Lap of lush Green: Suntalekhola And Rishyop

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Long 9 months without a trip is so much irritating and painful to me. But it was not in my hand! In the mean time lot of changes took place in my life. Quitted from my 15 years IT job and started a new career is not so easy in the age of 45 years. Somehow I managed to control my financial situation. But after the completion of school exam of my dearest children, all of us eager to move for a vacation and want to escape from the hassle full daily routine life once again. We had not arranged anytrip in Puja vacation for some reason in this year. Actually after Silk Route Trip there was a long gap and from November first all my family members are repeatedly requested me for a trip at least for 1-2 days. Primary choice was Bakkhali in December last. I made a call to Hotels in Bakkhali and completed primary mail works. But ‘Mother Nature’ has another plan in her mind.

It was a fine morning of November first week, my zuluk trip partner Amit reqeted me to change my destination and to move for hill instead of sea. I just told him try to find train ticket for December last and just after one day with enormous searching in IRCTC website we realized that tickets only be available for 2nd week of December if we plan towards NJP. I was in dilemma whether I opt for this as my wife has to take leaves from her school during examtime or to skip hill for this time. When Amit told for hillside my optimum choice was Rishyop as in summer I was planned for it but can’t manage the leave. Just after 2 days, I made up my mind, booked the ticket and then asked my wife to apply for urgent leave. What a Family Fighting condition risk taken!

As we had not enough time to research about the staying option I asked Travel Funda again to arrange my accommodation and vehicle. My basic plan was 2N/3D trip in Rishyop and Kolakham. Amit again insisted me to extend the trip by 1 or 2 days and add some mild trek in this trip (actually he wants more days as it is hill and he loves to travel in hills). Finally I had fixed with Suntalekhola (1 N) and Rishyop (2 N). I heard about a small village and a temple of Buddha along with Shiva in Seole village which was just 2 km downhill from Rishyop. There is a shortcut route also but risky. After reading some article I determined to reach in that village which is the 2nd last village of West Bengal. I also planned to stroll from Rishyap to Lava through the 4 km shortcut route. I was determined to avoid any jeep ride within Rishyop section and focused only on short stroll/mild trek in this trip.

I intentionally skip the Lolegaon and kolakham (for very bad road recent condition and can’t find any shortcut trek route form Rishyop after several browsing in net) from the list and ready to take some stroll around Rishyop and if possible Suntalekhola to Mouchuki. Lastly managed to book Sonartori in Rishyap and a decent home stay in Fari Busti before Suntalekhola through Travel Funada and decide to start from New Mal and for end with the evergreen NJP. We were seven again.



Some random snaps from the Trip:




Morning Indicate the Dull Weather




Working for Food, We are travelling for Refresh



What an Accommodation!!!!




Fari Busti



Little Stream



Lets Walk



Lets Stroll



Lets Trek



Return to Hotel at Night from Seole Village



In Rishyop



Beautiful Sculpture



The Silent Village

Final Plan:
Day 0 [9th Dec, 2015]: Boarded at Kanchankanya Express at 8:30 from Sealdah and reach on New Mal in the next day before 10 am.
Day 1 [10th Dec, 2015]: Through Meteli-Chalsa-Samsing visit the Rocky Island and night stay at Fari Busti Home stay. Visit Suntalekhola which is just 0.5 km from there.
Day 2 [11th Dec, 2015]: Take a trek towards Mouchuki Forest Rest house and after breakfast proceed for Rishyap through Gorubathan-Lava Route. Night stay at Sonartori in Rishyop.
Day 3 [12th Dec, 2015]: Morning stroll to Seole, the 2nd last village of WB and visit the Temple. After breakfast trek to Lava Monastry through the shortcut. Night stay in Rishyap.
Day 4 [13th Dec, 2015]: Enjoy the trek to Tiffindara and after breakfast proceed for NJP.

Before 2 days of journey, I was informed that there is a possibility of rain in our time in Lava section. Quickly googled some weather related website but not satisfied. We wish for good weather but not succeeded for the very first time. We had missed the mighty Himalayan peak in this trip but enjoyed every stroll and mild trek. My kid said that like us Kanchenjunga also is on vacation.
Grapes are Sour’.
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Wow! Great .. waiting for the complete travelogue, debasishda
#3 Dec 21st, 2015, 00:07
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Waiting for this thread debashishda....Keep the good work going...
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You prove that crisis gets the best out of the strong. Hooked and subscribed to your journey :-)
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Great reporting and fabulous pics !

Quote:
Kanchenjunga also is on vacation.
I love it.

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Originally Posted by arupratan ghosh View Post Wow! Great .. waiting for the complete travelogue, debasishda
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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post You prove that crisis gets the best out of the strong. Hooked and subscribed to your journey :-)
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I love it.

Many many thanks for your heartiest encourage and inspiration.

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Enjoyed reading the report DC..

"Kanchenjunga also is on vacation" -- I will use this next time in similar situation...
Sair kar duniya ki galib,yeh zindagani phir kahan..

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Very nice DC. A lot of effort has gone into this. Superb pictures as well.
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Originally Posted by life1style1 View Post Enjoyed reading the report DC..

"Kanchenjunga also is on vacation" -- I will use this next time in similar situation...
But Where she had gone!!!!! Chennai!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Very nice DC. A lot of effort has gone into this. Superb pictures as well.
Thanks GP.
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Morning shows the Day!!!!!!

It was 6:30 in the morning and Kanchankanya still not passed the Dalkhola. Looking behind the glass window nothing would be properly noticed. It was a foggy morning with poor visibility. My family members and friends were still in leisurely sleep. May be dreaming about the upcoming trip! I was busy to wash my face near the fresh room of the compartment and suddenly an old man gently approached to me.

Old man: From where?

Me: South Kolkata.

Old man: NJP?

Me: No. New Mal.

Old man: Ohh, Dooars.

Me: Partly, Suntalekhola. (Why people only think that Dooars is only the Tourist destination!!)

Old man: Are you aware of the news of local strike in that area today?

Me: (really astonished) Local Strike!!!!!!!

Old man: Yes. Today there is a local strike in Dooars declared by Tribal unions.

Me: One minute, please.


Immediately my phone was busy with a worried conversation with my Bolero Driver and he confirmed about the strike. But he was on the way to Meteli and still nobody stopped him. He assured me that may be tourist would not face any problem but I was not satisfied. With a worried mind I returned to my seat and obviously in a different mood. But not informed about the strike to anybody of my team.



Waiting at Siliguri



From the Running Train



The Tea Garden



Working for Life



The Famous Bridge too Far

With a cup of tea I returned to the door while NJP was passed. Train was running through the jungle of unplanned small buildings and pile of rubbish which was not my expected vision. Slowly Siliguri Jn was in sight and train was stopped at least for 20 minutes. Me and Amit passed the time with a gentle morning walk on the platform, took some snaps of local people and quickly on-loaded us to the train when it showed the mood for further running. Now the natural beauty came both side of the door and I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the bridges, the forest, the rivers, tea estates and the small tunnels. It was my first journey after NJP and I had fully engaged with the vista. Just after 1.5 hours my beautiful journey was ended and Kanchankanya moved forward by leaving us behind with all our baggage. It was New Mal Junction and my wristwatch showed 10:40 am. The platform was full of tourist for different location, may be 50% of the people select New mal for their start point! Quickly I exit from the platform and surprised to see my Bolero was just beside the exit gate with a tall young guy as driver. There were plenty of cars I had not noticed any sign of strike, at least within the station yard.

Ram (My Bolero Driver): (With a gentle smile) Welcome Sir.

Me: What about the Strike?

Ram: No problem for tourist. Firstly we head towards Meteli (18 kms), if obstructed we can reach upto Samsing through another long jungle route towards Samsing.

Me: Ok. Lets start. Please stop your car beside any roadside Dhaba/hotel to complete our breakfast. We are hungry.

Ram: No problem, Sir.



The Lusciousness of Rocky Island


After 10 minutes after arrival we were again in bolero with an average speed of 60 km per hour. Still I was thinking whether our journey was stopped by the protestor but we smoothly passed Meteli. We saw there were enough strike supporters beside the every main points of the scenic road with a pure smile on their faces. The last few kilometers drive is a real feast for my eyes as we passed through some of the most picturesque tea gardens of Dooars including the Chalsa, Zurantee and Samsing Tea Garden.



The Green Carpet in Both side of The Road



Road for Rocky Island


The Mukti Bridge on Moortee River




The Young Moortee River


The road is good but there were very few vehicles running through this route. The glimpses of green carpeted tea gardens passing through the window, was one of the best view in our journey. We had decided to visit Rocky Island and have our late breakfast in there. Its an isolated destination so tourist has to take a right turn before take the route to Suntalekhola or Fari village. I requested Ram to move towards Rocky Island and without any comments he did the same. Though we were previously aware about the road but with empty stomach the bumpy road became irritating for some of my co-passengers. The kids severely enquired about the remaining distance and finally our bolero was stopped just before the Mukti Bridge on Moorti River in Rocky Island. It was awesome at first look. The view of the river with a bridge and surrounding forests were excellent-a real beauty renewed just 2 km from Samsing.





The River Side









The Rocky Island

The beauty of young and dashing Moorti River in the hilly landscapes makes the place memorable and the sight of orange tree on its left bank creating a marvelous vista. We immediately ordered momo for our breakfast and started roaming here and there to get relief from the polluted city. Our time passed away by strolling on the bank of river where the huge black stones are another mesmerizing view. Our kids were playing with the flashy playfulness of butterflies paddling on the small streams but seniors were busy to take snaps. In the meantime our late breakfast was ready and it was superb. We enjoyed the tea also. We chatted with some local peoples about the current conditions of several tea gardens and they were promptly blamed to the Owners.



The Orange Tree



The Little Bird on Rock



Unknown Beauty



Amit trying to Capture the Vista




The Home Stay




Local People at Work




Its Time to Return...




Good Bye Rocky Island...




Road to Fari Busti...


It was 2 pm and a phone call from Suntalekhola Home stay owner reminded me that it was the time to bid goodbye to Rocky Island and to move towards our next destination. I had visited the only Home stay section in Rocky Island, collected some information and returned our car for Fari Busti, our night stay zone. But the non-stop music of mountain streams, rays of light golden sunlight trickling through the dark clouds still was our eyes. We returned again with the same road and finally followed the straight road for Fari Busti.
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Enjoyed reading your TR and good pictures too. Captures the day to day life of the place.
I have one suggestion. Could you draw the route on a map so that lesser informed people like me could grasp the places you are heading for?
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Originally Posted by Earthian View Post Enjoyed reading your TR and good pictures too. Captures the day to day life of the place.
I have one suggestion. Could you draw the route on a map so that lesser informed people like me could grasp the places you are heading for?
I shall try my best.

Driving Direction from Siliguri To Samsing.

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Impressive photojournal, dcy. Sympathized your concerns about the strike. We drove through a drivers' strike in Kerala, where the strikers were very decidedly not smiling they were drunk and had big stones and clubs. To make matters worse, our driver was a TN man. He got through the first blockade by pleading ignorance of the strike, got us to our hotel in Munnar, then snuck us out at 4:00AM when all the strikers were sleeping it off.
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I'm revising Rocky Island, Samsing, Suntalekhola etc. with you! Lot of changes have taken place. For example, the Homestayes at Suntalekhola! Carry on, please. I'm hooked.
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post I'm revising Rocky Island, Samsing, Suntalekhola etc. with you! Lot of changes have taken place. For example, the Homestayes at Suntalekhola! Carry on, please. I'm hooked.
Thanks Asish Sir.

..And I was really astonished to view my home stay in Fari busti. I think it is not treated as Home stay, it should called a Hotel with AC facility. I was surely post all the details and reviews in last post.
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