A trip to Forest and Mountain: Buxa-Jaldapara-Darjeeling

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21st Dec 2018
Photo of A trip to Forest and Mountain: Buxa-Jaldapara-Darjeeling by Suvhojit Khan

In past two years, I have completed a few areas of north Bengal and beyond. And Every time I amazed to witness this beauty.

Complete Itinerary and experience throughout the trip:

Day 0: Started our journey from Sealdah station. We board to Uttarbanga Express at 7:35 pm.

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Day 1

Day 1: Our schedule for arrival was 9:30 but we reach late at 12:30 pm in Cooch Behar station. We hired a car from station to Buxa Humro Home which takes around 1 hour to reach.

After lunch, around 3 pm we go for jungle safari in Buxa tiger reserve. Safari jeep came for pickup. I love this forest. Also, we spot wildlife there. Spending time in Buxajhora riverbed inside the forest was a great experience. We return to homestay around 5:30 pm.

Historic Buxa Fort, Buxa

Photo of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Panorama, Taken from Buxa Fort

Photo of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Pukhri Lake, Buxa Tiger Reserve

Photo of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Panorama, Jayanti Riverbed

Photo of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Jayanti Riverbed

Photo of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Buxa, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan
Day 2

Day 2: After breakfast, we took our hire car and arrived at Buxa Fort trekking start point. We started at 9:40 am and reached and return around 12:15 pm. This 5-6 km journey (complete expedition) was remarkable. We have witnessed a remarkable landscape beauty of whole Buxa tiger reserve from a viewpoint and also throughout the trekking trail.

Buxa Fort is an important historical spot in Bengal. The cultural heritage of this spot makes favorite to all. In the 19th Century, many famous freedom fighters came here as a prisoner. In these small rooms inside the fort, three or more prisoners forced to stay by the British government. The pathetic atmosphere also makes them sick. To make this area isolated, The British government made a helipad attached with the fort to transport prisoners and also for visiting them. Nowadays tourists visit this area to witness the historical time period with remarkable natural beauty.

Our next stop was Pukhri Lake. Local tells stories about it. They consider this lake is the first origin of catfish in India. Some Buddhist monks bring them here and worship them. When animals get thirsty, then they used to come here to drink water. Trekking to the Pukhri Lake was a little tough for us. Trekking trail is stiff and stony. Mine is trekking shoe so, I feel comfortable but still watch every steps on the trail. A lake of catfish waited for us. We bring food for them. We completed this expedition within an hour.

Our last stop was Jayanti riverbed. River did not contain significate amount water. We enjoyed crossing the river by walk. This riverbed situated under Jayanti hill.

After lunch, we took an auto and reach Madarihat (near Jaldapara national park) at 7 pm night. Take rest and prepare for next day safari.

A gang of Bison, Jaldapara National Park

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

A gang of Bison, Jaldapara National Park

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

A gang of Bison, Jaldapara National Park

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Before the sun rise, Hollong Bangalow

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Sunrise in Jung, Jaldapara National Park

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Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Mount Kanchenjunga, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

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Mount Kanchenjunga with golden light, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Mount Kanchenjunga with golden light, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Mount Kanchenjunga with golden light, Tiger Hill, Darjeeling

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Golden Mountain, Kanchenjunga

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Batasia Loop, Darjeeling

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Darjeeling

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Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Japanese Temple, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Wolf, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Rare Red Panda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan

Tea Estate, Darjeeling

Photo of Buxa Fort, Buxa Hill Forest, West Bengal, India by Suvhojit Khan
Day 3

Day 3: We reached Jaldapara National Park at 5:15 am. I cannot use my camera because of darkness. Even we cannot see each other properly. Our 1st stop was Holong Bungalow. We watched one rhino crossing the jungle road and a gang of Bison in front of Holong Bangalow salt pit. We waited there till first light came and took a couple of snaps. For the first time, I have seen the sunrise in the forest. What a beauty of nature! We did not spot much wildlife there but I return from Jaldapara with an unforgettable experience.

After breakfast, we leave for Darjeeling. Took a train from Hasimara to Siliguri Junction. Then took a shared cab to reach Darjeeling station. We reach the hotel around 7:30 pm. Then roam in the mall (our hotel close to it) and return hotel after dinner around 9:30 pm.

Day 4

Day 4: We woke up at 4 a.m and get ready ourselves for today's journey. Our hair cab already waits for us. Near about 4:30 am we reach our destination. It is freezing maybe 2 or 3-degree Celsius. We took coffee, hold the camera in our hand and wait to witness the most beautiful sunrise from the Tiger Hill. The sky is slightly cloudy. Slowly the east becomes yellowish then it turns into light orange and the first light of the sun fall on the tip of the Kanchenjunga. We see the beautiful golden hill. Then the sky becomes red and the golden hill changes its color with the sky. A bright red spot suddenly comes on the eastern sky. Yes, the sun rises and we become the lucky one to see this unexplained amazing beauty of nature. To pack this beauty in our heart, we become ready to explore the other side seen of Darjeeling.

The first one is Batasia Loop. They made it for the respect of Gorkha army. It is a nice place cover with beautiful flower and it is another beautiful station of the toy train.

We complete a small breakfast here and start our journey for Ghoom monastery. The architecture of this monastery introduced us to the beautiful creativity of Buddhism. It is so colorful that can fill your heart with joy and its silence in enough to calm our mind. Seeing this place we return our hotel around 10:30 am and take our bath and get ready for the beauty of the other of this city.

Now our first destination is the Japanese temple and the Peace Pagoda. they situate Both in the same location but they are two different temples. Both temples are well maintained, and the garden is decorated with different orchids and flowers. The milk-white peace pagoda contains with the circle of birth to death of the Gautam Buddha.

Completing this we visit the most interesting place the Himalayan zoological park and Mountaineering Institute. We see different mountain animals and the most beautiful red panda. The place in which the animals are live in the zoo is very natural and are also maintained some distance from human disturbances.

This location also contained an Institute of trekking, it is actually a Museum. We gain brief knowledge about mountaineering expeditions on Himalaya including Everest. From here and complete our lunch in the HMI canteen. We spent near about 3 hours on this large campus.

From this zoo, our next destination is a tea Estate which is not so far from the zoo.

It is an amazing place. Nature decorates herself with the different shade of green.on the afternoon light the tea estate glow beautifully. we don't have so much time; we take photographs of this greenish mountain and breathe this green in our lung look for our next and end viewpoint that is Tenzing rock, another creativity of nature. Tenzing Norgay practice here for his aim.

As the coldness is increasing, and it's the time of sunset, we come back to take our cab.

I think it is the most well spent 25th December up to my life.

We spent our evening on Darjeeling Mall. The well-known place becomes colorful in Christmas light. We complete our dinner on Glenary's.

Day 5: We explore entire mall road in Darjeeling and finish our shopping. You can say leisure day for us. After lunch we took a shared cab to reach NJP station. Took the return train Padatik Express to came back home.