Dazzling Dooars

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Dazzling Dooars

Dazzling Dooars Part 1

Recently I with my family visited the eastern part of Dooars. I went with my wife, father, mother & my 5 yr old son. I will describe the entire tour details in several posts day wise. At the end I will disclose the Accommodation details with total expenditure. Hope it will be helpful for future tourists going to Dooars.

Day 0:
On 12.05.2017 we started for Sealdah railway station from our home at Baguiati around 6:45 pm by an ola cab. We reached Sealdah around 7:30 pm. Kanchankanya Express is the most favourite train to go to Dooars, as it passes through the Jungles and beautiful landscapes of Dooars overlooking the tea gardens and mountains. The train started exactly on its scheduled departure at 8:30 pm. We had 2 middle berths & 2 upper berths. But somehow I was able to manage 2 lower berths for my senior citizen parents in exchange of 2 upper berths. We completed our dinner with Luchi, Alur Dum & Mishti around 10:30 pm and went to our berths for a sleep.

Day1 (13.05.2017):
It was around 5:30 am in the morning when I woke up. Train was stationed at Barsoi station. Weather was very much overcast. The train was running late by 45 minutes. As we reached Kishenganj,it started raining heavily. After coming from scorching heat of Kolkata, it was like a great relief to our body and soul. We reached NJP around 8:10 am. I had a quick look on the left side of the train to catch a glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga, but the entire hill was invisible due to huge work up of cloud. After crossing Sivok, rain started to fall again. The jungle of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary looked even greener in that rain. Aaah! what a spectacle to behold. Ultimately, we reached our destination New Mal Junction (Malbazar) at 10:05 am.
New Mal Junction

Our ever smiling friend Mr. Hasanur Kabir was ready with his white Bolero in the parking space. We quickly loaded our luggage on the back of the vehicle and started for our first destination "Neora Jungle Camp" in Gorumara National Park.
After turning right from Chalsa, Neora Jungle Camp is around 9 km situated on the right side just few metres after lataguri mahakaal temple.On the way you have to cross small localities like Mangalbari, Batabari & Tilabari. We took a right turn on the Chalsa-Lataguri highway after mahakaal temple. The camp is situated 1.5 km inside the jungle (Kalakhawa beat of GNP). The road from main road to the camp is very thrilling as you can at anytime be faced off with any wild animals.
The camp is situated within the jungle and it is fenced with electrical wires. It has 2 entry points through forest. One goes to Lataguri main road (by which we entered) and another one from rear side goes to Batabari, which is a stretch of around 5 km through jungle. This path is used by local people only, tourists are not allowed in this route (except gypsy safari)

Entrance to Neora Jungle Camp

Rear Gate of NJC

The Cottages

After checking in around 11:30 am, we were provide 2 cottages at the extreme end of the camp. We got refreshed and took bath. Then we were requested to take our lunch around 1 pm. They served us with Rice, Alu-patol curry, Alu Bhaja, Dal & 4 egg curries (8 eggs with potatoes). After finishing our lunch my parents went to cottege for taking some rest. We went to the Neora river side, which is just behind the camp area. The river bed was more or less dried, with very scanty flow of water. We saw some River Lapwings (Hattimatimtim) on the dried riverbed, but could not take photographs as I was not carrying my camera with me then. After 30 minutes we came back and sat on the watchtower to experience the serenity of the forest. There was a water body just beside the camp area, which is very near from the watchtower. We came to know from the camp people that previous night there was a herd of elephants comprising of around 10-15 of them, in the water body & they stayed adjacent to the camp area the whole night. We were very excited in anticipation of seeing them. But we could see only some peacocks, 2 Maina & 2 Bulbul there.

Our Cottages: Front view

Rear View

Dining Hall

Dining Hall Outside View

Watch Tower

Watchtower Side View

Forest Bungalow

Neora River on the back

The lawn

2 Mainas

Peacocks Beside Water body

Water Body Beside WT


Camp area from WT

Around 4 pm, Safari gypsies started to plying with tourists to visit the WT. It is the part of Gorumara Gypsy Safari. The tranquillity of the place was disturbed with the shoutings of the so called eco tourists. It lasted till 5:30 pm. All the tourists have seen herd of elephants during the safari at "Bridge no 5" which is merely 1.5 kms from the camp near the plantation area. We could see the movement of elephants near the plantation area but photography was not possible due to the limitation of my camera lens .

Safari Gypsy coming to WT

Rear Gate overlooking Junglee Trail

We spent the evening sitting in the lawn and felt goosebumps with the trumpet of elephants coming from forest. The camp people were constantly focusing search lights in order to see any animal activity outside the fence, but we could not spot any such activity. We decided to go for morning gypsy safari and communicated the same with the manager. He told us to wake up early in next morning & be ready around 5 am. We took our dinner around 8:45 pm with Rice, Dal, Cauliflower Curry & Deshi Chicken curry.

Inside Dining Hall

We went to our cottages around 9:30 for having sleep. Around 10:30 pm it started raining heavily. The sound of torrential rain on the asbestor roof reminded me of the song "Rimjhim Rimjhim, Rumjhum Rumjhum" from the film 1942 a love story. With this orchestra I fall asleep.
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Dazzling Dooars

Our Cottages: Front View
Rear View
#4 May 20th, 2017, 23:37
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Nice! Waiting for the rest of it.. By the way I stay in vip enclave and I generally leave my Home much early when i have a train to catch! Can't trust the vip road traffic!

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