ShivakholaShivakhola,, Gitingy Tea Garden, West Bengal 734223
A destination place dedicated in the name of the Lord Shiva. This is a place which has got a perfect blend of being very well-connected to the nature’s lap but not exactly in between the woods. A temple on the banks of the river is believed to be built by Lord Shiva is also situated at this place.
Shivkhola picturesque tourist destination in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Shivkhola Adventure Camp is simply heaven for those who love to stay close to nature and away from the concrete jungle. There is a small stream adding more beauty to this beautiful hilly village. An ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is located on the bank of the river. The Shivkhola village is situated in a lush green valley at a distance of 1 km from the temple.
How To Reach Shivkhola Adventure Camp
Shivakhola is somewhat 27KM from Siliguri surrounded by Tea Gardens. It will hardly takes 2.5 – 3 hours driving distance to reach Shivakhola from Siliguri. While you are heading towards this beautiful village, you may come across some city traffic but once you cross that you actually enter into the gorgeous forest in Sukna. Sukna is located at just 15 minutes driving distance from Siliguri, from that spot you need to take a turn towards the right, this route would head towards Sukna Railway Station (Toy Train).
After crossing the Sukna Railway Station now you are in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. This road will take you to Rongtong, i.e. about 18 km from Siliguri. The road between Sukna to Rongtong is one the most picturesque roads in the country. It’s a great treat for your eyes, and perfect journey to open up your mind. It will take approx 45 minutes to reach Rongtong.
The road towards Shivkhola will take a sharp U-turn from Rongtong. At around 7 kilometers uphill road, steep downhill would start which would takes you to a popular temple. According to mythological beliefs, this temple was originated by Lord Shiva. The name “Shivkhola” has come from Lord Shiva and the small stream which flows through the valley.
Things To Do
The wide range of wild birds attracts the bird watchers and wildlife photographer to Shivkhola. The other attractions is Shiv Khola Adventure Camp which offers opportunities for trekking, bird watching and other adventure activities. Shiva kHola Adventure Camp offers Serine beauty to travelers who are looking for relaxing for a day or two besides the river.
As Shivkhola surrounded by Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, you may witness many wild animals and birds. There are plenty of birds you can see in Shivkhola. Some of these are Great hornbill, Peafowls, Black Baza, Magpie, black eagle, Eurasian sparrowhawk, jerdon’s baza, steppe eagle, Green Billed Malkoha, Asian barred owlet, common hoopoe, pied kingfisher, Himalayan bulbul and many more.
Sun Rise Point :
Mahaldiram Sunrise View Point is just 14 km away from Shivakhola. You will definitely be mesmerized by the reflection of the sun at mighty Kanchunjhangha.