Jayanti Tour in West Bengal

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JAYANTI TOUR :


As five of us,all in our mid forties,decided to take a break from the usual routine,boarded the Saraighat Express from Howrah, at around quarter to four,on the 10th of November.

Our destination was Jayanti, the Queen of Dooars.Our reason to choose Saraighat Express,was to reach NewAlipurduar, before daybreak,so that we can be on our way by daybreak to Jayanti & eventually have the whole day in hand.We got down at NewAlipurduar, at approximately, 04.40 am on 12th of Nov,Friday.

Our prearranged vehicle,a TaTa Spacio,with the driver Pradip was eager to pick us up at the station.After brief introduction & filling up the diesel, full tank,we started off towards Jayanti,which has no petrol pump.

Our journey soon took us into the countryside,leaving the deeply sleeping NewAlipurduar town behind,on our way to Rajabhatkhawa.

As the daybroke,we arrived at Rajabhatkhawa,the entry point to Buxa Tiger Reserve,from where we need to take permission to drive down to Jayanti, approximately a 25 mints driving distance.The road is maintained by the forest dept. & that runs down thru very dense jungle,different types of wildlife crossing the road a frequent sight early in the morning, as told by our driver Pradip.

This information really charged us up & we were eager to hit the road,towards Rajabhatkhawa.But as luck would have it,the forest dept office that gives permission, does not open till 6:30am in the morning, & we had more than half an hour to kill.Pradip decided to take us to the bank of the Dima river closeby, that comes from deep inside the forest.

As we were driving towards the basically dry river bed,we were greeted by the first gift of the forest,as one barking deer jumped & crossed the road that we were driving through.That indeed was the first sighting of a wild animal of our tour.But it was not the last, as it climbed up the food chain gradually.We took a break out there, by the riverbed,hoping to see some more wildlife.We enjoyed the natural beauty of the surrounding forest & of the river,as our driver reminded us that it is now time to que up at the forest office.

We drove back the to the forest office gate to find out that one more gift of the forest was waiting for us there.On a huge tree,behind the forest office,we saw a flock of singing Moinas, who were so happy to eat the small fruits,yellow in color,that the tree offered.We were totally amazed to see
that the flock,containing more that 100 birds,were so happy singing, as they have gulped down on the fruits & sat & sang so satisfied.We were told that the this huge flock had been moving in the forest from one end to other, in the last couple of days, in search of fruiting trees.We were also told that basically they are following a blue crested woodpecker, that is leading them from one tree to the other in the forest.However we could not notice one around.But the story was fascinating.

With necessary permissions taken & fees deposited,we eventually started off towards Jayanti.The road lead us thru some plantation forest in the begining,containing mainly Sal & other long non branching trees,with some shrubs & bushes dotted in between.As we drove thru,the forest eventually got thicker & soon the the forest turned to a thick & at times a nonpenetrable jungle.Soon we could see trees that were very thick & pretty old,with shrubs & vines climbing across the stem & providing support for many a life forms.We were amazed to see some beautiful forest hens,better known as jungle fowls, clattering along the edge of the forest.They looked much different from the domisticated hens that we know,being a bit bigger in size & having a very colorful plumage.We also some Rhesus monkeys that looked pretty well fed that gave us the idea,that food was in abundunce in this forest.On our way we soon passed a small Shiv Mandir on the right side of the road.Soon the road hit the Bala river bed as the road passed thru the dry river bed & it was absolutely awesome as the scenic beauty of the place really made us stop & take a couple of snaps around the place.Eventualy we approached Jayanti,a small,sleepy hamlet,nesteled along the foothills of the Sinchula Range of the Himalayas.

The most important thing about the place is the fact that no mobile service provider has extended their service out there,so no signal for any service,including BSNL,therefore absolutely cut off from the rest of the world.It has local WLL network service,(TaTa Walky)from we called & informed our home of our arrival.

Our stay was arranged at "Natures Hut " run by one Appala Rao,a resident Telegu,a resourceful person, who actually breathes alcohol allthroughout the day.One important thing about accomadation is that, Jayanti does not have good hotels & resorts.We were told that Forest dept. does not allow such establishments as that may bring in more tourists & eventually destroy the peace & tranquility of the tiger reserve.Our accomodation was more of a home stay,rather than the way Natures Hut profiles itself on the net, with all the facilities that they boast to offer.We have taken up three double beded rooms with attached baths,which were not very clean & hosted a lot of insects including spiders.

We took some time to freshen up & walked to the nearest eatery,a small roadside hotel that offers puri & sabji in the morning.We also had tea & started off to visit Pukhri Hills & the pond on it.Appala Rao, did arrange a loal forest dept. guide for us, Bappa Singha,a local youth employed as a guide by the forest dept.We took the road towards Pukhri & the road starts from beside the SSB (Seema Suraksha Bal) camp in Jayanti. After about a kilometre through dense forest we could a see a watchtower half way down the road.We wanted to stop there but Bappa told us that we will take break out there when we return.The vehicle went for some distance & came to a halt at a place from where we have to make it on foot.The distance on foot is less than a kilometre & is easy & flat in the begining but gradually becomes difficult & steep. It is definitely not recomended for ladies if they are not fit enough & definitely not for elderly or overweight people.On our way we saw some beautiful birds & butterflies & every time we took a turn on the road the view was breathtaking.After about half an hour we reached Pukhri pond.The pond itself is a wonder as it is difficult to logic the situation of the pond,as ponds are not common on hills, which hardly has any flat surface, required for pond formation.The pond,therefore is considered a wonder of nature but local people tend to give it a religious angle as Hindus & Buddhists alike, worship out there on Shiva Ratri & on Budhha Purnima.The pond houses large catfishes( giant Magurs) that are considered sacred as well as some turtles.We dropped some muri into the water & immediately there was feeding frenzie as the fishes started gobbling up those muris by jostling & jumping one above the other. One more wonder about this pond is that though there are large trees looming all around the pond,but not a singlr leaf can be seen on the surface of the water , as a kind of a bird that stays there, always cleans off the surface of the water as soon as there is leaf that falls & floats on it. We did spend some more time in the calm & serene envioronment out there,before Bappa called us to start off for the watchtower & along with a waterhole beside it,known as Jayanti waterhole.

Jayanti waterhole,situated way down from Pukhri,is an absolutely secluded place,housing a three storied watchtower,which houses two forest guards on the first floor,a 360 degree open balcony on the second,that gives a panoramic view of the surrounding forest.Spending some time in that balcony will definitely let you watch some animals coming for a drink or to lick salt, at dawn & dusk.We were told that a herd of six elephants had come to drink water at dusk,the day before & did spend some time out there,before moving into the forest.They even had a baby elephant with them as well.We were in there, in the middle of the day & saw only monkeys fooling around.Found out that the whole place is surrounded by live electrified wire,in order to repulse off wild animals that approaches the tower.The tower gives one the feeling that nerves of steel is what is needed to spend a night out there.Time passed by & it was again our guide who called us to return back to Jayanti for lunch .

As we were driving back,a sudden odour crossed all our nose, and immediately the guide recognised that as elephant odour.He confirmed that the pachyderms must have crossed the road as we approached them & they must be in close vicinity waiting for us to pass by.We stopped to catch a glimpse of them if possible,but they were absolutely silent & too well camouflaged for us to locate.So we could not see them thru the dense forest cover but their scent still persisted.We decided to move on...& eventually reached Jayanti in 20 mints.

As we reached back to Jayanti,we asked our guide to take us to a part of the river, that still has water deep enough to take a bath.He advised our driver to drive upstream thru some very difficult terrain, till we came to a picturesque spot,where we had gushing water as the river bed got narrow & it would be a great risk to drive further ahead as that might damage the undersideof the car,said our driver.We stopped there & enjoyed the surroundings as we gulped down a couple of vodka pegs.After a while,we decided to take our clothes off as we entered the cold water,which was at the most, knee deep.We really enjoyed our time as we took our bath & the cold water really took the lethargy off us & made us all very hungry.We took our lunch sitting on the rocks as we had carried forward the Mutton Keema & parathas that we had not able to consume entirely on the previous night on the train.The food was still good & all of us including the driver & guide,had a quick mouthfull.We enjoyed our time out there till Bappa reminded us that it is past 4 pm & we should be making a move towards Hatipota.

Hatipota, on the opposite bank of Jayanti village,is one thick part of the forest that has a resident elephant population.We moved our way thru Bhutia Basti,on the road that goes straight to Bhutanghat,on river Raidak,the border of India & Bhutan.The road leads thru some very deep & awe inspiring patch of the forest,that runs most of the time thru some dried up river beds.It was not more than fifteen minutes when we saw fresh elephant dung on the road.We stopped immediately & went to inspect the dung which was so moist,that only gave us the idea that it was fresh & they passed this way only a little while back.We could also see their large footprints on the sand of the river bed & could easily make out the direction thay went to.Our guide advised that we stop at an opening in the forest to witness the sundown,before we made our way back.

The opening was basically an widening of the dried up Phaskowa river bed.As we stopped to take a breather,the evening descended rapidly & soon it was dark.We started on our way back,the car headlight & the flashlights that we carried was our only source of light in an otherwise dark evening, as the moon will take sometime to come out.We were tense in the anticipation of something coming out of the forest & blocking the way back,as our mind sarted imagining unforseen dangers that might come up.The driver Pradip started complaining as he had difficulties driving in the dark as he had to tackle small boulders & rocks & potholes on the road which were difficult to apprehend in the dark.We imagined that if somehow the car broke down,what would happen to us then.Just the thought gave us shivers.Guide Bappa replied,in that case we should start off immediatlely on foot as it wiil be more risky to sit in the car or start walking later,as then the risk of animal attack will increase.But car was able to take us back to the nearest civilisation in Bhutia basti, where we stopped for a refreshing cup of tea.By around 7pm we were back at our lodge,where we settled down with our drinks & took a recap of the day & also to plan our next day.

After we gulped down a couple of pegs each,we noticed that the full moon in all its glory, has come out on the top of the Bhutan hills.We decided to take a walk down to the river bed,to take a glimpse of the full moon night.The entire river bed was shimmering white,flooded by the moonlight.Even distant things on the other side of the river were clearly visible.We switched off, all our flash lights & had chosen a huge dead tree trunk nearly at the middle of the river to sit & enjoy.Time flew by & after a while we could see a huge fire was lighted up on our side of the river, nearabout the P.H.E. Bunglow.We thought, that it is for the residents of that place that a bonfire has been arranged.It was nearly 9.15 pm & we thought to get back to the lodge to finish our drinks as dinner would be served by 9:45 pm.On our way back,we saw Bappa hurrying to fetch us from the river.We assured him that we know that it is getting time for dinner but to our amazement he told us that he actually got news of elephant activity,near the river bed & came to fetch us back & actually the PHE people had lighted the fire to repell elephants coming their way.We hurriedly made our way back to the lodge.
Dinner was served,roti & chicken curry as we were finishing our drink.We had dinner & called it a day as we all hit the bed at around 11pm.We were fast asleep only to wake up early in the morning on the day next.

Next morning we were all ready to hit the road by 6:30am in the morning.We took the same road thru Hatipota,towards Bhutan ghat,our destination in the morning.The same road that basically gave us frieght the last evening was equally awe inspiring in the early morning hours as well.Every couple of minutes,we could either see elephant footprints or fresh dungs that gave us the indication that it was a well travelled route for them.Bappa advised us that they are closeby,maybe watching us from the cover of the forest.Eventually, we passed the point where we took a break last evening.After a while, the forest was less dense & opened up into Phascowa tea garden.We reached a small town,Moynabari, where we stopped to take tea & refreshments.There we picked up Rajkumar Chettri who will make the necessary arrangements to take us to Bhutanghat.Visiting Bhutanghat was prohibited by the Sasashtra Seema Bal who guards that border & maintains a small camp.But Rajkumar,a local guy managed thru to get the permission.After taking necessary permission we decided to make it on foot thru the dirt road that will take us to the river Raidak,the natural border.We decided to do so to feel & enjoy the green surroundings & be close to nature.

But the jawans stopped us from doing so & advised that we go by the car as there was a lone tusker that frequented that road & had done damages to local people in the last couple of days.We took his advise & soon we were at the end of the road as it was the mighty Raidak river that cut a deep gorge & blocked our way.The scenery was so facinating that we were spellbound for some time.Raidak originates in Bhutan & enters W.B. only to enter Assam to merge with the Brahmaputra.The river had blue hills on the other side that was Bhutan.We were told that wide streches of the river has Troutes & other fishes.Rajkumar Chettri told us that we can catch some good amount of fish with a simple fishing rod, if we stand in the knee deep waters for half an hour.We did spend the rest of the morning out there & never did make out when it was nearly noon.It had one of the most beautiful places that we had been in this tour & felt real sad leaving the place.

We had a quick & light lunch & spent no time heading toward RajaBhatkhawa,where we have to contact one Nitu Bhattacharjee who was in charge of arranging safaries in the forest.He is a forest official,the only person authorised to take visitors inside the forest,in the Buxa Tiger Reserve,west division.Before we met him,we visited the "RajaBhatkhawa Nature Interpretation Centre" where we had a glimpse of the general flora & fauna that this forest has to offer.It was a great learning experience.We bought a book from there which gave a detail of the places of interest in around Dooars & list & details of the lesser known forest rest houses.We made our way to pick up Mr.Bhattacharjee from his residence at around 3PM.Once we met him,we were quite surprised to see that he is basically a young man in his early thirtees.We expressed our frustation of not seeing any big game even after spending one & half day driving thru the different parts of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.He stated that it is always sheer luck that wild animal can be spotted, as the forest cover is very dense & animals are always wary of the sound of approaching vehicles & immediately take cover.However he promised to take us to some of the very dense area of the forest,where even the sunlight does not reach the forest floor very clearly, close to the core,where chances of spotting animals are higher than any other place.We intended to visit the core areas like 23rd mile & the 27th mile watchtower,but were denied permission as the forest dept' no longer allows visitors in these areas.But he stated that he will take some areas close to the core where he will show us the kind of jungle which we never seen before.

And he hoped that the jungle will show something to us.I'll show you the jungle, but can never say what the jungle will show you,he said.Soon we entered the forest after seeing off the formalities.It started growing dark at around 4pm & as we approached,he asked our driver to leave the main road & hit one particular dirt road on our right.He asked us not to speak untill it is absolutely necessary.He asked the driver to switch off the headlights & stated that our eyes will soon adjust with the deeming light.He also asked the driver to drive very slowly & soon we saw a white patch on the left of the track,ahead of us.It seemed that somebody has left a polythin bag on the edge of the road.It was common to see tourists throwing out their refuge out of the cars that they travel in & we infact have seen one empty "Imperial Blue" whiskey bottle in Hatipota earlier in the day & noticed empty packets of chips & else..So we approached to pick that polythin bag off the ground & dump it outside the forest.But when we came close by,Nitu bent over to find out that it was basiclally a lump of white feathers that were lying together & it looked like a patch of white from a distance.He immediately got off the car to inspect & told us that a jungle fowl had been devoured very recently as he could also see patches of dried up blood nearby.He could not say what actually ate the bird,as it might be jackal or a fishing cat or a civet or anything else, for that matter.All he could say that the feathers are from the belly of the bird & whatever ate it had held it upside down & tore the flesh of its belly.We kept absolutely silent,imagining how the bird was ate up.Soon we took a sharp turn onto our right & found us staring at a leopard,poised in the middle of the track as it was crossing it.Our driver immediately switched off the engine.Both us & the leopard were staring at each other as if none of us did expect the other at that point of time.That was indeed the climax of our entire tour & the leopard gave us a staring session for approaximately for a minute when we rememebered to take its picture.The moment we clicked our camera,the clicking sound & as well as the light of the flash promted it to jump onto the thick bushy undergrowth & the moment was gone in an instant.That indeed was the moment we had all been waiting for in our entire tour.Nitu advised the driver to drive very slowly past the point where the leopard jumped in to the undergrowth as it might still be there waiting for us to pass by.We passed by but saw nothing & this time we had all of our flash lights on.But we saw nothing as we passed by & then check the camera to see if we had been able to take his photo.He came out as a dark patch on the photo with only the eyes glowing red at us.Now as it was pitch dark,we had our headlights on & soon after a couple of minutes we came to the bank of the Dima river cutting thru the forest & decided to take a break out there.Nitu told us that he did keep his promise by taking us to that part of the forest that generally are not visited on jungle safaries & the forest had been generous enough to show us one of its most secretive animals.We called it a day and made for the way out to the highroad that goes from Jayanti to RajaBhatkhawa.We hit RajaBhatkhawa at around 7pm to drop Nitu at his residence.His knowledge of the forest,the routes that he knows to travel inside the forest where every turn or bend looks just like the one before & mostly his intuition to leave the normal trail & hit the dirt track.We paid him his due & no thanks was enough for him for the spectacle that we witnessed. It had been the most fruitful day of the tour.He again said that he can show us the jungle but it is upto the jungle to show something to us.We left him to start off towards our night shelter at Jayanti.While driving back, most of the time we remained silent,as if all of us were trying rewind & play those few moment of leopard sighting, at the back of our mind.We got back at Natures Hut to find out that Rao had arranged a couple of desi chickens for us to be served at dinner.We took our drinks to the river bed where we sat for a couple of hours or more, enjoying the moonlit night,which was our last night at Jayanti.We enjoyed the night out there as if, it was the last night of our life.We eventually hit bed at around midnight.


Next morning we left bed a bit late & eventually hit the road at around, 8am.We were on our way to Raimatang forest lodge,about which we have already learnt , from our book brought from
"RajaBhatkhawa Nature Interpretation Centre".We have learnt that it was a place of absolute tranquility,nestled on a high ground overlooking a river down below,with hills in Bhutan, on the other side.We made our way thru subdivisional town of Kalchini,where we stopped to refuel our vehicle & had breakfast as well.We arrived Raimatang,thru road dotted by tea gardens & small settlements.
We arrived there at about 10 am.

As was expected,the forest bunglow,situated on high ground was a beautiful one & immediately captured our imagination.It was vacant,with no boarders, as hardly people know about it's location & we had the bunglow chowkidar,welcoming us & showing us in & around the bunglow.The bunglow houses two spacious double bedded rooms with attached bath. We trekked down to the river below,the scenary being so wonderful,with the Bhutanese hills on the other side.It was as if a mini Jayanti.The wind blowing was a bit chilly & we decided to take our time out by sitting on the riverside,basking in the mild sun,gulped down a few pegs of Vodka.We felt a bit hungry as we heard that the chowkidar fellow can arrange some tea & titbits in the local village close by.We went to that village,a small,sleepy hamlet with a small grocery shop that doubles up as a snackjoint & also stores rums & whiskeys on the backside,out of display.Learnt the shop is a family run business of the chowkidar & we had warm boiled eggs & omlettes.We found out that a private establishment had opened up a resort closeby & walked down to inspect it.It was nice though, but falls way back compared to the forest bunglow, as far as the location & serenity is concerened.

It was around 11.30 in the morning where we decided to hit the road again, for Jaigaon,as we decided to have our lunch at Phuntsoling in Bhutan.We reached Phuntsoling at around 1:30 pm & found out a decent eatery where we spend our time with a couple of beers & juicy & tasty chilly fried chicken & fried rice.Phuntsoling is just accross Jaigaon,in India, and has very nice,wide & clean roads & the city has "no smoking" signs all over & even no gutkhas are allowed.We had a nice view of the city from the large restaurent windows on the second floor.Time was running out as we needed to reach AlipurDuar in order to board the train way back to Sealdah.We started from Phuntsoling & on our way back, noticed the road down to Mendabari on the right.We decided to include that along with Khayerbari & Chilapata on our next trip.Eventually reached AlipurDuar by 4pm,ready to board the train.Our short but immensely rewarding rendezvous with Dooars have come to an end,as the train left at around 4.45 pm.We all left with saddened hearts & discussed when possibly we can arrange our next trip back to Dooars.But that will be a different story.


Things to remember:

1) When in a forest, always wear clothes that are earthly in color or have a dull look.Bright & contrasting colors should be avoided of all costs.

2) Jayanti does not have standard hotels/resorts,only private homestay kind of accomodations are available.Only found that "Bonante" & "Rovers Inn " has some resemblance to a resort & offers good food.Their location is also bang on the riverbed.The forest bunglow is no longer available as it has been burnt down.

3) Location wise the best place to stay in Jayanti is the PHE Bunglow, & basic facilities are all there.


4) "Abakash" was provided by CESC. But their lease license has expired & the forest dept. is not keen on renewing their license.So no booking.

5) Jayanti does not have petrol pump,so vehicle should carry enough fuel.


5) No basic medical facilities are available,therefore advisable to carry basic or necessary medicines.


6) It is mandatory to have a forest dept' guide to take you around.they charge Rs.200/250 for each spot that they take you,though one can easily burgain.

7) One should not smoke in the jungle as unattended burning cigerette/bidi ends can light up the dry leaves & tinder & can start a forest fire.One must consult the guide before lightening up cigerettes.
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Jayanti is my all time favorite. I visited Jayanti a few years back with my family and had stayed at "ABAKASH". It is pity that the place is no more available. It seems you had a very hurried trip. I would have preferred a lazy, laid-back type of trip for Jayanti. How much time it took to reach Bhutanghat from Jayanti and how one can get the permission of security personnel to visit that place. Can you please elaborate this point? Did you take some photograph? What about posting a few of them in this thread? It seems that you had not like "Nature Hut", but found "Bonante" or "Rovers In" a better property. Can you please share contact details of these two places? Many thanks for your brilliant travelogue!

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Welcome to IndiaMike, Sanden!

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us! I enjoyed reading this. Thanks also for including the "Things to Remember" - this will be very helpful for others.
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trip to Jayanti

Thank you Sanden for this exclusive trip report.....I am planning a trip to Jayanti with 3 of my friends and our families during 9th January'12 & 10th January'12. We will catch our return train on 12th or 13th.

But for the rest two days we had no definite planning.....please suggest...
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hi Sanden, nice & informative writing i must say... didn't you click some photos there?...
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Hi Himadri , We too did a 4 nights 5 days trip to that region. We stayed in Jayanti for the first couple of days but for the last two days we stayed in Jaldapara. We had a lifetime experience of being stuck in a car inside the Chilapata jungle at dawn with a group of mad elephants surrounding us from different directions. It was thrilling in retrospect as we came out unharmed. Don't get me wrong if you dread such situations, Chilapata is a nice jungle otherwise and good for seeing Rhinos and other wildlife.
We also did the usual Rhino watching in Jaldapara, taking the first elephant trip next morning and it was great... I love jungles.
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Wow, travelbug84, what great stories you must have about jungles! Mad elephants - I'm glad that you came out of it all OK. You'll have to write up a trip report and tell us all about it.
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Ha ha ... yeah it was a lot of fun... well not exactly.. but definitely a lot of excitement. I will try and write a trip report soon.
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Jayanti is my all time favorite. I visited Jayanti a few years back with my family and had stayed at "ABAKASH". It is pity that the place is no more available. It seems you had a very hurried trip. I would have preferred a lazy, laid-back type of trip for Jayanti. How much time it took to reach Bhutanghat from Jayanti and how one can get the permission of security personnel to visit that place. Can you please elaborate this point? Did you take some photograph? What about posting a few of them in this thread? It seems that you had not like "Nature Hut", but found "Bonante" or "Rovers In" a better property. Can you please share contact details of these two places? Many thanks for your brilliant travelogue!

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Dear Asisda,
Sorry to be so late in providing the info that u need.Actually had a password problem.Well.the phone no.s that i have for "Bonanate" is 9932229686 / 9775802984.Jagadish Oraos guest house "Jayanti Bala" ,which is practically on the river bed,is a kind of home stay. I was told that the owner takes a lot of care.The no is 9800602717.Rovers inn jainti 3564) 256567 landline & the mobile no.s 9434754349/9434110245.Contact person is one Shyamal Chakarborti.Found out that they have an email address as well. scapdj@gmail.com which i am not quite sure is active any more.You must check that for yourself.One more thing,regarding calling mobile no.s is that u have to try repeatdly as Jayanti does not have any signal coverage & their phones are only active when they move towards Rajabhatkhawa.
Reaching Bhutanghat will not take more than an hour from Jayanti,if u do not stop or break journey like we did at Mainabari.Generally the SSB does not provide permission to visit there, but u have to apply source as we did.U may contact this person,a guide & a young man of very friendly nature,Mr,Bidyut Biswas of Alipurduar,for booking any of the above mentioned hotels & for booking the necessary vehicle as well.He can manage u a permission to visit Bhutangahat.Now please advise me on how to post my story on West Bengal Forum.
Any other info that i may assist u with?please feel free to email me at avijitsircar.sircar@gmail.com
Again sorry to reply u late.Marjona korben.
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Originally Posted by himadri kar View Post Thank you Sanden for this exclusive trip report.....I am planning a trip to Jayanti with 3 of my friends and our families during 9th January'12 & 10th January'12. We will catch our return train on 12th or 13th.

But for the rest two days we had no definite planning.....please suggest...
Hi Himadri,

Well if u are a wildlife enthusiast then the most active time for u would be the dawn & the dusk as that is the time for animal movement.U can spend the rest of the day by visiting either Rajabhatkhaoa nature interpretation center or Shikiajhora Jungle Boating, at Shikiajhora,some distance from Jayanti, but due to some problem they were temporarily not allowing tourists when we visited there.U can also arrange to visit Bhutanghat on river Raidak,if u can have necessary permission arranged.Just by sitting on the Jayanti river bed itself,you will pass time & u will never notice that half a day is gone.U can also arrange a trek to the Mahakal temple,but it is long & tough one & u will be able to do it if u are really fit & energitic. Since the entire place is an well established elephant corridor,therefore one is not allowed without a registered forest guide which is readily available once u reach there.Or else u can contact Sri Bidyut Biswas,a resourceful travel agent at Alipurduar who can plan your trip & also book hotels & vehicle.His no is 9832454875 and 8436322802.But u might not get him in one chance as signal strength is very poor in Jayanti & u have to try repeatedly.Please feel free to ask for any further info. Thanking u.
Sanden.
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Thanks Sanden! I have noted all the info provided by you and this will come handy when I visit Jayanti next time. As regards placing your posting in proper forum, it is the job of Moderators ("Mod" is shorter form of Moderator) and they will do the job when they feel like. You have nothing to do in this matter. But I would be happy if you post a few pics covering your Jayanti and Bhutanghat visit.
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Hi sanden!

Thanks for your response. I have requested for booking at PHE Bunglow-Jayanti on 9th & 11th January and for FRH, Raimatang for 11th & 12 th. Can you please give me some idea about cost of hiring one Sumo/ Bolero for the entire tour (9th morning to 13th afternoon). Yesterday I had a talk with Mr. Bidyut, who offered the following rates:
Car Rent per day--> Rs.1200/-
Driver's allowences per day-->Rs250/-
Fuel Cost @ 1 ltr/10 KM (approx 600 KM as per Mr. Bidyut)
The approximate total cost comes to Rs.10,000/-.

Please suggest....
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Hi Himadri!

You had mentioned that you have requested for booking of PHE Bungalow at Jayanti. I am curious to know where did you submit your request for booking of PHE Bungalow? I was told that booking authority of PHE Bungalow has now been withdrawn from EE, PHE, Jalpaiguri and that presently booking is done centrally from Kolkata. Is it true? Can you please elaborate? Thanks.
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Hello Mr. Asish!

Yes, I have sent my application by FAX at No.033-2248-9843 addressing "The Private Secretary to Minister Incharge, PHE Department, Govt of WB, Kolkata".

Phone No is 033-2248-2130 & contact person is Gopal Babu.

......but....alas!!!! they have not yet responded (+/-)to my application and when contacted they have stated to wait till 1st week of January'12 to get any.

With regards,

Himadri
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Dear Sanden,
Thanks for the very detailed description of Jayanti and its surrounding areas. I visited the place in May 2011 and the trek to Mahakal, though tiring, is very interesting. However during that time the forest department had stopped jeep safaris. I am planning to go to the same area again in May 2012. Please let me know whether the forest department has started to give permission for the jeep safaris in Buxa.
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