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Jayanti Forest, Alipurduar

The beauty of North Bengal is very difficult to describe to somebody who has not been to the place even once. Believe me, this is not an over-rated claim in any way. Darjeeling had not been called 'The Queen of the Mountains' for nothing. But unfortunately, for the last two decades or so, the cloud of political disruption has cast a long shadow on the majestic Kanchenjunga. The fact that tourists have still flooded these regions during vacations and trekkers have continued to carry their rucksacks to the hills have more to do with the indomitable spirit of travelers than anything else. But just as every cloud has a silver lining, the inability to reach a popular destination has led mountain lovers seek out the other escapes that are nestled within the forests and mountains of North Bengal. Jayanti forest is another such place from where, after you have discovered it, you will never want to come back.

Generally people travel to Buxa National Park, in the subdivision of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri district and make a detour through either Rajabhatkhaoa or Jayanti. But both the places are so enchanting that they deserve a visit in their own right. Jayanti is a picturesque spot along the meandering Jayanti River forming a natural border with beautiful Bhutan hills. Jayanti is simply a place to fill in your lungs with fresh air and forget all the worries of life as the cool mountain breeze wafts past you laden with the smell of forests. Buxaduar to Jayanti is another popular trek in the region. The 13 kms trek passes through the dense forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve. The journey through the wilderness brings you to the stalactite cave of Jayanti, popularly known as the Mahakal cave, which is one of the 51 satipeeths where a village fair is organised during Sivaratri. It is not a very difficult route and you will not feel the strain as you walk past wild streams amidst the unspoilt greenery. The entrance to the cave is narrow and dark but it is worthwhile to try the adventure out. The downhill trek from here leads to Jayanti Forest Bungalow.

On one side of the Jayanti forest flows the Jayanti River, which fills up in monsoon. The region at one time had a number of Dolomite mines, which have been closed now. Buxa region is rich in bio-diversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and other plants. Also Buxa Tiger Reserve serves as international corridor for elephant migration between India and Bhutan. The Jayanti forest range covers around 780 sq km. Trans-Himalayan Migratory Goosanders, the beautiful Ibis Bill, resident Fork-tails, varieties of Red-stars and many other species of birds visit the swift rivers of Rydak and Jayanti.

Getting There

Jayanti is about 25km from Alipurduar Junction and 15km from Rajabhatkhawa, which is the forest gate. The best way to reach there is by train though it is well connected by motorable roads as well. Siliguri is 153 kms away. Auto rickshaws are also available for local transport.

Staying at Jayanti

Government bungalows, private lodges and small hotels are available. The government forest lodge at Jayanti can be booked by contacting the DFO, Alipurduar (Jalpaiguri district) or relevant offices of the forest department. The bungalow has three double beded rooms and a dormitory with six beds. Private lodges and small hotels are also available.

Anjita Banerjee
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Posted by:  Subhankar Mandal On:  12/14/2015 2:24:12 PM
contact: please send the contact no the Jayanti Picnic spot... if available
Posted by:  sima guha thakurta On:  11/19/2011 11:04:09 AM
lodge beside jayanti river: Will spend two nights at Jayanti on 3.12.11 & 4.12.11. Could not book lodge till now. PHE people are telling that they will confirm thru SMS. When ? Do not know.Anybody can suggest for lodge/ room/hotels at Jayanti @400/- to 800/-?
Posted by:  sima guha thakurta On:  11/16/2011 1:47:37 PM
jayani tour: We are visiting jayanti on 2.12.11 & 3.12.11. Pls give how can we book in advance the cheapest room in Jayanti. Pls tell distance from Jayanti to Bhutan ghat. We will trek from Jayanti to Mahakal Cave one day & will trek frm Jayanti to Bhutan ghat one day. Pls inform the distance from Jayanti to these both places.
Posted by:  Shibaji Dasgupta On:  12/14/2010 4:10:30 PM
Visiting Buxa this winter: tHANKS FOR THE INFO. We are visiting Jayanti and Buxa this month end. Do we need to carry food or will the care taker in the forest lodges buy himself and cook for us
Posted by:  chaiti mitra On:  11/24/2009 4:34:39 PM