Admired with breathtaking landscape, hills, forests, Murti River and lush tea gardens – Samsing, located at an altitude of 3000 ft. has a lot to offer its visitors. If you want to savor the beauty of an exotic natural surrounding in an untouched rural corner of the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, the pristine hill village of Samsing amidst forests and tea gardens will be your ideal destination. Samsing is still not exploited by commercialization; hence, the pristine beauty of the place is still alive. Samsing is also the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park, located at a distance of 18 km. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAMSING
Places to see in Samsing: The sleepy and pristine village of Khasmahal in Samsing is truly is full of orange orchards and you could see that the whole village is covered in an orange hue, while visiting in season. Just after crossing the Khasmahal village, you will savor the very first view of the Murti River in Samsing. The scenic beauty of this emerald green stream is truly captivating. Moreover, the stunning view of the tea gardens and forested areas covering major parts of Samsing is also enthralling.
Nearby attractions around Samsing: Samsing boasting of its picturesque beauty is mostly admired by the nature lovers. The place is also surrounded by a number of pristine destinations within 5 to 7 km of distance. One of the most preferred locations of the tourists near Samsing is Suntaleykhola (Suntaley means oranges and Khola means stream), located at a distance of 5 km. from the destination. Suntaleykhola is also the starting point of various trek routes. Listen to the eternal tunes of water of the winding Murti River while exploring the bank of Suntaleykhola. The Neora Valley National Park lies in close proximity to this place.
Next to Suntaleykhola, most tourists you can visit the serene village of Faribasti. From the top of Faribasti, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the entire Dooars region. The village with around 30 households is very well-maintained and clean.
Another popular tourist spot is the ‘Rocky Island,’ cradled on the bank of River Murti. This charming location is about 2 km from Samsing. The Rocky Island is completely downhill, where you can savor the stunning view of the Murti River. The terraced fields on the either side of the river will mesmerize your. You can continue your journey further downhill, where the vegetation will gradually change to thick bamboo groves. Cross the Murti River to explore the quaint villages of ‘Tinkatari’, ‘Bhalukhop’, located within few kilometer.
Things to do in Samsing: Murti River has a special appeal to everyone visiting Samsing. You can spend hours just by sitting near the river, savoring the exquisite beauty of the place. Bathing in the river is also a favorite activity of the tourists. You can also organize picnic on the riverbank of Murti. Moreover, a number of trek routes also originate from Suntaleykhola, which is another village near Samsing. Tourists nurturing an interest in trekking can opt for a steep ride to ‘Tree Fern Point’ and ‘Mo’ or ‘Mo Chaki’ for savoring the spectacular view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other.
The most exciting trek leads to the unexplored wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. However, prior permission is required to organize this trek. Again, Samsing is a great place for the avid bird watchers. The sound of the sweet chirping of the colorful birds in this scenic picturesque landscape is truly refreshing. Some of the most notable species of birds are Grey Nightjar, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Maroon Oriole, Greychinned and Short-billed Minivets, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Slaty-backed Forktail, Sultan Tit, Ashy Bulbul, Yellow-vented, Golden-spectacled and Chestnut crowned Warblers and black-chinned Yuhinas. The forest trails of Samsing are also great for enjoying a nature walk.
How to reach Samsing: Samsing is located at a distance of 82 km. from Siliguri and it takes around 3 hours to reach from Siliguri. The journey to Samsing is truly admirable, as you gradually drive uphill through the scenic Dooars tea garden on the rolling hilly slopes. However, it is better for tourists from Kolkata to get down at New Mall Junction which is only 19 kms from Samsing. Cars can be hired from New Mall Junction for Samsing.
Best time to visit Samsing: Samsing welcomes tourists throughout the year.
Lodging and Dining facilities in Samsing: Samsing has very limited accommodation. Other than Government owned Forest Department cottages there is only one private deluxe accommodation in Samsing named Tempula Inn. The beautiful Tempula Inn is our Preferred Property so you can avail discounts if you book it through us. The beautiful wood huts, cozy beds and neat western bathrooms of Tempula Inn would keep you happy and in-sync with the surrounding extravaganza of nature. Your bedroom windows would open into the inviting greenery of Samsing. Tempula Inn is a Deluxe Home Stay facility with two huts and two deluxe rooms. Dining at Tempula Inn means home cooked food served hot.
Photographs by Subhendu Dutta and others.