Until recently, people have started coming to the Chilapata forest and It is slowly gaining popularity among tourists. Earlier, it was notoriously infamous for bandits that lived in and stroke a reign of terror in the region.
Day 2: We took an early train to Hasimara which was a passenger train, giving us the best views along the way. ????
We reached Hasimara (which is 18 km from Jaigaon) via KanchanKanya Express. Our driver - Deepak Da received us with a big welcoming smile on his face.The drive to Jaigaon was beautiful.Those beautiful tea gardens, the mighty Himalayas in front of us flanked by cobalt blue skies; everything was so serene.We had lunch at the Vatika Restaurant just at the corner of the India-Bhutan gate on the Jaigaon side.We finally entered Bhutan - Happiness is a Place.
It was a surprisingly warm day when we reached Hasimara at 1p.m. After immigration formalities and lunch at Jaigaon we set off for our 8 hour long journey to Paro, a beautiful town in the lap of the Paro valley that is home to hundreds of legends from the Bhutanese and Buddhist history.
Our train was scheduled to reach Hasimara by 10.30 am. So, according to the plan, we should have reached Bhutan by 11.30 am. But!But!But! The great Kanchankanya express was delayed by 5 damn hours. And we reached at 3.30 in the afternoon.Upon reaching Hasimara, you will find rickshaws which will charge you 50 bucks per head, on a share basis. They will drop you till the the border gate. All you will have to do is walk to the Phuentsoling side of Bhutan.