Located 99km from Siliguri in the foothills of Himalayan along the bank of meandering river stream is a serene hamlet called Jaldhaka. Perched at an elevation of 1500 ft on the way to Chalsa-Bindu road, Jaldhaka has become a prospective tourist destination of Dooars. Jaldhaka is a scenically blessed hamlet of Dooars and the view of clear blue sparkling river meandering through the verdant forested land from Jaldhaka has bewitched the mind of travelers traveling to Dooars.
The journey towards the serene place Jaldhaka is filled with pictorial landscape from the age old bridge above the roaring river Teesta to the dense forest area, little pink, blue, green and yellow cottages dot the roadside and hill slopes. All of them have vibrant flower gardens. Prayer flags blow in the wind and wildflowers grow on the hill slopes while the river rushes below. There's no big market, no concrete buildings, no hooting cars making the ride towards Jaldhaka an unforgettable experience. Situated near the Indo-Bhutan border, Jaldhaka is the first large settlement which can be reached after crossing the dense forest of Chapramari, the oldest forest reserve in West Bengal. It has been famous among the travelers for the scenic beauty and serene ambiance which it offers. Along with the mesmerizing view of the riverside there are many places nearby Jaldhaka which has allured travelers towards it. Jaldhaka Hydel Project on the river Jaldhaka being one of them. Jaldhaka Hydel Project is one of the foremost hydro electric projects in the country which serves as a bridge to go across Bhutan. The site is encircled by the walls and visitors are required to get an approval from the West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) authorities. It also harbor and act as the host for the migratory water fouls making Jaldhaka a paradise for avid bird watchers. There are many routes in Jaldhaka through the thick forest area surrounding Jaldhaka which are used for trekking by the adventurer traveling to Jaldhaka, the most famous trek being towards Todey and Tangta leading trekkers towards Neora valley national park. Tourist can also visit nearby places like Jhallong and Paren to relish the true beauty of Dooars region by camping along the river bank of Jaldhaka in Jhalong or go on a jungle safari in the lush Gorumara or Chapramari which are on an easy accessible distance. Far from the hassle of rambunctious city life, set at the heart of the Jaldhaka River this quaint river valley Jaldhaka offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop view of the mountain range which has mesmerized many travelers leaving them spell bound after witness it.
Trek through the thick forested area while being enchanted by the alluring chirping of exquisite bird, the beauty of the serene river valley Jaldhaka never cease to amaze the travelers visiting Dooars. Sited amidst the lofty hills and meandering river stream, Jaldhaka has become the retreat for the tourist who are searching for solace amidst a nature bound place to rejuvenate their tired soul.
The best time to visit Jaldhaka is considered to be the winter season from mid November to January when the weather is pleasant and tourist can get an unparalleled view of the Bhutan Hills. The place experiences heavy rainfall around May- June and the summers can become quite uncomfortable with the sharp sun directly overhead.