Jayanti in Jalpaiguri
Jayanti in Jalpaiguri District (Source: flickr)
The Jayanti forest is close to the mesmerizing Bhutanghat hills soothing the eye with their endless stretch of greenery in the form of sal, teak, sirish and akashmoni. The forest of Jayanti is the natural habitat for a number of wild animals like tiger, elephant, leopard, barking deer, wild dog and a variety of birds.
Jayanti is situated at a distance of 25 km from Alipurduar Junction, a prominent railway station in the Jalpaiguri district. The town of Rajabhatkhawa, another important tourist destination in Jalpaiguri district is about 15 km away from Jayanti.
Jayanti Tourism in JalpaiguriJayanti in the Jalpaiguri district gives you a whiff of cold fresh air mingled with the pure and bracing mystic smell of its nearby forests. Much acclaimed for its scenic beauty, it will revitalize you from a monotonous daily existence with its rippling river, wild streams and unspoilt greenery. Several trekking trails will beckon you for adventure while the numerous variety of avian species like resident Fork-tails, Ibis Bill, Red Stars found there, due to its proximity to the swift streams of Jayanti and Rydak will make it an delightful birding tour.
If you are travelling by train especially one which stops at Rajabhatkhawa, you will be mesmerized by the beautiful view offered between Alipurduar Junction and Rajabhatkhawa as one passes through the dense Buxa forests. Some of the lucky few even manage to spot an occasional elephant from the train window.
Some of the tourist attractions in Jayanti include:
Jayanti Riverbed in Jalpaiguri
- Jayanti Riverbed – The Jayanti River flowing along one side of the forests of Jayanti is a tourist’s delight. It fills up during the rainy season and one can get a panoramic view of the Jayanti forests from its banks. In fact due to its scenic beauty, the Jayanti riverbed has been the site of several popular films. There are also the remains of a railway bridge which lies almost submerged in the riverbed, as it was washed away in 1993 through floods in the region. Wild animals and often found to come to the riverbanks to drink or cross the river moving to the other side.
Chota Mahakal near Mahakal cave
- Mahakal Cave - A 13 km trek route from Buxa Duar to Jayanti is popular among tourists due to the breathtaking scenic beauty it offers along the way. Journeying though this wilderness brings one to the Mahakal Cave, which is a stalactite cave in Jayanti. It is considered as one of the 51 satipeeths and a village fair is held here during the Hindu festival of Shivratri. For tourists who love exploring new possibilities, the narrow and dark entrance of the Mahakal cave will not be a deterrent to indulge in a wee bit of adventure. The trek to the nearby Pukhri hills is also a good option, but ultimately is subject to the wishes of forest officials.
- Buxa Fort – The Buxa fort is about 15 km from Jayanti, and has become historically significant as a place where political prisoners (or freedom fighters) were imprisoned during British colonial rule.
Travelling to JayantiJayanti is well connected by motorable road. It is situated about 25 km from Alipurduar Junction and thus the tourist can take a train till there and then hire private cars to reach Rajabhatkhawa and the Jayanti forest. There are entry fees to the Jayanti forest per head or per jeep, as well as separate charges for carrying a camera. It is 153 km away from Siliguri. The local form of transport available is auto-rickshaws.
Accommodation in Jayanti
WBFDC Forest Bungalow in Jayanti
There are also several small hotels and private lodges like the Rover’s Inn Resort available to the tourist for staying in Jayanti.