Suntalekhola or Suntaley Khola is a famous and well known tourist spot in the Dooars region of West Bengal. The word Suntaleykhola in Bhutanese language means Suntaley – Orange and Khola – River or stream. Suntaleykhola is at distance of about 5 kilometers from Samsing Fhari village. Situated at an altitude ranges from 650 meters to 950 meters. The route to Suntaleykhola is perched with boulders. As one starts the journey by car the route is through dense greenery. From Chalsa after a drive of 8 kilometers one will reach at Samsing point after that, cars are not allowed to go further, tourist needs to avail the route by foot. From Samsing point the route to Suntaleykhola is very pleasing and the view is eye catching. On one side of the road, steep valleys those gone straight down and the valleys and slopes are covered with dense greenery. After a certain point one will reach at the bank of a river by the name Suntaleykhola. This river is the life blood of this place. The distance upto the river is of 1.5 kilometers. The route will take a left turn by the side of Deer Park. As one reaches near Suntaleykhola River there is a suspension bridge built with ropes and woods. Beneath the bridge flows river Suntaleykhola overcoming the huge boulders. As one crosses the bridge at the forefront is the entry gate of WBFDC Tourist Huts, very beautifully placed and decorated. At Suntaleykhola one can spend their leisure time just sitting on the banks of the river immersed their feet in the crystal clear water. Suntaleykhola offers an absolute peaceful ambience, guarded by hills from all sides with a small plain land in between, sometimes thick clouds gather on the top of the mountains and restricts the view all over. Suntaleykhola is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. Numerous Himalayan birds inhabit the place few of those are Common Hill Myna, Long Tail Yuhina, Himalayan Bulbul, Indian Roller, Long Tailed Broadbill, Scarlet Minivet, Verditer Flycatcher, Black Eagle, Spangled Drongo, Grey Treepie, Blue Rock Thrush, Rufous Sibia, Common Green Magpie, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Hill Patridge and many more. From Suntaleykhola, few of the local spots those are worth watching like Mouchuki Beat – The entry point of Neora Valley National Park within a distance of 5 kilometres, at a distance of 6 kilometres is Bakhedara, and within 3 kilometres is Ramteydara. By car one can visit Paren at a distance of about 15 kilometres. As Suntaleykhola is located adjacent to Bhutan, on can get a quick view of the Bhutan hills.
Nearby Places to Visit: There are several places near Suntaleykhola. On a day trip from Suntaleykhola one can visit Samsing, Rocky Island, Jhalong, Bindu, Paren, Lataguri, Chalsa, Murti and Chapramari. Jhaldhaka is mainly famous for its hydro-electric generating project from River Teesta and Murti is famous for its panoramic view of Murti River.
How to Reach: Suntaleykhola lies at a distance of about 80 km from Siliguri. From Kolkata station, Sealdah station and Howrah station several trains are available those connects to New Jalpaiguri. From New Jalpaiguri railway station share cars or full hired cars are available upto Chalsa. From Chalsa within a few steps there is route diverted to the left hand side that connects upto Samsing Fhari Basti within a distance of about 8 kilometres. From Samsing Fhari Basti at a distance of 1.5 kilometres is Suntaleykhola. The nearest airport is Bagdogra lies at a distance of about 98 km.