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Hanspokhri, Dudhia – 45 kms. from ...

Here’s a jungle camp secretly tucked within the deep forests of Hanspokhri at Indo-Nepal border, just beside the Balasun River. Untouched flora and fauna of the sub Himalayan type and a few tribal villages and terraced paddy fields bound the camp. Staying in this jungle camp is an experience by itself – bird watching in the early mornings, community river fishing in the afternoons and campfire in the evenings are few things, which will bring you closer to the people and nature of this place. The jungle camp at Hans pokhri is a perfect hideout for all those who...
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Purbasthali, Bardhaman – 120 kms f...

Purbasthali is a small town just 120 kms from Kolkata, located in the district of East Bardhaman, between Katwa and Nabadwip. It is situated on the banks of a beautiful Oxbow lake that is created by the River Ganga. This lake is 2 to 3 km long and attracts lots of migratory birds during the winter season. Bird-watchers will surely have a gala time here. The whole place of Purbosthali (also known as Chupir Chor) is generally covered by fruits and flower garden as well as vegetation. As of now, there are 04 fabulous cottages within the park area adjacent to the Oxbow lake...
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Baradih Village, Jhargram – 213 km...

Baradih Village is not just any upcoming weekend destination near Kolkata. Here, River Kansabati merges from the distant hills cloaked in deep lush forests and meanders past you while you wait in the balcony of your cottage to catch a glimpse of the setting sun over the ancient jungles. Soon, the sky turns crimson and the birds start their homeward journey – everything here is surreal – seems like the work of a master painter. At Baradih Village, you can escape time and space and embark on your journey to self-realisation. BOOKING DETAILS OF BARADIH Places to...
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Burraghutu, Bankura – 220 kms from...

Burraghutu is a remote village on a hilltop with a spectacular view of the Kansabati River basin. Tucked within a forest in Bankura, this tribal village is straight from the pages of any adventure novel. The Kansabati River Basin is dotted with small islands and few of them are designated wildlife parks, where you can find deer roaming freely. While staying here, you can explore the nearby tribal villages famous for terracotta and Dokra artworks and visit the ruins of ancient Jain temples. Boating in Kansabati River and day trips to the deep dark forests of Kuilapal are...
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Yakten, East Sikkim – 135 kms from...

High up in the Himalayas is a small village called Yakten which stays shrouded in mist and caressed by the soft chilling winds. Located just 35 kms from the bustling city of Gangtok in Sikkim, Yakten is surrounded by pine forests with magnificent views of the lush rolling Himalayan foothills. A 10-minutes walk through the pine forest would take you to a view point from where you can catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Almost eight home stays with adequate modern amenities welcome guests at Yaakten. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN Places to see in Yakten: The...
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Khoai, Shantiniketan – 165 kms fro...

Khoai is a geological formation of small canyons resulting from constant erosion caused by wind and water. The Khoai Shantiniketan region in Bolpur is characterised by a patch of dry forest of Sonajhuri (Acacia Auriculiformis) trees on an eroded landscape of red laterite soil. This unique look of the forest was immortalised by Rabindranath Tagore in many of his compositions. The Sonajhuri forest in Khoai is surrounded by the famous Kopai River (Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) on one side and Ballavpur Forest and Bonerpukur Adivasi Village on other sides. BOOKING DETAILS...
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Jhandi, Gorubathan – 87 kms from S...

Jhandi is a picturesque valley located in the Dooars region of West Bengal around 09 kilometres from Lava on the way to Gorubathan with a panoramic view of the Mahananda River valley and Mt. Kanchenjungha. It is an area of extensive tea plantations and forests. For those interested in exploring a new untouched destination in North Bengal, Jhandi could be the ideal choice. It is rich in lush, tropical evergreen trees, Sal and Pine forests, which are home to some of India’s rarest Himalayan flora and fauna. With its excellent climate, rare flora and fauna and...
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Lepchajagat, Darjeeling – 68 kms f...

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...
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Bermiok Martam, West Sikkim – 142 ...

Martam is a picturesque Himalayan village, tucked in a quiet corner of West Sikkim, with spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The place is mostly known for its pristine village life and beautiful natural surroundings. Although located near popular tourist destinations like Bermiok, Uttarey and Rinchenpong, Martam is still far from the maddening tourist rush. This little village is also popular for its thriving flora and fauna species and is home to some of the most beautiful birds of Sikkim. BOOKING DETAILS OF BERMIOK MARTAM Places to see at Bermiok Martam: Martam is a...
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Yangyang, South Sikkim – 115 kms f...

Surrounded by lush jungles on one side and the rolling mountains on the other, the bungalow in Yangyang is the ideal place to spend your weekend in nature’s lap. The Yangyang Bungalow perched on the edge of a hill overlooks the curious looking Bhaleydunga Hill (appears like a Bear’s Nose) and the deep valleys of Teesta River. Lush gardens, manicured lawns, a huge lobby, extra-spacious rooms, fireplaces in every room and modern facilities like hot water geysers make this British-style bungalow one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Sikkim. Located at the base...
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Padamchen, East Sikkim – 116 kms from Si...

Padamchen is a village tucked in the slopes of the Himalayan foothills surrounded by a forest teeming with birds. A nearby waterfall and a sparkling weather make this village on Silk Route circuit one of the best places to stay before taking the high-altitude Nathang Valley or Kupup Lake. Located at 7,000 ft, Padamchen is splendid in its own way. This quaint village lies at a distance of 8 kms from Zuluk and 14 kms from Rongli. Admired with breathtaking landscape and winding roads, this picturesque village of the Sikkim Silk route circuit truly offers a refreshing relief....
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Icchey Gaon, Pedong – 84 kms from ...

Icchey Gaon or “Wishing Village” is a place where all your wishes to stay amidst untouched nature would come true. At Icchey Gaon, you can get a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha, wake up to the call of unknown birds, take jungle walks through pine forests and stay in a village still untouched by tourist rush. Located at an altitude of 5800 feet, Icchey Gaon is close to Pedong. The homestay at Icchey Gaon is well-furnished with Double Bed and Triple Bed rooms with attached western bathrooms. At night, you can relish the twinkling lights of Darjeeling, Namchi and...
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Joypur Forest, Bankura – 140 kms f...

Staying in a dense jungle of Sal and Teak with Spotted Deer herds crossing the lush forest-path every now and then – if this excites you then Joypur Forest can be your next weekend destination. The age-old historic town of Bishnupur with its 17th Century terracotta temples and the Kansabati Dam and lake at Mukutmanipur are also located nearby. You can stay in a resort adjacent to the Joypur Forest, which has its own farm, vegetable garden, a huge lake (Jheel) and is equipped with all modern facilities. With the dense forest surrounding the resort area, this is an...
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Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary – 172...

With an area of 200 hectares Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary located on the fringes of the University town of Bolpur is just the perfect getaway for your next weekend. Just a kilometer from the Viswa Bharati University area, this lush Wildlife Sanctuary is home to three large water bodies (Jheel) which hosts migratory as well as resident birds in plenty. The sanctuary was established in September 1967 and has one of the most successful deer conservation records in the state. It is home to numerous Cheethals (Spotted Deer), Blackbucks and other resident animals like jackals...
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Mekhliganj Tea Resort – 86 kms fro...

A luxury resort tucked within a lush tea estate beside a meandering river – that’s Mekhliganj. You can enjoy a magnificient view of endless greenery of tea garden and farmland from this tea resort. On one side of Mekhliganj teasort lies the snaking Saniajaan River and on the other is the tea estate. The Tin Bigha Border Crossing is just a walk away from Mekhliganj Tea Resort where you can witness the ceremonial Border closing of India and Bangladesh every evening. You can also enjoy long walks along the tea estate, visit the lonely banks of River Saniajaan,...
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Dilaram, Kurseong – 45 kms from Si...

Guarded by a private forest on one side and lush green tea gardens on another, Dilaram is a little village tucked within nowhere in the Kurseong Hills. Here, you can take long nature walks, enjoy birdwatching, take a tea garden tour or visit a tea factory. But, the best thing to do in Dilaram is to do nothing but sit and watch the shadows of the clouds move across the deep valleys, slopes and tea gardens of Mirik, Sandakphu and the adjoining hills. You can also trek to nearby Chatakpur or Bhanzang Salamander Lake. A day trip to Kurseong and its nearby attractions can also...
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Sumbuk, South Sikkim – 112 kms fro...

Sumbuk is one of the most untouched parts of South Sikkim with an astounding flora and fauna. Pine forests, Gladiolas Farms, monasteries, villages tucked on the mountain slopes, valleys, countless birds, butterflies and Greater Rangit River has made Sumbuk a destination no lesser than paradise. Sumbuk is close to Namchi and can be reached within 2.5 hours from Siliguri. Touristic crowds are yet to visit Sumbuk and few nature-loving travellers, who truly enjoy living in “no-frills” homestays imbibing the local culture visit occasionally. The Sumbuk village has...
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Kitam Bird Sanctuary – 112 kms fro...

Located between 1200 feet and 3200 feet above sea level and covered within a thick temperate vegetation of shrubland and Sal-chir and pine forests, Kitam is home to more than 200 species of birds and butterflies. The beautiful village of Sumbuk and its gladiolas fields, few age-old temples and the emerald green Rangit River make Kitam one of the most beautiful and untouched wilderness in the lower altitudes of Sikkim. Characterized by warm summers and pleasant winters, Kitam Bird Sanctuary bursts with a healthy population of residents like Rufous-necked Hornbill,...
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Choto Kolagachia, Sunderbans – 82 ...

This is a small riverside town at the confluence of Chota Kolagachia River and Rampur River on the fringe of Sunderban. A small busy Ferry Ghat ferries passengers and goods to different parts of Sunderban from here. Country boats pass through the river every minute carrying daily supplies of Sundarban and you can spend the whole day sitting in your guesthouse’s balcony watching the tides of the river, the passing boats and the setting sun. You can also take a walk in the nearby villages and witness the daily chores of the villagers, the fishermen bringing their...
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Mulkarkha Lake Trek, North Bengal

Mulkarkha Lake is a natural lake tucked in a remote corner of the forests of the Himalayan foothills of Northern Bengal. The most fascinating feature of this lake is the reflection of Mt. Kanchenjungha on its tranquil waters. The trek route to Mulkarkha Lake is one of the most exciting and untouched trails of the Himalayan foothills. You would come across 200 feet waterfalls, dense forests, enchanting views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, ageless Buddhist monasteries, remote villages, hundreds of species of birds, butterflies and flowers.  The Mulkarkha Lake is considered sacred by...
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Anden, Sombaria – 122 kms from Sil...

Anden is a heaven located high in the hills surrounded by forests overlooking the snow-cappped mountains. It is also one of the destinations from where you can take the famous Barsey Rhododendron Trek. Other nearby attractions include Jureli View Point, Gathang Waterfalls, Dodak Helipad, Devi Falls, Daramdin Sai Mandir, a Manghim and the market at Sombaria. You can also continue to other destinations of Sikkim like Rinchenpong and Biksthang is West Sikkim and Namchi in South Sikkim. A beautiful Forest Rest House with all modern facilities is the only accommodation in...
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Buxa Tiger Reserve, Terai – 150 km...

The Buxa National Park is a perfect stopover for tourists, who want to savor the flavor of green darkness, enriched with some exotic wildlife. The Buxa Tiger Reserve 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...
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Fagu Tea Bungalow, Gorubathan – 75 kms f...

A hundred-year old British tea bungalow located on a hilltop surrounded by endless miles of tea gardens with breathtaking views of mountains – that is Fagu. Just 20 kms from Malbazar near the famous Gorumara National Park, Fagu Tea Bungalow is decked with period furniture, British colonial exterior, lush green lawns and verandahs with sloping roofs. It has three large luxury bedrooms, dressing rooms, modern toilets and boasts of fireplaces in every room. If you want to savor the splendor of nature, come to Fagu – the place is unique in itself and offers the...
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Bird watching spots near Kolkata

01. Indian Botanic Garden, Shibpur, Howrah (more details) The Indian Botanic Garden in Shibpur covers some 270 acres of land, located by the Hugli River and is some 230 year old. This place is indeed a heaven for bird-watchers as it houses a wide variety of bird species that also includes a small percent of water-bird species as well. Birds found here include Stork-billed Kingfisher, Rufous Woodpecker, Brown Hawk Owl, Bronzed Drongo, Black Bittern, Greenish and Yellow-browned Warbler, Lineated Barbet, Booted Eagle and Black-naped Oriole. Beside, some rarest species of...
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Rajabhatkhawa, Terai – 15 kms from...

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...
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Jayanti, Dooars – 30 kms from Alip...

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...
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Taptapani, Ganjam – 50 kms from Be...

Rolling green hills, jungles washed by rains and clouds tucked within the distant hills – that’s Taptapani located amidst the forests of Ganjam District of Orissa, just 50 kilometres from Berhampur. Taptapani is mainly known for its natural hot sulphur springs whose water is considered to have medicinal properties and is capable of curing aches, pains and skin ailments like eczema and scabies. Taptapani is surrounded by beautiful hills of the Eastern Ghats, which is inhabited by the ancient tribes of Orissa. There is also a majestic Buddhist Monastery, a deer park and a...
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Chandbali, Bhitarkanika – 45 kms f...

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...
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Sonajhuri, Santiniketan – 165 kms ...

At Sonajhuri you can enjoy the lost charm of Shantiniketan with the winding village roads, untouched forests, Adivasi Villages, the Kopai River and the Khoai region. Sonajhuri is situated very near to the northern side of Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Those who do not like the crowded Visva Bharati area but want the peaceful Shantiniketan then Sonajhuri should be the choice. The area is between the Shyambati Canal and the Sonajhuri jungle. With plenty of greenery along with Santhali settlements, and the famous Khoai region (canyon created by water and wind erosion) this is...
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Padua, Koraput – 130 kms from Vish...

A serene lake with an island surrounded by hills wrapped in forests – that’s Padua near Koraput in Orissa. Nature is abundant here with lakes, rivers, hills, forests, valleys and miles and miles of paddy fields. Spanning an area of around 50 sq. km, this charming location is nestled at a height of 3500 feet above sea level. It stands midway between Araku and Koraput and tourists visiting Araku, can easily make a trip to Padua just 30 km away. You can also reach Padua from Koraput, which is just 70 km away. In Padua, you can enjoy boating and angling in the Macchkunda...