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North Bengal turned out to be one of the most popular destinations. One of the first things that many people do is head for a vacation in their cars. This part of the state is all about that romance made up of. It will blow you with its charms like the winding highway lined with tall trees or the lush wilderness and the verdant tea gardens. Darjeeling, Lataguri, Gangtok, Pelling. Lachen, Lachung….the list is endless. West Bengal offers all these.
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The East Himalayas comprise the hill tracts of northern West Bengal. And it contains Sikkim, the broad green fields, virgin forests of the Dooars Valley, and so on. The topography of the land couldn’t be more varied from the highest mountain peaks to hills and fertile wide plains. Colorful Nepalese, Sikkimese, lamas of Bhutanese, and Tibetan origin have inhabited the hill tracts. Whereas the rest of the region has a fair representation of Bengalees and people from other parts of India. Bagdogra airport and New Jalpaiguri rail station some of the most important gateways of North Bengal.
Lataguri fulfills all dreams and wants of a wildlife lover. Located near Gorumara National Park, it is a place of exotic flora and fauna. Located in the hilly area of Dooars, Lataguri. Is the entry point to the forests. North Bengal’s easternmost major forest is a tiger reserve known as Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR). Tourist destinations here Include Raimatang, Jayanti, Buxa fort, Siklajhora, Rajabhatkhawa forest safari etc. Also west of Buxa is the Chilapata forest, which another famous forest of the Dooars area. The Kaljani river has divided the Chilapata and Buxa forests. This is one of the densest natural forests In the area with a good chance of sighting elephants and is the river Torsha. Across Torsha is the forest of Jaldapara. The Jaldapara forest Is famous as it has the highest concentration of Asiatic one-horned rhinos outside of Assam.
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In 1941, this sanctuary was constituted for wildlife protection. Particularly the one-horned rhinoceros whose numbers have come under serious threat from poachers. The Jaldapara Sanctuary covers an area of 216 KM. It is situated near Phuntsoling (Bhutan India Border) in Bhutan.
Although most visitors are keen to head for the hills after the commotion of Siliguri. But it worth making the 135 km trip east to this rarely visited sanctuary. It protects 100 sq. km of lush forests and grasslands. And the wide Torsa River cuts it. The best time to visit is from mid-October to May. Especially in March and April, the wild animals get attracted by the growth of new grasses. During the monsoon, the sanctuary is closed. Best season Nov-Apr when forest cover is thinner. Apart from 35 rhinos, other animals found in the park environs are tigers, wild animals, and various deer.
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Darjeeling meaning place of the dorja-thunderbolt or possibly named after Dorja the mystical), and the Surrounding area once belonged to the Rajas of Sikkim. Globally recognised as the Queen of Hills’, with its panoramic vantage points and natural beauty,
Darjeeling attracts travelers as well as newly married couples from across the world. Its amazing snow-clad peaks, the jaded green mountains and hills, lush green tea estates, gorgeous waterfalls, and exotic Himalayan flora and fauna are what make travelers fall in love with this hilly paradise. Add to this the charm of the mighty Kanchenjunga and the chugging toy train as it winds its way through Batasia Loop or sipping on hot chocolate at Keventer’s or feasting on some pastries at Glenary’s while watching the sun going down.
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GANGTOK AND PELLING
Adorned with lakes and mountains, Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, offers a unique flavor of community and religion. Tsomgo Lake is the most visited lake there. Tashi viewpoint. Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok offer a panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Gangtok city. Rumtek Monastery. Jhakri Falls. Institute of Tibetology, Orchid House, Enchay Monastery, Dodurl Chorten are the other attractions. Pelling is famous for its scenic beauty and offers unparalleled views of sunrise and sunset. Sightseeing includes Khech eopalri Lake, Rimbi Falls, Kanchandzonga Falls, Pemayangtse monastery, etc.
LACHEN AND LACHUNG
From Gangtok, you can head to Lachen via the Seven Sister Falls. Lachen is famed for its alpine lake Gurudongmar that remains frozen in winter and has crystal clear water in the summer. Lachung is another precious gem in the treasure chest of North Sikkim. Valley of Flowers in Yumthang Valley is the main attraction of Lachung.
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