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Suntalekhola: River camp, Homestay, Sightseeing and Images

Breathtaking view of Suntalekhola hanging bridge

OVERVIEW

Suntalekhola is the most attractive tourist spot in the Dooars region with a beautiful rocky islands circuit situated on 2900 ft. above sea level, and the distance from Samsing is only 5kms.

The name Suntalekhola derived from two Nepali words, ‘Suntaley’ means oranges and ‘Khola’ means Streams in Nepali speaking communities. It is a tourist spot in then Gorubalhan CD Block in the Kalin pong Saddar Sub-division of Kalin pong district int the state of West Bengal, India.

BEST THING ABOUT SUNTALEKHOLA

It is a quaint village with picaresque beauty—the most eye-catching tourist destination in North Bengal. From here, you can visit numerous places like Rocky Island, Samsing, Jhalong, Bindu. It has forest stay facilities which are adventurous, and at the same time, you will feel embraced by mother nature. Plenty of homestays are there in the village that overlooks the beautiful valley. From this valley, the path of the Neora river and Murti River can be seen. People also experience the excitement of living amid the mountains and forest beside the everflowing Suntaley Khola (Suntaley Stream).

Bridge to Suntalekhola Resort
Bridge to Suntalekhola Resort

 A beautiful bridge hanging over the stream is itself awe-inspiring. And Yes! Don’t forget to visit the Lover’s point which is the hidden gem here.

Suntalekhola River Camp

Suntalekhola River Camp
Suntalekhola River Camp

Suntalekhola River Camp provides the feeling of comfort and placidity in the forest and beside the Suntaley stream. It has four well maintain tents with a geyser and attached bathroom. It is one of the best places to stay with your friends’ group. And if you find romance in calmness, then it can be a romantic getaway too. Visitors have to make reservations in advance at the forest department office or from the WBFDC website. The nearest railway station is the New Mal junction at a distance of 20 km.

SUNTALEKHOLA SIGHTSEEING:

MURTI RIVER:

There is a hanging bridge over the Murti river that provides access to the lodges or cottages of the Forest Department. Flows through silent valley to Samsing

SAMSING:

Samsing is a small village and a tea garden near Suntalekhola. If you travel from Chalsa towards Suntalekhola then Samsing will be on the way. The green tea garden that leads to the Laliguras valley where the Murti river flows through the mountain is the main attraction of this place.

Murti River Bridge
Murti River Bridge

NEORA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK :

Changey Falls Neora Valley Kolakham
Changey Falls Neora Valley

Neora Valley is known for its serene beauty, hills, and forests, which attract many tourists. Neora Valley is rich with Sal, Ferns, Bamboo groves, colourful Rhododendrons, and orchids. Yews, Hemlocks, and Strawberries also form a part of the vegetation. Red Panda, Black Asiatic Bear live here among the wild species, though they have become scarce for several reasons. The Barking Deer, Leopards, Leopard cats, Himalayan Thar, Flying Squirrel, wild cats, Royal Bengal tigers can catch your eyes while trekking through the dense forest.

ROCKY ISLAND:

It is a new hot tourist destination and unspoiled weekend destination in the Dooars region of North Bengal, India. An ideal destination for trekking lovers. The road to rocky islands is very scenic, through the pines.

JHALONG:

Jhalong is a village near Suntalekhola beside Jaldhaka river and surrounded by the Bhutan Hills.. You have to take the road towards Kumai to reach Jhalong which is also one of the most beautiful roads of Dooars. Plently of homestays are there to stay the night beside Jaldhaka river. Bindu is also a nearby attraction from Jhalong where you can see the Jaldhaka Hydel Power station and the Dam.

Rocky island Bridge
Rocky Island bridge

MOUCHUKI :

It will be a nice spot beside Neora river. But one has to be aware of the leeches in every step. Mouchuki Camp is a Forest Bungalow in Samsing. Apart from enjoying the enthralling view of subtropical forest and glistening river stream of Dooars region, tourist while staying in Mouchuki Camp of Samsing can partake in activities like trekking and rock climbing. 

LATAGURI :

Lataguri road towards Gorumara
Lataguri road towards Gorumara

Located on the outskirts of a National park itself. Lataguri is the most eye-catching spot and also called ‘Quaint hamlet of Dooars’. Gorumara and Chapramari are the two core tourist spots of this place.  Permission for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is given from Lataguri. The deep green forest along with several streams such as Murti, Jaldhaka, and Torsha has enhanced the beauty of the place.

CHALSA :

It is a small village which has famous picnic spot. There are two major wildlife sanctuaries bordering Chalsa, namely, Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary which 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.

Chalsa tea estate
Chalsa Tea estate

HOW TO REACH SUNTALEKHOLA

Transport Type Nearby OptionsDistance
Railway StationAlipurduar Junction
New Alipurduar
New Mal Junction
Chalsa Railway
New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
126 km
131 km
29 km
23km
82km
AirportsBagdogra98 km

The nearest railway station is New Mal Jn from where you will find a lot of cars to reach Suntalekhola. There are public transports available as well (Rs.200 per head) but the frequency of it is very less. The reserved cars will charge you around Rs.2000. It takes 1 hour to reach Suntalekhola from Malbajar via Chalsa and Samsing.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SUNTALEKHOLA

Though all seasons have their own adorning beauty. Suntalekhola can be visited round the year, each and every season of the year have a different charm. You can visit during or after the monsoon to best savor the Dooars.

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