Raimatang is a small river in Western Buxa area in the Dooars area of West Bengal. There is a small village inside the forest known as Raimatang village. The village has gained prominence in tourism in the recent past.
Raimatang is a forest village. You have to travel through the river bed to reach here. The forest surrounding the village is famous as home to Elephants and other wild life. During the harvesting season, almost every night elephants come to the village.
Tourist amenities here are basic. There are a few small eco-resorts in the village that provide basic food and accommodation.
What To See
Raimatang is the destination for tourists looking for a sojourn amidst nature away from typical tourist spots. If you are looking for a lot of day activity, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking to soak in nature at its purest form, you can hardly find a better place.
There is a watchtower nearby where you can spend the morning watching a variety of wildlife. The wide riverbed close to the village can be visited during day time. While in the Raimatang area look out for Butterflies. At certain places you may see hundreads and thousands of butterflies flocked in the riverbed or forest land.
There is also a trek from Raimatang to Lepchakha through Aadma and Chunabhati. The trek distance is about 20 kms and can be covered with an overnight stay in Chunabhati.
As for any destination in Western Dooars, if you are travelling by train, you should be getting down at Alipurduar (45 kms), you may also come to New Jalpaiguri (170 kms) which is the main point of tourist arrival in the region. Bagdogra is the nearest airport not far from New Jalpaiguri.
Kalchini in Alipurduar district of Eastern Dooars is the nearest town of Raimatang. From Kalchini a North bound road travels through the Kalchini Tea Garden. Soon after crossing the Tea Garden, you will reach riverbed, you have to continue to drive through the riverbed and cross it to reach Raimatang village. Small vehicles with low ground clearance may find it difficult to cross the river. During Monsoon months, Raimatang becomes detached from the rest of the world as the river swells up and becomes very risky for vehicles to cross.