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Nirmalya Karmakar Apr 12 2014

3N/4D in Dooars for Jungle trip

Nirmalya Karmakar Apr 12 2014
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Notes -
Forests are closed to public every year from 15th June to 15th September.
For Jaldapara Hollong you will need to book a minimum 2 months in advance.
If not staying at Hollong, avoid weekends and holidays at Jaldapara due to heavy rush.
Carry mosquito net (for children) + insect repellent cream (eg. ODOMOS) + Good night or coils or mats. For children and aged persons carry essential medicines.
Clothing - comfortable full sleeves shirts + trousers (OR salwar kameez) + socks + shoes (joggers).

Day 1 - Tea garden.
Reach Bagdogra / NJP Rly station.
Drive to Gorubathan (2.5 hrs) / OR / Suntaleykhola (4 hrs) - relax and stay overnight.

Day 2 - Gorumara Forest Jeep Safari.
Leave after breakfast. Drive to Murti WBFDC lodge (recommended) (2 hours).
Book and enjoy late afternoon Jeep Safari in Gorumara Forest - recommended.
You may also attend a cultural program by locals after the safari.
Stay overnight at Murti.

Day 3 - Jaldapara Forest.
Leave Murti after late breakfast / early lunch and drive to Jaldapara.
Visit South Khairibari Tiger Rescue Centre around noon to watch the feeding of leopards.
Drive to reach Jaldapara Hollong (or 2nd option - Jaldapara WBTDC Tourist Lodge) by 2 PM. Queue in for next morning Elephant Safari. Evening leisure.

Day 4 - early morning target elephant safari at Jaldapara.
Return from Alipurduar Junction - recommended for afternoon train to enjoy the scenic train ride.

Spot hire car / Sumo - usually cheaper than hired car throughout and more relaxing than driving own car.
You will find transport available at standard rates at most tourist lodges and added advantage of having local drivers.
However, you may want to book a car especially if planning to travel with aged persons and/or young children.

Only problem for spot hiring is upon reaching NJP / Bagdogra - avoid agents!! You will lose a minimum of 2000/-.
Try to negotiate only for reaching your first point for night stay.
You may break-up thus:
NJP / Bagdogra - Siliguri
Siliguri - Malbazaar
Malbazaar - Gorubathan / Suntaleykhola.
If travelling during pleasant weather you may opt for local busses as well.
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