Perched above the Teesta valley adjacent to Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a picturesque hamlet called, Mongpong. Located on a 45min driving distance on NH31 from the bustling city Siliguri along the bank of roaring River Teesta, Mongpong is seen as the gateway of dooars. Although it is a very quaint place having only few shops, huts and a forest check post, but it sure doesn't lack in natural beauty. Mongpong is known for its beautiful landscape of the Teesta River, daunting mountains and lush forests, which has attracted many tourists traveling to Dooars towards it. The astounding sight of roaring Teesta River as it liberates itself at Mongpong after remaining caged by steep rocks throughout its 200 odd Km journey from the snow-capped mountain of Sikkim has left many travelers awe-inspired.
Endowed with vibrant flora and fauna due its proximity with Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary Mongpong has ensnared the heart of many nature enthusiasts traveling to Dooars. The journey towards this nature endowed place is an unforgettable experience in itself. The pictorial view of changing vegetation while driving through the alpine forest and accompanied by the roaring river Teesta to reach Mongpong is a visual treat for the eyes of the tourists. There are many picturesque destinations around Mongpong which may hype the interest of tourists. Located 7 kilometers ahead of Mongpong is one of oldest and reputed tea garden of Dooars, Washabari. Tourists may take a special permission from the garden manager to visit the garden including the tea production facility at the Tea factory. A little further from Washabari is Leesh River sited amidst the lofty hills dotted with dense forest. The bank of river Leesh is an ideal place for picnic for the tourist traveling to Mongpong during winter season. The lower marshy land of Sanctuary creates an ideal environment for harboring a wide variety of avifauna like the babblers, wagtails, bee eaters, swallows, sun birds, rollers, robins, fly catchers, thrush, drongo, kites, eagles, hornbills, orioles, peacock, fouls, egrets, king fisher, wood pickers and many more making Mongpong birding paradise for avid bird watchers. A trek through the lush Sal forest enclosing Mongpong to see the grand vista of Teesta Basin has become one of the famous outdoor activities for the tourist visiting Mongpong. Watching the roaring river teesta meandering through the mountainous valley dotted with lush alpine forest with the back drop view of snow capped fortress from Mongpong has left many travelers spell bound by the surreal beauty which Dooars offers. Sited above the Teesta Valley near the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is Mongpong, which has become the safe haven for the tourist who craves to find solitude far from the maddening crowd while rejuvenating themselves with the serenity of nurturing Mother Nature. From the sight of roaring river Teesta to trek to the lush Sal forest the mesmerizing charm of Mongpong has made it a must visit destination for the nature lovers traveling to Dooars.
Immerge yourself in the serene ambiance of the Mongpong which is only broken by the alluring chirping of exquisite birds while basking in the astounding vista of Eastern Himalayas looming over the mountainous valley dotted with alpine forest. Mongpong is an idyllic place where tourist can relish the beauty of surreal nature while spending some quality time with their loved ones.
The beauty of this quaint hamlet Mongpong can be enjoyed throughout the year but winter from Mid November to January is the considered the best time relish the grand vista of Eastern Himalayas.