Here it divides into several channels
and flows through the lower marshy land of the sanctuary,
providing an ideal breeding place for the migratory birds.
Situated on the lofty bank of Teesta, Mongpong Forest Rest
House offers a great panoramic view of the Mahananda Wild
Life Sanctuary and the wide spread Teesta valley. The colour
of the river changes as the Sun slowly hides behind the hills.
The flocks of wild goose fly back to their nests. The sudden
chorus of crickets and beetles animates the surrounding forests.
A leopard roars nearby. And night falls at Mongpong. It is
now time to return to your nest, one of the coziest ones in
the region. Spend the rest of the night in complete peace.
Most tourists visit Mongpong for the quiet
and serene environment. This is the ideal place to spend a
couple of days walking among the trees and sitting besides
the river Teesta. Options galore for those who want to go
for a drive in the nearby area.
Cross the Highway and travel a hundred meters through
the village road to reach Upper Mongpong village besides a
small stream. The picturesque village and the wide meadow
in front including the dense forests of Mahananda WLS would
keep you mesmerised for a whole day.
The famous Sevok coronation bridge is about 5 kms
from here. You may take a drive or even walk through the hilly
road to visit “Sevok Bagpool”. Once here, don’t forget to
visit the Sevokeswari Kalimandir, the temple of Kali that
is an attraction for the locals as well as tourists.
About 7 kilometers ahead of Mongpong is the location
of Washabari. One of the older and reputed tea gardens of
Dooars. You may take a special permission from the garden
manager to visit the garden including the tea production facility
at the Tea factory.
Next to Washabari is the Leesh River. The river looks
docile for most part of the year but during the Monsoon months,
Leesh sometimes becomes violent and has record of breaking
into Oodlabari and Washabari area including destroying forests
and tea gardens. The view of the river and the hills from
the highway bridge is very attractive. You may decide to go
for a day hike upstream the Leesh river. An hour’s walk from
Bagrakot up the river will take you to an abandoned coal mine
on the bank of Leesh River.
If Washabari is on the right bank of the Leesh River,
Bagrakot is on the left bank. The small village is cantered
around Bagrakot Tea Garden. Just after crossing the Leesh
bridge you will reach “Mina More”. From here Bagrakot village
is a 100 meter on your left.
A road passes through Bagrakot to reach up in the hills. Through
this road a large number of tourist destinations can be accessed
very easily including Nimbong, Barbote, Samthar, Chuikhim
and Charkol. The road condition is not very good when last
reported and you must confirm the current status of the road
from Mongpong check post before venturing into this road.
Further east from Mongpong as you drive
through the Highway you will visit the following places one
after the other. Distance given are from Mongpong
Washabari – 8 Kms
Leesh River Bridge – 9 Kms
Bagrakot (Mina More) – 10 Kms – From here take a left turn
for Barbote, Nimbong area
Gheesh River Bridge – 14 Kms
Oodlabari Crossing – 16 Kms – From here take a right to go
to Kathambari forest area
Damdim – 21 Kms – From here take a left turn to reach Lava
Malbazar - 28 Kms
Chalsa – 36 Kms – From here Take a left turn to Samsing or
a right turn to Gorumara.
Where to Stay
The only tourist accommodation at Mongpong
is the forest rest house of West Bengal Tourist Development
Corporation. The accommodation is very comfortable and is
one of the best in the area.