General Information About Chalsa
Chalsa is a very small town in the 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.
The national highway connecting the North-East with West Bengal passes through Chalsa. From here the road to the left leads to Samsing which is about 15 km. Hence Samsing, Bindu and Murti are some of the other famous tourist destinations near Chalsa. All these are an offbeat destination of Dooars Region. Chalsa is famous for being the base of exploring verdant wildlife sanctuaries, the most notable of which is Jaldapara. The forests in the Dooars have a large variety of deer, namely, the sambar, barking deer, spotted deer and the hog deer. Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary, another haven for wildlife, is known for its flora and fauna, rich wildlife, which includes elephants, guars, pigs, reptiles, birds and fishes. It is the home to one-horned Rhinos and here more than 100 varieties of birds are regularly spotted. Buxa Tiger Reserve, covering an area of 761 sq. km, is a paradise for nature lovers and trekkers and another favoured destination of Chalsa. The major attraction of Buxa Tiger Reserve is the Buxa Fort and here visitors can also spot other animals like Leopards, Elephants, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer and Malayan Giant Squirrel.
Best Time to Visit Chalsa
The weather of Chalsa is identical to the state of West Bengal. Besides monsoons, the climatic conditions remain pleasant throughout the year, which makes Chalsa a year-round destination. The best time to visit Chalsa is from November to April. During this time visitors can enjoy the soothing weather of the Dooars region and partake in activities like trekking while visiting Chalsa.
Gorumara National Park is famous to visitors for its natural population of one-horned Rhinoceros, situated on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak. Indian elephants, gaur (Indian Bison), a huge variety of dear, leopard, python, monkey, etc are also frequently available in Gorumara National Park. A trolley safari through the abandoned rail path is very exciting activities in these forests, with a charge of Rs. 100/- per head. Gorumara National Park is just 14 kilometres away from Chalsa.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest Sanctuary in India, located on the east bank of Murti River and the Sanctuary is totally located on the plain land of the Doors. It is famous for Indian elephants and gour (Indian bison) as wildlife and various types of orchids are also available here. Chalsa is an entry point to the Chapramari Wildlife sanctuary.
Jaldapara National Park is situated on the bank of river Torsa in West Bengal. It is world famous for Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. Besides rhinoceros, Indian elephant, gaur, leopard, barking dear and more are available here.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is the only other place where Royal Bengal Tigers are available in West Bengal after Sunderbans. It is also famous for elephant and gaur (Indian bison). Buxa is rich in bio-diversity and has a rare collection of orchids and medicinal plants.
Bindu is the end point of West Bengal to the north, nearby Bhutan border. The village surrounded by hills and forests. So it is famous for its scenic beauty. The hydel project on the Jaldhaka River is the first hydel project in India and also a tourist attraction at Bindu.
Murti is situated on the bank of the River Murti is the entry point to the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and also nearby Gorumara National Park. Murti itself is a very nice tourist spot. In the river Murti, you can find out Gharials. Murti is 8 kilometres away from Chalsa.
Malbazar or Mal is not a very good tourist destination in the Duars, but its strategic location and availability of all modern facilities and hotels make it as a significant destination for all tourists who want to visits in the Duars. It has a distance of 7 kilometres from Chalsa.
Samsing (15 km) is also a famous tourist destinations nearby Chalsa.
By Road : Chalsa has 65 kilometers away from Siliguri Bus Stand on the way towards Alipurduar via Malbazar. Malbazar is 7 km ahead from Chalsa. The NH 31 connecting the North-East India with West Bengal (from Bihar to Assam) passes through Chalsa. NBSTC Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Chalsa. It may takes around one and half hours Journey from Siliguri on road. For the duars maximum Busses leave from PC Mittal Bus Stand in Siliguri.
By Rail : New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. From Kolkata and Guwahati you can manage several train to come in New Jalpaiguri (NJP). After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you can follow the road journey to reach at Chalsa or can change train to reach Chalsa. Mal Jn is a good railway station nearby Chalsa. It takes around 1:30 hours from Siliguri on train too.
By Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra at Siliguri. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, or directly manage a private car to reach at Chalsa.
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