Jayanti Mahakal Temple
The Mahakal temple is a popular religious site for the Hindus located near Bhutan border. This is an ancient limestone cave and a place of worship for Lord Shiva located at the Bhutan hills. Situated 5 kms from Jayanti riverbed towards Buxa hills.. Thousands of pilgrims visit the cave during the pilgrimage season.
The trek to the cave is popular for bird watching. The forests of Jayanti set against the wonderful Himalayan Mountains make for beautiful trekking trails. The caves are also known to be one among the 51 Shakti Peeths in the country. These stalactite caves are fascinating in their structure and form.
Note that there are actually two caves… Chota Mahakal which requires a shorter and easier trek, and Bara Mahakal which requires a steep and uphill trek from a point along the way to Chota Mahakal. If you do not want to trek all the way from Jayanti village, you can take a car, drive along the Jayanti riverbed, crossover to the Bhutan side and then start your trek. This is what most tourists do.
Best Time to visit
One can visit Jayanti mahakal throughout the year except the monsoon season . The winters are the best time to visit.
How to Reach Jayanti Mahakal Temple
Reaching Jayanti is easy because it’s accessible by road. From Jayanti its only 5 Km . one can reach the cave by walking or you can hire car from jayanti to visit the temple cave,
By air – It is 221 km from Bagdogra airport.
By train– The nearest railway station is Rajabhatkhawa (4km). New alipurduar rail station is 33 km and alipurduar junction station is only 25 km away.
By road – This forest village is around 30 km away from Alipuruar via Rajabhatkhawa. Rajabhatkhawais only 13 km and this road passes through the dense forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve.