A Short Trip in the Queen of Dooars-Jayanti
Jayanti is a small village which is situated along the Jayanti River in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal State of India. It is located within the popular Buxa Tiger Reserve which is among the most visited destinations in Dooars. The names of Jayanti Hills at the eastern side and Jayanti Village at the western side of the river name have been derived from the Jayanti River itself.
The river forms a natural border with the hills of Bhutan which is also a pictorial excellence which seems to be created carefully by the Almighty himself. If Darjeeling is the “Queen of Hills”, then Jayanti is definitely the “Queen of Dooars” for the appealing natural beauty.
The place which derives its name from Chilla Rai – the army chief of the Coch Rajas, was famous as the hunting ground of Coch Rajas. Dense forest with only narrow paths makes the place thrilling for tourists and wildlife lovers. The entry permit is to be obtained from Chilapata Range office which can be reached going through Mathurapur Tea Garden.
Forest safari is conducted two times a day.Timings – Morning(6am – 8:30am) , Afternoon(2:30pm – 5pm).
Torsa, being the main river, other rivers like Kalchini, Buriasra and Beniya also flows through the dense forest, where you may catch a glimpse of rhino, elephants and Gaurs. Enjoy the jungle safari and the ancient fort of the Nalrajas which dates back to 5th century. The forest also houses the famous Ramguwa tree. Due to red colour of the sap, the locals say, that the tree bleeds if hit. Unfortunately, these trees are decreasing in number due to smuggling. The forest is inhabited by the Rava tribes and offers more thrill and the jungle flavor compared its other counterparts in Dooars. Coochbehar is the convenient accessible point for visiting Chilapata.
How to Reach
Nearest railhead is Hasimara which is 18km from Chilapata and can be reached by train (13149 Kanchankanya Express) from Sealdah. Alpurduar is 22kms and Coochbehar is 40kms from Chilapata.
Once the capital of Coch Rajas, Coochbehar was established by Maharaja Bishwasingh Coch in the year 1522. Coochbehar was an independent state for more than 400 years before collaborating with India in 1949. The point of tourist attraction being the Coochbehar Palace, situated at heart of the city with an area of 55 sq.km. The palace was built by Maharaj Nripendranarayan in Gothic style and resembles St. Peters Palace of Rome. Presently the palace is under the jurisdiction of Archaeological Survey of India.
Coochbehar was known as the city of lakes in the past as it has 8 lakes, viz., Sagardighi, Bairagidighi being the popular among them. Coochbear was known as the city of lakes in the past. It has 8 lakes, among which Sagardighi and Bairagidighi are most popular.
The famous Madanmohan Temple is also located here. Visit Purani Masjid, Dispen Church located in the city and thereafter Madhupurdham located 10km from the city. After that you can also visit Mashanbaba Temple near Dinhata which is situated further 17kms. On the way to Alipuduar, you can also trek down to Baneshwar Shiv Temple which rests in a cave below. Kamteshwari Temple, which was built by Maharaja Pran Narayan, is another religious spot situated 32km from the city.
Suggested Itinerary for You
DAY 1: – Reach Hasimara by train/car from Kolkata. Driving through the forest road among the greenery we will reach Chilapata. After lunch we will visit Mathurapur Tea Estate, banks of Baniya river and other nearby places. Enjoy the evening with snacks and watching tribal dance by the Ravas. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2: – Go for a thrilling safari at Chilapata forest. After breakfast we will bid adieu to Chilapata and driving through Rajabhatkhawa we will reach Buxa Tiger Reserve. After lunch we will spend some time on the banks of Jayanti river. Once a busy town, Jayanti was used as a railhead by the British for transporting Dolomite by rail from the hills in Bhutan. After the railway lines being washed away by the floods, and as the years passed, Jayanti lost its importance as a town and is only a small village now. You can also enjoy trekking to the Mahakal cave or take a safari to Pokhri. Dinner and overnight stay at Jayanti.
DAY 3: – After breakfast we will drive to Santalebari and trek to the ancient Buxa Fort. Here you can enjoy the adventurous trek and also the natural sceneries Lunch at a village inside the Buxa Fort and return to Jayanti by evening. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4: – After breakfast we will start towards Coochbehar, which was once the capital of Cooch Rajas. The point of tourist attraction being the Coochbehar Palace, situated at heart of the city with an area of 55 sq.km. The palace was built by Maharaj Nripendranarayan in Gothic style and resembles St. Peters Palace of Rome. The palace is open to the tourists from 10am to 5pm except Friday. The museum houses historic weapons, royal clothes and artistic oil paintings. Also, the large garden and the array of colorful flowers add to the beauty of the palace. After lunch we will go for sightseeing in Coochbehar. Dinner and overnight stay at Coochbehar.
DAY 5: – After breakfast we will visit an offbeat place Rasomati, situated 22km from Coochbehar under Patlakhola Range. The wildlife and the beauty of the Torsa river flowing down makes the place more pleasant. Next, we will visit Rasikbil, a large natural lake with an area of 175 hectares situated 45km from Coochbehar and the forests surrounding it over an area of 800 hectares. After lunch, drop at New Alipurduar.
Visit Jayanti during the monsoon
Since throughout the year the River remains dry and it is only in the monsoon that the charming sound of the flowing river can be witnessed. The water level rises during the monsoon and the white pebbles make the river bed looks like wearing a white carpet.
How to Reach Jayanti
The closest railway station from Jayanti is in New Alipurduar. The distance between Alipurduar Railway station to Jayanti is 30 Km and the closest airport from Jayanti is Baghdogra. The distance between Baghdogra to Jayanti is 198 Km. Visitors can easily hire taxi from the respective junctions.
Special Attractions in Jayanti
Buxa Fort is a historical place, now in ruins. It was formerly dominated by Bhutan King but was handed over to the British in the later period of time. British used the fort as a prison for holding the rebels of entire India. India’s great freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose was also imprisoned here which assuredly raises its popularity and historical significance.
Situated at a distance of 4 km away from Jayanti, the place is considered to be one of the most sacred places for every religion. Here you will get an immense experience of trekking, magnificent beauty of nature, chirping of many melodious birds and many more. Moreover, you can also visit the famous and sacred pond of Pokhri hill which is full of turtles and fishes
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve is a must-visit attraction in our Buxa Jayanti Package Tour. It is one of the largest natural forests of Dooars, blessed with rich flora and fauna. Sited beside the border of Bhutan, the dense forest of Sal trees offers perfect hideout to wild animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Sambar Deer, etc.
Surrounded by thick forests, Rajabhatkhawa is a tiny village located near Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a perfect place for nature lovers. The animal rescue centre is one of the major attractions. Many injured wild animals are being treated here by the forest comptrollers to release them again in their natural habitat. Here in this village, you can also indulge yourself in Safari, bird watching and trekking activities.
Jaldapara and Garumara National Park
Located on the bank of river Murti, Gorumara National Park is one of the prime attractions near Jayanti. The park is popular for One-horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, Deer, Elephants, Bison, etc. You can have a Jungle Safari in Gorumara National Park to get closer to these wild animals.
Quite popular for One-Horned Rhinoceros, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is another main attraction of Jayanti. Moreover, Royal Bengal Tigers, Deer, Bisons, Elephants and Indian Python can also be seen here. To witness the wildlife of Jaldapara Closely, Elephant Safari or a Jeep Safari is available.
Jaldhaka, Jhalong and Bindu
Jaldhaka is an attractive village located near Indo-Bhutan Border. The scenic valley of the Jaldhaka River, the Jaldhaka Hydel Project, mesmerizing green Alpine forests has already bewitched plenty of travellers towards it.
Jhalong is another tiny hamlet settled in the foothills of Himalaya. The major attractions of Jhalong are the scenic beauty of nature, various unique Himalayan birds. Bindu too is a splendid settlement to see in our Buxa Jayanti Package Tour. This scenic hamlet is popularly known for medical plantations, Bindu Dam and also because of its serene ambience.
Samsing, Suntalekhola and Rocky Island
With our Buxa Jayanti Package Tour, you will also be exploring the other prominent attractions of Dooars like Samsing, Suntalekhola and Rocky Island. Samsing is a picturesque hamlet blessed with rich flora and fauna near Jayanti.
Suntalekhola is an adjacent village surrounded by the dense forest of Dooars and quite famous for its sheer ambience. On the other hand, Rocky Island is the perfect hideout amidst nature and far from the bustling crowd.
Accommodation Options in Buxa Jayanti Package Tour
Where it comes about where to stay in Jayanti, you will be accommodated in the finest private hotels and resorts. In every Buxa Jayanti Package Tour, we will provide top-notch hotels of Jayanti as well as the government resort named Jayanti Tourist Lodge as per your likings.
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