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Bunkulung, Mirik – 48 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled in the lap of nature, just 15 kms from Mirik – Bunkulung is a picture-perfect Himalayan village surrounded by hills and rivers. With miles of green millet and paddy fields spread over the slopes of the mountains, scores of ponds and water tanks for trout farming and the Murmah Khola and Balasun River crisscrossing the village, you need nothing more to pacify your tired soul. You can take long walks in the nearby tea gardens, enjoy a dip in the rivers and sit and watch the clouds and sun playing hide and seek over the lush green mountains all around. Bunkulung is one of the best examples of ecotourism in North Bengal. The locally grown produces, includes varieties of fruits and vegetables boasts of high quality. The 19 ponds of sericulture project, maintained by the Government of West Bengal, enhance the beauty of the location. Moreover, use of any chemical fertilizers or toxic materials is restricted in the region. This exotic tribal village of Bunkulung is primarily dominated by the Limbus of the Gorkha community. This beautiful name, Bunkulung is a nice combination of Lepcha and Limbu language. BOOKING DETAILS OF BUNKULUNG Places to see in Bungkulung: Bungkulung is nature lover’s paradise. The whole village is engaged in agriculture – you would find unending miles of paddy and millet fields and 19 big ponds for pisiculture. Bunkulung has been declared as a model village by the DGHC fisheries department in 2001. The pleasant climate, availability of huge tracts of barren land and easy accessibility of water from close by streams and rivers, help in promoting pisiculture in the region. Floriculture is also practiced in Bunkulung and the farmers. You can also visit the nearby Balason River and Murmah River. For more photos of Bunkulung click here Nearby attractions of Bunkulung: You can visit the nearby tea factory and tea gardens in Murmah and Gayabari. You can also visit the town of Mirik just 15 kms away and enjoy a boat ride in the famous Mirik Lake. The Bokar Monastery in Mirik and the orange orchards of Rangbang can all be covered in day trips. Things to do in Bunkulung: You will never have a single dull moment, during your stay at this exquisite location. If you nurture an adventurous bent of mind, enjoy camping and picnics on the banks of River Balasun or take a dip in the chilly waters of this river. You can enjoy angling in the nearby rivers or indulge in horse riding through the paddy fields, mountains and tea gardens. Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque landscape of Bunkulung. Enthusiast tourists can enquire for the local cultural program, organized in open air with barbeque and campfire. You can also enjoy village treks to various nearby villages around Bungkulung. How to reach Bunkulung: Bunkulung is 48 km from Siliguri, in the Siliguri-Mirik highway. Tourists can hire a vehicle from New Jalpaiguri to reach Bungkulung. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Bunkulung from Siliguri via Siliguri-Mirik road. You can also hire cars straight to Mirik and then change for a car to Bunkulung. Best time to visit Bunkulung: You can visit Bunkulung any time of the year. In the rainy season, the whole of Bunkulung is shrouded in green and in the winters when the millet and paddy ripe, the endless stretches of golden brown covers the mountain slopes of Bunkulung. Lodging and dining facilities in Bunkulung: Our spacious and clean homestay in Bungkulung...
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Sonajhuri, Santiniketan – 165 kms from Kolkata...

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 an idle place to look out for peace that you otherwise miss in the busy city life. The traditional life of the Santhali community with their local art and culture make Sonajhuri a heritage destination. Moreover, you can find the local crafts along with the traditional delicacies being sold at the famous Shonajhuri Haat (weekly market) on every Saturday. The famous Baul singers of Shantiniketan also perform in this Haat. BOOKING DETAILS OF SONAJHURI Places to see in Sonajhuri: The main attraction here is the Sonajhuri jungle that offers a serene atmosphere and is the perfect place to take a leisure walk. This is probably the cleanest forest area on earth. You can even let your kids stroll around safely. The Khowai region – canyons created by wind and water is worth experiencing here. The hanging trees and the view of the roots at the edges of these rifts within the forest area will make you fall in love with the region. Sonajhuri Home stay Photographs 123► The slow flowing Kopai River (Rabindranath Tagore’s Amader Choto Nadi) and the Baul singers along the banks are special attractions. The Banerpukur tribal village inside the forest area shouldn’t be missed as it gives a chance of close encounter with the local tribes living there. Nearby attractions of Sonajhuri: Shantiniketan – Rabindranath Tagore’s “Abode of Peace” is just a kilometer from here where you can indulge in a whole lot of sightseeing options. Some of the places you shouldn’t miss out during your trip are the University campus of Vishwa Bharati, Kala Bhawan, Uttarayan, Geetanjali Theatre, Chatimtala, Shantiniketan House, Bichitra Bhawan or Rabindra Museum and others. There is also the Ballavpur Abhayaranya or the Deer Park set on a total area of 700 acres with a variety of trees, animals and birds. You will also find a watch tower here to view the surrounding landscape from top of it. Located some 3 kms from Shantiniketan is the Vishwa Bharti’s Rural Art Centre, which is a great place to collect some local artifacts. You can also visit Sriniketan if you want to buy handicrafts. There is also a brick kiln of 7 lakh bricks nearby. The 14th century Surtheshwar Temple is only 8 kms from here on the way to Illambazar whereas Nannoor – the birthplace of the famous poet Chandidas is just 23 kms away. You can also visit Dangali Kali Temple nearby. Another popular destination – Kankalitala Temple, which is one of the 51 Shakti Peeths of Sati is around 9 kms from Sonajhuri. You can also visit the famous Gar Jungle from here located 30 kms via Illambazar. Other popular nearby destinations include Kenduli, Bakreshwar, Maithon, Tarapith and Durgapur Barrage. Things to do at Sonajhuri: Take a leisure morning stroll through the Sonajhuri jungle to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding. The jungle is clear and devoid of wild animals so you can also take your kids...
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Rangbang, Darjeeling – 58 kms from Siliguri...

Dreaming of a quiet and cozy home tucked within orange orchards overlooking blue hills, white mountains and endless tea gardens? Your dreams would come true at Rangbang! This beautiful escapade is far from the hustle and bustle of city life yet near to one of the most popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling Hills – Mirik. The beautiful Rangbang homestay, the meandering village paths through tea gardens, pony trails, long nature walks, chirping of unknown birds, the frolicking rivulets and mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha make Rangbang a dream destination for nature lovers like you. BOOKING DETAILS OF RANGBANG Places to see in Rangbang: The joyful Rangbang River passes through the hills, tea gardens, orange orchards and villages at Rangbang. You can trek or take a pony ride from the Rangbang homestay and follow this beautiful river along its shores as long as you like. You can visit a naturally formed Rock Garden with some strange formations at Rangbang. A visit to Murmah Tea Garden would be a nice experience too. 12► You can also take a long nature walk or a pony ride to the Thurbo Tea Garden to relish the majestic views of the blue hills of “Nagari” and “Mangarjung.” At Rangbang, there is a Roman Catholic chapel run by the Selesian fathers and there is a Buddhist monastery and a Kabir Panth Math too. There is a nearby Lepcha Gaon, where you can still see the traditional village lifestyle of the Lepchas. You can also visit the Tin Tangay Waterfalls located nearby. Nearby attractions of Rangbang: The beautiful Sumendu Lake (popularly known as Mirik Lake) surrounded by forests with views of Mt. Kanchenjungha is the most popular attraction of Rangbang. All the attractions in and around Mirik like the temple of Shri Mangal Dham, Devi Sthan and the view points like Rai Dhap are all located within 4 kms of Rangbhang. The Ramitay Dara viewpoint offering views of the mountains and the plains below and the Sunrise Point offering breathtaking sights of the sun rising over miles of tea gardens, orange orchards and Mountains are located nearby. 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 Rangbang. Nearby tourist towns like Kurseong and Darjeeling attracts tourists from all over the world. On the way to Darjeeling from Rangbang, you can also check out lesser-known destinations like Bunkulung, Jorepokhri, Sukhiapokhri and Lepchajagat. Things to do in Rangbang: There are no motorable roads in Rangbang connecting the village houses but cobbled footpaths that would remind you of fairy tales. So, morning and evening strolls would be ideal around Rangbang. You can go to the Mirik helipad in the early mornings to see the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can spend your evenings around the fireside hearing the forgotten stories of the demons and kings of the Himalayas from the locals. You can also enjoy Nepali folk music and dance. You can take pony rides to nearby tea gardens, arrange picnics on the shores of Rangbang River and visit the Rock Gardens to enjoy a beautiful view of the sparkling waters of Balason River and the endless stretches of paddy fields. You can also spend a lazy day just reading your favorite novel at Rangbang or trek through the mountains and orchards along with a guide. Another special feature of Rangbang is the integration of different communities. There...
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Meen Dwip, Haldia – 72 kms from Kolkata...

If you are lusting to experience few days in a charming river island, then Meen Dwip at Nayachar off the coast of Haldia will not disappoint you. At first, you may find Nayachar to be a mere muddy island cradled on the Haldi riverbed, spanning an area of 40 sq. km but gradually after exploring this serene island, you will realize the potential of this wonderful place admired for its natural beauty. The exotic view of River Haldi bounding the island truly offers visual pleasure. However, the unavailability of mobile network may cause some inconvenience to the tourists but travellers like you would love to get a day or two off from this hectic city life amidst such exotic natural splendor. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEEN DWIP Places to see in Meen Dwip: This serene island of Meen Dwip is entirely dependent on fishing and fisheries. Sunset over the Haldi River and its estuary (Mohona), endless green fields to soothe your eyes, huge bheris (fishing ponds) and the Haldi River are few things you would love to see in Meen Dwip Nearby attractions of Meen Dwip: The town of Haldia is admired by a number of nearby tourist attractions, which you can visit on your way to Meen Dweep or while returning from this River Island. Some of the destinations of Haldia, which you love to visit from Meen Dwip are Kukrahati, Moynagarh, Tamluk Rajbari, Gopalijew Temple, Muktidham temple, Haldia Dock and Balughata River Side Sunset Point.  Destinations on the other side of Haldia like Raichak and Daimond Harbour can also be visited from Meen Dwip. Things to do in Meen Dwip: Carry with you some outdoor sports equipment like badminton, which you will truly enjoy playing amidst such scenic natural surrounding. You can explore the island whole day and also have picnic on the banks of Haldi River.  Enjoy a steamer ride or hire a country boat to sail through Haldi River, enjoying the cool and refreshing breeze. How to reach Meen Dwip: Nestled in the riverbank of Haldi at Nayachar, this quaint island of Meen Dwip is connected with Haldia by Ferry Service. In order to reach the destination, firstly, you need to travel to Raichak either by train or by car or bus. After reaching Raichak, you need to avail the ferry service for Kukrahati, which is the gateway to the port city of Haldia. Haldia Municipality operates ferry services at a regular interval of 30 minutes and it takes around 15 minutes to reach Kukrahati. From Kukrahati, take a cycle van for Patikhali and then again enjoy a ferry service on the river Haldi to Meen Dwip at Nayachar. You can also drive to Haldia (around 150 kms away) directly from Kolkata and then catch a ferry to Kukrahati. Best time to visit Meen Dwip: You can visit the place any time of the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Meen Dwip: There is only one guesthouse at Meen Dwip managed by Fisheries Department offering decent accommodation and dining facilities. Relish some fresh shrimps and varieties of fish preparation at the local eateries. Contact us for booking this accommodation at Meen Dwip at Nayachar. BOOKING DETAILS OF MEEN...
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Bara Mangwa, Kalimpong – 60 kms from Siliguri...

Perfect place for adventure seekers and nature lovers, the Bara Mangwa Farmhouse perched on a mountain slope amidst orange orchards facing the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet Rivers is the closest you can get to heaven.  Located in the Darjeeling district, towards the western side of the Kalimpong hills, in the Teesta Valley, the Bara Mangwa village is home to few terraced farms, local huts and too many orange orchards. But, the real star of this little village is the farmhouse, which offers good accommodation facilities and clean organic food plucked from its own farms. The farmhouse also has its own poultry and a small goat and pig house. You can also go for rafting in Teesta River, learn rock climbing from the experts or opt for angling here. Bara Mangwa is a tiny village that gives you the opportunity of experiencing life in its simplest forms in a little and forgotten corner of the Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF BARA MANGWA Places to see in Bara Mangwa: The rooms of the farmhouse offers spectacular views of the Sikkim and Kalimpong hills as well as a bird’s eye view of the meandering Teesta River. The farmhouse has its own farms growing seasonal vegetables, fruits and regular crops as well. You can definitely take a trip of these farms or visit their own poultry, dairy as well as the small goat house. A trip to nearby tea gardens should also be on your cards. You can take long nature walks all along the orange orchards or simple gaze at the blue hills all around from the farmhouse’s beautiful verandah. For more photos of Bara Mangwa click here Nearby attractions of Bara Mangwa: There are many places around Bara Mangwa village where guests can visit. Kalimpong is one such place which is located some 21 kilometers from Bara Mangwa. Then there is Lava, which is located some 46 kilometers and is famous for being the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park. Darjeeling, the Queen of the Himalayas is also located close to Bara Mangwa, some 40 kilometers. Other nearby places of attraction includes Chota Mangwa (1 km), Tinchuley Sunrise Point (9 kms), Peshok and Lopchu Tea Garden (15 kms), Tista and Rangit View Point (12 kms), Teesta and Rangit Confluence (8 kms), Mongpoo (20 kms.), Delo Hill Top (33 kms.), Loleygaon (68 kms.), Pedong (35 kms) and Gangtok located some 70 kilometers away. Things to do at Bara Mangwa: You have a lot of opportunities for activities at Bara Mangwa. Trekking and rock climbing are abundant and so is river rafting in the waters of Teesta. Fishing is equally enjoying in the waters of Teesta. There is a Yoga and Martial Art Centre where you can learn some martial art techniques as well. The village of Bara Mangwa promotes local sports which are quite exciting activities to take part in. How to reach Bara Mangwa: You first have to get down at New Jalpaiguri Railway station and then take NH-31A straight to Teesta Bazaar. From here you need to take left after crossing the Teesta Bridge to reach Bara Mangwa village. From New Jalpaiguri railway station, you need to hire a car to cover your distance. The nearest airport is Bagdorgra Airport. Best time to visit Bara Mangwa: The best time to visit is during the winter season when the orange garden is full of oranges. But do not forget to seek permission of the owner before plucking them. In...
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Beloon Eco Village, Bardhaman-175 kms from Kolkata...

Want to spend a relaxing, peaceful holiday away from the humdrum of city life? Have only a weekend to spare out of your busy schedule? Don’t worry! It will only take a weekend to rediscover the rural life of Beloon Eco Village and rejuvenate your senses with a stroll beside the Shibai River, rafting in a nearby lake, watching dolphins in Kalyanpur Ghat, plucking fresh vegetables from the farm and bird watching. Beloon Eco Village is located in Bardhaman District just 175 kms from Kolkata. You would be staying in a traditional mud house, where you can enjoy mouth-watering Bengali meals of freshly picked vegetables and freshly caught fishes. You can also volunteer in conserving the local wildlife and rehabilitating them in nearby forests. BOOKING DETAILS OF BELOON ECO VILLAGE Places to see in Beloon Eco Village: While in Beloon Eco Village, you can take a walk on the lush grasslands, alongside River Shibai and watch migratory and local birds frolicking the whole day. You can take a bullock cart ride to roam around the entire village and pluck some garden fresh vegetables and fruits from the farm and enjoy them. But the best thing to do in Beloon Eco Village is to sit idle and watch the boats crossing the Shibai River, the green lush paddy fields swaying like waves with the wind and the endless white ocean of Kash Phool welcoming hope and prosperity of the future. For more photos of Beloon click here Nearby attractions of Beloon Eco Village: Beloon Eco Village is very near to Choto Pukur, which is a wetland, where animals and migratory birds like White-throated Kingfisher, Bramhiny Duck, Ruddy Shelduck and Wooly-necked stork frequent in thousands every year. Just 15 km from Beloon Eco Village is Attahas which is famous for being one of the “Satipith” pilgrimages of Hindus. Attahas also has a flourishing population of Fruit Bats and Open – Billed Storks, which birdwatchers would love to spot. A little far from Beloon Eco Village is Kalyanpur Ghat, where you can still spot the endangered species of Gangetic dolphins frisking on the water. Nayachar, some 20 km from Beloon Eco Village, is an island on the River Ganges, where many wildlife species and migratory birds inhabit. There is a village named Musharu, which is popular for being the home of the venomous cobras, who are worshipped here as deities. Hence this village is also called Snake Village. While returning, you can also visit the nearby major town of Kalna, which is famous for its 108 groups of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Things to do in Beloon Eco Village: You can catch fish from the nearby lake and ask your host to cook it while you enjoy rafting in Choto Pukur. In winters, you can enjoy fresh Date Palm juice (Khejur Rosh) in the early mornings and during your stay if someone in nearby village spots a honey comb then you may get the privilege to enjoy some fresh honey too. You can also get engaged in activities like rescuing wild animals and releasing them, studying the behavior of the wildlife and boating on River Shibai. Camping is another popular activity done in this place. You can also volunteer in social activities like teaching, re-vegetation and health checkups. If you visit during the festivals of Bolan Gaan and Jhapan, you can see the local people enthusiastically participating in these festivals. How to reach Beloon Eco Village: You can reach Beloon Eco...
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Sajong, East Sikkim – 24 kms from Gangtok...

If you are craving to savor the spectacular view of Sikkim’s green rolling hills and the snowcapped Eastern Himalayas then make a trip to the village of Sajong in East Sikkim, just 24 kms from Gangtok. Nestled amidst paddy fields in a serene environment and the Rumtek Monastery nearby, Sajong village is a tranquil sanctuary that can offer you the ultimate seclusion. BOOKING DETAILS OF SAJONG Places to see in Sajong: The quaint village of Sajong houses a nationally awarded statue factory, caves and traditional farms. The location offers a spectacular view of Gangtok during nighttime and far fetched views of the boundaries of Tibet and Bhutan. Two notable monasteries namely Rumtek monastery and Ranka monastery are also located nearby. Rumtek, popularly known as the Dharmachakra Centre is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. The monastery was originally built in the 16th century by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje. This splendid gumpha is located at a distance of 24 km from Gangtok. If you walk for few minutes downhill from the new monastery, you will reach the old monastery, built in 1730 by the ninth Karmapa. The view of the Rumtek Monastery decked with prayer wheels at the entrance is truly a visual treat. The monastery houses gold plated statues of Buddha. The inner side of the Monastery is admired with several drawings and depictions. The best part of the monastery is that tourists are allowed to explore the most of the interior of this monastery. There are also more than 20 varieties of Bamboo growing in Sajong. Bamboo is a symbol of vitality and flexibility. [AFG_gallery id=’12’] Nearby attractions of Sajong: The capital city of Gangtok, just 24 kms from Sajong is admired with a number of tourist attractions, which you can visit by arranging day trips from Sajong. Some of the major nearby attractions are Tibetology Museum, Do-Drul Chorten, Orchid Exhibition, Enchey Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Phodong Monastery and handicraft and Handloom Industries. Things to do in Sajong: Enjoy a nature walk while exploring the village of Sajong and Rumtek. You can also rent a Mountain bike to move around the area. Two days guided treks are also arranged to Tinjure Ridge, from where you can savor the majestic view of the third highest Mountain of the world, Mt. Kanchenjunga.  Visit the local Buddhist monasteries along with local guides. You can also arrange for picnic at the nearby locations. Many tourists also indulge in swimming at Ray Khola mountain-river. How to reach Sajong: The nearest airport of Sajong is the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. You can reach Sajong from Bagdogra in 4 hours by cars. Best time to visit Sajong: You can visit the destination any time of the year. However, to get a clear view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, it is best to visit the place between October and March. Lodging and dining facilities in Sajong: The only place to stay in Sajong is the luxurious Himalayan boutique resort The Bamboo Retreat.  The Bamboo Retreat is our Preferred Property (Click here to know more about our other Preferred Properties and how to get the discounts on them). The retreat is best suited for those seeking a place away from the hustle of the city, who enjoy a mix of ethnic and global good-quality homemade cuisine, who are interested in meditation, Sikkim’s history, undertaking day-walks and generally as a starting point to explore other parts of Sikkim. The hotel’s architecture is inspired by Sikkim’s monastic architecture that originated...
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Martam, East Sikkim – 158 kms from Siliguri...

If you are a true nature lover and nurture an appetite for adventure, then this pristine village of Martam in East Sikkim is your ideal holiday destination. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Martam Village offers a calm and quite refuge to the tourists. Martam is known for its breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys and exotic array of flora and fauna. BOOKING DETAILS OF MARTAM Places to see in Martam: Martam is known for its lush vegetation, majestic views of the Mountains, quaint villages, nature walks and forests harbouring thousands of birds, butterflies and orchids. Martam and its surrounding areas are excellent locations to view birds and butterflies. The place truly offers visual splendor to the naturalists. Nearby attractions of Martam: The most popular destinations near Martam are the Rumtek and Sang monasteries. You can visit the Rumtek Monastery, located around 6 km from Martam. There is also the Nehru Botanical Park, near the monastery. Then you can also visit the Sang Monastery, located in a village town called Sang, 6 km away from the resort. Gangtok is also nearby and you can make a day trip to this capital city for enjoying its colourful culture. Gangtok is admired by a number of sightseeing attractions, including Chorten Monastery, Ropeway, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok and others. A day tour to Temi Tea garden is also admired by the tourists to Martam. Drive for around two hours from the resort towards south Sikkim, to locate the sole tea garden of Sikkim, Temi Tea Garden. A tour of the Temi tea factory is also worth enough, where you can watch the processing of tea leaves into tea. You can also take a day trip to the Tibet Border – Changu Lake and Nathula Pass You can also enjoy a day-trek into the Fambong Lo Wild Life Sanctuary along the forest area of the village featuring varieties of trees and vegetation. While trekking, you can savor the sight of some beautiful birds, butterflies and some wildlife, which include monkeys, barking deer, caveats, pheasants, mountain goats, wild rabbits, porcupine and more. There is also a lake and a viewing tower on the hilltop offering a majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range. After leaving the forest, you can walk along the Bhutia villages and visit the local monastery. Things to do in Martam: Enjoy a nature walk along the picturesque scenic landscape of the Martam village. You can also hire a local guide who will acquaint you to different herbs and plants used by the village folks in their daily lives. Observe the farming technique and the animal husbandry practice of the villagers. You can also spend some time trying your hand in angling at the rivers or streams with bamboo fishing rods. You can also organize picnic by the riverside. There are also arrangements of mountain cycles to move around the village. The serene surrounding of the village resort is ideal for conducting meditation, retreat or religious courses. You can also invite the Buddhist teachers to your place to offer you an introduction into Buddhism. How to reach Martam: The quaint village of Martam located in East Sikkim is 34 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. You can reach Martam from Rangpo via Ranipul and Rumtek Best time to visit Martam: Tourists are welcomed at Martam throughout the year. Lodging and dining facilities in Martam: Martam Village Resort offers excellent accommodation at...
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Biharinath, Bankura – 249 kms from Kolkata...

Bounded by Purulia and River Damodar on both sides – Biharinath in Bankura, near the famous Joychandi Hills is the highest hill of Bankura District. The hill boasts of a towering height of 451 meters and has gained considerable recognition as a popular tourist destination in the recent years. Covered in thick forests, the place blooms with the shades of Kash Phool, Shimul and Palash during the seasons. The villagers here deck their mud homes with Alpona and you can catch a glimpse of the wild boar, hare, fox and some unknown colourful birds when they cross your path. Surprisingly, Biharinath Hill is the highest hill in the sub-Himalayan terrain in West Bengal (1480 feet). BOOKING DETAILS OF BIHARINATH For more photos of Biharinath click here Places to see in Biharinath: The prime attraction of Biharinath is the lush nature all around and Biharinath Hill. The unforgettable experience of watching the rising and setting sun over Ledhi and Sharpahari Hills and the winding village paths would compel you to extend your stay. Another popular attraction here is temple dedicated to Shiva, popularly known as the Biharinath dham and a small tank located at the foothill. Nearby attractions in Biharinath: Just a walk from Bihari Nath would lead you to the Ureshwari Temple located to the West of the Biharinath Hill. The Binodpur Dam and Joychandi Hill (where Satyajit Ray’s Hirak Rajar Deshey was shot) is also located nearby.  Boranti Lake is located just 15 kms from Biharinath. Other attractions that can be covered within a couple of hour’s journey are Maithon, Panchet, Shaltora and Sushunia. Bihari Nath is just 66 kms from Durgapur. Boranti is also nearby, just 15 kms. Things to do in Biharinath: Tourists with an appetite for adventure will have a great time here. Bihari Nath hill is ideal for trekking and you can scale the hilltop in just one and half to two hours. You can also explore the region, which boasts of an exotic range of flora and fauna. You can also enjoy boating at the lake located nearby the Biharinath temple. Enjoy a nature walk along the scenic natural landscape. The destination also hosts also hosts a whole range of religious fairs and festivals throughout the year. Huge fairs are organized during Shivrati and Saraswati Puja. How to reach Biharinath: There are a number of options to reach Bihari Nath. You can drive along the Durgapur Expressway, bypassing Panagarh, Durgapur and Ranigang. After crossing the Damodar River Bridge, drive straight towards Madhukunda. After bypassing the Madhukunda railway crossing, go straight to Biharinath (16 kms). You can also avail trains running to Asansol. Biharinath is located at a distance of 46 km from Asansol, which you can commute by hiring a cab from the Asansol Railway Station. However, the best way to reach Biharinath is by train to Raniganj and then to Biharinath by hired car (22 kms). Best time to visit Biharinath: There is no definite time of visiting this destination, as the place attracts tourists throughout the year. However, if you are looking for a peaceful weekend gate away then try to avoid the seasons when fairs and festivals (especially Shivratri) are held. If you love palash flower then February/March should be the ideal season. Lodging and dining facilities in Biharinath: A spacious private resort with all modern facilities have recently come up at Biharinath just beside the hill. The rooms of the resort are facilitated with AC, Televisions, balconies facing the...
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Bagora, Kurseong – 60 kms from Siliguri...

Sometimes we feel the urge of exploring some lesser known destinations during our weekend trips. Bagora, a quaint village, located at a height of 7100 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district, is not yet explored and hence it still remains unexploited. Nestled amidst pine forests and rhododendron trees with majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the meandering River Teesta, this romantic getaway will not disappoint you. Bagora is also called Zero Point and has a base camp of the Indian Air Force with a helipad. If you are fond of low altitude jungle treks and bird watching then Bagora can be on your cards next week. BOOKING DETAILS OF BAGORA Places to see in Bagora: You can take a short stroll from Bagora to the Kurseong Air Force base alongside the Tea Gardens. The site offers a spectacular view of the vast stretch of River Teesta and breathtaking views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can also visit the Forest Rest House to savor the view of the exotic variety of Himalayan flora. You will truly treasure the sight of the nicely maintained flower garden, adorned with terraced greenhouses. Bagora is renowned for its herbal and medicinal plants. Moreover, in the months of November-December, you will find the trees bearing oranges. The dense pine forests surrounding this little village, a viewpoint and a dilapidated British-built chimney in a nearby village are few other things to be discovered here. For more photos of Bagora click here Nearby attractions of Bagora: Kurseong is just 8 kms from Bagora and most of the sightseeing options of Kurseong like Eagle’s Craig view point, Ambootia Temple, Bhangzang Salamander Lake and Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple are all located nearby. The little village of Chimeni with its surrounding valleys is just a few kilometers away. Other nearby attractions include the war memorial at Ghoom, the Batasia Loop and the Ghoom Monastery. Things to do in Bagora: You can always enjoy a nature walk along the scenic landscape of the region. There is also a nice trekking trails from Bagora to Zero point. The place is also a heaven for the avid bird watchers, as Bagora is the home to a wide variety of birds. You can also walk down the shadowy forest trail to Tiger Hill, to watch the spectacular sunrise or plan for a trek of 12-km to Mongpu. If you are planning for more than a weekend in Bagora, enjoy a three-day forest trek from Kurseong to Kalijhora via Bagora, Namthing Pokhri and Latpanchar. Take snaps of the exotic surrounding of the region, which will capture your memory of Bagora. How to reach Bagora: Regular bus and car services are available between Siliguri and Darjeeling via Kurseong and Ghoom. While driving take a right turn from Kurseong to reach the village of Bagora via Down Hill Road. You can also hire a car from Kurseong. Best time to visit Bagora: You can visit Bagora any time of the year. In March and April, you would find the Rhododendrons in full bloom in the surrounding forests. Lodging and dining facilities in Bagora: The accommodation options offered in Bagora is limited and exclusive. There is only one private homestay in Bagora run by a local family. The home stay has Double Bed rooms and Four-Bedded rooms in their main building and annexe cottage. All the rooms and cottages of the homestay have western bathrooms, comfy beds, running water in bathrooms and views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, surrounding...
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Tumling, Darjeeling – 92 kms from Siliguri...

The small village of Tumling located on the renowned Sandakphu – Maneybhanjan trek route offers magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It actually lies in Nepal at a 35 minutes walking distance from Meghma – a small distance from Darjeeling. The population of this place mostly comprises of Gurung families. The nearby trek to Singalila National Park from Tumling can give you glimpses of rare animals like Red Pandas. A trek to 6 kms long trek to Dhotrey from Tumling would take you through a forest of blooming rhododendron flowers. BOOKING DETAILS OF TUMLING Places to see in Tumling: Tumling offers magnificent view of the distant Mount Kanchenjunga. On a clear night, Tumling offers views of beautifully-lit places like Kurseong, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Pasupati and other settlements. A trek to Dhotrey can also be availed from Tumling and the length of the trek route is some 6 kilometers. The trek is availed through the forests of blooming rhododendron flowers. Nearby attractions of Tumling: From Tumling, you can avail a trek to the Singalila National Park, the route of which passes through the Indo-Nepal border. Apart from a wide variety of flora, the place is renowned for being home to various kinds of animals like Red Pandas and birds. You can opt for a trek to Meghma. Meghma can be reached by crossing Chitre, the Buddhist settlement. At Meghma, the trail bifurcates and the left-side trail passes through Nepal and the right-side trail leads to Tumling or Tonglu in India. Tonglu is situated at an elevation of 3070m and has a few trekker huts. At Tumling, in Nepal, the trails meet again. Things to do in Tumling: You can enjoy the enchanting beauty of the place by opting for sightseeing and exploring the place. You can see the beautiful sunrise that makes the peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga golden or you can trek ahead to reach Sandakphu. How to reach Tumling: From Kolkata, you can avail a number of trains and buses in order to reach New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri you have to take a hired car to Maneybhanjan . It is advisable to book a car in advance, especially in the peak tourist season, if you are planning to drive to Dhotre or Maneybhanjan from New Jalpaiguri. From Manebhanjan, Tumling can be reached by means of the old Landrover, the only available means of transportation. Best time to visit Tumling: The best time to visit Tumling is during the summer season, when tourists can enjoy the majestic sights of the place in a comfortable weather. Lodging and dining facilities in Tumling: A number of private home stays and guesthouses are situated in Tumling that also provide dining facilities. BOOKING DETAILS OF...
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Gadiara, Howrah – 96 kms from Kolkata

Gadiara is a very nice weekend tourist spot, located in the meeting point of River Hooghly, River Damodar and River Rupnarayan. The rivers meet here to form a huge expanse of waterbody with towns like Haldia, Geonkhali and Nurpur on their banks. The twinkling lights of these towns viewed from here across the river in the evening is a great experience. If you are seeking to spend an idle weekend watching the boats passing by and the sun setting on the river, then Gadiara can be your choice. Here, you can enjoy fresh and really good Bengali food, river cruising, hotel with swimming pool and village walks during your stay. Gadiara is a perfect weekend rejuvenating experience for anyone. BOOKING DETAILS OF  GADIARA Places to see in Gadiara: You can still seem some ruins of an old fort built during the rule of Lord Clive mostly submerged in the river. You can also take a boat ride to the other side of the river to another tourist spot called Geonkhali. Gadiara Pictures For more photos of Gadiara click here Nearby attractions in Gadiara: The major nearby attraction is Garchumuk. You can also visit nearby Geonkhali by crossing the river by regular ferry service.. Things to do in Gadiara: Savor the spectacular sunrise and sunset over the vast expanse of water. Take a walk along the riverside and spend some quality time taking a boat ride on the river. Idling along the river bank and taking lazy village walks are the best things to do here. How to reach Gadiara: You can drive to Bagnan and then take left. Cross the level crossing and head towards Shyampur to reach the destination. Gadiara is 8 kms from Shyampur and 33 kms from Bagnan. If you are driving along the Durgapur Expressway from Kolkata, then it will take around 1 hr to reach Bagnan from Kolkata. If you want to avail train services, then board a local train from Howrah heading to Kolaghat, Mecheda, Panskura or Kharagpur that will drop you at Bagnan Station. You can catch a bus from Bagnan to Shyampur. You would get auto rickshaws from Shyampur to Gadiara. There are also direct CSTC buses leaving Kolkata from Dalhousie (Esplanade) – opposite to KC Das Sweet shop for Gadiara. The first bus leaves Esplanade around 5:30 am and the last CSTC bus leaves Gadiara at around 4:00 pm. There is another way of reaching Gadiara through ferry services from Nurpur. There are direct buses from Esplanade to Nurpur too. Best time to visit Gadiara: You can visit Gadiara any time of the year. The evenings are usually cool with winds flowing over the river. Lodging and dining facilities in Gadiara: There are different types of hotels and guesthouses in Gadiara. However, only few are equipped enough to keep family guests. Most of the hotels in Gadiara face the river and some are located near the bus stop while others are located in seclusion amidst nature beside the river. You would get rooms according to your preference and budget starting from basic rooms to Deluxe AC rooms. Our family hotel in Gadiara has a nice lawn, garden, swimming pool, pond, car parking and face the river. The rooms have river-facing balconies, televisions, Air Conditioning, hot water geysers, 24-hr electricity, nice comfy beds and all other facilities required for a comfortable stay. Food is essentially Bengali cuisine and served hot and fresh to the guests in the Dining Hall. Some guesthouses...
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Dwarhatta, Hooghly – 41 kms from Kolkata...

The terracotta temples guarded by lush green thickets makes Dwarhatta peaceful and serene. Located 41 km from Kolkata, Darhatta is one of the villages in Haripal, in the West Bengal’s Hoogly district. With its terracotta temples, simple and neat tribal huts, Dwarhatta welcomes you to spend some hours in the calm ambience of its village. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO DWARHATTA Places to see in Dwarhatta: The major attractions of this place are its terracotta temples. The Vishnu and three Shiv temples constructed by Singha Rai family, the zamindars of this place, are the most popular sights. One of the three temples is Rajrajeswari-Shiva terracotta temple, constructed by Pannalal Singha Rai. The walls of this temple are adorned with scenes from Ramayana, Indian mythology, and Radha- Krishna. Though the temples of Shiva are in dire condition, they are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India, who has acknowledged this as a heritage site. There is the temple of Dwarika Chandi, where a large fair and puja is organized every year. You can visit around this time to enjoy the festival. Nearby attractions of Darhatta: You can visit the nearby main city of Chinsurah just 35 km away. Things to do in Dwarhatta: Apart from sightseeing, you can watch huge varieties of birds in the village of Darhata. You can also watch the village market that opens weekly, is a spectacle in itself. How to reach Dwarhatta: Darhata can be reached by availing any of the options stated below. Firstly, you can get on a bus from Kolkata, that will take you through Arambagh, Bankura, Bishnupur and finally stop at Gajar More, which is 6 km from Haripal in Hoogly. From Gajar more you have to turn left and travel a small distance of 1.5 km to reach the village of Darhata. Or you can also get on a bus from Howrah to directly reach Antpur, from where you go to Darhata.  If you want to go by railways, you can avail local train to take you to Tarakeshwar from Howrah. On the way you have to get down at Haripal and then take a trekker to Antpur. You can also hire a car from Kolkata to reach Haripal and Antpur. Best time to visit Darhata: Since the place is sunny and hot all round the year; you can visit Darhata anytime in the year. In the summers, the green shade of the trees will protect you from the scorching rays of the sun. Lodging and dining facilities at Dwarhatta: There are no lodging facilities in Darhata. It is apt for a day trip from Kolkata. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Banshberia, Hooghly – 48 kms from Kolkata...

Banshberia or Bansberia is small town that is situated between Tribeni and Bandel, in the Hooghly district of West Bengal. It is located at the Kalyani Bridge’s western end lies on the Bandel-Katwa branch rail line. Banshberia falls under Mogra and Chinsurah police stations in Chinsurah division. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO BANSBERIA Present Bansberia was one of the main villages of ancient Saptagram and was once the commercial complex and main port of that area. The existence of the place dates back to the period of Shah Jahan. An area including Bansberia was part of the Mughal Empire and the Zamindar was Raghab Dattaroy of Patuli. The place derived its name from the legend that a fort was built by Raghab’s son after clearing a bamboo grove. Places to see at Bansberia: The tourist attractions of Banshberia are the Hangeshwari and Ananta Vasudeva temples comprising intricate terracotta works. The five-storied Hangseshwari temple is built in a unique architectural style, comprising thirteen lotus bud-shaped minars and inner layout following human anatomy. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The construction of the temple was started by Raja Nrisinhadeb Roy Mahasay and was completed by his wife, Rani Sankari in 1814. The Ananta Vasudeva temple was built in the traditional ‘ekaratna’ style with an octagonal tower, triple arched entrance and curved cornices. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is famous for the terracotta works on the walls of the temple that depicts love, war scenes, gods and glimpses of everyday life. It is situated in the temple complex of Hangeshwari temple and was built in 1649 by Raja Rameshwar Datta, an ardent follower of Vaishnavism. Its decorative scheme is similar to that of the terracotta temples, situated in Bishnupur. The ruins of Dattaroy Palace are situated next to the temple and all that remain of the structure are the broken walls and fragments of arches. Nearby attractions of Banshberia: You can wander along the Hooghly to Ishwar Gupta Bridge or visit Bandel that is situated at a distance of four kilometers and offers a number of tourist attractions. Things to do in Banshberia: You can visit the temple and admire the beautiful terracotta pieces of art. How to reach Bansberia: You can reach Bansberia by availing trains that run on the Howrah-Katwa rail line. Trains also ply on the Sealdah-Katwa rail line. From the station, you can avail cycle-rickshaws in order to reach the temple complex. You can take NH 2 to reach Banshberia by road from Kolkata. Best time to visit Banshberia: Any time of the year but rainy season is not preferable. Lodging & Dining facilities at Banshberia: There are no such lodging facilities or hotels in Banshberia but there are cheap accommodation options in nearby Bandel. However, Banshberia is ideal for day trips. A number of eateries are situated near the complex of the temple that serves local Bengali cuisine at reasonable prices. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...
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Kaluk, Sikkim – 99 kms from Siliguri

The village of Kaluk is located amidst the mountains of West Sikkim, at an altitude of 5600 feet. It is basically the buffer zone area of the renowned Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. The area abounds in natural resources. Kaluk is surrounded by the villages of Lepchas who are successful in preserving their tradition, culture and life-style. The other communities also live peacefully in the area such as Rais, Gurungs and more. The Government of Sikkim has considered this place as an Eco-Tourism thrust area of Sikkim. The village of Kaluk is considered important culturally, historically, religiously and naturally. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO KALUK Places to see at Kaluk: The major tourist attractions of Kaluk comprises of Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary; Sai Mandir at Daramdin; Samduptse, Guru Padmasambhava’s statue and Heritage House. Khechipalru Lake; Hot Spring at Legship; Temi Tea Garden and Stone Throne of first Coronation King of Sikkim complete the list. You can also visit the Singshore Bridge, which is the second highest bridge in Asia and Ravangla. Nearby attractions of Kaluk: A visit to nearby Rinchenpong village that houses a beautiful monastery can be interesting. Day trips can be availed to places like Geysing, Hilley, Ravangla and Pelling. Things to do in Kaluk: You can opt for a variety of activities in Kaluk. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of nature and the breathtaking views of sunset and sunrise on Mount Kanchenjunga. In fact, Kaluk is one of the places that offer 180 degree view of Kanchenjunga and its neighboring ranges. You can also explore the Alpine forest that houses a variety of flora and fauna or opt for adventure sports like mountaineering, trekking, yak safari and rafting at Teesta River. You can visit the small bazaar that is situated nearby and avail various kinds of imported Chinese goods. How to reach Kaluk: From Kolkata, you can reach Kaluk by train, via New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. The distance between Siliguri and Kaluk is 99 kilometers and the journey by road takes around 4 hours. Best time to visit Kaluk: Kaluk can be visited throughout the year, except for the monsoon season. The best time to visit this place is during the months of April to mid-June. Winter season, comprising of the months of mid-September to mid-December, is ideal for those wanting to view the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Lodging and dining facilities at Kaluk: There are numerous eco resorts and budget hotels in Kaluk and adjoining area of Rinchenpong. BOOK YOUR TRIP TO...