Netidhopani, Kanak (the home to Olive Ridley Turtles),
Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Sajnekhali Watch Tower,
Halliday Island, Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, Katka, Tin Kona Island,
Dublar Char Island, Piyali, Lothian Island Bird Sanctuary,
Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project.
The Sundarbans is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal which is one of the natural wonders of the world. Located in the delta region of Padma, Meghna and Brahmaputra river basins, this unique forest area extends across South 24 Parganas and, North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal State, India. The Sundarbans is the largest mangrove forest in the coastal environment. Sunderbans, which has an area of 10000 sq.kms approx. out of which 6000 square kilometers, is in Bangladesh and around 4000 square kilometers is in West Bengal, India.
The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Ganges, Hooghly, Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe. The forest covers 10,000 square kilometres (3,900 sq mi) of which about 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi) are in Bangladesh. It became inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997. The Indian part of Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 square kilometres (1,590 sq mi), of which about 1,700 square kilometres (660 sq mi) is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few metres to several kilometres.
The history of the area can be traced back to 200–300 AD. A ruin of a city built by Chand Sadagar has been found in the Baghmara Forest Block. During the Mughalperiod, the Mughal Kings leased the forests of the Sundarbans to nearby residents. Many criminals took refuge in the Sundarbans from the advancing armies of Emperor Akbar. Many have been known to be attacked by tigers. Many of the buildings which were built by them later fell to hands of Portuguese pirates, salt smugglers and dacoits in the 17th century.
Evidence of the fact can be traced from the ruins at Netidhopani and other places scattered all over Sundarbans. The legal status of the forests underwent a series of changes, including the distinction of being the first mangrove forest in the world to be brought under scientific management. The area was mapped first in Persian, by the Surveyor General as early as 1764 following soon after proprietary rights were obtained from the Mughal Emperor Alamgir II by the British East India Company in 1757. Systematic management of this forest tract started in the 1860s after the establishment of a Forest Department in the Province of Bengal, in British India.
The Sundarbans flora is characterised by the abundance of sundari (Heritiera fomes), gewa (Excoecaria agallocha), goran (Ceriops decandra) and keora (Sonneratia apetala) all of which occur prominently throughout the area. The characteristic tree of the forest is the sundari (Heritiera littoralis), from which the name of the forest had probably been derived. It yields a hard wood, used for building houses and making boats, furniture and other things.
The Sundarbans provides a unique ecosystem and a rich wildlife habitat. According to the 2015 tiger census in Bangladesh, and the 2011 tiger census in India, the Sundarbans have about 180 tigers (106 in Bangladesh and 74 in India). Earlier estimates, based on counting unique pugmarks, were much higher. The more recent counts have used camera traps, an improved methodology that yields more accurate results. Tiger attacks are frequent in the Sundarbans. Between 0 and 50 people are killed each year.
There is much more wildlife here than just the endangered Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Most importantly, mangroves are a transition from the marine to freshwater and terrestrial systems, and provide critical habitat for numerous species of small fish, crabs, shrimps and other crustaceans that adapt to feed and shelter, and reproduce among the tangled mass of roots, known as pneumatophores, which grow upward from the anaerobic mud to get the supply of oxygen. Fishing cats, macaques, wild boars, common grey mongooses, foxes, jungle cats, flying foxes, pangolins, and spotted deer are also found in abundance in the Sundarbans.
Bakkhali Beach, Henry's Island, Jambu Dwip,
Fraserganj Wind Park, Crocodile Breeding Centre,
140 kms. from Kolkata, Bakkhali is one of the islands of the Sunderbans delta region. Bakkhali is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in India. It is lined with casuarinas and one can enjoy a fantastic sunset here. Bakkhali is unique in many ways. The rickshaw van is the only form of local transport. During the day, you can visit the crocodile propagation centre at Bakkhali. Jambu Dwip, unpopulated and wooded isle out in the sea is also can be a good destination also. Henry's Island and temple of Banabibi is located near by. Fishing is the primary occupation of the people. Agriculture is almost non-existent because of the extreme salinity of adjacent sea.
Sir Andrew Fraser, Lieutenant Governor of Bengal (1903–1908) in the early twentieth century, is credited with "discovery" of the place. In recognition of his efforts a part of the town is named Frasergunj. There is a dilapidated house near the beach, which according to the locals was the one in which Fraser used to stay. The windmills in Frasergunj serve as a power generating location. There is a fishing harbor at Frasergunj and Benfish, a wing of the state government has a presence nearby.
New Digha Beach, Talshari Beach,
Marine Aquarium Zoological Survey of India,
Udaipur Beach, Chandaneswar Tampel,
Amaravati Park, Shankarpur Beach.
184 kms. from Kolkata, Digha is the most famous and most visited sea beach in West Bengal. Thousand of tourist come here every year. You may also go to Talsari Beach, Temple at Chandaneswar, Marine Station – Aquarium of Zoological Survey of India from here. Udaipur is also a beautiful sea beach very close to Digha. Large sea beach filled with sand and big waves of the bay of Bengal will make your journey memorable for ever.
The Digha Boardwalk is the main boardwalk along the Digha seaface. You can spend an entire evening here. Check out the wares of hundreds of makeshift stalls while enjoying the sea breeze. It is more than a mile long desolate stretch to New Digha.
Shankarpur is about 185 km from Kolkata. Shankarpur sea beach is one of the least crowded beaches in the country. Clean water, white sand and mildly blowing winds make the Shankarpur beach, not just a great tourist attraction, but also one of the most sought after beaches on the entire Eastern Coast. This regular fishing harbour is situated on the Digha-Contai Road. A rest-house, operated by the West Bengal Fisheries Corporation, is located close to the beach. Tourists can reach this beach with the help of state operated buses, from the towns of Kolkata and Shankarpur. Main attraction in the beach is Red crabs. You can see thousands of red crabs on the beach. Its almost impossible to catch even a single one if you try to run and catch. They can run even faster (not really) than you. Its a must visit place for younger members in your family if you come to Digha. After you get on the beach, you will see an endless stretch of sea meeting beach. On the left side about about a 45 min walk, you will reach Mandar Mani- a small beach. But do not take your car on the beach because you may get trapped in the quicksand.
Mandarmani is a seaside resort village in the state of West Bengal, India, lies in East Midnapore district and at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal. It is one of the large and fast developing seaside resort village of West Bengal. It is almost 180 km from Kolkata Airport on the Kolkata - Digha route. red crabs crawling around the 13 km long beach is a special attraction of Mandarmani. It is argued to be the longest driveable (drive in) beach in India.
Geomorphologically, this area has relatively low waves than nearer tourist beach of Digha. However still this beach is deposition with formation of neo dunes in several areas specially around Dadanpatrabar.
Initially, after its discovery, this beach was named Mandarboni and also Madar Mani. But with time it came to be known as Mandarmani.
Mandarmani can be best reached by road, however local police currently restricts private cars to drive across the beach. A proper road has been built allowing tourists to reach their hotels from the backside. The nearest railway station is Contai and the nearest airport is Kolkata. There are also multiple buses running every half-hour from 7 AM till 6 PM. From Kolkata, after crossing the Vidyasagar Setu, Kona Expressway leads to Mumbai Road. As the total drive takes about 3.5–4 hours from Kolkata via Kolaghat and Nandakumar. From Nandakumar there is a right turn towards Contai. In the said Kolkata- Digha highway there is stoppage named Chawalkhola where a left side village road ends at a sea-side village called Mandarmani. There are two toll plazas on the route at Dhulagori and Sonapetya.
The beach is the primary attraction offering tourists to enjoy the sea from early morning to late afternoon. From 3 PM onwards, people head out nearer resorts where beach bikes, ropeway etc. can be availed. There are also a string of local shops selling shells, handmade jewellery and handicrafts. A few locals also offer groups to take trip towards the mohana (Estuary) during sunset.
Tajpur is located in Purba Medinipur, in the state of West Bengal, India on the shore of Bay of Bengal (near Digha). Tajpur is set between Mandarmani and Shankarpur. Tajpur is 170 km from the state capital Kolkata.
Tajpur has also around 1400 acres of land dedicated to Pisciculture. There are a number of bheris or fish-ponds in the area. As a tourist attraction, it is relatively new as there are fewer hotels compared to Digha and Mandarmani. The beach is clean and home to numerous red crabs. The Government of West Bengal and Central Government decided to build the Tajpur Port in the area. The nearest railway station is Ramnagar in Howrah-Digha railways and the nearest airport is Kolkata. There are also multiple buses running towards Digha via Balisai. (Nearer to Tazpur). From Kolkata, after crossing the Vidyasagar Setu, Kona Expressway leads to Mumbai Road. As the total drive takes almost 4 hours from Kolkata via Kolaghat and Nandakumar. From Nandakumar there is a right turn towards Contai. In the said Kolkata - Digha highway there is stoppage named Balisai where a left side village road finally meet the sea side village Tajpur.
Jorbangla Temple (Temple of Keshta Rai - Built by King Raghunath Singha Dev II in the 17th century. The ornate terracotta carvings are set off by the roof in the classic chala style of Bengal architecture.), Nandalal Temple, Radhamadhab Temple, Kalachand Temple, Radhagovinda Temple, Sarbamangala, Shyamrai Temple (Pancha Ratna Temple of Shyam Rai - Built in 1643 by King Raghunath Singha. The walls are richly decorated with terracotta carvings featuring aspects of Lord Krishna’s life. It is one of the largest temples.), Krishna-Balaram Temple, Mrinmoyee Temple, Radhashyam Temple, Madanmohan Temple (King Durjana Singh Deva built the temple in 1694 AD in the ekaratna style, a square flat-roofed building with carved cornices, surmounted by a pinnacle. Impressive carvings on the walls depict scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.), Malleswar, Sanreswar, Radhalaljiu Temple, Madangopal Temple, Chhinnamasta Temple, Jugol Kishore Temple, Mahapravu Temple, Radhalaljiu, Rasmancha (Oldest brick structure. Built in 1587 by Bir Hambir is a pyramidal structure in the centre of the town, where the deities from the other temples are brought in a procession on the occasion of the Rasa Festival. There are some cannons of the Malla kings in the area.), Dalmadal Caman (supposed to have protected Bishnupur when the Bargis (Maratha looters) attacked from the west.), Lalbandh, Gumgarh, Pathar Darja, Garh , Stone Chariot, Nutan Mahal, The memorial of Shreenibas Acharya.
Bishnupur was ruled under the Gupta period by local Hindu kings who paid tribute to Samudra Gupta. Following a long period of obscurity, where the land oscillated between being a minor independent principality and a vassal state. The land is also called Mallabhum after the Malla rulers of this place. The Malla rulers were Vaishnavites and built the famous terracotta temples during the 17th and 18th century at this place. The legends of Bipodtarini Devi are associated with Malla Kings of Bishnupur.
Bishnupur (the distance from Kolkata is 132 km), now the headquarters of the subdivision of the same name in Bankura district, is a seat of crafts and culture.
For almost a thousand years it was the capital of the Malla kings of Mallabhum, of which Bankura was a part, till their power waned during the times when Mughal Empire weakened under the last monarchs of the dynasty.
The patronage of Malla king Veer Hambir and his successors Raja Raghunath Singha Dev and Bir Singha Dev made Bishnupur one of the principal centres of culture in Bengal. Most of the exquisite terracotta temples for which town is justly famous were built during this period.
Mrinmoyee temple of kings is treated as a valuable historic place.
Apart from the unique architecture of the period, Bishnupur is also famous for its terracotta craft and its own Baluchari sarees made of tussar silk.
Royal patronage also gave rise to Bishnupur Gharana (school) of Hindustani classical music in late 18th-century and the Bishnupur school of painting. Since 1997, the temples of Bishnupur is on UNESCO World Heritage Site's Tentative list.
By bus - Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) and South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) buses ply regularly between Dharmatala/ Esplanade bus stand of Kolkata and Bishnupur. It takes about 4-5 hours to reach Bishnupur.The road distance is shorter than the rail distance, it is about 150 km.
By road - From Kolkata travel to Dankuni, take the Durgapur Expressway, at Ratanpur crossing turn left and take the Sheoraphuli-Tarakeswar road, go straight through to Arambagh and Bishnupur.
By train - It takes about 3:30 to 4:15 hours from Kolkata, distance 201 km. Convenient connections - Rupashi Bangla Express departs from Santragachi at 6.25 am, Purulia Express departing Howrah at 4.50 pm and Siromoni Fast Passenger departs from howrah at 5.45pm andSantragachi-Porbandar Kaviguru Express Departs From Santragachi at 21.25hrs only sunday. and arrive at Bishnupur at 00.02hrs and Rajjyarani Tri weekly Express Departsfrom Shalimar at 6.40hrs and Aranyak Express departing Shalimar at 7.45 am. To come by Aranyak Express from Howrah to Bishnupur,1st one has to come at Santragachi by local train & then by Aranyak Express.All these trains are via Kharagpur,Midnapur. You can also opt for Howrah-Chakradharpur passenger which leaves Howrah at 23:05 hrs. This train has sleeper class provision.
Other option, come at Kharagpur/Midnapur/Bardhman/Durgapur by train form Howrah.Then by bus.
One can also take a bus to Midnapore or Arambag and then change over to another local bus to Bishnupur which are more or less frequently available every 30 - 45 minutes. Arambag is about 3 hours and Midnapore about 3 1/2 hours by bus from Bishnupur.
From other places - By bus from Tarakeshwar, Durgapur, Kharagpur, Bardhman, Asansol.
Baranti is a small tribal village of Santuri (community development block) under Raghunathpur subdivision in Purulia district situated beside Muradi Lake. This is a growing tourist spot of West Bengal, India.
The nearest Railway connection of Baranti is Muradi railway station (4kms) in South Eastern Railway zone. Bus and cars are available through the district headquarters Purulia to nearby Muraddi.
Baranti is a developing tourist center located in the lap of a Gorongi Hill. This village is surrounded by the Panchkot Hill at one side and the Biharinath Hill on the other, with a water reservoir under Ramchandrapur Medium Irrigation Project. This area is popular for hill and jungle trekking due to it's natural beauty. Garh Panchkot is only 12 kms and the famous Joychandi Pahar just 21 kms away from Baranti.
Trains are available from Kolkata to the nearest railhead Bankura. Regular buses are available from Bankura to Mukutmanipur - distance 55 Km.
One can also drive down from Kolkata to mukutmanipur easily. It will take approximately 6 hours. There are two routes. The shorter one (241KM)is Kolkata > Tarakeswar > Arambag > Bishnupur > bankura > Mukutmanipur. The second possible route(270 KM) is Kolkata > Dankuni > Burdawan > Durgapur (till here NH2) > Bankura (SH9)> Mukutmanipur. The second route is recommended because of the excellent road condition in spite of the additional 30 KM. Regular buses are available from Kolkata, India's gateway in the east, distance 250Km.
In Mukutmanipur, apart from the dam, there are many tourist spots, which make it an important place in West Bengal from the tourism point of view. The major tourist places in this city and surrounding area are Parashnath hill, Statue of Parashnath, Banpukuria Deer Park, Palace of King Raicharan.
Parashnath hill, considered as one of the most important pilgrimage centres of Jains, is the highest peak in this area at 1350 metres. The name of the hill was derived from the name of the 23rd Jain Tirthankara.
Ambikanagar was an ancient town and pilgrimage centre of the Jains and the remnants of it are still available at a distance of 4 kilometres from the lake. The tribal handicraft of this place is also very famous. Local tribes use bamboo sticks and grass to make the craft.
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.
Enjoy nature with hills all around. De-stress. Wake up to the chirping orchestra of birds. Enjoy the gift of silence, the clear night sky and the bright stars in fair weather days. During the rainy season, fall in love with the greenery all around!
Visva Bharati University, Tagore's Ashrama,
Amar Kutir, Rabindra Bhavan, Chhatimtala,
Sangeet Bhavan, Kala Bhavana, Sriniketan,
Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Alcha,
Prakriti Bhavan, Sarkar Rajbari.
Attracted by the natural beauty of this place, Rabindranath Tagore’s father Maehashi Debendranath Tagore established Shantiniketan (abode of peace) in 1863. Today the place is know as second home of Rabindranath Tagore. Vichittra and Art Gallery – Nandan will take you closer to the great poet. Natural beauty of Shantiniketan is still mesmerizing. You may visit to the Deer Park or Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary where you can found Black Buck, spotted deer, jackals, foxes and a variety of water birds. If you have time then you may consider going to Kenduli. Kenduli is the birth place of Bengal’s first famous poet – Jaydev. Jaydev composed the famous Geeta Govinda.
Nehru Park, Churulia, Kalyaneswari Temple,
Maithon Dam, Panchet Dam, Joychandi Pahar,
Satabdi Park, Manoj Talkies, Carnival Cinemas,
Eylex multiplex, Ghagar Buri Chandi Temple, Chelidanga.
Asansol is in Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the second largest city in West Bengal after Kolkata and the district headquarters of Paschim Bardhaman district. It is the 39th largest urban agglomeration in India. According to a 2010 report released by the International Institute for Environment and Development, a UK-based policy research non-governmental body, Asansol was ranked 11th among Indian cities. and 42nd in the world in its list of 100 fastest-growing cities.
The region saw an initial settlement of the Dravidian and the Australoid. Notable Jain activities were exercised around two thousand five hundred years ago in this region which is apparent from the Jain temples are present in Pareshnath hill in neighbouring state Jharkhand. Further, presence of Jain temple at the banks of Barakar River in Begunia and neighbouring Bankura district also confirms this theory. It is believed that Mahavira Vardhamana who was the last Tirthankar of Jain religion used to live and work here. There is a Jain temple present in Asansol, devoted to Vasupujya, the twelfth Tirthankara.
Subsequently, the region was believed to have been a part of the kingdom of Vishnupur where the Malla dynasty ruled for approximately a thousand years till the emergence of the British. This theory is backed by the presence of Vishnupur style temple present at Chhotodighari village in Asansol.
Asansol is an important junction on the Howrah-Delhi track and most of the trains stop here. For travel from Kolkata, 200 km, the short distance trains are ideal - Ranchi Shatabdi Express, Agniveena Express, Coalfield Express and Black Diamond Express from Howrah, and Inter City Express from Sealdah. Be sure to book a reserved seat in advance because the trains are generally crowded.Booking of ticket will also enable you to avoid the gross misbehavior of uncivilized, ill-mannered and irritating daily passengers.
Asansol is on Grand Trunk Road (NH 2) and so travel is straight. The road is superb with four lanes and a divider in place. Those travelling from Kolkata should take the Durgapur Expressway from Dankuni and then Grand Trunk Road (bypassing Bardhaman town)from Shaktigarh.Air-condition Volvo and State buses along with non-air-conditioned buses leave daily from Esplanade (Kolkata) for Asansol.The tickets could be booked in advance or at the spot before the departure of the buses. In order to ease yourself and get guided you may take the help of commissioned agents of the buses to procure a ticket. The Volvo bus journey is comfortable and relaxing in comparison to the journey by State ac-buses. The additional comfort comes at an additional cost.
It is one of the big market in West Bengal. There are many shops available for buying clothes, electronic goods, sport accessories etc. beside from buying cheap clothes, accessories at footpath in the Hutton rd - Raha lane area you'll branded ones at some prominent shops like: mohan (raha lane-ht rd market) bazaar kolkata(raha lane) b.n. ghanty(raha lane-ht rd market) lilabati (raniganj) mansarovar (raniganj) Beside from main market at raha lane - hutton road one can visit raniganj, barakar, neamatpur, jamuria and amladahi. Cheap Chinese good are available at sabana market (raha lane).
Kumari Dam, Aghorpur, Surulia Deer Park, Saheb Bandh,
District Science Centre, Subhas Park, Durga Bera, Deulghata,
Murguma, Bamni Falls, Turga Falls, Sita Kund, Khoerbera,
Charidah, Garhpanchkot, Jaichandi Pahar, Panchet Hill & Dam,
Telkupi, Rakab Forest.
Purulia City also known as "Manbhum City", is a city located in West Bengal state, India, and was constituted in 1876. It is the location of the district headquarters of Purulia district. Purulia is located on the north of the Kangsabati River and is an important road and railway junction.
Pre Historic Times Tagged as one of the oldest known districts known in West Bengal. According to the Jaina Bhagavati-Sutra, the place existed as early as 5th century and was one of the 16 Mahajanapadas of its time. It is believed that Purulia was a part of the country known as Vajra-bhumi, in ancient times. Pre-Independence Era British East-India Company formed the Regulation XVIIII in 1805, a Jungle Mahals district, comprising 23 parganas and mahals - including the present Purulia, was formed. However, years later, in 1833, the Jungle Mahals district was ruled out and a new district, by the name of Manbhum, was constituted, with headquarters at Manbazar.
Manbhum was extremely large in size and constituted of Bankura and Burdwan (in the present West Bengal), apart from Dhanbad, Dhalbhum, Saraikela and Kharswan (in the present Jharkhand and Orissa). In the year 1838, the district headquarters was shifted from Manbazar to Purulia (as it is known today). With this, Purulia was withdrawn from regular administration and placed under an officer called Principal Assistant (better known as Deputy Commissioner today) to the agent of the Governor-General for South-Western Frontier.
Post-Independence Era It was in 1956, nine years after India received its independence, that the district of Manbhum was partitioned and the states of West Bengal and Bihar were formed, under the States Reorganization Act and Transfer of Territories Act. In November 1956, Purulia was formed as one of the districts in West Bengal. Located at the westernmost side of the state, Purulia boasts of a tropical location. It acts as a funnel, transferring tropical monsoon current from the Bay of Bengal to the subtropical parts of northwest India. Purulia also acts as a gateway to reach the industrial belts of West Bengal and the hinterlands in Orissa, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Purulia entered the news in December 1995, when a Latvian aircraft dropped a consignment of arms in its vicinity. Several days later, when the plane re-entered Indian airspace, it was intercepted by a Mig21 of the Indian Air Force, and its crew were captured. It was believed that the arms were intended for the Hindu sect Anand Marg ("Happy Path"), but proof of this could not be established. The crew of the aircraft consisted of five Latvian citizens and Peter Bleach, a British citizen. They were arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment. Following the intervention of Russian authorities, the Latvian crew (ethnic Russians) were pardoned and released in 2000.
Tribe Saontal's major festival is Bandna or Bandana (it is called as "Saharai parab" by the Santals) which is celebrated in the Bengali month of "Kartik" or "Poush". In this festival they play music, dance together and eat meat-based special dishes like "Manser Pitha". They also take local liquor as a part of their culture named "Hadia". The Saharai parab is celebrated during four days, like (a) Umm (1st day) (b) Daka (2nd day) (c) Khuntau (3rd day) and (d) Jale (4th day).
'Bhadu' is another festival started by Panchakot Raj of Kashipur after the death of a king's daughter named Bhadrabati and nowadays it is enjoyed by the local mass.
Karma is a tribe festival in Purulia where tribal people worship the tree whose local name is 'Karam'. Poila Baisakh (The first day of Bengali new year) is also observed in Purulia by the local people with religious culture and Chhou dance.
Tourism Festival (Porjoton Utsab) in Raghunathpur Joychandi Pahar is the most popular festival in Purulia District during the last week of December.
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute(HMI),
Himalayan Zoo (Padmaja Naidu Zoological Park - shares the premises of HMI),
Buddhist monasteries, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Tiger Hill,
Observatory Hill, Rock Garden, Batasia Loop,
Nightingale Park/Srubbery Park, Ropeway/Cable car.
Darjeeling is a small town and the salubrious climate means walks around town are an extremely enjoyable means of getting around. For longer trips, taxis are available in stands near the entrance to the Mall.
Taxis and travel agents sell various tour packages based on "points" which are simply the number of attractions covered. A 7-point package includes seven places to visit such as the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute/Zoo, Cable Car, Peace Pagoda, etc and takes about 5 hours to complete with the driver waiting at each attraction. Price in April 2014 was Rs. 1,200 for a dedicated car. Numerous taxis also sell "Local Sightseeing" trips on a shared basis with up to 10 travelers, in a Tata Sumo or Mahindra Bolero SUV.
Point-to-point dedicated taxi rides start at Rs. 150 for even short distances. The most economical way is to flag a shared taxi. Rides are Rs. 10 for short distances and Rs. 20 for longer distances. Traffic jams are common especially around the mall and bus station areas. It may be easier to walk rather than sit in a crowded taxi.
A great way to spend a day is to take a shared-jeep to Ghoom (the next town up the ridge), visit some monasteries there and walk back to Darjeeling via some of the villages.
Originally just a cluster of villages that was administered intermittently by Nepal and Sikkim, Darjeeling grew in prominence during the mid 19th century when, because of its climate, the British first established a hill station there after leasing it from the Chogyal of Sikkim and later discovered that the area was particularly well suited for tea plantations. In 1849, the British annexed the area and Darjeeling became a part of British India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway was opened in 1881 (it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town became the de-facto summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed from Calcutta.
Because it was a popular hill station during the days of the Raj, a lovely Victorian town was built among the Himalayan foothills, the remnants of which are still visible around the Chowrasta and Darjeeling remains a popular summer and fall resort for the natives of Kolkata today. For foreign tourists, the main attractions are the cultural diversity (many Tibetan refugees moved here after Tibet was annexed by China and they co-exist with the descendants of the many Nepali and Bihari laborers brought to work in the tea plantations), the beautiful views (including the wonderful vista view of Kanchenjunga), a variety of trekking options, and the opportunity to cool down after a stint in the plains. The town is also a jumping off point for travelers heading to Sikkim. 4 Days Queen of Hills Sightseeing in Darjeeling.
There has been intermittent political action from Gorkha groups demanding an independent state (Gorkhaland). In June 2008 a strike paralyzed the area, with closed hotels, restaurants and shops, and the accompanying protests even turned violent a couple of times. Though inconvenient, tourists generally are not at risk, but recently they do check the status before going there.
Deolo Hill, Golf Course, Cactus Nursery,
Tashi Takgye(Colour House),
Reshi Retreat & Farmhouse,
Dr Graham's Homes.
Shared Jeeps are plentiful from Darjeeling; just go to the Kalimpong office in the Motor Stand (this is a little tricky to find as it’s hidden down a dark passage – ask around!). It is definitely worth getting a front seat as jeeps tend to be filled to the brim and there’s very little leg room in the back rows. Fewer jeeps go from Siliguri, NJP and Gangtok.
Every hour or less North Bengal State Transport bus go to/from Siliguri/NJP. Their bus is relatively new and modern and has more legroom than Jeeps.
One can roam around the town, or take a tour or go trekking. There are some really interesting places to visit such as Gauripur House (home of the great Bengali poet Ravindra Nath Tagore), Mangal Dham a temple, Deolo the highest point in Kalimpong offering a guest house with spectacular vistas. Biking is possible as the the traffic is not intense and its really enjoyable to view the beautiful scenery, and the kindhearted people living in the outskirts.
There is very little to see in the town except to wander around and enjoy the lack of tourists Darjeeling is plagued with. There are a number of religious sites to see, including the Catholic church and Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang monastery which, after a pleasant 2km walk from town commands wonderful views of Kalimpong and the mountains. Dr Graham's Homes, a school perched on the Deolo hill, is a must-visit for the Scottish architecture of its buildings and the pleasantness of the huge campus.
Kurseong is about 45 kilometers from Siliguri the gateway to North Bengal. The airport of Siliguri is known as Bagdogra while the major railway station is New Jalpaiguri. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Kurseong if you travel by Hill Cart Road, the comfortable and scenic link running parallel to the (currently disrupted) railway tracks or about one hour using the Old Army Road (Pankhabari Road), which is steeper.
Kurseong is home to the costliest teas in the world. World famous Castleton, Ambotia and Makaibari tea gardens produce the most delicate aromas of all black teas known to mankind.
You just relax or move around the town, tea gardens or the parks. Enjoy the cool mountain breeze. The town is small, clean and relatively uncrowded.
Sumendu Lake - It is the heart of Mirik. There is an 80-ft (24-m) long footbridge over the lake. One can boat in the lake or take a horse ride around the lake.
Rameetay Dara - A viewpoint near the town from where one can see the surrounding mountains and the vast plains below.
Bokar Monastery- It is located on the way to Rameetay Dara and is famous as a Buddhist meditation center.
Rai Dhap - Source of drinking water for Mirik and a picnic spot.
Debisthan - A temple of a Hindu goddess located on a hillock near the Sumendu lake.
Tingling View Point - A panoramic view of the tea gardens can be seen from here.
Tea Gardens - A number of tea gardens producing the famous Darjeeling tea specially Thurbo, Soureni, Gopaldhara, Singbulli, Okayti and Phuguri are located in and around Mirik.
Manjushree Park - 20 mins drive from Mirik. Suitable for children and peace-seekers.
Orange Orchards - Mirik is famous for its high-quality oranges. These are grown in Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty.
Orchids - Mirik has one of the best climate for a typical orchid called Cymbidium orchids, which fetches one of the highest prices in the world flower markets. One such Cymbidium orchid garden is "Darjeeling Gardens Pvt. Ltd." located in Rato Mate in Mirik.
Bunkulung (Jayanti Nagar) - Ecotourism is being promoted here and several home-stay facilities are available.
Pashupatinagar - This border market with Nepal is a commercial center for trade in clothes, electronic and household goods.
Don Bosco Church - It is located near Don Bosco School. One of the most beautiful and one of the bigger Catholic churches of Darjeeling district.
Mirik Church (UCNI) - This is the oldest Church in Mirik, situated at Deosay Dara, Ward No. IV, Mirik. The church building being erected in 1962 while the house church (fellowship) started some eight decade ago. The same old building still exists today. The church remains open everyday for everyone. While English Service starts at 9:30 am Sunday followed by Nepali Service at 11:00 am onwards. The Church is in close relationship with Darjeeling Hills Bible School (DHBS) which the first school offering theological training in nepali language since 1954. Through many decades Mirik Church and Darjeeling Hills Bible School have being continuously contributing evangelism in Nepali Speaking Community.
Darjeeling Hills Bible School (DHBS)
Swiss Cottage (also known as Motel) - An exotic lodging at the highest altitude of Mirik, far from the crowds of the town.
Sunrise Point - Scenic views of the sun rising in the east and its reflection on Kanchanjunga in the north. The plains of North Bengal can also be seen from here.
Mirik is a picturesque tourist spot nestled in the serene hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. It is the headquarters of Mirik subdivision. The name Mirik comes from the Lepcha words Mir-Yok meaning "place burnt by fire".
Mirik has become a popular tourist destination for its climate, natural beauty and easy accessibility. The centre of all attraction is Sumendu Lake, surrounded by a garden named Savitri Pushpaudyan (after Savitri Thapa, a martyr soldier of INA) on one side and pine trees on the other, linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pool (named after Indreni Thapa, a martyr soldier of INA). A 3.5-km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kangchenjunga on the far horizon. Boating on the quaint shikaras and horse riding are available.
Mirik Bazar began a commercial centre of the region where people from the surrounding villages and tea gardens came to trade and buy their necessities. The present lake area was a marshland with thick growth of sweet flag (Acorus calamus, locally called bojho). A playground stood in the present garden area where the British officers played polo.
In 1969, the West Bengal tourism department began the process of acquiring 335 acres of land from the neighbouring Thurbo tea estate. The work of developing this land into a tourist spot began in 1974 when Siddhartha Shankar Ray was the chief minister of West Bengal. The tourist spot, which included the newly built lake and the Day Centre, was inaugurated by the next chief minister of West Bengal, Jyoti Basu, in April 1979. With the flourishing of tourism, Krishnanagar developed on the other end of the lake with hotels and restaurants catering to tourists.
Mangpu or Mangpu which is a beautiful hill station in Darjeeling district of West Bengal located at just 32KM east of Darjeeling. The village is very popular because Rabindranath Tagore used to stay here and his home is still there known as Rabindra Museum which is maintained by government of Bengal. If you are a big fan of Tagore, Mangpu is a must visit place for you. You will get a chance to experience the nature during you stay as this place is also famous for Oranges which is being grown during winter season.
According to Census 2011 information the location code or village code of Mangpu Cinchona Plantation village is 306219. Mangpu Cinchona Plantation village is located in Rangli Rangliot Tehsil of Darjiling district in West Bengal, India. It is situated 23.1km away from sub-district headquarter Takdah. Darjiling is the district headquarter of Mangpu Cinchona Plantation village. As per 2009 stats, Settong Iii is the gram panchayat of Mangpu Cinchona Plantation village.
The total geographical area of village is 12173.47 hectares. Mangpu Cinchona Plantation has a total population of 13,768 peoples. There are about 3,094 houses in Mangpu Cinchona Plantation village. Darjeeling is nearest town to Mangpu Cinchona Plantation which is approximately 35km away.
A visit to the Rabindra Bhawan is a must here. Even if you are not an expert of Tagore’s writings and music, you would still find it worth a deco. The small museum contains Tagore’s photographs, writing and several memoires.
You may visit the Dichen Monastery located at Nalidara. The monastery is build in recent years and offers panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.
Drive 6 kms from Nalidara to reach Jogighat on the Riyang river. It is a scenic spot with a bridge across river Riyang. Accross the river you may also visit Shittong village which is famous for its Orange plantation.
Reshop village is about 5 kms from Mangpo. From the forest village you can get great view of surrounding mountains including the Kanchenjunga massif.
For the adventurous one, a trek to Chatakpur can be organised from Mangpu. However the area is forested with regular incidences of Bear attack. Careful precautions are must before embarking on this couple of hours trek.
To reach Mangpu, you can take two different routes. One is from NJP / Bagdora where you will have to drive through Bengal – Sikkim national highway 10. It will take around 1.30 hours to reach Rambi. From there, you will have to climb uphill for around 10KMs to reach Mangpu.
If you are travelling from Darjeeling, you can take Peshok road which wil take around an hour depending upon road condition. Here we strongly recommend consulting locals before you drive towards Mangpu by considering road condition.
Pedong is a town in Kalimpong district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Pedong lies 20 km east of Kalimpong on the way to Lava at an altitude of 1,240 metres (4.071 feet). The town, which is located on a ridge, commands a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan mountains. The town is divided into two parts, Upper Pedong and Lower Pedong. Pedong lies on the historic Silk Road that connects India to Lhasa via the Jelepla Pass.
Near Pedong are the ruins of Damsang Gadi, a historical fort built in 1690 AD by the Lepchas. It was at the centre of the long-standing feud with the Dukpas of Bhutan. Later, it was used to ward off the forces of the British East India Company. After the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864 AD, the fort fell into decay. The Damsang fort (Damsang Gadi) is the only fort in the entire district of Darjeeling. It was home to the last Lepcha King- Gyabo Achuk as the Lepcha people are the real natives of this place.
Another highlight of the town is the Cross Hill, placed by priest Fr. Augustine Desgodins in 1882 AD on his way to Tibet. In the Tibet Mission a lot of Evangelists lost their lives or never came back from Tibet. Fr. Augustine Desgodins in due memory of them erected a cross at a vantage point facing Tibet directly with a hope that someday the evangelists may return. It is considered to have miraculous powers and is a pilgrimage site for the local Christians. The Cross Hill is located at such a point wherein the view of the facing mountains is magnificent. From here one can get a glimpse of Tibet and the People's Republic of Chinese border. It is a perfect sunset point.
Sangchen Dorjee Monastery is one of the oldest monastery in Pedong-Kalimpong region and was built during the Bhutanese rule. This Monastery was established around the early 1700 AD. It provides historical insight into the history and culture of the place. Known as Sangchen Dorjee Gumba also has fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. Gumpha Dance (Chyaam dance) or the Buddhist Mask dance is also held here annually. It has now become the centre of Shabdrung Rimpoche (known as the Dharma Raja of Bhutan). The last Shabdrung Rimpoche had relocated to Pedong and expired few years ago. His human form has been preserved at Pedong and will be encased in a Stupa/Chorten on an auspicious day. This place has become an important pilgrimage for the Bhutanese and other followers of the Drukpa Khargu tradition of Buddhism.
The villages near Pedong include Sakyong, Kasyong, Dalep, Kagey, Upper Menchu and Lower Menchu.
You can view the trekkers' dream destination Sundakphu from the Watch Tower in Chatakpur, 10 minutes walk from the tourist cottages. This view tower is also known as the sunrise point, and as expected the view of sunrise from here is simply awesome. Some argue that you perhaps get better view of sunrise over Kanchenjunga than what you get from Tiger Hill which requires you to travel for 40 minutes from Darjeeling early in the morning. While here, it's only 10 minutes walk to the tower.
Kanchenjunga range will be with you all along on a clear day. And that probably is the main reason why tourists love this place the most.
From the tourist cottages if you go 100 meters or so to the right, you enter the jungle. There are several forest trails here through lush greenery that are ideal for light treks. You should always take a trained guide with you for treks as the forest also harbors wild lives like leopards, barking deer and several other animals. If you are lucky, you can even see a Red Panda.
A trail from the eco cottages leads down to a nice small pond, locally known as pokhri. It's about 10 minutes walk.
As the forest is also a home to a number of lovely colorful birds like Blue Magpie, Bulbul, Verditer, Flycatcher, Pipit, Long tail Shrike, Warbler, Prinia and lot more, it's a great place for the bird watchers as well.
There are only 18 village homes in this tiny place, and the villagers will do everything possible to show you what they have or do. You can pick garden fresh organic vegetables from the farmland, or even feed or milk the cattle if you want. In fact you can buy organic vegetables really cheap and take back home.
And there are those elderly folks in the village who are waiting to tell you the stories about this place, it's history, people and their culture. You will love to hear them on a lazy afternoon as you sit under the sun on the courtyard.
Worship of nature has played an indomitable role in our country since ages. Many people have foregone the luxuries of city life and settled down in the remotest of places close to "Nature Earth' and worshipped it. Such places are rare but exists within our reach not too far from where you are! Chatakpur is one such small eco friendly village within the Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling District, West Bengal.
This pristine village is bounded by the Kachenjunga Mountain Range in the North and the river gorge Relly Khola in the south. Chatakpur is only about 80 Kms from NJP or Bagdogra, 26 Kms from Darjeeling and 17Kms from Jorebungalow, Ghoom.
Once upon a time this village was a timber den and people used to rampantly smuggle out the timbers. But the forest department has taken the initiative to remodel it to an eco tourism place where the villagers actively participate in it in order to make tourism an alternative source of livelihood other than just farming.
Located at an altitude of 7,887 feet, Chatakpur is a paradise for nature lovers as one can get a spectacular view of the imposing mountain range of Kanchenjunga and at the same time experience the overwhelming lush green forest in a quiet village setting with a population of only around 90 people and 18 village houses.
This village promotes organic farming of vegetables through terraced cultivation. Medicinal herbs are also grown and the locals sustain their livelihood through these.
Tinchuley is a small mountain village (rather a hamlet) in Darjeeling district and located at an altitude of 5,800ft, and just 3kms above Takdah. The word Tinchuley means Three Ovens (i.e. Tin Chullahs). And such name to the village has been given because of the three prominent hill tops that surround the place and which from far look like ovens or chullahs. Tinchuley faces the Kalimpong hills.
The word Tinchuley means three “chullas” or ovens. Tinchuley is a small village near Darjeeling which has become famous in recent years due to the effort of local people in developing community tourism. The leading effort comes from the Gurung family who have developed the model of homestay to suit their condition.
It's a developing tourism place. In fact the organization WWF (World Wide Federation) has been actively assisting some 17 families here to develop a model organic village and promote village tourism.
WWF declared Tinchuley as a model village for its effort in the improvement of environment of Darjeeling and its adjoining areas with active participation from the local people. The people of Tinchuley has undertaken several eco-friendly projects including building of forest nursery, floriculture project, bio-compost manure projects, vermi-compost projects and many other such projects.
On top of it, you are away from the typical crowd of typical hill towns. Tinchuley is a calm and quiet village offering the tranquility and nature which most city dwellers long for. And there are several great attractions, beautiful places and spots nearby.
If you are coming from the West, i.e. places such as Kalimpong, Gangtok or even Siliguri, the road via Teesta Bazar is the shortest. From Teesta Bazar a obscure road with steep ascent will take you to Tinchuley. From Tista Bazar the distance is just 15 kms.
If you are not very comfortable with the steep ascent, you may take the alternative road through Rangli Rangliot Tea Garden and Takdah. This road is specially suitable for anyone coming from Dooars or Siliguri. The road starts from the National Highway 31A at a village named Rambhi, about 12 kms before Tista Bazar. From here Tinchuley is about 27 kms away.
If you are traveling from Darjeeling side, you will drive through Peshok road till 6th Mile. Here take a right turn and follow the wooded road to reach Tinchuley via Takdah cantonment area.
Its a small paradise free from all the technology. Beautiful place from where you can see the Himalayan range including mount Kanjanjunga and mount Annapurna. Other attractions are Damsung fort and Ramitey View point. Stayed with Youth hostel association of India. Beautiful people and the best place on earth to stay. Sillery Gaon or the New Darjeeling, as it is called locally is located at the end of around 5 km kutcha road originating from Algarah (Pedong). Though, initially the gravelled road will put the travellers on tenterhooks, after reaching Sillery, you will forget the hardship of the road.
Nestled among the lush green hills and Forest of Sillery Gaon, calm and peaceful setting in the lap of nature far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Admist many towering mountains where magical mists like divine dragon rise from the deep forests, here the earth is an up-child heaven.
Sillery Gaon is a small hamlet located close to Pedong in West Bengal. Nestled at a height of 6000 ft, total of about 30 families live in this village. The place offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchendzonga along with other peaks like Jumulhari and Fish Tail. The ranges are rewardly experienced with the effects of colour owing to dispersion of light. Every house in this village has a flower garden in its front. In the distance one can see the Sikkimese town of Namchi and the River Teesta flowing through the curves of the hills. There is neither electricity nor market in Sillery Gaon. One can visit Pedong and its attractions from here by car.
Reshi Khola, or more commonly called Rishi is situated in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India. Rishi Khola can be reached by road from NJP/Siliguri.There are no regular transport services to Rishi Khola. Rishi offers multitude options to visitors like camping, trekking, adventure sports and nature trails. Reshi or Rishi or Rishi Khola is located in the Kalimpong sub division on the West Bengal –Sikkim Border. Rishi Khola derives its name from the Reshi River (Khola in Nepali meaning a small stream) and has gained prominence as an upcoming offbeat tourist destination as recently a number of resorts have come up on the banks of the river, not surprisingly because of its unique location and scenic beauty. Topographically, Reshi Kholadivides the states of West Bengal and Sikkim.
It’s a perfect stopover for tourists intending to visit 'Old Silk Route' as it is a nice picnic and camping ground for tourists to have fun and chill out on the banks of the river rishi. It is also an idyllic spot for romancing the moonlight with a light barbecue and bonfire. Tourists can also indulge in luxury of bathing in the crystal clear river water and to cast the net for a light barbecue. Tourists can also get a feel of staying in pitched tents and test their wilderness streak.
For trekkers and adventure lovers, Reshi offers innumerable opportunities for rock climbing and light treks.
Surroundings of Malda Town is of immense importance to the Archiological Dept. of India. All the sites are mainatined by Archiological Survey of India. Some famous spots are :
Gour - Once the capital of Bengal, and there are in total 5 different spots which can be seen. The original foot prints of Lord Mohammad is preserved here. The entire area is well preserved by ASI, but the road leading to Gour from Malda Town is in a pathetic state.
Adina (Pandua) - A large mosque of the 16th century is build here and Tombs of various Muslim saints are visible here.
Jagjivanpur - A Buddhist heritage site.
Farakka Barrage - Down south of Malda Town is the famous Farakka Barrage, a famous picnic spot, but the view from the other side of the entire Dam will surely give you goosebums. NTPC factory can be viwed from here and one of the NTPC colonies is well managed. A open air restaurant is also available here. On Sundays a lot of employees of NTPC does fishing in the large lake situated here.
Deer Park - Just accross the National Highway from Pandua is a well preserved Deer Park. This is controlled by the Forest Dept, and one can witness migratory birds during winter.
Indo-Bangla Border - Malda Town is situated just 10 kms away from the international Border. Tourists can visit the area during day time, but with prior permission of the Border Security Force. A identity proof should be carried with you at this point.
Jouhra Kali Bari - A century old temple dedicated to Ma Kali. It is advisable to visit this temple with some time in hand, as the line to offer Puja gets pretty long.
Sightseeing - Adina Relics, Adina Mosque, Gol ghar, Eklakhi mosque, Adina deer park, Firoz minar, Chika Masjid, Qutwali Gate, 12-gated mosque, Qudm-e-Rasul, shrine believed to contain footprint of the Prophet, Nimai Sarai Tower, Jami Masjid, Pandua Shrine, Piran-e-Pir Shrine, Lost monastery of Jagjivanpur, Temple of Ramakrishna Mission, Temple of Jahura Kali (Local avatar of Goddess Chandi), Chanchal palace.
Malda, the district headquarters which lends its name to the district, during its early days grew up only near the side of the river Mahananda, and now the place is known as Phulbari. Some of the oldest houses can be found here. The city started to grow since 1925-1930. Now nearly a half-million people live in this city, and it is one of the biggest cities of West Bengal. It is a part of the former Gour. The town is recognised as the English Bazaar municipality. Its notable railway station is named as Malda Town.
Pāṇini mentioned a city named Gourpura, which by strong reason may be identified as the city of Gouda, ruins of which are situated in this district. Examples are legion of the relics of a predecessor kingdom being used in the monuments of the successor kingdoms.
It had been within the limits of ancient Gour and Pandua (Pundrabardhana). These two cities had been the capital of Bengal in ancient and medieval ages and are equidistant, north and south, from English Bazar town (once known as Engelzavad established by the British rulers).
The boundary of Gour was changed in different ages since the 5th century BC, and its name can be found in Puranic texts. Pundranagara was the provincial capital of the Maurya Empire. Gour and Pundravardhana formed parts of the Mourya empire as is evinced from the inscriptions, Brahmi script on a seal discovered from the ruins of Mahasthangarh in the Bogra District of Bangladesh. Xuanzang saw many Ashokan stupas at Pundravardhana.
The inscriptions discovered in the district of undivided Dinajpur and other parts of North Bengal, along with the Allahabad pillar inscriptions of Samudragupta, clearly indicate that the whole of North Bengal as far east as Kamrup formed a part of the Gupta Empire.
After the Guptas in the beginning of 7th century AD Sasanka, the king of Karnasubarna as well as the king of Gauda ruled independently for more than three decades. From the middle of the 8th century to the end of the 11th century the Pala dynasty ruled Bengal, the kings were devoted to Buddhism. It was during their reign that the Jagadalla Vihara (monastery) in Barindri flourished paralleling with Nalanda, Vikramshila and Devikot.
The Pala empire yielded to the emergence of Sen Dynasty, the Sen rulers were orthodox Hindus, and in the habit of moving from place to place within their kingdom. During this time, Buddhism went on the defensive. It eventually disappeared from the demographic map of Bengal. At the time of Lakshman Sen Goud was known as Lakshmanabati. The Sen kings ruled Bengal till Bakhtiyar Khalji conquered Bengal in 1204 AD.
Thereafter the Muslim rule started. The name Mal Daha was coined (Mal= riches, Daha= lake). Sultan Ilyas Shah, Firuz Shah, Sikandar Shah, Raja Ganesha, Alauddin Hussain Shah and Nasiruddin Nasrat Shah are the notable rulers of medieval age. Afghan warrior Sher Shah Suri invaded Gour and was repelled by Mughal emperor Humayun. Humayun, loving the mango of Gour, named the place as Jannatabad (garden of heaven). Firuz Shah Tughlaq, Ghiyasuddin and Mughal army invaded Gour to suppress rebellion several time. Relics of Muslim structures are present as Firuz minar, Adina Mosque (the largest mosque of South Asia then), Qutwali gate etc. During the Mughal rule, the capital was removed to Dhaka due to a course change of the river Ganges. Muslim rule ended in 1757. Koch army invasion increased during the downfall of Gour.
Malda Town lies on National Highway 34, and all buses plying from Kolkata to Siliguri in the North will give a halt at Malda. By road it is 300 kms away from Kolkata, the main city of the state of West Bengal. Malda is well connected by Railways. There are some direct trains from the local main station, i.e. Malda Town; connecting Bangalore, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Dibrugarh, New Delhi, Surat, Mumbai, Nagpur, Visakhapatnam etc. Again all trains travelling from Kolkata to North Bengal and North East, gives a halt at Malda Town. There is a night service train till Malda Town (Gour Express) is a good train. At present, there is no airport, but land has been identified for setting up a new airport.Since July 2012 a Shatabdi Express train (12041/12042)which has statrted running between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri also stops at Malda Town station.This train takes thte shortest time to reach Malda from Kolkata.
Malda is famous fo special varieties of mango that are available in summer.Also,there are two special variety of sweets available only in Malda viz. Kansat Chamcham and Rosokadamba.One can try Aamsatwa(sort of mango pulp cake,dried in sun) made from mango,the most famous being that made from Gopalbhog mango. There are a few restaurants and food joints in the city.
Hazarduari Palace Museum, Katra Masjid, Kathgola Gardens,
Motijheel Park, Jahan Kosha Kanon, Khosh Bagh, Nasipur Palace,
Imambara, House Of Jagath Seth, Char Bangla Temple,
Kiriteswari Temple, Motijheel Mosque and Cemetery,
Tomb of Siraj-ud-Daulah, Footi Mosque, Wasef Manzil,
Jafarganj Cemetery, Old English Cemetery, Old Cossimbazar (berhampore) Palace,
Tomb of Alivardi Khan, Bhavaniswar Mandir, Tomb of Azimunnisa Begum,
Dutch Cemetery, Nimak Haram Deori, Tripolia Gate,
Yellow Mosque, Jafarganj Cemetery.
Murshidabad was the last capital city of independent Bengal and was named after Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, the Dewan of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. After the historic battle of Palashi in 1757 between Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daula and Lord Clive, of East India Company British got the ultimate supremacy in India. Hazarduari Palaceor( the palace with a thousand doors) is the main tourist attraction here. It was built in 1837 by Duncan McLeod for the Nawab Najim Humaun Jah, descendent of Mir Zafar. It is now converted to a museum and has an exquisite collection of armor including 2700 weapons and armor, swords used by Shiraj-ud-Daulla and his grandfather. Other places to visit are Wasef Manzil by the bank of the Ganga, Tripolia Gate, the Dakshin Darwaza, the Chak Darwaza, the Gharighar (the Clock Tower), the Bachchawali Tope (a canon manufactured in the 12th and 14th centuries and required 18 kilograms of gunpowder to fire a dingle cannon ball), Katra Mosque etc.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the foothills of the Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. Situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India; it comes under Darjeeling Wildlife division and can be reached from Siliguri in 30 minutes. Sukna, the gateway to the sanctuary, is only 13 km from Siliguri and 28 km from Bagdogra airport. The sanctuary sprawls over 159 km2 of reserve forest and was started as a game sanctuary in 1955. In 1959, it got the status of a sanctuary mainly to protect the Indian bison and royal Bengal tiger, which were facing the threat of extinction.
The forest type in Mahananda WLS varies from riverain forests like Khayer-Sisoo to dense mixed-wet forest in the higher elevation in 'Latpanchar' area of Kurseong hills. The variation in altitude and forest types helps the existence of a large number of species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Varying altitude from 500 ft at the southern range of Sukna forest to the elevation up to 4,500 ft at Latkothi beat office covers varied vegetation and is home to superb biome restricted species. Latpanchar actually forms the highest part of the Sanctuary, with an average altitude of 4200 ft.
Birds at Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary includes some very endangered species like Rufous-necked Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill etc. Among the others swallow, swift, thrush, babbler, warbler, roller, minivet and sunbird can be found in abundance.
Some exotic species of mammals are reported from this area like Himalayan serow, Himalayan porcupine, Himalayan Black Bear and even more rarer like Binturong and Clouded Leopard. Other important mammalian species include Indian elephants, Indian bison, chital (spotted deer), barking deer, sambar, rhesus monkey, many species of lesser cat like fishing cat and jungle cat, leopard etc.
Chapramari Wildlife is close to the Gorumara National Park. Chapramari is about 30 kilometres from Chalsa and Lataguri in northern West Bengal, India. The total coverage of the forest is 960 hectares.
In 1896, an imperial forest-service administrator D.H.E. Sander first sent a proposal to the-then English-dominated Government of India that Chapramari could be developed into a tourism centre. The area was declared a national reserve forest in 1895 under the Indian Forest Act. In 1939, the name Chapramari Wildlife Reserve came to be used, while the Government of India, in 1998, gave it the status of a national wildlife sanctuary. The name of the region comes from 'Chapra', a variety of small fishes found in northern Bengal, and 'Mari', meaning 'abundance'. Chapramari receives waters from the Teesta, the Neora, and the Murti.
A large variety of flora and fauna are found in the forests. Chapramari is known for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian bison) are not uncommon in the Chapramari region. Deer, boars, and leopards are also found there. However like Gorumara Royal Bengal Tiger are not found here. The place is popular with bird watchers, with parakeets, kingfishers, and green pigeons found in abundance. In 2009, a marauding leopard was captured in Dooars and released into Chapramari.
Malbazar Rail Station is the closest rail hub. Chapramari is located around two hours' drive from Siliguri, the principal city in northern Bengal. The access from Jalpaiguri passes through the dense forests of Batabari range.
Due to complications caused by monsoons, the wildlife sanctuary remains closed each year from mid-July to mid-September. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited operates a Chapramari camp.
Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Dooars region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009.
Gorumara was a reserve forest since 1895. The park was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1949, on account of its breeding population of Indian rhinoceros. It was declared an Indian National Park on 31 January 1994. Originally as small as 7 km2, Gorumara has grown by incorporating neighbouring lands to about 80 km2.
Gorumara is located in the Eastern Himalayas' submontane Terai belt. This region has rolling forests and riverine grasslands, and is known as the Dooars in West Bengal. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River. The major river of the park is the Jaldhaka river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river system. In this regard, Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve. The park is 79.99 km (49.70 mi) in area.
The best way to watch wildlife at the park is to use powerful binoculars, with night vision facilities at night, from the numerous well-located watchtowers at the park. The watchtowers are:
1. Jatraprasad Watch Tower: Named after a legendary elephant
2. Rhino Observation Point: Watch tower in front of the Gorumara forest bungalow
3. Chandrachur Watch Tower (Old Khunia Watch Tower): Near the Murti forest bungalow
4. Chukchuki Bird-watching Point: Good for birding
There are no ranger-led or otherwise four-wheel drive vehicle or elephant-back forays into the jungle. Hiking is permitted on metalled roads, but is slightly unsafe considering the population of elephants, gaur and rhinoceros present in the park. The park is closed in the Monsoon season from 16 June to 15 September. The best time to visit Gorumara is from November to March.
One can also visit the adjoining forest villages to get acquainted with the lifestyle and culture of the villagers. A live show of the ethnic tribal dance can be seen every evening in Budhuram Forest Village. One can visit the Lataguri Nature Interpretation Centre for an interpretive exhibit of the local natural history.
Murti is located in the Dooars region of West Bengal, India. It is at the foothills of Himalays in the Jalpaiguri district of Bengal. The place is named on the river "Murti" that flows through this region in the woods.The beauty of the place lies in the knee deep crystal clear water of the river Murti, dense forest and wild animals. The popular Gorumara National Park is a few kilometers away from Murti. The green everywhere, fresh air and peace all around makes the place a perfect destination for tourists and travelers. Murti is a tranquil, serene place in jungles where one can spend some days in relax and peace.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport. There are regular flights to Bagdogra from Kolkata airport. One can hire a vehicle to go directly to Murti from the airport.
The nearest railway station is New Mal Junction. There are regular train services to New Mal Junction from Kolkata. 13149 Kanchan Kanya Express is the only train that takes you to the New Mal Junction station from Kolkata. The train has a halt in NJP station - the most important station in north Bengal. The schedule time of arrival of the train at New Mal Junction is 9.13 am.
There is a taxi stand just outside the station where from one can hire a taxi up to the hotel or resort in Murti. It takes around Rs 400 for a drop.
To get around the place and visit other places of interests adjacent to Murti, the only option for tourists is a vehicle on rental. You can ask the resort manager to arrange a vehicle for a drop to another place, for a day trip, for sightseeing or you can hire a vehicle on a full day basis. I would suggest you to book a vehicle for the days you are there. The vehicle would be with you all the time, you can take it anywhere you want.
Murti is a very beautifil place in the woods of Dooars. The Murti river makes the place more attractive. A deep in the crystal clear and cold water of Murti would be a lifetime experience. The water has got good current but the water level is just up to your chest.
There are many places of interest around Murti. Some of the places are Bindu, Jhalong, Jaldhaka, Rocky Island, Samsing, Suntalekhola.
Bindu, Jhalong and Jaldhaka can be visited in a day trip. If you have a vehicle hired, you can set out in the morning after breakfast and come back to Murti resort before lunch. Rocky island, Samsing and Suntalekhola can be visited while going to Lataguri - just a few kilometers away, the entry point to Gorumara National Park.
Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong district, West Bengal, India and was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 km² and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Eastern India. It is the land of the elegant red panda in the pristine undisturbed natural habitat with rugged inaccessible hilly terrain and rich diverse flora and fauna making this park an important wilderness zone.
The park is spread over 159.89 km². The forest in Neora Valley has such luxurious growth that even sunlight finds it difficult to touch the ground. Much of the park is still inaccessible, making it an adventurous place for the nature lovers/trekkers who can take the challenge to explore the still-unknown terrain in the Kalimpong hills. Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, colourful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green valley, meandering rivers and streams with snowcapped mountains in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape.
The park reaches up to an elevation of 10600 ft at Rachela , the highest point of Neora Valley National Park, which borders Sikkim and Bhutan. The Neora River is the major water source for Kalimpong town.
Neora Valley, one of the last tracts of virgin wilderness in the country, sustains a unique ecosystem where tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative system still harbours a wealth of flora and fauna. The forests consists of mixed species like rhododendron, bamboo, oak, ferns, sal, etc. The valley also has numerous species of orchids.
Mammals reported from this area are Indian leopard, five species of civet, black bear, sloth bear, golden cat, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, barking deer, sambar, Himalayan flying squirrel and thar. The most exotic of all is Red Panda. Among other endangered mammalian fauna, clouded leopards are seldom seen and likely to be present in the park.
Birds belonging to varied genus can be found in the park. Neora Valley National Park thus is known as birders' paradise; some of India's most sought-after birds are found here in winter months as well. The semi-evergreen forests between 1600 m and 2700 m is the home of several rarities like rufous-throated partridge, satyr tragopan, crimson-breasted woodpecker, Darjeeling woodpecker, bay woodpecker, golden-throated barbet, Hodgson's hawk cuckoo, lesser cuckoo, brown wood owl, ashy wood pigeon, mountain imperial pigeon, Jerdon's baza, black eagle, mountain hawk eagle, dark-throated thrush, rufous-gorgeted flycatcher, white-gorgeted flycatcher, white-browed bush robin, white-tailed robin, yellow-browed tit, striated bulbul, chestnut-headed tesia, chestnut-crowned warbler, black-faced warbler, black-faced laughingthrush, chestnut-crowned laughingthrush, streak-breasted scimitar babbler, scaly-breasted wren-babbler, pygmy wren-babbler, rufous-fronted babbler, black-headed shrike babbler, white-browed shrike babbler, rusty-fronted barwing, rufous-winged fulvetta, brown parrotbill, fire-breasted flowerpecker, fire-tailed sunbird, maroon-backed accentor, dark-breasted rosefinch, red-headed bullfinch, gold-naped finch and many other rarities.
Like that of birds and mammalian fauna, reptilian fauna also coexists in park's ecosystem; which includes King cobra, common krait, green pit viper, blind snake, lizards etc. It is a heaven for Entomologists as well; many colorful insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, bugs and cicadas are added attractions of the valley.
Jaldapara National Park is a national park situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar District of northern West Bengal and on the banks of the Torsa River. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m and is spread across 216.51 km2 (83.59 sq mi) of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests. It was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of its great variety flora and fauna. Today, it has the largest population of the Indian one horned rhinoceros in the state, an animal threatened with extinction, and is a Habitat management area (Category IV). The nearby Chilapata Forests is an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve Near by is the Gorumara National Park, known for its population of Indian rhinoceros.
Toto tribes and Mech Tribes (Bodos) used to stay in this area before 1800. At that time this place was known as "Totopara". Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1941 for the purpose of protecting the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. In May 2012 it was declared a national park.
The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The main attraction of the park is the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. The park holds the largest rhino population in India after Kaziranga National Park in Assam. Other animals in the park include Indian leopard, Indian elephants, sambar, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, wild boars, and gaur.
Jaldapara is a paradise for bird watchers. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal florican is sighted. The other birds to be found here are the crested eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, shikra, Finn's weaver, jungle fowl, peafowl (peacock), partridge, and lesser pied hornbill. Pythons, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos, and about eight species of fresh water turtles can also be found here. Many of the animals in the park are endangered, like the Indian one-horned rhino and elephants.
Bindu is the last village on the Indian side bordering Bhutan. It is known for its landscape with Jaldhaka River, hills and forests, which attracts a lot of tourists. There is a conjunction of three streams at Bindu. The three streams are known as Bindu Khola, Dudh Pokhri and Jaldhaka that originates from the Kupup lake, a small glacial lake in Sikkim. The combined streams meet at Bindu to form the Jaldhaka river. There is a dam known as Bindu Dam over the Jaldhaka river which is used for controlling water supply to the Jaldhaka Hydel Project at Jhalong and acts as a bridge for crossing over to Bhutan. However, one can cross the dam only by foot. Recently steel bridge construction will be done so that light weight vehicle can pass over.
People of different tribes live in this village. Most of the people are engaged in orange and cardamom cultivation, which are exported to other places within India and abroad.
The Chilapata Forest is a dense forest near Jaldapara National Park in Dooars, Alipurduar district, West Bengal, India. It is about 20 km from Alipurduar, and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town. Until recently, the area was known for dacoity (banditry), but it is now safe for tourists.
The forest forms an elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and the Buxa Tiger Reserve, and is rich in wildlife. New species continue to be found. The forest used to be home to large Rhinoceros populations. In hunting expeditions in 1892-1904, in and around Chilapata Forest, the Maharajah of Cooch Behar recorded killing one rhino, injury of one, and sighting of over 14. Rhinos now are extremely rare. Leopards are still common.
It is hoped that eco-tourism will provide a new source of income for the indigenous Rabha people, who now depend on the forest mainly for firewood.
We runs an eco-tourism resort at Kodalbasti, providing basic accommodation.
One of the main attractions is the ruined "Nalraja Garh", or fort of the Nal kings, built in the Gupta period in the fifth century C.E., the Golden Age of India. Although poorly maintained, the site has considerable archaeological interest. Other activities include Tonga rides through Mathura tea garden, boating on the Bania river and angling on the confluence of the Kalchini, Bania and Buri Basra.
Lolegaon is a small hamlet situated in the North of West Bengal State. People come here to enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire Kanchenjunga range. Lolegaon can be covered along with other locations viz. Kalimpong, Lava, Rishop, Charkhol, Kolekham, etc. Trekking through the forests is a different experience. The area is very calm and quite and enjoy nature at its very best.
Lolegaon can be reached from Siliguri with a 4 hrs drive covering 124kms via Kalimpong and Lava. Kalimpong, the nearest town, is 55kms from Lolegaon. There is an alternate road through Gourbathan, which takes little less time. The roads are beautiful, covered by Tea Estates on both sides of the road and the Hills in the backdrop.
Loleygoan offers the "canopy Walk" where one can enjoy the call of birds in the park.
Visiting the area through a package tour may not be a bad idea. Package tours to Loleygaon, Rishyap, Lava, Kalimpong, Reshikhola can be combined depending upon the number of days in hand. India Beacons Sojourn of Kolkata (+91 9903295920) offers package tours to that sector.
The beautiful Kanchenjunga Mountain range. Almost all hotels face the Kanchenjunga and just admire the beauty by sitting in your room. Hotel Treefern offers excellent view of both Kalimpong Town and Kanchenjunga. During full moon, Kanchenjunga is visible at night also which is simply breathtaking.
Lolegaon is a small hamlet, and best place to spend some quality time with your family and friends. There is a hanging bridge in the uptown of Lolegaon, and one can view the endless forest from the top of the Bridge, maintainence is poor though. Almost all hotels arrange for Camp fire, and the evenings can be spent by enjoying the camp fire. Couple of hours drive will take you to other locations like Lava, Kalimpong, Rishop, Charkhol, etc. and are also very beautiful in their own ways. Trekking through the forests and through the houses of local inhabitants is an experience you will cherish.(Try to avoid doing this activity during rainy seasons, due to leeches).
Samsing is a small hill village and tourist spot in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal situated at an elevation of 3000 ft in the foothills of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts border. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. It is the home of more than 2500 people. Its climate is noted for fog and cool breezes and a high rainfall. It has lots of beautiful picnic spots and tourist place. Some of them are Lali Guras,Rocky Island and Suntaley Khola. Neora Valley National Park is in a distance of an hour from here. Here you can find the fusion of hills, plains, rivers, forest, tea-garden and villages. In fact,it is a cute tea garden inhabited by lovely and helpful nepali people. Many local people are associated with tourism / tea / timber - related businesses.
Samsing is divided into two parts; Samsing basti, which includes Khasmahal and fari, and samsing tea garden. Samsing Tea Estate is under the administration of Jalpaiguri district and Samsing basti- comprises Sundar basti,khash mahal and fari are under Dajeeling District Administration. It has also three divisions: top line, lower line and young tong division. Further, then the owner of the tea estate of samsing were British companies. They divided the topline with Kurti line,New School line,Gumba Line, Kamal Bhhawan line, MBP Line, SB LINE ( later also known as PP Line), munshi line and junction line. where now samsing has its Local bus stand. Local people are mostly employed in tea garden and tourism, but many of the younger generation have migrated to bigger cities for greater opportunities.
Samsing is a progressive place as the people have always valued education and their cultures. The people here actively participated in both the forms of Gorkhaland demand. They supported both the leaders in 1986 and after 2000. The second agitation was non violent and the people appreciated the efforts. In second movement under the leadership of Vimal Gurung, this village got the electricity in 2009-2010.The early settlers in this village as a tea plantation labours were two people one from Rangeli, Sikkim and other from Nepal Mountain region. They left their place when they heard the legend that in plane people pluck the money. It grows on tea plants.
Suntalekhola or Suntaley Khola (also Suntaleykhola) is a small village and a tourist spot in the Kalimpong District of West Bengal. The altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m. It gets it name from a small stream: Suntaley Khola. In Nepali language, Suntaley means orange and khola means stream. This place is nearly 5 km from Samsing, which is also a small picturesque serene village. The green patch on the left side of the way to Suntalekhola is amazing and holds many varieties of birds and butterflies.
There are WBFDC cottages for the tourists to reside. Several trek routes originate from Suntalekhola, most of which are within the Neora Valley National Park, which is located adjacent to this place. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists.
Species of birds are found here include: pond heron, black eagle, hill partridge, red-vented bulbul, ashy wood pigeon, bronzed drongo, white-throated fantail, blue rock thrush, scarlet minivet, lesser racket-tailed drongo, rufous sibia, grey treepie, spangled drongo and common green magpie. Many locals are involved in tourism-related business.
Rasikbil or Rasikbeel is a small lake situated in the Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, India. This lake attracts a lot of birds which make nests in the trees around the lake. The bird varieties which live in and around the lake includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. There is a deer park and a crocodile rehabilitation center by the side of the lake. There are also a leopard house, a python house, Aviary & a Tortoise rescue entre. This following water birds found in Rasik Beel- Lesser Whistling Teal, Common Teal, White eyed pochard, Red Crested pochard, Shoveler, Pintail, Wigeon duck, Grey headed Lapwing, Northern Lapwing, Pied Kingfisher, Stork billed kingfisher, Small blue kingfisher, Little Cormorant, Large Cormorant, Gadwall etc.
Rasikbil is situated one-and-a-half hours from a town in Cooch Behar district called Tufanganj. From Alipurduar, it is 74 km. The nearest railway station is New Cooch Behar, 35 km away. Cars are available for hire at the station.
Aritar Lake or Lampokhari lake This 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide boot-shaped lake is one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim. A pathway has been recently constructed all around the lake for the tourists. You can also do boating in the Lampokhari lake. Located at an altitude of 4600 feet, Lampokhri lake also known as Aritar Lake is surrounded by verdant green pine forests.
Although Mt. Kanchenjungha is not visible from Lampokhri or its adjacent village – Aritar, still Lampokhri holds its charm as an emerald green lake amidst an untouched pine forest. Children can feed the fish and swans of Lampokhri too. The jungle path that connects Mankhim to Lampokhri Lake is a very popular bird watching trail. This two-kilometer walk with viewpoints is an ideal place to rejuvenate with nature. There is a small temple dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava on the banks of Lampokhri Lake. Boating is also allowed in this lake.
A narrow jungle path connects the lake from the nearby mountain top called Mankhim. This 1.5 km trek from Mankhim to Aritar Lake (Lampokhari) through forests is perfect for first timers, birdwatchers and even children. This downhill trek starts from Mankhim and passes through some forested areas with glimpses of the Lampokhari lake and Mt. Kanchenjungha accompanying you. Mankhim Rai Temple is a main attraction here. Temple Located at an elevation of 1982 m, the temple is situated at Maity Village, Kheselakha. The temple comes under the ordinance of the Rai community, who were the believers of nature and wildlife. Twice in a year, Mankhim temple celebrates Sakewa puja in order to sow more plants. During the puja, colourful dance and musical recitals are performed in the temple premises. Near to Mankhim temple is the Hattipailay village which is famous its numerous rocks which carry footprints of elephants. Mankhim temple offers panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunghaand the "boot-shaped" Lampokhri Lake at the same time.
Among the other attractions of Aritar, Aritar Monastery is the prime. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Aritar Gumpa is the perfect epitome of the finest yet traditional architecture. The monastery belongs to the Kagyuapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery houses some of the most best craved architecture, painted murals artefacts, ancient manuscripts, and monastic arts. Aritar Gumpa is famous for its beautifully carved traditional architecture.
Another attraction here is Aritar Dak bungalow, which was built by Sir James Claude White, the 1st political officer of Sikkim in 1895. The mansion is renowned by the name of Ari-Bangla and was constructed during the reign of the British rulers. This is the place where Sikkim's first treasury was built, Sikkim Police was raised, and the first outpost started functioning in the year 1897.
Perched on a hill slope at 8000 ft and covered in dense forests, Padamchen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 14 kms from Rongli and 4 kms from Zuluk. Padamchen experiences a very pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity. If you are not used to biting cold and snowfall but want to experience the mesmerizing sunrise, excellent views and winding roads and valleys of this Silk Route circuit, then staying at Padamchen could be a choice.
Padamchen has some of the best views of the valleys and forests of this part of Sikkim and Himalayan foothills. The forests around Padamchen support a wide variety of bird population and bird watchers would love to spend a few days here. There is a heritage Forest Resthouse at Padamchen too. You can visit this forest resthouse to see the wooden floors, fireplace, verandah and wooden furniture from the forgotten days of the lonely Forest Officers and Sahibs who used to travel this way.
Dense temperate forests surrounding the Padamchen village is home to a huge bird population like Laughing thrushes, Fulvettas, Honey Buzzards, Steppe Eagles, Babblers, Tits, Wrens and others. The deeper regions of the forest have occasional visitors like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda and Leopards. While staying at Padamachen, you can go to watch the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha range from Thambi View Point (around 18 kms away) at 11,200 feet.
The beautiful Kewkhola or Kuekhola falls is just a few minutes drive from Padamchen. Kuekhola Falls derives its name from 'Kue", which in Nepali language means potatoes and "khola" means small rivulet. Thus, during earlier times there was huge plantation of potatoes and locals use to wash potatoes under this fall, and thus, was it was named Kuekhola Falls.
You also can take a small walk across the road to reach Nimachen, a small hamlet indeed. With lots of colorful flowers, a small trail will take you to the Nimachen Gompa, small, but worth to Visit.
You can also take a short trek in the forests of Padamchen and discover the trail of the original Silk Route through which the traders used to travel on horseback for thousands of years.
Yakten is a Homestay depended village in East Sikkim, India, situated on 6,000 ft. above sea level distance from Gangtok only 35 K.M after Pakyong. A new airport is building or under contraction very near of Gangtok city at Pakyong. A nice picturesque virgin village, surrounded by lush green fields and also famous for rare Himalayan orchids. There are few homstayes for nature loving travelers, this village decorated with these homstays.
Yakten village situated in east Sikkim is Overlooked by Himalayan Ranges, Yakten is a beautiful Hamlet. One can enjoy the pure virgin nature and experience the pristine authenticates traditional hospitality.Thye early Morning sunrise and view of Mighty Kanchenjunga is a memorable part here. Another option here is a 3km nature walk through beautiful forest trail to the Jhandi dara view point and experience a panoramic sunrise from the view point A nature walk through unforgettable jungle trail and enjoy birds and butterfly watching.
Homestay owner will welcome you with a cup of tea along with local food 'Sel Roti', a traditional homemade food in Nepali communities. A must have cuisine made by Rice flour, little sweet, edible oil and tea leaf extract with lots of warm hospitality. The lunch is also mouthwatering; especially you will never forget taste of coriander and mint chutney. Shining light of Gangtok city and Zuluk can be visible from your room at night sky. Take an early morning rise and walk for few minutes through the dense forest from village to witness a memorable sunrise, a wiz game of sunlight on snow capped peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kumbhakarna, and Mt. Kabru.
Yakten is village where one can enjoy the pristine Himalayan nature by sitting on the lap of nature. You can also take a shorter trek to the ruins of a Bhutia Fort called Budang Gari. Other places of interest in and around Yaakten village is, Bojeytaar, Bojeytaar cave, Tamang gumpa, serendipity house.
If you are fond of bird watching, then Yakten will not fail to surprise you. There are few bird watching trails which pass through the forests and farmlands and yield some of the rarest sightings. Located at around 5300 feet above sea level, Yaakten Village is also home to rare butterflies and orchids. Apart from treks to Jhandi Dara, you can enjoy taking long village walks and butterfly watching hikes along the edges of the green hills of Yakten. The Yakten Village Community can also arrange for cultural shows in the evenings if you want.
The first ever Yaakten Bojeytaar village ecotourism festival held back in the month of February brought about new changes in the tourism perspective of this place. The festival was indeed a grand success after which the Yaakten village received an overwhelming ratio of domestic tourist inflow which is a record breaking event that a new village tourism destination has ever received. The Yaakten village commands a panoramic view of the Mount Khangchendzonga and its allied peaks on a clear sunny day which is just breathtaking. Situated away from the hustle and bustle of city life the Yaakten village will indeed give to the discerning travelers a feeling of peace and solitude.
Around 20 kms from Rongli in East Sikkim is this new-found heaven for birdwatchers and solace seekers. Here in Rolep, you can try your angling skills to catch trout in the Shokey Khola River or get wet at the 45-foot high Buddha waterfall. You can also take village walks and get closer to learning the skills of living in harmony with nature and try bird watching in the forests. Rolep is one of the most favorable destinations within the Silk Route circuit to embark on your high – altitude trip to Lungthung or Nathang. The lush greenery, the serene village life and the gushing waterfall and rivers of Rolep would rejuvenate you in your silk Route trip.
Rolep is a small but beautiful village & most the serene and esplanade village of Sikkim in East Sikkim district, with inhabitant of all indigenous communities such as Gurung, Bhutia, Sherpas, Chettri, Sharma and Rai. This is a new addition destination of Old silk route or Zuluk trip itinerary. It is a part of old Silk route which is connected to China through Nathula route for the propagation of trade & pilgrimage.
The village situated at the bottom of Memencho Lake and Tshangu Lake along with the ‘Rangpoo khola’ (River Rangpoo) belt which is famous for Trout fishing and fresh cool water.The homestays of Rolep have started organizing Fishing trips on this river for the guests too. If you are really fond of local culture, then few home stays in Rolep can also organise a traditional “Lepcha Hot Stone Bath” for you in the river valley. Visitors can enjoy the scenic view of fresh tea gardens & plunder the merriment of river Rangpo & its tributaries, religious temples and monasteries. Rolep is heavily forested and is safe heaven for a wide variety of birds. If you are longing for a bird watching trip then a few days at Rolep would be very rewarding. The paddy fields, natural forests and the river valley of Rolep is home to a very healthy bird population.
You would find a dried up lake bed of the erstwhile Chochen Lake within the terraced paddy fields of Rolep and a gushing 45-feet high waterfall across a hanging bridge. The Shokey Khola River meets the Rolep river at the foot of Rolep which originates at Menmecho Lake. Here, a viewpoint gives you a panoramic view of the Rolep Valley. You can try angling or traditional Hot Stone Bath in Rolep or spend some time introspecting at Dekiling Monastery.
Spending a few days in Rolep village would surely help you to rejuvenate your soul. Apart from taking a dip in the Rolep River and resting on the wet boulders, you can visit the 40-feet high Buddha Waterfalls on Shokey Khola River or trek to the Buddha Cave, which is a local pilgrimage site. You can also visit the dried valley of Chochen Natural Lake and pray at the Dekiling Monastery. For visiting Rolep, guests would need to cross the motorable hanging bridge also known as Rangkey Bridge.
Rinchenpong Dak Bunglow is a prime attraction here. The famour poet Rabindra Nath Tagore is believed to have visited and stayed at this Dak Bunglow when he came to Darjeeling. The local people of Rinchenpong have named ‘Tagore Smriti Van' one of the smriti vans in memory of this famous poet’s name. A small beautiful lake is also available near Dak Bunglow.
The Lepcha Heritage House was built in 1860 by Phintso Thekadar, a renowned Lepcha landlord of his time. The house was built to accommodate the British Governor who used to visit the place. With rich paintings and carvings, the house takes you back into history. You can also get to see Lepcha people in their traditional dress nearby villages of Heritage House.
Gurung Monastery – The monastery is located at a vantage point on top of the hill not far from the main road. From here you can have grand views of the southern hills although the snow capped mountains of the North are not visible from here.
Rinchenpong Monastery – Further south on the same ridge and at a slightly lower altitude the Rinchepong Monastery is located. From here you can have great views of Kanchenjunga range on a clear day.
Reeshum Monastery can be reached by a long flight of stone stairsamidst of the forest. A small monastery nothing much spectacular but offers the best view of Kanchenjunga from Rinchenpong.
Kaluk is a village 2 kms from Rinchenpong located at an altitude of 5300 feet (1620 meter). It is part of the slightly offbeat Rinchenpong, Kaluk, Hee Bermiok sector in West Sikkim. The destinations are quite close to one another and can be covered from any one place out of the above. The principal attraction of the place is the great views of the Kanchenjunga offered from here. Together Rinchenpong and Kaluk can be considered as almost the same destination one can literally walk from one destination to the other.
At an altitude of about 5576ft, Rinchenpong is the latest addition to the tourist map of West Sikkim. The place is famous for the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range of mountains. Apart from the natural beauty of the surroundings, the place is also quite significant from historical point of view.
Tourists visit Kaluk to luxuriate in the peaceful and pollution free surrounding and the see the great view of the mountains including Kanchenjunga range. Kaluk is perfect gateway for a couple or three day break.
One day you can visit Sribadam Monastery,Maney Lakhang at Sribadam,Bhutia Heritage House and Thapgey Dara. Then continue with Lepcha Heritage House , Old British Bungalow, Rinchenpong Monastery and Rabindra Smriti Van .
On the second day, make an excursion to Gaythang Falls, Bharsey/Hilley sanctuary and Sai Mandir-Daramdin while return back to kaluk..Another day is perfect for an excursion to the Hee Barmak (Chayathal), Singshore Bridge-Utteray, Changey Falls, Pemayangste Monastery and Rabdentse Ruins .
Hee Bermiok village is located in West Sikkim and is bounded by Hee River in the West, Kalez River in the North, Rangeet River in the East and Samdong Reserve Forest in the South. Other than being the perfect place for some good collection of plant life, the place is also the home to over 65 species of birds. Hee and Bermiok are two separate villages located some 150 km from New Jalpaiguri with Bagdogra being the nearest airport, Hee Bermiok offers great opportunities to its tourists to witness a variety of nature at its best and excellent views of Mt. Kanchenjungha.
Journey to Hee Bermiok takes about four and a half hours from Gangtok. One can also reach here from Pelling, the journey taking one and a half hours. The main attractions are mountain biking, nature walk, visit to villages, Sirijonga Yuma Mangheem, Sirijonga Holy Cave at Martam etc. The adventure lovers can enjoy two and a half hour trek to Varsey. Apart from having an annual tourist festival, village home stay facilities are available. These are being further developed and upgraded with the help of INTACH, New Delhi.
The Sirijunga Falls or Sirijunga Vadhan is one of the prime attractions of the place and is located about an hour’s walk downward from Bermiok Bazaar. Besides, there is the mysterious holy box and the Sirijunga Cave or Sirijunga Phuku. All these are located at the point of meeting of Reshi Khola and Kalej. There is also a village foot trail that leads to these places via Martam village and Phagudara. Other places worth a visit include Yuma Samyo Mangheem, and the beautiful lake of Chaaya Taal located at Hee-Kyangbari where tourists can enjoy facilities like boating. Tourists can also witness the world’s largest prayer wheel and a water park in nearby Hee Gaon with swimming pools and gazebos.
You can go for short trips to the nearby Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary that is located very close to Hee Bermiok. Other destinations of West Sikkim like Pelling, Rinchenpong, Borong and Uttarey can be reached from Hee Bermiok within a couple of hour’s journey.
Five hours from Gangtok, Bagdogra Airport, New Jalpaiguri (N.J.P.) Railway Station and Siliguri, three hours from Darjeeling and Kalimpong and one and a half hours from Pelling – Uttarey in extreme West Sikkim is the “Virgin and Hidden Paradise on Earth”, and also is popularly known as the “Base Camp of Adventure Tourism for the Singalila Range Eco-Tourism Trekking Trail Towards Khangchendzenga” and also an important “Gate Way of International-Indo-Nepal Border Trade Route” through Chewabhanjyangla pass.
The word “Uttarey” is derived from many nomenclatures like “Utey-Tarey” which means “Call and Bring Together” in Limboo language, i.e. Uttarey was generally named from the habitations made by different communities who were called and brought a century year ago from different places by the Limboo Chiefs giving them shelter as neighbors in that area then was the pasture land. It is the factual telling of the octagenerarian people.
In the next, “Uttarey is derived from the Nepali word “UTTAR” which means the North. Just in the midst of South Part of valley, there is a holy perennial source of water stream floating out towards the North, so that is called as “Uttarey”. But it is wonder that its twisting outlet source West. There is a famous and believing “Durga Mandir” blessing the valley with peace and prosperity. In the extreme North-East corner of the lake, in a jungle, there lies a “Jalpa Devithan,” which is believed to be the guard of the lake.It is believed with the facts that there was a big lake with full of water in this valley about 100 years ago. But, later, it was drained out because of endangering loss of many domestic animals and even for the human beings hebitated around and has becoming dried slowly since last 80 years. However, there lies still a big mercy land with full of herbal plants called as Bhojo in the local language.
Located on the lap of the SINGALILA RANGE, PHOKTEY DARA in the West and Neydham (Dichenphu) in the north, Uttarey is a small but beautiful and a virgin paradise on earth set amidst the pristine valley. It is surrounded by hill tops, waterfalls, frothing rivers, evergreen forest, medicinal herbs and mountains hamlets.
On the panoramic view of Singalila Range, the morning starts with the soft and lovely golden sun rays on its top so warmly welcoming the day and just in the reverse the evening starts with setting up of the sun passing through the same peak welcoming breezing and freezing night is really a unique and a quite memorable experience one can enjoy in the life.The climatic condition of Uttarey Valley is so suitable for every tourist visitors visiting from different climatic habitants of the world as is neither so cold nor so hot, but remains so moderate with calm, silent, peace and clean environment and so goes open in all the seasons. Despite the global warming, Uttarey sometimes enjoys with heavy snow fall during winter seasons.
Every visitor shall become so compelling to make oneself a poet expressing the heavenly imaginary core language wave of the heart on Cheery Blossom in the months of October – November and on Rhododendron Blossom in the months of March-April-May in fact dancing with the fluttering butterflies, singing with the chirping birds and enjoying with the breezing bees all around.
Uttarey Valley, so far its itineraries around are concerned, is an ideal place for eco-tourism, adventure tourism, educational tourism on botany, zoology, ornithology , ethnology and also an ideal place for the quite holiday home-seekers, village-tourism, nature lover, bird watchers with rewarding walks and trekking trails with the nature’s panoramic view.
Uttarey is also an excellent departure point for both long treks [like Kalizar to explore Phoktey dara and Singalila Top trek :5 day trek route] or shorter excursions into the Singalila Range.
A popular short trek here is a trailk to Maine Bass waterfalls. A short trek to Maine Bass Water Falls for those who cannot to do moderate and alpine trek. Its is easily assiceible trek route for family, old age and for children . Maine bass water falls is hidden and virgin Isolated inside the lush green Rhododendron and oak forest, cascading from the height of nearly 100ft, Mainibas is a "Sacred Hidden Heaven Falls". It is situated hardly 200m right side of Uttarey – Chewabhanjyang trekking trail. On the right side of these falls and at the equal height there is a huge overhanging stone cliff where there are plenty of wild bee hive. "Maain" in local language means" wax" and "baas" means the place to get "halt." In the olden days the local people of the area used to adorn themselves by applying bee wax on their beard, mustache and hair. This is also an ideal habit for number of birds both local and migratory and their chirping in the morning sunshine adds value to this "Mainbas Falls." It is also an ideal place for bird watching especially flock tail, Magpais and White cap. Diversity of flora is also amazing and plenty of wild animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Serow, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Yellow Throated Martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Large Indian Civet, Leopard and Hairy Brown Squirrel. It is suitable place for Nature Camping.
Borong, located at an altitude of 5800 feet in South Sikkim is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Borong can be easily accessed from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri. Some 17 km from Ravangla, Borong can also be reached from Pelling, Gangtok and Rinchengpong. With Himalayan Mountains situated at the backdrop, Borong offers an ideal place for those seeking peace and tranquility.
Borong is a charming village located in the southern part of Sikkim and it offers an ideal place to escape from the city humdrums. Oozing with charm and beauty, this place is one of the best destinations to visit if you want to spend some quality time in the midst of nature. Its soothing aura and ambience attracts a number of nature lovers from across the globe. From Borong village, you can get an eye-popping sight of snow covered Mount Kanchenjunga, Narsing and Pandim. If the day is bright, you may also go and sightsee some beautiful birds flocking around the emerald forest of Borong. During your Borong tour, you can also hike up river Rangit in search for hot water spring. Nonetheless, there are a few attractions you can visit like Ralong Monastery, Borong Monastery, Vanjan Valley, Barmeli Bridge and Fatam village.
You can catch a glimpse of some extraordinary views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and other the snowcapped peaks. And a spectacular sight of sunrise from the snow-covered mountains is perhaps the main reason behind a visit to this beautiful place. You can also look for glances of Sinolchu, Narsingh and Pandim peaks.
Nearby attractions from Borongis mainly a 5 km away is the Ralong Monastery. You can hire a car and visit other places like Famtam Village, Gurang Monastery, the Silver Falls and the Barmely Bridge. Besides, a Hot spring , locally known as 'Borong Tsachu' is located at a distance of some 3km trail from Borong, on the bank of Rangeet River is a must do here.
Borong offers a very good base for trekking to Maenam Peak. Besides, there is also a trekking route at Namchi that ends in Borong and takes some 6 days to complete. Apart from trekking, you can go for bird-watching as Borong is home to a wide variety of birds like the scarlet minivet, the black magpie and the Himalayan pheasants.
Borong can be enjoyed throughout the year. But if you want to see the festival taking place by the bank of Rangeet River, then you must come during the month of February.
You can have a great sightseeing experience of some extraordinary views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and other the snow-covered peaks. A fantastic sight of sunrise from the snow-capped mountains is one of the biggest reasons to take a trip to this beautiful place. You might also want to catch a glimpse of Sinolchu, Narsingh and Pandim peaks. One can also visit nearby places such as nearby places such as Fatak Village, Gerang Monastery, the Silver Falls and the Barely Bridge.
Buddha Park , Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute (or New Ralang Monastery),
Ralong Hot Water Springs, Trek to Maenam Hill, Doling Gompa,
Rayong Sunrise View Point, Mangrue Gompa View Point.
Ravangla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim. At an altitude of 7000 ft, located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location as a transit point to nearby destinations has made Ravangla a must-visit place. Ravangla stages the Pang Lhabsol festival in a grand manner every year around August-September. The festivities last for three days, culminating in the traditional dances known as ‘Chaam’ on the last day.
8 kms on way to Damthang is the Rayong sunrise view point that offers spectacular views of the first rays of the sun falling on snow peaks. Visit the Ralong monastery as well as the Tibetan Carpet Centre. The traditionally designed and woven carpets available here are said to be the best you can buy anywhere.
In April Ravangla stages its own Tourism, Culture and Crafts Festival.
‘Sky High' is what the meaning of Namchi, and is completely synonymous as it is located at an elevation of 5,500 ft. and is the capital of South District of Sikkim. While you can come directly from NJP (90kms) or Bagdogra (96kms), many also combine a trip of Gangtok with Namchi.
The Namchi Helipad area is a wonderful open space with a large round about. The road from here goes towards Namchi town which is about 5kms away. look up on your right and you can see the large statue of Lord Shiva on a hilltop (looks tiny from here) - that is the famous Char Dham. The helipad area is also very popular for getting panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snowpeaks. From here you can get sweeping views of Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills as well as the lower plains of Bengal.
In about 10 minutes from here you will reach Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir & Pilgrimage Centre located at Asangthang, Namchi. This is the first Shai Baba temple in the whole of Sikkim. It was built by Shirdi Shai Baba Trust of South Sikkim under the patronage of Government of Sikkim Tourism. Upstairs there is a wonderful statue of Shirdi Shai Baba kept on an elevated platform at the end of a huge hall.
Downstairs is the large prayer room where devotees offer prayers. There is also an elevated stage at the end where kirtan and other religious functions take place that are organized by the trust.
Next is the Pilgrim Center Char Dham which is undoubtedly the most popular and the best tourist attraction in Namchi. It is located on a hill top and about 5kms from the town center. This large complex has been conceived to take Sikkim to new heights of pilgrimage & religious tourism. The complex comprises of the main temple of Shiva on which the imposing statue of Shiva has been set up.
Additionally there are replicas of twelve jyotirlingas to offer one platform to all devotees of Shiva, as well as replicas of the four dhams (Badrinath, Jagannath, Dwarka dedicated to lord Vishnu and Rameshwar dedicated to lord Shiva).
Samdruptse Monastery which is about 7kms from Namchi town and up on Samdruptse hill. Before Char Dham, this used to be the main attraction of Namchi, Samdruptse means 'Wish fulfilling Hill'. The locals believe that the hill is actually a dormant volcano. The Buddhists lamas have been regularly offering prayers so that the volcano does not erupt. It has stayed calm so far. There is a fairly long uphill walkway (some 200 yards) that leads to the monastery. Buddhist prayer flags flutter on one side of the pathway. Take off your shoes before you climb the flight of steps to reach the upper platform. Now look up and you will be awestruck with the mammoth 45-meter statue of Sikkim's patron saint Guru Padmasambhava set up on an elevated platform. The face is coated with gold that glitter in the sun. Walk around the platform and you can get magnificent view of the mountains and forests. The foundation stone here was laid by Dalai Lama on 22nd October 1997. This tall and large statue overlooks the town of Namchi and the surrounding areas. It can be seen from many different places in Sikkim and Darjeeling as well
Namchi Rock Garden (about 10 minutes from and below Samudruptse , is another good spot to relish nature.The landscaped garden below is quite beautiful. There are waterbodies, a gazebo, tiny arched bridges over lilipools, many different rare flowers and plantations, slides & swings for children, benches to relax & soak in the views - all make a wonderful experience. It's calm and quiet out here and a great opportunity to blend with the nature. A highlight at the rock garden are the Orchids. You will also see here a rare plant known as Timbur which is a sour citrus plant having a great medicinal value and used in liver ailment and lung congestion.
From Rock Garden your final destination will be Ngadak Monastery which is about 2kms from Namchi town. This is one of the oldest monasteries of South Sikkim built in 17th century by Tensung Namgyal during the reign of Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal. However the old building has been destroyed by earthquake and a new structure has come up in its place.
A football stadium named Baichung Stadium is coming up in Namchi which is named after the popular Sikkimese footballer Baichung Bhutia. It is still under construction and you can see it as you pass by.
Temi Tea Garden is about 18kms from Namchi town and located in Ravangla, South Sikkim. This is the only tea garden of Sikkim and owned by the State Government. It spreads across 440 acres of land on gradual hill slope originating from Tendong Hill. The tea garden produces one of the finest tea in the world and commands high prices in the world market. There is also a factory here. You can visit the factory to see tea processing and buy packaged tea at the Sale Outlet. While visiting from Gangtok, you will pass through the 21km stretch of famous Temi Tea Garden which is the only tea garden in Sikkim producing finest quality of tea. You will need to negotiate 21 hairpin bends while crossing the tea garden.
Another lovely place is Buddha Park in also known as Tathagata Tsal, 30kms from Namchi town. Spread over 23 acres of area this parkland has a towering sitting statue of Buddha which is 137ft 22inch tall. The face of the statue is coated with 3.5kgs of gold. It is the tallest metal statue of Buddha in the world.. Buddha Park project started in 2006 and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 2013. The park area is donated by the nearby Rabong Monastery.
IHCAE (Institute of Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Eco Tourism) is located at Chemchey Village at an altitude of about 6,500ft. From Namchi town the distance is about 16kms via Damthang. Opened in December 2009, the Institute offers training courses to the youth in the area of adventure activities and eco tourism. The courses include Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Para Gliding, White Water Rafting, Trekking, Skiing etc.
You don't usually plan a trip to Namchi keeping shopping in mind. However, there do exists several stores and art & craft centers that are worth visiting and you won't return empty handed for sure. Kanchenjunga Handicrafts Center located near Serdupcholing Monastery has exquisite handcrafted items. Another place for great local hand crafted items is Technical Handicraft Center which is located about 2kms from Namchi town.
The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary lies in the south west corner of the West Sikkim district. Spreading over 104 sq. km, across the razor sharp Singalila Range, which forms the natural international border with Nepal. There are three points of entry ino this sanctuary from Hilley, Dentam and Soreng. Tourists generally prefer Hilley since it is approachable by road. The bridle path from Hilley to Barsey is a favorite amongst tourists especially during the Rhododendron flowering season. The faunal value of Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary includes Leopard cat , Himalayan Yellow Throated Marten , Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Langur, Crimson Horned Pheasant, Monal Pheasant, Kaleej and many diverse species of birds.
Orientation Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is in west Sikkim and part of it forms the border with Nepal. The closest airport is Bagdogra (160 km/6 hours to Hilley) and the closest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (150 km/6 hours to Hilley). Okhrey is 9 km from Hilley. From Hilley, it is four-kilometer trek. Sombaria, which lies about 25 km before the road ends at Hilley, is the last major town.
Sandwiched between Singalila National Park in the south and Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve in the north lies the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. This tiny 104-sq-km sanctuary forms a vital corridor linking the two larger areas. Its altitude ranges from 2,200 m to 4,100 m and supports a wide variety of bio-diversity ' sub-tropical forest, mixed broadleaf forest, conifer forest and alpine meadows. But the primary attraction of this small sanctuary is, as its name suggests, rhododendron blooms.
Come May, the entire forest turns into a riot of red. Renowned botanist Sir JD Hooker, one of the first Europeans to travel to this region, is known to have said: 'The super abundance of rhododendron is the glory of the Singilila Range. The banks of the rivers between 8,000 ft and 14,000 ft are generally covered with the flowers, sometimes to the exclusion of other vegetation.
Several species of rhododendron bloom in this area. The popular red variety, as well as the comparatively lesser-known pink and white varieties, are found in abundance. Varsey is a stone's throw away from Calcutta, and an extended weekend is all you need to visit the 'garden of the Gods'.
A four-km leisurely walk on fairly even ground takes you to the final destination. En route, you pass through beautiful pine forests. Within an hour, you are at the final point of the journey. Scattered along the trail are rhododendron trees, flaming when in season. The bright white flowers of the occasional magnolia tree create a striking contrast against the deep blue background of the sky. Last but not least are the snow peaks that tower above the treetops.
Seasons To see the rhododendrons in bloom, the best time to visit is from March through May. June to September is usually very wet. The second trekking season runs from October to December. At this time of year, the days are clear and there is little or no haze, so the Kanchenjunga and other snow-capped peaks and ranges are clearly visible. Though devoid of rhododendrons at this time, the sanctuary is quite pretty.
Morning hours are the best time for day excursions. Proper gear and guide should be hired for visits to this site. Permits and Entry free for all levied by the Wildlife Division of the Forest Department. There is a checkpost of the Forest Wildlife Division.
• Maintain outdoor ethics while visiting the wildlife sanctuary
• Follow designated trails; take only pictures; leave only footprints
• Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes
• Carry enough drinking water and snacks
• Bring back packages and food wrappers, dispose your waste responsibly
• Avoid picking plants and collecting any forest products
• Respect the birds and animals habitat
The Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary spans over the razor sharp Singalila Range. The climate is wet and cold favoring the spread of the dominant genus Rhododendron. July is the wettest month, with the average annual precipitation being in excess of 250 cm. The reaches above 2500m receive regular snowfall in winter. Clear skies can be experienced only from November to May.
A beautiful Tourist Trekker's hut exists in Barsey, amidst the Rhododendron forests at 10,000 feet, commanding a glorious view of the Singalila Range. Boarding and Lodging facilities are available. Although you can opt to stay at Hilley or Okhray and make a day trip to the sanctuary.
DO’S AND DON’TS AT PARKS AND SANCTUARIES
• Certain code of conduct has been framed to maintain the sustainability of these parks and sanctuaries. Visitors are requested to follow the following Code for Conservation
• Leave only footprints, take only photographs High altitude vegetation is frail
• Avoid trampling, follow trails, and do not pick plants or flowers Do not disturb wildlife or its habitat
• Do not buy endangered animal or plant products
• Use kerosene or bottled gas for cooking, heating and lighting; avoid using firewood. Ensure that you and your staff are properly equipped with warm clothes and fuel. Carrying plastics within the sanctuary is banned
• Avoid littering
• Bring all your garbage back
• Carry out all batteries
• Do not give treats to village children; It only encourages begging
• Respect the sanctity of holy rivers and historical sites: No smoking, drinking or loud talks
• Educate yourself about the ecology, customs, manners, and culture of Sikkim, specially the adjoining villages
• Support local conservation programs, and local community level organizations
Located at an altitude of 10,000ft, Barsey is renowned for its Rhododendron Sanctuary. For the lovers of varied flora, a visit to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary during March April with full bloom of Guras [Rhododendron] would indeed be a delightful experience.
Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local
monasteries namely the ancient Pemayangtse Monastery
and Sanga Choeling Monastery, the rock garden and waterfall
at nearby Rimbi River, the holy rock of Rani Dhunga,
the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjungha Falls,
the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Chhange Waterfalls,
and the Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists.
Pelling is a town in the district of West Sikkim, India. Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. A regular bus service connects the two towns. However, with the influx of tourists, the region is undergoing a metamorphosis, with the roads being repaired and hotels being set up.
The founder of Pelling was a man called Freddie (Pelling) who arrived there during the time of the empire. He organised protection for the townspeople who lived under threat from raiders coming from the north who stole minerals from the mines there. Since then Freddie has become a local hero and each year there is a parade through the town commemorating him, and celebrating the changes he made. As a token of their thanks they even renamed the village after him.
The Himalayas and the Kanchenjanga may be viewed at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also forms the base from where trekkers and other peripatetic adventurers undertake the strenuous and arduous treks in West Sikkim. The land around Pelling is still a virgin territory and is bathed with alpine vegetation, with numerous waterfalls lining the hillside. In the months of winter, Pelling is sometimes covered with a blanket of snow.
Pelling is 115 km from the state capital Gangtok and about 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Pelling to the towns of Jorethang, Kalimpong and Namchi. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.
Most of the people of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the Sikkimese language. Other languages spoken are Nepali, Hindi, and English.
Hundru Falls, Dassam Falls, Jonha Falls, Panch Gagh Falls,
Birsa Zoological Park, Ranchi Lake, Kanke Dam,Jagannath Temple,
Nakshatra Van,Sun Temple,Pahari Mandir,Rock Garden,Deer Park.
Ranchi is one of the best places to visit in Jharkhand that offers you the divine view of some of the best waterfalls in India. It is the capital of Jharkhand and is known as ‘the City of Waterfalls.’ Ranchi is one place, which is so rich in mineral resources that it is named as the ‘Manchester of the East.’ Surrounded by serene mountains and hills and swamped with heavenly waterfalls, Ranchi never disappoint its tourists and instead offer them the best sojourn to be cherished for lifetime.
Bokaro Steel City, Garga Dam, Jawaharlal Nehru Biological Park,
City Park, Bokaro Ispat Pustakalaya, Jagannath Temple, Gayatri Mandir,
Chas,Kali Mandir, Siwandih, Noori Masjid, Aaiyappa Mandir.
Bokaro is one of the top tourism destinations in Jharkhand, known for its steel and coal industries and metropolitan lifestyle. Blessed with so many natural sites and touristy attractions, Bokaro has always been a favorite destination of leisure travelers, nature lovers, and devotees. The city offers great attractions like Kali Mandir, Jawahar Nehru Biological Park, Garga Dam, and Ram Mandir to almost every type of traveler. The pleasant and comfortable weather and exquisite surroundings of this city makes it even a better place for holidays.
Also, known as the ‘Coal Capital of India,’ Dhanbad is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, which offers a wide opportunity to tourists to explore the distinctive beauty of the state. It is a renowned mining city of Jharkhand, which has more attractions to its credit than just the coal mines. Surrounded by picturesque valleys and lush green forests, Dhanbad offers views of great dams, refreshing lakes, and temples, which remain a major point of attraction here. A lot of devotees visit Dhanbad to pay a visit to Dalmi, a religious site where the idols of Goddess Durga, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha, and Nandi are placed. The city has several Buddhist and Jain sites too that gives tourists a more enlightening holiday experience.
Mary’s Church, Rajmahal, Mangalhat, Moti waterfall,
Shivgadi Temple, Bhagwa Kuan, Shukravasini Temple,
Teliagarhi Fort, Binduvasini Temple, Raksisthan Temple.
This not so popular destination is actually a lovely place, mostly preferred by families, children, couples, and solo travelers for sightseeing, photography, and trekking. The pleasant weather and exquisite surroundings of this picturesque city makes it an ideal destination, which can be visited in any season, be it summer, monsoon, or winter. Tourists from distant cities visit Sahibganj to enjoy the scenic beauty surrounding the city and explore a few ancient sites that are worth viewing here. There aren’t many attractions in Sahibganj, but for a memorable sojourn in this lovely city, one must definitely visit the places.
Dalma Hills, Jubilee Park,Jubilee Lake,
Jayanti Sarovar, Tata Steel Zoological Park,
Tribal Culture Centre, Hudco Lake, Bhuvneshwari Temple
‘The Steel City of India’ Jamshedpur is the largest city in Jharkhand and is home to India’s first private iron and steel company ‘Tata Steel.’ This well-planned city has several tourist attractions that offer a great experience to the tourists, especially nature lovers who can seek comfort in exploring the natural beauty of this place. Also, known as an Industrial city, Jamshedpur was founded by Jamsedji Nusserwanji Tata, the great Industrialist and founder of the Tata Group. The city is surrounded by rich greenery and offers plenty of attractions for tourists to have a delightful holidaying experience.
Canary Hill, Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary,
Hazaribagh National Park,Isko Village, Suryakund,
Rajarappa temple, Urwan Tourist Complex, Konar Dam.
This picturesque destination largely contributes to the wildlife tourism in Jharkhand, thanks to its abundant greenery, great hills, and lovely weather. Situated at an altitude of 2019 feet, Hazaribagh is a land of flora and fauna, well known for its health resort. As its name suggests, Hazaribagh means a city of thousand gardens, however, this doesn’t mean the city has just gardens; there are several temples, hills, waterfalls, and wildlife sanctuaries that offer a delightful experience to the tourists.
Basukinath, Trikuta Hills, Satsanga Ashram, Harila Jori,
Shivganga,Rikhia Yogashram, Jaisar Children’s Park,
Nandan Pahar, Kathikund,Kundeshwari, Ajgaibinath,Hathi Pahar.
Deoghar is one of the best places to visit in Jharkhand, when it comes to religious tourism. With so many Hindu temples that are mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva, Deoghar promises its tourists a rather joyous holidays, thanks to its abundant natural beauty and tranquil surroundings. Deoghar has so much to see and experience that tourists from far across the country visit this place in a large number to explore its distinctive beauty. Also known for its ancient temples like Baba Baidyanath, which is considered to be one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ in India, Deoghar promises a divine sojourn to people in search of peace and serenity.
Parashnath Hills, Usri Fall, Khandoli Park and Dam,
Madhuvan, Jharkhandi Dham, Harihar Dham,
Langta Baba Samadhi Sthal, Surya Temple, Devari Temple.
Once a part of Hazaribagh, Giridih is now a separate city, which came into existence in 1972. It is known for its mining towns and verdant hills that are covered with lush green forests with a major plantation of Sal tree, bamboo, Semal, Mahua, and Palash. Also known as the ‘Land of Hills,’ Giridih is widely visited by Jain pilgrims and is often termed as ‘The land of Jain Pilgrims.’ There are several Jain Temples and various Jain buildings & sites in Giridih that makes it a desirable destination amid nature lovers and pilgrims. Beautiful valleys, charming hills, dams, and temples in Giridih contribute in the tourism in Jharkhand.
Netarhat Hills, Koel View Point,
Sadni Falls, Magnolia Sunset Point,
Upper Ghaghri Falls, Lower Ghaghri Falls.
Netarhat is a beautiful hill station in Jharkhand, located at a height of 1,128 meters above sea level. It is frequented by a large number of tourists from nearby cities and town and is called ‘The Queen of Chotanagpur.’ The tranquil surroundings and scenic landscapes of this exquisite destination can steal your heart and blow your mind. Whoever is planning for a leisure holidays in Jharkhand to be away from the hustle and bustle of big metropolitan cities, Netarhat is just a right place. The cool and comfortable weather of this hill station is another reason why people like to visit it during the summer season.
Betla National Park, Palamu Tiger Reserve,
Upper Ghaghri Waterfall, Lower Ghaghri Waterfall,
Lodh Fall, Shahpur.
This picturesque destination invites tourists from all over the country, especially from Kolkata, which is not very far from here. It houses a wildlife sanctuary and a national park and offers a great opportunity to the nature lovers, trekkers, and wildlife lovers and help them explore the luxuriant surroundings of the city. Palamu also has a rich cultural background, which leads to the popularity of the city amid historians and admirers of Indian culture. So, if you are in Palamu and want to explore its beauty, visit places like Palamu Wildlife Sanctuary, Betla National Park, River Koel, Palamu Fort, Upper Ghaghri Waterfalls, Lower Ghaghri Water Falls, and Lodh Falls.
Haldi Jharna, Soikitia, Lattu Pahar,
Raja Bari (Raja Kothi),
Swami Vivekanand Medical College & Hospital,
Bangama, madho villa.
Simultala is a hamlet in Bihar in India. It is a famous as a health resort. The temperate climate is inviting. In the past, people used to stay here for months. These days, tourist stay for many days only to enjoy the natural beauty of simultala again.Simultala is also called mini Simla of India.It is an ideal spot for Night Sky Observation and Nature Study. October to March are the best time for visiting Simultala.
Shimultala, though on the Main Line of Eastern Railway is yet to develop. It is still a virgin country with valleys. hillocks, brooks and rivulets. Electricity is scarce and at this age,you can only get 24 hours electricity in anya resort only.Here you get tranquility, solitude and peace seldom found else where. The sound of silence, the far bigger sky dotted with innumerable twinkling stars and the pristine settings makes one go back to the nostalgic past. There is not much of site seeing involved. This is a place where one goes for lazy walks mile after mile through forest and hillocks and come back refreshed. Drinking the water of the wells make one hungry even a few hours after a sumptuous meal. You only sit back with your favorite book or with your family or with your friends and friend's friend and watch time go by. Visit here to get a refreshing weather anytime of the year. Local people are cozy in welcoming and food is cheap and best. Look for the mammoth old buildings mostly deserted but great in style.
There are picturesque place around to make the journey to Simultala a worthwhile experience.To visit places around, auto rickshaw, hired car, cycle rickshaw and tongas are available at the raiways station. Regular auto rickshaw runs from Simulatla to Telwa bazar, which is a market place situated at 4 km from the Simultala railway station.
Koena River, Kiriburu,
Bonai Border, Toybo Falls.
Saranda, the largest Sal forest in Asia, is located 122 kms from Jamshedpur. Famed for its multifarious flora and fauna, it has also been in the limelight due to its rich mineral reserve. Saranda, meaning ‘the land of seven hundred hills’ is spread over around 900 sq. kms and has mesmerised and fascinated nature-enthusiasts for decades. The spectacular sunset, here against the backdrop of tall dark silhouettes of Sal, would simply make you gaze wide eyed as the sky dons the hues of crimson, orange and grey, before the flaming ball of fire calls it off for the day.
Situated on the southern border of the state, the forest is home to endangered species of flying lizards and hundreds of elephants and is also an integral part of the migratory elephant corridor.
Sal, Mahua and Kusum are the major trees found in the forest, which is also home to the Ho tribe, and used to be a private hunting ground for the erstwhile royal family of Seraikela.
The main access point for getting into Saranda forest by road is Chaibasa, 60 kms southwest of Jamshedpur. Saranda can also be reached via the towns of Chakradharpur (89 kms from Jamshedpur) and Manoharpur (170 kms from Jamshedpur), on the main Bombay-Howrah rail line.
Jagannath Temple, Puri Beach, Konark Beach,
Chilika Lake, Raghurajpur Artist Village,
Swargadwar Beach, Chilika Weldlife Sanctuary,
Sakshigopal Temple, Alarnatha Temple, Gundicha Temple,
Daya River, Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, Baleswar Beach,
Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Balu Khand Wildlife Sanctuary.
Hindu pilgrims, Bengali holiday makers and foreign travelers all make their way to Puri. For Hindus, it is one of the holiest pilgrimage places in India. It’s religious stayings revolves around the Great Jagannath Temple.
Puri is the capital of Bhubaneswar, also known as Sri Jagannath Dham after the 12th century Jagannath Mandir located in the city. It is one of the original Char Dham pilgrimage sites for the Hindus. Also been named as “Srikhetra”, Puri was invaded 18 times by Hindu and Muslim rulers, from the 4th century AD to till the early 19th century with the objective of looting the treasures of the temple. The heirs of the Gajapati Dynasty of Khurda still perform the ritual duties of the temple. Almost 80% of the economy of Puri town is dependent on the religious importance of the Jagannath Temple. The 24 festivals, including 13 major ones, held every year in the Temple complex contribute to the economy.
The place has got rich historical as well as mythical impact on the country. Puri, the holy land of Lord Jagannath, has many ancient names in Hindu scriptures too. It is mentioned as a place called Purushamandama Grama meaning the place where the creator deity of the world deitied on an altar. Over time the name got changed to Purushottma Puri and further being shortened as Puri. Many great souls, such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has also visited the place. It has got huge impact on Buddhism as well.
Apart from the religious staffs it is also a hit destination for the hippies as well. In the 1970s, travelers travel through Asia were attracted here by the sea and bhang (Marijuana), which was legal in Shiva’s Puri. Travelers also come here to stroll by the sandy beaches.
Sun Temple, Archaeological Site Museum,
Ramchandi Temple, Kuruma, Astranga.
This is a medium town in the Puri district, lies on the coast by the Bay of Bengal. 13th century Sun Temple boasts its value. It is also known as the “Black Pagoda” as it is made up of black granite during the reign of NarasimhaDeva-I. This temple of Konark is a World Heritage Site. During December, Konark becomes the home of cultural heights. Konark Dance Festival is totally devoted to classical Indian dance forms, including the traditional dance form of Odisha.
The temple is designed as a gigantic chariot of the Sun God, with 12 pairs of wheels pulled by seven horses. Each and every wheel is a sun-dial. In the old days, the main idol of Sun God used to remain suspended in the air with the help of the huge magnet at the peak and another magnet fixed at the basement. It belongs to the Kalingan school of Indian temple architecture.
Gopalpur Beach, Gopalpur Lighthouse,
Chilika Lake, OTDC Shop (Berhampur),
The gentle breeze and the swaying glory of the palm trees invites you to Gopalpur. You will be wooed by its serenity. It is just 15 km from Berhampur. It has got an ancient, commercial port, now lying in ruins. Gopalpur once was the prominent trading port during the days of British Raj. It is one of India’s most sought after beaches, with a distinct charm of its own. Gopalpur Beach Festival was started in the year 1996 by Ganjam District Hotel Association to promote tourism and culture.
Dolphin point, Mangalajodi, Tara Tarini Temple,
Kali Jai Temple, Nalabana Bird Sanctuary,
Satapada, Narayani Temple, Sankuda Island,
It is one of the biggest hotspots of biodiversity in India and a home of world’s most exquisite migratory birds. Chilika lake is a blackish water estuary type lagoon sprawling across the East Coast of India. This lake is the home of a number of threatened species of plants and animals. It is an ecosystem with large fishery resources and it sustains more than 150,000 fisher-folk living in 132 villages on the shore and islands. It hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season. Birds from as far as the Caspian Sea, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea and other remote parts of Russia, Central and South-East Asia etc.
Hill View Park, Rushikulya River,
Coffee Plantation, Doluri River,
Putudi Waterfalls, Belghar Sanctuary.
This hill station is often termed as the “Kashmir of Odisha”, situated at the height of 915 meters in Kandhmal district, the place boasts of pine jungles, coffee gardens and beautiful valleys. It is surrounded by thick rain forest with wild animals and is a popular summer resort.
It can be reached from Bhubaneswar (251km) and other important places of the state by regular bus services. The nearest railway station is Brahmapur (120km). It is located in the tribal dominated Kandhamal district.
Simlipal Forest Reserve,
Chandipur Beach, Nilgiri,
Chandipur is on the Bay of Bengal and approximately 16 kms from the Baleswar Railway station. The beach is unique in that the water recedes up to 5 kms during the ebb tide. Due to its unique circumstances, the beach supports bio-diversity. Horseshoe crab is also found here on the beach towards Mirzapur, the nearby fishing market and community. It is a suitable picnic spot. One of the Odisha Tourism’s Pathanivas (Guest House) is situated here. Road access to Baleswar is via NH16. Various kinds of sea foods are available here.
Panchalingeswar Temple, Chandipur Sea Beach,
Bhudara Chandi Shrine, Simlipal Reserve Forest,
Nilgiri, Mahadev Baneswar Temple.
It is named after the five Shivalinga that are enshrined inside. The temple is on the top of the hillock near Nilgiri hill. The shivalingas are said to have been enshrined by Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, during their exile. A perennial stream which is the main attraction of the area, regularly washes the Shivalingas as it flows over them. To reach the temple one has to lie flat on the rock parallel to the stream to touch and worship the Lingas inside the water stream. It is 27.7 km south-west from Balasore.
It is declared as a sanctuary in 1984. It is famous for the Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve that spreads across the Simlipal, Kuldiha and Hadgarh wildlife reserves. Locally it is known as the Tenda Elephant Reserve. A watch tower is created at Garsimulia to have a look at the elephants taking ??. The sanctuary also offers night stay accommodation at Kuldiha entrance, in form of huts, tents and few concrete houses.
It usually remains close during July and September. Situated in the Northern Odisha, this place is dominated by sal trees and various animals including tigers, leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar, hill myna, hornbills etc.
This wildlife sanctuary is situated on a core area of 145 sq.km, located in Kendrapara district, Odisha. Gahimatha Beach and Marine Sanctuary lies to the east, and seperates swamp region cover with canopy of mangroves from the Bay of Bengal.
The park is a home of Saltwater Crocodile, White Crocodile, Indian Python, King Cobra, Black Ibis, darters and many other species of flora and fauna. The national park and wildlife sanctuary is inundated by a number of rivers- Brahmani, Baitarni, Dhamra, Pathsala and others. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India. Its 672 km of mangrove forest and wetland, provides home to well over 215 species of birds including winter migrants from central Asia and Europe.
Safari, Barchipani Falls,
Jaranda Falls, Devkund,
This wildlife sanctuary is a part of Simlipal-Kuldiha-Hadgarh Elephant Reserve popularly known as Mayurbhanj Elephant Reserve, which includes 3 protected areas- Simlipal Tiger Reserve, Hadgarh Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary.
Simlipal National Park gets its name from the abundance of “Semul” that bloom here. It is the second largest national park in India. It has got some mesmerizing waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. It is the home of 99 Royal Bengal Tigers and 432 wild elephants.
One can enter Simlipal through Pithabata (22 kms) and 98 km via Jashipur. Entry permits can be obtained from the Range Officer, Pithabata check gate upon paying prescribed fees. Day visitors can enter between 6 AM and 12 noon and visitors with reservation between 6 AM and 9 AM. It is open from 1st November to 15th June.
Maa Dwaransuni Temple,
Laxmi Narayan Temple.
This town is basically surrounded by the mesmerizing Simlipal National Park. NH6 passes through Bangriposi. The temple of Goddess Maa Dwarasuni is situated here. Budhabalanga river passes through this town. It has got a great role in promoting tourism is here.
It is a serene village located in Mayurbhanj district, with only 130 families. This little place mainly adds to the serenity of mind and health to the tourists. Each and every necessary facilities can be find here.
This tiger reserve is situated in Angul district of Odisha. Mahanadi river passes through a 22 km long gorge in the Eastern Ghat mountains. This is located in the Eastern Highlands moist deciduous forests ecoregion. This area comprises of the Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary and the adjacent Baisipalli Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Satkosia Gorge with its magnificent floristic composition and amazing faunal diversity on both of its northern and southern side over an area of 795.52 sq.km. It is the home of tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, nilgai, chousingha etc.