Me and Anirbanda suddenly picked up the plan to visit Dooars in the monsoon,.Kolkata was becoming boring with water, mud and traffic this season, so we headed towards Suntaleykhola on June 23rd. We booked rooms in the WBFDC's Wilderness Camp at Suntaleykhola, the orange country for 2 nights, and got a huge discount at the famous Murti Bunglow for the offseason offer.
We boarded on my favourite train Kanchankanya Express on 23rd in the evening 8.30pm and reached New Mal Jn. next morning at about 11am. The car was awaiting us we took some breakfast and strated for Suntaleykhola. The road was awesome, with cloud capped mountains, and rivers, and the tea gardens everywhere.
We reached the place, put the luggage in the room and jumped on the small river/spring flowing beside the camp.
The Camp has electricity, but no fan. The food made by the local Nepali boys was too good. I had finished the lunch with the dal and rice only, although there were spicy, yummy egg curry. Dinner we had momo, next day lunch we had some unknown fish, salads and a tasty vegetable, then at dinner we only had momo and thukpa. In between we had chicken soup,pakora, various preparation of noodles, maggi, wai wai and flavoured black tea. I can visit the place another 50 times just for the food.
After dinner we went for a walk over the famous hanging bridge which connect the camp to the motorable road. If you want to listened to the sound of insects, Suntaleykhola is the place for you. Next morning I woke up at 4.30am, I walked alone crossing the hanging bridge of Suntaleykhola searching for the birds and found few orange bodied small birds, some black bodied birds, a full blue feathered bird and some herons. I must say the place would be birder's paradise. At that time I was attacked by two leeches and I found the place is full of leeches, and the domestic animals those were there had blood in there feet, mouth, nose everywhere.
That day we went for sight seeing to the Neora Hydrel Project,the Intake, few local villages and some view points of which I liked Laliguras the most.
Next day we started early for Jaldhaka Hydrel project, village Bindu in the Bhutan border, Jhalong view point and ultimately to Murti Bunglow at the bank of river Murti.
The road was crisscrossing the Chapramari forest, and the dense green forest mesmerized us.
We were in Banani bunglow at Murti and were having the best biggest room booked. The room had a big attached balcony and a separate living room, but we did not like the food. We took a bath in the river Murti and in the evening had a chat with the Beat officer. Murti was good for a oneday relaxation.
Morning we had a trip to the same road through Chaprami forest, and after taking bath we moved towards Malbazar to take lunch at the famous restaurant 'Abhiruchi'. The food was indeed very good, and specially the 'murighonto' and the big piece of 'Aar fish'. We boarded the train to Kolkata from New Jalpaiguri Station afterwards.