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Lachung, North Sikkim – 100 kms from Gangtok...

For a refreshing nature break, come to Lachung – a charming mountain village nestling at an altitude of around 9000 feet in the North Sikkim district, close to the Tibet border. Location is the very essence of this pristine village at the confluence of Lachung River and Lachen River, both are tributaries of River Teesta. Literally, the word Lachung means “small pass”. Embraced by spectacular waterfalls, snow covered mountain peaks, cascading streams and apple orchards, Lachung will honestly soothe your eye. The place is renowned for its peaches, apples and apricots. Earlier, it served as a trading post between Tibet and Sikkim. In recent time, tourism is boosting the economy of the town considerably. Majority of the inhabitants of this destination are of Tibet and Lepcha descent, who all mainly interact in Lepcha, Nepali and Bhutia language. British writer and explorer Joseph Dalton has described Lachung in the book ‘The Himalayan Journal’ as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim”. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHUNG PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachung North Sikkim The crowning attraction of Lachung is the beautiful Monastery, which is locally called Lachung Gompa. It is an age-old monastery, erected in the year 1880. Set amidst beautiful apple orchards, the monastery truly offers a visual pleasure. The monastery also houses a number of murals, and it also flaunts two wheels. Many tourists also visit the handicraft center, where exquisite blankets and rugs are woven beautifully. You will fall under the spell of the picturesque Yumthang Valley, nestled at an altitude of about 11800 feet. This place is also renowned for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, through which flows the winding Yumthang Chu. The sanctuary nurtures more than 24 species of Rhododendron trees, the State Flower. Nearby attractions of Lachung North Sikkim Mount Katao is a beautiful destination near Lachung that is located at a distance of 30 km. However, this tourist site only welcomes visitors from India. Lachung is located at a distance of 100 kms from Gangtok. So, trips are also made from Lachung to Gangtok, which takes around 5 – 6 hours and this journey is truly fascinating. Things to do in Lachung North Sikkim Take a stroll along this beautiful village and savor its scenic natural beauty. Skiing is also conducted in Phuni near this town. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron valley trek, which embarks from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. However, Lachung sightseeing while enjoying nature and the Himalayan Mountains is the best thing you can do at Lachung. How to reach Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung can be reached by availing buses and cabs from locations within the state of Sikkim. The nearest railhead of Lachung is the New Jalpaiguri Rail station in West Bengal, located 139 km away from Lachung. The nearest airport of Lachung is the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, connected to different cities of the country. However, visit to Lachung is done in Package Tours from Gangtok as special permits are required to visit Lachung village. Best time to visit Lachung, North Sikkim The summer months extending from March to June are the ideal time to visit Lachung. The climate during this time remains mild and pleasant. However, if you are visiting Lachung in winter, carry adequate warm clothes, as winter temperature dips down as low as –5 degree Celsius. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung hosts a good variety of budget hotels and resorts, offering decent lodging and dining facilities....
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Lachen, North Sikkim – 117 kms from Gangtok...

Nestled at an altitude of about 9000 feet, Lachen is located in north district of Sikkim. It is an alluring tourist destination. The term ‘Lanchen’ means “big pass”. This beautiful place embraces breathtaking scenic beauty that truly offers visual splendor. Lachen, lying in close proximity to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventurers, who want to explore the towering peaks of the region and the exotic Gurudongmar Lake. The valley also offers splendid view of the greatest mountain peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Lanchen truly offers a tranquil atmosphere that is very much mind refreshing. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachen North Sikkim Lachen is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions in and around the village. The place is dotted with amazing viewpoints that offer spectacular shots of nearby mountains and valleys. Traveling to Chopta Valley from Lachen is truly rewarding. This valley is renowned among bird lovers and the enthusiastic hikers. Green Lake is another popular tourist attraction near Lachen. Many tourists also make an exciting trip to Kanchenjunga National Park, which boasts an exotic variety of wild life. Another must visit tourist spot near Lachen is the Gurudongmar Lake that is highly revered by Buddhists and Hindus. Nearby attractions of Lachen North Sikkim Trips are made from Gangtok to Lachen, which is truly enjoyable. Gangtok is located at a six hours driving distance from Lachen. On the way, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape is truly enthralling. Many tourists also use Lachen as a gateway to some of the most fascinating spots, which all nestles in the upper reaches of the mountains of Sikkim. Things to do in Lachen North Sikkim This cool picturesque village of Lachen is an ideal place to leisure around. The place is also an excellent trekking destination. Most of the trek enthusiasts prefer to trek from Lachung to Lachen to experience the exotic splendor of the majestic mountains from a close distance. Also a short two-day-long trekking route connects Yumthang Valley to Lachen. How to reach Lachen North Sikkim The panoramic town of Lachen can be accessed both by buses or hired cars within the state. However, tourists coming from other parts of the country will have to opt for trains or flights that are connected to the nearest railway station or airport of the destination. New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati are the nearest railway station of the destination, well connected to a number of cities. The closest airport from Lachen is the Bagdogra Airport, which is well connected to all-important Indian cities through a number of flights. Buses, hired jeeps and cars are available from both Bagdogra airport, New Jalpaiguri railway stations, Gangtok carrying passengers to Lachen. To visit Lachen you will need permits that are opted from Gangtok. Best time to visit Lachen North Sikkim Lachen experiences alpine climatic condition. The ideal time to visit the location is the summer season (April, May, June and July), when temperature remains favorable and suitable for guests. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachen, North Sikkim There are some budget and luxury hotels at Lachen. Most accommodations at Lachen have hot water geysers, attached toilets, double bed and 4-bed family rooms. All these hotels serve local Indian cuisine. However, to visit Lachen it is best to opt for Lachen Lachung package tour that are operated from Gangtok. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE...
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Lepchajagat, Darjeeling – 68 kms from Siliguri...

Lepchajagat, situated at an altitude of 6956 feet, is a small village 19 kilometres from Darjeeling, in North Bengal. It takes its name from “Lepcha” meaning the indigenous inhabitants of the region, and “Jagat” symbolizing “world” or “domain”. As the name suggests, the village is a Lepcha stronghold, which has since been transformed into a forest reserve. Lepchajagat is ideal for those tourists visiting Darjeeling but planning to take a diversion from the hustle and bustle of the Darjeeling main town. Not only does it offer stunning greenery and mountain views, but birdwatchers will be thrilled with the amazing variety of birds that inhabit Lepchajagat. Visitors to Darjeeling also have the option of combining their tour of Darjeeling with Lepchajagat for added value, at little extra cost. BOOKING DETAILS OF LEPCHAJAGAT Places to see in Lepchajagat: One of the main reasons to visit Lepchajagat is the stunning and breath-taking views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga at dawn. The Kanchenjunga mountain range, in the local language means “the five treasures of snow”, consists of five main peaks. One of the specialities of Lepchajagat is that all the five peaks of the Kanchenjunga can be viewed from Lepchajagat. Particularly during early morning, just after the break of dawn, the sun casts a rich, golden glow on the five peaks of the mountain range, and combined with the peace and tranquillity and the clear, cloudless sky, makes for a truly magical experience. From Lepchajagat, you can also catch a glimpse of Darjeeling town in the distance. Images of Lepchajagat In addition to the magnificent and majestic mountain views, visitors will also find great excitement in the numerous forests in the region. Visitors will greatly enjoy traversing the beautiful pine, oak and rhododendron forests that abound in Lepchajagat. Not only do they offer great places to walk, hike or even camp, but also fresh, unspoilt air, glimpses of frolicking birds and fleeting animals like hares and occasional leopards. Together with the beauty of colourful blossoms in full bloom and the verdant greenery of coniferous trees, the forests of Lepchajagat are truly a picture postcard come alive. Nearby Attractions of Lepcha Jagat: There are many places of interest around Lepchajagat for the interested visitors. These include Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong, Batasia, Jorepokhri and Ghoom. Among these, the most well-known is Darjeeling. Darjeeling – A lovely hill-town situated not too far from Lepchajagat. Originally serving as the erstwhile British summer capital, it has since expanded into a thriving tourist destination. It boasts such attractions as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (better known as the “Toy Train”), the Himalayan Zoo, Observatory Hill, Rock Garden and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Visitors will also be treated to the ubiquitous Darjeeling Tea, and will also be able to purchase the same at reasonable prices. Batasia Loop – It is a large railway loop where the Toy Train makes a complete 360 degree turn, and also boasts a Gorkha War Memorial and a landscaped rock garden. Visitors interested in local crafts may choose to set out before 8 am.   Jorepokhri – It’s principal attractions are the two natural water tanks and the beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga range, as well as views of Darjeeling and Kurseong. It is a great place for landscape photographers. Kurseong – Visitors interested in purchasing some of the best quality teas in the world should certainly visit Kurseong. It has on offer some of the finest black teas in the world, such as Castleton, Makaibari and Ambootia....
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Baharampur, Murshidabad – 200 kms from Kolkata...

Sited on the eastern side of the Bhagirathi River, approximately 201 kms north of Kolkata is the city of Baharampur. The etymology of the place is derived from the word ‘Brahmapur’, as it was once predominantly occupied by Brahmin families. The administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district is located here. During the Golden Age of Bengal, Baharampur (Beharampur) was a thriving cosmopolitan city with a vibrant colonial presence. The city served as the first Head Quarter of the East India Company. Gradually, several other European colonial forces also moved here, including the Dutch, French and Portuguese. The Nawabs and Sultans of Bengal also commanded a strong presence in the city. With plenty of historic sightseeing spots around Baharampur, it is an ideal weekend destination. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAHARAMPUR Places to visit around Baharampur: Being the erstwhile stomping grounds of Bengal’s former colonial powers, Baharampur is steeped in a rich cultural and historic tapestry. Even today, spectacular architectural remnants of colonial buildings and tenements that were built during the Raj era continue to stand tall amidst the city skyline. Some of the notable places to visit around Baharampur are – Hazarduari Palace, Katra Masjid, Barrack Square, British Town Hall, Nizamat Imambara, old British Barracks, British Administrative houses, Central Jail, Krishnath College, British Town Hall, Saidabad Palace, Old Cossimbazar Palace, New Cossimbazar Palace, Nashipur Palace, Home of Jagat Seth, Jafarganj Cemetery, Kathgola Palace, Fauti Masjid, Namak Haram Deorhi, Khushbagh, Pataleshwar Temple of Cossimbazar, Residency Cemetery of Babulbona, Dutch graveyard of Cossimbazar, Old English Graveyard of Cossimbazar, Residency Cemetery of Babulbona, Dutch graveyard of Cossimbazar, Old English Graveyard of Cossimbazar, Cemetery of Burmese King Thibo, Laldighi Park and Motijhil Park. Images of Baharampur For more photos of Baharampur click here Nearby attractions of Baharampur: The region in and around Baharampur is teeming with a surfeit of tourist attractions, some of which were mentioned previously. The famous Hazar Duari located in Lal Bagh is approximately 30 km from the city. The road leading to this historical site is dotted with several other remnants of buildings built by the Nawabs of Bengal. These include the Palace of Cossimbazar, Katra Masjid, Motijhil and Imambara. Karna Suvarna, the erstwhile capital of West Bengal is also located in close proximity to the city. The Jain Temples of Jiaganj are also very popular attractions around Baharampur. Things to do at Baharampur: One of the popular things to do while in Baharampur is to attend its many festivals. These occasions are celebrated with a lot of pomp and pelf. The festivals are a riot of color and sounds and play an integral role in fostering communal harmony in the area. Durga Puja, which is celebrated zealously throughout West Bengal is also one of Baharampur’s most anticipated festivals. Charak Puja is another such occasion that induces the locals into a spirit of revelry and excitement. It commemorates the passing of the year, whilst ushering a new prosperous one for the celebrants. You can also take a boat ride from Baharampur to Murshidabad over the Bhagarati River (Ganges). Special rides during the Full moon can be life time experience to remember. How to reach Baharampur: By Rail – Baharampur is well connected by road and rail to Kolkata and its neighboring cities and towns. There are three railway stations in the vicinity; They are at Baharampur Court Station, Cossimbazar Station and Murshidabad Station. These stations can be accessed via the Sealdah Lalgola line. The trains that operate daily between Kolkata and...
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Tashiding, West Sikkim – 132 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled amidst the scenic Eastern Himalayas is the tranquil hamlet of Tashiding. The small idyllic village, which derives its name from the deity – Tashiding is most famous for its monastery founded in 1641 AD, which is held in high reverence by people of the Buddhist faith. Legend has it that even a casual glimpse of this monastery can cleanse a person of all his sins and shortcomings. The annual Bumchu festival is celebrated here with people coming from all parts of the world. Tashiding is a place where travellers longing for a spiritual connection would feel at home. A trek to the placid lake of Pokhri Dara or the Sinon Monastery and the surrounding caves give an outstanding experience of silence, nature and the mighty Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF TASHIDING For more photos of Tashiding click here   Places to see in Tashiding West Sikkim: Tashiding monastery is undoubtedly the biggest tourist draw in the region. Venerated for being the spiritual centre of the region, the monastery is situated at a height of 1465 meters. Being the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in North East India, the Tashiding monastery is surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas. The approach from the market to Tashiding monastery is dotted with several prayer wheels, where devotees can offer prayers. The consecrated Chorten area comprises 41 chortens. They are categorized under “Chortens of Enlightenment”, “Chortens of Great Miracle” and “Chortens of Reconciliation”. The faithful can spend time in prayer and meditation here. Amongst the most sacrosanct chortens native to the monastery is the ‘Thong-Wa-rang-Dol’, which is said to bring about an instant catharsis of the soul for anyone who beholds it. Other nearby monasteries are Hungree, Dubdi and Sinon. To reach Hungree and Dubdi Monastery, you have to take a short trek through the jungles but you would be rewarded with magnificent views of snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. However, the 18th century monastery of Sinon guarded by the Siniolchu Mountains can be reached by car. Nearby Attractions of Tashiding West Sikkim: You can visit Pokhri Dara to discover a sacred lake guarded by a Manghim and a natural cave. Tashiding is steeped in religiosity and has four divine caves, where saintly Buddhist monks are believed to have meditated. The caves are located in all four cardinal directions of Tashiding and include Lhari Nyingphug in the north, Khandozhangphu in the south, Sharchog Bephug in the east and Dechenpug in the west. The major touristic areas near Tashiding are Pelling, Yuksom and Rinchenpong. After visiting these touristic regions of West Sikkim, if you want to spend some days in tranquility, then keep Tashiding in your itinerary. Things to do in Tashiding West Sikkim: The whole region of Tashiding is covered in forests and short treks around this region would lead you to numerous caves, monasteries, waterfalls and natural wonders like huge beehives tucked in rock faces. If you are fond of collecting authentic Tibetan trinkets, handicrafts, paintings and other artisan products then visit the Sinek market, situated aloft the ridge overlooking the Rangeet and Rathong Chu rivers. Tashiding is surrounded by monasteries tucked within the forests perched on hilltops so most tourists in Tashiding like to take up Monastery Treks. The trails of these treks pass through forests filled with flora and fauna, rarely found in other parts of India. These forests are often termed as “birdwatcher’s paradise.” Another interesting activity would be participating in the annual Bhumchu festival, which is held on the...
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Krishnanagar, Nadia – 100 kms from Kolkata...

Krishnanagar is a historical city located at the southern banks of Jalangi River in Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mostly renowned for its founder and ruler, Raja Krishna Chandra Rai who was a prominent zamindar of Bengal. During the reign of Raja Krishnachandra, Krishnanagar city flourished as a center of art and culture which the Raja propagated immensely due to his personal artistic and aesthetic bent of mind. The Rajbari thus, stands as a striking example of the Rajas exquisite artistic outlook. The Krishnanagar Rajbari (palace) is the main attraction of this illustrious town that attracts most tourists and visitors. During festivals, the Rajbari including the whole Krishnanagar city is brightly illuminated with various colorful lights that is simply gorgeous to watch. BOOKING DETAILS OF KRISHNANAGAR Culture and tradition have always thrived in the Krishnanagar city with many prominent Bengali literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendralal Ray and Narayan Sanyal originating from this place. The place was also famous in history for its ‘Jatra Dal’, which is a popular form of local Bengali folk drama. For more photos of Krishnanagar click here Places to see in Krishnanagar: Krishna nagar is a historical city with many prominent historical structures. If you are at Krishnanagar then the following places are a must visit for experiencing the rich cultural heritage of this place: The Krishnanagar Rajbari – Also known as the Krishnanagar Palace is the palace of the famed Raja Krishnachandra of Bengal who was a noted zamindar of this area. The palace is most noted for its Durga Temple where many festivals are celebrated all year with much grandeur. Many people visit this place from far and wide to take part in the holy occasions here. Ranaghat – It is a very popular town located in the Nadia district of West Bengal. It is mainly prominent for its sweets, handloom industry and flower trade. It is located about 70 kilometers from Kolkata city. The town finds many mentions in the pages of history during the colonial era. The ‘ratha-yatra’ and ‘Durga puja’ festivals of the famous Deychowdhury family are much admired in Ranaghat. Roman Catholic Church – Krishnanagar also served as an important seat of Christian Missionary movement in Bengal. The Roman Catholic Church located here is the ideal example of this event. The church is a grand architecture that has many prized paintings of Jesus Christ on canvases and wooden frescos painted by renowned Italian artists. Other places of interests include the Protestant Church, College Bhavan, the Public Library, Anandamoyi Tola Kali Bari, Krishna Nagar Academy and Company Bagan (which is a horticultural garden run by the state government). Things to do in Krishnanagar: If you are in Krishnanagar, don’t miss the famous Jhulan mela that is celebrated at the Rajbari (Krishnanagar Palace) every year in the month of July/August. Dol Purnima is also another much celebrated festival here. Other prominent festivals are the Jagaddhatri Puja, which is celebrated with much magnificence and splendor at Krishnanagar. The lighting are special eye-treats for everyone that is specially brought from the nearby town of Chandannagar to dazzle the town. And finally, don’t forget to gorge on the famed sweets of Krishna Nagar, which is the pride of this town. ‘Sarbhaja’ and ‘Sarpuria’ are among the famous sweets invented right at this town by the halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnanagar. The shop of “Adhar Chandra Das” finds special mention here for the famous invention of the above-mentioned sweet...
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Nabadwip, Nadia – 116 kms from Kolkata...

Nabadwip is a holy town situated at the picturesque confluence of the Bhagirathi and Jalangi Rivers in the Nadia district of West Bengal. The ancient temple town is spread across an area of 11.66 Sq. Km. Nabadwip was historically the erstwhile capital of Bengal during 12th century B.C., which was under the sovereign-ship of Lakshman Sen, the last Hindu Sovereign of Bengal. The town is most legendarily noted for the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who started the famed Gaudiya Vaishnavism movement at this place. Presently, the ancient movement has culminated in the form of the beautiful ISCKON movement and temple that predominates this place now. BOOKING DETAILS OF NABADWIP Nabadwip is basically an archipelago of 9 islands that constitutes together under the name of “Nabadwip” which literally means ‘nine islands’ in Bengali language. The islands are named Antardwip, Simantadwip, Rudradwip, Madhyadwip, Godrumdwip, Ritudwip, Jahnudwip, Modadrumdwip, and Koladwip. The names of the nine islands uniquely describe the nine forms of devotional services to the Lord which are complete surrender, patient hearing, chanting the holy name, perfect remembering, service at the lotus feet of the Lord, ideal worshiping, unconditional praying, serving and eternal friendship with the Lord. For more photos of Nabadwip click here The Chaitanya era is considered to be the most luminous epoch of Nabadwip’s history. It was during this time that the ‘Bhakti Movement” originated here and spread far and wide marking a transitional phase of Hinduism in history. As Brindaban Das, the celebrated biographer of Sri Chaitanya has rightly stated, “No place is equal to Nabadwip on earth because Chaitanya was there incarnated.” Sri Chaitanya was not only a divine incarnation but he was also a social reformer and a great philanthropist of his time. Nabadwip has always been renowned for its rich cultural and educational past. It was and still is a very sacrosanct and reputed seat of learning, which has produced many notable scholars and pundits since time immemorial in the fields of law, literature, astronomy, poetry, grammar and theology respectively. Places to see in Nabadwip: Nabadwip is a land of temples. The town is dotted with numerous assortments of temples that vividly portray the incidents of “Bhagavath Leela” that took place here centuries back. There are practically more than 150 temples built in this archipelago. Some of the prominent ones are as follows:   Shonar Gauranga Temple – This temple is the star attraction of Nabadwip that has enshrined in it the golden statue of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The temple is centrally located at Yogapitha, which was the holy birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Lord. It was here that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent most of his transcendental past-times on Earth. Radharani Temple – The temple is dedicated to the divine consort of Lord Krishna – “Radharani”. The idol of Radharani here is beautifully divine with many embellishments of jewels and flowers. The temple surrounding reverberates all through year with holy chants of Lord Krishna along with beautiful devotional songs in praise of the Lord. Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math – This holy monastery was established in 1941 in honor of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Srila Sridhar Maharaja also known as Om Vishnupad Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj. He was the direct disciple of Sri Chitanya Mahaprabhu. The math works towards the implementation of spiritual, devotional and social services towards the Supreme Lord and all his devotees. Sri Devananda Gaudiya Math – This sacred monastery is situated at Koladwip which is one of the...
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Buxa Tiger Reserve, Terai – 150 kms from Siliguri...

The Buxa National Park is a perfect stopover for tourists, who want to savor the flavor of green darkness, enriched with some exotic wildlife. This National Park located in the Northern part West Bengal, nestles in the Buxa hills of the southern hilly region of Bhutan. The Buxa Tiger Reserve spanning an area of 760 sq. km. is located inside this highly famed National Park. The Buxa Tiger Reserve falls in the Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. The northern boundary of the reserve runs along the international border with Bhutan. The Sinchula hill range admires the northern side of Buxa tiger reserve, while, Eastern boundary touches the state of Assam. The “Terai Eco-System” also constitutes an integral part of this reserve. BOOKING DETAILS OF BUXA Places to see in Buxa Tiger Reserve: The ruin of historic Buxa Fort is one of the prime attractions of the reserve. Indians are emotionally attached with the fort because many freedom fighters were imprisoned here during the British rule. Even the great revolutionary, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was once imprisoned inside this fort. You have to trek for 4 kms to reach Buxa Fort from Santlabari (the entry point of Buxa Tiger Reserve). You will also find a sacred temple of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Buxa tiger Reserve. There is a huge congregation of the worshipers of Lord Shiva at the temple site during “Shiva Chouturdoshi.” The Buxa Tiger Reserve boasts 300 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 250 species of shrubs, 150 species of orchids, 100 species of grass and 130 species of aquatic flora. The surrounding greenery is truly eye pleasing. Some major species of trees are Champ, Sal, Gamar, Chikrasi and Simul. The main species of animals in the region include Tiger, Leopard, Cheetal, gaur, wild Buffaloes, Sambar, giant squirrel, Asian Elephant, Regal Python, Hispid hare, Chinese Pangolin and Hog deer and wild boar. Moreover, it has been recently surveyed that Buxa Tiger Reserve contains the maximum number of fish species in the North Bengal region. The rivers of Jayanti and Raidak, which meanders through the forest offer shelter to migratory birds. Some major species of birds found in the region are Pied Hornbill, Ibis Bill, Trans Himalayan Migratory Goosanders, Red-stars, Wagtails, rare black necked crane, Large Whistling Teal, Bengal Florican, Minivets, White Eyed Poachared and many more. In 2006, two new species of frogs were discovered in the region. Nearby attractions of Buxa Tiger Reserve: Trips can be made to the nearby forests from Buxa tiger reserve. Tourists can visit the Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary to the north of the reserve, the Manas National park on east, the Chilapata Forests and Jaldapara forests to the south-west. However, the most popular destination around Buxa Tiger Reserve is Jayanti. This is a village shrouded in greenery located in the banks of River Jayanti. You can walk along the endless banks of the river and take long nature walks. The forests around Jayanti are home to numerous rare birds. You can also visit the nearby Khairabari Leopard Rehabilitation Centre. Things to do in Buxa Tiger Reserve: Buxa nestled at a height of 2,600 ft. is a two-hour trek through breathtaking surroundings from Santrabari, the starting point. The 4 km further trek to Rover Point, the haven of unknown birds, nestled at 4500 ft is truly exciting. Many trek enthusiasts also enjoy a 14 km trek to Roopam Valley in Bhutan. From Buxa, tourists can also take the 13 km to...
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Rajabhatkhawa, Terai – 15 kms from Alipurduar...

Located just 15 kms from Alipurduar, Rajabhatkhawa is the gateway to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve. Surrounded by emerald green forest and hills this scenic hamlet is an idyllic spot for experiencing green darkness. Serving as an entry point to nearby forests, this little town is bounded by rivers like Raidak and Jayanti. Numerous nature trails originate from Rajabhatkhawa and pass through dense forested areas in and around Buxa Tiger reserve. Bird watching, jungle safari, trekking and wildlife watching are the main activities here. Rajabhatkhawa and its surrounding areas are also home to various migratory birds. The Nature Interpretation Centre at Rajabhatkhawa with its museum of wildlife related exhibits is very impressive too. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAJABHATKHAWA Places to see in Rajabhatkhawa: Rajabhatkhawa is a great place for enjoying a relaxed vacation. The nearest sightseeing destination is the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve, which is famous for its ruined Fort, wild elephants, leopards, tigers, bisons and a host of wild animals. All required entry permits to this Buxa Tiger Reserve are issued from Rajabhatkhawa Nature Interpretation Centre. There are a number of trekking trails through the Buxa forest, which offer hikers the chance to savor a glimpse of animals in their natural habitat. Spanning an area of 759 sq km, the Buxa Tiger Reserve is admired with hilly landscape crisscrossed by several rivers and their tributaries. The Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of 867 meters on the Sinchula Range in the middle of the reserve forest. Nearby attractions of Rajabhatkhawa: In order to reach Buxa Fort, you have to trek around 5 kms from Santrabari. The Buxa Fort located at an altitude of 2600 ft has a huge historical importance because it as used by the British to confine freedom fighters – even Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is said to have spent some days here. The sacred temple of Mahakal is also located nearby. The riverbed of Jayanti and the dense forests of Chilapata is also located nearby. The beautiful forested area of Jayanti with the meandering Jayanti River and its endless white pebble laden banks is a grand site. You can also visit the nearby Chilapata Forest or the famous Pokhri, which is visited by thousands of devotees. You can also visit nearby Cooch Behar town for a visit to the Cooch Behar Palace.   Things to do in Rajabhatkhawa: Rahabhatkhawa is enriched with plenty of sight seeing destinations. Surrounded by thick forest, the place is a storehouse of flora and fauna. Wildlife safaris, bird watching and trekking are the prime activities of the tourists visiting the destination. The region is admired with a number of beautiful trekking trails, most of which pass through the Buxa Forest. The most popular trek initiates from Santlabari (914 ft) to Buxadar, which is a 5 km trek through the dense forested area lead to the Buxadar Forest Bungalow. The bungalow provides accommodation facility to the trekkers. If you trek for another 4 km through the forest trail, you will reach the Rover’s Point – famous as a birdwatching destination. Another 12 km trek from this point will take you to the picturesque Rupam Valley in Bhutan. The journey through this trekking trail is quite adventurous and full of excitement. Nearby Jayanti is a beautiful place where tourists can relax and rejuvenate enjoying the cool breeze by the riverside. Buxadar to Jayanti trek is another very popular trekking trail of the region. This 13 km trail passes through the thick forest...
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Jayanti, Dooars – 30 kms from Alipurduar...

Imagine staying in a cottage amidst a lush forest overlooking a meandering river and the distant mountains. Jayanti is one of the last destinations in Dooars still untouched by mass tourism. Often termed as the “Queen of Dooars,” this heavily forested area is close to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve known for its tigers, leopards, elephants, deer, peacocks and the historic Buxa Fort. Although the Jayanti River is mostly dry throughout the year, its shores of white pebbles add to the eternal beauty of the place. With the soothing sound of the Jayanti River blending with the chirping of birds, your weekend trip to Jayanti is sure to rejuvenate your tired soul. The way to Buxa Tiger Reserve offers breathtaking views where herd of elephants or spotted deer or peacocks are a common sight. Jayanti is located in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. It is a forest village forming a natural boundary with the Bhutan Hills, some 30 kms from Alipurduar.  BOOKING DETAILS OF JAYANTI Places to see at Jayanti: There are in fact, quite a number of places to see at Jayanti other than the Jayanti River. One such place is the ruins of the historic Buxa Fort which is located on top of the Buxa Hill, at a height of 2600 feet. During the time of British India, this fort used to be a prison for freedom fighters. After that, it became the spot for refugee camps for Bangladeshis and Tibetans. There is also a Pokhri (pond) located on the nearby Pokhri Hill, which is considered holy by the locals. It is some 4 km from Jayanti. This place has great religious importance for the Bhutanese and to reach both Pokhri and Buxa Fort, you need to trek through the forests. For more photos of Jayanti click here Mahakal is another popular sightseeing destination and popular pilgrimage site. It is located very close to the Bhutan border and is a cave devoted to Lord Shiva. The hike through the forest towards the Mahakal cave is famous for bird watching. You can also trek to the nearby Bala Riverbed (another river near Jayanti), which is a great place for bird watching, mainly for peacocks but don’t stay back till late evenings because it is a leopard prone zone. Another great destination for elephant viewing is Bhutia Basti just 1.5 kms from Jayanti. Nearby attractions of Jayanti: You can actually visit a lot of places during your stay in Jayanti and one such place is the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary which is one of the best forests in India to view Rhinoceroses. The sanctuary covers a total area of 216 sq kms and is covered by woods, grasslands, flowing streams, sandy river banks and long lines of trees. It is located in Jalpaiguri district and has the Torsa River flowing through it. Other than rhinos, Jaldapara is also the home of a wide range of birds like paradise flycatcher, Bengal Florican, racket-tailed Drongo and hornbill. Totopara – the village of the Toto tribe is one of the oldest tribes of India who reside in the area. From Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, you can also visit Khairabari Leopard Sanctuary. The Chilapata Wildlife Reserve can be an equally exciting place to visit. One of the main interests of the Chilapata Forest reserve is the “Nalraja Garh” or “Mendabari Fort,” situated very close to the Bania River. The fort is in ruins and it speaks a lot about the Nal kings. You can also...
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Chandbali, Bhitarkanika – 45 kms from Bhadrak...

Located in Bhadrak District of Orissa, Chandbali is one of the main gateways to the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. Shrouded in forests, rivers and distant hills, Chandbali is just right antidote for your stress. The picturesque Baitarani River flows beside Chandbali and meets the Brahmani River at a distance. Chandbali used to be a famous port during the medieval times but now it is a popular tourist spot. You can still find some of the remnants of the British period like anchor and cannons out here. From Chandbali, you can visit many nearby places like Dhamra, Aradi and Nalitapatia by boat. Apart from being one of the most popular gateways to the mangroves of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary, Chandbali also acts as the hub for visiting remote beaches like Gaharimatha – one of the most popular Olive Ridley Turtle nesting sights. BOOKING DETAILS OF CHANDBALI Places to see in Chandbali: Some 35 km away is located the 650 square km Bhitarkanika National Park which can be reached by ferry service. This is one of the few marine parks of India and was founded with an aim to protect saltwater crocodiles. This is the main reason behind the establishment of a saltwater crocodile breeding center inside the park. Beside, there are various other pieces of attractions including temples and monuments belonging to the period of 9th century. Chandbali also has Sri Aurobindo Dibyadham Ashram, Relics Temple and Integral Education centre. Nearby attractions of Chandbali: One of the main attractions of Chandbali is the Bhitarkanika River that has thick mangrove canopies on either side and gives a spectacular setting for wildlife viewing and majestic sunsets. Take a boat ride from Chandbali and catch the glimpse of the Giant Saltwater Crocodiles. If you are an adventure lover, then take an enjoying long walk through the Bhitarkanika forest that takes you through the remaining of an old village which was once inhabited by mariners. Beside, the beaches of Barunei, Ekakula and Habalikhati are not to be missed out. Bhitarkanika forest is home to a wide range of animals like Rhesus Monkey, King Cobra, Spotted Deer, Pythons, and others. You can see a crocodile-breeding center at Dangmol which houses the rarest White Crocodile “Sankhua.” Other than animal life, a good variety of bird life including migratory birds like Open Billed storks, Kingfishers, Whistling Teals, Sand Pipers, Sea Gulls and others can also be seen. Another very exciting thing to watch out for is the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles at Gahirmatha. Things to do in Chandbali: Take leisurely walks along the banks of Baitarini River, enjoy boat rides over the river along the mangroves, visit local temples and experience village life. You can also enjoy a daytrip to Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary. How to reach Chandbali: If you are traveling by flight, then the nearest airport is Bhuvaneshwar airport which is located at a distance of 125 km. This airport is well served by most of the major airlines. Chandbali does not have a railway station of its own and is served by the Bhadrak and Cuttack railway stations. Cuttack is located at a distance of 107 km. But if you are traveling by car, then you can surely reach this destination from Bhubaneshwar too just 125 km from Chandbali. Bhadrak is another major Railway station which is very near to Chandbali just 45 kms away. State Highway 5 connects Bhadrak to Chandbali. You would get regular buses and taxis from Bhabrak to Chandbali. Best time to visit...
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Rambha, Chilka – 40 kms from Berhampur...

Chilka is one of the largest brackish water lagoons in the world, offering shelter to a huge variety of birds and aquatic plants. Rambha is located at the southern coast of the Chilka lagoon, at a distance of 40 km from Berhampur on National Highway 5. The lake also serves as a safe haven of around 150 species of migratory birds during winter. Dotted with numerous islands, Rambha boasts of its enchanting picturesque beauty overlooking the Chilka Lake and the hills. From here, you can go for Dolphin watching and bird watching to different islands like the Breakfast Island, Becon Island and Birds Island. BOOKING DETAILS OF RAMBHA Places to see in Rambha: You can make trip to the Honeymoon Island, nestled in the Rambha bay, adjacent to the Sankuda Island. The Breakfast Island, which has been formed between Badakuda Island and Somolo Island in the Rambha Bay is truly the most beautiful place to have your packed breakfast. The Somolo Island has the remnants of a dilapidated bungalow, built by the King of Kalikote. Some of the other major islands are Honeymoon Island, Birds Island, Parikud Island, Island of Nalabana, Rajhans Island and New Mouth. Among all these islands, the island of Nalbana deserves a special mention, as it is a sanctuary and a prime refuge point of the migratory birds. You can also savor the view of dolphins at the mouth of Chilka near Satpada. For more photos of Rambha click here The Beacon Island is also an impressive sightseeing location. The Khalikote range is also admirable, forming a wonderful backdrop of the Somolo and Dumkudi islands. Many tourists also visit the Bird’s Island, found in the southern sector of Chilka. Tourists with religious bent of mind can make a trip to the Kalijai Temple, devoted to Goddess Kalijai. Trips can also be made to the small island of Barunkuda, near Magarmukh, which houses a shrine of Lord Varuna. The Bhabakundeswar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is also worth visiting. Nearby attractions of Rambha: The destination is admired with a number of nearby attractions. At a distance of around 22 km from Rambha, the temple of Goddess Narayani adorns the valley hilltop. This scenic site is also a preferred picnic spot. You can also make a trip to Nirmaljhara, located 11 km from Rambha. The place has gained popularity as both a picnic spot and a pilgrimage site. Many tourists also make tour to Banpur, which is a famous Shakti-pitha of Goddess Bhagabati. The place also houses a number of Buddhist images. You will also truly treasure your visit to the nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles in Rusikulya Beach near Rambha in Chilka. However, no accommodation facility is available at Rusikulya Beach. So, the tourists need to stay at Rambha, from where hired cars are available early in the morning to the Rusikulya beach. The temple towns of Puri and Bhubaneshwar are the popular getaways from here.   Things to do in Rambha: You will never have a single dull moment during your stay here, with so many activities around. Cruising on Chilka Lake is truly an unforgettable experience. Speed boat and motorized yacht are available at fixed price from Orissa Tourism Development Corporation. Many tourists also hire a sea kayak from Orissa Tourism’s Water Sports Complex (WSC) to move around the Nalabana Island.  Rambha is also considered a great spot for bird watching. The place being a home of around 150 species of migratory birds is...
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Dhauli, Bhubaneshwar – 448 kms from Kolkata...

The sacred Dhauli Hills or Dhavalgiri cradled on the banks of River Daya has been a major pilgrimage site for centuries, frequented by both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Just 10 kms from Bhubaneshwar, Dhauli was the famous battlefield of Kalinga War which proved to be the turning point in the life of Emperor Ashoka. The hills are dotted all over by a number of rock cut caves and ancient Hindu temples. You can also explore the numerous pillars, stupas and monasteries in the region. The rock cut elephant carving located at the base of Dhaulagiri Hills is one of the earliest Buddhist themed carvings in Orissa. However, the most famous are the set of rock edicts left by the Emperor Ashoka in about 260 BC. Most tourists visit Dhauli or Dhaulagiri on a day tour from Puri or Bhubaneshwar and miss the joy of experiencing the true beauty of Dhauli. You have to spend a night on the serene ambiance of Dhauli experiencing the magnificent sunset and sunrise over the endless sea of paddy fields. You can take a walk along the Daya River on the same road which was once trudged by one of the greatest kings of history – King Ashoka. BOOKING DETAILS OF DHAULI Places to see in Dhauli: You will truly admire the Japanese Peace Pagoda, set amidst a number of ancient monasteries and stupas. This marvelous structure is truly worth visiting. It is a notable Buddhist structure built jointly by the Japan Buddha Sangh and the Kalinga Nippon Buddha Sangh in the year 1972. Beyond the Stupa, there is an ancient Hindu temple devoted to Lord Dhavaleshwar. For more photos of Dhauli click here. You can savor a magnificent view of the surroundings from the top of the Dhaulagiri Hill. The green stretch of paddy fields along with cashew eyes trees offer visual splendor. You will also admire the beauty of the winding and sparkling Daya River. You can also see inscriptions and engravings in Dhauli, which can be traced back to the Ashokan era. The place is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Dhauli is admired with many stupas, which were once built by Emperor Ashoka himself. Nearby attractions of Dhauli: You can also visit Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Orissa and the temple town of Puri from Dhaulagiri. The handicraft town of Pipli (famous for its appliqué work) and the temple of Konark are also located nearby. Things to do in Dhauli: Apart from visiting the Dhavaleshwar Temple and Stupa, you can hike along the Daya River and take long walks around the ruins of various structures of Dhauli Hills. Also, take a stroll along the forest track of Dhauli hills, which is truly an exciting outdoor activity. How to reach Dhauli: The town of Dhauli is easily accessible by buses from the neighboring regions of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The nearest airport of Dhaulagiri is in Bhubaneswar, which is well connected from Kolkata. There are no direct trains to Dhauli, so you need to drop down at Bhubaneswar railway station. Best time to visit Dhauli: You can experience the true essence of Dhauli, if you are visiting the destination during the winter months, starting from October and extending up to March. Summer is extremely hot in Dhauli, hence, it is better to avoid the summer season. Lodging and dining facilities in Dhauli: The Govt. Tourist Lodge at Dhauli is the only well-equipped accommodation here. The lodge is located very...
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Satapada, Orissa – 590 kms from Kolkata...

If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the temple city of Puri, then travel just 50 km from there to the coastal town of Satapada – a beautiful lake resort. Boasting a charming natural splendor, Satapada is located on the southeastern part of the famous Chilka Lake. This ‘lake resort’ is renowned as a point where the Chilka Lake pours into Bay of Bengal. The site attracts nature lovers every year, for savoring frequent sights of Dolphins swimming in the azure waters of the lake and the sea. Apart from dolphin watching, cruising in the nearby lagoon is an enjoyable activity of the tourists visiting the destination. The bird sanctuary located nearby is also worth visiting. BOOKING DETAILS OF SATPADA Places to see in Satapada: Dolphin sightseeing is the greatest attraction of this exotic lake resort. The Dolphin Motor Boat Association has plenty of boats, which you can hire to enjoy this adventurous activity. As the motorboats approach the Dolphin points they switch off their engines to maintain complete silence. If you wait for few minutes, you would see dolphins frolicking in the water. For more photos of Satpada click here. A visit to the Nalaban Island which is the home to a huge number of migratory birds within Lake Chilka is also a nice and fulfilling experience. It has been declared as a bird sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act in 1973. It is the heart of the park. During monsoon, the island gets flooded and it emerges after monsoon. The vast lake is the haven of 225 species of birds, algae and aquatic plants, a large variety of phytoplankton and around 350 species of non-aquatic plants. Some other areas, which also record high concentration of birds, are Parikud Island and the western shores of the Northern sector. Sunrise and sunset over Chilka from Satpada is heavenly. Nearby attractions of Satapada: The Rambha bay nestled at the southern end of the lagoon is admired with numerous islands. The site offering visual pleasure was popular among the British as picnic ground. It is an un-parallel site for Island trip as each island features some uniqueness. Pay a visit to the Honeymoon Island, nestled in the Rambha Bay near the Sankuda Island. It is located 5 km away from Rambha Jetty. Honeymoon Island is also popularly known as “Barkuda Island.” The Breakfast Island is located in the Rambha Bay between Badakuda and Somolo Island. This island is shaped like a pear and enriched with exotic flora. You will find the ruins of a dilapidated bungalow here built by the king of Kalikote. The Beacon Island is also a very charming location, bordered by the Eastern Ghat. You will admire the Khalikote hill range, forming an enchanting backdrop of the Somolo and Dumkudi islands. You can also visit Bird’s Island, located in the southern sector of Chilka. The island is shrouded with herbs, shrubs, creepers and trees. Some local birds use the island as perching ground round the year. The island also gives shelter to migratory birds during winter. The Bird’s Island is known for its rich algal communities and limited mangrove species. The religious minded tourists could visit the Kalijai Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kalijai. You can also make a trip to the small island of Barunkuda, near Magarmukh, which has a shrine of Lord Varuna. You can also visit Nabagraha, located near the village of Berhampur. The Bhabakundeswar temple of Lord Shiva, located at Manikpatna is...
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Mirik, Darjeeling – 55 kms from Siliguri...

Mirik is famous for its scenic beauty, its beautiful Sumendu Lake, the monastery and other activities like horse riding and boating. This hill station serves as a great place for complete relaxation for those who want to escape from the city madness. Situated at an altitude of 1767 meters, Mirik is widely covered by cardamom and pine forests. Beside, there are many other plantations and orchards in Mirik that attracts a lot of nature lovers from all over the country. You can walk down the gardens of Mirik and enjoy the natural surrounding. Don’t miss the Sumendu Lake, which has a bridge over it that spans 80 meters and enters a dense pine grove. BOOKING DETAILS OF MIRIK Places to see in Mirik: Perhaps, the biggest attraction of Mirik is the Mirik Lake, which is a great place to take a horse ride around it. Beside, there is the coffee and tea plantation that makes it a good spot, especially for nature lovers. Religious people will have a pretty good time visiting some places of religious importance like Shri Mangal Dham, a temple that was built in 1933. Devi Sthan or the Singha Devi Temple located on the western bank of the Sumendu Lake is another place of religious importance. Rai Dhap, another beautiful spot overlooking Mirik is apt for picnics. This place is the main source for water for the people of Mirik. There are a few viewpoints located all around Mirik, which offers panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha too. [AFG_gallery id=’50’] Nearby attractions of Mirik: There are many sightseeing opportunities around Mirik. The Ramitay Dara is one such destination located few kilometers from the town. It is a viewpoint offering views of the mountains and the plain below. You can also visit the Sunrise Point that offer breathtaking sights of the sun rising in the east, miles of tea gardens, orange orchards, the Bokar Monastery located on the way to Rameetay Dara, Jayanti Nagar, Pashupati Nagar, the Mirik Church and the Swiss Cottage are some of the places of attractions located very close to the town. Nearby tourist towns like Kurseong and Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. On the way to Darjeeling from Mirik, you can also check out lesser-known destinations like Jorepokhri, Sukhiapokhri and Lepchajagat. Things to do in Mirik: Mirik is famous for all kinds of activities like boating, horse riding and nature trailing along the lakeside. You can also visit coffee and tea gardens, orange orchards and cardamom plantation. For trekking, you can definitely visit Phalut, which makes a favorable surrounding for trekkers. How to reach Mirik: Regular buses and taxis connect Mirik to Darjeeling, Kurseong, New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. If you are traveling by air, you have to reach Bagdogra Airport, situated very close to Siliguri. From the airport, you can board a taxi or a bus to reach Mirik. By rail also, you need to get down at New Jalpaiguri station from where, taxis and buses leave for Mirik. By road, Mirik is well connected to Kurseong, Darjeeling and Siliguri. It takes around 1.5 hrs to reach Mirik from Siliguri. Best time to visit Mirik: Summer is the ideal time to visit hill stations. This is one of the best ways to escape from the heat of the plain land. Temperature, during this time is pretty mild when compared with the harsher climatic condition of the rest of the sub-continent. You can also visit this place during the beginning...