Our wanderlust to visit the offbeat weekend destinations surely takes us to places that are so unique and beautiful. We have always believed that West Bengal has such beauties in her that simply cannot be described by words. Bunkulung near Mirik is one such place. It is a small village with picturesque scenery and of course the peace that we were looking for.
We came to know about Bunkulung by chance. I think a lot of things are happening by chance with us. A few days back, we visited Jagjivanpur on our scooty without any plan. You can read about the story here.
Bunkulung can be reached from Mirik. From Darjeeling we came to Mirik. From Mirik we took a shared jeep to Soureni and from there we had to book a car to Bunkulung. It was the day before Municipal election at Darjeeling district, so vehicles were very limited.
As usual to all these lovely places, the road to the village was extremely bad and uneven. But as we entered the village, all our chagrin vanished. It is such a beautiful place, with acres of paddy fields wherever you lay your eyes. The place is also famous for pisciculture. There are as many as 19 pisciculture projects going on here. All these were told to us by our driver. The houses too looked so cute with flowers and garden in front of every house. Most of the houses had small rickety gates too. Our homestay was also on beautiful piece of land with gardens in front and three cottages standing side by side. The cottages were all so elegant and comfortable.
Now something about the village itself:
Bunkulung is criss-crossed by two rivers – the Balasun and the small Murmah Khola (it is more of a rivulet). The Murmah tea gardens are also nearby and you can simply walk down the village roads to explore the tea gardens. There are a few off-roads going to the nearby villages.
And then there is the Balasun riverside. It took us about 40 minutes to walk our way to the Balasun river. As you start your walk through the metalled road, we passed an old cantilever bridge. The Murmah Khola is flowing below this bridge. Just have a look at the bridge.
After we passed the bridge and the last house of Bunkulung, the road took us through the Murmah tea gardens. Walking through the tea gardens has always been an enjoyable experience for us. We clicked some wonderful memories, not pictures!
After walking for another ten minutes, we could hear the murmur of the flowing river and saw another bridge. This one is a new one though. The riverside was completely desolate. We 2 were the only people there. There were a few houses nearby, but the whole stretch beside the river was completely devoid of any people! Imagine our happiness. It is rarely that one gets such solitude in a beautiful place. We naturally spent some time beside the river, talked gibberish with each other and finally retraced back our steps to the homestay happily. It took us more time to return, as now it was an uphill walk.
So, why will you visit Bunkulung? – T2B opinion:
Firstly, it is an offbeat destination where you can spend your weekend at ease. You will see green everywhere – the paddy and millet fields, the luscious green tea garden and the jungles. It will be soothing to the tired eyes that are so used to see the concrete jungles. Silence can be enjoyed here. Like your eyes, ears will also get healed. You can simply stay here a couple of days and connect to nature instead of connecting to you laptops and desktops.
Bunkulung is such a place where you get to see stretches of paddy fields as well as tea gardens. The combination is simply awesome.
How to reach Bunkulung:
Bunkulung is 15 km from Mirik. From Siliguri or NJP and even Darjeeling, you can come to Mirik. There are shared cabs to Bunkulung from Mirik, but they are very limited and runs on time. The last one is at around 2:00 PM. You can also hire a car from Mirik to Bunkulung.
The place can also be reached from Dudhia. Infact, this is the shorter route. We returned to NJP taking the route through Dudhia.
Best time to visit:
Visit Bunkulung at any time of the year. But the best season would be the winter months. The monsoons will also be enjoyable as the place will look greener and better, but the road conditions cannot be guaranteed.
Bunkulung does not have any ATM. Nearest ATMs are at Mirik and Dudhia.
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