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Adventure

Apart from being a unique largest mangrove eco-system of the world, the Sundarbans has the world’s largest deltaic mangrove forests and is also home to one of India’s most iconic wildlife species – the Royal Bengal Tiger. It is also the world’s largest estuarine forest criss-crossed by hundreds of creeks and tributaries, intersected by a network of tidal waterways, small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests and mudflats. The interconnected network of waterways makes almost every nook and corner of the forest accessible by boats or rafts making it one of the most attractive and alluring places on earth and an undiscovered paradise. The Sundarbans also serves as a crucial protective barrier for the inhabitants in and around Kolkata against the floods that result from the cyclones which are a regular occurrence. Sundarbans have also been enlisted amongst the finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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SUNDARBAN

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By Air: The nearest airport is the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport at Kolkata. From there one can take road journey and after that boat ride to reach Sundarbans.

By Train: Local trains to Canning are available from Sealdah (South) at regular intervals. Local shared vans are available from Canning to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of boat journey to the Sundabans.

By Road: Sundarbans is well connected with Kolkata. Road transportation is also available from Kolkata for Namkhana, Sonakhali, Raidighi, Canning, and Najat, which are all near the Sunderbans and have access to the riverine waterways. India Beacons arrange vehicles as part of their package tours to pick and drop tourists from Kolkata to Godhkhali Jetty, the starting point of the boat journey to the Sundabans.

The famous Neora National Park is located in Kalimpong was established in the year 1986. Considered as one of the wealthiest biological zones, this park spreads over a region of about 88 Sq. km. and is situated near Lava at a dense forest in the foothill of majestic Himalayan Mountains. This park is bordered by the forests of Sikkim region on one side and by Bhutan on the other. The flora and fauna of this park makes it more beautiful. Natural forests which contain different varieties of trees enrich this place. Large numbers of Orchids as well as Bamboo groves remain as the special feature of the Neora National Park.

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NEORA NATIONAL PARK

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The popular tourist destination Lava (which is about 105kms from NJP and 34kms from Kalimpong) is located quite close to Neora Valley National Park. The entrance to the park at a village named Kolakham is about 10kms from Lava. It takes over 1 hour to reach Lava from Kalimpong and over 3 hours from NJP (via Kalimpong).

From Lava the distance of 10kms to Neora Valley would easily take another 1 hour because of the bad road condition. A jeep type vehicle is available to negotiate this approach road to Neora. 

Sandakphu, situated at a height of 3636 m above sea level, might not be famous for any tourist destinations, but is a true paradise for all adventure lovers. Trek to the highest point on this hill station and you will get the never seen before views of the Himalayan Range. A long stretch of Himalayas starting from Bhutan till Mt. Everest is visible. River Teesta flows through Sandakphu at quite a pace. The thundering River Teesta also offers a great option for adventure sports especially river rafting. Sandakphu is the only place in the world where you will find a Rhododendron and Silver fir forests.

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SANDAKPHU

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By Air: Daily flights are available to Bagdogra (Siliguri), which is the nearest Airport. From Bagdogra one can avail bus or cab to reach Sandakphu.

By Train: Many trains operate on daily basis to the nearest railhead at New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri). One can hire a cab from new Jalpaiguri to reach Sandakphu.

By Road: Bus services are available from Siliguri to Maneybhanjan via Sukhiapokhri. From here, a trek route is there to reach Sandakphu. Land Rovers are also available for a trip from Darjeeling and Maneybhanjan to Sandakphu.

Singalila National Park
Located on the Singalila ridge in Darjeeling district, Singalila National Park is bordered by Sikkim on the north and Nepal on the west Spanning an area of 78.60 sq kms, it is situated at a height of about 1,200 m above mean sea level. The two highest peaks in We Bengal, Sandakphu (3,630 m) and Phalut (300 m) fall inside the park.

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Singalila National Park

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By Road: Singalila National Park is well connected by road. But the roads are circular and the journey can feel like wave motion. The road route from Siliguri > Sukna > Rangtong > Kurseong> Tung > Sonada> Ghoom> Manebhanjan > Tonglu - 90 kms.

By Train : The nearest railway station of is Ghoom Railway Station 31 kms from Tonglu (entry point to the Singalila National Park).

By Air: Singalila National Park is located 13 kms from Bagdogra Airport in Bagdogra. That is the nearest airport, but by road it is less than 100 kms and takes 3 to 4 hours.

Jaldapara National Park
Jaldapara National Park is a national park situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal and on the bank of river Torsa. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m. and is spread across 216.51 km2 (83.59 sq mi) of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests.

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JALDAPARA NATIONAL PARK

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A place besides river Murti, around 8 kms away from Chalsa and 60 kms away from Jalpaiguri is famous for its scenic beauty. This place is located in between Gorumara and Chapramari.

Gorumara
Located at a distance of 80 kms from Jaldapara, Gorumara National Park is situated on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak in the terai region of Dooars on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas. Gorumara is famous for its Asiatic one horned Rhino, Asian Elephants, Bisons, Peacocks. This was a reserve forest since 1895. In the year 1949, the park was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary for its breeding population of one horned Indian Rhinoceros.

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GORUMARA

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By Air : Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Gorumara. One can avail bus or cab from Bagdogra to get there.

By Train : Nearest Railway Station is Madarihat. The park is accessible from the rail stations at Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar from where one can hire a jeep / car through National Highway 31 to Lataguri, the gateway to the park. National highway 31 which connects Siliguri and Guwahati passes through Lataguri, Chalsa and Nagrakata near the park.

By Road : North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses and Private Buses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat.

Phalut
Phalut is the second highest peak of West Bengal. It is located inside the Singalila National Park, which is near the West Bengal Sikkim Nepal border. A small bunkhouse of the Indian Army can be found on the peak. The indigenous tribes that live near Falut are called Falutians. They have worshipped the peak as a god for more than 300 years. They refer to the peak as "Omna Re Ay".

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PHALUT

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Phalut is further 21kms from Sandakphu. Manebhanjan is the base of Singalila range where the trek actually begins for Sandakphu and then onward to Phalut.

The distance of Phalut from Manebhanjan is 53kms. It takes 3 to 4 days to reach Phalut from Manebhanjan. There are both GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, erstwhile DGHC) lodges and private trekkers huts on the way for night stays. 

Chapramari Forest
Chapramari is a forest in Dooars area of North Bengal. The forest is a continuation of the Gorumara forests. The two forests are separated by the Murti River which passes through the otherwise continuous forest.

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CHAPRAMARI FOREST

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Passing through Dooars by the arterial National Highway 31, can reach Chalsa crossing about 2 hours or 60 kms from New Jalpaiguri rail station. From here till Nagrakata (about 12 kms away) on both side of the road there is Chapramari forest. The forest area starts immediately after crossing the Murti river continues till reaching the Jaldhaka river. Somewhere midway on this road there is Khunia crossing. From here the road to the right will pass through the core area of the forest towards Murti and Gorumara National Park. The North bound road from here will reach the nearby forest bungalow and beyond it will take to Bindu - Jhalong area of Dooars.

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling district was established as a game park in 1955 and got the status of a sanctuary in 1959. The sanctuary has over 158 sq. kms of forests which vary from riverine forests dense mixed-wet forests in the Latpanchar area which is the highest point in the sanctuary, located at 1219 m above sea level in the Kurseong hills.

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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

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By Road: The entrance to the sanctuary is located in Sukna which is about two & half hours drive from Darjeeling.  From New Jalpaiguri (NJP), it takes about 45 minutes to reach the gate.  Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is very much joined by street with Darjeeling, Siliguri and different towns of North Bengal. It is only 13 Km from the Siliguri and 30 minutes drive separation from Siliguri.

By Rail: New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are closest railroad station in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. After touch base in Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri one can contract a private vehicle to achieve the Sanctuary.  If  all condition support , then can bring a visit with legacy Tray-train from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri to Sukna with an extremely sensible passage.

By Air: Nearest airplane terminal is Bagdogra. It is a household airplane terminal under Indian Army. All real air administrations are accessible from all over India. 

Himalayan mountaineering institute
The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was set up following the successful ascent of the Mount Everest-the highest peak in the world by the local hero Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edumund Hillary on 28 May 1953. The oldest mountaineering institute in the country carries out various mountaineering courses every year. Apart from Tenzing, legendary mountaineers like Nawang Gombu (the first man to climb Everest twice) and Lattoo Dorjee Sherpa have helped build the reputation of this pioneering institute. The institute is presently under the purview of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and its museum is worth a visit.

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Himalayan Mountaineering Institute

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It is located at the Jawahar Parbat, earlier known as the Birch Hill Park. Cars are usually not allowed up to the gate. There are two ways to reach there. Visitor can take the Jawahar Road from Mall Road and after walking for  30 minutes  can be  reached the institute. Or below the HMI at the Lebong Cart Road, cars and taxis can park along the roadside. Its 5-6 minutes uphill walk from there up to the gate. There are big signs on the rock showing direction to HMI.

Jorpokhri Wildlife Sanctuary
The Himalayan Newt or Salamander, once thought to be extinct was found near a small lake at Jorepokhri, 28 kms from Darjeeling town, in 1964. It is called 'goro' by the local people. The sanctuary has gained prominence for its scenic beauty and is a popular picnic spot. The WBFD Rest House at Lepchajagat, is just 4 kms away. DGHC also has a comfortable tourist lodge at Sukhia Pokhari, 2 kms from the sanctuary.

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JORPOKHRI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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It is situated at about 19 kms from Darjeeling town center.  From Ghoom, through the road to Sukhiapokhri which leads all the way to Mirik. Sukhiapokhri is about 11 kms from Ghoom and Jorpokhri is another 2 kms from there. Visitors have to book a car from Darjeeling taxi stand and it takes little over 1 hour by road. From Mirik it takes about 1 hour drive to reach Jorpokhri via the Pashupati Market located on the India Nepal border.  From Siliguri, distance to Jorpokhri is 85 km.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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