Sikia Jhora is a rivulet flowing through the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve surrounded by Damanpur Range. Sikia Jhora stream can be found in North Panialguri in Alipurduar subdivision. Taking into account the eco village tourism development initiative and the increasing number of tourists flocking the region, government had built a dam and an embankment along the stream a few years back. Sikia Jhora is one of the major tourist highlights apart from the tigers inside the Buxa reserve. Boating is allowed on the brooke and it also a famous bird watching spot. However, the rivulet swells up during rainy season and hence it is not a good idea to visit the place during monsoons.

How to reach Sikia Jhora


Sikia Jhora is well connected with the other parts of the country through air, road and rail. Several trains from metro cities arrive at New Alipurduar station or the New Jalpaiguri junction from where you can hire taxis to arrive at the spot. Kamrup and Saraighata are some of the express trains of the region. Buses also ply between Alipurduar and Sikia Jhora. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Alternatively, if you are traveling in your own car, then Buxa is only 25 kilometers from Rajabhatkhawa which is at a short distance from Alipurduar.

Accomodation in Sikia Jhora


Both homestays and government bungalows are available for tourists at various spots in and around the Buxa Tiger Reserve. South Ridak, Raimatung, Jayanti and Kumargram are some of the places where you can stay and go on a day’s visit to Sikia Jhora.

Attractions & Activities in Sikia Jhora


This beautiful tourist destination is maintained by the eco tourism development committee constituting local villagers. They take care of the tourists visiting the region. Opposite to Sikia Jhora is the Kalkut forest which is also a popular picnic spot. Jaydevpur, Sahibbandh and Hatipota are some more picnic spots being developed close by for tourists. There is also a watchtower from where you can view the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

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Paglajhora Waterfalls are one of the major tourist attractions of Darjeeling in West Bengal. Located at Kurseong, which falls en route to Darjeeling from Siliguri this is a wonderful destination indeed. One of the major tourist attractions over here is the Rohini Tourist Complex. In fact, it happens to be one of the latest discoveries in this area as well. The sight here is absolutely magnificent to say the least! Over here you will be treated to the rare sight of the waterfalls making their way through the mountain. At times, you may also be able to see the local river that blows in this part of West Bengal.

There are plenty of other things that you should see when you are staying in the vicinity of the Paglajhora Waterfalls. Here you would be able to see a temple as well as a lake. In addition there is the view point as well. The entire region that falls on the road named Rohini between Siliguri and Darjeeling is a majestic location indeed. In fact people prefer this road while traveling between the two places because it is a very smooth road and the whole journey is very pleasant as a result of that.

This place is very different from what you will get in Darjeeling. Since it is basically a tiny hamlet the accommodation facilities may not be as great. You will get homestay facilities as well that will be inclusive of food cooked by people hosting you. However, the real charm lies in the tranquil surroundings – just imagine sitting in the lap of nature on a calm and cold evening all by yourself or with your near and dear ones. The experience is just awesome, especially for people who may want a break from the din and bustle of Darjeeling.

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13 kilometers from Mongpu and 28 kilometers from Siliguri tucked away in the Himalayas is the small and relatively less crowded hamlet of Kalijhora. The village is totally covered by the forests of shaal, arjun, segun, eucalyptus and derives its name from the water fall Kalijhora cascading down from a height of 550 meters. Kalijhora literally means black water and the color is definitely more blackish than the mighty Teesta flowing downstream. Mouni Pahar/hill surrounds this quaint little hamlet and Swetkhola and Kalikhola Rivers act as borders of this Kalijhora while the village itself is the border between Bengal and Sikkim.

How to reach Kalijhora falls


Reaching Kalijhora is quite easy because it is located on the National Highway 31A connecting Bengal with Sikkim. You can take any vehicle that is plying towards Sikkim from Siliguri and reach Kalijhora since its enroute to Sikkim via the same route. For accommodation, the forest rest house and PWD inspection bungalow are available. However, both of these require advance reservation.

Attractions in Kalijhora falls


The scenic beauty of Kalijhora is incomparable to any other village and the presence of the waterfall makes it even more attractive. Initially famous as picnic spot because of its proximity to River Teesta, it was only loved by the locals. However, over the last few years there has been a steady influx of tourists at this region. The landscape has altered considerably after the construction of the dam in 2000. This is the perfect spot for lazing around and enjoying natural abundance. The unspoiled greenery along with the consistent orchestration of crickets will enchant you throughout.

The well known Sevoke Bridge commonly called Bagpool is only 7 kilometers from Kalijhora. Latpanchar another tourist spot which is potentially developing into a popular one is located nearby at the end of the forest. Trekkers can trek to reach Latpanchar through the forest trail. You can continue on the same route to Shittong, Pokhritar, Bagora finally leading you to Kurseong-Darjeeling Highway. There is even more adventure waiting for you at Kalijjhora. You can trek within Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary which is only a couple of hours from Kalijhora. Tourists often trek to Kamala Falls within the premises of the sanctuary. However, special permission from the forest department is mandatory.

Discover the Rambijhora Falls at a short distance and also take part in white water rafting during the day. Peshok is a close by spot which is marked with the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet offering an amazing sight. Only 20 kilometers from Kalijhora is Mongpu, famous for Cinchona plantation and Rabindranath Tagore’s summer residence.

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The wild and gushing Changey Falls can be found at a short distance of 14 kilometers from Lava, a famous tourist attraction in Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling District West Bengal. Tourists undertaking the trip to LavaLoleygaonRishyap circuit definitely visit the Changey Falls which is formidable and beautiful at the same time. Rapidly gaining in popularity among the nature and adventure lovers, Changey Falls has added charm to the beautiful hamlets nearby.

How to reach Changey Falls


Tourists visiting Lava Loleygaon can easily come to Changey Falls. Hire a car to drive you to Changey via Kolakham from Lava. No public or private buses ply through this route. Therefore, you must have a car hired for both reaching and departing from the destination. The route through Kolakham is beautiful and will mesmerize you with its charm. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Changey on your four wheeler which means it is almost 4.5 kilometers from Kolakham. Once you reach the spot you have to start on a 900 feet walking trail to arrive at the source of the mighty falls. It will cost around 1200 to arrive and depart from Changey on a cab.

Attaractions in Changey Falls


It is quite an awe-inspiring sight. Forest, mountain and waterfall make an excellent spot with natural abundance. The waterfalls against the backdrop of the majestic Kanchenjunga makes for an ideal picture so do not stop your camera from clicking. The heaven like peace is only broken by the chirp of beautiful and colorful Himalayan birds like Verditer Flycatcher, White Capped Water Redstart, Blue Fronted Redstart, Niltava, Indian Robin, Blue Whistling Thrush and Grey Treepie. You can also enjoy the sunrise and sunset at 2 points known as Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara if you consider staying at Changey Falls for a day or two.

Accommodation at Changey Falls


Earlier there was no accommodation at Changey Falls. But now the situation has changed and there is a medium resort known as the Changey Falls Resort. It is a beautifully designed wooden resort which offers cottage style rooms with double occupancy along with attached western toilet. The room rate is 1500 INR + 10% service charges. They charge 300+10% service charge for an extra bed. You can book the resort online or call at 9836955186/9830947352/8420424111.

The uniqueness of Changey Falls is that it flows in 3 steps which could be made out clearly from its course downstream. Do not forget to capture this rare beauty in a wild setting.

Photo Courtesy: changeyfalls.wordpress.com

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Established in 1986 Neora Valley National Park is located near Lava in Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling District. Covering an area of 89 square kilometers this park is of the richest biosphere reserve in India. Open from 8 am to 12 noon, 1pm – 4pm. It is closed on Thursdays. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations and is growing rapidly in importance due to the number of tourists and also due to the diverse flora and fauna of North Eastern Himalayas. Located at a distance of 32 kilometers from both Lava and Samsing which is the border area, Neora Valley National Park has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Entry fee to this awesome reserve is INR 20.

Covering an area of 89 square kilometers this park is of the richest biosphere reserve in India. Often referred to as the land of the endangered Red Panda, it offers a staggering variety of vegetation and also birds. The nature lovers will be overwhelmed by the abundance of rhododendrons, bamboo groves and mountain streams. The highest point of Neora Valley National park is 10,500 feet which is the Rachela Pass.

How to reach Neora Valley National Park


Both buses and cars can take you to North East India’s biggest biodiversity zone, Neora Valley National Park. Buses plying from Siliguri will take you to Kalimpong from where Lava is 32 kilometers. The entry point of Neora Valley National Park is through Lava. There is an alternative route through Samsing for which you have to reach Chalsa from Siliguri which is 65 kilometers. From Chalsa Samsing is about 18 kilometers from where you can enter the biological zone. Accommodation is obviously in Lava or Samsing depending on whichever route you are taking.

Attaractions in Neora Valley National Park


The geography of the Neora Valley National Park is unique. The heavy growth in the forest sometimes even restricts the sunlight from entering the forest. It is also known as the Virgin Forest and quite true to its name much of the forest land is yet to be discovered pushing the adventure lovers to explore those inaccessible parts. The Neora River is the primary water resource of Kalimpong.

The flora of the region is diverse and the virgin wilderness supports tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and sub-temperate vegetation inside it. Mixed species of bamboo, sal, oak, ferns, rhododendrons and various types of orchids can be found in the park. The fauna supported by the forest environment is even more diverse. Red panda, sloth bear, Himalayan Flying Squirrel, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, civet are some of the mammal species living in the forest. Others include lizards, king cobra, green pit viper, moths, bugs, wasps, cicadas.

Neora Valley National Park is also known as the bird watchers’ paradise. Some of the most sought after birds can be spotted here within areas of 1600m-2700 meters. Birds like Jerdon’s Baza, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Tragopan, Golden-throated Barbet, White-browed Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin can be seen.

Trek to Neora Valley National Park


This is also a trekkers’ paradise because he/she can explore the diversity while climbing up to the highest point of the park which is the Rachela Pass. Jaributi is a particular point inside the park which is full of medicinal plants. Other interesting points include the Tiffin Dara and the Red Panda Camp.

You must obtain the permit to enter the park from forest range offices in Lava and Samsing and nobody is allowed in the park after sunset.

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Rimbik falls on the southern part of Darjeeling towards the Singalila National Park. It appears to be perched on the top of the Himalayan range like a roof. Rimbik sitting at an altitude of 2,286 meters is a little village in the shadow of the Kachenjunga overlooking the River Ramman. It is close to the Skim and Nepal border area. The village is naturally endowed with scenic beauty and offers a captivating halt to the trekkers enroute to Sandakphu. Arguably the best view of the Kanchenjunga is achieved from Rimbik. Along with the mighty Kanchenjunga, other snow capped peaks can also be seen from Rimbik village. The play of colors on the top of the peaks is incredible.

Attractions in Rimbik


Rimbik is like a fresh breath of air for people who have landed in crowded Darjeeling and Kalimpong. This path is often treaded and thus you can have a peaceful sojourn in Rimbik. Nowlekh and Darjeeling can be viewed from Rimbik in the morning and during the night you will be spellbound by the sky full of stars shining like little diamonds. Standing under the vast canopy of star-studded sky is an enriching and fulfilling experience. Once you reach Rimbik, you will be one with nature. Take a stroll on the hilly trails flanked with pine, birch and oak trees and listen to the beautiful music of the birds. A steady urge to capture every scene and moment might overwhelm you.

After you have admired the natural bounty of Rimbik, it is time to start early next morning to trek to Srikhola with the morning air filled with the fragrance of rhododendron. From Srikhola trekkers generally take the trekking trail to Sandakphu and Phalut. Rimbik is normally a halt point for the trekkers during moving up and returning as well. This place is paradise for the adventurous souls. Apart from Sandakphu and Phalut other trekking trails leading to Darjeeling via Lodoma, Jhepi, Bijanbari is also popular. You will cross the lovely Rangeet River on your way marveling at its course.

The Singalila National Park is another place of interest for the tourists visiting Rimbik.

How to reach Rimbik Falls


Reaching Rimbik is easy via Kurseong through Hill Cart Road. You can also avail cabs, buses and jeeps from Ghoom station to arrive at Rimbik. Alternatively, the Mirik-Sukhia-Pokhri-Manbhanjan route can also be taken to Rimbik. The fruitful journey will take approximately 5 hours. Do stop over at Lepcha Jagat on your way and then continue the enjoyable journey.

Accommodation in Rimbik


Rimbik along with offering cool comfort to the tourists also offers a wide variety of accommodation units. From the luxurious to the basic; all are available at Rimbik. The hotels at Rimbik will charge between 800 and 200 INR per night. Some of the popular hotels are Sherpa Hotel, Shivapradhan Hotel, Green Hotel and Sherpa Tenzing Hotel. Alternatively, you can choose to stay at the forest bungalow which has an excellent ambiance and facilities. For enjoying a stay at the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Trekker’s Hut you have to make an advance reservation.

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Spreading over an area of 6,259 sq km, the Purulia district in West Bengal remains the westernmost region of the state. Paschim Medinipur, Bankura, Bokaro, Bardhaman, Ranchi are some of the places with which the place shares its boundaries.

Baghmundi


Baghmundi – the administrative segment of Purulia Sadar West subdivision of Purulia district remains one of the major attractions of this region. This place acts as a charming diversion for tourists with its serenity, uneven topography, falls, rivers, diverse flora and fauna, dense vegetation etc. In short, it is an absolute delight for nature lovers. So a trip to West Bengal virtually remains incomplete without a visit to this wondrous paradise of picturesque beauty and charm. Bamni Falls remains one of the major attractions of this place.

The falls is located near Bareria village and is flanked by charming landscape and greenery. It makes for a perennial falls. Bamni remains a major draw in Baghmundi along with other attractions like:

  • Charida village
  • Khairabera
  • Suisa (museum)
  • Gaghkocha Falls
  • Dowry Khal
  • P.P.S.P Hydel Project
  • Thurga falls
  • Usuldungri
  • Deuli

 Why Should You Visit Bamni Falls?


I can say, from my personal experience that Bamni is definitely worth a visit (that is if you’re venturing out to Purulia anytime soon) simply owing to its sheer natural beauty and landscape. Do not make the mistake of excluding this one from your itinerary.

How to Reach Baghmundi


Purulia itself does not have a bus stand. The nearest option is Bokaro and some of the major cities are connected to it via trains. You can also avail the flight route to the Ranchi airport.

The contact details of Baghmundi Block Development Office are presented below:

Block Development Office, Baghmundu, Purulia
Telephone: 03252-250207
Fax No: 03252-250207
E-mail Id: baghmundi@nic.in

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