Darjeeling, West BengalShivakhola & Mongpong

Mar,2019
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Address:

Shivakhola

Shivakhola, Gitingy Tea Garden, West Bengal 734223


Mongpong

Mangpong Forest, West Bengal 734005

How to go:

Shivakhola Nature camp

From NJP you can avail Toy train which will take you to the Rongton through Sukna forest. Frankly the ride is just for one time experience. If you ever ride it you can skip and hire a car. for that you have to follow the contact section of "Note". Well the driver can pick you up from NJP and drop you to the Shivakhola Nature camp directly. The nature camp is around 10 km from Rongton railway station.


Mongpong forest bungalow

From Siliguri you can hire car and go to the bungalow directly through Sevoke. It is around 30 Km from NJP railway station.

Pros: Nature, Birds, Refreshment, River, Forest..............................everything.......
Cons: Network sometimes may be................... Nothing such i found as well.
What to visit ? These places are for relaxation and birding mainly. So you barely find any visiting place but yes You will find Latpanchar, Mahananda wildlife etc. For those you have to extend the number of days.
Company: Birds lover, Bird photographer, Family friends
Minimum day/time to visit: 3 days for sure.
Locality: Hilly village
Expenses: 6000 max per head, you need a team of 4/6 people to make the expense constant.
More Information:

Shivakhola



Attractions

  1. Riverside tent accommodation.
  2. Adjacent river
  3. Activities like camping, birding, bar-b-q, Bonfire etc


Brief

Shivakhola nature camp, 31 km away from NJP and you will pass through beautiful Sukhna forest and Rongton toy train station, is a camp where few nature tents along with some nature couch and a bar-b-q chimney have been organised besides the river. The beauty of campus remains changed along with season. Mr. DP Pradhan and Anand Lama are the two main figures who maintain and run the whole business also they are very fond of birds and nature. One who love birds can be their good companion. Tents are well maintained and cleaned enough and other workers like cook and the helpers are very well spoken and respectful by nature.



Best time to go

Obviously November to January is the best season for bird lovers specially and one can visit the place from February to May too. Because of the altitude the weather remains pleasant in any season throughout the year. But remember July to mid September they keep the nature camp close generally.



Activities

  • As this is a bird paradise, one can fulfill their dream to join this activity in specific season. DP Pradhan and also Lama sometimes love to take initiative as a guide and mate while go out for birding. Drivers like Mumesh is also a nice guy to roam around with car and also very fond of birds.
  • Don't miss bar-b-q prepared by the cook inside the campus. All you have to do is to inform them 1 day before so that they can make arrangement for that.
  • Bonfire is a nice activities besides the river at night, group of people can have a great time together.
  • Owner also organize some activities like rock climbing, river activities and camping with large group of students or people.
  • Taking bath to the river is one of the most amazing activities one can ever have in that campus.
  • One can explore Shivakhola by roaming around by own and get the actual flavor of this place because we found there are many virgin places and jungle out there which can be explored in high level.


DON'T

  • Don't create mess with nature or create chaos while doing any activities.
  • Don't forget your limit and disturb others who are also staying in same premises and having a family time.
  • Don't dare to throw plastics outside and make the place hell ground.
  • Don't try to consider this place is a 5 star kind of accommodation, remember this is perfect for explorers and nature lovers.
  • Sophisticated people please stay away from this place.


Contacts



Mongpong



Attractions

  1. Vast Teesta view from the balcony.
  2. Birding around the campus.
  3. VIP guest house


Brief

Mongpong Eco-Tourism Cottage, 32 km drive from NJP, is very close to nature and the accommodation is well structured. There are 4 cottages beautifully named as Kalij, Munal, Tragopan & Cuckoo respectively. It is having a dining section outside of the cottage and installed in open air. Along with the beautiful accommodation it has an open balcony from where you can view the beautiful railway track which is going towards Dooars, jungle of Teak and Sal and the vast Teesta view gradually. Mongpong is an absolute birds paradise, you will understand once you enter the premises. Several kinds of birds call will welcome you from the early morning till evening. There are some benches and hammock on which you can spend your leisure.



How to book

One has to book the cottages through https://www.wbfdc.com/



When to go

Frankly this place is for people with all age. And one can visit the place anytime through out a year. Because every season gives you different flavor.You don't need to find any activities but can relax and roam nearby the whole day.



Communication

One can get the local bus or shuttle car from Siliguri which takes around 1.5 hours max. Or else you can hire car which may cost around 650 rs.

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The day with start with......
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Reached Sukna...
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Rongton is nearby...
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On the way...
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Reached to our destination.
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Village upper side.
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Shivakhola eco hut
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Amazing night view
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Accommodation for 4 people
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Double bed accommodation
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Chilling out the evening besides the river....
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Lunch ready....Shivakhola...
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Our BBQ is getting ready...
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Magical.
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Chestnut-headed bee-eater
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Great Horn bill
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Barred cuckoo dove...
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Long-tailed broadbill
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Surprise in early mourning...
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Greater racket tailed drongo.
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Towards birding trail..
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Tea garden in Rongton
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Mongpong forest bungalow
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Guest house Mongpong.
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Mongpong room interior.
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Mongpong room interior.
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VIP guest house Mongpong
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Birding trial Mongpong
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Graceful Common green marpie
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Greater racket tailed drongo
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