The Gateway to Bhutan – Dooars
Dooars the word is derived from the word duar or door. The name signifies its location as a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal & Sikkim as well as Bhutan and Assam. Dooars valley, an important travel destination in Eastern Himalaya, is covered with lush green forests and teagardens and intersected by the rivers like Tista, Torsa, Jaldhaka & their innumerable tributaries. It is the home to one horn rhino, gaur and many other rare species. A tour or a safari through these forests of Dooars will be a life time experience.
Places to Visit
Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a protect park situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal and on the bank of river Torsa and have an area of 141 km² and altitude of 61 m.
MAHANANDA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream. The sanctuary is located in The Himalayan foothills and the Terai region and is home to the elephant, Indian bison or gaur, tigers, leopards, sambar and cheetal. The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the forests of the lower catchment area of the Mahananda River and covers an area of 159.86 sq km.
BUXA TIGER RESERVE (JAYANTY)
Buxa Tiger Reserve was created in 1983 as the 15th tiger reserve. In 1986, Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary was constituted over 314.52 km² of the Reserve forests. In the year 1991, 54.47 km² areas were added to Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary.
CHAPRAMARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is located 30 kilometers away from Chalsa in Darjeeling. It covers an area of 2,220 square kilometers and the climate is favorable, attracting a lot of tourists throughout the year. It is connected to the National Highway 31 which makes it easily accessible to the rest of India. The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is filled with dense greenery which provides a natural habitat to the animals and birds living here.
RASIK BILL WETLAND
Rasikbil or Rasikbeel is situated at the foothill of Sintura Hill of the great Himalaya in the Coochbehar district of West Bengal. It is basically low water land (Bil or Bill) or swamp, where water may be available all over the year. There is a huge lake ideal for eco-tourism activities.
The valley of Jaldhaka, at 1500ft above sea level is a prospective tourist destination. Situated on the hill section of Gorubathan under Kalimpong Sub-division it is cut off from the rest of the district by a mountain ridge descending south-west from Reche-la and is separated from Bhutan by the De-chu or Jaldhaka River. Jaldhaka can be reached from Siliguri, (90Kms) and from Kalimpong (135Kms) after crossing the Coronation Bridge at Sevok and touching Chalsa, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhalong and Gairibus on the way. Apart from the natural surrounding, the hydro-electric power project situated 5 Km from the Bazaar is the center of attraction here. There is a beautifully located forest rest house overlooking the scenic Jaldakha valley and the Bhutan hills. Accommodation can also be arranged in a privet hotel known as Paro Inn. 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. The whole region is extremely beautiful with green vegetation all around. Most of the time you will be traveling through the plain with the hills on your left just a few hundred meters away. There is also the possibility of sighting wild life on the way.Bindu is a conglomeration of different aborigines. The peace loving people of Bindu are engaged either in Elaichi (Cardamom) or Suntala (Orange) cultivation. Terrace cultivation is quite common here.Just a few kilometers away from Bindu and paren on an accentuated height is Godak village. On either side of the road, you will find Cardamom and Orange plantation. From here, you can have a view of the few villages of Bhutan, Paren and Bindu. On the way to Godak Government has set up a Cardamom Curing Centre for the farmers.
At a distance of 82 km from Siliguri, it takes about 3 hours to reach Samsing from Siliguri through the most picturesque landscape. Situated at an elevation of 3000ft, Samsing is a nice cool shady place, ideal for nature lovers. The journey to Samsing is a memorable one, as you slowly ride uphill through the most picturesque Dooars tea garden on the rolling hill slopes. Suntalekhola is where many tourists stay overnight. The place is about four kilometers further up the road from Samsing. The road ends here close to a small stream named Suntaley Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral bungalow.Several trek routes originate from Suntale Khola. The Neora Valley National Park is adjacent to this place and most treks are organised in the surrounding area of the NP. Trekkers can take a steep ride to `Tree Fern Point` and `Mo` or `Mo Chaki` for a great view of the Himalayas in one side and the plains of Dooars in the other. The hills of Bhutan and `Jelepla`, the pass connecting Tibet with India, can be seen from here. The most fascinating and thrilling trek leads to the untouched wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. Special permission of the forest department is required in order to organise this trek.Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti. The village has about 30 households and is very well maintained. Flower gardens are common in almost all households. Some of the households have started homestay for tourists with active support from naturebeyond.
Cooch Behar Palace, also called the Victor Jubilee Palace, is a landmark in CoochBehar city, West Bengal. It was designed on the model of Buckingham Palace in London in 1887, during the reign of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan. It is noted for its elegance and grandeur, is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. It is a brick-built double-storey structure in the classical Western style covering an area of 51,309 square feet (4,766.8 m2).
Buxa Fort, situated in the Binchulla Hills of Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest at an altitude of 2600 ft, was constructed by the king of Bhutan during the 18th century with an intention to protect their country.The fort was positioned so as to help guard the road connecting Tibet with India via Bhutan, which was famous known as the ‘Silk Route’.