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Dantewada

Dantewada, Chhattisgarh – Apart from the scenic beauty there are different sight seeing locations which are worth visiting

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Dantewada is a beautiful district in the south of Bastar region of the Chhattisgarh state. The place derives its name from its presiding deity, Devi Danteshwari, which is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Sati, the epitome of Shakti (strength). It is believed to be one of the 52 sacred shakti peethas (seat of shakti , female power) of Hindu mythology. The hero of epic Ramayana, i.e Lord Rama is believed to have been taken shelter here for sometimes during his 14 years of exile. This region has also been ruled by the Nags, Satwahanas, Nalas and Chalukyas at different periods of history. You may also find traces of Buddhism and Jainism dating back to the 3 rd century AD can be seen here.  Dantewada is blessed with spectacular natural beauty having tall and long series of hills and profuse greenery of the sal and teak forests. The meandering rivers, Indravati, Godavari & Shabhari flowing through out the district enhances the natural beauty of the place. The perennial rivers like Shankhini and Dankiny creates panoramic water falls at different sites of the district. The forest of the region is a home to several wildlife species of which 2 are native to the area – the Pahadi Maina and the Wild Buffalo. Several tribal groups, like Maria, Muria, Dhurwa, Halba, Bhatra, and Gonds inhibit the region. They are renowned for their artistic excellence and produce outstanding terracotta, bell metal and bamboo-craft artisans. Dantewada is also a mineral rich area having minerals like Iron Ore, Uranium, corundum, granite, graphite, limestone and marble. Dantewada shares borders with three states – Maharashtra to the west, Orissa to the East and Andhra Pradesh to the south – each with a very different culture. As such, Dantewada’s culture is a rare and unique blend of all of these, with its own tribal traditions.

Places to see in Dantewada: Apart from the scenic beauty there are also different sight seeing locations which are also worth visiting. These include:

Bailadila

Mountain range, famous in the world for the enormous & top quality deposits of Iron ore. Total 14 reserves have been discovered in this range out of which the mining activities are going on in 3 deposits. As this range of mountain contains peaks that look like the humps of the ox at different places, this range of mountains is called as “Baila Dila”, meaning the hump of ox, in the local language. Bailadila has been established as an Industrial area that has been divided into two towns, namely Bacheli (29 KMs from Dantewada) & Kirandul (41 KMs from Dantewada). The Iron Ore mines are situated at the top most peak of this mountain range known as “Aakash Nagar”, which can be visited with prior permission from NMDC (National Mineral Development Corporation). A 22 KMs lengthy Ghat Road, that leads the visitors from Bacheli to Aakash Nagar thrills them with serpentine twists and offers a bird eye view of the entire region through out the journey.  Apart from understanding the mining activities of NMDC, one can enjoy the pleasant locality of Aakash Nagar, which is stretched into the blue sky, offering the visitors a panoramic view of the green forests and beautiful landscapes. Similarly 12 Kms Ghat Road from Kirandul takes the visitors to Kailash Nagar, yet another peak of Bailadila range. Kailash Nagar is equally beautiful as Aakash Nagar. One can find the rare and wonderful deposits of “Blue Dust” the sand like blue colored Iron Ore, which satisfies one’s quest to come in encounter with the wonders of Mother Nature.

Danteshwari Temple

This ancient temple is at the confluence of the Dankini and Shankini rivers, about one and a half hours from Jagdalpur. It was built by the Chalukya kings of Bastar in honour of their family Goddess, Devi Danteshwari, who is venerated by both Hindus and tribals in the entire Bastar region (Danteshwari is believed to be the new name of Manikeshwari, the family Goddess of the Naga Dynasty who preceeded the Chalukyas). The temple is divided into four parts – Garbh Griha, Maha Mandap, Mukhya Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The first two are constructed using stone. The temple itself has been constructed at various times, but the sanctum sanctorum is believed to be more than 800 years old. A Garud Pillar has been erected in front of the temple entrance.The Danteshwari Temple really comes to life during the Bustar Dassera festival season. Men have to wear a lungi to enter the temple.

Memory Pillars of Gama-wada

14 km from Dantewada, on the way to Bacheli, the small village of Gama Wada has giant stone pillars, erected centuries ago by the local tribes in memory of their deceased relatives.

Nearby attractions around Dantewada: You may also enjoy short trips to places like:

Barsoor

Located on the banks of the Indrawati river, about 32km (a one and a half to two hour drive)from Dantewada, Barsoor was once an epicentre of Hindu civilization. It is believed that there were once 147 temples and an equal number of ponds here. The ruins of these temples, dating back to the 10 th and 11 th centuries (i.e. over 1,000 years old) can be seen even today. Some beautiful images of Lord Vishnu can also be seen.One Shiva temple, with 12 carved stone pillars, has nude figures on the outside. Another Shiva temple has 32 carved stone pillars, a black granite Nandi (Shiva’s carrier) bull, and two sanctum sanctorum, with a common court. The ruins of this temple have been recently restored. A 50 foot high temple, known locally as Mama-bhanja-ka-mandir (temple of the maternal uncle and nephew), is in good condition, but lacks an idol. It is not clear to which deity the temple was consecrated, or even if it was ever consecrated. The biggest attraction though, is the Ganesha Temple. While the temple itself is in ruins, two sandstone images of Ganesh, both in the aspect of Maha-Ganapati, are amazingly intact. The larger of these, and the more impressive, is about 8 feet high and over 17 feet wide.

Bodhghat Sath Dhar

6 KMs from Barsur, river Indravati divides into 7 parts to form one small waterfall.  This spot, fully covered with dense green forests stands to explain the beauty of the combination of the river, water and the mountains. With all its beauty and peaceful locality Sath Dhar is an idle picnic spot.

Things to do in Dantewada: Sightseeing to different places and shopping local handicrafts goods from the tribal villages.

Best Time to Visit Dantewada: October to February are the best months to visit Dantewada.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest Airport is Raipur having regular flights from all major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Indore etc. A drive of 5hrs will take you to Dantewada.

By Rail

Direct trains (South East Railway) are available only from Vishakhapatnam to Bailadila which stops for a while at Dantewada. The nearest railway station is Raipur which is connected with almost all major railheads in India. A drive of 5hrs will take you to Dantewada. It is better to stay overnight at Raipur after a long journey and then head for Dantewada next day.

By Road

Dantewada is connected with Jagadalpur, the nearest town, by State Highway 9.Private Luxury Bus runs regular bus services from all the big cities of Chatthisgarh – Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Rajnandgaon – to Bailadila, and these go via Dantewada. .Dantewada is also connected by road with Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, the neighboring state. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) runs a regular bus service on this route.

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Where to stay ?

The place of Dantewada has very few accommodation options. These include:

Hotel Madhuban: +91-0756-299006
Regal Lodge (Dantewara Road, Bacheli): +91-07857-230010

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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Gir National Park

Gir Forest National Park, Gujarat – Renowned all over the world for being the only home for the Asiatic Lions

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The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Sasan-Gir) is a renowned wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat. Established in 1965, the park covers a total area of 1412 km². The park is located 43 km in the north-east from Somnath, 65 km to the south-east of Junagadh and 60 km to south west of Amreli. It is the only home of the Asiatic Lions (Panthera leo persica) and is considered to be one of the most important protected area in Asia due to its supported species. It was declared as a national park in 1975. The park’s forested hilly terrain makes it a preferred habitat for the jackals, leopards, antelope, and deer that also live there. It’s home to crocodiles and over 300 species of resident birds as well.

Places to see at Gir Forest National Park: The forest is a home to a number of wild life species. Apart from this there are seven major perennial  rivers of the Gir region namely Hiran, Shetrunji, Datardi, Shingoda, Machhundri, Godavari and Raval. There is also a man made dam namely Kamaleshwar Dam which is a home to a large population of crocodiles.

Nearby attractions from Gir Forest National Park: You can easily make a short trip to places like:

Veraval (36 km)

The fishing port of Veraval is known for its dhow-building yard where massive hand-built seaworthy vessels are made. Once a port of the Nawab of Junagadh, it has old gates and historic buildings.

Junagadh (63 km)

Historically, Junagadh is one of the most interesting cities of Gujarat. Emperor Ashoka’s rock edicts here date to the 3rd century BC and there are also ancient Buddhist cave-sites dated to the Mauryan and Gupta Fort. The Uparkot Fort of the Chudasama Rajputs rises from a hilltop and has 11th century monuments inside the imposing battlements. Mystic poet Narsinha Mehta also lived in Junagadh and his monument is in the city. By the 19th century, the Nawabs of Junagadh rose to become affluent rulers and during their reign palaces, colleges, mosques, mausoleum complexes and a quaint railway station came up at Junagadh, all of which are worth seeing specially the palace museum. The city museum has archaeological finds and manuscripts. While in Junagadh, visit Sakkarbagh Zoological Park that is captive-breeding Asiatic lions and you could see ibises and other birds in the park.

Girnar (60 km)

This 3660-ft high hill rises on the outskirts of Junagadh with temples on ridges and on the summit. The 12th century Jain Temples are specially attractive with exquisite carvings.

Jetpur (90 km)

The textile town of Jetpur is known for its block and screen printing workshops and is good for shopping.

Diu Island (95 km)

Diu Island was once ruled by the Portuguese and is now a Union Territory. Popular as a beach destination, the island also has a 16th century Portuguese Fort, the impressive St Paul’s Church, DiuMuseum and old houses. Flamingos, storks and waders can be seen at the creeks of Diu.

Things to do in Gir Forest National Park: The safari trip toboth Gir National Park (known as Gir Jungle Trail) and Gir Interpretation Zone (Devalia Safari Park) is worth. If you miss the glimpse of lion in Gir national Park, don’t worry. You can opt for shorter visits at the Gir Interpretation Zone where you are sure to spot some lions.

Best time to visit Gir Forest National Park: The most popular time to visit Gir is from December to March.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is Keshod, at a distance of 90 km from Sasan Gir; the other airport is Rajkot at a distance of 140 kms which is connected to all major cities in India like, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Bhopal etc.

By Rail

Sasan Gir has a railway station of its own, with train connections to a number of other cities and towns in Gujarat and its neighboring states. The towns of Junagadh, Veraval and Delwada have daily trains to Sasan Gir, from where the park is only about a km away.

By Road

Fairly good roads link the park to the rest of the country. Junagadh itself is only about 60 km from Gir, and there are frequent buses connecting the town to the park.

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Where to stay ?

Decent accommodation facilities are available in Gir National Park. Some options are:

The Fern Gir Forest Resort: +91- 226-739 -7777  Website: www.fernhotels.com
Sasan Gir Guest House: +91-0932-024-0024
Lion Safari Camp: +91-9971231439, +91-8826678881  Website: www.girnationalpark.in
Sukh Sagar Gir Resort, Anil Farmhouse Gir: www.girhotels.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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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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Garshalboni

Garshalboni, South Bengal – A historical farmhouse in the midst of a jungle

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A historical farmhouse in the midst of a jungle, and the melodious chirps of the unknown birds acting as the wake up call, is it not excite you? If it really does then make a trip to Garhshalboni, this weekend which is just 170 km from Kolkata by road. Once ruled by the Malla Kings, this farmhouse was their jungle retreat. The farmhouse covers an area of around 40 acres. It was also occupied by the British. The vast jungle, ancient temples, meandering rivers, migratory birds and untouched nature will really refresh your Garshalbonibody and soul and make your weekend trip memorable.

The Garshalboni farmhouse is really a sort of paradise for the nature lovers. If you are one of those who would like to spend your weekend lazing in the forests and enjoying nature’s lush green beauty, then Garhsalboni is perfect spot for you.

Places to see at Garshalboni: You will surely take sometime to explore the farmhouse’s natural surroundings and the extensive jungle all around. The forest with its variety of existing saal, teak, mahua, cashew trees and mango trees will surely interest you. There is plenty to see around Garh Salboni like the textile printing works of Printex, a small zoo, the government Ayurvedic medicinal plant garden and a spring well nearby. However, Garh Salboni is the perfect destination to relax within pristine nature in a farmhouse filled with history.

Nearby attractions at Garshalboni: Kendua village – few kilometers from the farmhouse is home to numerous migratory birds. The Dulung River flows through another beautiful spot nearby called Chilkigar, which houses an ancient Kanakdurga temple just 22 kms away and a ShivaTemple. You can also visit Jhargram Raajbaari (King’s residence) located nearby.  Another major attraction is the garden of Medicinal plants located nearby. You would find numerous temple and palace ruins all across the place.

GarshalboniThings to do at Garshalboni: You can relax in the serene and peaceful environment of Garhsalboni. You can visit the nearby places of attraction, especially the ancient temple of Goddess Kanak Durga and discover more about the history of the place. Birdwatching at Chilkigarh and idling beside the Dulung River are few other things you can do here apart from watching a tribal dance during the evenings.

Best time to visit Garshalboni: You can visit Garhshalboni throughout the year. The winters are excellent for the migratory birds and the rainy season is favorable for the greenery all around.

How to go ?

You can avail the Ispat Express from Howrah Station. After crossing Kharagpur, you need to get off at Jhargram Station. From there, you can take an bus to reach Garshalboni forest (10 km away). Alternatively, you can travel by car from Kolkata. The distance is around 170 km and it takes about three hours. After crossing Kharagpur, you have to drive for another 35 km on Bombay Road to reach Lodhashuli Crossing, from where you have to drive for another 5 km to reach Garshalboni Forest.

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Where to stay ?

The farmhouse at Garhshalboni covers an area of around 70 acres. All types of trees like teak, mango, saal and hundreds of different types of medicinal plants grow in the premises of the farmhouse. The present farmhouse was the erstwhile forest retreat of the Malla kings and later taken over by the British. It presently accommodates tourists in its twelve rooms and an extensive dining area. The rooms are Double Bedded without AC facilities and have attached Western Toilets. Food is served for the guests in the Dining hall and the cuisine is essentially Bengali. You can savour fish, chicken and a whole lot of lip-smacking delicacies here. You may also stay at:

Kaushalya Heritage: +91-3221-262353, 9932867447

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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Sonajhuri

Sonajhuri, South Bengal – The place of winding village roads, untouched forests, adivasi villages, the Kopai River & the Khoai region

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Sonajhuri is the place where the lost charm of Shantiniketan is still prevailing with the winding village roads, untouched forests, Adivasi Villages, the Kopai River and the Khoai region. Situated close to the northern side of Visva Bharati, Sonajhuri is far from the crowd of the Visva Bharati where you can take the charm of the peaceful Shantiniketan. It lies between the Shyambati Canal and Sonajhurithe Sonajhuri jungle. The lush greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) here you will enjoy an idle time in a peaceful environment that is almost rare in the busy city life. Sonajhuri is a heritage destination imbibed completely in the Santhali art and culture. The famous Shonajhuri Haat (weekly market) where the local crafts along with the traditional delicacies are being sold sits every Saturday. The famous Baul singers of Shantiniketan also perform in this Haat.

Places to see at Sonajhuri: The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offering a calm and quiet atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region.

The slow flowing Kopai River (Rabindranath Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) and the Baul singers along the banks are special attractions. The Banerpukur tribal village inside the forest area shouldn’t be missed as it gives a chance of close encounter with the local tribes living there.

Nearby attractions of Sonajhuri: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is just a km from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn’t miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or SonajhuriRabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 km from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti’s Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby.

The 14th century Surtheshwar Temple is only 8 km from here on the way to Illambazar whereas Nannoor – the birthplace of the famous poet Chandidas is just 23 km away. You can also visit Dangali Kali Temple nearby. Another popular destination – Kankalitala Temple, which is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Sati is around 9 km from Sonajhuri. You can also visit the famous Gar Jungle from here located 30 km via Illambazar. Other popular nearby destinations include Kenduli, Bakreshwar, Maithon, Tarapith and Durgapur Barrage.

Things to do at Sonajhuri: Take a leisure morning stroll through the Sonajhuri jungle to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. The jungle is clear and devoid of wild animals so you can also take your kids with you. A trip to Sonajhuri Haat that takes place on every Saturday can help you grab some great deals on local art and craft. Plus, a chance to indulge in some local delicacies can definitely make your day. A nature walk along the banks of River Kopai and the Kowai region is something you need to do for shrugging off your stress. However, the best stress buster could be the Baul singers, who often sing to the tune of nature along the banks of River Kopai. A village walk around the Banerpukur Adivasi Gram inside the Sonajhuri Forest is something you would cherish.

Best time to visit Sonajhuri: You can visit Sonajhuri during any time of the year. But if you want to attend the Basanta Utsav and Poush Mela at Shantineketan, then you must visit Sonajhuri during the months of March and December respectively. Poush Mela is from 7th Poush to 10th Poush (according to Bengali Calendar) and Basanta Utsav is held on the day of Holi. However, please remember that the Sonajhuri Haat is open only on Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Also, take note that Vishwa Bharati stays half-closed on Tuesdays and full closed on Wednesdays.

How to go ?

Sonajhuri is very well connected by road and is some 165 km from Kolkata and 40 km from Siuri in Birbhum. You can easily hire a private car or avail buses that ply on this route. You can also reach Sonajhuri via train services. The nearest railway stations from this village are Bolpur and Prantik. You can take Auto Rickshaws as well as manual rickshaws to reach Sonajhuri from the station. If you are travelling by car from Kolkata, the best way to reach Sonajhuri is to take the Durgapur Expressway and reach Nawabhaat, just after crossing the Bardhaman Bypass. Take the road towards Ghuskara keeping the 108 Shiv Mandir to your right to reach Sonajhuri via Bolpur Railway Station.

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Where to stay ?

You can stay at Sonajhuri Resort which is owned by WBFDC.
For booking details you may contact:
West BengalForest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549
Website: www.wbfdc.com
Resort Helpline no.: +91-03242 253356

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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Sajnekhali

Sajnekhali, South Bengal – The Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests

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Do you have the lust to enjoy greenery and adventure, then a stay at the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary nestled amidst lush Sunderban Forests will really be an experience that you will cherish for lifetime. It lies at the confluence of River Matla and Gumdi. Sajnekhali is renowned for being a home to the Royal Bengal Tiger and is also a heaven for varied species of birds. The Sajnekhali watch tower gives you a wonderful view of Sunderbans and from where you can catch the glimpse of deer, tiger and other animals. A SajnekhaliNature Interpretation Centre has been built at Sajnekhali, protected by wired fence. A crocodile farm, a turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks lies adjoining this centre. Sajnekhali has a number of watchtowers for wildlife viewing. Besides the tigers, the forest is also a haven for animals like Fishing Cats, Wild Boar, Macaques, Flying Fox, Chital, Pangolin and others.

Places to see at Sajnekhali: Watching the daily life of the wild animals from Sajnekhali Watch Tower is quite interesting. You can also visit the Nature Interpretation Centre to discover more information about Sunderbans and its inhabitants. There is a crocodile pond where you can watch the feeding frenzy of crocodiles. A smaller turtle farm and a pond inhabited by sharks can also be found here. You can also spend sometime at the Sajnekhali jetty watching over the mighty Matla River and the passing boats.

At Shajnekhali, savour the splendid sight of some exotic birds like Spotted Billed Pelican, Caspian Tern, Fish Eagle, Osprey Herring Gull, Green Backed Heron, Purple Heron, Open Billed Stork, Night Heron, White Bellied Sea Eagle, White Ibis, Grey Heron, Common Kingfisher, Egret and Paradise Flycatcher. This sanctuary is also visited by the rare winter migrants like Asian Dowitchers.

SajnekhaliNearby attractions of Sajnekhali: From Sajnekhali jetty, the ferries will take you to Bhagabatpur Crocodile breeding farm, Halliday Island (famous for Barking Deer) and other parts of Sunderbans.  You can also enjoy a ferry ride to the small village settlement of Gosaba, located in the Canning subdivision. You can also visit Netidhopani, which has the remnants of a mysterious 400-year-old temple. A trip to Kanak is also quite rewarding for travellers, which is the nesting ground of Olive Ridley Turtles.

Things to do at Sajnekhali: Apart from touring the sightseeing destinations at Sajnekhali, take out some time to visit the nearby villages. You can interact with the local people of the place and watch their life style to have an insight into their lives.

Best time to visit Sajnekhali: You can visit Sajnekhali throughout the year but the best time to visit Sajnekhali is from September to March. Many tourists also fall under the spell of the magical charm of monsoon in Sunderban.

How to go ?

Caning is the gateway of Sajnekhali, where motorboats are available departing for the destination. Canning is well accessible by bus and train services from Kolkata. To reach Sajnekhali, you can also hire boats from Basanti, Gosaba, Namkhana and Najatare, which are well connected by roadway from Kolkata. You can drive straight to Sonakhali and take a 3 hour ferry ride to Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge.  Sonakhali is about 90 kms from Kolkata and takes 2.5 hrs by bus from Esplanade. The route is via EM Bypass — Bantala — Ghatak Pukur — Sarberia.  Alternatively, you can also reach Sajnekhali through Basanti (90 kms from Kolkata) and take an auto rickshaw to Gadkhali (another 11 kms away) to arrive at Gosaba. From Gosaba you can catch another ferry (about 20 mins) to reach Sajnekhali.

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Where to stay ?

The WBTDC Tourist Complex at Sajnekhali is the most popular and well-equipped accommodation in Sajnekhali. The complex has a number of watch towers overlooking the Sunderbans, a crocodile pond and a Nature Interpretation centre. We arrange booking for WBTDC Tourist Complex at Sajnekhali directly from Kolkata. Dining facilities are excellent here, which mainly comprises ethnic Bengali cuisine. However, Western styled food is also offered here. For booking details you may contact:

WBTDC
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : (033)22436440/22488271
Website: www.wbtourism.gov.in

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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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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Joypur Forest

Joypur Forest, South Bengal – A dense jungle of Sal and Teak

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A dense jungle of Sal and Teak inhabited by spotted deer herds, found crossing the lush green forest-path that’s Joypur Forest. Bishnupur, the historical town with its 17th Century terracotta temples, the Kansabati Dam and lake at Mukutmanipur are Joypur Forestits nearby attractions. It is an ideal weekend spot for those wanting to enjoy the peace and serenity.  Adjacent to the Joypur Forest, is a resort where you can stay. The resort has its own farm, vegetable garden, a huge lake (Jheel) and equipped with all modern facilities. The dense forest surrounds the resort area. This is a place where you can spend your time idly and enjoy some peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. Planning to visit Bishnupur recently and avoid the cacaphony of the streets, then you can stay at Joypur. From Joypur, Bishnupur is just 14km.

Places to see at JoypurForest: The dense forest extends over an area of 120 sq.km with a watch tower to catch a glimpse of the greenery and the spotted deer – Cheethals. You would also find a good population of birds here – especially parrots. The forest vegetation mainly comprises Sal and Teak with few other trees like Amla and Bahera. Occasionally, during winters, you would also find wild elephants crossing the forest area. There is a forest watch tower within 10 mins walk from the resort. You can have a panoramic view of the forest from this watch tower. There is also an abandoned airstrip of British era within the forest, which you can visit. But, remember to return from the forest within 4 pm.

Joypur-ForestNearby attractions of JoypurForest: The prime attraction near Joypur Forest is the temple town of Bishnupur in Bankura District. It is located just 14 kms ahead of Joypur Forest. This 17th century town of Bishnupur is dotted with terracotta temples and historical buildings all around. Some of the famous temples of Bishnupur are the Rasmancha, which is the oldest brick temple built by the legendary king Beer Humbeer in 1600 AD, the Pancha Ratna Temple built in 1643 AD built by King Raghunath Singha, the Jor Bangla temple built in 1655 AD by King Raghunath Singha Dev II, the Madanmohan Temple built in 1694 AD, the Lalji Temple built in 1658 AD and Nandalal Temple built in 17th century.

All these temples built by Malla Kings were dedicated to Lord Krishna. However, the show stealer is the famous 3.8 meter long Dalmadal Cannon with a muzzle diameter of nearly 30 cms, which is said to have been used by the Malla Kings against the Marathas. You can also visit some of the temple ruins located around Bishnupur like the infamous Gumghar (torture chamber) of Malla Kings, the Lal Bandh lake, the Pathar Darwaja (main gateway of the town) and the Nutan Mahal.

Other than Bishnupur, tourists can also visit Jairambati and Kamarpukur, birthplaces of Saradamayi Maa and Sri Ramakrishna Pramahamsa just 53 kms from Joypur, the Mukutmanipur Dam on River Kansabati around 80 kms away and the Panchmura village just 31 kms from Joypur Forest famous for terracotta horses. Nearly all households of Panchmura make terracotta horses and various terracotta items like jewellery and show-pieces. Jhilimili and Susunia Hills are few other attractions which you can cover in day trips. Another interesting destination located within 60 kms is the Temple of Kapistha, which is a 17th century temple of Durga atop a hill. Just remember not to carry onion or garlic during your visit to Kapistha. The Gandua Dam on Durgapur – Mejia Road and Piyardoba Forest are also located nearby.

Things to do at JoypurForest: You can take a stroll along the buffer zone of the forest or visit the nearby watch tower to catch a glimpse of the frolicking Cheethals (spotted deer) and occasional elephant herds crossing the forest. An idle morning can be spent watching birds and an idle evening watching the sun go down over the forest’s horizon. You can take a local sightseeing trip to Bishnupur, Jairambati, Kamarpukur or Panchmura and return by the evening to your resort in Joypur Forest. Another favourite activity of tourists visiting Joypur would be a shopping trip to Bishnupur. The famous Baluchari Saree, Bishnupur Silk, terracotta handicrafts and Dokra are some of the things you can try here.

Best time to visit JoypurForest: You can visit Joypur Forest throughout the year. Here, winters are best for birdwatching and the rainy season covers the entire jungle in a lush greenery. If you are fond of local culture and art, then you can also plan your trip between 23rd December and 27th December every year when the Bishnupur Mela is held.

How to go ?

From Esplanade (Kolkata) you can catch any bus towards Bishnupur via Arambagh and get down at Joypur Forest. It is around 140 kms and takes almost 4.5 hours. If you want to avail train, there are numerous options from Howrah. You can even take any local train to Tarakeshwar from Howrah and catch a bus from Tarakeshwar to Joypur. Another option could be boarding direct express trains like Rupashi Bangla or Aranyak and getting down at Bishnupur. From Bishnupur station, you would get trekkers to JoypurForest.

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Where to stay ?

The private resort in Joypur is located adjacent to the Joypur Forest. The resort has its own vegetable garden, a Jheel (huge pond), Joypur-Foresta very nice restaurant and its own farm with cows, swans, ducks and even Emus. Most of its food is taken from its own farm and cooked fresh every day. There are Double Bed Cottages and Four bedded family rooms with attached Western Bathrooms and all
modern facilities like Air Conditioners, hot water geysers, Televisions and Showers. The resort has private parking and gazebos are located all around its pond for the guests to spend some idle hours in the evening. The resort’s multi-cuisine restaurant is quite famous among the food lovers of Bishnupur and its menu can be compared to any restaurant in Kolkata.

Hotel Banalata : +9103244-249-234/ +91-9732111706 /+91-9732111707 /+91-9732111705  Website: www.hotelbanalata.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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Garpanchakat

Garpanchakat, South Bengal – A nature’s wonderland that rests amidst the splendid woodland and hills

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Garpanchakat or Garpanchakot is a nature’s wonderland and an ideal tourist spot to enjoy a perfect weekend holiday that rests amidst the splendid woodland and hills. The location of the place is its main attraction that is easily accessible by car and rail. It also facilitates all modern requirements.

GarpanchakatPlaces to see at Garpanchakot: This place features a number of sites with historical values that are worth visiting. You can visit the remains of ancient palaces of kings, who used to rule the region. The site also houses the Temple of Pancharatna, the very name from which the name of the place has been derived. Lake of Murarodi also offers some spectacular views of the surrounding.

Nearby attractions from Garpanchakat: The Panchet Dam which is some 5 kms from the place is the biggest nearby attractions. Panchet Dam offers great opportunities for bird watching.

Things to do at Garpanchakat: If you are not much of an outdoor person, spend your day just sitting in the forest bungalows, enjoying the scenic natural beauty of the surrounding. You can also go for bird-watching at the Panchet Dam.

Best time to visit Garpanchakat: You can visit the place any time of the year. However, rainy season makes is lush green.

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How to go ?

GarpanchakatIf you are travelling by train, get down at the stations of Barakor or Asansol and take a trekker to cover an hour long path to reach Garpanchakat. You can also take the car route by driving along the National Highway 2. After crossing Asansol, turn left and take the road leading to Raghunathpur. After reaching the Satbari stop, your destination is few kilometers away by the village path.

Where to stay ?

Garpanchakat has accommodation developed by West Bengal Tourism. For booking details you may contact:
West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
Address: 6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : +91-033-2237-0060/ 2237-0061/ 2225-8549
Website: www.wbfdc.com

There is also a private accommodation.
Palash Bithi Lodge: +91-8001702087, 9932610350

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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Duarsini

Duarsini, South Bengal – Pack your bags this weekend if you want to mingle completely with nature

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Want to mingle completely with nature then pack your bags to visit Duarsini in the next weekend. The variety of trees like Shal, Teak, Mahua, Pial, Kusum, and Bahera stand in a row here. The mountain river Satgudum leading to the tribal villages will mesmerise you by its serpentine moves. The adventures in the forest will make your trip to Duarsini a full package of excitement.

DuarsiniThe sudden descend of darkness in these jungle areas is very interesting to see. The silvery night lighted by soothing moon, the rhythmic beats of drums coming from the tribes amidst the jungle can be quite a thrilling experience for the tourists.

Places to see at Duarsini: The villages of the tribes like Santhal, Munda, Shabaradh, and Kheriya are the main attraction of the place. The jungle is another interesting place to visit, where you see wild animals like bears, wild pig, and herds of elephants, hyena, and wolf, along with some known and unknown birds that can be seen here.

Nearby attractions from Duarsini:  From Durasini you can visit the place like, Galudi and from there you can further travel to its nearby destinations. Another place is the Bhalo Hills, located some 3 km away from Duarsini. The remnants of the culture of some past civilization are found here.

Things to do at Duarsini: In Duarsini, you can travel to the various tribal houses in their villages, of course guided by some local. In the jungle you can even spot some wild animals. Sitting by the river Satgudum is also an option. In the evening you can also sit in your bungalow and enjoy the sound of drums coming from the tribal villages.

DuarsiniBest time to visit Duarsini: The jungles are safe throughout the year except the rainy season.

How to go ?

The easiest way to reach Duarsini is by travelling 12 km from Galudi and crossing the border of West Bengal and entering Purulia district. Duarsini can be arrived at both from Purulia as well as Bandowan.

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Where to stay ?

The best arrangement for lodging is the cottages maintained by WBFDC. Dining comes as a part of staying in these cottages. For booking details you may contact:

DuarsiniWest Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited
6A, Raja Subodh Mullick Square, 7th – Floor, Kolkata-700013
Ph No. : 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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Tumbani

Tumbani, South Bengal – The place look panoramic with red soil merging with greenery

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Tumbani is located in the border area of Jharkhand, near Rampurhat and is another great place near Rampurhat. It is a place where you where the blend of natural colours makes the place look panoramic with red soil merging with greenery. On one side of the picturesque location is the Narayanpur Brahmani River and on the other side of it are the Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Kalipahar forest, thus giving it an ideal setting for scenery. The middle is the beautiful small Tumbani (Tumboni), flanked by forest resorts.

Nearby attractions at Tumbani: You can visit the holy place of Moluti, which is although located in a different state, is quite nearby.

Things to do at Tumbani: Enjoy the serene tranquillity of a rural place with red soil and plenty of greenery. The perfect ambience of Tumbani located in the middle with the Kalipahar forest, Patalpahari village of Jharkhand and the Narayanpur Brahmani River surrounding it gives you the perfect setting for relaxation. You can also take a stroll along the banks of the river.

Best time to visit Tumbani: Throughout the year.

How to go ?

You can either board Ganadevta Express from Howrah or Kanchanjanga Express from Sealdah to reach Rampurhat. From Rampurhat, you need to travel some 10 km by the road to Dumka.

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Where to stay ?

You can avail the two bed-roomed forest bungalow. Dining facilities are offered in the forest bungalow. For booking details you may contact: The Divisional Forest Officer – +9103462-255262

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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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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Kalash Dweep

Kalash Islands, South Bengal – The Kalash camp is located beside the banks of the Bay of Bengal

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The Kalash camp is located beside the banks of the Bay of Bengal and lying beside it is the Kalash beach. Created by forest conservation department the Kalash camp  spans over an area of 4 acres. The place is well protected with a fence of 10 feet high and 20 feet trench, and yet it is not sufficient enough to prevent Royal Bengal Tigers from coming to the beach in search of the sweet water pond located there. An outing in Kalash Island is really adventurous. Touring all alone in the beach is strictly prohibited and must be assisted by forest rangers as the island is often visited by the Royal Bengal tigers. The island remains uninhabited otherwise and the Olive Ridley turtles that come here for nesting during winter borders the beach.

Places to see at KalashIsland: The entire island located in seclusion is a great place of attraction.

Nearby attractions at KalashIslands: You can visit Namkhana or the Lothian Island or the crocodile project of Bhagbatpur on your way back home from Kalash Islands.

Things to do at KalashIslands: A complete adventurous place to watch out for. Check out the Olive Ridley turtles on the beach and if lucky enough you can even spot a Royal Bengal Tiger as well.

Best time to visit KalashIslands: You can make a visit throughout the year. But if you want to see Olive Ridley turtles nesting on the beach, then come during the winter.

How to go ?

If you are going to Kalash Island directly, then you can board a bus or a car to reach Ramganga via Diamond Harbour-Kulpi. From there, you have to hurry a bit and start your journey before the high tide to reach Kalash Island in 3 hours time. Another way to reach Kalash is using the Bidya River from Bani camp to enter the Chulkati channel which will take you to Kalash camp.

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Where to stay ?

You can either avail the camps or the cottages for lodging. Dining facility is available at your place of stay. For booking details you may contact:

Kalash Island Forest Lodge – 033-24799032

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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Muruguma

Muruguma, South Bengal – The Kenkechi Hill, Muruguma Lake & the forest are worth visiting

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A tribal village, Muruguma is located on the boundary of Purulia and Jharkhand. This place is easily accessible by car from both Purulia and Jharkhand stations. The Kenkechi Hill, Muruguma Lake and the forest are worth visiting from here. What makes the trip unique is the traditional dance performance of the tribal villagers that will intoxicate your senses. The place is an ideal destination for relaxation.

Places to see at Muruguma: Make a visit to the village and experience the tribal villagers’ way of living.

Nearby attractions from Muruguma: The nearby attraction of this tribal village is Kenkechi Hill. You need to cross a small mound and then walk along a village road to reach the hill. On your left side, you will find a beautiful lake known as Muruguma Lake. You will find that the road leading to the lake diverts at a distance of around 2 km from the lake and leads to a forest. In this forest, a tent resort is situated.

Things to do at Muruguma: You can explore the nearby forest and catch a glimpse of the resident foxes. You can while away your time in the tents by chatting with people. You can also enjoy the camp-fire in the resort premises and the traditional dance performed by the tribal villagers for entertaining the tourists.

Best time to visit Muruguma: The winter season is ideal for those who want to enjoy chilly nights. When you visit this place during the winter season, make sure you bring sufficient warm clothes as the temperature after sunset hovers around 5 to 6 degree Celsius and at night, it drops down to 3 degree Celsius.

How to go ?

The Rupasi Bangla train is available early morning that traverses between Kolkata and Purulia. The train reaches Purulia around 12.30 p.m. From Purulia Station, you can hire a car and reach Muruguma. You need to avail the Ranchi road and travel to Muruguma, via Begunkodar. The distance is around 45 kilometers and it takes about 1 hour 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can also travel to Muruguma by availing a train from Kolkata’s Howrah Station to Jharkhand’s Muri Station. From Muri Station, Muruguma is situated at a distance of 35 kilometers.

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Where to stay ?

The tent resort is the only lodging facility available in Muruguma. It offers some modern facilities such as attached bathrooms and battery operated lamps. By means of tents, the resort houses a separate dining place offering dining facilities and a relaxing place where tourists can chat.

Aaranyak Murguma Tent Resort
Ph: +91 98308 85455, 98306 44510

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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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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