Reshikhola or Rishikhola is an offbeat travel destination of North Bengal and Sikkim as well. It is actually a picturesque hamlet along the bank of the river Reshi. The one side of the Reshi River is West Bengal and another side is Sikkim. Reshikhola got its name from river Reshi. In local language Khola means a small stream or river. This small valley is nestled in the Himalaya at about 2000ft above the sea level and only 26 Km from the bubbling town Kalimpong of North Bengal. It is the ideal weekend gateway for the people who love to enjoy nature out from the crowd.
How to reach Rishikhola?
We reached Rishikhola from New Jalpaiguri Railway (NJP) station by the car we rented for the tour of the old silk route. If you do not pre-book any car, you can also hire car from NJP station. Plenty of cars are available from the station. It took 4 hrs to reach this place as we stopped a number of times on the road for having breakfast and doing photography. From Kolkata, it is an overnight journey.
Nearest Airport- Bagdogra
Nearest Railway station- NJP
Reshikhola is the gateway to the Old Silk Route trip of Sikkim. So, You can plan for your old silk route trip from Reshikhola by the travel agency attached to your homestay.
Where to stay?
If you decide to stay at Rishikhola, it will give you an amazing experience of night stay. The deep silence of hill on one side and the slightly noisy streaming sound of rolling River under the deep black mysterious sky create an amazing ambience that you remember for a long time. The honeymoon couple must enjoy their romance in this charming ambience of Reshikhola. The scenic beauty around the river with the chirping of birds and dancing of numerous types of butterflies will never stop your hand from pressing shutter of Digital or Mobile cameras.
There are few river cottages on the bank of the river Reshi. They charge almost the same for food and lodging. The Food includes breakfast, lunch, evening snacks with the tea/ coffee and dinner. The quality and quantity of the food are really awesome.
Charges for one person for food and lodging is 800-900 INR per day. We stayed at Reshi River Cottage,. Phone- 9635836535/9635123043
How to Explore?
Reshi River and surrounding forest:
Watching the meandering river stream, surrounded by the lofty hills dotted with the emerald green forest is the visual treat for the soul. Walking along the bank of the river, sitting on the rocks in the flowing river stream, taking bath in the stream water and crossing the river by walk, all are the lifetime experience. The night is very inactive here. The activity you can only find here is the non-stop flowing of the river stream. The flowing sound of the river with the blend of Cricket chirp under the galaxy of sky create a mysterious environment in your surrounding. In a nutshell, the experience of staying a night at Reshikhola is amazing.
It is also the good place for trekking. Even, everyone has to trek at least 2-3 Km down to reach the cottages on the bank of the river from the hillside road as the cars cannot go there.
The forest surrounding Reshikhola is the home for many exotic Himalayan birds. In summer, you can find the vibrant vista of blooming rhododendron.
Siddhi Vinayaka Temple:
A few kilometres away ( 15-20 mins by car) from Reshikhol towards Rhenok, a beautiful temple of Lord Ganesha is sited in the lap of the Himalaya. I saw the temple on the top of the hill from the river bank. The architecture and the idols in the temple are awesome. This serene temple offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of Himalayan landscapes.
If you plan a trip to North- East India, or Sikkim or North Bengal, don’t miss a stay at the romantic Reshilkhola. You cannot get a chance to explore a river with the blend of forest and mountain in a night.
My theme for this Challenge is The OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS OF INDIA.
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