A small village on the western side of the roaring Teesta River, Gajoldoba located 10km from Siliguri close to Baikunthapur forest is famous for its dam on Teesta basin. Gajoldoba is in the western south of the Himalayan foothills, between the Mahananda River to the west and Teesta River to the east. Gajoldoba is still an unknown destination for many tourists and a mega tourism project promise to turn Gajoldoba into a hot tourist destination in the near future.
Gajoldoba is famous for its first reservoir built on the Teesta basin for irrigational purpose. The store frame is surrounded by the Baikunthapur forest a Terai forest region in the South Himalayan foothills home of the pachyderm creating the perfect ambiance for flourishing avifauna making Gajoldoba a paradise for birders. Many migratory birds are also lured by the reservoir from Ladakh and Central Asia like Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Bar-headed Goose, Greylag Goose, Lesser Whistling Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Common Shelduck, Cotton Teal, Tufted Duck, Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Spot-billed Duck, Mallard, Great Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Indian Pond Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Northern Lapwing, River Lapwing, Grey-headed Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, and many more. There is a feeble about the Baikunthapur forest saying Lord Krishna went into hiding in this forest with his principal wife and queen Rukmini due to which ISKON chose nearby Siliguri as the site for the biggest Krishna Centre in the Northeast. Visitors can enjoy the sound of chirping bird while taking a slow boat ride with the local fishermen along the River Teesta and be spell bound by the alluring sound of flowing river along with spotting some migratory birds with the backdrop view of the Baikunthapur forest. The ideal time to relish the surreal beauty of Gajoldoba is during winter when the water current is not too dangerous and migratory birds and wild animals of Baikunthapur forest are easy to spot along with the soothing weather.
Gajoldoba is a destination less trodden by the travelers and described as the unexplored destination of the Dooars region. Surrounded by the dense forest along the roaring River Teesta Gajoldoba is sure to astonish any nature lover’s heart with the enticing chirping of different bird along with the mesmerizing view of the Terai forest.