General Information About Jhalong
While most tourists visit Dooars to take jungle safaris, but there are far more to been seen in Dooars other than wildlife. There are beautiful viewpoints, villages and valleys that offer a wonderful variation and a special flavour to your trip. Jhalong (also known as Jaldhaka), Paren and Bindu valley are three such places where you can enjoy wonderful scenic views and nature.
If you are staying around Gorumara National Park (like at Lataguri or Murti) you can plan an excellent day trip covering these places in half a day or full day. In fact, many tourists had taken their morning safari or before availing their late afternoon safari at Gorumara, make a day trip to Jhalong, Paren and Bindu. However many also prefer to stay overnight here to soak in nature for long.
To wake up on a gloriously bright morning, in a tent pitched beneath spruce trees, and to look out lazily and sleepily for a moment from the open side of the tent, across the dead camp-fire of the night before, to the river, where the light of morning rests. You can experience this life in Jhalong River Camp maintained by West Bengal Forest Department Corporation Ltd (WBFDC). Jhalong or Jhallong, situated near the Indo-Bhutan border is a scenic River Valley. Jhalong River Camp is a Nature Resort located along the banks for River Jaldhaka. Amazing location, serene ambience, and great service has made Jhalong River Camp one of the most preferred places to stay in Dooars Region.
The best time to visit Jhalong is during the post-monsoon season in October and November.
Now a day, Jhalong is very populous among adventure enthusiasts and those who are interested in nature vacations. Jhalong is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas and there are numerous activities that you can engage in. Nearby Dam at Bindu attracts various hill birds as well as migratory birds. Trekking is a popular activity in the region and the main routes lead to Tangta and Today.
Bindu - Bindu Dam built on the Jaldhaka River to operate water supply of Jaldhaka Hydel Project. However, one can cross the dam only by foot. From there you can take a rare view of the snow Peak Mountains in winters. Bindu also famous for various hill birds as well as some migratory waterfowl. It is situated just 8 kilometres from Jhalong.
Jaldhaka Hydel Project - The first hydroelectric project of India can be visited with the prior permission of the WBSEB authorities. Cardamom Curing Centre - On the way to Godak village, about 14 km from Bindu Government has set up a Cardamom Curing Centre. Cardamom is dyed and processed here before delivery. Godak is about 15 km from Bindu famous for a tribal Goddess.
By Road : North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Assam Transport Corporation Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Jhalong. Journey time from Siliguri to Jhalong is about 2 hours 30 minutes. The best option to visit Jhalong and Bindu from Siliguri is Taxi.
By Rail : Jhalong is 99 kilometers away from Siliguri, on the way to Bhutan. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you can follow the road journey to reach Jhalong.
By Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport under Indian Army. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road or railway route.
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