This is one of the greenest area of the West Bengal. Located at the foothills of the Himalaya, the... read more
I dont know your team composition, budget and interest/ fitness for adventure. Still I am trying to give a plan. You can start your journey from Siliguri (nearest Airport- Bagdogra, railway junction). Or else, you can reach... More
I dont know your team composition, budget and interest/ fitness for adventure. Still I am trying to give a plan. You can start your journey from Siliguri (nearest Airport- Bagdogra, railway junction). Or else, you can reach Alipurduar by train and start your journey. day 1. From Siliguri (Bagdogra)- move to Chalsa (stay at Sinclairs resort). From Chalsa you can visit Samsing, Suntalekhola, Jhalong & Bindu in two days (by rented car). Some people stays at Suntalekhola, but standard of the hotels will definitely not like that of Sinclairs. If you are budget conscious, you can stay at Murti (tourist lodges) and travel all the places. 2. Visit Gorumara and lataguri in next 2 days (stay at Murti/ Lataguri hotels lodges). 3. From here, move to Madarihat which connects you to Jaldapara Wildlife sanctuary. Recommended stay at Holong Tourist Lodge, which is inside the forest. You have to check the website of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd for booking. Alternative stay is Jaldapara Tourist Lodge again from the same website. Remember, it will be always better if you stay in Holong Tourist lodge. There are no standard private operator here. You can stay here for 1/2 nights, enjoy the forest, the animals and elephant ride. 4. From here, you can move to the Eastern Dooars sector for the taste of the less traveled virgin forests, Rajabhatkhawa, Jainty are two beautiful places you can visit in single day. Night may be spent in any of the places (very basic lodges) or at Alipurduar (the nearest town and railway junction) where better hotels and facilities are expected. If you are searching adventure, you can walk/trek to Buxa Forte from Santalabari (will be few kilometers from Rajabhatkhawa). If you start early and fit otherwise, you can manage Buxa and Jainty in the same day and Rajabhatkhawa on the way. From Alipurduar, people can visit Coochbehar where the historical palace and Madan-mohan temple are age old attractions for the local people. Night stays: First 3/4/5 nights: Chalsa/ Murti/ Lataguri Nest 1/2 nights: Holong Last 1 night: Alipurduar/ Holong (you can also travel to Buxa Jainty from Holong Tourist lodge) You can return by train from Alipurduar/ New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri) or by air from Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri). You can modify your trip a bit. There are other forests in this region, but the major attractions are covered in the travel plan. Remember, you have to spend extra money for rented car everywhere as the public transport system is rudimentary for a tourist! Will be happy to help you further. I had spent several years in this region earlier in my life!