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Rocky Island

Rocky Island is one of the newest and offbeat tourist destinations of Dooars in North Bengal. A preferred picnic spot, the downhill island sits on the bank of River Murti 2 kilometers from Samsing, another popular tourist destination. This pebble-filled destination has gained popularity as it offers excellent river camping opportunities. Surrounded by thick forests, Rocky Island is serene, away from drastic commercialisation, and supports basic tourist amenities. For anyone interested in this tour, a visit to the destination would be a lovely tryst with nature. From here, you can also explore the nearby Neora Valley National Park. The place even provides ample opportunities for adventure fanatics who are interested in activities like rock climbing, trekking, and rappelling. The preferred trekking destinations here are Jhandidara, Mo-chuki, Bhalukope, and Sherpagaon, Bhattitar, and Jhula Bridge. Other than that, some massive rocks adorn the place, namely Neel Kanta, Bhimsen, Pathar Kailas, and Hansdunga. They are very much climbable. There’s also a riverside cave that you can explore. The road to Rocky Island comes to an end at the Murti bridge, where the river is narrow; you can enjoy a dip here.

How To Reach Rocky Island?

The nearest airport is Bagdogra. The nearest railway station is Malbazaar, which can be reached from NJP in Siliguri. The distance from Malbazaar to the island is about 19 kilometres. The roadway to Rocky Island is via the NH31. The distance from Siliguri is nearly 82 kilometres, and would take about 3 hours by car to reach the island.

What To See And Do In Rocky Island?

  • Enjoy your night’s stay in a tent by River Murti.
  • Make a bonfire, sit by it, sip coffee, and hum a tune.
  • Listen to the gurgling sound of the river waves.
  • Relish the delicious oranges of the place; they are famous.
  • Visit the local homestays to study the local lifestyle of the people here.
  • Bask in their hospitality in the midst of the natural aura.
  • Of course, go trekking and don’t forget to perform some angling.
  • Visit the Lataguri tea estate nearby; it’s an hour’s drive from Rocky Island.
  • Travel to Suntale Khola, which lies 3 kilometres away.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Rocky Island?

You can visit Rocky Island throughout the year. However, avoiding the monsoons is recommended if river camping and trekking is on your mind.

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