Chalsa is a small town at the foothills of Himalayas bordering Dooars. It is located at an altitude of 535 feet and known for its tea plantations. This place is known for its scenic natural beauty. Surrounded by thick forests, lush green tea gardens, sprawling verdant valleys, rivers and streams, It is an idyllic holiday destination. The little town has gained so much popularity due to its scenic beauty that it is one of the most vibrant picnic spots and most visited places in North Bengal. The national highway connecting West Bengal to North-East passes through Chalsa. The road towards the left leads to Samsing at 16 km, towards right leads to Gorumara at 14 km, and straight leads to Chapramari at 11km. Because of its prime location, This place can be a base for people who want to explore the nearby tourist attractions like Jhalong, Bindu, Rocky Island, Jaldhaka, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari forest and many more.
WILDLIFE AT CHALSA:
There are two major wildlife sanctuaries bordering Chalsa, namely, Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. Both the sanctuaries are rich in biodiversity and a home to a wide range of wild animals, reptiles, birds, butterflies, and exotic trees. Among the wild animals present, elephants, guars, pigs, bison, rhinos, and a variety of deer such as the sambhar, spotted deer, barking deer, and hog deer, are a common sight. Gorumara is especially famous for its one horned rhino.
THINGS TO DO AT CHALSA:
At a slight altitude near Hotel Sinclairs Chalsa, there is the Chalsa viewpoint from where the entire Gorumara National Park is visible along with forests and tea garden on all sides. The vast dense forests of the Gorumara National Park looks like a dark block or structure with a partition in the middle which is actually the main road that goes through the forest. The viewpoint is a perfect place to spend an afternoon, soaking in the beauty of Dooars, and watch a sunset worth remembering. The Chalsa viewpoint gives a breathtaking sight when the sun finally sets at the horizon. The weekly market at Mangalbari Haat is a very vibrant and popular place for both locals and tourists.
HOW TO REACH:
|Transport Type||Nearby Option||Distance|
|Railway station||Jalpaiguri Road|
New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
New Mal Junction
Car services available from Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Malbajar to reach Chalsa. While Malbajar is the nearest and will only cost Rs.500 in a car and Rs.20 in a bus but if you take cars from Siliguri or Alipurduar then the charges would be around Rs.3000-4000. Buses are also available from those towns.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best times to visit Chalsa are post-monsoon and winter months. During this time, the sky is clear, the trees greener, and the view is great. The weather turns pleasant from September and the temperature starts to drop from October. January is the coldest month when the temperature ranges between 10-1 degree Celsius. Therefore, it can be enjoyed between September and March.