In the foothills of the Himalayas- DOOARS
Emerged from the word ‘Door’, Dooars is the gateway to Bhutan starting from river Teesta in the East to river Sankoshi in the west. Dooars is blessed with the mighty range of the Eastern Himalayas in the background, thick forests, variety of species of Flora and Fauna, continued with tea gardens and few streams to add the beauty in the surroundings.
That’s Dooars for you!
Situated in the foothills of Himalaya in North Bengal, Dooars has rich wildlife tropical forests; low hills rising up from the rivers all make it one of the quaintest destinations. Dooars is also the gateway to the hill stations of the Darjeeling – Sikkim region. The gateway to Bhutan and the whole of North east India, a drive through the Dooars plains, can be an experience for lifetime.
What to see
Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity and forests. The most outstanding parks are Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorumara National Park, Champamari Wildlife Sanctuary 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 birds, including peacocks. Elephant – riding through the Jaldapara forest in search of wild animals, particularly the one-horned rhinos, is popular amongst tourists.
Jayanti – is nearly 30 km from Alipurduar, is a beautiful spot surrounded by the river Jayanti and the hills around.
Bhutan Ghat about 45 km from Alipurduar is famous for its scenic beauty and is close to the river Raidak that borders Bhutan.
Buxa Fort is 30 km from Alipurduar, famous for the ruins of the Detention Camp used by the British Government for detaining freedom fighters of our country.
Malbazar is 52 km from Siliguri has tea gardens and scenic spots around.
Chalsa is 61 km from Siliguri, is famous for its scenic beauty.
Teesta Barrage is 57 km from Siliguri and is an emerging and being developed as a tourist attraction.
Phuntsholling is 161 km from Siliguri via Jaldapara, on the border of Bhutan, is a major gateway to Bhutan.
Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary -Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary is a must if you are into wildlife. Located at the foothills of Himalayas in the Terai region, it is spread across the lower catchment area of river Mahanada. Mahanada homes rare species of animals like one horn Rhino, Bison, Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Sambar and Cheetals.
Sumsing and Suntalekhola -81km from Siliguri, it is considered heaven for Nature lovers with two forest bungalows in the middle of a forest, hills in the backdrop and the constant splashing noise of the numerous streams as they flow, step out of the bungalow and listen to early morning chirping of birds and whispers of the forest as it tells something to the raucously moving river water.
Latpanchore – A small village at hill top on the Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by forest and is rich in the Cinchona plantation. There is an old British bungalow in the middle of this, which now serves as a forest bungalow. Trekkers trek from here up to Namthing Pokhri. Sunrise from the Aahal Pick is so soothing and imaginary and is always a pleasure to watch.
The beauty of the region lies not only in its tea gardens but also in the dense jungles that make up the countryside. A number of rare endangered species of animals like tiger, rhinoceros and elephant make their habitat in the forests of the Dooars. Other animals include different types of deer, bison, birds and reptiles.
Best Time to Visit Dooars
With pleasant weather throughout the year, Dooars can be visited any time of the year. During November –December Tourism Fest and Teesta Tea is celebrated. It is probably the best time to visit to witness and participate in number of fun and frolic activities, water sports, cultural events and performances etc. During this time, the West Bengal government in collaboration with the Indian Railway run special trains connecting Dooars to Cooch Behar and Siliguri.
How to Reach
Road: Siliguri is the gateway to the Dooars. Cooch Behar, being the headquarters of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation, is well – connected by long distance bus routes to Siliguri as well as Kolkata, Jalpaiguri, etc.
Rail: There is a railway service connecting Cooch Behar with Kolkata via New Jalpaiguri. One can also avail the railway service via Alipurduar.
Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra, connecting Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati.
Well-equipped tourist lodges are run by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. / WB Forest Development Corporation at Jalpaiguri, Malbazar, Hollong, Madarihat ,Gorumara, Samsing, and Jayanti. Besides, there are quite a good number of hotels, resorts, guest houses, etc. at Malbazar, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar.