Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the heart of Eastern Dooars at the Himalayan foothills. It serves as the corridor between Buxa Tiger Reserve National Park and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary for Asian elephants and One Horned Rhinos. It is only 20 kilometers from Alipurduar and is an hour’s drive. Mendabari Jungle Camp is the eco tourism resort of Chilapata Forest. The camp is 2 kilometers inside the forest in Kodal basti or settlement and provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for adventure lovers to stay amidst vast jungle accompanied by wild animals 24 hours. If you wish to be thrilled to the core, this place is for you.

How to reach Chilapata


Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary and Mendabari Camp are accessible through road, rail and air. You have to take National Highway 31 to reach Chilapata if you are driving your car. By air you have to come to Bagdogra airport from where you can hire a taxi to take you to Chilapata. The easiest is however boarding a train and disembarking at Alipurduar station from where it is only an hour’s drive to Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary. The Mendabari Jungle Camp is 2 kilometers inside the forest.

Accommodation in Chilapata


Mendabari Jungle Camp reminds one of the rural lives of our ancestors. It is absolute bliss and also undaunted thrill that you will experience here. The Elephant cottage is made with cement, brick and wood in local style standing on concrete stilts while the Bamboo cottages are more authentic ones made from eco-friendly materials capturing the traditional architecture of the tribal houses. Food is prepared from the fresh organic local produce and offers different varieties of local the local cuisine. It is served on thatched dining tables with 4 sides open to enjoy uninterrupted view of the jungle. However, you are not allowed to go out of the cottage at night on bare foot because leopards have been noticed in the zone. The Elephant cottage cost 1500 INR and the bamboo cottage comes at 1000 INR. Food is charged separately.

Attractions & Activities in Chilapata


Chilapata Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 23 species of herbivores and carnivores and around 22 species of reptiles and 180 species of birds. Some rare orchids and trees and plants are found in the forest as well. This diverse flora and fauna is nurtured by the rivers Torsha and Bania which bring in the fresh monsoon alluvial soil. Apart from Asian elephants and one horned rhinos, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, hog deer, cheetal, leopard, and monkey can be found in the forest. You will be able to spot majority of these animals from the Mendabari watchtower on wildlife safari.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Khyerbari Leopard Rescue Center are close by. Mathura Tea Estate and Rabha Tribal community are the other tourist attractions near the forest. Deep within the forest lay the ruins of the fort of Nalraj. The historians are divided on the era of its construction and trace it back to 5th -7th century. Only the entrance of the fort is now visible. While returning back you will see the ‘bleeding treeknown as Ran Guna. Other activities include baoting on Bania River, angling and trekking the jungle trails.

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Murshidabad is a place of historic importance situated on the southern bank of River Bhagirathi. It was the last capital of Independent Bengal from 1717 to 1773 when the East India Company shifted its capital to Kolkata. The present city is renowned for its silks and places of historical interest. It also serves as the district head quarters of Murshidabad district.

Attractions & Activities in Murshidabad


Murshidabad is renowned for its places of historical importance. The tale of Bengal’s golden era prior to the British rule comes alive in Murshidabad.

Hazaar Duaari, Murshidabad, West-Bengal

Hazarduari
Named after the 1000 doors it contains, this palace was built by Duncan McLeod in 1837 for the ruling Nawab. It showcases the European architecture of yesteryears a nd has been converted into a museum at present. It has been named as the largest site museum by the, ‘Archaeological Survey of India.’ Continue Reading →

Imambara A hallmark of Islamic architecture in Murshidabad, West Bengal

Imambara
A revered site of Shia Muslims, the Imambara was built on the ruins of the wooden one, which had been gutted by fire. It is 680 feet long and is situated on the banks of the River Bhagirathi and is divided into three distinct sections. Continue Reading →

Wasef Manzil
The palace resembles a castle in some ways and was used as a residence by Nawab Wasaf Ali Mirza. It has been converted into a museum now and is maintained by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India.’ There are several marble statues and a fountain in the garden in front of the building. Continue Reading →

Mursidabad Katra Mosque A Must See for History Buffs inside, West Bengal

Katra Mosque
This historical mosque was believed to have been commissioned by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan in 1723. It could accommodate around 2000 people who offered Namaz, at the same time. The famous canon Jahan Kosha (Destroyer of World) can be seen here. Some parts of the mosque had been damaged in the earthquake of 1897. Continue Reading →

 

Sholapith Devi Durga, Murshidabad

Art and Craft
Ivory, wood, Indian Cork (Sholapith) and Silk industry was very rich culture when the Nawabs of Bengal were the rulers of Bengal at Murshidabad. But it had to face a crisis when the Nawabs lost their kingdom and independence during the time of British Empire.  But the art of silk sari has maintained its quality till now. Now a day’s Murshidabad Silk production is going down because of the low earnings of the sari makers. Continue Reading →

 

Jahankosha Canon, Murshidabad

Jahankosha Canon
Jahankosha canon weighing 16,880 lb is 17.5 feet long with a girth of 5 feet at the touch hole end. The diameter of the touch hole is 1.5 inches and the diameter of the orifice is 6 inches.  Continue Reading →

Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel is a charming horseshoe shaped lake located 1 kilometer south of Lalbagh. The land adjoining Moti Jheel witnessed the celebration of Lord Clive after he acquired Bengal, Bihar and Orissa in 1765.  Continue Reading →

Cemetery of Siraj-Ud-Daula
The cemetery of Siraj-ud-Daulah or Khoshbag as it is popularly known as is located at the Bhagirathi River bank in the west. The tomb is also shared by his wife, Lutf-un-nisa and his grandfather, Alivardi Khan. Continue Reading →

Mosque at Khoshbag Cemetary
This mosque is located inside the premises of Khoshbag which is the final resting place of the Nawabs belonging to the Afshar dynasty ruling Bengal. It has the tombs of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah, his wife, grandfather and grandfather’s mother. Continue Reading →

War Memorial at the Battle of Plassey Ground, Murshidabad

War Memorial at the Battle of Plassey Ground
The battle ground of Plassey lying on the banks of the Bhagirathi River holds lot of historical significance. The British East India Company defeated the last independent Nawab of Bengal Siraj-ud-Daulah in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 which decided the fate of Calcutta and India. Continue Reading →

Nimak Haram Deori Inner Side, Murshidabad

Nimak Haram Deori
Nimak Haram Deori is the main gate leading to Mir Jafar, the traitor’s palace Jafargunj. It is located at a distance of only 1 kilometer from the magnificent Hazarduari. Visitors cannot enter into the palace as it is well guarded. Continue Reading →

Nasipur Palace
Nasipur Palace - Nasipur Raj Bari, Murshidabad According to Holiday HotSpot, Nasipur Palace is one of the primary attractions of Murshidabad which generally brims with visitors. Constructed in 1723-24 by Murshi Quli Khan this imposing structure has high minarets. Continue Reading →

Kathgola Palace
Kathgola Palace - Katgola Bagan The Kathgola Palace built in the garden premises of Raja Dhanpat Singh Dugar and Lakshmipath Singh Dugar is located in the southern part of Nasipur. It is an impressive structure constituting a central drawing room, a library, billiard room, bedroom and dining room. Continue Reading →

Footi Mosque
Footi Mosque or masjid as it called in Urdu is an unfinished work of Nawab Sarafaraz Khan. It is located at a distance of a mile from Hazarduari Palace. Continue Reading →

Ghari Minar
The Ghari Minar or the Clock Tower of Murshidabad, West Bengal is located on coordinates 24°11′15″N 88°16′10″E / 24.187381°N 88.269315°E is a famous tourists spot. It is located to the south of Hazarduari Palace in the Nizamat Fort premises. Continue Reading →

Chalk Masjid
The Chalk Masjid or Mosque in Murshidabad is quite a popular tourist attraction. It was constructed by Mirjafar, the infamous traitor who killed the last Independent Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-Daulah in 1767. The Chalk Masjid stands tall at 125 feet and is quite an imposing structure. Continue Reading →

Jafraganj Muqbara
Jafarganj Muqbara or cemetery was built on an area of 3.51 acres by Mir Jafar. It is located approximately half a mile north to the Nizamat Fort premises inside the bigger campus of Namak Haram Deuri. Continue Reading →

Dutch Cemetery
The Dutch Cemetery is located next to the Cossimbazar railway station at Kalkapur where the Dutch owned huge factories in the historical times. The grandeur of the Dutch has been ruined and small tombs of 43 in number remain to this day.  Continue Reading →

Cossimbazar Kuthi
Cossimbazar Kuthi is a relatively less popular tourist spot in Murshidabad. The bazaar area used to be famous due to its silk production which has reduced these days. However, the Cossimbazar Kuthi stall stands at present. Continue Reading →

Adinathji Mandir - Pareshnath Temple, Kathgola Palace Garden, Murshidabad

Adinathji Mandir or Pareshnath Temple
Adinathji Mandir is situated in the premises of Kathgola gardens which also houses the famous Kathgola Palace. Adinathji Mandir is also known as Pareshnath Temple dedicated to Bhagwan Adishvar. Continue Reading →

Char bangla Mandir
The Char Bangla Mandir or temple is located in Azimganj, Baranagore of Murshidabad district. It was built by Rani Bhavani, the Queen of Natore in 18th century. Continue Reading →

Jain temples of Azimganj
Azimganj small town in Murshidabad is home to 7 Jain temples of immense historical, architectural and spiritual value are located. Continue Reading →

Roshni Bag
Roshni Bag is the mausoleum or muqbara of Suja-ud-Daulah located in Murshidabad district. Suja-ud-Daulah dies in 1739 and was buried in this spot. When translated in English it means ‘garden of lights’. Continue Reading →

Farah Bag
Farah Bag is the third of the garden trio in Lalbagh which means ‘garden of pleasure’. Farah Bagh is the smallest among the garden trio and is located on the banks of Bhagirath River. Dahapara, the famous settlement of the Qanungo is situated on the south-western part of Farah Bagh. Continue Reading →

Bhubaneshwari Mandir

Nearby Places in Murshidabad


Cossimbazar Palace, MurshidabadCossimbazar Palace
This is a census town in Murshidabad, renowned for its historical importance. It is believed to have been a great trading center before Calcutta came up as the primary hub of commercial activities. Continue Reading →

Saidabad
This town is situated in between Murshidabad and Berhampur and had been an Armenian stronghold in the 17th and 18th centuries. Continue Reading →

Baranagore
This riverside palace was constructed by the Zamindars of Natore ( now in Bangladesh). The place is linked with the tales of the famous Rani Bhavani and her efficiency in managing the zamindari. Continue Reading →

Berhampur
Also known as Baharampur, it is the best urban town of west Bengal. It is famous for Karna Subarna, the ancient capital of King Shashank of Bengal and the remnants of the British army which includes the four canons located at four corners of the Barrack Square. Continue Reading →

How to Reach Murshidabad


Murshidabad is well connected to Kolkata and the North of Bengal by road and railways.

Railways: Lalgola Passenger, Hazar Duari Express and Bhagirathi Express are some of the trains plying from Kolkata to Murshidababad. The duration of journey is about 4:30 to 5 hours with the fare ranging from Rs 0-Rs 150 per passenger.

Road: A number of State Transport buses as well as private buses are available regularly for travelling between Kolkata and Murshidabad. It is also possible to rent a luxury taxi and travel by road. Car rentals cost around Rs 4500 for a round trip.

When to Visit  Murshidabad


Murshidabad is accessible all through the year. However, the months of September- February are particularly pleasant due to the mild weather.

Accommodation in Murshidabad


Murshidabad offers a large number of mid to cheap range hotels and lodges including youth hostels. Accomodation at WBTDC’s ‘Berhampore Tourist Lodge’ can be confirmed from Kolkata as well.

Baharampur Tourist Lodge
34 KN Road, Baharampur, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 600 – 1,200
Phone: 250439

Paramount Hotel
Hazi Abdul Kader NTPC, Murishidabad
Tariff: Rs. 700 – 1,000

Sunshine Hotel
Panchanantala, Berhampore
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 2,000
Telephone: +91-3482-277322/257798/277670

Hotel Sangam
Near to Berhampore port, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 800

Sonar Tary Lodge
SDO More, Dumkal, Murshidabad
Tariff Rs. 400 – 600

The Fame Hotel
Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 5,000

Manjusha Hotel
Lalbagh, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 700

Indrajit Hotel
Station Road, Murishidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 800

Bhagirathi Hotel
49/1,K.N.Road, Berhampore, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 900

Hotel Sabar Proyo
Lalkgola Bazar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 600

Hotel Indigo, Raghunathganj
Murshidabad Road, Jangipur
Tariff: Rs. 800 – 1,050

Hotel Anwesha, Hazarduary, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 1,000
Telephone: +91 9434115470

Maa Tara Hindu Hotel, Nagar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 200 – 250

Niranjan Nibas, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 600

New Mayur Hotel
92/8, Pilkhana Road Post, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 500

Hotel Sagnik
77-Omrahaganj (Lalbagh), PO-Murshidabad, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 450 – 1,500

White House Hotel
Near Bus Stand, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 560 – 760

Prince Hotel, Omarpur Post
Ghorshala, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 800

Hotel Samrat, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 1,000 – 2,000

Provath Hotel, Nagar, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 250 – 300

Sourav Lodge, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 400 – 600

Hotel Asha, Murshidabad
Tariff: Rs. 300 – 600

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Tarun Pradhan

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The Sundarbans is a mangrove forest extending from Bangladesh into the hinterlands of West Bengal, India. It has been named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The forest is thick and the area, covered with marshy swamps and salt water. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tiger, of which only 400 are left here. Crocodiles, spotted deers, snakes, primates and many different species of birds can be seen here. Tourists need to have a permit to visit the Sunderbans especially the Tiger Reserve.

How to Reach


The Sunderbans are easily accessible from Kolkata. The popular means of reaching there include:-

Railways– It is possible to take the local train from Kolkata to Canning and travel by boat thereafter.

Road– Travelling by bus to various locations like Namkhana, Canning, Raidighi, Najat, and Sonakhali, is mandatory as the riverine waterways are accessible only from these areas.

Motoboat– A number of motorboat routes operates in the Sunderbans. The most popular routes are:-

  • From Namkhana – Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project- Sagar Island to Jambudwip
  • From Sajnekhali – Sudhanyakhali-Buridabri- Netidhopan to Holiday Island
  • From Sonakhali  to Gosaba
  • From Raidighi to Kalas

It is also possible to hire private boats along with an experienced guide. The prices range from Rs 1500-Rs 2000 per day for a boat.

Attractions & Activities


The rich animal life along with the unique mangrove forest are the main attractions of the place. Some of the ‘must see’ attractions of the Sunderbans include:-

  • Holiday Island famous for the Barking Deers.
  • Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower – An ideal place for tiger sighting. Other wildlife like deers and crocodiles may also be observed.
  • Sajnekhali Pakiralaya – Bird watching center containing 248 species of birds.
  • Sajnekhali Watch Tower – This watch tower also contains a museum, a crocodile park and a Bonobibi Temple within its premises.
  • Bhagbatpur crocodile project – This is a crocodile-breeding farm and the hatchery of the largest estuarine crocodile.
  • Netidhopani – It has a 400-year-old temple.
  • Kanak – Olive Ridley Turtles can be sighted here.

It is also possible to visit the nearby villages and chat to the local people about the hardships of living in the Sunderbans.

Accommodation


There are a few private resorts apart from the Government lodging facilities like the Sajnekhali Tourist Lodge, available in the Sunderbans. Bookings need to be made from Kolkata and most of them include a sightseeing trip as well.

When to Visit


The best season for visiting the Sunderbans is between September and February. The monsoon season is best avoided as the rainwater gets trapped by the trees making it impossible to get around. However, a few International tourists insist on visiting the area in April-may during the peak norwester season.

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Manebhanjan is a tiny hamlet that is located at a distance of approximately 26 km from Darjeeling. From Siliguri it is almost 92 kms away. It is located on the border shared by India with Nepal and it is nestled at a height of 7054 feet. It is also well known as the starting point for the well-known trek to Sandakphu as well as Singalila National Park. The major source of income for people in this small and cozy village is tourism. In fact, Manebhanjan is one place where you will still get to see the Land Rovers in use. The vehicles were in use during the British period and are ideal when it comes to climbing the gravel-filled roads that dot the trail to Sandakphu. There are only a few of them remaining now. You will be amazed when you see how wonderfully the owners treat these cars – it is as if their own brother or sister.

How to reach Manebhanjan


You can go to Manebhanjan from Darjeeling. The route passes through Ghoom, which happens to be the highest railway station in India as well as Sukhiapokhri. A shared jeep can be availed from Chowk Bazaar of Darjeeling or the Club Stand at MG Road. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to reach this place. Other than this, you can avail buses to Sukhiapokhri for getting to Manebhanjan. Sukhiapokhri is about an hour from Darjeeling and once you reach this destination you can get to Manebhanjan with a new jeep or bus.

Accommodation in Manebhanjan


Since Manebhanjan is a small village it would be unrealistic to expect Darjeeling-like accommodation over here. Keshav Gurung, a very friendly and well-behaved man, is known to offer the best homestay facility over here. He lives in a double storied house that is at a nice location – in the vicinity of the jeep stand. Mrs Gurung cooks really awesome food and you shall also get fantastic hospitality and commendable cleanliness. There are some other options such as Hotel Exotica, Hotel Kanchendzonga and Hotel Chimal. Jeevan Chetri or Masterji as he is also known, runs Hotel Exotica, is known to be a helpful and knowledgeable person. So you can talk to him as well in case you need to know something or are staying at that hotel.

Attractions in Manebhanjan


The main point for which any tourist will be attracted to this hill station is its status as the starting point for the Sandakphu trek. However, the Singalila National Park and the synonymous range can also be visited from here. There is a market area that you may visit. The village also has a small playground where football tournaments are organized in case of special occasions. So, in case you are around at that time don’t miss out on the games and all the excitement. There is also a rather colorful monastery that is located slightly higher up and is located in a scenic setting – among pine trees.  When you are coming to Manebhanjan from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri you will pass through Mirik. Be sure to get down over there and visit the wonderful lake.

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When you come to think of it Gumabadara Village, nestled in Kalimpong, is not exactly one of the leading tourist destinations in this part of the hilly terrain of Bengal. But boy, you would make a great mistake if you never visited this place at least once in your life when you had the chance to do so. In case you have been to Kalimpong before you would be well conversant with the destination known as Lolegaon.

How to reach Gumbadara Village


Before you make the trip to Gumabara you need to be aware of the fact that the accommodation that you shall get here is mostly village style facilities. It is 12 km from Lava and 10 km from Lolegaon. It is situated at a height of 6500 feet and is regarded as a virgin beauty of sorts. The hamlet is dotted with trees such as oak, pine and trees known in Bengali as jhau. It is a really wonderful site for the tired souls. It is like a riot of blue and green over here – the natural beauty will simply take your breath away.

 Attractions in Gumbadara Village


Chunabati road on the way from Lava to Loleyaon

Chunabati road on the way from Lava to Loleyaon

Nearby Gumbadara is located the Kafer Village (Also known as Loleygaon or Lolegaon). You know, what the best part of this journey is – the jungle that you need to pass through in order to get to Gumbadara from Lolegaon! For each day the cost for one person would be in the range of INR 1000. This includes both food and lodging. However, if you are not going alone then there is a good chance that the costs could come down. This place is known as the land of cloud fairies and not without reason. The greenery here is mind-blowing as well and you could jolly well spend at least a couple of days over here.

A monastery is building up in this village. A big Buddha statue and a lama school are here. In downhill there is a nice village is there. A newly set up high school and doctor’s dispensary are also there.

Accommodation in Gumbadara Village


salakha-guest-house-gumabadara-village-near-lava-and-lolegaon

Salakha Guest House, Gumabadara Village

Salakha Guest House is one of the various options that you would get here in case you are looking to spend a day here. You can also try out D600. Here you will get both food and lodging. Otherwise you can opt for home-stay facilities as well. The costs are not too much.

Salakha Guest House
Phone: 09933780018 / 09593652607
Tariff: Rs. 500.00 – Rs. 1600.00

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Loleygaon (also spelt Lolaegaon or Lolegaon) is a beautiful Lepcha hamlet located at an elevation of 1,675 meters with a population of 5000 residents. Kaffer is the Lepcha name for Lolaygaon. This small but picturesque hamlet is 24 kilometers from Lava and 55 kilometers from Kalimpong town. Located at the extreme end of the Himalayan ridge, Loleygaon is known for forests, scenic beauty, sunrises and sunsets. Loleygaon along with Lava is one of the most popular tourist destinations and hill station for the tourists from all over the world. The sunrise and sunset over the mighty Kanchenjunga viewed from Jhandi Dara will mesmerize you and as if it is not enough, you can also enjoy the spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga from Charkole nearby.

Mobile phone network is available in most parts.

How to reach Loleygaon


Chunabati road on the way from Lava to Loleyaon

Chunabati road on the way from Lava to Loleyaon

Loleygaon in English means a village of happiness and pleasure and the easiest way to reach Loleygaon is by road from Kalimpong. You can either avail the bus service, jeep or Maruti van service from Kalimpong. The fare for the later is around 850 INR. It is only 1.5 hours journey from Lava with a Land-Rover and cab.  You can also trek to Loleygaon on Railey’s Hanging Bridge through Kalimpong-Relikhola-Sohilung Bazaar route. The Bagdogra airport is the closest airport and New Jalpaiguri station is the nearest station.

Attractions  at Loleygaon


Apart from the spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset visible from Loleygaon, the most notable tourist attraction is the 180 meters Canopy Walk on the hanging bridge from Heritage Forest is only 10 minutes walking distance. This forest is a century old one and is famed for its Cypress and Oak vegetation. Taking a stroll on the bridge with the towering pine, oaks and cypress creating a mystical atmosphere is an ethereal experience. You will feel a sense of freedom and also feel like you are getting close to achieving salvation on this journey through the bridge. By the end of this journey you will arrive at the Kaffer village from where you can see the snow capped Kanchenjunga like never seen before and also the peaks of Pandim, Kabru, Talung, Narsingh and Shimbho.

There is a Buddhist Temple nearby and Charkhol is only 15 kilometers from Kaffer. Only 10 kilometers from Loleygaon is Gumdara village which is considered as a land of virgin forest. Lovely blue and green valleys and enchanting forest is the specialty of this quaint village. All the lovely hamlets at the foothills of the Shivalik Himalayan range are known as “Natural Tranquilizers” in a consolidated form. Other tourist attractions include Ramitey Dara– the popular sunset point and the Loleygaon monastery which is the oldest in the region.

Accommodation in Loleygaon


Loleygaon has plenty of accommodation units.

Loleygaon Nature Resort (WBFDC Loleygaon is CLOSED for maintenance work)

Resort Tree-fern
Tariff: Rs. 1500.00 + 10% service charge

Hotel Laliguras
Tariff: Rs. 900 + 10% service charge

Kaafal Guest House
Tariff: Rs. 1200 / 1500 + 10% service charge

Lovely Resort
Tariff: Rs. 950 – 1,050

Sunakhari Resort
Tariff: Rs. 500 – 900

Hotel Pride
Tariff: Rs. 2,500 – 4,000

Glen Vista Retreat, Charkhol
Tariff: Rs. 850 – 1,500

Hotel Sunrise
Tariff: Rs. 1,100 – 1,500

Sonargaon Resort
Tariff: Upto Rs. 650

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Teesta River at Kalimpong has become one of the most popular hotspots of River Rafting in eastern India. It starts from Beni, the confluence of rivers Teesta and Rangeet provides the major base of rafting.

Timing


Teesta Rivers being the main river rafting routes are virtually inaccessible during the winters. The Teesta is one of the few rivers where river rafting is confined to the winter months, between October and April.


River Grades


The confluence of the Teesta and Rangit rivers

Beni: The confluence of Teesta and Rangeet, rafting starts from here

GRADE 1: Easy and small waves.
GRADE 2:  Moderate difficulty with clear passages.
GRADE 3: Difficult, high irregular waves, narrow passages – require precise maneuvering.
GRADE 4: Difficult with powerful waves. Very precise maneuvering required.
GRADE 5: Extremely difficult, violent and highly congested.

 Formalities


  • Clients are requested to sign the assumption of risk and release bond before the trip.
  • All foreign clients have to carry their passport and visa, which will be registered at the Teesta Bridge & Rangpo.

Important Information


  •  Persons suffering from weak heart conditions, epilepsy, expecting mothers and those with serious ailments are not permitted to go rafting.
  • Alcohol is not permitted at least 6 hours prior to the river trip.
  • Age limit is 8 years except the float trips where it is relaxed to 5 years.
  • Non swimmers are welcome; you may be restricted to certain section of the river, on the advice of the river guide or trip leader.

Basic Requirements


  •  Dry clothes.
  • Extra pair of sneakers, sandals and shoes.
  • Sun cap and sun glasses.
  • Half pants, T-shirts and Swim Suit.
  • Water Bottle.
  • Sun tan / Sun block lotion.

River rafting agencies


Gurudongma Tours & Treks, Gurudongma House, Hill Top, Kalimpong
Phone & Fax: +91-3552-255204, Mobile: +91-94340-47372
E-mail : gurutt@sancharnet.in and gurutt@satyam.net.in

Denzong Leisure (P) Ltd
Phone: +91-9836117777
Email: enq@denzongleisure.com

BIGFOOT Treks & Adventures (P) Ltd, Upper Chebo Busty, Kalimpong
Phone: (+91) 3552 256685
Email: bigfoottreks@rediffmail.com

Back to Kalimpong

Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Sharat Kolke and Asim Shah 2008

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Fly within the Himalayas is an unforgettable experience. Paragliding in Kalimpong provides one well trained and experienced pilot flying with a passenger that doesn’t need to have any previous training or experience.

Paragliding in Kalimpongstarts from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm depending on wind conditions. Take off point is Dello hill. There are two types of flights, Medium and Cross Country. The medium flight’s lands on Homes Ground near Dr. Grahams Homes School and the Cross Country flight’s lands on Relli River ground near Relli resort distance about 10 km. They provide transportation to way back from landing location to starting point.

Timing


March – June: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm., Oct – Jan: 10.00 am to 4 pm(depending on weather condition).

Duration


Medium Flight (10 to 15 mins or 25 to 30 min) and Cross Country Flight (30 to 45 mins).

Dress Code


During the time of flying you need T shirt, Denim / Cargos/ Track pants or any comfortable lowers with shoes. No sandals or floaters or slippers are allowed. Windcheater, Jackets depending on weather.

Formalities


  • All the customers are requested to sign the assumption of risk and release bond before undertaking the trip.
  • All customers are to carry their proof of identification.
  • Foreign nationals are to carry their passport and visa.

How to reach


Taxi from Kalimpong to start point about Rs 150 (one way).

Charges


Medium flight– Approx Rs. 2500 for 10 to 15 mins, Approx Rs. 5000 for 25 to 30 mins (Flying over the total Kalimpong city)

Cross Country flight– Approx Rs. 5000 to 6000 for 25 to 30 mins

 Paragliding agencies


paragliding-counter-in-front-of-deolo-hill-and-garden-at-kalimpongSeveral tour companies like Gurudongma Tours, Treks and Himalayan Bike Tours, Alpine Paragliding and few agencies are offering paragliding packages.

Alpine Paragliding
Prasant Rana
Contact No: 09609859903, 09641284757
Email: prasantrana73@yahoo.com

Prasant Rana is an ex-service man (Indian Army) from the Parachute Regiment (Commando, Special Force). He has immense experience in Parachuting, Paragliding, Para motoring and Parasailing.

Note: You should be at least 30 kg regarding weight and maximum is 120 kg. And customers shouldn’t have any Heart problem, epilepsy, expecting mothers, those with serious ailments and Asthma issues.

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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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Jhandi Dara is famous because of the view it offers of the fantastic sunrise over the majestic Kanchenjunga. It is rapidly gaining importance as a weekend getaway for many. Not just due to the majestic view it offers but also because of the supremely beautiful greenery wrapping the entire region. The thick green forest comprises of Sal and Pine trees offering the most soothing scenery to the eyes. You might feel like the place is straight out of a painter’s canvas with its wide spread green forest against the white backdrop of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Easily accessible from Loleygaon, Jhandi Dara is also a bird watcher’s paradise.

How to reach Jhandi Dara


Reaching Jhandi Dara is quite easy from any part of the world. Jhandi Dara is very well connected with roads through Loleygaon which in turn connects with Lava and Kalimpong. The New Jalpaiguri railway station is located at a distance of 71 kilometers from Kalimpong from where you can take a taxi to arrive at Jhandi Dara. Bagdogra airport can be found at a distance of 76 kilometers from Kalimpong from where you can reach Jhandi Dara through Loleygaon. Jhandi Dara’s distance from Lava is only 9 kilometers. For accommodation you have to choose either Jhandi Eco Huts at Jhandi Upper Lungset or the Lava Escort Resort. The resort is a luxurious one with restaurants and all modern amenities for the guests.

When to visit  Jhandi Dara


The best time to visit Jhandi Dara is during the month of September through November. The winters are too cold and the rainy season can be a bit unpredictable in terms of weather. Hence, visiting Jhandi Dara during the months mentioned are best. It is also the best time for bird watchers.

Attractions in  Jhandi Dara


Apart from admiring the sunrise from Jhandi Dara point located at an elevation of 6205 feet, you can watch birds of various species both migratory and residential ones. Once you have seen the sun rising from this point, you will forget any other sunrise you have ever viewed from any other point. The forest is full of birds and also hiking trails which are quite interesting for the adventure lovers. Other places of interest near Jhandi Dara will be Lava, Charkhole, Rishyap and Kolakham. All these lovely hamlets boast of natural abundance. There is the Samabeong Tea Garden, Lava Buddhist Monastery, Changay Falls, Indira Gandhi National Park all located within short distance from Jhandi Dara.

The tranquil atmosphere broken only by the chirping of birds and the beautiful sunrise of Jhandi Dara will remain fresh in your memory.

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