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West Bengal :- Sensational
 
Naturally Endowed
 
Bengal is the only state endowed with natural regions ranging across riverine delta, beaches on the Bay of Bengal, snow capped Himalayan mountain, the World Heritage Site of the Sunderbans, the largest estuarine forest in the world with deep tropical forests and flat alluvial plain in between.
 
The Dooars Valley
 
Specially notable for its wildlife sanctuaries, among which are the National Park of Gorumara (75 km from Siliguri), Chapramari forests (68 km from Siliguri), the Buxa Tiger Reserve (200 km from Siliguri) and the Jaldapara Sanctuary (124 km from Siliguri).
 
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park are habitats of the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds including plenty of peacocks. Elephant riding through the Jaldapara forest is exciting.
 
Other places of attraction in and around the region include Jayanti (30 km from Alipurduar), Bhutanghat (45 km from Alipurduar), beside River Raidak bordering Bhutan.
 
The Neora Valley National Park, spread over an area of 88 sq km in the Darieeling district of West Bengal is a unique area of rich bio-diversity in the Himalayan foothills. It sustains a unique eco-system where tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative system still harbours a wealth of flora and fauna. Red Panda, Himalayan Thar, Tiger, Goral, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Boar, Wild Dog and Clouded Leopard and birds like Redstart, Whistling Thrush, Golden Headed Black Finch, Niltava, Yuhina are found in this National Park The Buxa Tiger Reserve with an area of 759 sq kms is located in eastern Dooars (rolling humid plains) at 2600 ft above sea level and comprises densely wooded deciduous forests and grasslands.
 
Singalila National Park
 
The vegetation of these virgin forests mainly alpine, changes with the range in altitude. The main tree species found are the Rhododendron, Magnolia, Oak, Hemlock, Silver Fir, Juniper, Mailing Bamboo, Buk, Kawla, Bhujpatra etc. The fauna found in the park are leopard, serow, pangolin, elephant, chinkara takin, red panda, barking deer etc. The park has a variety of birds such as pigeons, doves, sibia, minivet, magpie, cuckoo, hornbills, Kaleej pheasants and a large number of migratory birds.
 
Sundarbans
 
The world's largest estuarine forest is a network of estuaries, tidal rivers, and creeks intersected by numerous channels, it encloses flat, marshy islands covered with dense forests. The name Sundarbans is perhaps derived from the term meaning "forest of sundari a reference to the large mangrove tree that provides valuable fuel. It is one of the last preserves of the Royal Bengal tiger and the site of a tiger preservation project. Deer, antelopes and wild pigs also have made this marsh land their home.
 
The Dooars Valley can be very conveniently reached by road, rail and from the nearest airport at Bagdogra. There are good places to stay, which need to be booked well in advance during season.
 
Malangi Lodge, Barodabri Situated near Hasimara Air Force base (Gurudwara), and Assam, Bhutan Border area. Many places to see nearby.
 
Lava
 
At an altitude of 2350 meters, a serene little Township - breath-taking views of the Himalayan Range-deep valleys, wooded ridges, snowy peaks & passes. A visit to Lava Monastery and Neora Valley interpretation Center and Sangey Falls offers the glimpse of nature's wealth. A drive to sunset point at Tiffendhara (1.5 km) or Trekking at Rechila.
 
Paren
 
Mini Hydel Power Station adjacent to the cottages which supplies power to the Paren Nature Resort and to the Paren Forest Village.
 
Duarsini
 
On the foothills of a mound, stands on the bank of rivulet Satgurum. A place to experience Bird watching, study tribal culture, trekking.
 
Lepchajagat
 
Situated at an altitude of 2123 mtrs. Must see - Ghoom Rock (Sun Rise Point) 1.5 km.
 
Rashik Bill
 
A paradise for bird watchers, it is the Largest wetland in North Bengal forests; home of migratory birds. Visit to Cooch Behar Rajbari, park & palace; Madanmohan Temple, etc.
 
Garpanchkot
 
Situated at the foothill of Panchakot (Panchet hill) in the north east corner of the Purulia District, close to the boundary with district Burdwan and Jharkhand. Hilltop offers picturesque and panoramic view of the command area of the Panchet dam on Damodar river and its reservoir. Bird watching on Panchet dam is a treat.
 
Loleygaon
 
Situated at an altitude of 1850 meters, in the midst of undulating slopes and adorned with towering Dhupi & Cypress trees, Loleygaon offers a grand view of Ralli Valley & Himalayan Range. A visit to sunset view point at Jhandidhara (3.5 km) or a walk in Heritage Forest is a must.
 
RBK (Buxa-Jungle Lodge)
 
Buxa Jungle Lodge, Rajabhatkhawa located within the Forest areas of BTR. Visit Jayanti 20 kms, Mahakal Temple 7 km, historical Buxa Fort via Santrabari 20 kms, Raimatang 25 kms, Rashikbeel 30 kms, Phuntsolling 55 kms, Jaldapara 50 kms, South Kharibari 10 km, Leopard Safari to Kunjanagar 20 kms, also visit Animal Rescue Centre, Herbal Garden.
 
Garubathan
 
How To Reach: Siliguri: The Gateway to north Bengal and most important town, well connected with other parts of state as well as the Country by Road, Rail and Air.
 
Mongpong
 
Mesmerizing landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. The banks of the tumbling Teesta river offer beautiful picnic spots. You can also trek through the virgin forest.
 
Rongpo
 
Gateway to Sikkim. Grand view of Himalayan range and Teesta Valley. Visit to Mansong Cinchona plantation.
 
Jaldhaka
 
Charming landscape; Hydel project is the star attraction. Trekking to Neora Valley National Park.
 
Mukutmonipur
 
Natural beauty - a plateau of Sal forests in the rolling hills - in an extreme weather belt of South West Bengal Attractions include Kansabati Dam, Banpukuria, Ranibandh or Mathgoda.
 
Samsing
 
A land of floating clouds and endless green on the bank of the Suntaleykhola river. Drive through the steep serpentine to Tree fern Point/Trekking.
 
Kalimpong Shailabas
 
A visit to Delo Nursery of exotic cacti and orchids and Delo Lake to bring out Tiger Woods in you at the Golf Course. Those who dare may raft at Chitrey/Tista or Rangit. A must see for all - Monastery, Kali Temple, Mangaldhaam Temple and Banabithi.
 
Mufti
 
Where nature reveals herself with amazing intricacy - visit Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Forest.
 
Suntalekhola (Samsing)
 
Trekking from Samsing to Suntaleykhola will bring you closer to the nature.
 
Thrills & Spills
 
Bengal offers a variety of adventure sports at various places across the state. From mountaineering to rock-climbing, rappelling, white-water rafting, trekking, paragliding, baloon riding, mountain biking, archery, high altitude golf it's all there. Some of the trekkable peaks are Sandakphu, Phalut, Neora Valley, Buxa Fort, Ajodhya Hill etc.
 
For more information contact Department of Tourism, WBTDC, West Bengal Forest Development Corporation.
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