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.