The unexplored villages of North Bengal, India – Samsing Fari

If you ever have to mail any important document that nearly costs your life, do you think that it’ll reach an address, if just has the name, village’s name, post office and district? Well, this is what differentiates a village life in North Bengal from others.

Unlike the vastness of city life with precisely shrunken life where your share of the city’s existing life is just limited to the walls of your house, in a village all the villagers heave the identity of all the villagers. So, to clarify your dubious character of numbers and land marks, it may sound like an exaggerating statement that not only the mail will reach to the right hands but also there will be a proclamation about your mail in the whole village.

Samsing is a place that has gradually gained its popularity because of its chastened beauty. Surrounded by one of the pristine heritage forest of India, Neora valley national park, the place has a complete advantage of possessing both the artificial beauty of tea gardens and the unexplored Rhododendron forests that are more than 400 years old. Amidst this blessed paradise, there is a small village that is also often named as Suntalekhola in the language of Nature lovers named after a perennial stream -Suntale. The word “khola” means a stream in the local language that is Nepali.

The sweeping landscapes covered with orange orchards will give you mesmerizing sight creating a mirage of thousands of fireflies instead of ripened oranges in the month of November and December. The beautiful houses that can now mostly be availed as home stays will set a healing memory in your mind making you oblivious of the hectic schedules of work back in city life.

The most unique part of the village can be experienced in the month of March and April. This is the time when the entire villagers plan out a day, and on that particular day all the male villagers trek to spot that is located in the dense forest. It is their sacred place where they worship nature and the goddess of forest. The best part is that precisely the spot is the source for many perennial streams that supply pure drinking water to the entire village. The religious belief restricts the villagers to disturb the abode of their goddess and this particular belief has precisely saved this part of jungle for years. The day is spent in a celebration, worshiping, and a feast is also organized that adds the adventure to enjoy a kind of picnic in the dense forest. Therefore, it can be considered as an emergence of a new concept that can be named as “Traditional Environmentalism”.

Such activities in a village life may often be related as futile superstitions but in today’s technological advancement it has been well observed that even the complex plans cannot fully proclaim to achieve full success in solving the environmental issues. So, can we say that this unique lifestyle of Indian villages should be instead replicated to save the hottest issue of the world – Environment? Well the answer will be given by you when you will have it experienced after taking your seat amongst the villagers in that spot, sharing your toast of feast.

Author: Babit


  1. Nice write-up about Samsing Fari, one of my goal is to visit most of the villages in Asia.

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