The Jaldhaka Valley
Throughout its journey Jaldhaka has created several tourist destinations in Dooars. Most important among them from tourism perspective is the Jaldhaka Valley which roughly covers the area between Bindu where the Jaldhaka river enters India and.
The valley of Jaldhaka, at 1500ft above sea level is a old tourist destination that has gained in prominance in recent past. Situated on the hill section of Gorubathan under Kalimpong Sub-division it is cut off from the rest of the district by a mountain ridge descending south-west from Reche-la and is separated from Bhutan by the De-chu or Jaldhaka River.
This is a relatively large settlement besides River Jaldhaka with shops and small budget hotels. If you are entering the Jaldhaka valley, Jhalong is the first major village you will come accross.
Another small village besides Jaldhaka river located midway between Bindu and Jhalong. There is a forest bungalow at Paren where tourist may stay. Some private tourist accommodations have also come up in the area in the recent past.
There are a number of picturesque small villages in the area including Bindu, where a very old dam over Jaldhaka is build. This Dam is known as the Bindu Dam and is the first one built in Independent India. More
Todey and Tangta
These are two small villages ahead of Bindu in the Neora Valley National Park area. The area is famous for cardamom production. Tourism infrastructure is just getting developed here and there are limited tourist accommodations available. However Todey Tangta can be visited based in Bindu or Jhalong from where Todey village is about an hours drive through Paren. There is a Monastery at Todey which is a small market consisting of about 30 households. The area is also known for medicinal plants with a large medicinal garden known as Chamelidevi Ayurvedic Garden near the Village.
Jaldhaka can be reached from Siliguri, (90Kms) and from Kalimpong (135Kms) after crossing the Coronation Bridge at Sevok and touching Chalsa, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhalong and Gairibus on the way. Apart from the natural surrounding, the hydro-electric power project situated 5 Km from the Bazaar is the center of attraction here. There is a beautifully located forest rest house overlooking the scenic Jaldakha valley and the Bhutan hills.
Visit to the area is a common day activity for tourists staying in more popular tourist destinations of Western Dooars such as Gorumara and Samsing.