Feb 18 2017
West Bengal is so rich in natural resources
for travelers and nature lovers. Bengal has mountains, hills, rivers,
waterfalls, sea beaches and Plateau, today I will discuss about top six places
in North Bengal for weekend trip from Kolkata, which can be visited within 2
days. The corporate travelers also make plan from Friday to Sunday tours nearby
Paren is one of the scenic
destinations of Dooars, West Bengal, which is located at 45 kms away from Malbazar in the hills of
Dooars. If you are looking for a spot away from the crowded city life and
noises – then it is Paren Dooars. Its name always appears along with Samsing/Jhallong/Bindu sightseeing tours in
Dooars. But we will suggest you to stay or spend one/two nights here to enjoy
the beauty of Dooars and birding. Paren is also heaven for bird watchers.
Number of local and migratory species birds can be seen here like White-tailed
Nuthatch, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Black-chinned Yuhina and Silver-eared
Mesia etc. Also you can make as your base camp for entire western Dooars trip.
Suntalekhola - a small picturesque
village in western region of Dooars in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The
most attractive tourist spot of Samsing, Suntalekhola and Rocky Island circuit,
situated on 2900 ft. above sea level, and distance from Samsing only 5 K.M. The
name Suntalekhola derived from two Nepali words, Suntaley means oranges
and Khola means streams in Nepali speaking communities.
Small green hills, the wide and open sky, flowing Suntalekhola River, this is
about Suntalekhola, the sound of flowing river will remember for a life time as
like as wave. The entire regions looks like painted on canvas frame, one of the
attractions of Suntalekhola is hanging bridge on river. The narrow green lane
goes to Suntalekhola forest resort (built and maintained by W.B government’s
forest department) after crossing the hanging foot bridge through oranges
Dhotrey or Dhotre is a small
Himalayan village located within the buffer zone of Singalila National Park in
Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is belonging to Eastern Himalaya and
situated at 8500 ft. above sea level, distance from Darjeeling only 11 kms. At
present trekkers and nature lovers can stay at Dhotrey, in the village
homestays or in the trekker's huts. Jeep, car and bus services are available
regularly from Darjeeling, Sukhiapokhri (see Jorpokhri) and NJP
Would like to add a flavor to your vacation in Darjeeling? Want to add a day
trek in your tour plan? Dhotrey offers a wonderful trek to Tonglu (only 7km)
through an exquisite forest trail thus letting you avoid conventional trek from
Manebhanjang (see Majua).
One can enjoy a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga range.
Sitong is a beautiful Lepcha village
in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, near Kurseong located at
4000 ft. above sea level. This picturesque Sitong village also called as
‘Orange Village’ due to high volume of orange cultivation, almost each and
every house in this village has orange orchards. River Riyang and
waterfall (Jhora), lush green mountain steps and orange gardens will welcome
you when you are entering Sitong village.
There is a nice church on hill-top of this village surrounded by very nice
atmosphere. Take a short trip to Sitong View Point on your foot, the village is
too tiny, you can roam entire village by walking. A magnificent view of orange
orchards and Sitong village is visible from view point, a nice church located just
beside the view point. Sitong is also a bird watching destination, bird
lovers will love this village and numbers of rare Himalayan birds are visible
Gitkolbong is a virgin tourist
destination located near Kalimpong in West Bengal. It is paradise for true
nature lover, the village situated only 40 kms. away from Kalimpong. Meaning of
the name ‘Gitkolbong’ is 'place of oak tree' in local Lepcha
language, the village also inhabitant of Lepchas. You can take a
small trek to the Sanabeong Organic Tea Garden, then also visit
the Buddha Stupa and Gitkhola Riverside. The place is a bird watcher's paradise
as well since several bird species are spotted in and around the village. This
village is also famous for its cardamom plantation.
Ramdhura is a small village in
between border of West Bengal and Sikkim, famous for its flowers and orchids.
The colorful village located at around 5,500 ft. above sea level. Each of the
villagers has flower nursery, they cultivate flowers and orchids for commercial
purpose. Fascinating view of the Teesta River and valley is visible from
Ramdhura village, also in a cloudless day Mt. Kanchenjunga can be seen from
here. The village Ramdhura centrally located between few well known and
picturesque tourist destinations like ‘Echey forest’ just located on uphill
of this village. Echey Gaon located just 2 kms away from Ramdhura.
can take a short tour to Bhutia Monastery towards Kalimpong from
Ramdhura (just 1 km away). Also visit Cinchona plantation, Cinchona repository
and beautiful British Jalsha Bungalow which was built on 1930. Take short
guided trek to and Hanuman Tok viewpoint and Mahadev Dham temple through
surrounded pine forest.