Bagdogra is a hilly terrain in the district of Darjeeling, West Bengal. It’s like a doorway that leads you to the heavenly Himalayan range which is a few kilometers away from this town. The tranquility of this town never fails to mesmerize. The greeneries, tea gardens, hill stations make a combination of something that is priceless & magnificent.
The Teesta river flows near Bagdogra which is another attraction for the visitors. Various types of festivals, cultural programs are arranged in the banks of this river making it a place of attraction for the tourists. Since this town acts as a junction of Darjeeling and Kalimpong hill station, many a tourist comes here to experience this amazing view. The weather of Bagdogra remains serene almost all the time of a year. Some of the well-known places of this town are-
It’s one of the most significant places for the Hindu community across the town. The Kali mandir is nearly half an hour away from Bagdogra located near the Coronation Bridge. It contains a bejeweled status of Goddess Kali holding a sword and other harnesses in the hands. You can experience an amazing view of the Kanchenjunga peak from this temple. The temple is placed in the midst of lush greens which gives a feel of inner peace.
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist spots in Bagdogra located in the middle of two rivers- Mahananda & Teesta. It’s seemingly a forest reserve that allows its visitors to a wide range of animals such as- the royal Bengal tiger, Indian elephants, the barking deer, Indian Bison, some other mammals and varieties of birds. It’s an adventurous place for the children as well.
It’s also a popular place for the tourists and one of the most sought after pilgrims for the Hindu communities of Bagdogra. It’s believed to be built in the era of Radha-Krishna. Here you can see the statue of Advait Acharya, Lord Narsimha & some other gods of ancient times. Enthusiastic tourists come visit ISKCON temple to explore this ancient artistry.
Umrao Singh Boat Club
The Umrao Singh Boat Club is well-maintained under the surveillance of Indian Army. If you love to have a boat ride while sightseeing, this boat club can do the best for you! Here you can pick a boat according to your choice and comfort level since they have a huge collection of boats for the lake ride. Placed in the middle of nature’s tranquility and the greeneries of the tea gardens, it attracts a large number of tourists every year.
Salugara is a small locality situated 13 kilometers away from Bagdogra. It’s a well-known place for incorporating some eye-catching temples and monasteries. Salugara is such a monastery which is a favorite place for the Buddhist community especially due to the beautiful architecture of the shrine.
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The followers of His Holiness- The Dalai Lama, built this monastery long time ago which is currently a famous spot for tourists around the world. Salugara monastery is surrounded by hills on all the sides of it which are believed to protect this holy place from the evil. Thousands of people visit this monastery every year.
Climate in Bagdogra
Since Bagdogra is a hilly region having snow-covered mountains, the town does not feel the heat even in the summer. However, the temperate may rise to a maximum of 38oC which is a rare case anyway. Summer spans from March to May.
The monsoon season continues from July until October which is considered as the best time to visit Bagdogra since the weather remains in its most convenient form.
The temperature falls down to 5oC during the winter. So, if you want to enjoy the misty view of the great Himalayan range don’t forget to pay a visit in between November to February.
Bagdogra is a town of diversity. You can enjoy the river rafting or you may trek around the snowy hill stations and explore the magnificence of nature that this town holds within.
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