Are you going to Dooars or you’re in Dooars right now? If answered yes, the second day trip soon after Jhalong, Bindu and Murti would definitely be to Samsing and Suntalekhola. As compared to the other trips, this is a short day trip and you can be back to Lataguri at around 3-4 PM. But everything depends on exactly how much you would love to explore once you reach those places. While there are natural lovers who could have spent an entire day in this place, there could be some others who would leave the place within few hours.
Perched at an elevation of 3000ft, Samsing is indeed a shady and cool place which is ideal for the nature lovers. The journey towards Samsing is an uphill one and it is also a memorable one as you ride through the tea gardens of Dooars on the sliding hill slopes.
Traveling to Samsing
Soon after you have your breakfast, you can depart from your hotel and for reaching this place, you don’t need an SUV or a jeep as the road conditions are relatively good. A Maruti Van would be an ideal choice. This part of the journey will take you through some picturesque gardens and views that would remind you of the views of the tea gardens of Darjeeling.
From Lataguri, you will straight reach Chalsa and begin with hill-climbing. There is a point called Satpaki, the reason behind this name being the 7 turns which you require taking before reaching the zenith. There is also a new view point which has been developed and you can get a panoramic view of the entire forest from this place. Once you start driving, you will soon see the landscape change into lush green tea gardens and stopping by these tea gardens is a must.
After driving for some more time, you’ll reach Samsing and this is the ultimate viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful mountains and valleys. Eating a plate of Noodles or Momo isn’t a good idea while enjoying the beauty of the place.
Further drive to Suntalekhola
If you drive a little bit further, you will reach the final destination of Suntalekhola. In Nepalese, Khola means ‘River’ and Suntale means ‘orange’ and hence the name of this place means Orange River. You may smartly book the West Bengal Tourism Eco Forest Bungalows if you wish to enjoy some silent time in the hills. During the monsoon, the level of water can be menacing enough and travel gurus usually recommend you to spend more time to enjoy the beauty of nature and the serene and calm surrounding. You may even take a dip in the flowing river if you’re adventurous enough.
Therefore, if you’re planning to visit some of the offbeat destinations of Bengal, Samsing and Suntalekhola are definitely going to be two of the best destinations. Faribasti, Rocky Island and River Murti are some of the other sightseeing locations that you shouldn’t miss.