Bird-Watching on Boat Safari at Gajoldoba

Introducing Gajoldoba

Geographically Gajoldoba is located in the south-western foothills of Himalaya, environed by River Teesta and Mahananda to the east and west respectively. The place, about 12 Km yonder to Siliguri and approximately 37 Km to Jalpaiguri town along the Fulbari Canal, is the western section of the Dooars. Baikunthapur Forest Region occupies a large portion as a backdrop to the Teesta Reservoir which was made on River Teesta for irrigational purpose and both invite comely migratory birds from Ladakh and Central Asia, moreover enrich the beauty of Gajoldoba. Good many people visit the place to have leisure quality time with near and dear ones and few in search of migratory fowls, thus making the place commercial for locals.

Bird watchers can avail ferry service and enjoy birding on boat safari for hours in the trustworthy company of guide cum ferryman. After the dam on River Teesta was built and the reservoir formed the marshland full of grasses and waterbody full of free-floating water hyacinth along with the jungle has become the second home for handful number of migratory birds especially fowls. Rather than watching from the spur one is recommended to reserve ferry and explore the waterbody quietly to espy diverse fowls till the horizon.

About 10 Birds encountered on the boat safari.

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A Trek to the Origin of Ganges and Beyond

The mission was to trek to the glacier called Gaumukh, a tract of 8km by 24km ice-body, the origin of the holiest of holy rivers Ganges or Ganga, highly revered by Hindu believers over millennia. The final destination of the trek had to be Tapovan, a wide-open meadow at the base of the picturesque Shivaling Peak could only be reached if snaking through the boulders and chunk of icebergs that remained on the surface of the glacier followed by a steep thousand feet climb. At the source, the Ganges named after ancient King Bhagirath, read Gangotri Tales to know the Hindu Mythology involved, as River Bhagirathi and confluences with River Alaknanda at Devprayag to become River Ganga that flows from north of India towards east covering a distance of 2480km to the Bay of Bengal.

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Malana Village and Drug Tourism

No, you are not at all welcome. Except for the Malana Village- others miles away from each other- the villages equal to each other represents nothing. Whereas, unlike other villagers, Malana folks do not encourage tourism, forget cordial greetings. Now, its human nature that whenever you are restricted to do something one is more prone to do exactly the same for a latent pleasure. Same happens with Malana too. As there lies no existence of hot-spring, nor even any riverfront, alleys are mean if not filthy that deters all but unwanted guests, Malana was never huge or reputed as a tourist spot on the state map, rather a small unknown society that comprises of few huts and few fine houses that are well, two or three storied without painted walls, temples invalid especially for outsiders. Moreover, one’s future completely depends on the well capable hands of the villagers if he/ she feels abased in the bazaar by inviting ados. The indigenous people of Malana are sensible, their concept of civilization barely matches ours, on a gladsome note they are subjected to different regulations conducted by their bicameral parliamentary body completely segregated from Indian constitution. Now when someone with queer feeling deep inside treks crossing the green semi-oval ‘Way to Malana village’ written iron gate that leads the ascending trail or treks downhill from Chanderkhani or Deotibba passes to Malana, keeps in mind that although its nothing hideous, it shares nothing with other hamlets except the overarching sky.


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