Finding a place in Dooars in Monsoon

#1 Apr 20th, 2013, 16:00
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Hi,

I wish to visit Duars this monsoon. I have 5 days in hand and I am really confused about choosing itinerary ; mainly because I have heard that the all NP & forests remain closed for some 3 months starting from mid June until mid Sept. Well, if that is the case then there is no point going for Gorumara, Jaldapara, Buxa and around. Now my questions are as follows :

a) Does any one of the forest/ NP remain open during the monsoons? If yes, then which one?

b) Can anyone suggest any offbeat place in Duars where I can rest for say 2 days, away from the crowd ? Also keep in mind that the spot should not be inaccessible, as Duars experiences heavy rainfull.

While suggesting we will also request you to provide some important numbers that can be of help during the trip. Waiting for your valuable replies.
#2 Apr 20th, 2013, 20:03
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You can stay at Gorumara Eco-Village at Kalipur and can see wildlife from Medla watch tower which is only 5-10 mins. walk from the cottage. Kalipur is just adjacent to Gorumara forest but I think you cannot avail the elephant safari and/or jeep safari within the forest. But definitely you can feel the essence of jungle and flowing Moorti river in one go. All the best.
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Kalipur is the only spot in Dooars that remains open during mansoons. Dooars in monsoon is a "Beauty to Behold" - drags me there every July. May I suggest, Murti river side cottages (any of the two fisrt floor rooms), of Banani, the FRH at Murti. If you have your own vehicle, you can make clandestine visits in the Khunia beat of Garumara NP. the FRH is just a small bridge apart from Khunia beat. If luck kolds, you may be able to see wildlife on the opposite bank of the River, right from the air conditioned comfort of your room.
You can also go to Suntanekhola and stay at the old cluster of one room bunlows of the FRH there - another beautiful place 'far from the madding crowd'.

Happy Journey.

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Megh,

You can go Suntalekhola WBFDC, Murti river WBFDC and so on. I doubt that Gorumara, Holong will be closed in this time due to animal mating season. Please verify it before setting any schedule.
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What about Jayanti..it would be awesome during monsoon!
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Welcome to Megh (cloud) to Indiamike in this lovely rainy season.

And Megh, you are in search of a place to visit in monsoon Nice!!!! Duars all along is lovely in rain .... Jayanti, Murti, Suntalekhola - find any. But Some nearby twin spot [like- Buxa with Jayanti, Rocky island with Suntalekhola] may not be accessible. Just enjoy the rain and strolling in green Duars.

Be cautious about insects and snakes in this time.
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Originally Posted by debashis109c View Post You can stay at Gorumara Eco-Village at Kalipur and can see wildlife from Medla watch tower which is only 5-10 mins. walk from the cottage. Kalipur is just adjacent to Gorumara forest but I think you cannot avail the elephant safari and/or jeep safari within the forest. But definitely you can feel the essence of jungle and flowing Moorti river in one go. All the best.
Hey,

Thanks for your valuable reply ! But you know what, my other friends are adament ... that there is no point in visiting Duars if jungle safari is not included. Let's see, if I can convince them !!!
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Originally Posted by anirban1954 View Post Kalipur is the only spot in Dooars that remains open during mansoons. Dooars in monsoon is a "Beauty to Behold" - drags me there every July. May I suggest, Murti river side cottages (any of the two fisrt floor rooms), of Banani, the FRH at Murti. If you have your own vehicle, you can make clandestine visits in the Khunia beat of Garumara NP. the FRH is just a small bridge apart from Khunia beat. If luck kolds, you may be able to see wildlife on the opposite bank of the River, right from the air conditioned comfort of your room.
You can also go to Suntanekhola and stay at the old cluster of one room bunlows of the FRH there - another beautiful place 'far from the madding crowd'.

Happy Journey.

Anirban Mukherjee, Kolkata
Yeah...heard about Kalipur while doing some reasearch over the net. Thanks for the information anyway...it helps a lot
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Originally Posted by Duronto Jajabar View Post Welcome to Megh (cloud) to Indiamike in this lovely rainy season.

And Megh, you are in search of a place to visit in monsoon Nice!!!! Duars all along is lovely in rain .... Jayanti, Murti, Suntalekhola - find any. But Some nearby twin spot [like- Buxa with Jayanti, Rocky island with Suntalekhola] may not be accessible. Just enjoy the rain and strolling in green Duars.

Be cautious about insects and snakes in this time.
Yes dear, because I feel that Duars in rainy season would be extremely beautiful. And moreover, it's my most cherished time in the year. Lat year, I made a trip to Garuchira in Birpara dist. of Duars. That was a wonderful place, a must go for nature lovers. Was just hoping if could do something like that this year once again.
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Megh1987,

What are the places you are contemplating to visit in Dooars this monsoon? I have never stayed in a tea estate bunglow on the hills during rainy season. My target this year is to do that (from 18th to 21st July). However, I will mix business with pleasure. during day time I will come to Siliguri and do some official work, give some lecture in an engg. college etc. Rest of the time I will enjoy rains(hope it happens that time) and the fresh greenery all around.

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Question Dooars (Murti?) during August - stay and itinerary suggestions requested

Situation: Have confirmed train tickets for 14-Aug night to New Mal Jn. and return ticket from NJP on 17th night.

Idea: See green Dooars in Monsoon, and relax. Would like to stay at single place - only 2 nights - so do not want to hop skip and jump

Constraints: All WBFDC properties are booked

Confused about itinerary. I had talks with couple of tour operators, and some are suggesting Gorumara side (not too interested as jungle is closed); some are suggesting to stay in Murti and take a day trip to couple of places on 16th.

All are quoting rates including vehicle, and on an average per day vehicle cost is coming around 2800-3000.

My questions:
  1. What are the places we can visit from Murti on a day trip?
  2. Can I not hire a Sumo or something similar (we are 5 adults+2kids) from New Mal Jn.? What should be the cost per day?
  3. What are your suggestions for Murti stay assuming WBFDC Murti is full? Any specific recommendation would be great.

I am a first-timer to Dooars, please suggest (and provide details ) accordingly!
Many thanks in advance!
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My comments:

1. For Dooars trip, taking the help of Agents is not only unnecessary, it is also counter productive. My suggestions is: please don't even try this. You can do it yourself easily.
2. You had said that all WBFDC properties are booked. Please note that Murti is not the only place in Dooars where WBFDC has got their properties. I can name two other properties in Dooars where you can still get accommodation even as on date. They are Borodabri (Molongi) Lodge, which is close to Chilapata Forest and Buxa Jungle Lodge at Rajabhatkhaoa near Jayanti and Buxa Duars. Both these Lodges are well managed and strategically located.
3. You are already aware that Forests will be officially closed during the time when you are planning to visit Dooars. Therefore, advantage of staying at Murti would be lost as both Gorumara as well as Chapramari forests would closed for visitors during your trip period.
4. You are reaching Mal on 15th Aug and would be leaving on 17th evening from NJP. It means effectively you have 1/2 day (2nd half) on 15th, full day on 16th and half day on 17th (1st half). My suggestion would be as follows:

a) Extend your journey upto Alipur Duar by the same train. Book Buxa Jungle Lodge at RBK. Take a cab or Auto from the Alipur Duar Station (plenty available) and reach RBK. After freshening up, take your lunch and then proceed to Jayanti for a half day trip.
b) On 16th - You can go for full day trip to heritage city of Cooach Behar (Palace, Madan Mohan temple etc.) and Rasik Bil or you can go for a trek to Buxa Fort from Santhalbari. Another option would be to visit Samsing, Suntalekhola, Bindu, Paren, Jaldhaka etc. for a full day trip.
c) On 17th - Check out after Breakfast. Take a cab and go through Murti, Lataguri, Malbazar, Chalsa, Oodlabari, Mongpong etc. Have lunch some where on the way and reach NJP in the afternoon well ahead of your train departure. You can also consider of having a shopping spree at Hong Kong Market at Siliguri on your way to NJP.

Please note that you don't need to pre book any cab. Cab of various sizes and capacities would be available every where in Dooras. Your Hotel staff will be able to get you your required cab very easily.
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post My comments:
a) Extend your journey upto Alipur Duar by the same train. Book Buxa Jungle Lodge at RBK. Take a cab or Auto from the Alipur Duar Station (plenty available) and reach RBK. After freshening up, take your lunch and then proceed to Jayanti for a half day trip.
Many thanks asishdas!

You mean Alipur Duar junction station (Station code APDJ) i.e. last stop for Kanchan Kanya Exp, correct?
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Yes, that is what I meant. APDJ is the terminating Station for KK Exp. If I remember correctly, the train reaches around 12 noon there.
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If we choose to stay at Barodabri (instead of RBK), is it possible to have a Jayanti tour in the 2nd half of 15-Aug (the day we arrive there)?

E.g. if we complete our lunch and freshen up by 2:30/3 PM, will the above be possible?

What is the distance/travel time between RBK-Jayanti & Barodabri-Jayanti?

Sorry for so many questions, but I am new to Dooars
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