I was very fortunate that I grew up at CoochBehar, a northern district of an Indian state West Bengal.I often visit so many places around dooars.
One fine morning I and a few of my friends decided to visit Garumara national park and adjacent areas.We started very early from Coochbehar in our bikes and reached Lataguri,a suburb town just alongside of Garumara national park. It took around 3 hours from Coochbehar to reach this place. We took couple of tea breaks in between to get rid of dizziness. We had our breakfast with luchi and chholar dal and started our bike. We stopped near a temple called ‘Mahakal mandir’. There were many legends which were famous regarding this temple, amidst the jungle.
We drove thru the Garumara forest and stopped our bikes near a river Murti. The drive was a pure bliss for a bike rider. The highway was really well constructed and maintained. Murti is very popular among the localites as a picnic destination in winter. However, in this monsoon time we did not find any tourist as the jungle safari remains closed.We found some guest houses there too which usually remain overloaded during the peak seasons (Sept to Apr).We took some photographs there and headed towards Chalsa.Our next stop is a restaurant Sinclairs ,just top of hill.
The restaurant was at Metelli which is a block under Malbazar subdivision in Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal.We spent a good half an hour there sipping fresh liquor of tea and witnessing the valley of Garumara National Park from the top. Next drive was supposed to be very tiring and troublesome, so it was a must take stop for us and a relaxing one too.
We travelled through the valley and reached a place named Suntaleykhola. It is a small village and a tourist spot in the Kalimpong District of West Bengal. The altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m. It got its name from a small stream: Suntaley Khola. In Nepali language, Suntaley means orange and khola means stream. There w
ere WBFDC cottages for the tourists to reside. Several trek routes originate from Suntalekhola, most of which are within the Neora Valley National Park, which is located adjacent to this place. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists. We roamed around the place and stopped by a restaurant and ate my all-time favorite momo.
From there we went to Rocky island. The journey towards Rocky Island is a blissful experience filled with astounding views of flora and fauna. It is situated on the banks of the River Murti is about 2 km from Samsing and is a popular as a camping site. Murti River flows through the destination. The up and downhill road leading towards Rocky Island is an eye pleaser for the traveler who loves to enjoy the beauty of serene the view of jungle to lush tea garden will be accompanying the tourist throughout the journey. Endowed with amazing collection of natural rocks. The place is surrounded by hills and ideal for land base adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing & rappelling. Unfortunately we did not have time to do all these,but we enjoyed as much as possible in our own way.
Now we had to return back now,but we planned to stop at Samsing tea garden which was on the way back. This beautiful little place was blessed with Nature’s bounty; where small streams, natural forests, tea gardens came together to form a picture perfect landscape.
None of us wanted to go back but we had to leave.But it was really a wonderful day spent.