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Chalsa

The small town in Western Dooars is remembered by most tourists as a stopover on their way between different tourist destinations. The "Chalsa More” is an important road crossing on the National Highway 31. As a tourist destination the only prominence of the place was due to the location of the Sinclairs Retreat in its vicinity. The Retreat was the first large private tourist accommodation of Dooars and even today is one of the best properties in the area.

With increasing tourist flow in Dooars during the last two decades, Chalsa has gained prominence due to its proximity to Gorumara National Park, The forest fringe being 5 to 8 kilometres from here. In the recent past several tourist accommodations have come up and the place has now become part of the Gorumara tourist circuit.

As you cross river Tista and enter Dooars through National Highway 31, you will soon be passing through small hamlets surrounded by forests and tea gardens. On you left you will be accompanied by the mighty Himalaya which is the source of numerous small rivers such as Chel, Leesh, Gheesh, Neora and Others. A couple of kilometres after you cross the “Caltex more” of Malbazar town; you will come across 3 river streams in quick succession. Cross the third stream (river Neora) and you will reach the “Chalsa More”. The road ahead passes through the Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary to reach Nagrakata and then to the rest of Dooars. The road to the left climbs up a few hundread feet to reach the Sinclairs retreat and then beyond to Meteli and Samsing at about 15 kilometers from Chalsa. The road to the right goes through the Gorumara forest to reach Lataguri.

Chalsa can also be reached by train. The Dooars Broad gauge train line connecting Alipurduar with Siliguri Junction passes through here. However except for local passenger trains, long distance trains do not have a stop at Chalsa station.

The town itself is a typical trading center and not very attractive from tourist perspective. However if you walk half a kilometre in any direction from Chalsa, you will come across beautiful undulating terrain including rivers, hillocks and forests. There is a small viewpoint on the Chalsa Meteli road which offers great view of the plains as well as the Gorumara forest area. The Neora river bed is another attractive spot for picnickers.

Close  proximity of Chalsa to a number of tourist destinations makes it an ideal place for tourists to make a base upon. From here, Samsing is just 15 km and so is Lataguri albeit they are in opposite directions. Murti is about 7 kilometers, The Chapramari forest is about 5 km. Even the Bindu Jhalong area is between 25 to 30 km away.

Map of Chalsa

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