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Bindu Jhalong – A lesser-trodden offbeat wonder

Some trips are not easily forgotten. Being a child whose parents loved to travel, I was fortunate enough to travel a lot of lesser known places in and around Kolkata.

About 99 Km from Jalpaiguri, Jhalong, is another such lesser-trodden offbeat wonder of Dooars Himalayan foothills, is situated on the bank of Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu in Kalimpong Sub-division. Jaldhaka Hydro electricity project on the Jaldhaka River is another major attraction. It operates water supply to the project and serves as a bridge for crossing over to Bhutan.

The nearest Airport is the Bagdogra Airport from where you hire a cab to this place.

The place was a truly serine place with the nature that stands in front of you with all its magic and splendor. Jhalong is rich with natural beauty; there are several places in Jhalong for sightseeing. Jhalong is a paradise for bird watchers. Being a weekend trip for me and my family from Kolkata, it was quite a refreshing one. Far from the busy schedules of the city life, the experience of staying over at a quaint little hotel just on the banks of the Jaldhaka was truly a mesmerizing one. Accommodations are quite less in this part of the country. So be prepared for not so luxurious stays. But trust me being able to stay with one of the localities and enjoying a hot meal with them in their kitchen is an experience in itself. A visit to the weekly market and a bare footed walk on the banks of the river can rejuvenate you and keep you wanting for more. Considered as a birdwatcher’s paradise, this village is home to several hill birds and migratory water fowl. Hill birds like kingfisher, brown dipper, redstart and laughing thrush can be spotted in this destination.

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