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Area : 175 Hector
Location : Coochbehar district of West Bengal
Nearest Town : Alipurduar
Nearest City : Coochbehar, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri
Distance: 34 km from Alipurduar, 45 km from Coochbehar, 212 km from Shiliguri
Best Season : Throughout the year
Average Temperature : Max: 42 °C and Min: 14 °C
Average Rainfall : 320 cm
Rasikbil or Rasikbeel is situated at the foothill of Sintura Hill of the great Himalaya in the Coochbehar district of West Bengal. It is basically low water land (Bil or Bill) or swamp, where water may be available all over the year. There are five such a kind of low water land or marshland, namely, Neeldaba, Bochamari, Raichangmari, Shankhadanga and Rasikbil. These attract a lot of birds which make nests in the trees around this area. And a Bird Sanctuary is grown up with 175 hector area. Besides the bill a tribal village is also there.
Various kind of local birds are available in and around the Rasikbil all over the year and also some migrant birds are available in winter. The bird variety includes Cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. Famous water birds are Lesser Whistling Teal, Common Teal, White eyed pochard, Red Crested pochard, Shoveler, Pintail, Wigeon duck, Grey headed Lapwing and many more. There are also a dear Park, a python house, a leopard house, Aviary, a tortoise rescue center and a crocodile rehabilitation center. Tourists who loved to watch the local birds and migratory birds, Rasikbil is the real place for them.
Attractions in Rasikbil
Some majore destinations around Rasikbil are the Buxa Tiger Reserve (a famous for Royal Bengal Tiger), Rasikbil itself is a part of the buffer area of the tiger reserve, Coochbehar (situated just 45 km away from Rasikbil), etc. Coochbehar has a significant role in Indian history. Cooachbihar town was the capital of Cooach Kingdom. Some heritage constructions are available in Coochbehar. Coochbehar Rajbari and Madanmohan Temple are famous among them.
By Road :
By Rail :
Nearest railway station to Rasikbil is Kamashkhaguri. Kamashkhaguri is 6 kilometer away from Rasikbil. Some trains have stoppage at Kamashkhaguri which train is going towards Guwahati from Kolkata or other metro city of India. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you should follow the road journey to reach at Rasikbil. Coochbehar is another near by railway station of Rasikbil.
By Air :
Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road route.
You can find out forest Rasikbil Nature Resort (Ph: 033-22370060) at Rasikbil. Food and lodging are available here. The rate of cottage fare varies from Rs.600 to 700. To check the room availability and online booking in the resorts of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation click here
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