Nestled on the foothills of Himalayas at an altitude of 2900ft in the western region of Dooars is a scenic village called Suntalekhola or Suntaley Khola (also Suntaleykhola). Sited on the periphery of Neora Valley National Park, Suntalekhola is a new found jewel added to the crown of offbeat destination of Dooars which has attracted tourist with its breathtaking surreal and ensnared their heart with the view of river stream spiraling through the lush mountain hill surrounding Suntalekhola. The name Suntalekhola is derived from the Nepali language where the word "Suntaley" stands for "orange" and "Khola" stands for "stream".
Located 87km from the bustling city Siliguri and 5km from the serene hamlet Samsing, Suntalekhola due its unique location is a nature endowed place. The journey towards this nature bound haven Suntalekhola is filled with pictorial landscape ranging from dense deciduous forest to valley covered with lush green tea gardens the motor able road end after reaching a small river stream of Suntalekhola, a journey to be cherished life time. The hanging bridge over the river Neora which needs be crossed on foot after reaching the quaint hamlet is one of the added charms of Suntalekhola. Sited close to Neora Valley, Suntalekhola is dotted with the trekking routes the famous one being the trek towards Neora Valley National Park. Endowed with astounding trekking route, Suntalekhola has become the base of many trekkers and acts as a safe haven for the tourists who are looking for solace amidst the nature. There are many ways to relish the beauty of this serene hamlet and one of the best ways is the trek towards Mouchuki, a nice spot beside Neora River. It's a 6km trek from Suntalekhola to Mouchuki which is through the verdant forest and offers an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other from Mouchuki a sight which has left many travelers spell bound. Apart from being rich in flora and fauna the forested area surrounding Suntalekhola create an ideal environment for housing a vast collection of avifauna which includes species like Pond Heron, Black Eagle, Hill Partridge, Red-vented Bulbul, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Bronzed Drongo, White-throated Fantail, Blue Rock Thrush, Scarlet Minivet, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Rufous Sibia, Grey treepie, Spangled Drongo and Common Green Magpie and many more making Suntalekhola the birding paradise of avid bird watchers. Trekking through the dense forested area and witnessing the most pictorial sight of Dooars region, Suntalekhola with its surreal beauty has become a must visit destination of Dooars region.
Let your senses be lulled by the serene ambiance while listening to the magical sound of flowing river stream and alluring chirping of exquisite birds. Surrounded with verdant semi-tropical forest dotted with trekking routes leading towards wondrous destinations, Suntalekhola is the safe haven for the tourists who are looking forwards to spend a weekend far from the mundane city life amidst the nature.
Blessed with temperate weather, tourist can relish the beauty of Suntalekhola throughout the year since each season at Suntalekhola has its own charm but if the tourists are looking forward to partake in trekking towards Neora Valley National Park, it is best to avoid the monsoon season since the forest area is infested with leeches during rainy season.