Situated in the foothills in between Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts border, Samsing is a small town that serves as the gateway to the famous Neora Valley National Park. Samsing is said to be the queen of Dooars. If you are a nature lover, a Dooars tour including Samsing is best for you. From hills, plains, forests, tea gardens to villages, Samsing is a fusion of all the variety of beauties that nature has to provide. It is a well known tourist attraction. The pictorial scenery of Samsing village is enough for one to come and visit the place. Tea gardens here include the Chalsa tea garden, Zurantee tea garden and Samsing tea garden. Samsing also harbors a large number of exquisite birds including the grey nightjar, greater racket-tailed drongo and black chinned Yuhinas.
How to reach
It takes about 3 hours to reach the Queen of Dooars, Samsing village from Siliguri through NH31. On reaching Chalsa, one can turn left and drive to Samsing via Meteli enjoying the view of the beautiful tea gardens through the journey.
Attractions in Samsing village and surrounding
Samsing has various scenic spots. Some are here listed below:
- Laliguras: One of the well known picnic spots in Samsing is Laliguras. This spot provides a clear view of the Murti River through the bed of rocks and mountains originates from the Neora valley, flowing through the plains of Samsing and later meeting the Jaldhaka River at Gorumara. The spot is best known for its scenic beauty and it is advisable to avoid being late. Tourists should go early to avoid the rush.
- Suntalekhola: The word ‘Suntale’ means orange and ‘Khola’ means stream. Thus, just like the name suggests this little hamlet situated a few kilometers ahead of Samsing is a village filled with orange orchids though which streams are flowing. For tourists who would like to spend a couple of days in complete silence in the nature’s lap while enjoying the forests and watching the birds, Suntalekhola is perfect. Another attraction of this place is the hanging bridge over the river Sunatalekhola though which one is required to walk in order to reach the WBFDC (West Bengal Forest Development Corporation) lodge.
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- Rocky Island: Another small village settlement situated a few kilometers from Samsing is Rocky Island. The rocky island is the place where the river Murti comes down off the Hills and meets the plains. The river flows all through the place and the village settlement is located just at the banks of the river. One can watch the river from a bridge on the road. These rocks are so huge that one can also enjoy rock climbing here. During picnic season, tourists hold picnics in the bank of the river Murti in the Rocky Island. These are several short trekking routes originating in the area. One who likes trekking may hike up to the Tree Fern Point and watch the beautiful view of the Himalayan range on one side and the Dooars plain on the other. Te Jelepla Pass connecting China occupied Tibet with India is also visible from here. The forest, hills and the river is a spectacle for nature lovers.
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- Paren: On the way to Bindu, Paren is a cluster of small villages with roads through forests of sal and coniferous trees. Blessed with the scenic beauty, Paren is dotted with astounding trekking routes. One famous such route includes the Rachella Pass via Alubari and Lava. Rachella is well known for the number of natural lakes presents there and is thus an attraction for trekkers. They can enjoy the adventure of trekking through dense areas of the Neora Valley Forest and border areas of Bengal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. Besides trekking, one can also enjoy short jungle walks leading towards Dalgaon, Garibas, and Rongo which is flourished with the variety of medicinal –plants that a botanist would absolutely be thrilled to see. The jungle walk also allows one to have a glimpse of various types of Himalayan birds and colorful butterflies.
One should definitely include these places in their Dooars tour package and enjoy!