General Information About Rocky Island
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.
Best Season to Visit Rocky Island
Rocky Island and Samsing attracts tourist throughout the year, entire area covered with oranges at winter, you can have as much as you can with prior permission of your homestay owner. River Murti gets a huge beauty at the post-monsoon season.
There also some beautiful place to visit from Rocky Island, which would easily be covered within 2 days. These are Garibas, Jhalong, Bindu, IndoBhutan Border, Dalgaon, Rongoo Gumpha, Vatitar Hanging Bridge, Kumai Mayur Point, Laliguras, Suntalekhola.
Dalgaon: Dalgaon is a beautiful village of North Bengal in Duars or Dooars region with picturesque beauty of nature. Dalgaon ViewPoint is a 2-hr walk from Gairibas. The beautiful wooden houses beside the stepwise landscapes, all are with colourful flowers shaded with the pine trees, which makes this destination into one of most beautiful villages of Dooars region.
Bindu: Bindu is the last village of West Bengal before one enters Bhutan. Bindu is the small town can be used as a base for several short treks in the lower Kalimpong hills. Bindu is also famous for its cardamom plantations.
Jhalong: Away from the crowd along the bank of River Jaldhaka Jhalong is one of the best hamlets of Dooars. The hydroelectric project on river Jaldhaka has become a major attraction of jhalong, and the best thing is tourist has the permission to closly visit the dam of the project. Jhalong is also famous for its cardamom plantations.
Rongo: A village at the top of the hill near the Bhutan Border. Rongo is a small village with few houses and a small local village, villagers are used to growing the medicinal Cinchona Plant.
By Road: From Siliguri through Sevoke one can go to Malbazar and from there a high road leads to Samsing. There is also another way to go Samsing and it is through Gazolboba. One may get small car or larger car from the Siliguri PC Mittal Bus Stand to come in Samsing and then to Rocky Island & the sum paid for conveying a person is RS 80/- to 130/-. Again one can also hire a private car to Rocky Island at fare of Rs 2500/- to 2600/-. The leading road to Samsing is so much lovely that it gives the feelings of a perfect hill station in a true sense. There are dense and green tea gardens, open sky and the hilly roads around the Samsing. all these aspects create a natural beauty in Samsing that leaves a deep impression upon the traveler’s mind.
By Train: Situated at a distance of almost 80 km from Chalsa is the North Bengals most important railway station, the New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. Most of the tourists can disembark at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and take a bus from here to Chalsa. From Chalsa they can travel towards Rocky Island on bus.
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