Bindu located 57km from Chalsa is a quaint village in Dooars. At an altitude of 600m or about 2000 feet, on the India-Bhutan border, Bindu is one of the famous offbeat destinations of Dooars. This quaint hamlet of Bindu is famous for its cardamom plantation in North Bengal and Dooars region. Situated on the Jhalong Bindu Road, Bindu is also the last village of West Bengal region.
Chalsa is a very small town in Dooars region mostly known as the "Queen of Dooars" and one of the most visually attractive destinations of West Bengal. Chalsa is located at an average elevation of 163 meters (535 feet). It is the headquarters of the Matiali community development block under the Malbazar subdivision of the Jalpaiguri district. Chalsa was mostly known for the weekly market at Mangalbari Hat and as a stopover for buses heading towards Dooars. But with its scenic beauty it has gained attention as a famous picnic spot in Dooars. Chalsa is also a tea plantation area and known for its drives. Surrounded by Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary dense forests, wildlife animals, various birds and also the hills are the main attraction in Chalsa. Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve are also nearby Chalsa. So, this region is rich with various wild animals. A variety of floras and orchids are also available in Chalsa.
A location with comparitively higher altitude. River Jhallong flows through the valley and forest department offers an exemplary luxurious tented accomodation on the banks of river Jhallong. The tents are erected on concrete platforms and boulders and confirms a splendid two days vacation. Travellers may visit Bindu, Jaldhaka Hydal Project in Bhutan border and Paren. Paren further offers a serene honeymoon accomodation from the forest department of West Bengal Government where the silence of nature is only perturbed by the sound of running water of an untraceable stream amidst the dense forests.
Murti is the name of a river flowing down from the Neora Valley National Park. Murti as a place is situated besides the same river between the Chapramari forest and Gorumara National Park. Murti is famous in Dooars for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. You can visit the interior of Gorumara Park while staying at Murti. On the other side of river at a short walking distance is Panjhora River of Dooars. During winter season the river banks of Murti and Panjhora becomes a favored picnicking site in Dooars. Murti situated in the woodlands of Dooars region is an extremely beautiful place. The shimmering stream of Murti River makes this place even more attractive for the tourists traveling in Dooars region. The scenic landscape of Murti has made it one of the must visit tourist places in North Bengal.
Rocky Island is a new tourist destination in Dooars. Situated on the banks of the River Murti it is about 2 km from Samsing and is a popular camping site. The view of river and surrounding forests are excellent from Rocky Island but tourist amenities are basic. Accommodation is arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors. The campsite provides an excellent opportunity to explore the interior parts of Neora Valley National sanctuary. This place is best suited for adventurous activities like trekking, rock climbing and rappelling. This is the must visit place for adventure loving travellers. A small enjoyable trek to nearby spots like Sherpagaon, Bhalukope, Jhandidara and Mo-chuki is an added attraction of this place. The road to Rocky Island is full of pebbles and it ends at the bridge over the Murti. The river is quite narrow here and flows playfully amongst the boulders. You can spend some time there dipping our feet in the cold water of the river. You can stay at the Rocky Island Nature Resort which is located on the banks of Murti River. You will be provided tents for overnight stay to enjoy the beautiful and mysterious atmosphere of the region. If you wish to see the lifestyle of the local people, then Faribasti homestay will be the best option for you. Experience their hospitality and also their love for nature.
Samsing, situated at an altitude of 3000 ft. is the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park. It is located at a distance of 82kms from Siliguri. Samsing is famous for its scenic landscape, green tea gardens, hills, and forests in the North Bengal Region. Rivers and mountains are an essential part of the landscape of Samsing. Samsing with its scenic beauty and serene ambiance has become one of the must visit places in North Bengal region. The beautiful village of Khasmahal in Samsing is full of orange orchards and during the harvesting season you could see that the whole village is glazed with an amazing shade of orange hue. Just after crossing the Khasmahal village, you will see the very first view of Murti River in Samsing. The surreal view of shimmering river stream cascading down the mountainous valley is truly breathtaking. The forest area bounding Samsing consists of several species of animals and plants. Some species found here include grey nightjar, greater racket-tailed drongo, orange-bellied leaf bird, etc.
Suntalekhola also spelt as Suntaley Khola or Suntaleykhola is a famous offbeat destination of Dooars and North Bengal Region. With an altitude ranging between 650 to 950mt Suntalekhola derived its name from the native language where the word "Suntaley" stands for "Orange" and "Khola" for “Stream”. Sited on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas Suntalekhola is a scenically blessed village. It is located 5km from Samsing.
Suntalekhola with its astounding location is an ideal place for an overnight stay in Dooars. A trek from Samsing to Suntalekhola with scenic green nature, flow of mountain streams will bring you very close to nature and refresh your mind and soul. Suntalekhola is located adjacent to Bhutan and one can have a quick view of Bhutan Hills from this point. Suntalekhola is home to many varieties of butterflies, and birds like Pond Heron, Black Eagle, Hill Partridge, Red-vented Bulbul, etc making butterflying and birding favored tourist activity.
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