Dooars-The Hidden Treasures of Bengal
Dooars, or "Duars" as enunciated in the traditional Nepali & Bengali linguistic, goes by the specific name because it serves as an exclusive gateway to the country of Bhutan by land. Situated in the northern part of the Brahmaputra basin & south to the Himalayan foothills, the Koch Dynasty, the kingdom of Bhutan & the British Raj traded hands in dominating this fertile chunk of alluvial domain until it became an integral part of India by the year 1949. The 350 km stretch of fertile land is riddled with perennial streams that cut through the dense evergreen forests & manicured tea estates spread all over the region. With the presence of nearly six sanctuaries & national parks, Doors is the most ecologically rich location in the entirety of North Bengal. A haven for nature enthusiasts, this place is an iconoclastic break from the regular tourist-oriented. Dooars is completely devoid of the crowded streets or overbooked hotels and sightseeing places that lack the atmosphere of serenity that enhances the feel of your vacation. Nestled amidst soothing canopies, the location is unruffled & placidly quiet, with snug cottages & resorts scattered here and there amidst the relaxing greens that is home to the exotic local wildlife. In Dooars, don’t be surprised if you spot a whimsical herd of spotted deer basking by the sunlight within a stone’s throw. Elephants show up near the creeks by dawn as well. Safari rides in the national parks to spot the lurking leopards & tigers in the wild shouldn’t be missed either. This location is bound to be your ethnic episode with the Himalayan fauna.
Places to Visit
- Gorumara National Park:Located on the banks of river Murti, it is renowned for the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and the King cobra. Other animals include elephants, bisons, leopards and reptiles. Trees like Teak, Simul, Siris, Khair and Sal abound in the forests with numerous birds
- Buxa Tiger Reserve:A sanctuary set up to preserve the Royal Bengal Tiger; it is the crown gem of Dooars.
- Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary:This wildlife forest has the largest concentration of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros in India after Kaziranga. Another must watch is the Royal Bengal tiger. Reptiles like the Indian python, fresh-water turtles and geckos can also be found here. Elephant and jeep safaris inside the forest can be organised.
- Lava – Lolaygaon :Lava is a forest village with a popular Buddhist monastery that is known as Lava Monastery. It is a bird watchers delight. Lolaygaon is higher up than Lava. From Jhandi Dara (wooded hilltop), one can enjoy a brilliant view of the sunrise.
- Suntalekhola:Known for its orange plantations. You can view the hills of Bhutan and the Jelepla Pass that forms the connecting link between Tibet and India from here.
- Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary:This wildlife forest has the largest concentration of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros in India after Kaziranga. Another must watch is the Royal Bengal tiger. Reptiles like the Indian python, fresh-water turtles and geckos can also be found here. Elephant and jeep safaris inside the forest can be organised