Travel through the less travelled path in Dooars region and set yourself free from the tedious monotonous lifestyle by visiting Jhalong, one of the less trodden destination. Situated 99 km from Siliguri, Jhalong is a quaint village along the river side of Jaldhaka near the Indo- Bhutan border on the way to Bindu River. Jhalong has attracted many travelers with its pictorial views and serene ambiance. The major attraction of the Jhalong is known to be the Hydro Electricity Project on the Jaldhaka River.
The hydroelectric project on the Jaldhaka River is the first of its kind in India and it also act as a bridge to cross over Bhutan which makes the visitor more inquisitive about Jhalong. Jhalong also have largest marketplace in the area and villagers from all over the area gather at this market place. Just across the Jaldhaka river is Bhutan. Even the nearby Bhutanese villagers depend on Jaldhaka Market for their day to day purchases. The market is a melting pot of cultural diversity with Nepali, Bengali, Marwari, Adivashis, Rajbanshis and the Bhutanese people all come here for their daily requirements. This market place gives you a great opportunity to observe the diverse culture of Jhalong. Jhallong is also a great place of birding since the large reservoir provides a great opportunity for the bird lovers to enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fouls. Eurasian Wryneck, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Hodgson's Redstart, Salty-backed Forktail, Little Forktail, Rufous-necked Laughing thrush are some of the recorded species found in Jhallong. Trekking is another popular activity to partake when you are in Jhalong along with the trekking trail leading towards Tanta and Todey. But if you looking for a laid back weekend with your loved ones then camping in the bank of River Jaldhaka in Jhalong is sure to woo you, a campsite under the sky full of stars with bewitching flames of campfire along with the sound of the flowing river a perfect way to spend your time with your loved ones amidst the nature.
The astounding sight of the soaring River Jaldhaka with the backdrop view of the lofty mountain in Jhalong can make any nature lover or adventurer heart and soul fill with the feeling of peace and tranquility. Jhalong has a captivating charisma of its own and there is not best season to visit this place.