This is one of the most important historical places in the entire district, Bangarh boasts of the largest share of archaeological ruins and icons to be found in Dakshin Dinajpur. It is situated at a distance of 45 km from Balurghat town and 65 km from Malda town. Bangarh was the capital of the KOTI BARSHA district. During the GUPTA period, the whole of North Bengal was known as PUNDRA VARDHANA BHUKTI (PRADESH). It was again sub-divided into a number of VISHAYAs (DISTRICTS) and KOTI BARSHA happened to be one of them. Its old name was DEBKOT/DEBIKOT. Different ancient archaeological sites are also located within 8km radius of this area. KHANPUR is situated on the Patiram-Trimohini road about 18 km away (north-east) from Balurghat town and is famous for the TEBHAGA Movement. History tells us that in the year 1946, the share croppers of this area started a movement for acquiring a certain percentage share of the crops.
BOLLA KALI TEMPLE
The village Bolla is situated 20 km away from Balurghat town on the Balurghat- Malda Highway. There is a famous Kali temple named after BOLLA Ma Kali. The story behind the temple narrates that a Zamindar was arrested by the British for his inability to pay for his Zamindari. Goddess Kali allegedly came to his rescue and the Zamindar was freed the very next day. As a token of gratitude, he built a temple of Goddess Kali and started worshipping her.
Raiganj Bird Sanctuary
Raiganj is 425 km from Kolkata and 181kms from Siliguri. It is situated along the National Highway and by the side of the Kulik river is the Raiganj Bird Sanctuary with an area of 35 acre and a buffer area of 286.23 acre. The forest, water bodies and the river attract migratory birds like the Open Bill Strok, Night Heron, Cormorant, Little Cormorant and Egrets from South Asian.
Jhargram is 181kms from Kolkata. Adorned with bountiful forests of sal, mahul, wild elephants, deer and birds; it is nothing less than a paradise for nature lovers. The ancient temples, royal palaces, tribal folk tunes and revelry make it an attractive destination for tourists seeking to explore.
Belpahari is 35 kms away from Jhargram and is a major tourist destination in Midnapore District. It is a forest paradise under the Dolma Hills and is located at a distance of 45 km from Jhargram. Foothills at Belpahari are thickly forested by a variety of tropical trees. Shaal, mahua, piyal, sonajhuri, shirish and eucalyptus are some of the common hardwood trees.
Kankrajhor is 253 kms away from Kolkata and 73kms from Jhargram, is a trekking wonderland in the tropical hilly forestlands of Midnapur. Kankra means hills, while jhor means jungles and forests. Kankrajhor comprises of 9,000 hectares of hardwood trees including kusum, shaal, segun or teak, mahua and akashmani. Cashew nuts, coffee and oranges are also cultivated at Kankrajhor.
Hatibari is 62 kms away from Jhargram and is situated amidst a Forest. Besides the river Subarnarekha is Hatibari and is surrounded by different types of trees. Few tents are also strewn in this place for tourists. About 3 Kms away from Hatibari is Jhilibandh. Sunrise and sunset can be seen from this place.
Parimal Kanon is a Picnic Spot; 156 km away from Kolkata and a five minute walk from Chandrokona Road Railway station.
Arabari Forest Range
Arabari Forest Range is 35 km from Mednipore and is contiguous with the Dalma range of East Singhbhum, Jharkhand. The predominant tree of this forest is Sal (Shorea robusta). A number of elephants also travel down from the Dalma range into Arabari and often encroach and attack villages in West Midnapore.
Sandakphu is situated at a height of 3636 m above sea level and is a true paradise for all adventure lovers. You could trek to the highest point of this hill station and witness a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Range. A long stretch of Himalayas starting from Bhutan till Mt. Everest is clearly visible. River Teesta also flows through Sandakphu and offers great opportunities for adventure sports. Sandakphu is the only place in the world where you will find both the Rhododendron and Silver fir forests. To reach Sandakphu, one has to nearly trek for 12 hrs from Maneybhanjan, which is the gateway to Sandakphu. You can also hire a Landrover from Maneybhanjan.
Enroute Mirik to Darjeeling lies a town of exotic beauty called Jorapokhri. It is situated 16 kms from Darjeeling and 85Kms from Siliguri. The presence of a couple of lakes in this area gave rise to the name of this place. (JOR-means a lake, POKHRI means lakes). The lakes are the main attraction in this place. If its your lucky day, you could perhaps catch a glimpse of the Himalayan Salamander, a highly endangered species of the reptile family.
15km from Darjeeling and 77 Km from Siliguri, Lepchajagat is a Lepcha Village which is situated at Sukhipokhri near Darjeeling on the Ghoom-Mirik road. It is an ideal for honeymooners and is located on a hill slope covered with rhododendrons.
Mon Chasha Village Paushi, East Midnapore
Mon Chasha is located on the banks of Bagda River in the remote village of Paushi, East Midnapur district of West Bengal. Mon Chasha is a concept by m.a.t.i. (a model for alternative tourism initiative). It is a blend of authentic village culture, pure earthen traditions; the cultural heritage of rural life and a true sentiment of natural India. Keeping local climate in mind, local products such as as hogla, khor (straw), bans (bamboo), tal (palm tree), jhau (tamarisk) have been used which has made “Mon Chasha” more eco-friendly enabling the room temperature to be controlled naturally. The focus has been upon the rural development & positive poverty alleviation factor.
Pedong is a picturesque hamlet surrounded by pine forests. It is situated 20 kms away from Kalimpong in West Bengal. Pedong commands magnificent views of the snow ranges of Mount Kanchendzonga. It falls on the ancient Silk Route that connects Tibet with India through the Jelep La Pass. Several short and thrilling treks originate from Pedong leading to the Damsangdugi Fort, a historically important site that witnessed a long ethnic war between the Lepchas and Bhutias. A 300 year old ruin is hidden by dense forest at Damsangudi and still holds memories of the reigns of the Lepcha kindom.
Kurseong is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 1458 metres (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling. Kurseong is about 47 kms from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. The Land of the White Orchids nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station, which is about 53 kilometres from Kurseong. The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The best time to visit Kurseong is between March-end, May and between the end of August and October. The Chogyal (Monarch) of Sikkim ceded Kurseong to the British Empire in 1835. Later in 1880, this small hamlet became a tourist destination for the colonial authorities and was a preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate.
Situated at a driving distance of 45 minutes from Kaffer Lolegaon and at a driving distance of 1.5 hours from Lava, the small Lepcha village of Charkhole, popularly known as Charkhole Lolegaon, is indeed heaven on earth. With the widest possible view of the snow capped Kanchendzonga, Charkhole offers an enigmatic warmth with honest hospitality, deep moist forest of huge Pine, Cypress, Oak, Shal and Rhododendrons. The spectacle of scintillating sunrise or sensuous sunset from the nearby hilltop of Jhandi Dara is an experience of the lifetime. On clear days even the mighty Mt Everest is visible from the spot. This place is also a heaven for bird watchers. Several rare species including Blue Fronted Redstart, Indian Robin, and Green Backed Tit, Pippit, Ashley Prinia and many others will surely amaze you. Charkhole offers quite a few short trek routes and excursion points too. An excursions to Kaffer Lolegaon(12Km), Lava (39Km), Rishyap (30Km), Pedong(50Km), Rishi (30Km from Pedong), Rikisom (53Km) and Gumba Dara (29Km) make holidays at Charkhole Lolegaon cherishable for lifetime. The locals live mainly on farming and agriculture. Elaichi and Tea are the main plantations here and the hospitality of the people is truly amazing. So, just pack your bags and get ready for a memory to be cherished for years!
Manabari is situated in Mal tehsil and located in Jalpaiguri district of West bengal. It is one of the 106 villages in Mal Block along with villages like Manabari Tea Garden and Turibari. The nearest railway station from Manabari is Jalpaiguri.
Chuikhim is situated at a height of 3,500ft.The trip to Chuikhim starts either from New Jalpaiguri by road and takes a sharp left turn from National Highway 31 at Bagrakote or from Jalpaiguri / Jalpaiguri Road Station or New Mal Junction by road followed by a sharp right turn from National Highway 31 at Bagrakote, entering the Bagrakote tea garden.