An offbeat destination of Dooars and North Bengal region, Suntalekhola is a scenically blessed village.
It is situated at an altitude of 650 to 950 meters. It is perched on the foothills of the Himalayas and is an outstanding location. It is an ideal place to spend an overnight stay in Doors before visiting any other destination and it will surely bring you closer to nature.
How to reach:
By air: You can board a flight from Bagdogra to reach Suntalekhola which is the closest airport located at a distance of 98 kilometers.
By rail: The closest railway station is NJP. You can avail for a car rental from NJP to reach Suntalekhola which is located at a distance of 5 kilometers.
By road: As Siliguri has many hired car service providers available you can avail a car booking from NJP to reach Suntalekhola that is located at a distance of 6 kilometers from Siliguri.
Best locations to stay in Suntalekhola:
Many accommodation facilities are available for tourists visiting Suntalekhola. They can also stay in homestays and enjoy the homely lifestyle of Suntalekhola.
Forest bungalows and lodges are also available which are maintained by the forest government officials. But all the forest bungalows and forest rest house are needed to be booked in advance.
There are many sightseeing places which have given an interest upon the travelers for traveling to Suntalekhola. They are:
- Hanging Bridge over the Suntalekhola River
- Rocky Island
- Rachela Pass trek
- Tree Fern Point
River camping in Suntalekhola:
Away from the crowd and sounds of the bustling city life, Suntalekhola River Camp is the exact example of giving you an experience of the beauty and serenity of nature.
This river camp has 4 tents near River Murti. They are equipped with basic facilities and fresh food which gives you a feel of a simple and healthy life. If you love camping under an open night sky while taking the fresh air then Suntalekhola River Camp will let you experience these together. It will also bring you close to Mother Nature.
Safety tips for first-time river camping:
If you are a first-time camper then preparation is the most essential step to be taken before camping. You can start with:
- Bring a first aid kit: With all other safety tips keeping you prepared with first aid kit is a must to avoid any sort of cut or bruises or any other small accidents.
- Keep a map: We are used to GPS but you must keep a map while visiting any forest to avoid picking up the signal at times.
- Practice safety towards water: If you are going for a river camp then swimming and proper water safety guidelines are a must.
- Practice safe fire: No camping is fun without fire. But you must take precautions before starting your camping with fire.
- Keep yourselves safe from animals: The basic camping safety includes safety from animals. So, you must hike in the daytime to avoid any contact with animals.
Other places to visit around Suntalekhola:
1-Lava: It is a small hamlet located on the way from Siliguri to Kalimpong. This place is covered with verdant forests and is a quiet place to spend time with your family.
Distance from Suntalekhola:
2-Jhalong: It is a less visited offbeat destination in Dooars Himalayan foothills. It is situated on the banks of Jaldhaka offering a serene ambiance of nature.
Distance from Suntalekhola: Located at a distance of 95 kilometers
3-Jaldapara: Jaldapara is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas on the bank of river Torsa. The vast grassland has a protection of the great variety of flora and fauna.
Distance from Suntalekhola: Located at a distance of 124 kilometers
4-Neora Valley: It is situated in the Kalimpong district and is one of the wealthiest animal species zones in the entire Northeast. Also, the rich diversity of flora and fauna make this park an important wild zone.
Distance from Suntalekhola: Located at a distance of 98 kilometers
5-Samsing: it is a quiet hamlet situated on the foothills of the Himalayas. This place is an offbeat destination but with peace and serenity to visit for the modern society.
Distance from Samsing: Located at a distance of 123 kilometers
6-Murti River: Murti is a place situated beside the Murti River. It is famous in Dooars for its scenic beauty by making it one of the favoured destinations for tourists to visit.
Distance from Suntalekhola: Located at a distance of 69 kilometres
Many other famous destinations are also included in the list of visiting around Suntalekhola.
Do not miss the chance of visiting Suntalekhola for once
The scenic green nature, the flow of the mountain streams will bring you very close to nature and will refresh your mind and soul. So, do not just sit at home and look out of the window but visit Suntalekhola to get the real essence of the beauty of nature.