When was the last time you slept atop a hill? A hilltop overlooking a valley split by the Teesta River and a tea garden with Kangchenjunga in the distance! If you haven’t been there yet, you should go at least once. Your senses will be heightened. There will be nothing in your line of sight that was created by humans. After years of silence, your ears will finally hear the wind’s familiar whistling sound. What you breathe in will give your entire body a boost of energy. Two hours is all it takes to go to the beautiful Ahaldara atop a hill in the Shelpu Hills from NJP. It’s ideal for a beautiful and memorable weekend for many reasons, including the spectacular dawn over Kunchenjunga, the healthy air, and the delicious organic cuisine.
Beautiful scenery from each of the four cottages. There is a maximum capacity of 16 guests.
Ahaldara’s Outdoor Attractions
Sun rising point
The dawn over the Kanchenjunga mountains in Ahaldara is world-famous. Gangtok, Kalimpong, Algara, Bagora, and the Tinchuley highlands are all well seen on a clear day.
Shittong Orange Orchards
The distance from Ahaldara to Shittong Village is only one kilometer. Orange groves abound in the rural area. The orange trees are bursting at the seams with fruit in October and November.
The area is a paradise for photographers and birdwatchers. Birdwatchers have often spotted the Sultan Tit, Red-headed Trogon, Orient Hornbill, Rufous Hornbill, Long-tailed Hornbill, Common Green Magpie, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Oriental cuckoo, Chestnut-headed Tesia, and Black-throated Sunbird.
Located in the jungle of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Bengal Safari Park is the first of its kind in North Bengal. Leopards, tigers, and other cats are among the species you may encounter.
Nearby Attractions in Ahaldara
Shelpu Hill reflects the splendor of nature in a spellbinding way. The chinchona plants and dense forest provide a sense of the actual warmth of the area. The overpowering aroma of flowers is always present in the air.
The bridge, which spans the Teesta River between the cities of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling, is an engineering marvel and popular tourist destination.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the most popular things to see in this refuge consists of a forest covering a little over 158 square kilometers. To ensure the safety of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Indian Bison, it was designated a sanctuary in 1958. Spotted deer, barking deer, bears, pangolins, Himalayan black bears, and leopards are among the other accessible creatures.
The lake near Shilpu Hill is famed as the habitat of the rare and endangered Himalayan Salamander and is dry for six months of the year.
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Snow leopard, Bengal tiger, and many more exotic creatures have made the zoo famous since its opening in 1958. There are 67.56 hectares of land at the park.
Yiga Choeling Monastery is another name for this renowned tourist attraction. The area has one of the oldest monasteries, which decorates itself with a 15-foot-tall statue of Maitreya Buddha in all his Buddhist splendor.
When to Go to Ahaldara
Ahaldara’s warm summers draw many visitors. Ahaldara isn’t at a particularly high height to be safe from the monsoon’s landslides. While the monsoon is a great time to see the smaller waterfalls in action. This is also the pinnacle of the Teesta’s power. The best time to see the hills is in November or early December when there are few clouds in the sky. Also, the orange groves look their finest during these months. In the spring, the hills become a canvas for a rainbow of blooms.
Location of Ahaldara
Ahaldara is serviced by Bagdogra International Airport. It will take around 1.5 hours to drive to the resort from the airport.
You may catch any train headed for Murshidabad from Howrah or Sealdah, get off at New Jalpaiguri Station, and they’ll take care of the rest.
It would take you around 14 hours to reach your destination through National and State routes. The trip takes little more than two hours from NJP.