Jayanti-Chilapata..3days trip into the Wilds
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Jayanti-Chilapata..3days trip into the Wilds

I have joined today only in Indiamike though I have followed several threads before going to Jayanti & chilapata.
So big thanks to the travelers for sharing the information which have helped me to chalk out the plans & itinerary. :)
Our Journey started on 7th March,2014 from Sealdah station as we boarded Kanchankanya Express @8.30 pm :D. We were 3 couples in group so had a great time in the train & it was a truly needed vacation after long time for us. Bubbling with excitement I was eagerly waiting to capture the picturesque Jayanti in my mind.

Day 1(8th March,2014) - The morning started with a little disappointment as the train was already 3hours late:mad:. After crossing NJP station the view from the train was just amazing. Crossing between the tea gardens & the forests in train was very new to me. We were supposed to reach Alipurduar @12.10 pm though the actual arrival time was 2.20 pm. Car was already waiting for us outside the station as we have already booked it from hotel. So we headed for Jayanti , which was 45mins journey from Alipurduar.

Hotel in Jayanti
Banante Lodge, Contact Number – 9609931857
Room rate – Rs.1200/- for Double Bed room & Rs.1400/- for four bed room
Food Rate – Rs.400/- per day per head

More updates & photos are coming soon.:)

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Kanchankanya ... 3 hours late. Oh, nothing new about it now-a-days. [Oh, my 2.5 days trip in Duars - don't know how many hours Kanchankanya will eat :ranting:]

Wel hi Anushree :)

Welcome to Imdiamike- make it more informative with your experience sharing :D

Hope you have exciting report and fabulous photos of picturesque Jayanti.
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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Continuation of Day 1

So as we headed for Jayanti in our Scorpio, both sides of the road had dense forests. The road condition was quite wonderful as we picked up good speed.
We were chatting up with each other but also were keeping an eye on both sides. The thought of a wild elephant coming out there in everyone’s mind.
Soon we reached the entry point of Buxa Tiger Reserve and got our permit done there itself.

The permit is valid for one day only. Next day when you cross this post you need to get another permit.
Once the permit was done and we entered Buxa Tiger reserve, the feeling of entering the jungle got even more intense. Not that the density and the surroundings changed a great deal but still the feeling of entering a ‘tiger Reserve’ enthralled us.
The question that was in my mind (still I am not sure about the answer) was whether there are actually Tigers in Buxa Tiger Reserve now. We had heard that there are elephants and leopards but somehow the word “Tiger” when associated with a forest gives excitement a whole new dimension.
I popped up the question but was sorely disappointed with the answer that I got from our Driver – “I have not seen a tiger in the last 15 years in this forest”.[Blush]

I was wondering in my mind that whether what he said was true and was a little out of concentration. Just then my sister-in-law shouted “Hati Hati” (Elephant Elephant).Our driver put the brakes and we came to a halt after a few meters. All of us looked back and saw that the trees at the left hand corner were moving and in a moment the “Boss” of this jungle emerged. He was not very big but can’t call him a child also; may just be entering his youth.
Behind him emerged another one. This one much bigger followed by a small one. And then finally the big one may be the head of the family. I was awestruck. This was my first experience watching an Elephant in the jungle. I was seeing the family crossing the road and turned to check whether my husband is taking the snaps. My sense of thrill subsided and fears set in. He was out of the car and was trying to take better pictures.
What if the Elephant darts…I was frantically asking him to get in but who listens…The adventurous fearless Brat that he is..!!:mad:
Once the herd disappeared in the jungle on the other side we started again for Jayanti filled with thrill and joy that can’t be described……the delay in our arrival has actually played in our favor….Blessed we were!!:D
Once we reached Jayanti, the view of the mountains & Jayanti River just amazed us. It was so serene & far from the hustle and bustle of the city life. We had already booked two rooms in Banante Lodge. Checked in & completed our lunch in half an hour as we had the plan to go for evening safari. I should mention in this regard that the food was really very good. T
Once we were done with the lunch we headed for the Chuniya tower which is in the middle of Buxa forest. We were not that much lucky so had a glance of peacock only. Stayed for half an hour @ Chuniya tower & returned to our lodge.
Evening had set in. The darkness, the silence, the imposing images of Bhutan ghat mountains in the background provided the perfect atmosphere for having cups of tea accompanied with Muri makha and aloor chop.
Dinner was served early after which we decided to take a stroll on the river bed which has become dry.
However we decided not to go further as it might be a little risky given that the place is entirely surrounded by Jungle. So we returned to our rooms and went to bed early. Tomorrow will be a big day with lots of things planned and we sure didn’t want to make a late start.:)
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Thanks @Duronto Jajabor for welcoming me to Indiamike :)

Yes, Kanchankanya is late almost everyday..!!!

I have posted a part of my journey but i am unable to upload pics..!!!It is showing server error..!!!

Is there any alternative way to upload the pic..?
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Originally posted by: Anusree View Post

Continuation of Day 1

…I was frantically asking him to get in but who listens…The adventurous fearless Brat that he is..!!:mad:

Great encounter! You have rightly chided your husband, it was really a risk. But, did we often hear such utterances in different situations also?!!:D:rolleyes:;)
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Originally posted by: asishdas View Post

Great encounter! You have rightly chided your husband, it was really a risk. But, did we often hear such utterances in different situations also?!!:D:rolleyes:;)

..... As far I remember that was "not" the only time in this trip......;):D
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Day 2(9th March,2014)
Woke up early @5.00 am,got ready and went out to the river bed to savour the sunrise.The eastern sky was filled with a reddish glow and from behind the mountains the sun rose to usher in another day.We walked on the river bed and reached the bridge that once stood on this river but with time it is now on the same level as the river bed. We took snaps of the sunrise and thoroughly enjoyed the breathe of fresh air.What a relief it was to get away from the noise of the city.Here the only noise you can hear is the chirping of birds.This sound soothes your senses so much that you would want to stay here forever.The simple life was beckoning us……:)
We got back to our Lodge and was informed that breakfast was ready.We quickly freshened up,had our breakfast and checked out. We put the packed luggages in the reception and placed our order for lunch and said that we will be back for lunch. So we headed off as pre-planned for the trek to Buxa fort.
We reached the entrance from where the permit was made and we got our guide - Kancha.Now a days the car takes you a further 2 kms and then one would need to trek another 2 kms to reach Buxa fort.
Once the car dropped us 2 Kms into the journey we started to trek.Though I am referring it as a trek it is basically a walk and still we stopped in between for a little rest and of course pics.cool:
Finally we made it to Buxa Fort.Basically the place resembles less of a Fort but more of ruins. Kancha was telling us stories about the fort and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s connection with this place.We hung around this place taking snaps for sometime and then decided to head back to Jayanti.
We came down,got into our car and headed straight to Banante.Once we reached Banante we had a sumptuous lunch and left Banante for the Sight Seeing to “Pokhri’’.The journey to Pokhri though a very short one is very beautifull.
Amit da who was the owner of the car was also driving the car and his assistant Sonu was sitting on the top beside the luggages. Then I found my dear husband Avirup joining him.Once again we was having the best seat available but still I was worried.:p
We reached Pokhri shortly and needed to trek another 1 km to our ultimate destination to see the pond and the famous giant size “Magur ‘’ fishes.On our way up we spotted a hornbill flying above and it was a great sight indeed.We made it to the pond and our guide asked to throw soyabeans to feed the fishes which we had bought in Jayanti.We had just thrown a few and there was a jostle in the water.I couldn’t believe my eyes.Those are fishes or what!! And that too ‘’Magur’’ fishes.They were huge and so many of them…..had fun watching them fight for the soyabeans.
After a while we decided to head back to our car.Our plan was to go to Chilapata directly.On our way we would be dropping by to visit the Rajabhatkhawa museum.
When we were making our way to Rajabhatkhawa, Amit da asked us whether we would like to go for another safari in BTR(Buxa Tiger Reserve) and we were like “There is no point doing this as we have already been to Chunia tower last evening and didn’t see any thing’’….So we first decided that we won’t be going again but still asked out of curiosity whether the safari will be to Chunia tower again.
Amit da laughed and said ‘’No not to Chunia but to Gorom Beat’’…..He said that Gorom Beat is very very dense and it would be thrilling to go there in the evening.Though we were skeptical at first but then agreed as reaching Chilapata was not an urgency.We were scheduled to do the safari in Chilapata next morning only.
So after having tea we entered the Gorom Beat forest.We had just proceeded a little that we could feel the denseness of this place.The road was too narrow with lots of twists and turns such that one cannot predict what lie in the next turn.[whoa]
A sense of thrill mixed with loads of fear had set in.All of a sudden a herd of wild buffaloes came just in front of our car.They were so close and they were scary given their huge size and large horns.They were blocking the road ahead and our car could hardly move forward.Somehow it did after 20-25 of those wild beasts made way for us.When the car was passing by them their proximity to our windows shook us from within.
After travelling through the dense forest we arrived at a small clearing which had a tower.We stealthily moved out of our car and made our way to the top of the tower.

to be continued....
| Love for the rain, again ..
Nice Trip Report. Waiting for the next part .
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Snaps of Day 1

View from train @ Mukuriya Junction

Tea garden seen from train

On the way to Jayanti

Entrance of Buxa Tiger Reserve

Elephant crossing the Road

Snaps of our Cottage in Banante Lodge

Buxa Forest safari

Sunset from Chuniya Tower

Chuniya Tower @ Buxa forest
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Jayanti...Serenity at its Best
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Originally posted by: arupratan ghosh View Post

Nice Trip Report. Waiting for the next part .

Thanks a lot :)
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@ Anusree :

Oh! Chunia Tower & Jayanti River bed & Safari Roads -- Photos are so nice !! [happy][happy]

Nostalgic -- Only word i want to say ..

If possible , please add few more photos of the forest & River Bed ! :):)
| Happy Traveler
Nice going .....

With down memory lane :D
aamar payer tolai sorshe...(I have wheels under my feet)
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I'm revisiting my all-time-favorite place through your TR. It will be nice if you post a brief review of "Bonante" homestay. Thanks.
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Originally posted by: arupratan ghosh View Post

@ Anusree :

Oh! Chunia Tower & Jayanti River bed & Safari Roads -- Photos are so nice !! [happy][happy]

Nostalgic -- Only word i want to say ..

If possible , please add few more photos of the forest & River Bed ! :):)

Sure i will add the photos soon :)