General Information About Samsing
Located at an elevation of 3000ft on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas of Dooars region is a quaint hamlet called Samsing. Samsing is located 83 km away from Siliguri. Endowed with the pictorial landscape, lush green tea gardens, daunting hills and dense forests the quaint village Samsing has been a favoured offbeat destination of Dooars region. Samsing has an aura of peace and serenity since it is still untainted by the modernized society. Samsing is also the gateway towards the famous Neora Valley National Park, one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast.
A drive through some of the best tea gardens of Dooars, set amongst undulating countryside, will take you to Samsing. The beautiful little hamlet is blessed with natures bounty; where small streams, natural forests, tea gardens come together to form a picture-perfect landscape. Samsing is where the plains suddenly rise to transform into the mighty Himalaya. Samsing is where the forests of Neora valley reach the plain. Samsing is where river Murti opens up from the mountainous confinement to become one of the most adored rivers of Dooars. Samsing is where you will find your bliss.
Staying on the bank of the Suntalekhola you will listen to the eternal tunes of water. Picnicking on the bank of the Suntalekhola or driving through the steep serpentine way to Tree Fern Point and Mouchuki with only nature as your companion is worth remembering all the life. For the adventurous soul, Samsing offers excellent terrain. Situated at an altitude of 750m Samsing is a gateway to the remote parts of Neora Valley National Park. The hills with green all around will never let you feel alone in this divine landscape.
Best Time To Visit Samsing
The beauty of Samsing can be relished throughout the year but if you want to witness the sleepy hamlet Khasmahal of Samsing glazed with the orange hue the best time to visit Samsing is during October and February when the quaint hamlet is bursting with ripe oranges.
Suntalekhola is where many tourists stay overnight. The place is about four kilometres further up the road from Samsing. The road ends here close to a small stream named Suntale Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral bungalow. You have to walk over a small hanging bridge to reach the WBFDC forest resort here.
Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti. The village has about 50 households and is very well maintained. Flower gardens are common in almost all households. Some of the households have started homestay for tourists with active support from nature beyond. You can walk through the village and its paddy land.
Another attractive tourist spot is the `Rocky island nature resort` on the banks of river Murti. This is about 2 km from Samsing. The view of the river and surrounding forests are excellent from Rocky Island but tourist amenities are basic. Accommodation is arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors. The owners of this small resort are true nature lovers and have so far resisted any attempt to commercialise this unique place. naturebeyond is in regular touch with them and actively support their endeavour.
It is one of the most beautiful rivers of Dooars. The small river flows down from Neora Valley National Park and passes through Samsing and eventually meets Jaldhaka river near Gorumara National Park. The river is small enough to cross on foot during most of the year except the Monsoon months. At Samsing you can approach River Murti either at Rocky Island or near the old forest Bungalow.
At a distance of 82 km from Siliguri, it takes about 3 hours to reach Samsing from Siliguri through the most picturesque landscape. As you enter Dooars through the National Highway 31, you will cross Malbazar to reach Chalsa. From Chalsa take a left turn and drive on for 15 kms via Meteli to reach Samsing. The last few kilometres drive is a feast for the eyes as you pass through some of the most picturesque tea gardens of Dooars including the Chalsa Tea Garden, Zurantee Tea Garden and Samsing Tea Garden. The road is relatively narrow but there are few vehicles traveling through this route as the road ends at Samsing.
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