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Dooars




The Dooars or Duars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. Duar means 'door'
Assamese, Bengali, Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Telugu languages, and the region forms the gateway to Bhutan from India. There are 18 passages or gateways through which the Bhutanese people can communicate with the people living in the plains. This region is divided by the Sankosh river into the Eastern and the Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 8,800 km² (3,400 sq mi). The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars. Dooars is synonymous with the term Terai used in Nepal and northern India and form the only nitrate rich soil in India.

Dooars can be divided in two ways.

West Dooars & East Dooars.


West Dooars


1.      Mongpong

A 45 minutes drive from Siliguri, Mongpong is your first stop in Dooars. As you leave behind Siliguri and drive through the Mahananda Wild life Sanctuary, the noise of a modern civilisation slowly mixes with the melody of nature.
Cross the deep gorge of roaring Teesta over the historical Coronation Bridge at Sevoke and reach Mongpong, 30kms from Siliguri, for a completely different landscape. The mighty Teesta River, caged on both side by steep rock throughout its 200 odd kms journey from the snow-capped mountain of Sikkim, liberates itself at Mongpong.

Places Around Mongpong
Most tourists visit Mongpong for the quiet and serene environment. This is the ideal place to spend a couple of days walking among the trees and sitting besides the river Teesta. Options galore for those who want to go for a drive in the nearby area.


2.      Malbazar

Nearby Places
Siliguri - 60 Kms (1.5 Hrs)
Chalsa - 7 Kms (20 Mnts)
Gorumara-20 Kms (45Mnts)
Samsing - 22 Kms (1 Hr)
Jaldapara - 80 Kms (2 Hrs)
Jalpaiguri - 60 Kms (1 Hr)

At a distance of 55 kms from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri, Malbazar is one of the most important towns in Dooars. The town is strategically located on the NH31 providing close access to major tourist attractions around. The town itself does not have much to offer to the tourists except for the beautiful Mal Park.
If you are planning to visit Eastern Dooars. Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Gorubathan, Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing, Suntalekhola; Malbazar can easily be your base. Kumlai is a famous picnic spot of Malbazar.
The Siliguri - Alipurduar broadgauge inter city express passes through Malbazar. This is one of the most beautiful train rides anywhere. The train passes through some of the best forests of the region. Unfortunately accidents on this line is not uncommon leading to death of wildlife, mainly elephants.

Places Around Malbazar
Malbazar is the most important town in Western Dooars area. All the tourist destinations of Western Dooars can be accessed from Malbazar within a drive of an hour or less. The town itself does not offer many tourist attraction. Mal Udyan next to the Malbazar Tourist Lodge is worth a visit. There are large number of tea gardens in and around Malbazar that can also be visited by tourists.


3.      Samsing

Nearby places :
Gorumara: 26 Km
Siliguri: 80km
Mongpong: 50km
Meteli: 8 km
Chalsa: 15 km
Malbazar: 19 km
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.

Getting There
At a distance of 82 km from Siliguri, it takes about 3 hours to reach Samsing from Siliguri through the most picturesque landscape. As you enter Dooars through the National Highway 31, you will cross Malbazar to reach Chalsa. From Chalsa take a left turn and drive on for 15 kms via Meteli to reach Samsing. The last few kilometres drive is a feast for the eyes as you pass through some of the most picturesque tea gardens of Dooars including the Chalsa Tea Garden, Zurantee Tea Garden and Samsing Tea Garden. The road is relatively narrow but there are few vehicles travelling through this route as the road ends at Samsing.

Local Sightseeing
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 Suntale Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral bungalow. You have to walk over a small hanging bridge to reach the WBFDC forest resort here.

Faribasti
Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti. The village has about 50 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. You can walk through the village and its paddy land.
Rocky Island
Another attractive tourist spot is the `Rocky island nature resort` on the banks of river Murti. This is about 2 km from Samsing. The view of the river and surrounding forests are excellent from Rocky Island but tourist amenities are basic. Accommodation is arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors. The owners of this small resort are true nature lovers and have so far resisted any attempt to commercialize this unique place. Nature beyond is in regular touch with them and actively support their Endeavour.
Treks Around
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 National Park. 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 organize this trek.


Gorumara National Park

You cannot afford to miss Gorumara on your trip to Dooars. Located on the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka rivers, the Gorumara National Park offers a large variety of flora and fauna. The grassland of Gorumara is famous for Asiatic one-horned rhino. In view of its great diversity of plants and animals it was declared a National Park in 1994 comprising a total area of 80 sq. km.
The forest area has come up as a tourist destination during the last decade. In recent years, there has been substantial increase in tourist arrival as well as infrastructure. Today the area around the forest has the largest concentration of tourist accommodation in Dooars. The number of Jungle safari options has also increased over the years.
Getting There
Gorumara can be reached from Bagdogra / NJP in just two hours through winding roads and tea gardens. Although this is the most convenient option for most tourists, there are a few other options for tourists travelling by rail or road. There are a number of smaller rail stations around Gorumara but the nearest station with stoppage of important trains is Malbazar about 20 kms away. If you are travelling by road you can reach here either through the National Highway 31 which passes through Malbazar and turns right at Chalsa before reaching Gorumara. There is another highway through Jalpaiguri and Maynaguri. A third road that is less travelled passes through Gajaldoba barrage over Tista and passes through the Kranti before reaching Lataguri on the outskirts of the National Park.

Gorumara Safari Options

1.   Jeep Safari
While in Gorumara, tourists go inside the forests for Jungle safari. Sighting of wildlife is quite common. Elephants, Rhinos, Indian Bison (Gaur), Peacock, Deer are the most common sightings.
The forest safari is organised in special vehicles meant for the purpose. You must book your forest safari from the forest department and take an authorised guide along while visiting the watchtowers. Tresspassing is illegal and can be dengerous as well. The common forest safaris include the following.
Jatraprasad – The watchtower is named after a female elephant which was legendary for its caring nature. The elephant Jatraprasad saved lives of numerous orphaned baby elephants by acting as their surrogate mother. The Jatraprasad watchtower is also the most popular. The entry point is through the National Highway at the northern part of Gorumara National Park. You have to travel through the forest for about 6 kms before reaching the Gorumara forest bungalow. The Jatraprasad watchtower is 100 meters away from the Bungalow on the bank of Murti river. There are couple of salt leaks just below the watchtower making it an attractive place for sighting wildlife especially during early morning and late afternoon safaris. There is another watchtower in the vicinity known as Rhino point.

Methla Watchtower is located at Kalipur eco village near Ramsai on the eastern fringe of Gorumara National Park. There are unique Bullok cart driven forest safari available here.

Chukchuki Watchtower is in inside the Gorumara forest between Ramsai and Lataguri.

Chandrachur watchtower – If you drive from Murti River towards Khunia through the Chapramari forest, you will come across a road crossing. The road ahead goes towards Eastern Dooars and the road to your left will go to Khunia. If you take the forest road on your right and drive through for about a kilometre you will suddenly find yourself facing large open grassland and a watchtower in the middle of it. This is Chandrachur watchtower of Chapramari forest. There is a small pond and a salt leak. The open ground was originally the location of a forest village named Khunia Basti. The village was shifted outside the forest and the location slowly turned wild again as is evident from the games sighted here.

Chapramari Watchtower – This is another watchtower inside the Chapramari forest. From Khunia more you have to drive about 4 kms towards the Jhalong – Bindu hills and then take a left road through the forests to reach Chapramari forest bungalow. The Watchtower is located just in front of the Bungalow.


2.   Elephant Safari :

Wild Life in Gorumara
Most common animals in the area are one horned Indian rhino, Elephant, Indian Bison (commonly known as Gaur), Leopards (locally known as Chitabagh), Rock Python, Malayan Giant Squirrel and deer. Visitors need to obtain a special permission to enter into the core area of the park. The Gorumara national park has approximately 48 species of carnivores and herbivores, 193 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles, 7 species of turtles, 27 species of fishes and other macro and micro fauna.
Major bird species seen in Gorumara include Minivets, Pheasants, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, cormorants, Orioles, Pigeons and Mynas. During the winter months, migratory birds including the Brahminy duck, Ibis, teals, Stork and other varieties can also be seen here. Other birds include Corporant, Indian Shag, Darter, Egrets, Lesser Adjutant Stork and Lapwing. The night hunters in Gorumara are the Owls and the Nightjars.

Dhupjhora Elephant Camp ( Gachbari)
Dhupjhora in Dooars is situated on the south Gorumara forest range and on the western bank of Murti river.  Dhupjhora is also knowns as “ Elephant Camp” because of  Pilkhana – the elephant stable of Gorumara National Park. Dhupjora Elephant Camp popularly known as Gachbari or tree house is an unique concept of eco tourism by the forest department. It is also called Gorumara Elephant Camp.

Dhupjhora is an ideal place to enjoy the jungle from the core with chances to seeing wild animals nearby.  Strolling on the bank of river Murti or on the river bed is also very exiting. Watching sunset from the Murti river bed is a life long memory.
Gachbari or Dhupjora Elephant Camp is an place where people visiting Gorumara National Park must stay overnight. Surrounded by deep forest, lush green tea gardens and the meandering river it has its own watch tower and elephant riding. Watch tower is the near by of the river Murti and from the tower the panoramic view of the park, river Murti and vast grasslands are seen. There is a salt reservoir below the tower. So the gentle but firm steps of one horned rhinos or elephants can be expected at any moment. Indian bisons, deers or horde of hornbills are also be seen in a distant way from the tower.

Kalipur Eco Village - Gorumara Near Ramsai
May be most appropriate place to be close to nature and wild life at Gorumara NP. The place is just on the fringe of the Medla Forest and share boundaries of the park. The place will give you the feeling of a true Jungle stay. Though it is not a Forest Rest House , but it is managed by the Jalpaiguri Forest Division II. I know FRH gives you a remembrance of the Old bungalow style house. But Gorumara Eco Village gives you a feeling of :Machan Stay" in a heart of a rich and vibrant Jungle.


The Bonus is , the place is just opposite to a running tea garden name " Jadavpur Tea Estate" and this vast green Garden is just ready to bring extra feather to your Jungle Vacation. Means staying at this Eco Village , you will actually enjoy a Tea garden stay as well as a Jungle safari. As Gorumara is encircled by a lot of renounced tea gardens, this benefit is almost everywhere.

In one day stay , they will arrange a bullock cart ride to the Medla Tower and will also arrange for a Elephant Ride to the huge Grassland. This time we can see Rihnos i every where. From Watch Tower , while crossing the river and in the grasslands.


Rihno Camp - Forest Eco Village at Ramsai Gorumara
Gurumara is having a lot of Option to Stay. But my Pick is always special. This time , I picked Rihno Camp, one of the 3 properties managed by Forest Dept in Gurumara. Others are Kalikapur and  Dhoopjhori . This is newst eddition in Gurumara. Rihno camp and Kalikapur are only two places which allows the visit to the park in monsoons. Again , North Bengal is wonderfull in Monsoons.. and I visit Dooars every Year. Journey to this Place is great. As it almost cross through the Forest Mud Roads if you are coming from Lataguri. My Captures will tell rest of the Stories.

The rooms are called as Gorumara, Joldapara, Majoring, and Manash
This is a facility run by Forest Dept of Jalpaiguri Div II ( Not WBFDC). Kalipur is one of 5 facilities of Jalpaiguri DIV II Forest Dept. Others are Rihno Camp(Ramsai), Dhupkhora(Elephant Camp), Hornbill Nest & Mouchuki Camp.I have already visited 3 of those properties , One of these 3 ( Rihno camp ) is already there in this blog. Another place is the Dhpjhora Elephant Camp. Dhupjhora camp has a Elephant house with in the campus and also houses a small Hand loom Factory. But main attraction of dhupjhora is a Tree house.


Included in Package
a) Lunch, Dinner, Tea, Breakfast
b) Fishing (optional)- Try this out , This is good. You will get lot of Puti Maach.
c) Elephant Ride ( Next Day Morning)
d) Adivasi Dance @ night by local girls
e) Bullock Curt Ride @ Rs. 35/- per person


Chapramari


What to See
Chapramari is adjucent to Gorumara NP and offers almost the same variety of options for forest visit.
When to Visit
The weather is pleasent throughout the year. However May temperature can go past 30° C. Forest visit are restricted between July and September. High tourist season is between October and March.

Chapramari forests is essentially a continuation of the Gorumara National Park. The two forests are divided by the Murti River. The North East side of the river is Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary whereas the South West side is where Gorumara is located.
If you are travelling through Dooars via National Highway 31, the forests you see on both sides of the road between Chalsa and Nagrakata is part of Chapramari WLS. The forest is relatively small in size but is one of the oldest in India. It was declared a reserve forest back in 1895. The West side of the river is bounded by River Murti and on the Eastern side by river Jaldhaka. The total area of the forest is about 10 square km.
In the recent past, the area has come up as an important tourist destination in Western Dooars.
Flora and Fauna
A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests. Chapramari is famous for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian Bison) is quite common around here. Different varieties of deer, reptiles and other animals can be seen here. The place is a heaven for bird watchers as well.
Nearby places of tourist interest
Further North of Chapramari is the Bhutan – Dooars boarder villages of Jaldhaka, Paren, Bindu and Jhalong. The area has gained in prominence as tourist destination and can be visited from Chapramari within an hour. Once can also visit the beautiful tea gardens of Jiti and Hila above Nagrakata here.
Gorumara in the South is easily accessible. Gorumara offers a large number of forest visit options and attracts the largest number of tourists in Dooars.
Further east from Chapramari is Jaldapara forest about an hours drive from here.
Getting There
If you are travelling by train, Chalsa is the nearest station about 10 km from the forest. But few trains stop here. Malbazar 7 km further is stop of a few more trains including an intercity express and a train connecting Kolkata. New Jalpaiguri, the most important station or the area is about 70 kms and 1.5 hours drive. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Road connectivity is excellent with all other major places of the region. Most tourists prefer to get down at NJP or Bagdogra and take a cab to visit Chapramari.

Murti
Murti is the name of a river flowing down from the Kalimpong hills. Murti as a place is situated besides the same river between the Chapramari forest and Gorumara National Park. The place has come into prominance as a large number of private and government tourist accommodations are located here. The West Bengal Forest Development Corporatation (WBFDC) has its forest bungalow "Banani" at Murti.
You can visit the interior of Gorumara National Park staying at Murti. On the other side of the river at a short distance is Panjhora river. This is a common site for picnickers during the winter months.
Murti itself has a lot to offer for nature lovers. If you are lucky you can see Gharials in the river. Elephants are also known to frequent around here. Gaur (Indian Bison) and Deer is also commonly sighted in the area.
Murti is about 15 km from Lataguri town and about 18 km from Chalsa.
Bindu & Jhalong
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.

 Sightseeing at Bindu
Bindu Dam - Built on the Jaldhaka River. Rare view of the Bhutan Himalayas and snow peak mountains in the winters.
Jaldhaka Hydel Project - The first hydroelectric project of India can be visited with the prior permission of the WBSEB authorities.
Cardamom Curing Centre - 14 km from Bindu. India's best Cardamom is dyed and processed here before shipment.
Gairibas Diascorrea Plantation - On the way to Bindu this place can be visited where a large area is under cultivation of medicinal plants especially Diascorrea.
Godak Village - 15 km from Bindu. Belief of the tribes personified in the Debi sthan (house of Goddess) watch the crowd worshipping a tiny river that emanates from a singe rock that never dries up.

How To Reach :
Siliguri : The Gateway to North Bengal & most important town. Well connected with other parts of the state as well as the country by Road,Rail & Air. A journey of 103 km. from Siliguri towards Bindu-Jhalong via Chalsa,55 Km.From New MAL Jn., Nearest Railway station- New Jalpaiguri (NF Rly.) Nearest Airport- Bagdogra.




East Dooars

1.    Hatipota
 Hatipota is located at west bengal state, jalpaiguri district, hatipota city and the bank branch's address is hatipota. Surrounded by the natural beauty of hills, jungle, rivers and tea gardens, Hatipota is an enchanting spot in Doors. This Tourist Centre is about 15 km from Raidak. Blue hills covered by green forests. On this place throughout the day change of colours continue from hill to hill. The mind is filled up with a sublime joy. It is an ideal place to rejuvenate and de-stress for those weary of the strife-torn and danger-ridden city life.

2.    Jayanti
a picturesque palce within the Buxa Tiger Reserve along the meandering Jayanti River is an ideal palce to relax and rejuvenate in the midst of nature. This somewhat off-beat destination is fast becoming popular as an eco-tourism hot spot. Often referred to as the “Queen of Dooars”, this picturesque place provides a perfect setting for a memorable tour. With no mobile network you will definitely enjoy the peace of true holiday and be able to spend some time discovering and rediscovering yourself. Time spent with your loved ones at this remotest corner of earth will definitely be an experience of a life time. Jayanti riverbed is the site for a number of Bengali and Hindi movies.

Located along the Jayanti River, which 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 have slowed down its fast pace. Music of the swift flowing Jayanti River, 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 but its white beds with pebbles all around imparts an unmatched beauty to the place.
Way to Jayanti through the densely forested Buxa Tiger Reserve is a fascinating experience and another huge attraction of Jayanti tour. Meeting a herd of Elephant or Spotted Deer or plenty of Peacocks are most common sights on the way to Jayanti.
Sightseeing in and around Jayanti
Apart from enjoying the beauty of nature and taking a bath in the Jayanti River there are quite a few spots nearby that are worth a visit.

Pokhri – This sacred and holy pond on the top of Pokhri hill at a distance of about 4 Km from Jayanti is a must-visit sightseeing destination of Jayanti. To reach Pokhri one has to trek the distance partly through forested hills and partly through previously used roads. The whole trek is quite a joyful experience and provides a scope to come so close to nature. People visiting Jayanti hardly misses a chance to visit the Pokhri pond. The beauty of the surroundings is certainly something which has a refreshing effect.
It is a place of religious worship for the Bhutanese and other local people. The pond is considered as extremely sacred and people even do not touches its water with feet. Large number of big-sized Magur and Turtle fish in the waters of the Pokhri is another attraction of the place.

Mahakal – The stalactite cave of Mahakal is a popular pilgrimage destination of the Hindus. Located near Bhutan border this cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular sightseeing destination of Jayanti.  To reach Mahakal cave one has to trek through forested hills for nearly one and a half hour.  The journey is not at all tough and tourists visiting Jayanti should definitely visit this cave temple.  Apart from the pilgrimage point of view, the whole journey is a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature so closely.


How to reach Jayanti?
By Air – Bagdogra airport of Siliguri at a distance of about 195 Km is the nearest airport of Jayanti. Regular flights of Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines connect Bagdogra with major Indian cities of Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.
By Rail – Alipurduar is the nearest railway station of Jayanti. The town of Alipurduar having three railway stations is well connected to all the major cities of India, including Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc.
By Road – Jayanti, at a distance of about 30 Km from Alipurduar is well connected by good road. One can also reach Jayanti from Cooch Behar or Jaldapada or even Siliguri as through Rajabhat Khawa.
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Once famous for dolomite mining, Buxa was declared a tiger reserve in 1983 and got the status of National park in 1992. Located in the Assam-Bhutan border, Buxa has an area of 745 sq km, the largest forest in North Bengal and has the second highest tiger population in West Bengal after Sunderbans.
The park holds maximum number of elephant, Indian bison, leopard, many species of deer and many smaller mammals, innumerable species of birds and reptiles. Buxa is rich with bio-diversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants. Because of inaccessible terrain, some parts of Buxa hills in the Sinchula range are still unexplored.
Buxa is one of the oldest settlements in North Bengal. It is 24kms from Alipurduar and 180 km from Siliguri, well connected by both motorable road and railways. Several trek routes originate here.


Sightseeing
Rajabhatkhawa is only 10 km from Alipurduar and is the main entrance to Buxa Tiger Reserve. There are a number of tourist accommodations available at Rajabhatkhawa including both private lodges and home stays. Rajabhatkhawa is approachable by both road and rail form Siliguri (153kms) and Alipurduar (17 km). It is an ideal place for the wild life lovers. Rajabhatkhawa has a watchtower deep inside the forest that gives the best opportunity to view elephant, bison and even tiger. The Nature Interpretation Center at Rajabhatkhawa is another attraction.

Jayanti Village
This is a small village deep inside the forests. Jayanti can be visited during your sightseeing day trip inside the forest. You may also stay here at one of the home stays or small resorts. The main attraction here is the wide expense of Jayanti riverbed and the Bhutan hills on the other side of the river. You can also go inside the forest with the forest permission and accompanied by a guide.

Buxa Fort / Buxa Duar
The ruins of the fort is on a hill that can be approached after a trek of about 4 km from Santalabari. The fort was used by the British to keep the leaders of India's Independence movement in secluded confinement. The fort is mostly in ruins but its historical significance is hard to miss once you are here. There are couple of small accommodations for overnight stay. You can visit here on a sightseeing trip of you may plan to stay here overnight.

Lepchakha
This is a small village with great views of Dooars further 2 km trek from Buxa Fort. The village is on top of a hill overlooking Dooars plains and the forest. There are 3 / 4 drukpa home stays available here.
Treks in Buxa
Most popular trek starts from Santrabari (914ft) to Buxaduar A 4 km trek through the dense forested hills leads to Buxaduar Forest Bungalow. Accommodation is available here for the trekkers.
Another 4 km trek through the forest track leads to the Rover's Point-the land of unknown birds (4500ft). It is difficult to ignore the lure of Rupam Valley in Bhutan, another 12 km from there.
The journey through the entire region is full of unknown adventure and excitements and gives some breathtaking views of Jayanti River Valley far below, ever green forest canopy and glimpse of rare animals, flight of birds and colourful orchids.
Buxaduar to Jayanti is another popular trek in the region. This 13 km trek passes through the dense forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve. The music of wilderness, the chirping of unknown birds, the song of wild streams, the fragrance of nature will never allow you to feel the least stress of a long journey. The journey ends with a warm reception of an old staggering priest at the stalactite cave of jayanti, popularly known as the Mahakal cave. It is difficult to enter into the narrow, dark, damp cave but trying the same may be another precious adventure. The downhill trek from here leads to Jayanti Forest Bungalow. Lying by the riverside and surrounded by century old Sal forests and hills-Jayanti is a place to stretch your weary legs as the cool breeze brushes away all the exhaustion.

28 Mile

Raimatang
Nearly 45 kilometers from Alipurduar and 220 kilometers from Siliguri. It is beautifully located with scenic beauty and is surrounded by rivers and hills. It is a nice place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Scenic beauty is the main attraction of this place and another pleasant and exciting experience is a trip through the Hasimara Forest.
Raimatang can be approached by road only. Tourists travelling by train should get down at Alipurduar junction( 45 kms) or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or NJp ( 170 kms) to reach Raimatang. The nearest Airport to Raimatang is Bagdogra Airport or IXB ( 182 kms). Journey towards Raimatang through Tea gardens and forest is quite interesting. The last leg of the journey passes through rugged river bed. Smaller vehicles find difficult to cover the river bed.

What To See in Raimatang
Raimatang is the destination for tourists looking for a sojourn amidst nature away from typical tourist spots. If you are looking for a lot of day activity, you will be disappointed. But if you are looking to soak in nature at its purest form, you can hardly find a better place.
There is a watchtower nearby where you can spend the morning watching a variety of wildlife. The wide riverbed close to the village can be visited during day time. While in the Raimatang area look out for Butterflies. At certain places you may see hundreads and thousands of butterflies flocked in the riverbed or forest land.
There is also a trek from Raimatang to Lepchakha through Aadma and Chunabhati. The trek distance is about 20 kms and can be covered with an overnight stay in Chunabhati.



Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Distance from Jaldapara
NJP / Bagdogra - 130 Kms
Jalpaiguri Town - 85 Kms
Phuentsholing - 25 Kms
Buxa Tiger Reserve - 32 Kms
Alipurduar - 40 Kms
Basic Information
Latitude - 26.72
Longitude - 89.31
District - Jalpaiguri
State - West Bengal
Area - 216 sq km
Famous for - One horned Rhino
Location of Jaldapara
The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothill of Eastern Himalayas on the bank of river Torsa in West Bengal. The vast grassland with patches of riverine forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1943 for protection of the great variety of flora and fauna. Principle among them is the Asiatic one horned Rhino. The sanctuary is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams. The Sanctuary covers an area of 216.51 sq km.
Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary provides extensive grassland which is refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds. Madarihat town is the main town near the forest.

Forest Visit
Jeep Safari :
Elephant Safari:
An adventurous elephant ride in the morning will take you deep inside the grassland for the real excitement. The sights of rhino in a muddy pond, the herd of elephant or the running deer are the thrilling experiences in Jaldapara. Please note the elephant rides are booked on the spot and cannot be reserved in advance. For most part of the year, the few elephants available are unable to serve the large number tourists who flock the Sanctuary. Jeep safari inside the forest is the other option of visiting inside the forest.

Sightseeing
Chilapata - River Torsa divides the continuous stretch of forest with Jaldapara on the western side and Chilapata being on the eastern side of the river. Chilapata has become a favourite Tourist destination for many in the recent past. You can go for a forest visit with permission of the forest department and accompanied by approved guide. Chilapata can easily be visited from Jaldapara as part of day sightseeing tour as the distance is barely 15 kms. Hidden deep inside the forest the ruins of a thousand years old fort of Nal King that has tremendous historical and archaeological importance. Built in the 5th century during the Gupta Empire the ruins still recall the memories of the Golden Age. Because the site is not maintained properly, it has now become the play ground for leopards, snakes and other animals.
South Khairbari - This is a small stretch of forest on the west side of Jaldapara forest. There is a leopard rescue center at Khairbari named "South Khairbari Leopard Rescue Center". In 2005 when performing with Wild life were banned in Indian circuses, 19 rescued tigers were brought here at Khairbari. It was renamed as "Khairbari Royal Bengal Tiger Rehabilitation and Research Centre". The number of tigers is steadily decreasing here as most of the circus tigers died of age in the past. The number of Leopards at Khairbari is still substantial. The rescue center is about 10 kms from Jaldapara.
Bhutan Boarder - The boarder town of Phuentsholing is just 25 kms from Jaldapara via Hasimara. There is no entry formalities for visiting the boarder town. Many tourists visit Phuentsholing as part of a half day tour from here. You can also make Jaldapara your overnight halt on your way to a Bhutan trip.
Totopara, adjacent to the Jaldapara sanctuary is a major attraction for those interested in ethnic tourism. Toto Para is the only settlement for the Totos, one of the most endangered ethnic communities in the world. Their numbers are now reduced to mere a thousand. Lot of initiatives has been taken by the governmental and non-governmental agencies for uplifting their living condition. However, to live with them and to observe their traditional cultures can still be a precious experience. Even if you are stretched for time, you may visit Totopara as part of your local sightseeing.
Other destinations of Dooars can also be visited from Jaldapara on a day trip.


Barodabri(Malangi-Lodge)

How To Reach :
Siliguri-The gateway to N.Bengal & Imp.town.Well Connected with other parts of the state as well as country by road rail and air.A journey of 140kms. from Siliguri, 55 km from New Coochbihar, 45kms. from New Aliporeduar Rly. St, 35Kms. Aliporeduar jn., 5 Km.Hasimara locality -Hasimara airbase(Gurudwara)nearest railway st. New alipore Duar, New Jalpiaguri (NF Railway n)
Site Seeing :
10 Kms.from Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctury, 20 Kms. from South Khairbari Leopard Safari ,20 Kms. from Phuntsolling (Bhutan), 30 Kms. from Kunjanagar Eco-Park, 60 Kms. from Buxa Tiger Reserve(Jayanti )35 Kms. from Rajabhat Khawa, 50 Kms. from Rasikbeel Bird Sanctury, & 35 Kms. from Coochbehar Rajbari Palace And Park, Modan Mohan Temple etc.


GARUCHIRA
Garuchira, a place off route, off road within Dooars has really scenic beauty worth visiting. it is in the foot hills of bhutan.river sliding through the forest and small rocks seen from distance really splendid , similar to that seen from jainty river side and river bed in summer.there is only few agencies who can arrange visit to the place. Travelrelief, Kolkata is able such visit and arrange guide, food and vehicle for journey. a trip with your dearest one for few hours and stay at nearby safe place overnight through 'Travelrelief' is memorable.

Places to see in Garuchira: Garuchira is a small village in the Bandapani area of the Terai region of West Bengal. On one side are the hills of Bhutan and on the other are the forests of Sal and Teak. The Forest Department has developed an eco village with two Forest bungalows here. Garuchira lies amidst the jungles of Terai region which serves as the main corridor of the wild elephants migrating from Nepal. Hilly perrineal rivers like Sukti and Reti flow by Garuchira. If you are coming to Garuchira during the rainy season, then you have to cross these rivers to reach the Forest Bungalows.

Nearby Attractions of Garuchira: Alipurduar is just 80 kms from Garuchira. You can spend a day or two at Garuchira and then move on to Alipurduar.

Things to do in Garuchira: You can take a tour of the jungle with your guide and stay in the forest bungalows. Wild elephants are the main attractions of Garuchira Forest.

How to reach Garuchira: From New Jalpaiguri you can hire a car to reach Garuchira via Birpara. Garuchira is an hours distance from Birpara by car. You can also reach Garuchira from Alipurduar. Garuchira is around 80 kms from Alipurduar. You can also reach Garuchira from the nearby Dalgaon Station. The Up Kanchakanya Express (13149) stops at Dalgaon.

Phuentsholing
Phuentsholing is the point of entry for travelers arriving by bus from Kolkata and Siliguri and the town functions primarily as a place where Bhutanese and Indians do business. The architecture is modern, and there is no dzong, famous monastery or in fact anything of particular interest to tourists. However, like all of Bhutan, it does offer a clean, pleasant and safe environment in which to go about your business. NB: Until 2005, it was possible for overseas visitors to enter the town without a Bhutanese visa. Except for Indian nationals, this is no longer possible. Indians are denied entry beyond the checkpost in the absence of a permit.

Entry procedure


From Siliguri. There are two routes. One is via Sevak Bridge and the other goes through Alipurduar and Hasimara. It is better to take the second route if you are prone to car sickness as the condition of this road, which forms part of the main Siliguri to Guwahati Highway, is better. The Bhutan Government buses depart from Siliguri Bus Station on Hill Cart Road at 7:30AM and 1:30PM everyday. Tickets are purchased in the bus station, but the bus departs from the other side of Hill Cart Road. NB: Before entering Bhutan, non-Indians are required to receive an exit stamp in their passports at the Indian inmmigration office. Therefore, when passengers disembark at the main stop in Jaigaon, move your luggage from the roof to inside the bus and request the driver to let you off at the Indian immigration office. It is a short walk from there to Bhutan gate.

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