Contrary to popular beliefs, there are several mountains and trails to explore in West Bengal. Couples usually come to the mountains to live in the calmness and tranquility away from the chaotic life of the city.
And if you are feeling adventurous then what better way to reside in the camps and go for hikes and bike rides in the mountains? So we have a list of some picturesque camps where you can stay and destress yourself. Read on to know more!
1. Neora Valley Camp
Neora Valley Camp is part of the sustainable development drive by the Neora Valley National Park. It is located at the picturesque Kolakham village which is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Greta mountains will surround you from all sides giving you a breathtaking view.
It is a luxury camp so you’ll get various amenities such as complimentary breakfast and 24/7 room service. There is also a tea cum and a library where you can interact with other guests and can also have your moment of privacy.
Additionally, you’ll get a variety of dishes here so you can expect Indian, Chinese, Nepali. And local cuisines at your disposal. If you want to explore the food from other restaurants then there are a couple of places within the range of a kilometer.
Moreover, when you are in the midst of a valley, if you don’t go for a trek or a hike nearby then your trip will never be complete. There are a number of short treks and if you are feeling adventurous, then long trails are also there.
In addition to this, there are several excursions that you can undertake such as the Lava Monastery. You can feel at absolute peace over there and can even sit for hours without anyone disturbing you. This is a great distraction from city life and many tourists love to come here to experience peace.
There is also a sunrise point just 2 km away from the camp where you can overlook the gigantic Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Mahanadi River Valley. It latkes some effort to wake up in the morning, but it will be worth it.
If you visit in the winter season, then this area will also be snow-clad. You can reach this place by cab. The nearest railway station is the NJP or New Jalpaiguri Junction which is around 108 km away. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 115 km away.
You can check the tariff of the Neora Valley Jungle Camp at this site.
2. Darjeeling Nature Camp
The sheer idea of camping seems risky because we always stay in our comfort zone. Hotels and resorts please us more because there we get the comfort of the bed, hot water, and ready service available all the time. But once you experience camping then there is no going back.
Darjeeling Nature Camp will provide you with that feeling since the housing is all in tents. The tents are comfortable and they provide a blanket to keep yourself warm. Additionally, there is a barbeque so you can cook the food too. Although you’ll get the food from their menu this barbeque is additional to enhance the vibe of the place.
Also, there are a couple of restaurants nearby if you want to explore more in terms of cuisine.
Since Darjeeling is a hill station, you will be surrounded by mountains all around and if you visit in winters, then you can also experience snowfall. You can also go for a hike or cycle in the mountains. The camp has especially kept cycles for the guests which you can rent for a couple of hours.
Moreover, this camp is just a couple of kilometers away from Tiger Hill where you can observe the sunrise and sunset. There is even a Tiger Hill Sunrise Observatory where you can watch the sunrise.
It also overlooks Mt. Kanchenjunga so when the sun rises there is a beautiful shine on the mountains which is a breathtaking moment. You can also visit Mahakal Temple, Siddheswar Temple, and Tinchuley Village which are all within a 10 km range.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport which is 45 km away. The camp can organize airport transportation for you as well.
3. Camping de Dooars
Camping de Dooards is an amazing place to live as it fulfills all your camping desires. Although they have homestays with a comfortable bed and a restaurant where the staff will serve you food but you can do the same on your own too.
The camp provides you the option to build your own camps with their assistance. You can pick up the veggies from a farm nearby and cook your own food. There is even a barbeque where you can roast the food.
Additionally, this place is famous for fishing so you can pick your fish too. Enjoy the experience of fishing and cook it later on in the barbeque. If you don’t feel like making your own dish then you can eat anything from the restaurant. They serve a variety of dishes which are all delicious.
You can also build your own campfire and sit around it while gazing at the stars. Since the camp is so far removed from the city, you’ll get to observe the stars in peace and tranquility.
If you want to experience something adventurous then, you can go cycling, bike ride, and hike. But if you want to just sit back and relax then, there is a library where you can read some books. The camp also provides indoor games like ludo, carrom, chess, and badminton. Or you can just sit on a chair and lounge.
This place can feed your lazy and laid-back soul or the adventurous soul. Since this place preserves the culture and heritage of the locals, they will greet you with a local tribal dance performance. You can hear some stories that are popular in the area from the locals too.
However, if you wish to stay in the rooms, then that is perfectly fine too because their rooms are fantastic. They have an attached washroom with 24/7 electricity and hot water available at all times.
Bear in mind that unmarried couples are not allowed here. So this place is strictly for families and married couples. The camp also provides airport transportation and jungle safari. You can contact the Camping de Dooars here.
4. Sundarban Bali Jungle Camp
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biosphere reserve, Sundarbans in Bengali means a beautiful forest and it surely is. It is home to the Royal Bengal Tigers and forms the largest mangrove delta in India.
If you ever visit West Bengal then you should at least spend a day in the wild otherwise your trip will never be complete. If you are a couple who loves the wild then you should definitely visit in the winter season to witness the migratory birds.
In the Bali Island in Sundarbans, this jungle camp is situated. The location is perfect since it overlooks a pond which is absolutely safe. This is one of the best camps in Sundarbans and people rave about it a lot. The staff is extremely cordial and the food here is delicious.
In addition to this, you’ll get the local Bengali food which you should definitely try. Their in-house restaurant is beautiful so we would advise you to have your meals there. Other than this, when you go for the tour, they serve the food and some tea, and snacks on the boat itself.
Additionally, the rooms in the camp are comfortable, warm, and cozy. There is a combination of cottages where some are made of mud and others made of bricks and thatched roofs. You’ll get 24/7 electricity, with hot or cold water throughout the day.
Moreover, you can also get your packages made from them and if you are on a visit for just the weekend then their weekend getaway plan is the best. It includes a pick-up from Kolkata, drop-off at the camp, and then a tour of the Sundarbans. You can get the details of the package from this site.
The nearest airport is the Kolkata Airport which is 130 km away and the nearest railway station is Canning.
5. Eco Adventure Resorts Khairabera
Eco camps are always the best places where you can stay. These places are careful about the environment and about their guests too hence, they provide the necessary amenities too. That’s why the eco camps are known for their balance.
Apart from this, the eco camps are rooted in the culture around and away from the materialistic city life. That’s what makes them unique. They provide you with a perfect escape from everyday reality.
The Eco Adventure Resorts are located in the foothills of the Ayodhya Hills alongside a water body. The place exudes calmness as you wake up in the morning and can find mountains all around you.
This is a luxury resort so you’ll get spacious tents with a washroom attached. You’ll also have your own little space in the front where you can sit and admire the view. You’ll get a variety of food options such as Indian, Chinese, and even Italian.
Additionally, there are multiple things that you can do around the resort. The camp can arrange for a trek, night safari, angling, and kayaking. Further, you can also go for a bike ride and at night enjoy under the blanket of stars with a bonfire. They also have a barbeque so you can enjoy freshly charred meat or chicken.
If you plan to explore the nearby areas, then you can get packages made from them which will include local sightseeing. The resort also provides transportation but it is a bit expensive. Therefore, it’s always good to either have your own car or a car that you’ve hired for a couple of days.
You can check the tariff details on their website.
6. Chatakpur Eco Village Hut
As it can be understood by the name, some of the homes in the Chatakpur village are available as homestays. You’ll get hot water, electricity service, attached washrooms, and free parking space.
This place is inside a forest reserve area so you’ll have to respect the rules and regulations of the Government of West Bengal. You can visit this place at any time in the area and you will never go back disappointed. But if you want to experience snow then we would advise you to visit around October – February.
Additionally, the Chatakpur village is completely cut off from the city, so you won’t get any restaurants anywhere near. You’ll have to rely on the food prepared by the locals. There are 2 cottages as well that are under the Forest Reserve’s jurisdiction which you can use as accommodation.
This is a perfect place for you to rewind and be in the lap of nature. The sunrise and sunsets here are breathtaking and you will never forget such skies ever in your life. You can go to Tiger Hill to experience both and take in a view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Moreover, you can also visit the forests nearby if you are interested in bird watching. Be sure to carry a pair of binoculars for a better experience. Overall, this place is completely for couples who have adventurous spirits.
In addition to this, there will be a lot of trek around this part if you want to explore. If you have only come there to relax, then anyone can come. You can maybe sit near the window, enjoy a cup of special tea, and read a book or admire the mountains.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 80 km away and the railway station is Ghoom which is just 17 km away. You can get to Ghoom through the Toy Train and experience the journey as well. The whole experience of this trip will always remain with you.
West Bengal is full of breathtaking scenery, mesmerizing wildlife, and ample camping spots. Hopefully, this guide would help you figure out where you wish to go next with your partner!