One of the best tourist spot of Dooars is Jhalong or
Jhalung (ঝালং), situated on bank of Jaldhaka River. Distance from Mal Bazar to Jhalong
43 K.M. via Chalsha and Khunia-more. Take left turn from Khunia more to
Jaldhaka valley and Chapramari forest or Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary will be
on your left toward Jhalong. Chapramari forest or Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
is the home of most of the wild animals like Leopards, Elephants, Indian Gaurs,
deer boars. The road to Jaldhaka valley from Khunia through Chapramari forest
is picturized and breathtaking. Hurst
will be reduced after crossing Chapramari forest, after then you can see Kumai
Beat office of forest department. If you go a little longer, there will be
cinchona and ipecac plantation and lots of therapeutic plants, these plants are
very useful for medicine manufacture.
Jhalong Home Stay
reach to Gairibas village after crossing Kumai village by light ascent way, Gairibas
is the large village before Jhalong on this route, all residents are Gorkhas of
this village, they are all honest and hardworking human being. They always welcome
you with smiling faces. The way to Jhalong from Gairibas is very charming and
goes upto Bindu
(on India & Bhutan border) left side of the road is standing hill and
another side is Abyss surrounded by deep jungle.
climb journey you can see wide valley of Jaldhaka river and Jaldhaka hydro
power project plant, a must see spot in Dooars region on the other side of
river is Bhutan. Most of the people from this village are directly or
indirectly engaged with this hydro project and dam. Number of orange gardens is
there, Jhalong market covered with lots of oranges on month of November and
December, you can by as much as you need, and these are all very cheap in rate
and so good in taste. Each and every Wednesday day there is a mart (Weekly
village market) at Jhalong.
Jaldhaka river from Jhalong view point
Rubber plantation at Jhalong
Gairibas check post to Jhalong
Jaldhaka Homestay is best option and good
accommodation near Jhalong, Bindu at lap of nature and address is: 2 no. F/6 Jaldhaka,
Darjeeling. This homestay located at calm and quite place, walking distance
from the river Jaldhaka, very close to Bhutan. Days spent with Jaldhaka
Homestay will be memorable, come and stay with traditional Gorkhas hospitality.
Common toilet & bathroom:
1200/ (max. 3 person)
Attached toilet & bathroom:
1400/ (max. 3 person)
Homestay provides facilities like..
Nearest railway station is New Mal Jn. distance from
Jhalong is 40 KM. around an hrs. driving through Chapramari forest, Kumani road
and Khunia-Jhalong road. Second nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri or
NJP, distance around 95 K.M. NJP well connected with all major cities of India.
Darjeeling mail, Teesta-Torsa express, Saraighat express, Kanchankanya express etc.
connects with Kolkata. Only Kanchankanya express goes to New Mal Jn. from
Nearest airport is Bagdogra, distance from
Jhalong is 105 K.M, it’s around two and half to three hrs. journey. Cars are
available from airport, Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri station. Public
trasprotatin also available from Siliguri bus stand, take buses toward
Lataguri, Samsing up to Malbazar, then book or hire car, are around Rs.45/ to
Rs.50/. You can hire car from New Mal or from Malbazar, contact Mr.
Sunil Thappa, owner, driver of a big Bolero car cum guide, a very fine
and honest person, he has good knowledge about locality, local history,
describes all about the tourist locations. Call him directly on +91 9733331015 let him know that you got his number from us (RiddhiMart.com), you will get discounts
and special treatments.
Jhalong can be
visited throughout the year; weather remains more pleasant in November to
March. Another best time to visit Jhalong is September to October- monsoon and
post monsoon season to enjoy the lush green greenery throughout valley of
Jaldhaka, the river gets in full force.