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Chamurchi

Chamurchi is a small village in the Banarhat area of Jalpaiguri district. The place is close to Bhutan border and is known for its scenic beauty. Chamurchi and its surrounding area is not visited by too many tourists as it is a little off the main tourist route of Dooars. But a visit to the area can be worthwhile for nature lovers.

A forest of Dooars

To See

Chamurchi Mahakal

The Chamurchi Mahakal trek originates on the Diana riverbed where you can park your vehicle. Walk for about 3 kms through the riverbed and you will be on the base of the hill which contains Chamurchi Mahakal. Uphill trek for a while leads you to the cave with its Stalactite Stalagmite formations. Inside of the cave is slippery and narrow. Locals consider the cave as a temple of lord Shiva and a large number of people visit the cave temple especially during the Shivaratri festival period.

Visit to Samchi (Bhutan)

Chamurchi and Samchi (also written as Samtse) are in India and Bhutan respectively with a Bhutan gate separating the two. Historically this is one of the 18 gates through which the Bhutanese used to travel to the plains of India. These gates or Dwars have given rise to the name Dooars. One can cross the border and visit the Bhutanese city, there is not much restriction in place here for Indian and Bhutanese people to cross the border. There is also a monastery at Samchi which is worth a visit.

Getting There

The nearest rail station is Banarhat where a couple of passenger and DMU trains stop. From Banarhat take the north-bound road and drive for about 10 kms to reach Chamurchi. Road travellers driving through Dooars by National Highway 31 also have to take a detour at Banarhat to reach here. There is also an alternative route which starts on the East side of Diana river bridge. This route is slightly shorter.


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