General Information

Dooars is a valley in the foothills of Himalaya. Dooars means door or duar, its the door to Bhutan and other neighboring states of India. It is famous for it's natural beauty of forests and its biodiversity. If a tourist is a nature lover or an admirer of Wild Life there cannot be a better place than this for him. A vast texture of dense forests teeming with wildlife, unending tea gardens, babbling rivers, interspersed with sleepy or busy settlement, constitute this famous tourist destination- The Dooars where nature has kept her doors wide open. The Virgin forests of Dooars is crossed by the river Teesta, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Raidak, Kalchini and their tributaries. Dooars is well connected with Siliguri and other part of North Bengal & neighboring States and countries through road ways and/or railways. The stretch is extends with motor able roads cutting through deep forests teeming with wild life and Terai tea garden. The Valley is famous for its wild life sanctuaries like Jaldapara, Garumara, Chapramari and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Visit to Dooars is a memorable journey through the rolling hill slopes, deep forests, widespread lush tea gardens, small villages with endless blue sky. It's a place of god gifted nature where one can enjoy his/her life with full of energy. Moreover this place gives any one the opportunity to access the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas whose potential in this regard need not be mentioned. One can visit Dooars any time except the Monsoon i.e. June to September.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal. The river Torsha flows through this rain forest sanctuary and have an area of 141 Sq.km and altitude of 61 m. Jaldapara, the vast grassland with patches of riverine forests was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna, particularly the one-horned rhinoceros, an animal threatened with extinction. The Jaldapara Sanctuary covers 216 sq km, is a mosaic of woods, grasslands, perennial streams, sandy river banks and extensive belts of tall grass. It contains a great diversity of flora and fauna of mixed deciduous forest, grasslands and river banks. The Malangi River also flows nearby from east to west. Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary provides extensive grassland which is last refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

Gorumara National Park

Gorumara is located in the Eastern Himalayas' submontane Terai belt. This region has rolling forests and riverine grasslands, and is known as the Dooars in West Bengal. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River. The major river of the park is the Jaldhaka river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river system. In this regard, Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve.

The park is rich in large herbivores including Indian rhinoceros, gaur, Asian elephant, sloth bear, chital, and sambar deer. Small herbivores include barking deer, hog deer and wild boar. There is a comparative lack of large carnivores, with the only big cat being the leopard. The park is not home to any resident population of Bengal tigers, Indian wild dogs, or Indian wolves. Tigers are, however, occasionally spotted here. It does have numerous small carnivores including various civets, mongooses and small cats. The park has a large resident population of wild boar, but the critically endangered pygmy hog has been reported from the park. It also has numerous rodents, including giant squirrels. The rare hispid hare has also been reported from the park.

Birds at the Gorumara National Park include submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise suncatcher, spangled drongo, and Indian hornbill. Numerous woodpeckers and pheasants inhabit the park. Peafowls are very common. The park is on the flyway of migratory birds including the rare brahminy duck.

Samsing

Samsing is a small hill village and tourist spot in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal situated at an elevation of 3000 ft in the foothills of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts border. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. It is the home of more than 2500 people. Its climate is noted for fog and cool breezes and a high rainfall. It has lots of beautiful picnic spots and tourist place. Some of them are Lali Guras,Rocky Island and Suntaley Khola. Neora Valley National Park is in a distance of an hour from here. Here you can find the fusion of hills, plains, rivers, forest, tea-garden and villages. In fact,it is a cute tea garden inhabited by lovely and helpful nepali people. Many local people are associated with tourism / tea / timber - related businesses.

Lataguri

Lataguri is a small town located in the Jalpaiguri district of Indian state of West Bengal.The village is located outside the Gorumara National Park on National Highway No. 31. Permits for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. The village also contains a "Nature Interpretation Center", which gives information about the flora and fauna of the area. A few roadside restaurants ("Dhabas") and hotels cater for tourists.

Chapramari Forest

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Chapramari Wildlife Reserve,) is close to the Gorumara National Park. Chapramari is about 30 kilometres from Chalsa and Lataguri in northern West Bengal, India. The total coverage of the forest is 960 hectares.

A large variety of flora and fauna are found in the forests. Chapramari is known for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian Bison) are not uncommon in the Chapramari region and Royal Bengal Tigers are present in small numbers. Deer, boars, and leopards are also found there.The place is popular with bird watchers, with parrots, kingfishers, and green pigeons found in abundance.

In 2009, a marauding leopard was captured in Dooars and released into Chapramari.

Murti

Murti is a small picturesque town in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and is situated on the banks of river Murti. This place is about 8 kilometres away from Chalsa, India and 60 km away from Jalpaiguri which is famous for its picturesque scenery. Excellent scenic beauty is the main attraction of this site. Both Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are very close to Murti. One can get day visit pass from Lataguri Interpretation Centre to enter the National Park and Sanctuary.

Chalsa

Chalsa is a small town situated just on the foot of the Himalayas in the Duars in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. This small town is surrounded by hills, tea gardens, rivers and forests. One part of the town is surrounded by Gorumara National Park and other part with Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. Nearby forests are residence of a good collection of elephants and rhinos. It is situated on the way towards Birpara or Alipurduar from Siliguri via Malbazar. It takes around 1.5 hours from Siliguri both on road and railways. It is 60 km from Bagdogra airport.

Jaldhaka

Jaldhaka is a river that originates near Nathang valley in East Sikkim and passes through Bhutan before entering India again in the Dooars hills. It forms the boarder between India and Bhutan for several kilometers till the river enters Dooars plains where it meets river Jiti near Jiti Tea garden. The river continues to flow through Nagrakata and then through Chapramari and Gorumara forests before meeting River Murti and River Diana and eventually ending its journey in Bangladesh where it meets the mighty river Brahmaputra. The total length of the river is about 200 kms and a major part of this passes through some best tourist destinations of Dooars.

Totopara

Totopara is a small village on a hillock located in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India.
This village is home to the unique Toto tribe that is one of a kind in the world. The village is about 22 km from Madarihat, which is the entry point of the famous Jaldapara National Park.
Administratively, this village falls under the Madarihat police station. It is bounded by the foothills of Bhutan to the north, Torsa River to the east, and Titi river and the Titi reserve forest on the south-west separated by the Hauri river.

South Khairbari

About 11 km. from Jaldapara, this Tourist Centre is actually a Leopard Rehabilition Centre and Nature Park. River Boori Torsa is flowing through the forest. It is interesting to travel in the leopards' empire on battery-driven cars. Recently, the Royal Bengal Tigers released from the Circus Parties have been rehabilitated here. Going from Madarihat towards Birpara, a road in the left side goes to Khairbari. This is a good way. Sometimes herd of elephants appear. There is a Watch Tower on the river bank wherefrom you may see the leopards going this way and that, green waves on the sides of the river, scene of boating. There is a wooden bridge over the river. Crossing over the bridge there is the Nature Park. There are many arrangement for children's enjoyment in the Park. It is a picnic spot also.

Jhalong

Jhalong is a village in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India. This tourist spot is 99 km from Siliguri.
The hill station is situated near the Indo-Bhutan border on the banks of the Jaldhaka River, on the way to Bindu. Jaldhaka Hydro Electricity Project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction in this area. Bird lovers can enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fowl here.

Bindu

Bindu is the last village on the Indian side bordering Bhutan. It is known for its beautiful landscape with Jaldhaka River, hills and forests, which attracts a lot of tourists. There is a conjunction of three streams at Bindu. The three streams are known as Bindu Khola, Dudh Pokhri and Jaldhaka that originates from the Kupup lake, a small glacial lake in Sikkim. The combined streams meet at Bindu to form the Jaldhaka river. There is a dam known as Bindu Dam over the Jaldhaka river which is used for controlling water supply to the Jaldhaka Hydel Project at Jhalong and acts as a bridge for crossing over to Bhutan. However, one can cross the dam only by foot.

Buxa

Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) lies in Alipurduar district of West Bengal. Its northern boundary runs along the international border with Bhutan. The Sinchula hill range lies all along the northern side of BTR and the eastern boundary touches that of the Assam State. National Highway No.31 C roughly runs along its southern boundary. It is the eastern most extension of extreme bio-diverse North-East India & represents highly endemic Indo-Malayan region. The fragile "Terai Eco-System" constitutes a part of this Reserve. The Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhutan is contiguous to North of BTR. Manas National Park lies on east of BTR. BTR, thus, serves as international corridor for Asian elephant migration between India and Bhutan. To the south-west, the Chilapata Forests form an elephant corridor to the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.

Phuntsholing

Phuntsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan and is the administrative seat (dzongkhag thromde) of Chukha District. The town occupies parts of both Phuentsholing Gewog and Sampheling Gewog.[3] Phuentsholing adjoins the Indian town of Jaigaon, and cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy. The town has the headquarters of the Bank of Bhutan.

Jaigaon

Jaigaon is a small town in Alipurduar district in the Indian state of West Bengal, near the Bhutan border. The town lies at the gateway to Bhutan – Phuntsholing, and is thus a very thriving place of trade. The main source of income for the vast majority of people here is through the Bhutanese citizens that come down to Jaigaon in order to buy their monthly and weekly ration.

Suntalekhola

Suntalekhola is a small village and a tourist spot in the Darjeeling District of West Bengal. The altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m. It gets it name from a small stream: Suntaley Khola. In Nepali, Suntaley means orange and khola means stream. This place is nearly 5 km from Samsing, which is also a small picturesque serene village. The green patch on the left side of the way to Suntalekhola is amazing and holds many rarities of birds and butterflies.

Rajabhatkhawa

Rajabhatkhawa is a small town situated just outside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India. It is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by forest. All the permits for the entry to the Buxa Tiger reserve can be taken from here.

Jayanti

Jayanti is a small forest village within Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India. It is located along the Jayanti River, forming a natural border with the Bhutan hills. It is popular with hikers for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and wild fountains. The 13 km trek from Buxaduar to Jayanti is especially popular, passing through the dense forest of the Buxa Tiger Reserve rict of West Bengal, India. It is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by forest. All the permits for the entry to the Buxa Tiger reserve can be taken from here.

Bhutanghat

Bhutanghat is situated nearly 45 kilometers from Alipurduar and 218 kilometers from Siliguri in West Bengal, India. It is approachable from Siliguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar by railway and roadways. Known for its scenic beauty it is idle for leisure holiday and angling. Strategically located near the border with Bhutan the region is blessed by the scenic beauty and the swift flowing River Raidak. There is a beautiful forest bungalow built in 1904 close to the River bank and is best to stay is during monsoon or just after the rains. It is located in a mountainous terrain, flanked by hills covered with luxurious green forests. It also serves as the elephant corridor and is an attractive destination for wildlife lovers. It is only an extension of or is a part of the Buxar Tiger Reserve. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation has resort but with basic facilities only. Winters are cold with foggy mornings and nights. Summer is mild and constitutes a very short period of the year; hence the climate is always conducive to tourism. Endangered species of animals like tiger, rhinoceros, elephant, make their habitats in the forests other animals include different types of deer, bison, birds and reptiles. Bhutan Ghat is well connected by roads and to rest of India and national highway number 31 is the main highway of the area.

Cooch Behar

Cooch Behar is the district headquarters of the Cooch Behar District in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is situated in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Cooch Behar is the only planned town in North Bengal region with remnants of royal heritage. One of the main tourist destinations in West Bengal, it is the location of the Cooch Behar Palace and Madan Mohan Temple, and has been declared a heritage town. It is the maternal home of Maharani Gayatri Devi.