Gajoldoba is a small village in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district. It is 25 kilometers away from Siliguri.
Located near Teesta Barrage, this is a lovely tourist attraction completely encircled by Baikunthapur Forest.
Gajoldoba is situated in the southwestern part of the Himalayan foothills, between the Mahananda and Teesta rivers.
This pristine Village in Dooars is a scenic landscape where you can escape and experience serenity.
In this article, you will get to know the following points about Gajoldoba,
Let’s see each of these in detail…
How to reach Gajoldoba
Gajoldoba is only 19 kilometers from NJP. There is no bus available as such.
From New Jalpaiguri:
To go from NJP to Gajoldoba, take a shared car, an Auto, or a Toto to Ghorar More or Ashigahar, and then another shared car to Gajoldoba.
Siliguri’s main town is located about 25 kilometers away from Gajoldoba. You can rent a car to reach there.
In Siliguri, shared vehicles like Autos and Totos are accessible from Ashighar and Ghora.
You can again take a shared cab to reach Gajoldoba.
Places to visit in Gajoldoba
In Gajoldoba, you can visit a number of places including Teesta Barrage and Baikanthapur forest. The region is ideal for bird lovers.
Gajoldoba is famous for its first reservoir built on the Teesta basin, the Teesta Barrage, for irrigation in the South Himalayan foothills, home of the pachyderm.
You can see many migratory waterbirds from Ladakh and Central Asia visiting the barrage, including, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Lesser Whistling Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Shelduck, Cotton Teal, Tufted Duck, etc.
It creates the ideal ambiance for flourishing fauna and makes Gajoldoba a birder’s paradise.
Gajoldoba is surrounded by the Baikunthapur forests and is about an hour’s drive from Jalpaiguri.
Let me tell a short tale about Baikunthapur Forest!
According to legends, Lord Krishna went into hiding in the Baikunthapur forest with his principal wife and queen Rukmini, which is why ISKON chose nearby Siliguri as the site for the largest Krishna Center in the Northeast.
Here you can enjoy the sound of chirping birds while taking a slow boat ride with local fishermen along the River Teesta.
You will be impressed by the alluring sound of the flowing river while spotting some migratory birds against the backdrop of the Baikunthapur forest.
You can also visit the popular Jalpesh Temple located 3 kilometers from Maynaguri which you can visit while going towards Gajoldoba.
The temple is called the Shiva sanctuary and was constructed in devotion to Lord Jalpeswara (Siva).
Things to do in Gajoldoba
There are a lot of things that you can do in Gajoldoba. These include,
- Enjoy a wonderful night’s stay at the glorious Bhorer Alo amidst the serene landscape.
- Stroll down the snaking cobbled pathways and witness the colorful gardens.
- Explore the hill station and the nearby forests to rejuvenate your soul.
- Witness the majestic views of Mount Kanchenjunga bathed in the first rays of the sun.
- Soak in the peaceful and breathtaking ambiance around River Teesta.
- Set for a small hike to the nearby hamlets at the foothills of the Himalayas.
- Spot numerous Himalayan and migratory birds like Plover, Lapwing, Teal, etc, and capture them through your lenses.
- Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the marvelous sunrises and sunsets.
Places to stay in Gajoldoba
There are many resorts near Gajoldoba where you can enjoy comfortable living. Gajoldoba Eco Rest house and restaurant is a wonderful resort where you can stay. Here you can get luxurious facilities and quality food too.
There are also many resorts like Boroli Resort and Restaurant, Hornbill Nest bungalow, Gajoldoba Road, Bhorer Alo (Gajoldoba Tourism hub), etc.
Balaji Hotel is also a renowned hotel near Gajoldoba.
Best time to visit Gajoldoba
The best time to enjoy the surreal beauty of Gajoldoba is during the winter months (December to February).
This is the time when the water current is not too dangerous and migratory birds and wild animals of the Baikunthapur forest are easy to spot in addition to the pleasant weather.
Surrounded by dense forest along the raging Teesta River, the chirping of various birds, and the beautiful view of the Terai forest, Gajoldoba is sure to astonish any nature lover’s heart.
Other Places to visit near Gajoldoba
On the way to Gajoldoba, you can stop by Baikunthapur Palace, Devi Chaudhurani Temple in Jalpaiguri Town, Shikarpur Tea Estate’s Tea Garden, and Bhabani Pathaks’ Temple.
You can also take a quick stop at Bodaganj Forest, Bhramoridevis Temple in Bodaganj (21 km from Jalpaiguri), and Teesta Barrage near Gajoldoba.
These are a few things you need to know before you visit Gajoldoba.
Escape to the small hamlet to spend some quality time amidst the serenity of nature.
The ambiance and the location of Gajoldoba make it a perfect getaway destination.
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