Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bunkulung :: A Ecotourism Destination in the Eastern Himalayas

Bunkulung is at a distance of 48 km from Siliguri in the Siliguri - Mirik highway. The place is surrounded by natural beauty with mystic spleadour. The 19 ponds of sericulture project of Govt. of West Bengal is an added beauty. Bunkulung is self-sufficient in nature. It is one of the unique example of ecotourism in North Bengal. It produces everything. From vegetables to fruits and the villege has a co-operative to run all this project. All kinds of Chemical-fertilisers and other toxic materials are not welcome.

The village committee is headed by Mr. Bhim Subba, who is the headmaster of the local primary school. According to him the place is ready to welcome the tourists. They have altogether 12 rooms ready now, all with double bed facility. All the rooms are ornamented with traditional Nepali materials. If you are interested in adventure you can do camping in the beach of the river Balasun. The committee makes arrangement for horse riding and few outdoor games. Other activities include visit to Phuguri Tea Garden and Gayabari Tea Estate to watch the tea processing in some of the finest tea estates of Darjeeling hills. Interested tourists may enquire for the local cultural programme in open air with camp fire and barbeque.

How to Reach: One can reserve a vehicle from Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra Airport. it will take almost 1.5 hrs to reach the destination from Siliguri via Siliguri-Mirik road.

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