Dooars ------- A small Photologue

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From our usual trips of Himalayan mountains this time it was a sudden off route to dooars. Actually it was a plan for Echheygaon at first but due to heavy rains in first week of june at these places and also an official work that suddenly came into the way the destination was changed just a few days before.
Our group included 7 adults and one child . I being madly in love with the mighty Himalayas , never gave much time to go through the places in Dooars. Anyway I made 2 nights booking in Gorumara Aranya resort and 1 night booking in Jaldapara Tourist Lodge. We would leave Kolkata on 6th june and again one mail came in, a meeting called in Mumbai on 5th and 6th. So I decided that rest of the team would start on 6th and reach NJP on 7th morning and I would reach directly to Bagdogra from Mumbai at 12.10 noon on 7th june.
Finally on 7th they reached NJP by Uttarbanga and I reached Bagdogra by Indigo via Guahati. All my tiredness vanished the moment when I was greeted by my friends and family at airport with smiling and happy faces in the small Airport at Bagdogra.
We had hired a Mahindra Max for NJP-New Coochbehar. I had already missed the Journey fun from Sealdah to NJP in train. I had also missed the NJP station in the morning which has always filled me with unexplained happiness. I did not want to miss any more time to take the deep dive of short yet much desired sojourn. We did not load the small trip with planned activities . We were prepared to enjoy whatever comes in the way.
We started immediately and reached Bagdogra market . It started drizzling and we remembered we brought 2 umbrellas . We stopped there to buy some more umbrellas . Lovely umbrellas they sell. We matched them with our dresses .
It took around 2 hours to reach Aranya Resort . We had booked the AC rooms facing the jungle. As we entered it looked quite impressive . It had a watch tower , a garden , swings for children and a verandah where one can sit with friends and cheer (if the mosquitoes allow )
We freshened up ourselves quickly and went to the dining hall where we had pre-ordered our meal . Rice, daal , alu posto , fish curry , papad , salad . Simple menu but very tasty and homelike cooking. Having lunch @ 5:30 pm also made to the fact that the entire food was finished off within 15 minutes.
After that we went to the watch tower, stood for some time to look at the greens and then went to the room to take some rest.


Welcome at Aranya Resort








The veranda facing the jungle




The lunch







View from watchtower





Our room

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Raindrops



Evening we decided to relax within the hotel with pakoras and tea and the relaxing evening with lots of college life stories made it memorable. As the evening came in, the frogs and other insects started their evening orchestra to make the ambience of the Jungle more mysterious.
The second day we decided to go to bindu-jhalong-samsing . We started at around 9 am after breakfast of toast and omelet and tea.
As we started our way through the jungles it started raining heavily. And for a person like me who was never attracted towards the beauty of a jungle it was truly a very soothing experience to feel the drenched beauty.

The road









At jhalong we stopped for a cup of tea , view of the jaldhaka river and reached a small place called Bindu. It was heavily raining and the whole route was full of tea gardens , so picturesque… and then started the Rubber Plantations . We crossed small streams on the way and posed with matching umbrellas  infront of the camera at Bindu near the gurgling river.
From there the roads went through greens and greens… through the tea gardens and jungles. On the way from Bindu to Samsing a fresh Pulao like aroma filled up our vehicle. They said it was the smell of a Chinese Grass . Due to rains and weeds we could not go near the grasses. We also saw plants of chhota elaichi .
Samsing is a tiny sleeping hamlet. I liked this place the most. We took a stroll among the village terrace cultivations , sat for some time at the tea stalls feeling the pace of life there. No one is in hurry , no one seems to be busy. As if life is totally without the regular hustle and bustle of our metros and taking long breaths you can smell of the soil.

The Greens among the Jungles - bindu jhalong samsing














But we had to hurry up as we had to take tickets for today’s visit to watchtower. We reached at around 1.30 pm and the long queue infront of me told we would not be able to manage the tickets for Jatraprasad watch tower , so we finally took for Chapramaari watch tower.
Around 1000rs (do not remember the exact amount ,6 people in one gypsy) was the gypsy fare and 70 rs was the entry fee to Chapramari…it included the safari and a tribal dance inside the jungle. Though we could only see lots of peacocks and birds only still love the flavor of the jungle.



















Tribal Dance








The day came to an end after lots of activities
The next morning again rained cats and dogs from 2 to 4am in the morning. We had thought of visiting Jatraprasad that morning but Hotel people also adviced getting sight of the habitats there after such rain would be tough so we gave up the idea and slept till 7am. I woke up when my uncle knocked the door with the morning black tea he prepared himself  So kind of him.
Today we would go to Jaldapara. Suddenly an idea came to my mind . When we are having the vehicle in hand why not visit another place ! I told everybody to get ready quickly , made all the payments , took our luggage and started …
On the way we found a peacock just by the main road side. Again way through jungles and tea gardens and rivers , after around 2hrs 45 mins we reached a clean lovely place….Can you guess the place











What a lovely experience it was . Yes, we drove into a place where you can walk down the road without a car honking by, you can see green and hills side by side, mother nature is still undisturbed by the civilization, “Bhutan”. This side of the Bhutan gate in India is Jaygaon, a very crowded place and the other side is Phuntsholling. Until and unless one visits the place one cannot imagine this can the difference between two places inside and outside of a gate, just within a difference of probably a few meters. People and school kids here were walking in their traditional dresses, in their day to day activities, the Roads were clean and wide, they looked happy …. Sitting by the prayer wheels near bus stand…houses and hotels in typical Bhutanese architecture , overall I loved the first sight of Bhutan … and I was remembering Ashishda a lot ….Cheers Ashishda for bringing this to my mind. Our group was extremely happy to get this bonus .








Visit to crocodile breeding farm





Visit to the monastry























Did Our lunch here with Momo , Thukpa, Toh Tshey Shikam (rice with shredded chicken butter and cheese ) and Jasa Marhu (chicken curry) a nice restaurant but very reasonable








After having lunch we left for Jaldapara again. That evening we bought the tickets for safari again and did not get it for elephant ride , as the holong tourists get first preference for elephant ride .
We reached Jaldapara Tourist Lodge at around 4.30 pm. Got fresh and two of us stood at the queue for booking jeep safari (didn’t get for elephant ride) .
This total place was beautiful with jungles all around, a small stream , ticket counter , and a tea stall where you can seat and chat for hours. Somehow I liked the place a lot . After booking the tickets we sat at the lawn when the light and sound show of Dooars started. The male voice was of Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay. We had a 3 year old child in our team and he loved it. I too liked it and got really excited for the next day jungle safari.


Tourist Lodge











The Light and Sound Show





Nights are thrilling in jungle. After having our dinner (very basic menu you will get ) we sat with the securities outside and listened to their day to day experiences inside the jungle. One among them asked us if we were ready to go to their village because elephants have entered their cultivated lands in search of Corns!!








The next night it rained again . Still we spotted some bisons , deer and peacocks.


















It was almost the end of journey…We had our breakfast and started for new Coochbihar. The road was through Chilapata forest and as usual soothing to eyes. Just to inform the station is extremely basic , there is a so so waiting room as almost never used by anyone so clean more or less , you will manage to get a simple lunch. Finally we boarded Uttarbanga again from there .

Contacts :
Aranya Resort, Gorumara : 9734000808
Jaldapara Tourist Lodge : 03563262230
Car : Bumba 9733012921. Our driver’s name was Ratan , good person. Rate : 4days 3 nights njp tp new coochbihar 10000 rupees including phuntsholling.
#2 Jun 22nd, 2014, 14:24
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Crisp, smooth writing with enchanting pictures. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memoir. Ahh If only I could go there now ....

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PS : The train beside the animal crossing , I will remember for long , such a fine moment
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Crisp, smooth writing with enchanting pictures. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memoir. Ahh If only I could go there now ....

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PS : The train beside the animal crossing , I will remember for long , such a fine moment
Thanks dear , pics are taken by my hubby yes, you must visit the place during rains , its beautiful...
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Great writing Aditi! Thank you.
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@Aditi

A sweet little TR of a very short trip. Somnath is right - it is as crisp as Ruskit Biscuit. But, nevertheless, the narration is lucid and contains useful data. But I must say that Dooars is for laid back type of trip. Dooars takes little time to unfold its beauty. You must have patience and little more time. May be next time. However, thanks for sharing.

Post Script: I think I have a bonus in your TR. I'm honored and got my best ever prize as traveler and blogger. Here is why:

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Originally Posted by aditiban View Post … and I was remembering Ashishda a lot ….Cheers Ashishda for bringing this to my mind. Our group was extremely happy to get this bonus.
What more one can expect? Thank you, Aditi!
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post @Aditi

A sweet little TR of a very short trip. Somnath is right - it is as crisp as Ruskit Biscuit. But, nevertheless, the narration is lucid and contains useful data. But I must say that Dooars is for laid back type of trip. Dooars takes little time to unfold its beauty. You must have patience and little more time. May be next time. However, thanks for sharing.

Post Script: I think I have a bonus in your TR. I'm honored and got my best ever prize as traveler and blogger. Here is why:



What more one can expect? Thank you, Aditi!
Yes ashishda , whenever anybody asks of bhutan i send him/her your TR's link...so......you know ....Thank you so much .
More tme was definitely required for dooars but this time could not manage , possibly next time
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Nice images..
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Thank you justDEB
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just awesome!!!!
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Amazing, beautiful,scenic ... Im speechless with this beauty. loved every photograph and reading. simply exotic and heavenly. I will like to replicate this heavenly trip or be a part of a trip like this.
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Wonderful snaps...They looks so lively...
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The entire Trip Report in just One Shot !

As if I was just in the middle of a Spectacular Road movie.. ..

Nice photos through my favorite green Roads .. Thanks for sharing this informative pictorial jungle report !
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@ arupratanghosh : yes just in one shot because this time I made the travelogue ready first and then posted else I lose my patience .... And thank you so much
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thanks trisha for liking....

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