All about Samsing- Suntalekhola Travel Packages:
Set against the sweeping landscapes of foothills of Himalayas veiled with green beauty of evergreen forest whose mysteries are yet to be discovered, sloping down and amalgamating with beauty of tea gardens of terai regions, The place has it’s own axiomatic sight of snow-covered highlands of the Himalayas towards north and vast plains of terai touching the horizon towards south. The place spreading over a large area in the civil district of Darjeeling under Kalimpong Sub-Division covers several small villages. It is also an entry point to Neora Valley National Park for nature trekkers to unveil the unexplored terrain of the virgin forest and it’s rich diverse flora and fauna together.
The place is just 69 km from Jalpaiguri and 70 km from Siliguri. National highway 31 connects Siliguri and Chalsa. There are district roads, which connects Samsing Suntalekhola. Buses, private cars, are available from Siliguri to Samsing. Journey time from Siliguri to Samsing is about 2 hours 30 minutes. Nearest railway station to Samsing Suntalekhola is New Jalpaiguri but one can avail local train and get a drop at Chalsa railway station, which is just 20 km away. The altitude of the place ranges from 200m to 3200m. The place receives heavy rainfall during summer season making it hot wet summer and dry winters. The inhabitation started around the year 1912 in the place with merely few tribes like Bhujels, Lepchas, Rai, Mangar, Tamang, Giri, Pradhan, Sherpas and many other tribes. The common language of the area is Nepali also known as Gorkhali, a colloquial version of pure Nepali mostly spoken by the people of Darjeeling District. The place has been divided into two parts under the same name, one is Samsing Tea Garden which is under the province of Duars (District Jalpaiguri) and the other is Samsing-Suntalekhola Busty which covers several small villages in the civil district of Darjeeling under Kalimpong Sub-Division. There are 13 villages named after the majority of inhabitants or the nature of the place. The names of the villages are Sunderbusty, Compound, Lower Ghumti, Upper Ghumti, Lower BhaluKhop, Upper Bhalukhop, Lower Teenkatery, Upper Teenkatery, Chipley Dara, Mandal Gaon, Bhujel Gaon, Sherpa Gaon, and Fari. The central place for all the villages is known as Fari.
Fari – Suntalekhola Village
Located in a valley between two rivers Suntaley and Moorty it is the central place for all the villagers and Tourists to enter NeoraValleyNational Park and avail other tourism facilities. The place comprises of several attractive places like Suntaleykhola, Bhotey Dara etc. One can avail the adventure of Home Tourism and come closer to the regional culture and tradition of the place along with the natural lusciousness of the foothills of Himalayas
and catch the glimpse of wildlife of Neora Valley National Park.
With more than 150 houses with sloping roofs, the village was named 97 years ago when few families started inhabitation by using the land for agricultural purpose. The main crops they grew were millet, paddy, and maize. It was during 70’s when forest department started their huge project for construction of ropeway, which was to be used for lumbering as most of the virgin forests were inaccessible for the same. The ropeway at the time was one of the longest ropeways in Asia with its reach to the altitude of 1170m –2058m. There were two points set up for the purpose of sale of timbers, one was the loading point at the place called Dhappar in Mouchuki and the other at the village called Unloading Paakha named for the same reason. Unfortunately, the saga of this ropeway could not last for long as during the agitation which took place in hills on 1986 it was totally abandoned and still it remains exists in the village in remembrance of it’s huge earnings to the forest department. Besides all this features the place also is surrounded by Neora Valley National Park, henceforth an entry to the wilderness zone.
A substantial population of the village belongs to Tribes mostly Nepalese like Sherpas. The villagers commonly worship a single Goddess of forest and hence they protect the animals and plants and help in the conservation of forest. Most of the people of village serve The Indian Army joining as Gurkha soldiers in the Gurkha Regiment which has its fame all over the world for its bravery and honesty. People also grow cash crops like Cardamom, Ginger, and fruits like Oranges as their occupation for a livelihood. They also grow Paddy, Millet, and Maize and continue the heritage of their ancestors by sowing the same breed of seeds they had started with like the breed of the rice they grow is called Zeerasari in local language which has its uniqueness because of its aroma and taste. They follow various religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
Neora valley national park is one of the last remaining pristine ecosystems of the eastern Himalayas with its amazing bio-diversity and home to many endangered plants, animals, and birds. The area comprises the catchments and watershed of NeoraRiver and its tributaries. The land of the cute Red panda in its pristine undisturbed natural habitat with its rugged inaccessible hilly terrain together makes the park an important wilderness zone. The significance of the park lies in the fact that it provides shelter to many species included in the Red Data book of IUCN and the appendices of CITES. The park harbors more than 31 species of mammals like Red Panda, Clouded Leopard, Mithun, Ghoral, Wild Dog, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Himalayan Thar, Leopard Cat and the Royal Bengal Tiger. The dense nature of the forest bars the easy sighting of animals.
Arts And Crafts
The influence of the tradition of different tribes and with modern education and understanding of fine arts today’s youngsters have developed a not so different but a fusion of modern arts and contemporary arts not letting the dexterity of their forefathers perish. Not only handicrafts but with the artistic vision they also seek and have a collection of various crafts with their unique shape carefully crafted by the creative hands of mother nature which gives us a realization of its supremacy on artificial beauty. On their way to reveal nature, a group of youngsters is also trying to help the nature to maintain it’s beauty by banning the use of plastics and conducting environmental awareness classes on all the schools of the locality and taking out processions along with clearing all the pollution causing wastes.
Paintings and garments
The place also is gifted with some self-trained painters whose paintings describe human emotions in form of lines and textures. The paintings are motivational and leave a message of spiritual guidance also some of the paintings describe the dark and bright side of man. The paintings are not with professional touch but it does have a deep emotional touch. We can also find some collection of a trained fashion designer who has made a fusion of cultural wears and modern fashion.
•Being tired of enjoying the stay in some luxurious room with all the same items of cuisines described in the menu one can avail the homely environment with the traditional family and find a totally new feeling of getting to know the regional food habits, chance to exchange the customs and tastes, and give hand to their daily work with togetherness. It will be a pleasure to be a guest in a family sharing their different way of hospitality along with being a part of their daily life in the coziness of a family life. If at daytime one can enjoy the adventure of trekking in the national park or adjoining villages then at night a cultural program with items like the bonfire, cultural dance and at last a feast with regional drinks and cuisines. At an affordable expense, it will be a profitable tour which will save a moment of your life in your happy memories and will be a refreshment of all the stress of a busy life when will be back to the work.
Leisure Activities :
With the launch of modern equipment for daily use in household activities the equipment used to solve the same purpose by our ancestors have been on their way to extinct. Therefore it’ll be an extraordinary pleasure to get the chance to have a look of the collection of those antiquities which are still in use in some families of the village and are kept securely as a remembrance of the villagers. There are many activities like trekking, fishing, and swimming in a natural pool of mountainous river in blue transparent water for leisure activities one can choose.
For all the nature lovers and explorers this place may be a paradise with it’s both the features of social and wildlife. For the people who may not be able to cover long distances with perseverance for the wild obstacles can avail shorter routes through tribal villages and get the adventure of village trekking. Axiomatically for wild discoverers, the place will be one of the best regions in India to unveil the virgin forest of Neora Valley National Park; the pine clad winding roads, the dense bamboos, the colorful birds. The different routes for the wild trek are a) Samsing suntalekhola – Mauchuki – Samsing Suntalekhola, b) Samsing Suntalekhola – Bhotey Kharka (halt) – Samsing Suntalekhola. The different routes for village trek are: a) Samsing Suntalekhola – Bhujel Gaon – Gumba Dara – Samsing Suntalekhola.
Being tired of enjoying the stay in some luxurious room with all the same items of cuisines described in the menu one can avail the homely environment with the traditional family and find a totally new feeling of getting to know the regional food habits. The chance to exchange the customs and tastes, and give hand to their daily work with togetherness. It will be a pleasure to be a guest in a family sharing their different way of hospitality along with being a part of their daily life in the coziness of a family life. If at daytime one can enjoy the adventure of trekking in the national park or adjoining villages then at night a cultural program with items like the bonfire, cultural dance and at last a feast with regional drinks and cuisines. At an affordable expense, it will be a profitable tour which will save a moment of your life in your happy memories and will be a refreshment of all the stress of a busy life when will be back to the work.
It’s an effort to provide alternative livelihood opportunity to the people residing near the natural resources which will not only save the environment with their support but will also provide a totally new experience to nature and adventure lovers.
|Bhujel’s home stay ( Ethnic)|
We have a wide range of destinations with different communities and places with different culture and taste. We’ve covered the areas like RONGO, SAMSING SUNTALEKHOLA, AND PAREN, so one can choose any place for exploring the difference.
We not only have classified the types of stay but the activities where one can make their stay as per our classification like as follows.
REST PACKAGE: – Under this ran toge comes the silent seekers who want a memorable break out of their busy workaholic life. We do not have any adventure activities under such package. You can just enjoy the natural beauty of the place and rest. But we do provide the local organic food served and cooked in the regional way with a different taste.