Shivakhola, Gitingy Tea Garden, West Bengal 734223
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.|
|Expenses:||6000 max per head, you need a team of 4/6 people to make the expense constant.|
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.
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.
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.