Hasimara is a small town in Central Dooars. The town is situated between Jaldapara forests (13 kms to the West), Chilapata forest (5 kms to the south), Phuentsholing in Bhutan boarder (15 kms North), Buxa Tiger Reserve (25 kms to the East).
For Tourists, Hasimara rail station is quite important as it is the closest rail station to Bhutan. The kingdom of Bhutan does not have any rail network and Hasimara is the rail station that many Bhutanese people use to travel within India. Those travelling to Chilapata or Jaldapara also may find this station convenient. Although for visitors to Jaldapara, Madarihat rail station is even closer, but more trains has a stop at Hasimara and than at Madarihat.
There are a few accommodations available around Hasimara which is used as a base for tourists to travel to the surrounding forests or as a transit point while entering or exiting Bhutan by road through Phuentsholing.
The town is a trading centre and does not have much to offer for the tourists. There is a large base of Indian Air Force near Hasimara.
Hasimara is a small town, but it is spread over a very large area. The distance between the southern Tip of at Katre Bihar to the Northern end at High school is a distance of about 10 kms.
Chilapata - The southern fringe of Hasimara is the location of WBFDC Malangi Lodge. Further south of this place is the forests of Chilapata. Torsa river passes through one side of the forest and behind the Malangi Lodge.
Jaldapara – If Hasimara is on the Eastern Side of river Torsa, the entire Western side of the river is the Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary. Madarihat is about 12 kms away.
Buxa – The forests of Buxa Tiger reserve is on the Eastern Side of the town. Just about 10 kms from Hasimara as you pass Nimati, you will enter Buxa forest. You may also enter Buxa through a less travelled road which passes through Kalchini and Hamiltonganj before entering Buxa forests.
Phuentsholing – The border town of Jaigaon (India) and Phuentsholing (Bhutan) is just 12 kms from here.
Accommodation in Hasimara
Malangi Lodge at Barodabri is close to Hasimara town and Chilapata forest. The Lodge has very large rooms and a very quite environment. It is managed by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and can be the base for your Chilapata and Jaldapara Tour.
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A new resort at Chilapata with several large cottages, one of the better places to stay at Chilapata.
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