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The mountain views of Rinchenpong are as fascinating as those of Darjeeling, Gangtok or Pelling.
In 1860 the British sent an expeditionary force to Sikkim. When the force reached Rinchenpong the Lepchas (the original inhabitants of Sikkim) used herbs to poison the water of a pond, the only source of water in Rinchenpong, thus killing half of the British forces and forcing them to beat a retreat.
The pond was christened Poison Pokhri, making it one of the earliest examples of bio-chemical warfare, and can still be seen in Rinchenpong. Sadly the small, almost dry pond is nothing impressive, but don’t be disheartened.
The mountain views of Rinchenpong are as fascinating as those of Darjeeling, Gangtok or Pelling. So if you are tired of viewing Kanchenjunga above a crowded cityscape then pack your bags and head for Rinchenpong, but don’t be late as unplanned tourism can soon turn it into another crowded, dirty hill-station. Apart from great mountain views,
Rinchenpong has something more to offer. A series of winding stone-paved trails lead one past Lepcha traditional houses and old British forest bungalows to ancient monasteries, housing rare idols. The trail passes through beautiful forest, with the snowy peaks of Himalayas towering above the treetops.
You will be in Rinchenpong by evening and check in at one of the few hotels that dot the bazaar area. Next morning you will be greeted by a spectacular sunrise on Kanchenjunga and its sister peaks. One by one Kanchenjunga, Rathong, Kabru, Kumbhakarna, Pandim, etc. will catch the crimson rays of the rising sun turning the entire massive range into a bright shade of scarlet. Try to get a room with a mountain-view, so that you can enjoy the entire spectacle from the warmth of your room. But if you can’t manage one simply rush to the rooftop, where the crisp cool morning air will refresh you for the long walks ahead. After a quick filling breakfast, follow the step road from the bazaar which takes you to the banks of the Poison Pokhri. Just opposite the Pokhri, a flight of stone staircases leads one to a beautiful forest trail ultimately leading to the Rinchenpong Monastery. Fluttering prayer flags and young lamas welcome you to the monastery, which also doubles up as a lama-training centre. Built in 1717 the monastery contains a rare idol of Ati Buddha in Yub-Yum position, which shows Buddha in meditating position with a woman embracing him. Bidding farewell to Rinchenpong Monastery, follow a jungle trail to a staircase leading to the Resume Monastery. The steep stairs makes going difficult, but the chirping and tweeting of birds and an occasional peek of snow peaks gleaming through treetops are enough to charge your batteries. The Resume Monastery, run by two young lamas, is in a rundown state, but the monastery strategically located on a ridge top overlooking the sleepy hamlet of Rinchenpong offers a grand view of the mountains. After a short stop at the monastery follow your steps downwards and take a short diversion to the traditional Lepcha house. Built in original Lapcha style, the house doubles up as an artifact shop. Get back to the trail and follow it to the metal road. At the confluence of the steps and the metal road lies the British Forest Bungalow. Today, maintained by the Sikkim PWD, the bungalow has been modified and nothing much remains of its past. Follow the metal road past the Poison Pokhri to the Rinchenpong bazaar, marking the end of a three-hour long trek. After a quick bath and lunch we head out for Maggi Dara, where a new monastery is being built. Next to the monastery lies the Rabindra Smriti Van. A marble plaque containing a verse from the Poet’s Gitanjali welcomes you to this reserve forest ideal for short afternoon strolls and lots of fun is waiting.
We are planning a trip with you from August onward. Those who are interested join us.
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Friends lets go to Dooars this november, we will
Jaldapara National Park, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reverve, Jayanti, Mahakal Mandir, Rajabhatkhawa, Lava, Neora valley, South Khayerbari leopard rehabitation center, Bhutan, Chalsa, Murti, Samsing, Sunthalekhola, Rockey Island, Tea Tourism.
Dooars tour Includes
Sealdah to New Mal Jucntion & New Mal to Sealdah 2nd Class Sleeper Train Fare.
Side Seen By Car.
Resort Charges.
All Meals as per package schedule.
Tribal Dance.
Camp Fire.
Tea Tourism (Tea manufacturing with tea plucking, factory visit).
Dooars Tour Excludes
Train Meals.
Personal expenditure.
Coolie Charge.
Still or Video Camera Charges.
Entry fee of Jungle.
Guide fees.
Jungle Safari.

Dooars Tour Activities
Tea Tourism
Camp Fire
Tribal Dance
Silk Tourism
Dooars Tour Details
Day 1
Sealdah Station.
Our Dooars tour starts from Sealdah Railway station by Kanchankanya Express at 08:30 PM by Sleeper class Coach.
Day 2
Hasimara, Jaldapara Jungle Safari.
Upon arrival at the Hasimara railway station, you are received and driven to your resort at Jaldapar. This place is close to the Jaldapara National Park. We prefer to put up our Dooars tour guests in resorts which give you a feeling of being either in the forest or in a tea garden.
After lunch drive straight to Jaldapara National Park for Jungle Safari.
Declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1991, this magnificent piece of land is maintained and established precisely for the protection of the Indian one-horned rhino, Jaldapara is situated in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas. The sanctuary encompasses luxuriant vegetation and a rich variety of wildlife. The mesmerizing Malangi River also dancing & spreads its charm from east to west.
The Savannah Type forest is mainly of covered with tall elephant grasses. Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros is the main attraction of the sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary holds the highest rhino population in India, there are 155 rhinoceroses in Jaldapara, after Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The other species like tigers, elephants, deers, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, wild pig and bison can be easily sighted. The forest area is also a part of the crested eagle, Pallas's fishing eagle and shikra, besides jungle fowl, peafowl, patridges, and lesser pied hornbill. The remaining lot of the Jaldapara is equally fascinating with the Python, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos and about 8 species of water turtles.
Night stay at Jaldapara Tourist Resort.
Day 3
South Khayerbari leopard Park, Buxa, Jayanti, Mahakal Mandir, Bhutan.
Early morning After Breakfast our dooars tour package guest will visit South Khayerbari leopard rehabitation center.
As on 11th Jan, 2011, there are eight tigers in South Khayerbari rescue centre of which seven had been seized after the ban of these animals from different circus troupes and one was brought from Alipore Zoo, Kolkata. Here the visitors get an opportunity to have a closer view of these animals from. The South Khayerbari Animal Rescue Centre is also the home of 18 leopards. A leopard safari , the only one of its kind in India, can also be availed in South Khayerbari Eco Park.
Then our journey Starat for Buxa, Jayanti, Mahkal Mandir Rajbhatkhawa & Bhutan.
Buxa Tiger Reserve, at the eastern most end of Dooars valley, borders Bhutan and Assam. This 759.26 sq. km. reserve with a core area of 315 sq. km. is somewhat contiguous with Manas National Park and forms an important elephant migratory corridor between India and Bhutan. There is tremendous animal and plant biodiversity in the area and 60 per cent of the species found here are endemic to the reserve. The elephant and the tiger are prime species found in the reserve there are plenty of Leopard, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Wild Dogs, Malayan Gaint Squirrels, Mangooses, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Small Clawless Otter, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Buffalo, 3 varieties of Pythons, Monitor Lizard and a host of land tortoises. Buxa tiger resrve has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants.
At Night return to Jaldapar Resort at Night.
Day 4
Totopara (Tribal Village).
Early morning check out from the hotel we will drive for a Excursion to Totopara (Tribal Village).
The Toto is an isolated tribal group residing in a small picturesque village on the lap of Himalayan range situated at the border of India and Bhutan. The Totos are considered as Mongoloid people, with flat nose, small eye, broad and square cheeks, thick lips and small eyes and black iris.
After this wonderful experience in Totopara transfer to Gorumara. Night stay atGorumara Hotel.
Day 5
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.
Early in the morning enjoy a jungle safari at Chapramari Jungle. Samsing & Suntalekhola is a very small & beautiful village with lots of tea gardens & Orange trees; this place is rich with natural beauty.
Enjoy the enchanting evening with Camp Fire followed by snaks and tea. Return to Gorumara Resort at Night.
Day 6
Garumara National Park, Samsing, Suntalekhola, Rockey Island, Sakham.
Early moring we will start for Samsing, Suntalekhola, Rockey Island, Sakham. In the Afternoon we will reach gorumara National Park for Jungle Safari. Night stay at Gorumara.
After Jeep Safari in Gorumara transfer to Hotel/ Cottage. Night stay at Gorumara.
Day 7
Tea Tourism.
Besides the experience of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, you can experience Tea Tourism with us. Today we explore the garden with the manager and experience the process of tea manufacturing with tea plucking, factory visit. Explore the beautiful estate with its acres of tea fields and private forests on foot. There is a multitude of bird life, butterflies, and other fauna and flora to enjoy.
After Lunch checkout and transfer to New Mal Junction for your onward journey.
Day 8
Return Back at Sealdah Station. Dooars tour ends with sweet memories
Thank You.
All willing friends are requested to contact us within 20 th September 2015.
Contact: (+91)9830385978/9804035829
Email: freebirdsindia@gmail.com

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