Destination Malbazar

This article describes a famous place in Jalpaiguri known as Malbazar. Get to know about the tourist destinations like Mongpong, Garumara National Park, Lataguri Forest, and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve.

Malbazar, also known as Mal, located about 65km from Jalpaiguri and 55km from Siliguri is in the eastern part of the Doors region, and is thus close to many tourist spots like the Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife reserve.

The local train station, New Mal, is connected by the newly converted broad gauge Siliguri-Alipurduar train line. Kanchankanya Express departs from Sealdah Station at 7.30pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and arrives at New Mal Jn. next day at about 8am.

Bagdogra is the nearest airport (Bagdogra to Siliguri -13kms).

You can't even imagine how beautiful nature is until you travel from Siliguri to Malbazar by road and by rail. When you come out of Siliguri you will cross a forest and if you are lucky enough you can find wild animals like Wild Elephants, Wild beer, Tiger, Peacock, Deer etc. After that you will step into the undoubtedly astonishing Sevoke Road. On the way, you will come across the renowned Kali Mandir, well known as Sevokeshwari temple. Opposite that temple there is another temple of Shankar Mahadev.

More you step ahead you will see the amazing teesta river. The Teesta River is the life line of the Sikkim and Darjeeling Himalayas. The interesting fact about this river is that its colour changes with the season. While coming from Siliguri towards Sevoke Road, there are two divisions of road, one will take you to Kalimpong, Gangtok and the other will take you towards Malbazar. It takes one and half hour by road to reach Malbazar and three and half hour to reach Gangtok from Siliguri. If you want to stay near the sevoke road to experience the beauty of mountains and Teesta River, there is a good bungalow which is named as Kalijhora bungalow. Before reaching Coronation Bridge, you will run into groups of friendly monkeys. These monkeys can be hand -fed bread, bananas etc. You will also come across many waterfalls in Sevoke road. After crossing the road, it's the time for the beautiful tea garden's to take the appreciation. You will find so many tea gardens on the way like Bagracote, Ranicherra, Goodhope, Damdim and finally you will reach Malbazar.

The town itself does not have much to offer to the tourists except for the beautiful Mal Park and a beautiful tea garden Raja Tea Estate (which was known as Abhijeet Tea Estate before). But it is the centre point of many tourist spots in North Bengal. There is a government tourist lodge in Malbazar apart from a few private accommodations. You can halt at Malbazar and visit lot many tourist destinations in Eastern Dooars like

Mongpong: It is on Sevoke road. You can do boating there and also hire tea garden costumes and take pictures with the awesome view behind.), Papad kheti and are well known picnic spots.

Garumara National Park : In 1949, Garumara was declared as a wildlife sanctuary. In the year 1992 it was declared as a national park, comprising of 89kms of diverse forest. The river Murti, Jaldhaka and Ingdong have passed through this national park.

Lataguri forest: Lataguri is the nearest small Tourist Strip near Garumara National park. Private Resorts / Accommodation are available here. Another tourist spot near Lataguri is Murti River which also has a very nice forest resort. It is about 9km from Malbazar.

Chapramari Wildlife Reserve : This is a well known wildlife reserve. There are all arrangements for elephant riding and also car safari if you want to do. Also, there is a tree house in the forest in which maximum three people can stay together.

If you follow that road, you will reach Jaldapara forest which is another fantastic forest like Chapramari forest. Here also Elephant riding and Safari are available. This sanctuary was constituted in the year 1941 for the protection of Wild Life, particularly one-horned Rhinoceros, an animal threatened with extinction. The wildlife also consists of wild Elephants, Royal Bengal Tigers, Bisons, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, and a number of Birds, Peacocks and Peafowls. Madarihat is the nearest railway station which is only 7km from the sanctuary and all the passenger trains stops here. Jaldapara tourist lodge is in a walk able distance from this railway station. The Sanctuary remains closed from the months 15th June to 15th September. All the mail and express trains stop at birpara/hasimara railway stations. Both are 20km away from the sanctuary.

Bindu: It is the last village of West Bengal in Indo-Bhutan border, located on the bank of river Jaldhaka. Journey to Bindu through Chapramari Forest is an awful experience.

Jhalong: Jhalong, another wonder of Dooars Himalayan foothills, is situated on the bank of Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu in Kalimpong Sub-division. Jaldhaka Hydro electricity project on the Jaldhaka River is another major attraction.

Samsing & Suntalekhola: The most attracting thing in Suntalekhola is the beautiful hanging garden and the view of the place is ultimate. WBFDC has tent accommodation at Suntalekhola. Also Samsing has a forest bungalow. There is a very nice Rocky island on the way to Suntalekhola.


Guest Author: Praseeja Sujit16 Nov 2009

Hey,dat's nice. I am planning to go there once in my lifetime.

Guest Author: Priyanka16 Nov 2009

Hi Avik.U just got Rs.20 for writing so nice article.I think deserve more. Actually, I am from this place,Mal n I love every single place u have mentioned here. I think any nature lover should go there once.

Guest Author: Ankit Das20 Nov 2009

Hello Avik,

It is very well written and will also agree with other members that you have written absolutely fantastic resource but do not get demoralized for the less cash credits and keep contributing and you will see that you will get more cash.

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