Mousuni Island-The secret beach of West Bengal

Mousuni Island-The secret beach of West Bengal

Reading Time: 8 minutesMousuni Island-The secret beach of West Bengal I first time heard about Mousuni Island on 2014 form one of my friend. Since then I decided to visit this place but somehow it did not happen. So I finally got an opportunity to visit Mousuni Island on 2019. Mousuni Island is one of the popular tourist destinations near Kolkata. You will find many groups of young people during weekends here. This place is ideal for a weekend trip.   Where is this Mousuni Island? Mousuni Island is located at the southern end of West Bengal. This is basically a river island. Mousuni Island formed at the sea mouth of Muri Ganga River and river Chinai separates Mousuni Island from the main land. If you look at the map you will see this place Mousuni Island is located in between Gangasagar Island and Bakkhali. Bakkhali is situated south-east corner of Mousuni island and Gangasagar Island is located at South-west corner of the island. Jambu Dwip is situated at the south of Mousuni and it can be seen on a clear day. How to reach Mousuni Island? Reaching Mousuni Island is quite time taking and the toughest part of the trip. Mousuni can be reach by car, bus or train but one have to cross two rivers to reach Mousuni. One of them is Hataniya-Doaniya, fortunately a bridge was built over it so one can cross the river easily but the next one is Chinai river and one has to cross the river by boat only. To cross Chinai river there are two ghats (Jetties)- Hujjuter Ghat and Durgapur...
Doban Valley – A offbeat destination of North Bengal

Doban Valley – A offbeat destination of North Bengal

Reading Time: 11 minutesIf you are looking for a beautiful pristine destination in North Bengal then you should consider Doban to spend your weekend with your beloved one or your friends. The picturesque Doban Valley is ideal destination for Nature Loves. In Nepali Language ‘DO’ means two and ‘BAN’ means place between so Doban means place between two. Actually Doban is situated at the confluence of Reshi river and Rangpo river. Though Doban is a part of Kalimpong Sub-Division but to reach Doban one has to come from Rorathang side of East Sikkim. As per map being a part of West Bengal Doban is sharing border with Eastern part of Sikkim thus Doban makes a perfect stop over for people visiting to East Sikkim. This place is gradually becoming more famous for its location and landscapes. Things to do at Doban Valley Doban is surrounded by lush green hills and two beautiful rives. This place is paradise for birds’ lovers. Apart from bird watching, the valley itself is quite beautiful and you can simply relax here away from the hustle-bustle of the city. There are also few places near Doban worth visiting. Seat, Relax and enjoy the nature: Doban is an ideal place for nature lovers to soak them in the beauty of nature. You can simply relax here and can enjoy the beauty of surrounding hills and flowing rivers. If you are a book warmer you will fall in love with this place with your favorite book. Bird watching: Doban is a paradise for bird watchers. You will find many beautiful Himalayan birds here even if you are...
Chisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley

Chisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley

Reading Time: 3 minutesChisang – A hamlet near Todey -Tangta valley Chisang, a small village located in the Kalimpong district of West-Bengal India. The real essence of Chisang lies in its rich history, unique culture and the original natural beauty. Peaceful village life style and adventure also draw attention of the travelers. Chisang is popular for The World Famous Organic Cardamom production & also known for medicinal plants. Picturesque village is nested in a blissful place of peace and tranquility barely 4 kilometres from Bhutan & is home to many rare & endangered animals, birds & plants.   How to reach: The nearest railway station of Chisang is New Mal Junction. Share vehicles are available form Siliguri, Kalimpong, Malbazar, Chalsa. Timing of share vehicles : Siliguri – 1pm Kalimpong – 1pm Malbazar & Chalsa 10:30 – 3pm Reserved car from Malbazar will cost 2500/- Nearby attractions: One may visit nearby places like Dawai Khola, Tangta Monastery, Todey Bazar, Tangta River , Bindu, Dalgaon, Jhalong, Paren. Activities at Chisang: You can enjoy a lot of activities including Trekking, River walking, Bonfire, bar-b-cue, fishing, picnic beside the Dawai Khola river, trekking in the cardamom fields or simply spent your time leisurely loitering around. The arrangements like BBQ, bonfire etc. may require a nominal extra charge. You can also look out for local Products, fine arts collection in certain places. Where to Stay: There is a beautiful home stay named as The Wildwoods Retreat. From the roof of the home stay the view of nearby Bhutan peaks is picturesque and scenic. They have 5 rooms altogether. Tariff : Rs 1200/- on triple...
Turzum – A heaven inside tea garden

Turzum – A heaven inside tea garden

Reading Time: 3 minutesTurzum – A heaven inside tea garden Turzum is a heaven situated on the top of a hill surrounded by tea gardens. This place is on the midway to Mirik and Darjeeling. Lepchajagat and Sukhiapokhri is very near to this place. The view of surrounding tea gardens are really scenic and picturesque. If you are looking for a clam and romantic gateway then Turzum should be in your list. From the top you will get the view of near by Nepal hills as well as Mirik and Darjeeling hills.   How to reach : Turzum is only 34km away from Mirik, 9km away from Sukhiapokhri and 26km away from Darjeeling. One may reach either Mirik, Sukhiapokhri or Darjeeling and from there one have to take car for Turzum. https://tourplannerblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/VID_20190602_100536.mp4 What to do: Turzum is surrounded by beautiful tea gardens and hills. One can walk through tea gardens. May visit nearby Siva Temple, gopal dhara tea estate, rangbhang khola, Tabakoshi. The best way to enjoy Turzum is to seat beside tea garden and enjoy the view with a cup of hot tea. Best time to visit : Turzum can be visit in any season. The road towards Turzum remain open through out the year. We preferably suggest you to visit in rainy season and winter. At the time of rain the place become so vibrant and romantic. Nearby places: If you are planning to visit Turzum then club it with Tabakoshi. Turzum is only 8-10km from Tabakoshi. Read more about Tabakoshi here. You may visit Sukhiapokhri, Jorpokhri, Lepchajagat as well as Darjeeling and Mirik from here. Where...
Tale of Rangbhang, Mirik – A Perfect Weekend Getaway in the Lap of Mountains

Tale of Rangbhang, Mirik – A Perfect Weekend Getaway in the Lap of Mountains

Reading Time: 7 minutes Tale of Rangbhang, Mirik A calm and quiet Himalayan village dotted with orange orchards, near Mirik, and a beautiful Homestay with picturesque cottages, along with all modern amenities, in the lap of nature. Rangbhang Homestay– run by the Gurung Family, is located at ‘Schooldara’ village, Mirik Busty – 5 km away from the popular Mirik lake. The bungalow type cottages are surrounded by plenty of ‘Orange Orchards’, variety of flowers and various species of plants. Rangbhang Homestay could be your perfect weekend getaway to cool off and relax in the lap of mountains. To get a sigh of relief from the scorching summer heat in the plains, we escaped to the Darjeeling hills in this May. Spending couple of days in the pleasantly cool climate at Rangbhang, located at an altitude of 4200 ft, in the warm hospitality of the Gurung family, away from hustle & bustle of city life, was quite refreshing. The stay was really close to nature. The family served us some delicious food (although pure vegetarian, because of some religious belief of the village). The owner is a hotel management diploma and his father is an educated farmer, owning acres of lands on the slope of hills, and vast knowledge on flora in this region. The Homestay is named after a local river -‘Rangbhang’. The extended family owns a number of houses and lands in the village and the members always greet tourists with gentle smile. It takes around 2.5 hours drive from NJP/ Siliguri and half an hour from Mirik to reach ‘Rangbhang Homestay’. The name of this village ‘Schooldara’,...
Nok Dara – A beautiful village of North Bengal

Nok Dara – A beautiful village of North Bengal

Reading Time: 4 minutes লাইফ IS বিউটিফুল @ নকদারা – পাপড়ি গোস্বামীর কলমে ****************************** ছবির মতো ছোট্ট পাহাড়ি গ্রাম নকদারা। শহুরে আমেজ থেকে সন্তর্পণে নিজেকে লুকিয়ে রেখেছে এখনো। এমন গ্রামে ঢুকে পড়েছি যখন, অভ্যর্থনাও যে অন্যরকম হবে এতো বলাই বাহুল্য। গাড়ির শব্দেই ঝরনাধারার মতো কলবল করতে করতে এগিয়ে এলো দুষ্টুমির শিরোমনিগুলো। প্রাইমারী স্কুলের মাঠের সামনে অনাবিল শৈশব। কেউ ভেংচিকেটে, কেউবা স্মাইলি দেখিয়ে, কেউবা উলটো হয়ে দাঁড়িয়ে সাদর আমন্ত্রণ জানালো ওদের জগতে। মেয়ে এগিয়ে গেলো ভাব জমাতে, আমরা পা বাড়ালাম আমাদের অস্থায়ী আস্তানার দিকে। পা বাড়ালাম বললেই কিই আর পা চলে, শহুরে চোখ ঠোক্কর খায় বারেবার। চোখ বলছে এসেছ ফুলেদের জলসাঘরে, মন বলছে এসেছি নিজের সাথে দেখা করতে।দুদিনের আস্তানা যে কাঠবাড়ি তার ফুলেল বাগান নিয়ে যেন এক রূপকথা।কাছের দুরের আদুরে পাহাড়গুলো আগলে রেখেছে সবটুকু। প্রেয়ার ফ্ল্যাগের আড়াল থেকে মায়াজাল বোনে দিনমণি। পাখিদের কন্সার্টে কথা যায় হারিয়ে। আজন্ম লালিত সংস্কার ছেড়ে বারবার ছুটে যাচ্ছি অন্দরমহলে,অঞ্জু ববিতার কাছে, ওদের রান্নাঘরে হানা দিতে, গল্প করে জানতে চাইছি ওদের মনের অতল, ভাব জমিয়ে চাইছি ওদের মতো হতে,অন্তত এই দুটো দিনের জন্যে। এতো সারল্য, এতো আন্তরিকতা, এমন ভালোবাসার ক্ষমতা দেখে লজ্জায় পড়তে হয়। মানুষ হিসাবে ওদের পাশে নিজেকে দেখলে কেমন অস্বস্তি হয়,শুধু মনে হয় কিই যেন নেই।শুধু এই মিসিং লিনক খুঁজতেই একবার নকদারা যাওয়া যায়।     পাহাড়ি পথে সন্ধ্যে এলো ঝুপ করে। পাইনবনের পাতার ফাঁকেফাঁকে লুকোচুরি খেলতে খেলতে। দুরের হাইস্কুল থেকে বাচ্চারা ফিরছে দল বেঁধে , হাতে বই, মাথার দুপাশে ফিঁতেয় মোড়া বিনুনি, মুখে হাসি, উচ্ছ্বসিত আশপাশ,ঝরনাও লজ্জা পাবে ওদের দেখলে। কচিকাঁচাগুলো সাইকেলের ক্যারামতিতে ব্যাস্ত। মায়েরা চটপট ঘরকন্নায়।বাবাগুলো ফিরছে পিঠে ভারি বোঝা। মাঝে বেমানান আমরা তিনজন, বোকা হাসি মুখে পাড়া বেড়াচ্ছি।অন্ধকার আরো গভীর হতে টাইসন এলো, আমাদের নিতে, ঝুঁটি বাধা সুন্দরী লাসা। ঢাকা দেওয়া...