Suntaley Khola obtains its name from the Nepali dialect. Suntaley means “laden with oranges” and Khola means “mountainous river or, a stream”. The place gets its name due to the presence of orange orchards and a stream through it. Secluded from the urban uproar, it is one of the beautiful destinations in Dooars and North Bengal. Nestled along the fringe of Neora Valley National Park in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, Suntaley Khola is one of the beautifully peaceful offbeat destinations in North Bengal and Dooars region.
Soothing with bountiful greeneries, Suntaley Khola is a peace seeker’s haven and nature lovers’ desire. The natural charm of the place is unique to other primary attractions in the region. The offbeat component and rustic tone make it stand out from the common tourist spots in the Dooars region.
What To Expect?
Suntaley Khola grants you a good excuse to ditch man-made amusements. The quaint hilly hamlet enclosed by the dense woodland ranges from 650m to 950m. The place is ideal for solo travelers, couples, and trekkers. You can plan a day’s trip or two during the weekend or plan for an extended stay.
For a day’s visit, the major part of the attraction is the Suspension Bridge or the hanging bridge over Suntaley Khola or the river. One can walk through the bridge to reach the WBFBC Lodge or, Suntaley Khola Resort.
Being withdrawn from the urban impact, the place is not well-known to the majority. Hence, it might get difficult locating the place but it is worth making an effort. The entire place hosts a panoramic backdrop with a plethora of unfiltered greenery and peaceful landscape.
Things To Do
Suspension Bridge (hanging bridge) and the Forest Cottages can be added to your day’s sightseeing. Nature lovers can indulge in a canopy walk, which ideally is considered an ideal way to unwind the stress and observe the beauty of nature. Birdwatching is another activity that can be added to the day’s to-do list at Suntaley Khola. You can indulge in short treks too. Apart from sightseeing and picnicking, this tiny retreat is the origin point of the trekking trails leading to the depths of Neora Valley National Park.
Where To Stay?
Apart from Suntaley Khola Resort, there are few options for accommodations in the region. Suntaley Khola Forest Resort is operated by West Bengal Government. The lodge provides the basic amenities for a proper and comfortable stay. Despite its isolation from the cities, the rooms are equipped with all the basic amenities in a hygienic condition.
There are eight cottages amid the lush green garden. The entire ambience of the place caters to absolute serenity and solitude. The food served at the resort is harvested and prepared from the organic farms of the village.
Suntaley Khola Resort Booking Guidelines
Bookings should be done before the time of the visit. Entry is not permitted unless you have made a booking. Only online booking options are available and you can get it done by any travel operator or on your own through the website. Seeking accommodation through manual bookings are not permitted.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Suntaley Khola is during the Fall, Winter, and Spring (October to April). Summers are extremely hot and Monsoon brings with it incessant downpour resulting inconvenience for traveling and exploring the region. So, postpone your plan if you have considered summer or, monsoon for holidaying here.
How To Get There?
It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Suntaley Khola from Siliguri. The major landmark that aids in determining the exact place is Samsing Chowk. Upon reaching there, you should drive 4kms ahead to reach the spot. Transport facilities are available from the authorized tour operators in North Bengal.
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