at an elevation of 3000ft, Samsing is a nice cool shady place,
ideal for nature lovers. The journey to Samsing is a memorable
one, as you slowly ride uphill through the most picturesque
Dooars tea garden on the rolling hill
At a distance of 82 km from Siliguri, it
takes about 3 hours to reach Samsing from Siliguri through
the most picturesque landscape. As you enter Dooars through
the National Highway 31, you will cross Malbazar to reach
Chalsa. From Chalsa take a left turn and drive on for 15 kms
via Meteli to reach Samsing. The last few kilometres drive
is a feast for the eyes as you pass through some of the most
picturesque tea gardens of Dooars including the Chalsa Tea
Garden, Zurantee Tea Garden and Samsing Tea Garden. The road
is relatively narrow but there are few vehicles travelling
through this route as the road ends at Samsing.
Suntalekhola is where many
tourists stay overnight. The place is about four kilometers
further up the road from Samsing. The road ends here close
to a small stream named Suntale Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange
and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral
bungalow. You have to walk over a small hanging bridge to
reach the WBFDC forest resort here.
Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti.
The village has about 50 households and is very well maintained.
gardens are common in almost all households. Some of the households
have started homestay for tourists with active support from
naturebeyond. You can walk through the village and its paddy
Another attractive tourist spot is the `Rocky island
nature resort` on the banks of river Murti. This is about
2 km from Samsing. The view of the river and surrounding forests
are excellent from Rocky Island but tourist amenities are
basic. Accommodation is arranged in small Tents for overnight
visitors. The owners of this small resort are true nature
lovers and have so far resisted any attempt to commercialise
this unique place. naturebeyond is in regular touch with them
and actively support their endeavour.
It is one of the most beautiful rivers of Dooars.
The small river flows down from Neora Valley National Park
and passes through Samsing and eventually meets Jaldhaka river
near Gorumara National Park. The river is small enough to
crossed on foot during most of the year except the Monsoon
months. At Samsing you can approach River Murti either at
Rocky Island or near the old forest Bungalow.
Several trek routes originate from Suntale
Khola. The Neora Valley National
Park is adjacent to this place and most treks are organised
in the surrounding area of the National Park. Trekkers can
take a steep ride to `Tree Fern Point` and `Mo` or `Mo Chaki`
for a great view of the Himalayas in one side and the plains
of Dooars in the other. The hills of Bhutan
and `Jelepla`, the pass connecting Tibet with India, can be
seen from here. The most fascinating and thrilling trek leads
to the untouched wilderness of Neora Valley National Park.
Special permission of the forest department is required in
order to organise this trek.
Map of Samsing