Lush, green Himalayan slopes after a drive through thick forests of evergreens. If that’s your idea of a perfect getaway, Kalijhora won’t disappoint you. Just 28km from Siliguri on the way to Teesta Bazaar along the NH 31A, the tiny hill retreat became famous after the films Barsat Ki Ek Raat and Anusandhan were shot there.
A pleasant drive through sal, eucalyptus, segun and other gigantic trees and forests of the Terai will lead you to Sevoke. The straight road, heading towards the east, leads to Assam through the Dooars. You have to take the left flank and follow the course of the sparkling Teesta to reach Kalijhora. The untamed Himalayan scenery shall gradually encircle you, each turn revealing something new of the varied hill topography.
Kalijhora (which literally translates to “black stream”) takes its name from the small river that cascades down from a height of 550 feet with immense force and rushes towards the Teesta. The colour of the waters of the Kalijhora is definitely blackish, as compared with the blue waters of the Teesta.
Kalijhora flows by the side of the PWD inspection bungalow, while another — Rambijhora — flows at a distance.
This tranquil spot is ideal for enjoying the solitude of nature, and lazing along the Teesta. Those who are always in a hurry will surely find calm here amid the unspoiled greenery.
During the day, you will come across the river-rafting boats floating towards Sevok, keeping pace with the speed of the gushing Teesta. You could also buy fresh fish from local fishermen, who are at work all day long.
During evening, a host of forest sounds will greet you. An orchestra of crickets in the backdrop of the roar of the stream produces a symphony that has a calming effect.
What’s best about Kalijhora is that it still hasn’t become a rage among tourists, despite its pristine beauty.
From Kalijhora, you could also visit Mongpu, famous for its cinchona cultivation. This is where Rabindranath stayed at the house of Maitreyee Devi and wrote the poemJanmadin. Latpanchar, another hilltop resort, is a short trek away.
How to go?
Take a train to New Jalpaiguri (NJP). From there, it’s a 28km drive to Gangtok / Kalimpong / Teesta Bazar.
Where to stay?
For reservations at the forest rest house and PWD inspection bungalow contact:
Executive Engineer, Nagrakata Construction Division, Mal, Jalpaiguri: 03562-255129
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.