Hollong, Jaldapara National Park : A Photologue from Dooars, May 2016

#31 May 21st, 2016, 13:35
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Snotty , AG , stink-bugs are not to be underestimated. A few years back, one discharged it's lethal concoction upon my shoulder. The infection took about 7 days to cure and I still bear a mark there. They really stink.
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@Arupratan
The evergreen Dooars continue to mesmerise us all. On top of that your snaps are just mind-blowing.
Can you just tell what DSLR are you using? I am a novice and dream to buy a good but not too expensive camera before visiting these places.
And one more query: While booking online on WBTDC website how can I specify a particular room or rooms with salt-pit view on 1st floor?
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Snotty , AG , stink-bugs are not to be underestimated. A few years back, one discharged it's lethal concoction upon my shoulder. The infection took about 7 days to cure and I still bear a mark there. They really stink.
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Sorry to hear that, somnathda. I was just joking.

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The evergreen Dooars continue to mesmerise us all. On top of that your snaps are just mind-blowing.
Can you just tell what DSLR are you using? I am a novice and dream to buy a good but not too expensive camera before visiting these places.
And one more query: While booking online on WBTDC website how can I specify a particular room or rooms with salt-pit view on 1st floor?
Thanks saptashwo for your comments. I use my old Nikon D40 ( a 2007 Model). For entry level DSLRs please check this thread : Need Help:Entry Level DSLR and P & S

Rooms at Hollong Bungalow are allotted on spot & on 'first come first served' basis. No option for mentioning preferences while booking your stay online.
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More from Day 3 ..

At around 10 am, the sky became overcast. It was about to rain. A herd of Bison & a Barking Deer were at the salt-lick. Light was not favorable at all . Clicked a few shots before it started raining heavily.


Waiting for the rain
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A Barking Deer with a Peacock
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Alone
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Heavy lunch made us a bit sleepy. Someone knocked at our door It's afternoon at Hollong & the herd of Elephants were there again.


The herd

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Two more to join

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Slowly

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A Fight

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A fight does elicit more interest invariably..
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would I call the pics good,or should I call the pics surprisingly superb? I don't know. But I felt the smell of wilderness, the green,the warmth of nature from these pics.

should I say thanks,AG?
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Originally Posted by snotty View Post A fight does elicit more interest invariably..
Hmmm

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Thanks , sovanscribe
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Our last night at Hollong was mostly uneventful. It was drizzling every now & then. Next day we left the park after breakfast and headed towards Phuntsholing, Bhutan ( around 35 Kms from Hollong & 17 Kms from Hasimara ) for a day visit before boarding the train to Kolkata from Hasimara in the afternoon.


Road to Jaigaon through Dalsinghpara Tea Estate
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Torsha Tea Estate , Dalsinghpara near Jaigaon
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Bhutan Hills
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Bhutan Gate at Jaigaon- Phuntsholing Border
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No permit is required for Indian citizens for a day visit to Phuntsholing & one can go up to Phuntsholing Monastery (i.e up to 4 Kms inside Bhutan). Permit is required for night-stay at Phuntsholing Or if anyone wants to proceed further towards Thimpu.


Market area, Phuntsholing

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A lane in Phuntsholing

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Road to the Monastery

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Phuntsholing Monastery

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Photography is prohibited inside the monastery. Coincidentally my camera also stopped working as the battery was fully exhausted ! One can have a splendid view of the border area from the Monastery. Fortunately my mobile phone was alive. This photologue comes to end with that photo clicked using my phone camera ..


View of Indo-Bhutan Border from the Monastery

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mind-boggling snaps.take me to a unforgotten memory lane . thank ag. your clicks along with narrations are simply superb
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Superb pictures Arupda...!!!
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Great TR Arup Da

BTW last one is Kharbandi Monastery One can have awesome view of P/Soling Town as well as the Border area from the Monastery
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Jungle to Monastery visit ...just awesome. Nice snaps.
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Originally Posted by goutamsanyal View Post Jungle to Monastery visit ...just awesome. Nice snaps.
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Thanks again goutam, saikat & sovanscribe for your comments

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BTW last one is Kharbandi Monastery One can have awesome view of P/Soling Town as well as the Border area from the Monastery
Thanks Suparna for posting the name of the Monastery
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Information :

1. Nearest rail station : Madarihat & Hasimara. Only One train from Sealdah to Hasimara (daily) : Kanchankanya Express ( Sealdah : 8.30 pm , Hasimara : 10.23 am) One train from Howrah (only on Thursday) : Karmabhoomi Express ( Howrah : 9.55 pm , Hasimara : 12.15 pm). From New Jalpaiguri (NJP) / Siliguri Jn to Hasimara : Many trains

2. Hasimara to Hollong : Cars are easily available outside Hasimara Station ( Hasimara – Hollong via Madarihat : Around 20 Kms, 45 Minutes , 600 Rs ).

3. Hollong Lodge booking : Through WBFDC online portal :http://www.wbtdc.gov.in (tourists can book rooms 120 days in advance)

4. Entry Fees : No per head entry fee / still camera charges for tourists staying at Hollong Lodge. Car entry fee : Rs 250 payable at Hollong reception .

5. Food : For Evening Tea/snacks , Dinner & Breakfast : Rs 400 per person . For Lunch : Rs 200 per person

6. Check out timing at Hollong Lodge : 11 am.

7. Elephant safari : Daily four safaris ( duration 1 Hr) from 5.45 am to 10.30 am. Rs 600 Per person , (booking through Hollong Lodge reception before 5 pm previous day). For foreigners: Rs 1000 Per person.

8. Gypsy Safari : Charges around Rs 1400 per safari for Six persons ( For tourists staying outside the National Park , at Madarihat ). Safari Timings : Nov to March : Morning Safari : 6am to 7.30 am & 7.30 am to 9 am // Evening Safari : 3 pm to 4.30 pm . April to Sep : Morning Safari : 5.30 am to 7.00 am & 7 am to 8.30 am // Evening Safari : 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm

9. Car Charges : Hollong to Sikiajhora & Back : Rs 2000 (Indica) , Hollong to Phuntsholing & then back to Hasimara Railway station : Rs 1500 (Indica). Cars can be arranged by Hollong Reception.

10. There are many Hotels / Resorts at Madarihat , outside the National Park. Jaldapara Tourist Lodge run by WBTDC is a nice option ( booking through WBTDC online portal).

11. After 5 pm. No vehicle is allowed to enter National Park ( towards Hollong) through Madarihat Check Post .

12. National Park remains closed from 15th June to 15th September.
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That is some useful information AG.. Thanks..
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