Bindu is the last village on the Indian side bordering Bhutan. It is known for its landscape with Jaldhaka River, hills ,forests and cardamom plantation. There is a conjunction of three streams at Bindu. The three streams are known as Bindu Khola, Dudh Pokhri and Jaldhaka that originates from the Kupup lake, a small glacial lake in sikkim. The combined streams meet at here to form the Jaldhaka river. Altitude of bindu is around 2000 feet.
There is a dam known as Bindu Dam (India’s second oldest dam) over the Jaldhaka river which is used for controlling water supply to the Jaldhaka Hydel Project at Jhalong and acts as a bridge for crossing over to Bhutan. However, one can cross the dam only by foot. Recently steel bridge construction will be done so that light weight vehicle can pass over.
The major attraction of Bindu is natural beauty. Forest, River and Jaldhaka dam make this place an ideal sojourn for the urban dwellers. .Each and every Thursdays there is a local Weekly market , sellers from Bhutan are selling different products like cardamom, bananas, maize, gingers and oranges at winter.
Places of Interest : Jhalong Hydel Project, Neora Valley, Dhauley Forest, Godak Valley, Parren Busty, Tshesi Sang, Dalgaon , DhapGaon, Chapramari Watch Tower, Cardamom Plantation, Orange Orchard, Birding, Trekking.
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Where to stay
Bindu is a small hill village so don’t expect much fancy accommodation options here. There is few home stay available here. But there is plenty of home stay /resort available in Jhalong, just few kilometre from here. You can have standard home stay to premium resort in Jhalong. There is a Forest Rest House which is maintained by the West Bengal in Jhalong. There is another good resort in Paren.
Best Time to visit
One can visit here throughout the year. Best time to visit is October to March when the tourist can get an unhindered view of Himalayan range while spotting some migratory birds which reside in the verdant forest .
How to Reach
Reaching here is easy because it’s accessible by road. Nearest airport is Bagdogra airport (114 K.M), nearest rail railway station is New Mal Jn. distance is 50 KM. around one and half hrs. driving through Chapramari forest, Kumani road and Khunia-Jhalong road. The main railway station New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is just 103 K.M away. It’s around 3 hour drive from NJP and the journey to the Himalayan hamlet is an unforgettable experience in itself. Traveling though the thick deciduous forest of Chapramari , while spotting some untamed animals like bison and elephant. On the way tourist can also visit a place called Gairibas Diascorrea Plantation. Its Located 104 km from Siliguri, visitors can easily reach here by hiring a car from Siliguri.