Jhandi (ঝান্ডি) is a new and most attractive, romantic tourist destination in Dooars region situated on 6,200 ft. above sea level and distance from Siliguri is around 90 kms. Jhandi is also nearest and quickly reachable hilltop from plain land of Bengal and Jhandi is best alternative for Darjeeling lovers. This is home of lots of Himalayan plants and rare animals. You can reach to Jhandi from New Mal Jn. through Malbazar, Damdim, Gorubathan. The road to Jhandi from Gorubathan is just fabulous, through lush green forests and tree plantation on both side of the road.
Jhandi is offbeat tourist destination, the beauty and charm of this place just untouched; you can spend your holidays or weekend with your loving one or family. Entire locality can be visited on your foot, you can enjoy the Dooars region spreading across skyscraper of high mountain peaks along with flowing Mahananda river. If you want some adventure then go down straight around 4-5 kms through jungle toward Git Jhora or Geet Jhora to make your feet wet in cold water and come back at your nest. Take a short trip to Sambaing Organic Tea garden, distance only 7 kms from Jhandi. Best attraction of this tea garden is you can visit the tea processing plant inside tea garden through green carpet on the way. Your next day trip or sight seen can be Lava or Labha, Rishop, Lollegaon, Kholakham or Dooars from Jhandi.
Our associate homestay is best property at Jhandi without brand name, but with same view & charm, run by Mr. S. Chhetri. The homestay provides all basic facilities with the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and nearby tea estates. The homestay has 3 double bedded and 2 four bedded rooms with attached bath and hot water facility. You can feel like home away home at this homestay, tariff starts from Rs.1,000 per head per day for lodging and fooding (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
Another accommodation option for every budget is Jhandi Eco Hut, surrounded by forever lush green tea gardens, colorful wild flowers and forest. They have 14 numbers of cottages, each and every cottage have nice. There is a viewpoint inside Eco hut; you can get great views of Sikkim hills, Darjeeling hills and mighty Kanchenjunga from view point. Tariff starts from Rs.1500 to Rs.2500 depending on cottage type and number of occupancy. Well decorated and wooden furnished dining hall located just center of the Eco hut, provides mouthwatering food and tariff stars from Rs.450 per person per day (breakfast to dinner).
The Retreat Eco Resort: This Resort in Jhandi which is one of the best accommodations in Gorubathan and enjoy the haven of peace and tranquility of nature. The resort located just few steps bellow of Eco Hut, also car can be reached. This is a big cottage for large group 3 rooms with a dining space and one western toilet. Tariff starts from Rs. 3,000 per day for the entire cottage and maximum accommodation 6 persons.
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Nearest Railway station is New Mal Jn (NMZ), Jhandi can be reach from Siliguri and as well as from New Jalpaiguri Railway (NJP). The Kanchankanya Express directly connects New Mal (Malbazar) with Kolkata, daily train service also available from NJP to NMZ.
Nearest airport is Bagdogra, direct car available from airport to Jhandi, through Malbazar, Gorubathan. Jhandi also can be reached from Kalimpong via Labha or Lava towards Gorubathan, distance from Lava only 10 kms.
Jhandi can be visited throughout the year, in winter there will be chill, so carry extra woolen clothes. March to May and October to late November weather is pleasant and view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is superb. The entire valley decorated with lush green tea plantation on post monsoon or after rainy season.