Rustic roads, solitary ambience, fast-flowing rivers, foothills, variety of flora and fauna, and thick green forest all around, that’s Dooars for all of you. Even the charming lush tea gardens and fantastic wildlife are equally heart-capturing. Dooars tourist spots are filled with plant and animal diversity. With its vast area, the landscape, weather, and beauty frequently change from one place to other. Enormous tourists flock to this region to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hills, forests, and rivers at a time.
Dooars tourist spots are a paradise for nature lovers. Veined by mighty rivers like Teesta, Torsa, Murti, Jaldhaka, Dyna, Sankosh, the entire region is blessed with dense forests and exotic wildlife. From the rippling rivulets of Jhalong and the exotic Buxa with forest marked by walking trails to the riverbeds of Jaldapara and the lush greenery of Gorumara National Park, these places are the treats for your eyes. So plan your trip to this lesser-known gem to create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
A short trekking trip to Buxa is the ultimate escape from reality. It will allow you to rediscover yourself in the wilderness of the deep green forest. It is a whole jungle trail trekking experience through the jungles of North Bengal. Buxa derived his name from the famous Buxa Fort. It is a historic fort sited amidst the dense forest used by the British rulers of India as a high security and detention camp in the 1930s. Although only the ruins of the fort exist now, it is still a place of national heritage. Places like Jayanti, Lepchakha, Bhutia Basti, Raimatang, Faskhaowa has made Buxa Tiger Reserve one of the must-visit Dooars tourist spots.
Jayanti is a small village deemed the “Queen of Dooars” within Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Alipurduar district in West Bengal, India. Bhutan Hills around the village, the dense forest of Buxa tiger reserve and Jayanti River adds a natural charm. It is popular with the hikers to view the surrounding landscape and wild fountains that give a perfect panoramic and serene view.
So, if you’re going to leave your worries and feel younger, then Jayanti is a go-to option for you. Jayanti is another favoured sightseeing place of Buxa National Park. Though the river is dry, its shores of white pebbles add to the eternal beauty which never ceases to excite the tourists. Getting peacocks or barking deers are the everyday things to enjoy on your way. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty, having bathed in the cool river stream of Jayanti is another point of attraction. Pokhri hill is another must-visit sightseeing destination of Jayanti. Here the Pokhri lake is considered a holy place for the local people.
Lepchakha is a small hilltop location of Buxa tiger reserve in Indo-Bhutan village near the southern hill area. The serenity of this place will wash away all your experiences of the mundane world for a long time. It is a fantastic experience to spend a full-moon night watching the entire Buxa Tiger Reserve from the top of the hill.
The inhabitants of this village called Drukpa. The beautiful and different culture will please your thirst for travel. Bhutan is 2-3 km. Away from this place. You can experience the local vibe of this place by choosing the homestay option.
On your way to the place, colourful butterflies and charming chirpings of different Himalayan birds will accompany you. Trekking to Lepchakha is a very adventurous journey. It takes four hours to complete the trek. The journey starts from Santalabari, and through the dense forest, you first reach Buxa Fort (4 Km). From there, you trek 3 Km more to reach Lepchakha. For the people staying at night, this is the ideal place for camping, and if not, there are plenty of homestays there.
Chilapata is a dense forest beside Torsa River, which divides it from Jaldapara National Park. The dense forest offers you a genuine flavour of wildlife in the wilderness enriched with flora and fauna. The ecological boundary of Chilapata spreads along the banks of Bania river in the east and river Torsha in the west. Both rivers bring monsoon that protects the grassland ecosystem of the forest.
In Chilapata, you can also witness the historical ruins of a fort built in the fifteenth century during the Gupta Era. The ruins consist of a broken wall and a broken gate.
Chilapata forest is an elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Other wild animals like the one-horned rhinoceros, leopards, wild boars, deer, bison, barking deer, lesser cats, and 22 species of Reptiles like python, krait, cobra, water monitor, turtles and a large variety of butterflies are also famous here. Chilapata is also a birding paradise with More than 175 species of beautiful and colourful birds like fishing eagle, shikra, crested eagle, jungle fowl, pied hornbill, paradise flycatchers, racket tail drongo are also found here.
Jungle Safari is the most exciting part of Chilapata and other Dooars tourist spots. The safari takes place from both Kodalbasti and Uttar Chakokheti, and they take you into the Core forest, including the Nal Rajar Garh. Another beautiful point is Mendabari Watchtower, which offers you the river Kunai’s scenic beauty flowing through Chilapata.
Jaldapara is a unique place of Dooars situated in the foothills of Eastern Himalaya, in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. The natural beauty, cultural heritage, and wildlife of the place have made it popular among tourists. River Torsa gives this place an additional charm. The Hollong river, which also flows from east to west in its sanctuary, provides extensive grassland that is a refugee to many animals.
One horn Rhinoceros are famous here. The forest department also preserves Elephants, Indian leopard, Bison, Barking Deer, Wild boar, spotted deer, Rhinoceros in Jaldapara. Elephant and Jeep Safari at Jaldapara are very popular. One has to book it in advance through the WBSFDA website or by contacting your hotel manager beforehand. Hollong Bungalow and Jaldapara Tourist Lodge are famous Government resorts to stay which allows you to enjoy wildlife from close proximity. Hence, If Wildlife is something that you love then Jaldapara will be one of your favourite Dooars tourist spots.
Gorumara National Park stands just at the foothills of Eastern Himalaya in the Terai region on the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka River. The forest area has a concentration of tourist accommodation in Dooars with a massive increase in jungle safari facilities and it is right now possibly the one of the most famous dooars tourist spots.
Gorumara is the must one for animal lovers; it never returns you disappointed without any wildlife view. The forest is well known for the Asiatic one-horned rhino. Apart from the rhino, there are ample leopards, elephants, Indian bison, deer, python, Malayan giant squirrels, etc. The winter season gifts you different types of migratory birds (teal, stork, and ibis). Apart from this, Minivets, Pheasants, Hornbills, Mynas, pigeons, Cuckoos are also common in the Gorumara National park. The forest is rich with trees like siris, teak, simul, and saal (most famous).
Jungle safari is one of the most popular and attractive activities among tourists. During the jungle safari, you must witness the exotic beauty of the jungle along with different animals such as boars, deers, elephants, and various migratory birds from a close distance. Both the elephant safari and jeep safari guarantee the sighting of the wildlife.
There are three different watchtowers, Jatraprasad, Methla watchtower, and Chandrachur watchtower, that provide the tourists with mesmerizing views of the entire forest area. Jatraprasad is the most famous of all the three watchtowers; in the northern part of the forest through the National Highway. The salt lakes just below the tower are the hotspots for wild animals.
Bullock cart-driven safaris are available near the Methla watchtower through Kalipur eco-village. Chandrachur Watchtower is there amid the open grassland that provides scope to enjoy different wildlife with a panoramic view of the forest area. Here in the morning, you can enjoy the nearby places like Bindu, Jhalong, Jaldhaka and the evening excites you with cultural programs like tribal dances and folk music.
Chapramari wildlife sanctuary is one of the well-known and attractive dooars tourist spots in North Bengal with exotic scenic beauty and wild lives. This place is an extended part of Gorumara National Park. Murti River divides Chapramari and Gorumara forests, and from the east side, the Jaldhaka River has enhanced its magnificence.
Surrounded by dense forest and flowing streams, Chapramari dishes out a beautiful and panoramic view of nature lovers who will never disappoint you. Though the forest is small in size(10 sq km of the entire forest area), it’s one of the oldest reserve forests in India.
Away from the chaos, the solitary greenery of Chapramari always wonders the tourists with its wide range of wildlife. Elephants, Bisons, leopards, chital, sambar, barking deer, and wild boars are the ubiquitous sights of the forest, and if you are lucky enough, you may get one-horned rhinoceros on your way. On the other hand, myna, white-breasted kingfisher, green magpie, Indian treepie, thrush, scarlet minivets, and migratory birds are the other points of attraction to the bird-lovers. Different types of flowering orchids will be welcoming you at different times of the year.
The best way to feel the beauty of the forest is to have a jungle safari and watchtower visit, which increases ample opportunity to find wild animals and various colourful birds. Here, the forest department generally offers jeep safaris that include entry permit, guide, and vehicle. There are limited numbers of jeeps in each time slot. The tourists must carry their ID proof and photocopy for permission. The watchtower on the Murti River is the prime attraction that allows visitors to experience wild elephants in their natural habitat with wild boars, deers, gaur, and sambar.
Fare (January 2020):
• Vehicle entry fee: Rs. 100
• Vehicle cost from Lataguri: Rs.1140, Rs. 1320(with Nepali dance)
• Guide fee: Rs.180
• Video Camera: Rs.200
• Per person entry fee: Rs. 70 (shift 1-3), RS. 120 (shift 4)
• Visit Chapramari watchtower for 4th shift: Rs. 400.
Jhalong is a small village on the banks of the Jaldhaka River. The name “Jhalong” comes from Bhutan, and the spelling is Jholung or Jholong. The place is beautiful, with green serene Bhutan hills around and the Jaldhaka river flowing over the rocky river bed. You can sit on the banks for hours, enjoying the sound of the water flowing over the rocks. There are rubber plantations around the area instead of tea as the river contains washouts of dolomite from the mines in Bhutan, making the soil unsuitable for tea plantations.
Bindu is a beautiful valley on the banks of river Jaldhaka enclosed by the lush green hills of Bhutan on one side and India on another. Perched at an altitude of 2000 ft, Bindu is the last hamlet of West Bengal and a much-loved tourist attraction. Bindu stands at the conjunction of 3 smaller rivers of rivulets named Bindu Khola, Dudh Pokhri, and Jaldhaka itself, which originated from the small glacial Kupup lake Sikkim. The route to Bindu crosses the bluish-green Murti and Jaldhaka river with hills on all sides and passes through the dense forest of Chapramari, the oldest forest reserve of West Bengal.
Paren is the untouched beauty of Dooars set amidst the picaresque location. With an elevation of 6200ft, the climate of Paren is Soothing, and it is surrounded by the lofty green hills with alpine forest, rolling green meadows, and meandering rivers along. Endowed with an abundance of gorgeous green forests, rocky mountain terrain, hilly rivers, Paren consists of rich vegetation and medicinal plants of the Himalayas. Paren has a few great trekking routes, the famous one being Rachella Pass via Alubari and Lava. Tourists can see the thick wooden forest, which is home to numerous Himalayan birds.
Lava is a small town located in the Kalimpong district of North Bengal. Lava Monastery is a Tibetan-style architecture, a home to hundreds of monks and the main attraction. Surrounded by forests, clouds, and mountains is a piece of heaven for tourists. Several birds are found here like Hill Partridge, Towny Owl, Hawks, Great Barbet, Golden Throated Barbet, and many more. Also, sixteen species of bats, several species of snakes, two species of amphibians have made this place their home.
Neora Valley National park is 4.3 km away from Lava. It is the place of Red Panda. You can spot many species here like Himalayan Tahr, Black bear, Sambar, barking deer, tiger, leopard, Chinese marmorata pangolin, Malayalam giant squirrel, wild boar, wild dog, clouded leopard.
Lolegaon is a charming, small hamlet (Lepcha Village) of Kalimpong under the Darjeeling district. It is surrounded by its lush green landscape, forest, and valleys. It is just 45 km away from the main Kalimpong town and 24 km from Lava, situated at the far end of the Himalayan ridge. It’s one of the most beautiful among Dooars tourist spots. Its rich wildlife, jungle walks through the forest and a breathtaking sight of the whole Kalimpong town. It is very famous for the panoramic view of Mount Kanchenjunga, which has made the place a fantastic tourist hub.
The renowned Heritage forest of Lolegaon is another tourist attraction, with its age-old towering pines, oaks, cypress, and many more. There is a hanging footbridge over the canopy of tall trees. The different trees here make the place a widespread habitat for other migratory birds like Darjeeling woodpecker, Great Barbet, Golden Throated Barbet, Tawny owls, Hawks, etc.
Rishyap is a small village in the Kalimpong District and one of the most popular offbeat destinations of North Bengal. Surrounded by the forests, lofty hills, and chirping birds, Rishyap is a place for nature lovers. This place offers a majestic view of Mount Kanchenjunga. There are many trekking routes in the nearby forests which are worth exploring.