Another lesser-trodden offbeat wonder of Dooars Himalayan foothills, Jhalong is situated on the bank of Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu in Kalimpong Sub-division. Jaldhaka Hydroelectricity project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction here.
The Jhalong market is the largest marketplace in the area and villagers from all over the area congregate here. Just across the Jaldhaka river is Bhutan. Even the nearby Bhutanese villagers depend on Jaldhaka Market for their day to day purchases. The market is a cauldron of cultural diversity with Nepali, Bengali, Marwari, Adivashis, Rajbanshis and the Bhutanese people all come here for their daily requirements.
The large reservoir provides a great opportunity for the bird lovers to enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fouls. Eurasian Wryneck, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Hodgson's Redstart, Slaty-backed Forktail, Little Forktail, Rufous-necked Laughing thrush are some of the recorded species found here.
From NJP rail station Jhalong is about 100 km away and the travel time is about 2.5 hours. There are no restrictions related to travel in the area. However, there is a check post near Jhalong market which registers outside vehicle going there. If you are hiring a vehicle, make sure all documents of the vehicle are in order as many vehicles in Dooars ply without proper documents and often get into trouble at the check-post.
The Chalsa and Nagrakata rail stations are closer. But long-distance trains do not have stoppages here. If you are traveling from Siliguri or some other place in Dooars, you may get down at one of these stations where passenger trains and DMUs have a stoppage.
Things to See
Tourism in the Jhalong – Bindu – Paren – Jaldhaka area is still at a nascent stage. Tourists mostly visit the area as part of a day tour. Typical sightseeing points are also not developed yet. This may be a spoilsport for some, but for many this itself is the prime attraction of the area. You can walk for miles in the hills without jostling with other tourists. You may interact with the locals who are not yet spoiled by mass tourism. You may spend the entire day seating on a rock over Jaldhaka river. Or you may decide to spend the entire day at your eco-resort reading and enjoying cups of Darjeeling tea. The Jhalong area is still unspoiled and offers a treasure of natural beauty at its best.
Bird watching, short treks to Todey and Tangta, angling in Jaldhaka river, village tours, cultural shows etc are the activities you may undertake around Jhalong.
Since Gorumara forests became a popular tourist destination, Jhalong has come up into prominence as a day tour destination for tourists based around Gorumara. The distance from Lataguri area is about 50 km and takes about 2 hours one way. Most of our Gorumara tour programs include a day trip to Jhalong area.
Humro Home is a chain of eco-resorts in the Dooars area. The accommodation is about 3 km from Jhalong Market can be reached by foot and is arguably the best place to stay here. The resort is set in a pristine environment and offers excellent service. For more information on this accommodation and its booking, you may contact us by filling the query form below. Alternatively, you may visit Humro Home website here