Dooars Tour – A Visit To The Lush Green Landscapes
Dooars is a nature’s paradise located in north Bengal at foothills of Himalayas in eastern region away from urban chaotic places and madness. Dooars is a “door” or gateway to the beautiful country of Bhutan from India and other north-eastern states of India.
The lush green tea gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and forests, innumerable streams and rivers make the place an ultimate destination for nature lovers. Dooars is a perfect place to visit and spend some days in serenity and tranquility of the nature and it is also the destination for wild life photographers and people who love wild life along with jungles. Dooars is very reach with biodiversity and the beautiful & enchanting landscape of the place draw several tourists from across the Globe.
How To Reach Dooars
New Jalpaiguri is the gateway to Dooars and it is well connected with rail and roads from Kolkata. Dooars is an overnight journey from Kolkata and a few hours’ drive from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri in north Bengal. There are regular flights from Kolkata to Bagdogra airport in north Bengal.
Kolkata To Dooars By Train
There are regular trains from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and other interior stations in Dooars region. New Mal junction station in Dooars is close to several places of interest like Gorumara forest, Murti, Jhalong, Samsing, Suntalekhola etc. and Hasimara station is close to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Madarihat etc. Kanchen Kanya Express departs from Sealdah station in Kolkata is the only train that goes via New Mal Junction and Hasimara station through the woods of Dooars.
There are many trains that departs from Kolkata and reach New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station in 10 or 12 hours journey. From NJP one can reach different regions in Dooars by road.
Kolkata To Dooars By Road
There are Volvo buses, NBSTC buses and other luxury buses depart from Kolkata to reach New Jalpaiguri station. Bhutan Govt. buses also ply in this route to reach Bhutan from Kolkata.
Kolkata To Dooars By Air
Regular flights connect Kolkata and Bagdogra. Dooars is a few hours’ drive from Bagdogra. One can reach Bagdogra by flight from Kolkata and then take a vehicle to reach any destination in Dooars region.
Places of Interests in Dooars
When it comes to places of interest in Dooars, you must know your interests and be sure what you like. If you are a wildlife photographer or a fellow who loves wild animals and jungles then you should head towards the national forests and wildlife sanctuaries of Dooars. Dooars is the ultimate region for jungle lovers.
If you are not a jungle lover do not worry, the Dooars region is famous for greenery, innumerable streams of water & rivers and lush green tea gardens. The place is ultimate for them who want to spend some days with nature in a serene and tranquil region. Dooars is popular for its breathtaking natural beauty, tempting landscape, exotic locations and a rich treasure of flora and fauna.
National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Dooars
There are a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Dooars region. Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary are the two most popular amongst many others. Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary are recognized across the Globe and very popular for their one horned Rhino population. Some of the most popular forests are:
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaldapara is very close to Hasimara railway station in Dooars. It is a few minutes’ drive from Haismara station to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. There are many private hotels & resorts in Jaldapara range but the three government lodges receive the highest tourist traffic and are most sought after accommodations. All private hotels, Jaldapara Tourist Lodge belonging to WBTDC and Malangi Lodge belonging to WBFDC are located along the high way that passes through the area. The Hollong Tourist Lodge belonging to WTDC is located deep inside the forest and it takes an hour to reach the lodge from the highway deep inside the jungle. Hollong Tourist lodge is popular for wild animals spotting. Jaldapara is famous for one horned Rhino population, elephants, bison, leopards, deer like Chital, Sambar etc. and birds. Tourists say Jaldapara is also famous for its elephant safari and I do agree.
Chilapata and Jaldapara are adjacent forest separated with area. Wild animals migrate from one to the other. Chilapata is famous for its jeep safari from Kodalbasti point. The jeep safari here is the most valuable safari by jeep in Dooars. The jeep safari lasts around 3.5 hours and there are high chances of spotting elephants, leopards and Rhino. The vast plains and grass land between Chilapata and Jaldapara is a good place for the Rhinos to rest in. There are a few private hotels and resorts in Chilapata.
This forest is adjacent to Jaldapara sanctuary on the other side separated by area. Khyerbari is popular for elephant migration. Elephants migrate from Khoyerbari forest to Chilapata forest via Jaldapara sanctuary. Last time when I visited Khoyerbari, I was very lucky to see the herd of elephants with new born babies. Elephants do not move or migrate with very little ones until the new born babies are grown up a bit and capable of long walk. Khoyerbari also has a leopard and tiger rehabilitation center which has a good number of leopards and Royal Bengal tigers in wide open areas. There is no accommodation facility for tourists in Khoyerbari range but one can penetrate the jungle by road up to the rehabilitation center and then move further to Gorumara or Jaldapara on either side.
Chapramari is very close to human habitats. Elephants often go out of jungle and we watch the news on TV that elephants have ransacked crops and fields. The only rail line through the woods of Dooars passes across Chapramari forest and many elephants fall victims of rail accidents. Chapramari is also a very dense forest and popular for its elephant population.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National Park is very famous for elephants. One can also find Rhinos there but of course the population of Rhinos is much less compared to Jaldapara Sanctuary. New Mal Junction is the closest railway station to Gorumara National Park. The entry point to Gorumara is in Latguri. Jeep safari is very popular in Gorumara. There are several watching towers and the Jeeps passes through the jungle up to the watch towers. There are several safaris in jeep but the one that leads you to Jatra Prasad watch tower is the most popular and famous safari because the Jeep moves deep inside the forest and this watch tower is good for wild animal spotting.
Beautiful Landscapes in Dooars
The name of the place is from the river Murti. It is an ideal place for them who want to relax and spend a couple of days in peace. There are many private resorts but the main attraction is Bonani Lodge belonging to WBFDC. The lodge is located on the bank of the river and the landscape is just breath taking. One can make sightseeing up to Bindu via Chapramari forest from Murti. A deep in the crystal clear knee level water of the river Murti will be memorable throughout the life.
Samsing and Suntalekhola
These two are picturesque spots in Dooars near Murti and Gorumara forest. The WBFDC has got beautiful accommodation facilities in these two places which are worth spending nights. The hanging bridge adds more thrill and beauty.
It is one of my favorite places in Dooars. Jhalong is a hamlet on the bank of the river and the accommodation facility provided by WBFDC is nothing but awesome. The Jhalong River Camp of WBFDC has got camps and tents to stay in. The raw beauty of nature is breathtaking and very tempting. I have been to Jahlong many times and I am still not tired. One must enjoy the camp fire if the visit is made in winter.
Jayanti is close to Jaldapara Sanctuary, it is a beautiful landscape in Dooars. Jayanti is an attraction to both locals and tourists. One or two nights stay is really worth though one can easily spend more nights there if he likes to be with nature.
Buxa is adjacent to Jayanti and well connected with Jaldapara by road. Buxa is also a dense forest with beautiful landscapes around. Earlier there had to be safaris but presently you don’t have any jungle safari option but you can drive around with your vehicle.
Car Rental in Dooars – Hire A Vehicle
In Dooars, You can hire a dry car with driver on a full day basis and the car would be with you at night. They charge around Rs. 1,200 for a dry car on a full day basis and you are supposed to pay the fuel charges assuming that the car runs 10km on 1 liter of fuel on average. Night charge for the driver is Rs. 100-150.
One can also hire a vehicle with Rs 2,300-2,400 per day including everything. You are not supposed to pay any extra like parking fee, driver’s night charge etc. The rate includes everything.
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