Dooars is a vast region of green forests with wildlife, unending tea gardens, isolated with busy or sleepy settlements forms a fascinating tourist destination. Dooars, has become an important tourist place in the northern part of West Bengal and Eastern Himalayas of India. Dooars or Duars which means doors in Bengali, Assamese, Nepali and Bhutanese language.
Dooars is Situating in the foothills of Himalaya consisting of an area of 8,800 square kilometer. The altitude of Dooars area ranges from 90 to 1,750 m. We can view many fascinating rivers like Tista, Torsa, Jaldhaka, Kaljani and other hilly rivers which have been flowed from the mountains of Bhutan through this 4750 sq.km area. There are fabulous wildlife sanctuaries with scenic beauty, log huts and Toto Para. The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars.
The beauty of Dooars offers us to taste the nature through various ways like adventure sports, trekking, through National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries. 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. This place is also known as the heaven of birds we can see many different kinds of Orchids over here. The average rainfall of the area is about 3,500 mm. Monsoon generally starts from the middle of May and continues till the end of September. Winters are cold with foggy mornings and nights. Summer is mild and constitutes a very short period of the year.
Most Popular Places in Dooars
Jaldapara : Located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the bank of River Torsa, is the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary which is in the Alipurdur Sub-Division of the Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal of India. Positioned at Coordinates 26.6165, 89.3676, Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is just 20 kilometres from the Border of Bhutan and India and is also 750 kilometres from the State Capital - Kolkata.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary has an average elevation of 200 feet and stretches across 141 square kilometres of 'Terai' - marshy grasslands of the Terai-Duar Savanna and grasslands which comprise the tallest grasslands in the world. The Sanctuary is a great mix of deciduous forests, River, river banks, perennial streams, tall grasslands, narrow wet sandy clearances which are all home to a wide variety of endangered mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and rare flowers. Jaldapara Sanctuary is drained by Rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri with River Torsa running right through the Sanctuary.
Nearby to the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary are the Chilapata Forests; the Buxa Tiger Reserve and the Gorumara National Park. In Bengali, 'Jal' means water and 'Para' means locality. Jaldapara - meaning locality of water seems to have derived its name from the abundance of water in the Jaldapara area which is supplied by 8 rivers of which River Torsho flows right through the Sanctuary. Straddled on elephant-back is the best way to explore the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary as you wade through uneven, rough, wet and dry terrain. It is one of the most amazing experiences in the world. And discovering this new territory on elephant-back gives you the feeling of being one among them in the jungle. This Sanctuary is one of the few of the country which can be traversed by jeeps, on Elephant backs and on foot as well - and there is a demarcated territory for each.
Thrilling experience in Jaldapara is spotting the Rhinos near muddy ponds atop Elephants and also watching herds of Elephants bathing in slush and sighting deer’s prancing around - something you only get to see on TV or in other wildlife sanctuaries. The Jaldapara geography is blessed with a wide range of wildlife - some of which are on the 'Endangered Species' list. In order to protect this wildlife, the Government of India has protected the Jaldapara area of 141 square kilometres which means that this territory falls under the governance of Indian Government. The Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros is the top priority of the Government for protection which has caused Rhinos to grow above the endangered mark in the area. Jaldapara is the largest Rhino Sanctuary in the country after Kaziranga.
The Sanctuary is home to wildlife such as Rhinos, elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Sambhar, Cheetal, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Wild Pig, Indian Gaur, and Hispid Hare. This sanctuary has 33 species of mammals, 240 species of birds, 16 species of reptiles, 8 species of turtles and 30 species of fishes and the endangered Bengal Florican which can be viewed while from watchtowers, or while riding Elephants or jeeps. You would be allowed to walk only on the periphery of the Sanctuary as the wildlife stays in the core of the Sanctuary where you would have to go in protected jeeps.
The primitive 'Toto' tribe used to once inhabit the Jaldapara geography which they called 'Totopara'. The British ruled over the 'Dooars' region along with the Siliguri region during the time they were establishing railway and roadways to Darjeeling from Siliguri. When the British started the Tea Plantations in 1800s in Darjeeling, Silguri and the Dooars areas they imported labour from Nepal, Chota Nagpur and Santhal Parganas. The natives of the Dooars region - of which the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a part, are the Bodo, Rabha, Mech, Tota, Koch, Murmi, Limbu, Lepcha and the Rajbongshi.
Jaldapara is Hot in summer, Cold in winter and Heavy Rainfall in Monsoon Season. The best season to visit Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is the winter and the onset of summer season. The temperature remains comfortable and is apt for visiting wildlife and enjoying an elephant safari in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. The best months to visit are September, October, November, December, March, and May. Summers of Jaldapara are extremely hot and exhausting. The temperature ranges from 32°C to 40°C in the months of March to May. June marks the beginning of Monsoon season in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and lasts till September. Heavy rainfall is the characteristic of the season. Winters approach Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in November and lasts till February. The climate is pleasantly cool and the temperature ranges from 12°C to 27°C. Winters are the apt season for sightseeing in Jaldapara.
The distance from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) to Jaldapara is 131 km and the time taken is 2hrs 55 mins and the distance from Bagdogra Airport (IXB) to Jaldapara is 145 km that is 3 hrs 25 mins. The roads are very fine and smooth that you won’t be having any problem during the journey. Chilapata Forest: is the sight of the wild attracts you, if their roaring calls give you goose bumps and if those adventurous roads of jungles leading deep into the wilderness invigorates your senses, then plan a trip to West Bengal, the heart of some of India's dense wildlife reserves. Like other sanctuaries, Chilapata Forest near Jaldapara National Park in Dooars, West Bengal has lured animal lovers from round the world. Rich in wildlife and moulded by thick tall and short trees and bushes, the forest gives a chance to spot many new species. Chilapata Forest has gained popularity in recent times. It is a great place to spot elephants in their natural habitat and lucky ones can spot rhinoceros too.
Chilapata is a dense forest on the way to Cooch Behar and is located around 20 km from the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. While visiting this forest, tourists can find the ruins of thousand year old fort built by Nal King. This fort is situated deep inside the forest and has historical and archaeological importance. The fort was built in the 5th century, during the Gupta Empire and the ruins depict the heritage of the Golden Age of India. This dip and dark Chilapata forest is home to elephants and leopards. At any given time, less than three vehicles are allowed in this forest for security concerns.
Totapara Village: is small village situated on the bank of River Torsa in the district of Jalpaiguri; Totapara Village houses an old tribe of Dooars known as the Toto tribe. At just 22 Kms, lies the Madarihat, the doorway to the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. The village houses of the Toto tribe, a primitive tribe in Dooars. The village is bordered by Bhutan to the North, Torsa River to the East and Titi River and Titi Reserve on the South-West, separated by Hauri River.
Lataguri : The state of West Bengal comes under the influence of a number of rivers because of its location near the delta that makes way for the Bay of Bengal. The state is home to a number of forests – dense and less dense, a number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks. It shares life with amazing varieties of flora and fauna that makes for the rich natural resources and even greater tourist attractions for the country and even for the people from different parts of the world. Lataguri located in the district of Jalpaiguri of the state is a small village on the outskirts of the famous Gorumara National Park on National Highway 31. This small village of Lataguri forms the gateway to the famous Gorumara National Park and hence is known as the gateway to the experience of wildlife and the abundance of nature.
Lataguri offers the wider scope for the thrill and adventure which is anticipated by the individuals making a tour to this part of the Indian sub-continent. Being a small village it offers great tourism sites that capture the attention of a large number of people from all across the world. It is one of the most important tourist attractions of this area. When in Lataguri, the tourists can enjoy the wild drive in the wilderness, go trekking, visit the caves in the forests, watch a number of unknown birds, or enjoy the serenity of the forest. Besides, tourists can delve into the adventure drive with visits to the Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jayanti Mahakal, Rovers Point, and other places which are yet to be visited and discovered by some of the adventurist souls.
The Climate of Lataguri is being a forest area in this region experiences tropical type of climate where only three of the seasons could be experienced – the summer, monsoon and winter season. Lataguri can be reached through train; the railway station of Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station from where Lataguri is a 23 km distance. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Air force Base Airport is the nearest airport. One can also reach Lataguri by connecting road. The National Highway 31 itself passes through Lataguri.
Gorumara National Park : is small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 miles) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarh in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7016 feet (2138 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. The Neora
Valley National Park is close by and is a wildlife reserve. The views of Jelep – La and Rechi – La passes are very attractive from this positive. Lava is a quiet and romantic place as it is situated in the dense forest of Pine and Juniper. There is huge number of Orchids as well. The small town can be reached either through Doars via Gorubathan. This is known as Damdin road as the road takes a turn from National Highway 31 at Damdim. The outer road is through Kalimpong town and Algara. Both Roads meet at Lava. The view of the silvery peaks of Greater Himalayan snow ranges or the smiling children of local ethnic villages, soaked in simplicity and hospitality, will give you a sense of total fulfilment.
Visit the Lava Monastery and Neora valley Interpretation center, which offers the glimpse of the nature's wealth. Lava is the gateway of Neora Valley National Park, a virgin, unexplored terrain in the Himalayas. A drive to Choudaferri inside the park through the pine clad winding road and the Sunrise spot at Tiffin Dara are simply unforgettable. Rishap, another popular tourist destination is only 5 kms from Lava. It has a beautiful monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Popular for nature exploration and bird watching, which abounds with floral and faunal wealth.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary : covers an area of about 96 sq km and offers a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan peaks. Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, this sanctuary is situated in the district of Jalpaiguri and is around 20 km from Gorumara National Park. Visitors can spot Indian bison, which is also known as Gaur, in the sanctuary. It also houses royal Bengal tiger along with deer, reptiles, Himalayan langur and other animals. Birds like peafowl, florican, flinch, bee-eater, green pigeon, hornbill and black partridges can also be spotted in the sanctuary.
Buxa Tiger Reserve : lies in the eastern Dooars region near the Alipurduar sub-divisional town of Jalpaiguri. This park was established between 1982 and 1983. In January 1992, it was declared a National Park. The reserve has around eight types of forests, 230 bird species, 67 mammals and around 36 species of reptiles. Named after the Buxa Fort, this tiger reserve is situated on the Sinchula Range at an elevation of around 867 metres. Covering an area of about 759 sq km, this reserve houses landscape and has various rivers and their tributaries. Leopard, elephant, clouded leopard, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, python, gore and pangolin are the major animals that can be spotted in the reserve. Apart from these, this reserve is home to several birds like red-stars, hornbills, black-necked crane, etc.
Buxa Fort : is located on the Buxa Hill at an elevation of around 2,600 feet and is 30 km from Alipurduar. The fort lies 7 km from the Buxa Road and was regarded as a refuge for the refugees during the unrest in Tibet. It is believed that this fort served as the point of contention between the Cooch Kings and the King of Bhutan. According to history, in the 18th century, this fort was captured by the British. The British converted it into a stone building from a bamboo wood structure. During the British rule, the fort was used as a prison to imprison various revolutionaries. This place is also considered as the starting point for various trekking routes including the Rupam Valley which is located 12 km from the Rovers Point.
Jayanti Mahakal : is located along the shores of the Jayanti River and shares its natural border with the hills of Bhutan. It is another popular destination for covering a trek of around 13 km from Buxa duar. Besides, travellers can also visit the nearby narrow and dark cave, known as the Mahakal Cave. The cave of Stalactites and Stalagmites forming Siva-Linga. Too many tourists and Pilgrims have destroyed the 90% of the Stalactites and Stalagmites. Cat fishes sacrificed here in a water source became discoloured by the mineral content of water.
Rovers Point : is regarded as the land of the unknown birds and is situated at a height of 4,500 feet. Tourists can reach this place by covering a distance of 4 km through the forest track from the Buxa Fort. The Rover's Point is the most splendid hilltop view in all of Lataguri. The hill top peaks into the densely forested valley and gives you the perfect opportunity to put your camera to a good use.
Lava : is small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 miles) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarh in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7016 feet (2138 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. The Neora Valley National Park is close by and is a wildlife reserve. The views of Jelep – La and Rechi – La passes are very attractive from this positive. Lava is a quiet and romantic place as it is situated in the dense forest of Pine and Juniper. There is huge number of Orchids as well. The small town can be reached either through Doars via Gorubathan. This is known as Damdin road as the road takes a turn from National Highway 31 at Damdim. The outer road is through Kalimpong town and Algara. Both Roads meet at Lava. The view of the silvery peaks of Greater Himalayan snow ranges or the smiling children of local ethnic villages, soaked in simplicity and hospitality, will give you a sense of total fulfilment. Visit the Lava Monastery and Neora valley Interpretation center, which offers the glimpse of the nature's wealth. Lava is the gateway of Neora Valley National Park, a virgin, unexplored terrain in the Himalayas. A drive to Choudaferri inside the park through the pine clad winding road and the Sunrise spot at Tiffin Dara are simply unforgettable. Rishap, another popular tourist destination is only 5 kms from Lava. It has a beautiful monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Popular for nature exploration and bird watching, which abounds with floral and faunal wealth.
Changey falls : Changey Falls is located at a distance of 14 kms from Lava Town in Kalimpong District in West Bengal. Rapidly growing into a must see destination for the Lava-Lolegaon-Rishyap circuit tourists, Changey Falls didn’t have any accommodation facility only a year back. But, with growing tourists, thankfully, now we have one that is the Changey Falls Resort. A four wheel drive from Lava and a near 1.5 hours journey with breathtaking view will take you to Changey Falls. Amazing Kanchendzonga standing high remains as a beautiful background. Innumerous chirps of amazing Himalayan birds like White Capped Water Redstart, Verditer Flycatcher, Niltava, Blue Fronted Redstart, Grey Treepie, Indian Robin, Blue Whistling Thrush makes the atmosphere heaven like.
Lava Monastery : also known as Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gumpa, is situated at Lava in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. This monastery was established by Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Kongtrul Rimpoche. Situated beside the large Neora Reservoir Lake, this religious residence is erected using brick and concrete. Due to the increase in the number of devotees and monks over the years, the facilities in Lava monastery were expanded. Today, the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche studies and trains here.
Jelep – LA – Pass : is one of the highest mountain passes connecting India with Tibet in the East Sikkim District. Just below the Jelep La Pass, there is a popular Menmecho Lake, which can be visited from the main route to the pass. The word Jelep La means 'The lovely level pass' and lies on the main route connecting Lhasa with Sikkim. It measures 46 m in length and is easily accessible from two routes from Gangtok and Kalimpong. The entire route of the pass is full of deep forests of rhododendron trees, leading to the Chumbi Valley of Tibet.
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