Pay A Visit to Dooars
Dooars literally means Door. Perhaps due to its location, it forms the gateway to Bhutan and all the northeastern states of India. Duars or Dooars is the plains in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in northeast India which includes major portion the state of West Bengal and Assam. Dooars is home to many National Parks and Sanctuaries namely the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Buxa National Park, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in the state of West Bengal. And Manas National Park in the state of Assam. It's political map constitutes the plains of Darjeeling district, a major portion of Jalpaiguri district, the northern region of Cooch Behar district in West Bengal and the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara and Bongaigaon of Assam. The major rivers crossing the area includes Brahmaputra and Manas in Assam and Jaldhaka, Murti, Torsha, Sankosh, Dyna, Karatowa, Raidak, and Kaljani. Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Birpara, Hashimara, Malbazaar, Lataguri, and Jalpaiguri are some of the well-known settlements of West Bengal. Tezpur, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Barpeta, Dhubri are some of the well-known settlements of Assam. Dooars consists of stretches of tea gardens, grasslands, river banks, national parks, sanctuaries and rivers cutting across the vast area, making it the tourist hotspot of North Bengal. With the backdrop of the Himalayas in this region and wildlife populated by bison, elephants, leopards, birds and other animals, Dooars is an ultimate tourist hotspot for the nature lovers.
Wildlife sanctuaries and national park safaris are one of the favorite to-dos in this region, other adventures include birding, angling, hiking, etc. Our company organizes the stays, safaris & visits to watch towers of parks like Jatraprasad Watch Tower, Medhla Tower, Rhino Observation Point, Chandrachur Watch Tower or Chukchuki Bird tower, etc. One can also visit Toto Para, which is one of the tribes gradually coming back from extinction due to dedicated government initiatives.
Places of Interest
- Jaldapara & Gorumara National Park
- Buxa National Park
- Chapramari Wildlife Reserve
- Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
- Rasik Bill Bird Sanctuary
- Rocky Island
- Toto Para
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary & Gorumara National Park
These are habitats of the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds including plenty of peacocks. Elephant safaris through the Jaldapara forest is a memorable experience. Numerous watch towers here allow you to take a real close look at wildlife. Moreover, the scintillating light show at Jaldapara guest house adds a wild thrill to your trip.
Buxa National Park
Buxa National Park, in the subdivision of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri district, was set up in the year of 1982-83 at the northeastern corner of West Bengal bordering Bhutan and Assam. With an area of 759sq km, this picturesque reserve with its prodigious Terai, Bhabar landforms as well as hilly landscapes, crisscrossed by numerous rivers and their tributaries, presents a breathtaking landscape. Buxa is rich with biodiversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants.
Chapramari Wildlife Reserve
Chapramari Wildlife Reserve is located near the NH31 connecting the northeast with the rest of India. Chapramari Wildlife Reserve is famous for its elephant’s population. It is quite close to the Gorumara National Park.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located around 13kms from Siliguri and comes under the Darjeeling Wildlife division. The place was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1959 so as to protect the highly endangered species of Royal Bengal Tiger and the Indian Bison. The sanctuary spreads over an area of around 159square.kilometers. It is a perfect place for all those who want to enjoy the beauties of Mother Nature far away from the hustle & bustle of the city life.
Rasik Bill Bird Sanctuary
This place simply belongs to the winged beauties, the birds. The fluttering of colorful feathers and the signature tunes of these vivid creatures make this water body a paradise for bird watchers. Boating in Rasikbil under the blue sky with birds flying everywhere or graciously swimming nearby is something beyond imagination. The bird varieties include cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, Kingfisher, parrots and many more others. There is also a large aquarium, a deer park and a crocodile rehabilitation center at Rasikbil.
Chilapata Forest is a dense natural forest near Jaldapara in Dooars. It is about 20 km from Alipurduar town and 95km from Jalpaiguri town within the Jalpaiguri District. A drive through the forests is an interesting experience. Sighting of elephants is almost regular. River Torsha runs through the sanctuary. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The wildlife, in addition to one-horned Rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, Gour and a number of Birds, Peafowls, et cetera.
This is a beautiful spot encircled by Jayanti river, forms a natural border with the Bhutan hills. This beautiful place offers all the peace and tranquility that is so missing in a busy city life. A tour of Jayanti, away from the humdrum of city life, is an ideal leisure holiday destination, where time seems to slow down its fast pace. Music of the swift flowing Jayanti River, the chirping of unknown birds, sweet fragrance of nature and refreshingly cool breeze at Jayanti will make you feel completely rejuvenated. Though the river remains dry for most of the year, it's white beds with pebbles all around impart an unmatched beauty to the place.
Bindu is only 107 km from Siliguri. The last hamlet of West Bengal, Bindu is a valley encircled with hills of Bhutan and India on the banks of river Jaldhaka. It is a feast for the eyes and a stimulating experience for the mind. The road that leads to Bindu is in itself an unforgettable experience. The Dooars area starts immediately after you cross the Tista River at Coronation Bridge.
Samsing Rocky Island camp is a tent resort on the banks of river Murti. The gorgeous river flows by the side of Neora Valley National Park. The river has unearthed massive rocks in its way along with natural water pools and caves. This is the surrounding in which Rocky Island camp is located. Rocky Island can be considered as an eco-tourism destination.
A small village on the bank of river Torsha near Bhutan border is famous for the Dooars aboriginals – the Totos. Totos are one of the most primitive tribes in the world. Toto Para is the only place where the Totos live.
How to reach
AirwaysBagdogra Airport (IXB) is the nearest and major airport. Various parts of Dooars are approximately 3 - 4 hours drive from Bagdogra Airport (IXB). Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is served by Go Air, Kingfisher, Spice Jet and Jet Airways flights from Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, and Delhi.
RailwaysThe most important railway junction is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Platform(NJP) and it is situated 10 kilometers away from Siliguri. NJP is directly connected with all major stations in India and the Dooars. Chalsa, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar and Rajabhatkhawa are the other railway stations in the region. The frequency of trains is less hence tourists prefer to use Siliguri as the entry and exit point to Dooars. Indian Railways is contemplating to run a special train between Siliguri and Cooch Behar like the Palace on Wheels.
RoadwaysJaldapara is connected with Siliguri by National Highway Number 31 which is 140 kilometers away. Chapramari is 80 kilometers, Buxar is nearly 200 kilometers, Bindu and Jhalong is 105 kilometers and can be reached by car within 2 – 4 hours. Jaldapara / Hollong / Buxa Tiger Reserve are all very close to the National Highway number 31. There are two approach roads. One is National Highway number 31 and the other is through Jalpaiguri which is a bit longer than the Siliguri route.