Altitute : 600 metres
Location : Kalimpong district, West Bengal
Nearest City : Siliguri and Jalpaiguri
Distance: 107 km from Siliguri, 55 km from Mal Jn.
Best Season : Anytime except the monsoon
Bindu is a Bengali word, means point. Bindu is the last village of West Bengal to the North, situated just before Bhutan border, About 107 kilometer from Siliguri. Bindu is surrounding with hills of India and Bhutan and mostly cover with dense forests. It is a landscape located on the banks of River Jaldhaka, which is formed after conjunction of three water streams at Bindu namely Bindu Khola, Dudh Pokhri and Jaldhaka, which originates from the Kupup lake, a small glacial lake in Sikkim. The combined streams meet at Bindu to form the Jaldhaka River.
At Bindu, there is a Dam over Jaldhaka River, which are controlled the water supply to the Jaldhaka Hydel Project at Jhalong and acts as a bridge for crossing over to Bhutan. It is the first hydroelectric project in India and the population developed based on this project. Cultivation of Elaichi (Cardamom) and Orange are main economy of that area. Terrace cultivation is quite common here.
The journey to Bindu, gives you an amazing filling of nature. After cross the Coronation Bridge over river Tista, you will be entrance in Dooars region, where most of the time your journey will be through the plain, but the hills on your left side. And the whole journey will be through magnificent and magical dense green forests, where you may suddenly get a view of wild life animals.
After you reach at Bindu, you will get a magnificent view of the scenic village and as well as the Himalayas range in Bhutan, which are completely snow covered during winter and sun-ray creates magical moments with the peaks after reflects sun beams on it. A trek from Todey to Tangta is also available here for all adventure lovers, in this route you may extended your trekking to Neora Valley national Park.
Bindu is also popular to all birdwatchers; various types of birds are available here, such as Eurasian Wryneck, Crested Kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Slaty-backed Forktail, Little Forktail and Laughing Thrush.
Bindu Dam - The main attraction of this village is the Bindu Dam built on the Jaldhaka River to operate water supply of Jaldhaka Hydel Project. However, it is also used as a foot bridge to reach Bhutan. From there you can take a rare view of the snow Peak Mountaineer range in winters.
Jaldhaka Hydel Project - The first hydroelectric project of India can be visited with the prior permission of the WBSEB authorities. Photography is prohibited in the hydel power project area.
Cardamom Curing Centre at Godak - On the way to Godak village, about 14 km from Bindu Government has set up a Cardamom Curing Centre. Cardamom is dyed and processed here before delivery. Godak is just 15 km away from Bindu. It is famous for a tribal Goddess. And the journey from Bindu to Godak is amazing.
Bindu is a few kilometers from Jhalong (12 kilometers) on the way to Bhutan from Siliguri (106 kilometers).
By Road: Bindu is 106 kilometer away from Siliguri and easily excisable by road. NBSTC Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, ATC Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Bindu. Journey time may be 2 hours 30 minutes. Best option to visit Bindu from Siliguri is Taxi. Taxi fare is calculated with multiply of Rs. 7/- to Rs. 9/- per kilometer depends on the session.
By Air: Nearest airport of Bindu is at Bagdogra, which is located 16 kilometer away from Siliguri. All major air services are available from all over India, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati and Kolkata.. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road journey.
By Rail: New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area that connects Bindu with Kolkata, Guwahati and New Delhi. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you can follow the road journey to reach at Bindu.
In Bindu, there has a forest department bungalow, which is very good and comfortable for accommodation. Some other private accommodations are also available with various budgets.
To check the room availability and online booking in the resorts of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation click here or can contact with bellow details.
Reservation Authorities :
(General & Special Division)
W.B.F.D.C. Ltd., Kalimpong
Phone: (03552) 255783, 255780
M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar
Hill Cart Road, Siliguri - 734403
Phone : (0353) 2511979 / 4, 2432561
Fax : (0353) 2511979, 2432561