Samsing in Jalpaiguri
Samsing (Source: flickr)
Placed amidst lush green tea gardens, forests and hills, Samsing is a hill village and a renowned tourist spot within the Malbazat subdivision in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. Samsing is placed at an altitude of 3000 sq. ft. above sea level. The cool and shady environs of Samsing has rendered it as one of the latest offerings on the map of North Bengal tourist destinations.
Samsing is a great natural beauty with its extensive tea gardens, meandering streams, hilly slopes and the tranquil life lived by its local rural community. With its large scale orange orchards as well as cardamom plantations which are grown traditionally by villagers, Samsing appeals with its picture postcard idyllic charm. So if you want a break from the dullness of routine life, spend your weekend within the natural surroundings of Samsing.
Tourist Attractions in Samsing
Tea Garden in Samsing (Source: flickr)
Placed amidst the most picturesque landscape, Samsing gives every tourist some reason to enjoy. Brace the pure, unadulterated natural serenity of Samsing tea gardens as you drive through the last kilometres to reach this secluded beauty. View the Murti River in all its glory. Feel the mystic thrill of the nearby forests. For the adventure spirit in you, enjoy the umpteen trekking trails which originate here or in adjacent Suntalekhola, from where you can enjoy the beauty of the mighty Himalayas or the untouched wilderness of the nearby Neora Valley National Park. For bird lovers, Samsing provides a haven with numerous species of rare birds in its vicinity. Some of the popular sightseeing options for the tourist in Samsing are:
- Samsing Tea Gardens - There are several tea gardens around Samsing on all sides. As you enter the Dooars region, cross Malbazar and Chalsa, you will have to drive for about 15 kms via Meteli and then reach Samsing. The last stretch of this drive will be a feast for your eyes as witness some of the most picture postcard tea gardens of the Dooars region. Some of these include the Chalsa Tea Garden, Samsing Tea Garden and the Zurantee Tea Garden.
Suntalekhola Bridge (Source: flickr)
- Suntalekhola- This place is as much as tourist destination in its own right and a spot from where several trek routes originate. Situated 4 kms further on the road from Samsing, Suntalekhola has a small stream of the same name, where “Suntaley” means orange and “Khola” means stream. This is where the road ends, and tourists staying here overnight will have to take the Suntalekhola Bridge and reach the WBFDC forest resort built here.
River Murti at Rocky Island, Samsing (Source:flickr)
- Rocky Island - This is a mesmerizing tourist spot and camping site located 2 km from Samsing. Situated by the side of the River Murti, it is adorned with large rocks like Bhimsen, Neel Kanta, Pathar Kailas, Hansdunga which are treasured as a easy climbing practice for the adventure loving tourist. Rocky Island also provides an opportunity to explore the extremely rich biodiversity of the lower portion of the Neora Valley National Park. There are small and enjoyable trek trails to nearby natural spots like Bhalukope, Sherpagaon, Jhandidara and Mo-chuki.
- Murti River- One of the most picturesque rivers of the Dooars region, the River Murti meanders down the Neora Valley National Park and passes through the hilly village of Samsing before it meets the Jaldhaka River close to the Gorumara National Park. The Murti River gives the tourists at Samsing some amazing moments of natural bliss with its views of the nearby hills and lush green forests. Murti can be accessed in Samsing either from Rocky Island or close to the old forest bungalow.
Samsing is also the entry point for the Neora Valley National Park located about 18 km from the place. The tourists will be spoilt for choice with the immense prospect of activities that Samsing offers from sightseeing, trekking, camping, bird watching, angling and others. Some of the rare bird species you can see include Grey Nightjar, Maroon Oriole Orange bellied Leafbird, Short-billed Minivets, Greychinned Minivets, Slaty-backed Forktail, Ashy Bulbul, Racket-tailed Drongo, Chestnut crowned Warblers, Long-tailed Sibia, Black-chinned and White-napped Yuhinas, Greater Necklaced Laughing Thrush and others.
Tourist Activities in Samsing
Traveling to Samsing in JalpaiguriSamsing is well connected by road. Siliguri is 81 km from the place. The tourist to Samsing would have to enter the Dooars through NH 31, cross Malbazar and reach Chalsa. From Chalsa, one has to take a left turn and drive for about 15 km through Meteli to come to Samsing.
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the most important railway junction for tourists who wish to come to Samsing. However, the New Mall Junction is situated about 19 kms from the place and private cars can also be hired from here.
Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport connecting Samsing and the whole Dooars region with the rest of the country.
Accommodation in Samsing in Jalpaiguri
Samsing is increasingly being frequented by tourists throughout the year. Some of the places where you can rest in Samsing are:
- West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) Wilderness Resort- This eco-resort is magnificently set on a secluded hilltop and surrounded by other hills and the high forests. It also provides a fantastic view of the gorge of River Murti. It has well decorated, neat rooms and provides delicious food for travellers.
- Rocky Island Nature Resort- It is a basic accommodation beside the beautiful Murti River and a boon for true nature lovers with its surrounding forests, river and trek spots. Small tents are made available for tourists who wish to stay overnight.
- Homestay in Samsing- A large number of homestays are available in Samsing and the surrounding area where rooms are available at low cost. They will give you a decent place to rest while giving valuable insights about the local culture.
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