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Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – The first national park in India named after famous hunter Jim Corbett

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Situated at foothills of  the Himalayas, the Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park in the world named after the renowned hunter Jim Corbett. It was declared a national park in the year 1936. The location is a paradise of the wildlife lovers in India. This national park spans over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. The core area of the Corbett tiger reserve forms the Corbett National Park while the remaining area contains reserve forests (496.54 sq.km.) and the Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary (301.18 sq.km.) The scattered flat valleys combined with the hilly ridges and along with the Park’s rolling grasslands provide an excellent view of its rich eco system.

Places to see in Corbett National Park: The popular tourist spots of Corbett National Park include:

Corbett Museum

This is a heritage museum, that is not just a museum but more than that. This is a must visit for the historians, heritage and wildlife lovers. Being a place of stay once during the winters for renowned and valiant hunter turned environmentalist Jim Corbett, this is a museum that displays amazing belongings of him. The museum contains Jim Corbett’s personal articles, like gun, cap, bag, fishing net, paintings, sketches, manuscripts and the last hunting by him. Tourists can also enjoy the spectacular view of the Corbett falls located just 4 km from Museum.

Garjiya Devi

Garijiya Devi temple is one of the famous Shakti Shrine in Uttarakhand. This is a holy temple dedicated to Garjiya Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Parwati, daughter of King of the Mountains Himalaya also known as Giriraj. Located in middle of river Kosi, atop the steep rock, Gajia Devi temple has very steep steps.

Kyari Camp

Situated in the Kyari village to the east of the river Kosi, the Kyari Camp is located in a village amidst the dense jungles having exotic locales of Kumaon region.

Sitabani Forest Reserve

A heaven for the birdwatchers the place has an ashram tucked away in the jungle. Panthers and other wildlife move to Sitabani when the tourist season is on in Corbett. It is also idyllic for doing wildlife photography.

Sitabani Temple

According to the legend Devi Sita, the consort of Lord Rama had entered into the lap of Mother Earth here and hence the place is so named. Here we enjoy a fair during Ram Navmi.

Dhangari Museum

Here you will watch the educational details about floras and faunas of Corbett Park with trophies of naturally dead animals i.e. Tiger, Leopard, Tusker, Deer, Sambhar and Crocodile etc.

Bijrani

Bijrani once formed a part of a shooting block. During the British period it was much famed for the quality of game hunting that it offered to shikaris.

Jhirna

Until 1994 Jhirna was a farming village. It was successfully relocated under the Project Tiger after this. This site is now a good home to tiger, leopard and deer. It is also a home to a no. of interesting mammals like sloth bear and wild boar. Various species of birds can also be seen here.

Corbett Water Falls

The Corbett Waterfalls, leaping from a height of about 60 feet, is spectacular. The backdrop of scenic greenish forest creates will create a spell-binding effect on the visitors. Full Moon light colored waterfall is really worth-while to observe

Sunrise Point

This is the highest peak in Corbett and its surrounding area at Bhuwankhal Village (Kath ki Nao). One can see both the rivers Kosi and Ramganga from the peak at a glance

Kalagarh Dam

It is situated at the south-western side of the Corbett National Park. It is multipurpose project to provide Irrigation, hydro electric power and flood relief. Starting in 1962 this dam was completed in the year 1975. This very dam wrecked havoc with the ecological system of the region in 1970s but now attracts a great number of migratory waterfowl in the winters.

Ramnagar

It is just 5 kms from Corbett National Park, in the Nainital district of Kumaon region. Located on the banks of KosiRiver at an altitude of 345mts, and being quiet near to Corbett national park and Nainital this is a popular tourist resort. Ramnagar is the ideal spot for fishing camp.  The place is also famous for Litchi farming.

Nearby attractions from Corbett National Park: You can also visit these excursion spots while staying here.

Udham Singh Nagar

Udham Singh Nagar is one of the important districts of Uttarakhand with district headquarters at Rudrapur. It belongs to the Kumaon division of the Terai region. Udham Singh Nagar was originally part of Nainital district and it was only in 1995 that it received an identity of its own. It is surrounded by Nainital on the north, Champawat to the northeast, Nepal to the east and Uttar Pradesh to the south. It is primarily an industrial district and you can find several industry related jobs in this place. Along with establishment of industries there has been an equal growth of agriculture as well. The fertile lands and weather conditions are a perfect blend for agriculture in Udham Singh Nagar. Udham Singh Nagar is situated 32kms from Jim Corbett National Park.

Haldwani

Haldwani forms the ‘Gateway of kumaon’. It is situated at the base of Himalayas in the bhabhar region of the Indo–Gangetic plains. Haldwani is popularly known as the sharing its twin township with Kathgodam. The dusk and dawn of the Haldwani are pleasant and will make you feel that you are in the lap of nature.

Things to do in Corbett National Park: Want to explore the wilds of Jim Corbett National Park, then you must go for a jeep safari. Aside this enjoy nature walks here. The spot offers you with the golden opportunities of bird watching also.

Best time to visit Corbett National Park: Jhrina zone of the Corbett national park remains open throughout the year. But the best time to visit Corbett is from the mid of November to mid of June because during this period of time all the tourism zones of Corbett remain open for visitors and providing ample opportunities for the tourist to visit the entire national park.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest domestic airport to Corbett National Park is 50 kms away from Corbett National Park at Phoolbagh, Pantnagar. At 295 Km from CorbettNational Park, the nearest InternationalAirport is at Delhi. The major air link for tourists coming from northern parts of India is at Dehradun and Lucknow. Preferably, passengers availing flight from within India, or other parts of the world, should land down either to PalamAirport (domestic) or to IndiraGandhiInternationalAirport (International), New Delhi, accordingly. Both the airports have well facilitated air links within as well as outside India.

By Rail

The closest railway station to Corbett National Park is Ramnagar, which is 12 km from the Park. Ramnagar is the terminus of Delhi-Moradabad-Ramnagar broad gauge branch of North East Railway. Tourists coming to other parts of India have to reach the Kathgodam station, which is connected by rail routes from all parts of India. You can hire private cars or taxis from there to reach Corbett national Park.

By Road

Ramnagar is the town closest to Corbett National Park, which is famous as a sanctuary for Indian Wildlife. Ramnagar is well connected via road to Lucknow, Nainital, Ranikhet, Haridwar, Dehradun and New Delhi.

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Where to stay ?

There are some forest resorts located inside the park, which provides decent accommodation facilities along with the proper security. Some options are:

Corbett Tiger Reserve:+91-5947-253977
Dhikhala Forest Lodge: www.dhikala-corbett.com

You can also stay at Ramnagar, just 5km from the park. It is dotted with a number hotels. Some options are: 

Corbett Woods Resort: +91- 9999 10 5555  Website: www.corbettwoods.hotelscrs.com
Corbett Motel: +91-9719095769, 05947-253033

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.

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tyda

Tyda, Andhra Pradesh – An extremely serene and attractive forest resort with a beautiful retreat

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Located on the Visakhapatnam-Araku Ghat Road, Tyda is an extremely serene and attractive forest resort with the beautiful retreat Jungle Bells. It is located at a height 2,000 feet above sea level. The road leading to this beautiful eco-tourism project is equally captivating and alluring. The lush green fields, plantations and farms make a breathtaking view. There is even a train ride that visitors can take to reach the forest resort. This ride is really a wonderful experience as the train meanders through dense forests, tunnels and hillocks. Jungle Bells is spread over an area of five acres and boasts of 18 beautifully furnished cottages. The surrounding forest is teeming with a wide array of wildlife. Visitors also can enjoy hiking, trekking, bird watching and visiting tribal hamlets located within the forest.

Places to see at Tyda: The forest resort is in itself the attraction of the place. The profuse greenery of the surroundings and a stay amidst the lap of nature is in itself a wonderful experience. The park is home to species of animals such as the hares and avid fauna. The tourists will enjoy upto the fullest here. Make a complete tour of the forest resort and rejuvenate your body and mind completely.

Nearby attractions from Tyda: From Tyda you can make visits to the places like:

Borra Caves

15km from Tyda, the caves open with 100 meter on horizontal plane and about 75 meters on vertical plane. These caves spread over an area of one square KM and the origin of river Gosthani which flows through the district. Breath taking hilly terrain, beautiful landscape, semi-evergreen moist deciduous forests, and wild fauna of the area are a visual feast. This cave is the biggest in India considering the area it has spread geographically. One can see different formations of the stalactites and stalagmites as Shiv-Paravathi, Mother-Child, Rushi’s Beard, Human Brain, Crocodile, Tiger and Cows udder.

Araku Valley

Located at a distance of 40 km, it is a Hill station in Visakhapatnam. It is famous for its scenic beauty. Situated on the eastern ghats, it has valley, water falls and streams flowing by the side of the train track and roads.

Things to do at Tyda: The site provides ample opportunities for rock climbing and target shooting using a bow and an arrow. Birdwatchers will find the place an absolute treat, for it is the hub of the no. of bird species.

Best time to visit Tyda: The best time to visit is between the months of October and February when the weather conditions remain pleasant here. It is also an ideal time for bird watching as the heat keeps most of the birds away during summers.

How to go ?

By Air

Tyda is 75 km from Visakhapatnam. Visakhapatnam has a major airport which is well connected to most major cities of the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Patna, Bhubaneswar and Tirupati. Flights from Dubai also operate from Visakhapatnam. From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Tyda within 2hrs. The buses going from Visakhapatnam to Araku also a drop at Tyda. The nearest international airport is Hyderabad located at a distance of 675 km from Tyda. You can avail cars from Hyderabad which will take you to Tyda. It is better to halt at Visakhapatnam.

By Train

Tyda has no railway station. Visakhapatnam located at a distance of 75 km from Tyda which has an important railway station lying on Chennai – Delhi main line. This station is connected with all cities in India by rail. Tourists can get direct trains from Delhi (Samta Express), Mumbai (Konark Express), Kolkata (Coromandel Exp), Chennai (Dbrg Ypr Expres) and Bangalore (Hwh Ypr Express). From Visakhapatnam cars are available on hire that will take you to Tyda within 2hrs. The buses going from Visakhapatnam to Araku also drops at Tyda.

By Road 

From Visakhapatnam the buses going to Araku will drop you at Tyda. You can also avail private cars from Vizag. Buses are also available from Araku and Hyderabad.

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Where to stay ?

The Jungle Bells Nature Camp offers excellent accommodation facilities.
For booking details you may contact : +91-099588-91368, 0891 -278 8820.

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.

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Bandipur National Park

Bandipur National Park, Karnataka – One of the most beautiful national parks of India on the lap of the Western Ghats

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Located amidst the picturesque surroundings of the Western Ghat Mountains on the Mysore-Ooty highway in Karnataka, Bandipur National Park covers an area of about 874.2 sq km. Bandipur National Park is regarded as one of the most beautiful and the better-managed national parks of India. It is a national park as well as a Tiger reserve. The tiger population is increasing steadily here. Resting at the foothills of the Western Ghats River Kabini, Mayur and Nagour flows in between the Bandipur National Park. The Bandipur National Park occupies a special place in India’s efforts towards Eco-conservation. Bandipur  has a sizable number of Tigers. Other natural inhabitants of this lovely forest are gaur (a type of bull), sambhar, chital, mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild dogs, wild boar, jackal, sloth bear, panther, malabar squirrel, porcupines and the black-knapped hare. Birds like jungle fowl and green pigeon are also found here.

Places to see at Bandipur National Park: Apart from exploring the elegant beauty of the park you may also go for a number of sight seeing locations from here. Following are some of the places;

B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in between Western and the Eastern Ghats on the banks of river Cauvery about 5,091 feet above the sea level in Kemmannagundi district, Karnataka. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 540 square kilometers and covered with mixed deciduous forests. The BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is the hub of a varied species of wildlife and is rich in flora and fauna.  The major attractions of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Karnataka are Gaur and Chital. The most interesting thing of the BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is that you can easily spot the wild animals wandering carelessly in their natural habitat during your trip in the jeep safari.

Biligiriranga Hills

The Biligiriranga Hills, is a hill range situated in south-eastern Karnataka. The hills are located at the easternmost edge of the Western Ghats and support diverse flora and fauna in view of the various habitat types supported.

Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple

The History of the Shrine Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple has been extremely holly religious Institution and is famous from the time immemorial. As per Niranjana Rathnakara invisible Ganesha himself as Shri Male Mahadeshwara. As mentioned in Janapada Mahakavya Shri Male Mahadeshwara is the sone of the couple of Shri Chandrashekara Murthy and Smt. Uttarajamma and has descended to earth and has for the fist time seen near Shri Shailadha Mallikarjuna Linga, nearly 600 years ago; has come through Sutturu, Kunduru, then to the centre of Seven Hills; this place being felt to be comfortable desired to stay in the place of temple; and incarnation of Lord Eswara and kept tiger as his Vehicle. Travelled through the hills and the surroundings area, spent his childhood , youth and aged life in between the hills and on the basis of his yogi powers has displayed his various miracles.

Dodda Sampige Mara

One of the must-visits while you are on a tour to BR Hills is this unique site. This is actually a thousand year old tree. The name when translated into English means the “Big Champak tree”. The temple is situated about 4 km from BR Hills. The tree reaches upto 34 m in height and is about 20 m broad. This is a holy site. There are many lingams close to the trunk of the tree. The river Bhargavi, which is a tributary of the Kaveri, flows by the tree. The river is believed to be an incarnation of the Renuka who was the wife of Jamadagni, a Hindu sage.

Nearby attractions around Bandipur National Park: From Bandipur you can make a trip to places like;

Ooty

It is just 48 km from Bandipur. Also known as Udhagamandalam, Ooty is the “Queen of hill stations” and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means “Blue Mountains“. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level, Ooty, used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. 

Wayanad

Located at a distance of 82.3km from Bandipur, Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture.

Things to do at Bandipur National Park: Enjoy the Jungle safari to catch the glimpse of the different species of animals inside the park.

Best time to visit Bandipur National Park: Bandipur has moderate climate all through the year but the best season is from October to May.

How to go ?

By Air  

The Bangalore airport is the nearest airport and is 220 kms away from Bandipur. Indian and Jet Airways have regular domestic as well as international flights connecting Bangalore to the rest of the world.

By Rail

The nearest railhead is Nanjangud, 55 kms away followed by the Mysore station at a distance of 80 kms. One can easily hire a taxi or catch a bus or train from Mysore or Ooty.

By Road

The Bandipur National Park is 220 kms from Bangalore; 80 kms from Mysore and 80 kms from Ooty. The Gundulpet town is 20 kms away from Bandipur and is the nearest road head in Bandipur. The national park is well connected through road with every big or small town.

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Where to stay ?

There are very few accomodation options near Bandipur. One option is:
Jungle Lodges & Resorts Ltd (Bandipur Lodge):  91-080- 25597944, 25584111, 2559-261  Website: www.junglelodges.com

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.

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Alappuzha

Alappuzha, Kerala – Streams, lakes and river makes it an wonderful tourist destination

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Alappuzha has always enjoyed an important place in the maritime history of Kerala. Previously known as Aleppey its present name is Alappuzha. Ala means streams and Puzha means river. With streams, lakes and river Aleppey is a wonderful tourist destination. Today, it is famous for its boat races, backwater holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. Alappuzha beach is a popular picnic spot.

Places to see at Alapuzha: There is some marvelous sight seeing destinations at Alapuzha which include,

Alleppey Beach

Alleppey Beach or Alappuzha Beach has a long stretch of sandy beach with a lighthouse and a pier jutting out into the sea, a reminder of its age-old maritime importance.

Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple

Mullakkal Bhagavathy Temple in the heart of town dedicated to Goddess Rajarajeshwari gives the feel of a typical Kerala Temple.

Mannarasala Temple

It is like a pilgrimage destination for the followers of Nagaraja or the serpent god. The Mannarasala Temple has over 30,000 images of snakes and special procession and offerings are made to celebrate Mannarsala Aayilyam, the main festival of this temple.

Alappuzha CSI Christ Church

Built in 1818 by the first Church Missionary Society, Allappuzha CSI Church was the first church established in Travancore.

Nearby attractions around Allepey: A tourist can make excursions from Alleppey to nearby historic places and scenic spots.

Pathiramanal

A beautiful little island in the Vembanad Lake, Pathiramanal, can be reached only by boat and is a newly developed tourist spot.

Sri Krishna Temple

Just 14 km from Alleppey, the Sri Krishna temple at Ambalapuzha is among Kerala’s most famous temples with the typical temple architectural style of the state. It is also known for its palpayasam, sweet milk porridge offered to the diet. Close to Ambalapuzha, the village of Karumadi is famous for its Karumadi Kuttan a black granite figure of Buddha, said to belong to the 9th or 10th Century. During his visit to Kerala in 1965, the Dalai Lama worshipped at this shrine.

Arthinkal

Arthinkal is known for the St. Andrews Church established by Portuguese missionaries in 1951, and is near Sherthallai, 22 km north of Alleppey. The feast of St. Sebastian is held here every January. On the Pamba river is Chambakulam, the site for the famous boat regatta held during August/September, which has traditionally involved the participation of all communities.

Krishnapuram Palace

The 18th Century Krishnapuram Palace, built during the reign of the Travancore monarch, Marthanda Varma, houses one of the largest mural paintings in Kerala, called the Gajendra Moksham. A short distance from Alleppey, is Punnapra, a village which has gone down in history as the scene of a battle between the Communists and the Travancore State Police in the Punnapra-Vayalar Communist Uprising of 1946.

Ambalapuzha

It is situated 14 kms. away from Alleppey. In its architectural features, the SreekrishnaTemple confirms the typical Kerala style. The temple is famous through out Kerala for ‘Palpayasam’ a milk porridge of exceptional sweetness offered to the deity.

Karumadikkuttan

Situated 3 km east of Ambalapuzha, this village is known for its 10th century Karumadikkuttan statue, a black granite figure of the great Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. There are many interesting legends connected to this idol.

Champakulam

Champakulam – the water logged village is also the place of oldest angadi (market) known as Kalloorkkadu angadi. The St. Mary Forane Church built in 427 A D is another major attraction famous for its beautiful mural paintings for both tourists and believers. In Champakulam you can see Nadubhagum and Champakulam snake boats which take part in the annual snake boat races.

Things to do at Alappuzha: Unwind yourself fully in the water kingdom at Alappuzha. If you visit the place don’t miss the house boat cruise. The ones you find in the backwaters of Alappuzha are in fact reworked version of Kettuvallams of olden times.

Best time to visit Alappuzha: December to February is the ideal time to visit Alappuzha.

How to go ?

By Air

The Cochin International Airport, located at a distance of 75 kiolmetres is the nearest airport to Allepey. The airport is well connected to major cities in India as well as abroad.

By Train

The Alleppey Railway Station lies within the city limits and is well connected by rail to Cochin and Trivandrum.

By Road

Kerala State Run Transport Corporation buses connect Alleppey to most major cities in Kerala.

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Where to stay ?

There are many hotels available suitable to budgets both government and private.

Hotel Tamarind (KSTDC): +91-0477-2244460
Hotel Arcadia Regency: +91-0477- 2230414 – 417  Website: www.arcadiaregency.com
Keraleeyam Ayurvedic Resort:  +91- 0477 -2231468- 2236950  Website: www.keraleeyam.com
Green Palace Health Resort: +91-8289 933 715  Website: www.greenpalacekerala.com

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.

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Sitong

Sitong, North Bengal – A quaint destination which lies in the Darjeeling Himalayan foothills is still an unexplored treasure trove

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Sitong, a quaint destination which lies in the Darjeeling Himalayan foothills is still an unexplored treasure trove. This small scenic Lepcha village lies in a valley intersected by a rivulet (Khola) and emboldened by the lush green hills. There is a garden with orange trees in every house of Sitong. The whole village turns orange during the winter. The main attractions of Sitong are a bamboo bridge, a church, some winding village paths skirting through orange orchards and few streams and a rivulet, which the inhabitants lovingly call Riyang River.

SitongPlaces to see at Sitong: You can visit the local church. Previously, there used to be a 100-year old Bamboo church here but now a new building has come up. There is a Bamboo Bridge, which you would love to see jiggles when someone crosses. When you are in Sitong, there is one thing you cannot miss doing – “Enjoying Oranges.” When the oranges bloom, the whole village is covered in a hue of orange. You can also spend time walking all around the village along the farms or sit idle on the banks of Riyang river and watch the Lepcha kids returning home. In Sitong, you would love doing “nothing.”

Nearby attractions of Sitong: The house of Rabindranath Tagore at Mongpo is just 20 kms away and Latpanchar – the highest point in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is 13 kms from Sitong. Latpanchar is also known for being the home to the Himalayan Salamander and numerous species of birds and butterflies. Other tourist destinations like Kurseong, Dilaram, Bagora are all within 20 kms of Sitong.  Chatakpur, the picture-perfect village within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is also within 30 kms of Sitong.

Things to do at Sitong: Enjoy long nature walks along the villages and peep into the traditional lifestyle of the Lepchas, eat as many oranges as possible and visit the church to find some solace. You can enjoy a dip in the Riyang River and do some bird watching and butterfly watching too. You can also avail some light treks to the nearby Labda village and few nearby spots with a local guide.

Best time to visit Sitong: November, December and January is the best time to see oranges is Sitong. The orange harvest takes place during late December and early January. As Sitong is located around 4000 feet above sea level so it is also a nice place to beat the heat during the according summers. The rivers and streams get filled after the rains and the lush greenery is something not to be missed during the monsoons in Sitong.

How to go ?

There are three routes to reach Sitong. The shortest route (55 kms) is through Siliguri – Sevoke – Kalijhora and Latpanchar. The second route (78 kms) passes through Siliguri – Rambhi and Mongpoo. The third route (75 kms) is through Kurseong – Dilaram – Bagora and Ghareytar. The last leg of the journey to Sitong (last 15 kms) is quite steep.

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Where to stay ?

The newly built three-storey guesthouse of Sitong church located on a hilltop has been modified with all modern facilities for the guests. There are nine double bedded rooms with attached western bathrooms, solar power and 24 hrs warm water. The lobby has a fireplace where you can get along with your family enjoying a cozy evening. Organic vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is served in the Guest house’s Dining hall.

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Pastanga

Pastanga, Sikkim – A place where you can experience the traditional Sikkimese village life

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Pastanga in Laingzey is a place where you can experience the traditional Sikkimese village life. It is located in the eastern district of the state of Sikkim. This small village lies at an altitude of 1423 m, and is covered by the exotic varieties of flora and fauna, from where you can view an abundance of rhododendrons and orchids.

Places to see at Pastanga: There are a number of sightseeing places in Pastanga which enhances the appeal of the place to the tourists. One of the prime attractions of the region is the Heritage Homes of the Rais and Bhutias. Built with bamboos and mud, this Pastangarare architecture has been treasured for more than 150 years by the people of Pastanga. The walls of this age-old architecture are built in three layered structure, where the inner layer is made of bamboo and the outer layer is plastered with mud on the bamboo framework. The whole structure of the house is elevated around 5 feet above the ground and supported by wooden pillars.

A visit to the nearby “Sumni-hwari” waterfall is truly noteworthy. A number of natural springs constitute the major source of the waterfall, cascading from a height of about 150 meters. The waterfall is considered as a sacred site, and the worship of Goddess Durga takes place nearby the site on Chandi Poornima.

The village of Pastanga is also known for its herbal garden that nurtures a number of medicinal plants. The medicinal plants are identified scientifically and are utilized for educating people. Orchid Poly-house is home to an exotic variety of rhododendrons, wild orchids and mosses. You can savor the sight of blooming orchids, while visiting in the month of April and May.

Nearby attractions around Pastanga: Nopkom, an exotic hilltop, is a major nearby spot of tourist interest, located at the meeting point of the Gaucharan village and emerald green forest. From this point, you can savour the spectacular view of Mt.Kanchanjungha, the famous Rumtek monastery and the outstanding view of the village. In addition to this, you will be enthralled with the twittering sound of the birds.

You can also visit the site of TakchamRiver, which is renowned for its hot water. The golden yellow water of the river is famous for its healing properties. You will also find a picnic spot nearby the site. The place also houses a site for traditional angling.

PastangaThings to do at Pastanga: Pastanga nurtured amidst the scenic landscape is a great place for enjoying a nature walk. You can walk gently around the winding village path, passing through the middle of the cardamom field. You can also enjoy the cultural show of the region, featuring Rai Dance and songs. The most noteworthy feature of the cultural show is the playing of traditional handmade instruments like Binayoo and Machunga. If you have an adventurous bent of mind, take part in trekking to Khedi – Malinggo Trail, located at a height of 2803 meters. Relish the local cuisine and the local beverage called thikla, which will be really an enduring experience.

Best time to visit Pastanga: Pastanga beckons tourists throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season, as the hilly roads of the area remain block due to land slides for most of the time.

How to go ?

The quaint village of Pastanga is well connected by roadway via Ranipool and Bhusuk. It is also just an hour drive from the capital city of Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Gangtok to reach Pastanga.

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Where to stay ?

There is no hotel or resort at Pastanga. Accommodation facilities are offered by the local people in their homes, which is truly a unique experience of the tourists. The local people of Pastanga are very helpful and their home stays are excellent accommodation options for the guests. You can interact with them to get acquainted with their tradition and culture. They are quite hospitable and will also offer you with tasty local cuisines.

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Mukutmanipur

Mukutmanipur, South Bengal – A huge water body surrounded by hills and forests that changes its colour in different seasons

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Mukutmanipur is an ideal retreat of escaping to the ultimate serenity perfectly. To spend a weekend in this beautiful place for complete relaxation of souls is worth. A huge water body surrounded by hills and forests that changes its colour in different seasons is the main attraction of the place. Mukutmanipur is the right place for those people who want a combination of some Mukutmanipuradventure along with relaxation. It rests at the confluence of two beautiful rivers, Kumari and Kangsabati, in the Bankura district of the state of West Bengal. This beautiful destination is also an ideal picnic spot that attracts hoards of picnic crowds. This serene place is also renowned for housing the second largest water barrage across India that canalizes Kumari and Kangsabati Rivers into the 3 districts of West Bengal – Medinipur, Purulia and Bankura facilitating irrigation during the summer time.

A boat ride in this huge water body almost gives you the feeling of being in the middle of ocean.  Enjoy the exquisite beauty of nature along with different species of seasonal birds in the Bonpukuria Deer Park. Mukutmanipur is also equipped with proper lodging facility that makes it a perfect tourist hub.

Places to see at Mukutmanipur: Boarding on a small boat, to enjoy the serene ocean-like beauty in the middle of the water body formed by the union of Kangsabati and Kumari River is really charming. There are some tiny rocky islands in the water which gets submerged in the rainy seasons. You can hire a motor boat and a van rickshaw to visit the Bonpukuria Deer Park nearby which Mukutmanipuris often flanked by varieties of seasonal birds. The entire length of the dam is 11 km. A trekker or auto rickshaw can be hired to travel over the dam top road for 6 km to visit the confluence of River Kumari and Kansabati. This earthen dam was built with the sole purpose of providing irrigation facilities to agricultural land. The dam measures 38 meters in height with a lake spanning 86 Sq km. Thick virgin forest and verdant hillocks flanking the azure lake create a breathtaking view at the site. Owing to its splendid spectacle, the area has developed into an attractive weekend spot. This colossal dam nestles 2 km away from the Bangopalpur Reserve Forest.

The famous Bangopalpur Reserve Forest is the home of different species of flora and fauna and is worth exploring. You will find the ancient town of Ambikanagar, around 4km away from the dam. In ancient time, this town was the pilgrimage centre of the Jains. Remnants are still found at the site. The place also houses the Ambika Devi Temple, where shondha-arati(evening-worship) begins at 7 p.m. Set out early, so that you can also visit the Rajbari(king’s Palace) of Ambikanagar. Ambikanagar is also famous for its exotic tribal handicraft. Local tribes make wonderful handicrafts using bamboo sticks and grass, which you can buy as gift or souvenirs.

MukutmanipurA visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park will allow you to watch some of the rare seasonal bird species. Among the places of interest in the town, the Palace of King Raicharan is also mention worthy.

Nearby attractions from Mukutmanipur: Among some nearby places of attraction are the palace of King Raicharan, Parshwanath Tila and the Statue of Pareshnath. Pareshnath Hills have quite a number of stone statues on top of it. Another very important landmark near Mukutmanipur is Ambikanagar which is a very old centre of Jain culture. You can make a trip to Jhilimili from Mukutmanipur, another attractive tourist spot. Covered by the nature the beauty of Jhilimili offers feast for the eyes. The place attracts plenty of tourists every year.

Things to do at Mukutmanipur: The town of Mukutmanipur is like a perfect scenery providing rest to the eyes of the urbanites. A small boat ride in the river is an excellent idea to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the surrounding. Moreover, a visit to the Bonpukuria Deer Park can help you see some rarest of seasonal bird species. Savour the local Bengali cuisines served at many eateries of the place. Enjoy drinking the authentic date juice, if you are visiting Mukutmanipur in winter. The exquisite Dokra and earthen work of the place is very famous and you can always buy them at pocket-friendly price.

Best time to visit Mukutmanipur: You can visit Mukutmanipur any-time of a year. During the monsoon (July and August) the lock gates of the dam generally remain open.

How to go ?

The closest railway station of this destination is Bankura. You can board the Rupashi Bangla Express from Howrah to reach Bankura from where you can either take a bus or hire a car to reach Mukutmanipur which is only 45 km away. By car, you can take left from Durgapur to reach Beliator which is 26 km away, from where you should take the Bankura Bypass to reach Mukutmanipur via Khatra crossing. You can also take a direct bus to your destination leaving at 9 in the morning or 9 p.m from Dharamtalla in Kolkata. It takes around 7 hours from Kolkata to reach Mukutmanipur by bus.

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Where to stay ?

WBTDC runs three lodges in Mukutmanipur namely Pancha Pally Tourist Complex, Sonajhuri Prakriti Bhraman KendraThe West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Resort. For booking details you may contact:

Tourism Centre (Kolkata)
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : +91-(033)22436440/22488271
Website: wbtourism.gov.in

There are also some private hotels and resorts available for tourists. These places of stay also offer decent dining facilities. The accommodation at Mukutmanipur is equipped with facilities like bar, dining hall, lawn, gardens, 24 hour power supply, car parking and other standard facilities. The spacious and airy rooms are facilitated with attached western bathrooms, hot water geysers, wardrobes, TV, AC. There are double bed and triple bed rooms available at Mukutmanipur hotel. Few options are:

Peerless Resort: +91 099 32 292869  ( www.peerlesshotels.com )
Hotel Aparajita:(+91)-3243-253355, +91-9434224674

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.

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Chechuria

Chechuria, South Bengal – A man made eco sanctuary located nearby Bishnupur

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Chechuria Eco Park is a man made eco sanctuary located nearby Bishnupur. This beautiful sanctuary is a forest department creation and is a perfect getaway of the tired souls. The profuse greenery and the birds’ chirps will greet you there giving a completely different feel. The bracing air filled with chlorophyll, is a sort of treat for the city lungs. Relax for some days away from the city pollution. The forest bungalow is ideal for the night stay there. Enjoy some local delicacies at eateries by the natives.

Places to see at Chechuria: The eco-sanctuary itself is a great place to see so many natural aspects.

Nearby attractions of Chenchuria: You can also make a trip to the town of Bishnupur and enjoy some great attractions there.

Things to do at Chechuria: The eco sanctuary is ideal as the picnic spot. You also have the option for boating in the huge water body or take a stroll inside the sanctuary and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of nature as well as fresh, pollution-free air.

Best time to visit Chechuria: The place can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

From Bishnupur, Chechuria eco sanctuary is only 19 kilometers. If you don’t have a car with you, you can avail a trekker or an auto or hire a car from Bishnupur.

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Where to stay ?

You can put up at the forest bungalow. Stay here and enjoy some delicacies at eateries arranged by local people. For booking details you may contact:

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : +91-033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549.
Website: www.wbfdc.com

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.

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Takdah Forest Bungalow

Takdah, North Bengal – 27 km from Darjeeling, here you can enjoy a stroll in the cedar & pine forests & stay at local orchid garden

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Takdah is located in the Runglee Rungliot area of the Darjeeling District. It lies in the heart of the mountains and is just 27 km from the main city of Darjeeling. It is located at an altitude of 4000 feet. Here you can enjoy a stroll in the cedar and pine forests, and halt at a local orchid garden. You must drop at some of the famous heritage British bungalows and watch the local women pick tea leaves from the vast stretches of tea gardens. Takdah also called Tukdah was a British Cantonment area and you can still sees the fragments of the British Raaj in the bungalows and gardens of Takdah. In Takdah, you can stay at a heritage bungalow built in 1908 decorated with modern amenities for the tourists who want to make the days of the Raj alive once again.

Places to see at Takdah: There is a religious monastery or gumpha, (Dechhen Pema Tshoiling Monastery) centrally located in Takdah, just beside the caves of Mata Durga. This monastery and the caves were looked after by Rev. Lama Karma Gyaltchen (Bal Takdah Forest BungalowMe Me) till 1st May 2007. Other than these, there are the British Bungalows (locally known as Kothis) built mostly between 1905 and 1915. The most famous Colonial Bungalows of Takdah are the clubhouse, forest bungalow, Shikharini, Rani Kothi (presently a church), Att Number Kothi and the famous Sonpur Palace now in ruins. Some of the colonial bungalows have also been taken up by local schools like Green Shields and GriffithHigh School. There are around 12 colonial bungalows in Takdah. Flooded in colonial charm, Takdah is surrounded by larges stretches of pine forests and tea gardens like Runglee Rungliot, Takdah Tea Estate, Gielle, Teesta Valley and Namring. The Orchid Centre, Dokan Dara (local market) and the Durpin View Point are some other destinations where you can visit during your stay. Another interesting nearby place to visit is the 100 year old suspension bridge called Barbatey Bridge.

Nearby attractions of Takdah: The little village of Tinchuley, which enjoys some of the most beautiful views of Mt.Kanchenjungha is only 4 kms from the heart of Takdah. The famous orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa are around 12 kms away and the mesmeric views from Peshoke Tea Garden view point is 14 kms away. The newly – discovered Lamahatta village, which has great views of Kanchenjungha is around 12 kms away. You can visit the nearby destinations of Kalimpong (40 km) and Darjeeling around 27 kms away.

Things to do at Takdah: Doing nothing is what you should do when you are in Takdah. Going for sightseeing, taking a nature walk around the local villages and pine forests and enjoying a picnic in the lawns of the colonial bungalows are few other things you may like doing in Takdah. For tourists who have never seen a weekly village market, they will get to see this on Thursdays, when locals from nearby villages turn up to shop at Dokan Dara in Takdah. You can also see the collection of uncommon Himalayan orchids in the orchid centre of this cantonment town. A visit to the local Chagporti Tibetan Medical Institute can also be rewarding for all those interested in local culture. An early morning visit to nearby Durpin Dara viewpoint to witness the sunrise and Mt.Kanchenjungha in a cascading hue of gold with the river valley below can be the “moment” of your life.

Best time to visit Takdah: Takdah can be visited anytime of the year. The summers and the welcoming monsoons shroud the valleys and tea gardens of Takdah with lush greenery. The winter sunshine, the chill and sparkling weather in other times of the year makes it an ideal destination to escape the heat of the plains.

How to go ?

Takdah is very near to Darjeeling and you would get regular shared cars and buses from Darjeeling to Takdah. You can also avail shared cars from Ghoom to Takdah. Takdah is around 70 kms from Siliguri and you can also hire cars directly from Siliguri, NJP or Bagdogra.

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Where to stay ?

In Takdah, you can stay in a heritage British bungalow built in 1908. The present owners have restored its old glory and renovated it with some modern amenities like hot water geysers and western bathrooms. Run by a retired teacher and his wife, this bungalow has a lawn with a pair of fountains, a colonial verandah overlooking the plains and valleys and off course the quintessential fireplace to keep you warm during the evenings and help you to break a conversation with your hosts and fellow travellers. But a British Bungalow is not complete without a dog and so you have a nice gentle dog guarding the premises of this bungalow that is fortunate enough to get a new name every time a new guest arrives. Food is essentially home cooked delicious Indian cuisine served hot and fresh. The host can also serve English breakfasts and continental dishes. Lastly, the view of rising sun from the bedroom of this bungalow is unforgettable. For reservation purpose you can visit www.takdah.com

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Dhuturdaha

Dhuturdaha, 51 KM from Kolkata – Place is dotted with endless fishing lakes, vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees & mango groves

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Dhuturdaha is a serene village located just 51 km from Kolkata. The place is dotted with endless fishing lakes (bheri), vegetable gardens, ponds, palm trees, mango groves, and local temples. Here you will experience different shades of village life. This spot is ideal for stress removal after a whole week of hard labour in your workplace. The vast endless sky touches the green horizon here. Enjoy a get together with your family and friends beside the pond, or do some fishing in the lakes. Dip your tired legs in the cool water of the pond and you will feel completely relaxed. Dhuturdaha is not only a remote village without daily facilities. Some of the best resorts in Kolkata are located here with AC rooms, swimming pools, landscaped gardens, dining halls, conference rooms, gazebos within water and all other amenities which makes life comfortable. Dhuturdaha is a perfect blend of ethnic charm with modern facilities.

Places to see at Dhuturdaha: The main attraction of Dhuturdaha is the numerous fishing lakes. These lakes stretch as far as you can see over the horizon. The village is dotted with vegetable gardens blooming with all types of vegetables from cabbages and cauliflowers to ladies fingers. You can also visit the local temple under the shadows of a Peepal tree or watch the local women sifting rice under the wood-plaque (Dheki). Village life is Dhuturdaha’s main attraction – ducks puddling around in ponds, farmers ploughing their fields, fisherman casting their nets and the local shopkeeper selling groceries.

Nearby attractions of Dhuturdaha: The nearby destination Malancha is just 15 km from Dhuturdaha. This small town has one of the biggest Fish Markets in West Bengal. At Malancha you would see the mighty Icchamati River meeting the Vidyadhari River. You can also stop over the bridge over Vidyadhari River and enjoy the sunset. This side of the riverbank is dotted with brick kilns and their towering chimneys line up the riverbank for miles – it’s an amazing sight. On the way to Dhuturdaha from Kolkata, you would come across Ghusighata Lock gate, where few local canals meet – this is nice stopover too.

Things to do at Dhuturdaha: The best thing you can do here is to watch the slices of village life pass around you. You can do casual birdwatching of some local birds around Dhururdaha and walk around the fringes of the fish lakes. You can also enjoy boating within the resort and try your hand in fishing. You can also play outdoor games in the nearby fields and take long village walks. If you are planning to stay a little longer, then try to visit Malancha. You can watch the sunset over the Bidyadhari River from here or take a country boat to cross over to Chaital on the other side. A visit to a nearby brick kiln can also be a nice experience. There is one more thing you can do – if you love eating fish. You can stop at Malancha’s Fish market to buy some freshly caught fish at great prices while returning from Dhuturdaha.

How to go ?

If you are going by car, then you have to take Basanti Highway from Science City and reach Minakha. From Minakha, you can take the road going right to Dhuturdaha. All Buses connecting Malancha from Kolkata will cross Minakha. You have to get down at Minakha and take a local Auto Rickshaw to Dhuturdaha.

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Where to stay ?

Dhuturdaha has a number of luxury, ethnic and budget resorts with facilities for accommodating guests. You can stay overnight or visit the place for a day trip or picnic. The resorts have all the facilities for supporting corporate picnics, family getaways and individual nature lovers. The spacious Double Bed AC rooms of the resorts have attached western bathrooms, period furniture, television and minibars. The resorts at Dhuturdaha are well equipped with swimming pools, conference rooms, boating facilities, angling facilities, lawns, dining halls, kitchens for picnic groups, spacious dining halls, landscaped gardens, parking lots and children’s parks. The resorts are available for day picnic groups as well as for individual guests who want to stay overnight.

Few options are:

The Pacific Resort: 9830985968
Shilla Villa Resort:9836229187, 9830163896

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.

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Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary

Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary, Near Kolkata – A centre for ecotourism

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Just a driving distance from the metropolis of Kolkata, the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary is a centre for ecotourism where huge varieties of butterflies, birds, ferns, epiphytes and orchids find their refuge.  Located to the west of the Netaji Subhas Road, which connects Garia with Baruipur in the Rajpur area this sanctuary lies close to the Ramkrishna Mission Institute in Narendrapur.

The place was previously known as “Kayaler Bagan,” and was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1982 and was given the name of Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary on September 8, 2004.

Chintamani Kar Bird SanctuaryThe sanctuary was finally named as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary in the year 2005 after the renowned artist Chintamoni Kar, who has a major contribution in providing “Kayaler Bagan,” the status of a wildlife sanctuary.
Sanctuary hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission Fees: Rs. 40 per head

What to see at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: Chintamani Kar Bird sanctuary is the home of a number of bird species, which include Common Hawk Cuckoo, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Emerald Dove, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-throated Fantail and Large-tailed Nightjar and many more.

Some rare species include Tickell’s Thrush, Slaty-legged Crake, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Scaly Thrush, Little Spiderhunter, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Blue-throated Flycatcher. Moreover, the sanctuary is also a home to a number of small wildlife, like civet cat, jungle cat, jackal, monitor lizard and others.

Since the site of the sanctuary was an abandoned orchard, the place is also dotted with a number of trees of coconut palm, jackfruit, guava, tamarind, ficus and others.

Nearby Attractions of Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: While returning, you can drop at ScienceCity in Kolkata or enjoy your evening trip to NiccoPark

Things to do at Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: This sanctuary is a great place for watching different species of birds and enjoying nature walk.

Best time to visit Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary: The ideal time of visiting the place is the period between Spring and winter.

How to go ?

It is situated in the district of South 24-Pgs of West Bengal. The site lies close from the Rathtala Bus stop. EM Bypass is the ideal route to follow for reaching the destination. The sanctuary is located at a distance of 10 km. from Ruby General Hospital. Auto-rickshaws and buses are also found from Garia. You can also travel on private buses that halt at Rathtala.

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Where to stay ?

Its preferable to take your own food. There are no lodging facilities at the Bird Sanctuary. It is best for day trips.

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Khali-Estate

Khali Estate, Uttarakhand – The Resort is shrouded by pine and oak forest overlooking the panoramic & the majestic snow clad central Himalayas

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Uttaranchal, with Tibet to the north and Nepal to the east, is equally bifurcated into two historic regions of Garhwal and Kumaon. Lying in the east, Kumaon rests at its heart, with the magnificent sight of the great Himalayas, the tree-covered Binsar wildlife sanctuary and the Khali Estate.

Khali-EstateThe Mountain Resort popularly known as Khali Estate is located in the Binsar Wild life Sanctuary near Ayarpani village in Almora district of Uttaranchal.  Situated on the top of a hill, the Resort is shrouded by pine and oak forest over looking the panoramic and the majestic snow clad mountains of the central Himalayas. The peaks like Nanda Devi (25645 ft.), Nanda Ghunti, Trishul, Badrinath (Chaukhambha), Kedarnath, Gangotri, Shivling, Bandar punch, Kamet, Nanda Kote etc. are visible from the resort.

The Mountain Resort is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters (6600ft.) above sea level. It is 22 km. by motor road, north of Almora town. All types of vehicles including buses, cars and jeeps can easily come right up to the Resort. This resort is founded by Sir Henry Ramsay after he retired from the services. Though a native of England he did not made his return there. Instead his Home now was 25 virgin acres of Khali. The serenity of the estate even attracted Mahatma Gandhi who established an Ashram named Shail Ashram which existed for five years.

Khali-EstateKhali-EstateThe esteemed Nehru family also spent memorable holidays in this heavenly place. The morning sun peeps over the Himalayas to bath its hills with its shimmering golden rays so as to enhance the beauty of the place thus making the place a god’s island.

It is true that some  paradise are made to be lost. This beautiful mountain resort is now visited by very few tourists and is almost losing its identity as a holiday destination.

Nearby Attractions at Khali Estate:  The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary inside which the mountain resort is located is the nearest visiting spot from the Khali Estate. It provides shelter to the numerous species of  wild animals.

Places to see at Khali Estate: Almora, just 20 km from Khali Estate can be visited from here.

Things to do at Khali Estate: You can just stand and stare or stroll through the 25 acres of Khali, watch the splendid view of the sunrise and the sunset, or simply relax in the peaceful serene atmosphere.  If you want to sit back at the Khali Estate then there are  several options provided by the resort that you will enjoy without getting bored.

Khali-EstateIt has a spacious library for those who are book lovers. You can enjoy playing the indoor games like, Badminton, Table Tennis and Lawn Tennis and also other games here. If you are a nature lover you would be enchanted to see varieties of wild flowers & plants while taking a stroll through the 25 acres of Khali Estate. Rhododendrons, pine, oak and cedar, you would see them all if you choose to go for a jungle walk.

This place is also a delight for the bird watchers and the shutter bugs. You may catch the glimpse of  a wide variety of birds starting from wood peckers to the majestic Himalayan magpie. Keep a keen eye on the camera to click at the right moment. A short trek to a nearby village is also a great idea. You can sip hot tea prepared by the villagers and talk to them to know more about their culture and way of life. Bonfires are also arranged in the Resort premises in the evenings and on special occasions folk songs, as well as dances are also arranged.

Trekking: The Khali Estate also organizes treks, to the different regions of Kumaon himalayas like Pindari Glacier, Pindari/Kafni Glacier, Nanda Devi Base Camp , Milam Glacier, Roop Kund, Panchachuli Glacier, Saryu RamGanga, GauriGangaValley,  Ralam Glacier.

Best time to visit Khali Estate:  You can visit the estate throughout the year. The place changes its scenic beauty according to the seasons thus welcoming the tourist with different attires.

How to go ?

By Road

From Delhi via Moradabad, Rampur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Bhowali, Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the route turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort (Khali Estate).

Alternatively:

From Delhi via Moradabad, Tanda, Bilaspur, Kaladhungi, Nainital, Bhowali Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the route turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort (Khali Estate).

By Rail

By Ranikhet Express from Delhi to Kathgodam. From Kathgodam, car journey of 3.5 hours to Khali Estate.

The route from Kathgodam to Khali Estate is via Kathgodam, Bhowali, Garampani, Almora. Beyond Almora the rote turns through Kasardevi, Kaparkhan, Binsar Santuary gate to Mountain Resort.

KHALI ESTATE IS LOCATED INSIDE THE BINSAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY. KINDLY NOTE THAT THE BINSAR WILD LIFE SANCTUARY BARRIER GATE, CLOSES AT SUNSET AND OPENS AT SUNRISE.

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Where to stay ?

Mountain Resort Khali is open for booking round the year.
For bookings, please mail at mountainresort@rediffmail.com or call at +91 9820568809
For checking the room availability you may contact:
+91-9639989902
+91-9456566685
For further information you may visit the website: www.khaliestate.com

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.

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Susunia Hills

Susunia Hills, South Bengal – Spend some time of your own in complete seclusion

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Tired of cacophony and hectic schedule of urban life then pack your bags to visit Susunia hills this weekend to spend some time of your own in complete seclusion. This quaint destination is still not much explored by the tourists and hence the natural beauty of the place is pure and unspoiled. It is located just in the middle of Bankura and is about 1500 feet high. There is a believe that Raja Chandra Varma had once built his fort on this hill. Adorned with adequate natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, plenty of greenery and river Gandheshwari flowing down the hill, gives the place a complete picturesque look.

Susunia perches at the northwestern part of Bankura district. This weekend destination will greet you with its exotic natural beauty, rich flora, beautiful holy spring and the rock faces on which the eminent mountaineers of the regions commenced their journey. The Susunia hillock are the rich reserves of medicinal plants.

Places to see at Susunia: A stone edict that belongs to the period of Raja Chandra Varma is the main attraction of Susunia Hills. It is believed that Susunia hills once had the fort of the Raja. Moreover, the Gandheswari River flowing down the hill is another great place to watch out for. The mighty Susunia hill boasting a height of about 1500 feet is a wonderful site of historical inscriptions, by Raja Chandravama. The hill is also a renowned archeological site, yielding Stone Age tools. Susunia Hill is also a noteworthy site for tourists, who visit the destination to see “Dhara” (Natural Spring) & Silislipi.

The twin-villages of Hadal-Narayanpur, nestling on the banks of the Bodai River, are renowned for the Mandal family terracotta temples, including Barataraf, Mejotaraf and the Chhototaraf. At the entrance of the Barataraf temple, there is a big Rasmancha. The other two temples of Mejotaraf and Chhototaraf are beautifully studded with wonderful terracotta panels, which include a brilliant representation of Vishnu in the Anantashayan posture. You can also visit the other notable temples of Bankura, while touring Susunia, which include Gokul Chand Temple, Saileswar Temple, Temple of Radha Damodar Jew, Temple of Ratneswar and Temple of Shyam Sunder.

Nearby attractions at Susunia: The other major tourist attractions of Bankura District like the terracotta temples of Bishnupur and the Kansabati Dam at Mukutmanipur can be visited from Susunia. Biharinath Hills, which lies on the north of Saltora Block is also nearby. Biharinath is tallest hill in the Bankura district and a popular site of tourism. Another notable nearby sightseeing destination is Jhilimili, located 70 km away from BankuraTown. The place offers spectacular sight of forest. The famous historical site called Betur is also situated here.

Things to do at Susunia: Apart from enjoying the serenity of Susunia, you can indulge in trekking or rock climbing. Susunia village is famous for beautiful stone carving and you can buy them at affordable prices. There are two villages in the vicinity of Susunia, Netkamla and Bindhyajam, which are home of Dhokra craftsmen. Again, Bankura is famous for artistically designed terracotta items, which are readily available all across the district and worth buying. The famous Bankura horse has now become a symbol of Indian handicrafts. Besides buying, also indulge in eating the special sweets of Bankura, like the famous mecha sandesh or the pera. If possible, you can also taste Mahua, the popular local drink of the region.

Best time to visit Susunia: You can visit the place throughout the year.

How to go ?

Board a Purulia bound train from Howrah and get down at Chatna. From there, Shushunia is only 9km. Apart from this, you can also board Susunia bound buses from Bankura, Kharagpur and Durgapur.

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Where to stay ?

There are government accommodation and other private guest houses available there. Few options are:

Aranyak Guest House: 03242-234201
Radhakrishna Lodge: 9474630192

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.

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Sillery_Gaon

Sillery Gaon, North Bengal – A ideal Himalayan village for escaping in the romantic world

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Sillery Gaon is a Himalayan village that rests at an altitude of 6000 ft. and is an idyllic for escaping in the romantic world. Only 25 families reside in this landscaped destination. This heavenly place offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and its related peaks. The place creates an ambiance of tranquillity. The only interruption is caused by the chirping of birds. The pine trees that adorn this serene village are nowadays being lovingly called New Darjeeling nowadays. Sillery Gaon is 96 km from New Jalpaiguri via Kalimpong.

Places to see at Sillery Gaon: Tin Chuley is a wonderful hilltop near Sillery Gaon, providing a 360 degree view of the legendary Himalayas, the towns of Sikkim, Jeep La and Nathula. The place is accessible by car or you can also trek to Tin Chuley. Another amazing spot of the location is Ramitey, a well-known view point, offering an extensive view of River Teesta with around 14 turns along with the majestic Kanchenjunga range.

You can also pay a visit to Damsang Fort, located 4 km. away from the Sillery Gaon. This fort locally was constructed in 1690 by the Lepchas. However, it was invaded by the British after the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864. The ruins of the fort only exist now. You can conclude your day tour by enjoying the exquisite beauty of the Silence Valley, a small forest area with grassy land, offering the ultimate serenity.

Nearby attractions of Sillery Gaon: Sillery Gaon is surrounded by Pedong, Reshi and Aritar. A major attraction of tourists visiting Sillery Gaon is Sangchen Dorjee Monastery near Pedong. This 300-year-old monastery was built during the reign of Bhutanese in Pedong. The old section of the monastery is admired with some exquisite wall paintings depicting Tantrik Buddhism. The major attraction of the new section is the mummified body of a most revered Bhutanese priest. The annual “Chyam” dance is also held at this place in April-May.

You should also visit Cross Hill near Pedong, built by Fr. Augstine Desgodins in 1882. It stands grandly, overlooking Jelep-La and Nathula and is considered as a place of Pilgrimage for the local Christian Community. Another “must visit” location is the ShahidPark located 2 km from Pedong bazaar. A memorial stone has been laid at the park to commemorate the memory of a local young soldier of Indian army, Let Palender Raj who sacrificed his life at Thangdhar J & K sector (Kargil War). The park offers clear view of Sikkim on the opposite side.

A visit to the Rikisum, a majestic viewpoint on the way from Algarah to Lava is also rewarding. You would also appreciate the natural splendor of Kashyone village, located 8 km from Pedong bazaar. Relish the majestic view of the union of Rongpo Khola and Teesta River, behind this village. The village is dotted with Cinchona plantation. Walk a little ahead to visit Ranibon that has been declared as a preserved forest. You will also find a 300-year old Lepcha house here, which is the sole specimen of the rich Lepcha craft works.

Many tourists also make trip to Reshi Bridge and Reshi Khola, located 15 km from Pedong Bazaar. Rishi and Mudum Khola merge to form Rishi Khola just before the bridge. The place nurtures a romantic natural atmosphere. The Aritar Lake or Lampokhri is an amazing eco tourism spot, located 16 km from RishiBridge in East Sikkim. The top point here, popularly known as Mankhim offers a spectacular view of Mt.Kanchenjungha on the southwest and Jelep La and Nathu La towards the north-east. Another major viewpoint at Aritar is Love Dara.

Things to do at Sillery Gaon: You can enjoy boating at the Aritar Lake (Lampokhri) or step down the Reshi Bridge to join the adventure camping site, where fishing and camping is arranged for the tourists. Make short treks to various sightseeing points around Sillery Gaon like Tinchuley, Ramitey and Damsang Fort. The place is also a heaven for the bird lovers. You can also enjoy nature walk around the picturesque landscape of the village. However, the best thing to do is to sit idle and watch the mighty Kanchenjungha changing colours.

Best time to visit Sillery Gaon: The place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season. In the winters, you would get an excellent view of the entire range of Mt.Kanchenjungha.

How to go ?

You need to drive for about 30 minutes to reach Sillery Gaon from Pedong.  From New Jalpaiguri Railway station or BagdograAirport, you can hire a car to reach Pedong via Teesta Bazar and Alagarh. Alternatively, you can also take shared cars or buses to Kalimpong and catch shared taxis to Pedong.

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Where to stay ?

Decent home stay is offered in Sillery Gaon, which comes with furnished rooms, an attached Western bath and basic necessities like electricity, hot water, transport arrangement facilities and guides for local treks. Sillery Gaon is a very small village and the homestay facility overlooks the village, the forests and Kanchenjungha. Food here is essentially home cooked and completely fresh. Some options are:

Sillery Heaven Valley Home Stay :  +91-9933390937 / 9635052623
Thapa Home Stay :  +91 9365005410
Renu Home Stay :  +91 9800486608
Phumpa Home Stay : +91 9933167214

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.

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Monchasa

Monchasa, South Bengal – Savour the original village culture & authentic earthen traditions

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Planning for a vacation make a difference this time by not staying at any posh hotel with some sort of artificial flavour.  Enjoy something natural and real this time avoiding any sort of artificiality. Want to savour the original village culture and authentic earthen traditions then come to Monchasa, with a true sentiment of natural India. It is the first rural based sustainable eco-tourism initiative in India that is promoted to support a very special social cause. Lying on the banks of Bagda River in the remote village of Paushi, in East Midnapur district of West Bengal, it has an interesting story behind its development.

MonchasaThere is an orphanage called Antyodoy Anath Ashram in Paushi. It provides food and shelter to the parent-less children or single parent children, abandoned by their family. The orphanage is operated by Sri Balaram Karan, who was an owner of a medicine shop at Kalianagar. It was an ashram constructed to provide shelter to the destitute children. Mon Chasha, which is a sprawling eco-tourism project has been built to support this noble cause.

Places to see at Monchasa: Enjoy some wonderful views of the location by taking a stroll. The Shalmoli Bithi, which is the plantation area of the project, offers a real visual treat. You will find wide species of fruits, flowers, vegetables and spices. The authority of the project is also taking the effort of tagging the plants with their significances and name in local language along with its scientific name, to enrich the knowledge of the visitors. You will also found many plants having medicinal importance, like Ram Tulsi – Bon Tulshi – Krishna Tulshi (Holy Basil), Aamlaki (Goose Berry), Boyar (Baheda), Hartuki (Haritaki) and Neem trees.

Visit Ishani and Naitri, the huge fish tanks (jheel), where large numbers of fish including Rui, Katla, Mrigel, Kalbous, Carp, Telapia, Puti, Mourala are bred completely naturally. For the conservation of traditional cultural heritage, “Sahajiya” has been built, which is a platform for local cultural performances as Chhau, Raibneshe Jatra Pala, Baul Fakir Darbesh and other programs. The other options include slide presentation, film show or story telling.

MonchasaThe Sahajiya cultural centre is a straw / hogla thatched circular clay court beautified with green grass. Guests need to sit on the ground over hand crafted Madur. Do not miss Nabya Nakshi, the handicraft centre promoted by this project. There is also a plan for promoting Nakshi Kantha, one of the most treasured handicrafts of Bengal, to support the local self help group. You can also visit Aamar Bangla, where you will find numerous attractions like Dhenki, Kumorer Chaak, Tamt, Langol – Moi, Hand Painted Alpana, Pot Chitra, Typical Styled Tulshi Mancha, Machh Dhorar Jal, Chhip, Gachhe Jholano Hnarite Payra, Mouchak, Borshar Toka, Kendupatar Borshati, Lau Macha etc.

Nearby attractions of Monchasa: The temple of Bahiri which dates back to the Middle Ages is just a few kilometers from Mon Chasa. The historically significant town of Tamluk boasting of a thousand year old Devi Barghobhima Temple (one of the popular Shakti peeths), a Rajbari, a museum and Rakhit Bati – the secret centre of freedom fighters is also located nearby. You can also visit Mandarmani – the popular beach destination within an hours drive.

Things to do at Monchasa: You can visit “Sahajiya” during daytime and try your hand in painting or sculpting. It is also an “adda maancha” for the guests. Take your children to Tala Bhangar Poth, the play station, where he will truly enjoy playing Carom, Ludo and other traditional folk style games like Guti Khela, Guli Danda, Bagh-Bandi, Luko-Churi, Jor-Bijor, Ekka Dokka etc. However, the best thing to do in Monchasa is to savour nature – you can take long walks along the Bagda River or visit the nearby villages to watch life flow in a different tune.

Best time to visit Monchasa: You can visit Monchasa any time of the year.

How to go ?

Pick up and drop services are available from Contai (Kanthi) railway station and Kalinagar Bus Stop by Maruti Van or Ambassador Car. You can also avail the trekker service from Kalinagar Bus Stop to Paushi. However, the trekker service is not very regular.

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Where to stay ?

The accommodation facility in Monchasa offers a true essence of village life. The project has developed four octagonal bamboo huts, covered entirely with Hogla leaves, which open to the Bagda River on one side and the huge fish ponds on the other. The roofs are thatched with straws and the windows are built with north south cross ventilation. All the huts feature nicely crafted fish tank facing verandah, where you can sit savouring the panoramic view. The rooms are well furnished with local styled bamboo furniture. The attached baths are equipped with all contemporary amenities. For booking details you may contact:

Tele: +91 33 3053.3974, 3053.3975, 4001-0180
Mobile: +91 98310.95234, +91 98302.03973, +91 94774.76376

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.

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Reshikhola

Reshikhola, North Bengal – A picturesque scenic landscape & a relaxing retreat from the frantic city life

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Reshi Khola, is a new riverside tourist destination nestled in the Kalimpong sub division that serves as a relaxing retreat from the frantic city life. The location is named after the Reshi River (Khola in Nepali means a small stream). The destination is slowly gaining popularity among the tourists for its unique location and picturesque scenic landscape. In geographical terms Reshi Khola marks the division between the states of West Bengal and Sikkim. Moreover, it is also the perfect halt for the tourists travelling to “The Silk Route” tour as Reshi is an ideal camping ground and picnic spot.

Places to see at Reshi Khola: Reshi is a romantic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is located in the mid of emerald dense forest and tall grasses beside the gurgling Reshi River, the place truly offers the true essence of nature. You will enjoy the sports like angling and even take a bath in the Reshi river. You can even have your dinner and enjoy a good night’s sleep beside it. The Reshi River in the moonlit night under the starry sky looks like a silver necklace lying on a green carpet. You would really love your first date with the Reshi River at Reshi Khola.

Nearby attractions of Reshi Khola: Reshi, one of the pristine hill stations nestled in the Darjeeling District is located at a distance of 37 km from Kalimpong. However, Reshi is also recognized as the stopover for your journey to Silk Route in India. From Reshi, you can organize trips to neighbouring areas like Pedong, Kupup, Aritar and Zuluk. Adventure loving tourists can also experience a trek to Menmecho Lake.

Things to do at Reshi Khola: Reshi is an amazing location for enjoying a number of fun filled activities. In day time, you can try your hand in angling and relish your catch, fried deeply as evening snacks. If you nurture an adventurous bent of mind then experience a short stay in the pitched tents. Tourists who are fond of trekking can go for rock climbing and light treks. Moreover, bathing in the crystal clear water of River Reshi is a pleasurable experience. You will also find some exotic species of birds in the location. Tourists also organize picnics at the riverside.

Best time to visit Reshi Khola: Reshi Khola welcomes guests throughout the year. However, it is better to avoid the rainy season, as the roads do not stay in proper conditions.

Reshikhola-accomodationHow to go ?

Reshi is nestled on the bank of Reshi Khola, a small stream flowing through the border of West Bengal and Sikkim. Reshi Khola is located at a distance of 105 km from Siliguri and 37 km from Kalimpong. You can avail rented cars from both these places to reach the destination. Pedong is also nearby. Reshi Khola is also easily accessible from Algarah (21 km) and Aritar (26 km).

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Where to stay ?

Reshi does not provide too much accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Reshi Khola Ecotourism Resort
+91 9932 7444 07, +91 9932 6801 70, +91 9002 7742 20

The Reshi Retreat
 9832372070, 9641191669

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.

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Mekhliganj Tea Resort

Mekhliganj Tea Resort, North Bengal – A luxury resort within a lush tea estate

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Mekhliganj is a luxury resort that is located within a lush tea estate and with a river along the tea estate. Enjoy a splendid view of lush greenery of tea garden and farmland from this tea resort. It is located between the winding Saniajaan River and the tea estate. The Tin Bigha Border Crossing is just a stone’s throw from the Resort from where the ceremonial Border closing of India and Bangladesh is visible every evening. Take a stroll along the tea estate or spend some idle time at the lonely banks of River Saniajaan, and a tea-factory located nearby you can also take a dip in the resort’s swimming pool.

Mekhliganj Tea ResortPlaces to see at Mekhliganj: A profusely green tea estate, the Saniajaan River skirting across the villages and rice fields, a scattered jungle, River Teesta and the Tin Bigha Border Checkpost – all are located nearby. The ceremonial border closing between India and Bangladesh at nearby Tin Bigha Border Checkpost is one of the best attractions here. The Tin Bigha Corridor is a piece of land belonging to India on the West Bengal–Bangladesh border, which in September, 2011, was leased to Bangladesh so that it can access its Dahagram–Angarpota enclaves.

Nearby attractions of Mekhliganj: Mekhliganj is quite far from any popular tourist destination. This makes Mekhliganj an ideal place to spend a few days in bliss within a tea estate far from the madding crowd. Moreover, Mekhliganj is becoming popular as a destination where tourists can wind up their hectic Dooars Itinerary and spend the last couple of days of their Dooars trip in nature’s cradle enjoying all earthly comforts. Mekhliganj is around 55 kms from Gorumara National Forest, around 105 kms from Jaldapara National Forest, 90 kms from Gorubathan and 82 kms from Cooch Behar. If you are planning a trip to Dooars this year, then try to keep Mekhliganj Tea Resort in the last leg of your itinerary.

Things to do at Mekhliganj: If you are planning to spend few days doing nothing, then Mekhliganj can be your ideal choice. You can take a nature walk along the bank of Saniajaan River or within the tea estate. You can see tea plucking and even try yourself to pluck a few leaves in the tea garden. Make a visit to some local villages to enjoy a true flavour of their ethnic  lifestyle or the charming River Teesta. Another major attraction is the Tin Bigha International Border Checkpost just a kilometer from the resort. You can witness the ceremonial Border closing at Tin Bigha Corridor between India and Bangladesh every evening.

Best time to visit Mekhliganj: You can visit Mekhliganj anytime of the year. The rivers and greenery bloom during the rainy season and the sparkling winter brings a whole lot of birds here.

How to go ?

Mekhliganj is 86 kms from Siliguri, 98 kms from Hasimara and 105 kms from Alipurduar. So you can reach Mekhliganj from anywhere in the Dooars region. Geographically Mekliganj is located in Cooch Behar District.

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Where to stay ?

There is a tea-eco-resort in Mekhliganj. For booking details you may contact:
G.B.C Enterprise Limited 
4, B.B.D. Bag (East), Stephen House,
6th Floor, Room No. – 106,
Kolkata – 700 001
Ph. No. (033) 2231 0370, 71, 73
Fax: (033) 2231 0372

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.

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Piyali Island

Piyali Island, South Bengal – The blend of tranquil nature and the touch of Sunderbans

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The blend of tranquil nature and the touch of Sunderbans, that’s what Piyali Island is. A small bridge over river Piyali will take you to Piyali Island. This island is covered by two rivers Matla and Piyali. The Piyali River actually flows through the Island and then mixes with Matla River. Regarding the accommodation facility there is only one tourist lodge in this island having well-supported infrastructure for tourists. In the Piyali Island there are many things which you can do like taking a nature walk, enjoying a boat ride, bird watching, enjoy in the gardens and enjoy the true essence of the village life.

Piyali IslandPlaces to see at Piyali Island: The Island itself is the main attraction with its paddy fields, flowing Piyali River, sparse jungles, Matla River, the mangrove forest on the banks of the island and village life. Some migratory birds also flock to the coats of Piyali Island during winters.

Nearby attractions at Piyali Island: Enjoy a trip to the nearby destinations like Jhorkhali and Kaikhali from Piyali Island.

Things to do at Piyali Island: There is only one privately run tourist lodge in Piyali Island, which has nice arrangements for overnight staying. You can enjoy in the gardens, take a wilderness walk, enjoy a boat ride and do some bird watching. The village life surrounding Piyali Island can also be relished. Moreover, Piyali Island is also famous for organizing educational tours.

Best time to visit Piyali Island: You can arrange for a tour to Piyali Island any time of the year but the winters would be a nice time to watch the birds.

How to go ?

Piyali is located at a distance of 75 km from Kolkata. While travelling by car, cross the Baruipur Railway gate and take the right hand road leading to Gochoron crossing. From there, drive to the Barasat crossing. Turn left to reach the Mohishmari crossing. If you are travelling by train, get down at the south Barasat station. Shared trekkers are available on the spot that will take you to Piyali Island.

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Where to stay ?

There is a splendid tourist lodge named Piyali Island Tourist Lodge offering nice accommodation facilities. Decent dining facilities are provided in the lodge. For booking details you may contact: +91-9433435181.

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.

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tiyabon-resort

Tiya Bon, North Bengal – Located in the middle of tea gardens and forests

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Located near the Khariar Bander Forest, Tiya Bon is 63 kilometers from Siliguri. This place is located in the mid of tea gardens and forests. This destination is idyllic for both the adventurous and nature lovers. The Tiya Bon Resort extends for an area of 2.33 acres and offers the spectacular views of the surrounding forests and gorgeous hills. Tiya Bon provides with the combined essence of wild Dooars and Gorumara Forest. Besides Tiya Bon also shares close proximity to Chapramari, Khunia, Gajol Doba, Sakham and hill stations like Samsing, Suntaleykhola, Jhalong and Bindu.

Places to see around Tiya Bon: The Gorumara National Park is located near to Tiya Bon in the Dooars region, in the district of Jalpaiguri. In 1949, this small forest area was declared a wildlife sanctuary and in 1994, it was proclaimed a National Park.  The National Park spans an area of 79.99 square kilometers and houses a variety of flora and fauna. It is also famous for being the home to the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the Indian Bison.

tiyabon-resortNearby attractions of Tiya Bon: The other famous forests that can be visited from Tiya Bon are Chapramari forest and Jaldapara Sanctuary. The Chapramari forest is situated near National Highway 31 and can be easily reached by crossing the river Teesta and following the route that leads to Dooars. The Jaldapara Sanctuary is also situated near National Highway 31 and is at a distance of 80 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The other forested areas located nearby are Khunia and Sakham. The birding site of Gajol Doba, which is famous for the annual visit of migratory birds is also located nearby.

You can also visit a number of hill stations from Tiya Bon such as Jhalong, Samsing and Toto Para. The hamlet of Jhalong is situated at a distance of around 47 kilometers from Tiya Bon. The valley, Bindu is on the banks of Jaldhaka River and is encircled with the hills of India and Bhutan. Samsing is located at a distance of around 25 kilometers from Tiya Bon and the route offers the most picturesque landscape. The journey takes around 30 minutes, by car. The small village of Toto Para is located on the banks of TorshaRiver, near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhutan border. The place is famous for housing the slowly disappearing ‘Toto’ tribe. Besides this tribe, Dooars also houses several other tribes.

Things to do at Tiya Bon: You can opt for a variety of adventure activities such as rock-climbing, trekking, tree climbing and angling in nearby areas of Tiya Bon. You can also visit the nearby craft villages or tea gardens to see the tea production process or can opt for jungle safaris at the nearby forests.

Best time to visit Tiya Bon: Though the resort can be visited throughout the year, it is better to avoid the rainy season if you want to visit the forests.

How to go ?

Tiya Bon is located in Chalsa on NH31. You have to cross Mal tourist Lodge and reach Chalsa. Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. Tiya Bon is around 70 kms from Siliguri.

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Where to stay ?

The Tiya Bon Resort provides excellent accommodation and dining facilities in wooden cottages to the tourists at very reasonable rates. There are Deluxe Rooms, Ethnic Standard Rooms and Six Bed Huts at Tiya Bon Resort, which arranges activities like trekking, rock climbing, angling, tree climbing and rope traversing for its guests.  From Tiya Bon Resort, you can enjoy jungle safari at GorumaraNational Park, Chapramari and other nearby forests. Visits to tea factories in tea gardens and nearby crafts villages can also be arranged by Tiya Bon Resort. For booking details you may contact:

Tiya Bon Resort
9831018135, 9432647740
Website : www.tiyabonresort.com

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.

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Samsing

Samsing, North Bengal – The heart touching landscape with hills, forests, river & the green tea gardens

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Samsing, located at an altitude of 3000 ft. has a lot to offer its visitors. The heart touching landscape, hills, forests, the meandering river and the profusely green tea garden makes the place an ideal destination for spending some time in isolation. Samsing is still unexplored for the purpose of commercialization; and hence the purity of the place is still alive. Samsing is also the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park, located at a distance of 18 km.

SamsingPlaces to see at Samsing: The sleepy and pristine village of Khasmahal in Samsing is truly is full of orange orchards and you could see that the whole village is covered in an orange hue, while visiting in season. Just after crossing the Khasmahal village, you will get the very first view of the Murti River in Samsing. The scenic beauty of this emerald green stream is truly fascinating. Moreover, the stunning view of the tea gardens and forested areas covering major parts of Samsing is also captures the heart.

Nearby attractions around Samsing: Samsing boasting of its picturesque beauty is mostly admired by the nature lovers. The place is also surrounded by a number of pristine destinations within 5 to 7 km of distance. One of the most preferred locations of the tourists near Samsing is Suntaleykhola (Suntaley means oranges and Khola means stream), located at a distance of 5 km. from the destination. Suntaleykhola is also the starting point of various trek routes. Listen to the eternal tunes of water of the winding Murti River while exploring the bank of Suntaleykhola. The Neora Valley National Park lies in close proximity to this place.

Next to Suntaleykhola, most tourists you can visit the serene village of Faribasti. From the top of Faribasti, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Dooars region. The village with around 30 households is very well-maintained and clean.

Another popular tourist spot is the ‘Rocky Island,’ cradled on the bank of River Murti. This charming location is about 2 km from Samsing. The RockyIsland is completely downhill, where you can take the pleasure of the stunning view of the MurtiRiver. The terraced fields on the either side of the river will make you spellbound. You can continue your journey further downhill, where the vegetation will gradually change to thick bamboo groves. Cross the Murti River to explore the quaint villages of ‘Tinkatari’, ‘Bhalukhop’, located within few kilometer.

Things to do at Samsing: Murti River is a special attraction for everyone visiting Samsing. You can spend hours just by sitting near the river, savoring the exquisite beauty of the place. Bathing in the river is also a favourite activity of the tourists. You can also organize picnic on the riverbank of Murti. Moreover, a number of trek routes also originate from Suntaleykhola, which is another village near Samsing. Tourists nurturing an interest in trekking can opt for a steep ride to ‘Tree Fern Point’ and ‘Mo’ or ‘Mo Chaki’ for savoring the spectacular view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other.

The most exciting trek leads to the unexplored wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. However, prior permission is required to organize this trek. Again, Samsing is a great place for the avid bird watchers. The sound of the sweet chirping of the colorful birds in this scenic picturesque landscape is truly refreshing. Some of the most notable species of birds are Grey Nightjar, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Maroon Oriole, Greychinned and Short-billed Minivets, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Slaty-backed Forktail, Sultan Tit, Ashy Bulbul, Yellow-vented, Golden-spectacled and Chestnut crowned Warblers and black-chinned Yuhinas. The forest trails of Samsing are also great for enjoying a nature walk.

Best time to visit Samsing: Samsing welcomes tourists throughout the year.

How to go ?

Samsing is located at a distance of 82 km. from Siliguri and it takes around 3 hours to reach from Siliguri. The journey to Samsing is truly admirable, as you gradually drive uphill through the scenic Dooars tea garden on the rolling hilly slopes. However, it is better for tourists from Kolkata to get down at New Mall Junction which is only 19 kms from Samsing. Cars can be hired from New Mall Junction for Samsing.

Where to stay ?

SamsingSamsing has very limited accommodation. Other than Government owned Forest Department cottages there is only one private deluxe accommodation in Samsing named Tempula Inn. To book the Government owned cottages you may contact:

West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060, 2237-0061, 2225-8549.
Official website: www.wbfdc.com.

For booking Tempchula Inn you may contact: +91 03562-200324

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.

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