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North Bengal's Beauty of Cinchona Plantation - Rongo


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Among the lesser known destinations concealed around the lusciousness of Duars, Cinchona Plantation is one such abode that embraces many beautiful destinations of North Bengal.  Rongo, a beautiful village of North Bengal falls under the Cinchona Plantation area and is blessed with the picturesque beauty of nature. The altitude of 2000mts approx., bestows the village with a temperature that makes it a suitable summer destination for the travelers who love the feeling of cold breeze reddening their cheeks.

The beautiful wooden houses standing beside the elevated landscapes,  all decorated with colorful flowers shaded with the pine trees together build this destination into one of the most beautiful villages of Cinchona Plantation. Rongo is the last destination to be reached by Road from Gairibas – a place that falls on the way to Jholung from Chalsa Chapramari forest. The place even allows the traveler to feel the nearness to Bhutan, which dramatically is bordered by the snow-fed river Jaldhaka near Jholung and Bindu. The Cinchona trees bowing down with the sweeping landscapes speak the legendry history of India, when the British established the plantation to save the world from the evil clutches of Malaria by supplying the anti-malaria Drug named Quinine. Quinine was produced by manually processing the bark of Cinchona tree. The tradition of manual-processing still continues in the plantation without the implementation of modern technology that counts its eligibility to be declared as an unbroken heritage of India.
 
The flora and fauna of Rongo:
Rongo is surrounded by one of the renowned pristine heritage forests of India – Neora Valley National park. A short trek towards the forest can open the way to watch some of the most beautiful birds and butterflies of North Bengal. Neora Valley national park habitats many endangered species like Chinese Pangolin, Red panda, Clouded leopard and none other than “The Royal Bengal Tiger”.
 
The forest is also blessed with diverse natural vegetations including rare orchids, medicinal herbs and shrubs and also wild flowers, all of which can draw the attention of many botanic enthusiasts of the world.
 
What to Explore in and around Rongo?
The organic tea garden of Kumai can leave a knowledgeable experience of watching the live tea processing. Similarly the least explored traditional cultivation of some of the high-commercial value medicinal plants in Cinchona garden can never be ignored during your stay at Rongo.
 
Some interesting Local experiences of Rongo:
 
1.       Fishing and picnic in River Jaldhaka
2.       Bindu Hydel Project.
3.       Short trek from Rongo to a highland named Gagunay ( Neora Valley National Park).
4.       Old Rongo Monastery
5.       Kumani, a place on the way to Rongo from Chalsa, famous for traditional herbal treatment for healing bone fractures and severe bone injuries. 
The place has become a hub for patients from all around the area. They even come to get hospitalized for months at the very local facility owned by a local who inherited the knowledge and techniques of the herbal and traditional therapy from his forefathers.
 
The car Journey to Rongo from the nearest Railway station:
The travelers can even enjoy reaching Rongo from the nearest railway station of New Mal junction. The 40 kms of distance from New Mal junction can be palpably shortened by enjoying the 2-3 hours of drive. The car journey will serve some mesmerizing glimpses of forests, tea gardens and the medicinal plantation that have always decorated the beauty of North Bengal. Rongo is located in one of the most hot tourism circuits of North Bengal that covers the areas of Samsing-Sutalekhola and Jaldhaka.  The travelers can cover the whole circuit from Rongo travelling by car and experience the adventure the circuit is renowned for.
 
Above all Rongo is place that can serve as a complete package for the adventurous travelers all round the year who seek for what is hardly sought by other travelers.

All the above features can now be readily availed by enjoying your time at a lovely homestay that has been constructed at Dalgaon that falls on the way to Rongo from Gairibas.

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