area. All the tourist destinations of Western Dooars can be accessed from Malbazar within a drive of an hour or less. The town itself does not offer many tourist attraction. Mal Udyan next to the Malbazar Tourist Lodge is worth a visit. There are large number of tea gardens in and around Malbazar that can also be visited by tourists.
Mirik-a nest in the hills is West Bengal's one of the hill resort at an altitude of 1767 metres with its own special charms – 49 km. From Darjeeling and 52 km. From Siliguri. 1.25 km. Long lake is fed by perennial streams. A floating fountain in the middle of the lake is a joy for ever and very often you may find the glory of Kanchenjungha reflected in the lake waters. A rich forest with thousands of Cryptomaria-Japanica trees clothe the slopes on the west. A 3.5 km. zig-zag footwalk takes you along the lake – a sleek foot bridge connects the garden on the east with the woods on the west. Alone or in company, you are sure to enjoy a boat-ride in the lake.
The beautiful 1.25 km. long lake is the most attractive spot of the Mirik Tourism Project. The depth of the lake water varies from a minimum of 3 ft. to maximum of 26 ft. The walks on the 3.5 km. long promenade around the lake is a fascinating one. The 80 ft. long arch-type overbridge across the lake is a wonderful engineering skill of the project. Arrangements of fishing in the lake is to be implemented soon. Boating facility is also available in the lake.
Kawlay Dara :For fabulous view of the plains as well as mountains. Beautiful view of sunrise and sunset can also be seen.
Deosi Dara :Another observatory point for stupendous landscape view.
Murti is a picturesque tourist spot located on the banks of the Murti River in the Dooars region of Northern Bengal.
The name Murti comes after the River Murti, which is flowing down from the Kalingpong hills. It is situated on the bank of the River Murti, besides the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) promotes it as a tourist destination. A very beautiful forest bungalow has been setup there for tourist accommodation. Also some private resorts are available with a reasonable price.
Murti is situated near by the Chapramary Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National park. So, you can visit the interior jungle staying at Murti. With a sort distance there has another river, called Panjhora. In winter season many people comes here for picnic.
Besides that, Murti itself is a very nice tourist spot. In the river Murti, you can find out Gharials. Elephant are very much available from the Bungalow. So, donâ€™t staying outside the bungalow after sunrise. Gour (Indian bison), various types of Deer and many other wildlife animals are also visible from the bungalow during the early morning and evening hours.
Pedong is a small sleepy village located 22kms north east of Kalimpong at an altitude of 3970ft and on the lap of sloping Damsang Fort ridge. It takes about 1 hour by car from Kalimpong to reach Pedong. You can easily make a day trip from Kalimpong along with visits to an old fort, heritage sites and several lovely view points in surrounding areas. From Kalimpong, start in the morning and first drive to the ruins of Damsang Fort which was built in 1690 by the Lepchas. In about half an hour, the jeep will take you close to the fort and then you will need to walk for about 15 minutes through forest of rhododendrons and many different native trees to reach the Damsang fort. This is the only fort in the whole of Darjeeling district.
If you have time, visit the nearby Sillery Gaon, a small sleepy hamlet almost hidden on one side of a mountain slope. It's located at an altitude of 6,000ft at a distance of about 8kms from Pedong and surrounded by pine forest. This small little mountain village with only handful villagers & their families, offers stunning views of Kanchenjunga and the river Teesta meandering through the valley. You get the view of longest stretch of Teesta from Sillery Gaon.
Siliguri : The Gateway to north Bengal and most important town.well connected with other parts of state as well as the country by Road,Rail & Air.A Journey of 180kms. from Siliguri,16kms. Alipurduar jn. & 24kms. New Alipurduar,Nearest Air-Port Bagdogra.
Rajabhatkhawa is a great place for enjoying a relaxed vacation. The nearest sightseeing destination is the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve, which is famous for its ruined Fort, wild elephants, leopards, tigers, bisons and a host of wild animals. All required entry permits to this Buxa Tiger Reserve are issued from Rajabhatkhawa Nature Interpretation Centre. There are a number of trekking trails through the Buxa forest, which offer hikers the chance to savor a glimpse of animals in their natural habitat. Spanning an area of 759 sq km, the Buxa Tiger Reserve is admired with hilly landscape crisscrossed by several rivers and their tributaries. The Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of 867 meters on the Sinchula Range in the middle of the reserve forest.
Rajabhatkhawa Visit to Jayanti 20 Kms.,Mahakal Temple 7 km.,Historical Buxa Fort via Santrabari 20Kms.,Raimatang 25 Kms., Rashikbeel 30 Kms., Phuntsolling 55 Kms.,Jaldapara 50 Kms.to South Kharibari 10 Km. Leopard Safari to Kunjanagar 20 Kms.,Other Visit to Animal rescue Centre , Harbal Graden , etc.
Raimatang is a small river in Western Buxa area in the Dooars area of West Bengal. There is a small village inside the forest known as Raimatang village. The village has gained prominence in tourism in the recent past.
Located on the river Raimatang in Dooars in Buxa Tiger Reserve, there is a small forest village called Raimatang village. Surrounded by forest , hills and river, Raimatang village has been a popular place for the nature loving people. Raimatang is not a so called tourist destination, as there is as such no tourists' point to see. But a sojourn to the village from the hustle-bustle of the urban life and to enjoy the abundant natural beauty, Raimatang is getting its popularity.
There is a watch tower in Raimatang from where tourists can watch wild-life during morning time. Vast river bed is also an attractive place to spend some time in day light.
Raimatang is surrounded by Buxa Tiger Reserve and there are plenty of wild-life can be seen. Seeing elephant among the other wild-life is very frequent.
Adventurous tourists can enjoy to take the journey of the popular trek-route between Raimatang and Lepchakha through Buxa Tiger Reserve forest.
Rishop or also spelt as Rishyap is a Himalayan hamlet in West Bengal. 2591 m above sea-level, it's a nice quaint village away from city crowds, with picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. The sun plays vermillion through the day. At night the big sky seems to come closer. Beneath the sky the twinkling lights of Gangtok & Pedong are similar to the twinkling stars above. Tourists are attracted by the natural beauty of Neora Valley National Park (Sikkim) & Tiffindara. Both are enjoyed through trekking route which is a deep silent forest of pine, birch, fir & orchids with some soothing path following the chirps.
Rishop is a small place which can be roamed around on foot itself. There is no practice of transport. The natural beauty is best experienced by taking strolls around.
Rishop is admired with a number of nearby attractions. You can also visit Lava just 7 kms from Rishop, offering clear view of the majestic Himalayas. Another nearby spot is Lolegaon, a charming village in the subdivision of Kalimpong. This small hamlet of Lolegaon is referred by the locals as Kaffer. The Lava-Lolegaon circuit is a major bird watching destination. Some rare species of birds are found in the region. Pedong, located 20 km from the region of Kalimpong also lies close to Rishop.
80 kms drive from Siliguri through the rolling hill slopes and green belt of Dooars plains will take you to Samsing. A nice cool shady place at an altitude of 600 meter, Samsing is a newer addition in the North Bengal tourist map popular for its tranquil landscape and unpolluted surrounding. The horizon extended tea gardens, undulating hill slopes, meandering streams, rural life of simple village people attracts a large number of tourists from different parts of the country. Samsing is an ideal place for those, who are looking for a break from routine city life to enjoy a relaxed vacation in the natural environment.
Samsing is also known for its traditional orange orchards and cardamom plantation, which have been a major occupation of a large number of villagers.
Suntalekhola is where many tourists stay overnight. The place is about four kilometers further up the road from Samsing. The road ends here close to a small stream named Suntale Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral bungalow. You have to walk over a small hanging bridge to reach the WBFDC forest resort here.
Faribasti Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti. The village has about 50 households and is very well maintained. Flower gardens are common in almost all households. Some of the households have started homestay for tourists with active support from naturebeyond. You can walk through the village and its paddy land.
Barodabri is situated at a distance of 3 km from Hasimara Air Force Base. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is 15 km from here. Barodabri is a peaceful and serene forest. The coming and going of animals will make you mesmerised. The lush green tea gardens are an added attraction for the tourists. The best season to visit Barodabri is October to May.
You can also visit the South Khayerbari Nature Park, 20 km from Barodabri. Other attractions include Buxa Tiger Reserve (60 km), Phuntsolling in Bhutan (20 km) and Kunjanagar Eco Park (30 km).
The Buxa Tiger Reserve is a 760-square-kilometre (290 sq mi) tiger reserve located inside the Buxa National Park in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa Hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Animals found in the park include, the tiger, civet, elephant, gaur (Indian bison), Indian boar and red jungle fowl.
Once famous for dolomite mining, Buxa was declared a tiger reserve in 1983 and got the status of National park in 1992. Located in the Assam-Bhutan border, Buxa has an area of 745 sq km, the largest forest in North Bengal and has the second highest tiger population in West Bengal after Sunderbans. The park holds maximum number of elephant, Indian bison, leopard, many species of deer and many smaller mammals, innumerable species of birds and reptiles. Buxa is rich with bio-diversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants. Because of inaccessible terrain, some parts of Buxa hills in the Sinchula range are still unexplored. Buxa is one of the oldest settlements in North Bengal. It is 24kms from Alipurduar and 180 km from Siliguri, well connected by both motorable road and railways. Several trek routes originate here.
Rajabhatkhawa is only 10 km from Alipurduar and is the main entrance to Buxa Tiger Reserve. There are a number of tourist accommodations available at Rajabhatkhawa including both private lodges and home stays. Rajabhatkhawa is approachable by both road and rail form Siliguri (153kms) and Alipurduar (17 km). It is an ideal place for the wild life lovers. Rajabhatkhawa has a watchtower deep inside the forest that gives the best opportunity to view elephant, bison and even tiger. The Nature Interpretation Center at Rajabhatkhawa is another attraction.
Buxa Fort / Buxa Duar : The ruins of the fort is on a hill that can be approached after a trek of about 4 km from Santalabari. The fort was used by the British to keep the leaders of India's Independence movement in secluded confinement. The fort is mostly in ruins but its historical significance is hard to miss once you are here. There are couple of small accommodations for overnight stay. You can visit here on a sightseeing trip of you may plan to stay here overnight.
Gorubathan is a small town in the Kalimpong Subdivision of Darjeeling District. The place is also known among locals as Sombare. The name has it origin in weekly village market (`hut`) organized at Gorubathan on every Monday (`Sombar`).
The place is about 73 km from Kalimpong town (via Lava) and about 55 km from Siliguri. To reach Gorubathan one has to travel through the NH31 till Damdim. From Damdim a road to the north goes to Lava through Gorubathan.
The small town is situated on the east bank of river Chel. Presently the only decent accommodation available at Gorubathan is the forest department bungalow. The place has attracted tourist interest in the recent past. Local people took efforts to promote Gorubathan as a tourist destination. Some private accommodations are also been coming up.
The landscape of the area is unique as the hills meet the plains here. Chel riverbed is a good location for picnickers and nature lovers. The drive from Damdim to Gorubathan first passes through some of the most beautiful tea gardens of Dooars including Ranichera, Rangamati and Sylee. Just before Gorubathan the Fagu Khola, Runjung Khola and Chel Khola meet to form River Chel. On the other side of the river is the picturesque Pathorjhora tea garden.
Just above the village is Dalim fort. The ruins of a fort build by the Bhutanese kings can still be seen here. The place located on top of the hill also offers breathtaking view of the surrounding.
The road from Gorubathan towards Lava is also beautiful. The first few kilometers you will be travelling through tea gardens with Chel river on your left. The road continues through Faforkheti, This is a small village and a picnic spot for the locals. The picturesque village has the potential to become a tourist attraction. Further ahead on the road is Lava, a day trip to the famous tourist destination can easily be organised from Gorubathan.
Lepchajagat is a small village located in wilderness at an altitude of 6,956 ft (i.e. 2123 meters) and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. Although it's quite close to Darjeeling's main hub and takes only about 45 minutes by taxi, it has a world of its own.
Lepchajagat is a Lepcha Village situated close to Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling on the Ghoom - Mirik road. Located on a hill slope covered with rhododendron and oaks a forest bungalow offers magnificent views of Kunchenjunga snow ranges over the forested hills and is the only accommodation available in the area. A nice peaceful location and is ideal for honeymooners. The bungalow has 6 well-appointed rooms and provides excellent food. An ideal place to explore the tranquility of the unknown Darjeeling hills.
Darjeeling Town (22kms) is not very far from here. As a result a tourists staying at Lepchajagat can undertake all the sightseeing and other activities as someone staying in the main town.
Ghoom (12kms) away can be reached in about half an hour. One can visit Ghoom monastery and also go to Tiger hill from here.
Jorepokhri Salamandar Project (6 Kms) is very close to Lepchajagat. You can visit the lake which is home to Himalayan Salamandar, a rare species of Reptile. Mirik (30 Kms) is about an hours drive Maneybhanjan (15 Kms.) on the Indo-Nepal boarder is the base for treks to Sandakphu and is about 45 minutes drive. Lepchajagat is well connected with Darjeeling and Siliguri (85 kms) by road.
32 km drive from Siliguri, Mongpong provides you with the mesmerizing landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. The small hamlet is located on the lofty banks of Teesta. Under the floating clouds you get some unforgettable picnic spots and panoramic view of Mahananda wild life sanctuary. You also can trek through the virgin forests near Mongpong. The sight of flickering ripples in the Teesta in a moonlit night will take you to the world of sublime dream. The cool breeze and soft melting glow of the sun will infuse a new life in you at Mongpong.
Mongpong is a destination for relaxing amongst the transcendent nature. Take a walk on the Teesta riverbank, or walk amongst the forests. You may cross the National Highway and walk through the wooded narrow path to reach a small river valley. Take a 15 minutes car ride to reach Sevok Coronation Bridge, a marvel of British architecture or drive further another 10 minutes to reach Sevok bazar to have a cup of tea.
Most tourists visit Mongpong for the quiet and serene environment. This is the ideal place to spend a couple of days walking among the trees and sitting besides the river Teesta. Options galore for those who want to go for a drive in the nearby area.
Upper Mongpong : Cross the Highway and travel a hundred meters through the village road to reach Upper Mongpong village besides a small stream. The picturesque village and the wide meadow in front including the dense forests of Mahananda WLS would keep you mesmerised for a whole day.
Sevok : The famous Sevok coronation bridge is about 5 kms from here. You may take a drive or even walk through the hilly road to visit "Sevok Bagpool". Once here, don't forget to visit the Sevokeswari Kalimandir, the temple of Kali that is an attraction for the locals as well as tourists.
Paren is a small village that falls on the way to the last constituency of Darjeeling in North Bengal, India - Todey Tangta. The civil district of Darjeeling covers the areas starting from the border of Nepal ( Pashupati) to the Border of Bhutan. The Pashupati border is well known to everyone as it falls near the heart of Darjeeling town, but little is know about the Bhutan border because mostly this area is described under Duars unit rather than Darjeeling. Apart from all the well known tourism units of Darjeeling like Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, Kalimpong and Lava a remote portion is always left to be included in the attractive list of Darjeeling which have some uniquely concealed beauty to be explored.
Paren is surrounded by other attractive destinations like Samsing, Jhalung, Bindu, Rongo and Kumai. All these places are the best sightseeing points from every destination in Duars. Accommodation in Paren can even be for minimum 5 nights for the travelers who love getting into the depth of any destination. Most of the time people take back their decision to visit Paren because of insufficient accommodation units in Paren. Paren has a one of the best units of WBFDC Resorts, which does not have enough accommodation facility in comparison to the huge inflow of travel enthusiast who want to explore Paren. So, there is a new resort called Khambuhang Resort that is the best alternative to the WBFDC resort of Paren.
30 km from Alipurduar town and about 40 kms from Coochbehar, Rasik Bil is a large marshland and a lake close to Kamakshyaguri town near the Bengal Assam boarder. The large lake is ideal for eco-tourism activities. What attracts tourists here is the wide variety of avifauna that includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. There is a large aquarium, a Deer Park and a Crocodile rehabilitation center at Rasikbil.
From Rasikbil, you can go on a day visit to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve. Rasikbil itself is part of the buffer area of the tiger reserve. The historically significant town of Coochbehar can also be visited on a day outing.
Nearby attractions of Rashikbeel are no less attractive than attractions of Rashibeek itself. The Baneshwar temple and the Madan Mohan temple in the town of Cooch Behar are recommended for history lovers to visit. The Royal Palace is the focus of attraction with tourists to Rashikbeel.
The best time to visit Rashikbil is from March to June and from September to December as during these times the place is in good favor of weather.
Suntalekhola or Suntaley Khola (also Suntaleykhola) is a small village and a tourist spot in the Kalimpong District of West Bengal. The altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m. It gets it name from a small stream: Suntaley Khola. In Nepali language, Suntaley means orange and khola means stream. This place is nearly 5 km from Samsing, which is also a small picturesque serene village. The green patch on the left side of the way to Suntalekhola is amazing and holds many varieties of birds and butterflies.
There are WBFDC cottages for the tourists to reside. Several trek routes originate from Suntalekhola, most of which are within the Neora Valley National Park, which is located adjacent to this place. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists.
Species of birds are found here include: pond heron, black eagle, hill partridge, red-vented bulbul, ashy wood pigeon, bronzed drongo, white-throated fantail, blue rock thrush, scarlet minivet, lesser racket-tailed drongo, rufous sibia, grey treepie, spangled drongo and common green magpie. Many locals are involved in tourism-related business.