Rocky Island is a small village of Samsing, situated on the banks of river Murti in the Dooars region. It is located 82km apart from Siliguri the nearest town. This place is famous for its camping sites. Tent accommodation is the best way to spend a night here. Camping under the moonlight while listening to the roaring yet the fascinating sound of river Murti. The island also offers activities like Rock climbing and trekking. Surrounded by lofty hills and dense forest this place is blessed with serene ambiance and pictorial beauty of nature.
The campsite provides an excellent opportunity to visit Neora valley National Sanctuary. This is the land of the Red panda. Many types of wildlife are found here in the sanctuary like red panda, tiger, barking deer, leopard cat, elephant, fishing cat, Himalayan black bear, etc.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best time to visit the rocky Island is during the winter season between October to December. During this time of the year, the sky remains clear so you can indulge in the activities like trekking and rock climbing. You can visit throughout the year as the weather of this place is pleasant.
THINGS TO DO AT ROCKY ISLAND:
Rocky Island offers you to enjoy camping in the moonlight while listening to the roaring sound of the river Murti. The view of the river and forests are mesmerizing from the island side. It offers you to enjoy trekking and rock climbing. A small enjoyable trekking trip to the nearest places like Sherpagaon, Bhalukope, Jhandidara, and Mochuki. You can enjoy Rock climbing on the giant rocks locally named Neelkanta, Pathar Kailas, Bhimsen, Hansdunga, etc. This is the must-visit place for adventure-loving travelers. The campsite also gives you an excellent opportunity to explore the parts of Neora valley National sanctuary
HOW TO REACH:
Plenty of cars are available from Siliguri the nearest city to reach Rocky Island. The cars will cost you around Rs.2500. There are also cars available from Malbazar and Sevoke.
NEAREST RAILWAY STATIONS:
New Mal Junction: 28km Siliguri junction: 79km
New Jalpaiguri junction:81km AIRPORT:
Bagdogra International Airport, Siliguri: 91km
ROCKY ISLAND SIGHTSEEING:
JHALONG (17 Km):
The small village named Jhalong is famous for its Cardamom Plantation. Camping along the Riverside makes it a favorable destination for tourists.
DALGAON VIEW POINT (19 Km):
Dalgaon is a beautiful village of North Bengal. The village is famous for its picturesque beauty of nature.
RONGO (22.5 Km):
Rongo is a small village near the Bhutan border. It has gained popularity as a tourist destination due to its serene ambiance and scenic beauty.
SUNTALEKHOLA (5 Km):
Suntalekhola is like a twin village to Rocky Island. It used to be a hidden gem but has become quite popular among the tourists nowadays but it has still managed to keep the small village vibe with an excellent view of 3 rivers (Murti, Jaldhaka, Neora) from it’s valley.