Jhalong is another offbeat wonder of Dooars . This tourist spot is 99 km from Siliguri and 77 km from Jalpaiguri. Surrounded by the thickly wooded forest and the astounding hills of Bhutan in the backdrop, Jhalong is undoubtedly a paradise for nature lovers. Jaldhaka Hydroelectricity project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction here.
The hill station is situated near the Indo-Bhutan border on the banks of the Jaldhaka River, on the way to Bindu. Jaldhaka Hydro Electricity Project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction in this area. The large reservoir provides a great opportunity for the bird lovers to enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fouls. Eurasian Wryneck, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Hodgson’s Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Little Forktail, Rufous-necked Laughing thrush are some of the recorded species found here.
It is one of the most popular tourist spot of Dooars package tour or Dooars tour plan.
Where to stay in Jhalong
There is few good home stay available here . There is a Forest Rest House which is maintained by the West Bengal government. There is another good resort in Paren.
Best Time to visit
Best time to visit Jhalong is considered to be the post monsoon season October and November when the current of river stream is moderate and tourist can make most of the crystal clear water.
How to Reach Jhalong
reaching Jhalong is easy because it’s accessible by road. Nearest airport is Bagdogra airport (110 K.M), nearest rail railway station is New Mal Jn. distance from Bindu is 46 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 100 K.M away. It’s around 3 hour drive from NJP and the journey to Bindu 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 to Bindu tourist can also visit a place called Gairibas Diascorrea Plantation. Its Located 100 km from Siliguri, visitors can easily reach here by hiring a car from Siliguri.