Buxa Tiger Reserve is one of the most popular places in North Bengal. It is located in the northeastern corner of West Bengal. Earlier it was known for dolomite mining. It was set up on 16th February 1983 and was, at that point, the fifteenth tiger reserve in the country. It is surrounded by the Assam-Bhutan border and in the Alipurduar District. The whole Buxa Tiger Reserve covers a region of 760 km. The Buxa hills, a part of the Sinchula range, are still unexplored because of the rough landscape. Another fascinating reality about this tiger reserve is that it fills in as a global hall for the gathering of elephants between India and Bhutan! This happens because of the Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan. It is near the northern part of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
WILDLIFE AT BUXA TIGER RESERVE:
The eye-catcher of this place is watching the Tiger with all its majesty. The world-famous Royal Bengal Tiger, a jeopardized species, has made Buxa Tiger Reserve it’s home. This tiger is an example of quite possibly the most excellent manifestations of nature; seeing the blazing orange skin with pure black stripes, roam through thick meadows as though they own the land, will undoubtedly leave you in awe.
There are only a few Tigers left in BTR. The West Bengal forest department has recently brought 6 royal Bengal tigers to maintain the number of tigers in the reserve and it is expected that these 6 are the only tigers left in Buxa. Although leopards are very frequently available and are seen while travelling through the Buxa forest or during the Core Safari. There are also different types of Bengal tigers and cats; like fishing cats, jungle cats.
The reserve holds the largest number of elephants, Bisons, Indian buffalo, panther, numerous varieties of deer and other warm-blooded creatures, countless types of Himalayan birds and reptiles. In this region, the Chinese pangolin and Regal python can also be found by the sightseers. Buxa is rich in biodiversity. It has an extraordinary compilation of uncommon orchids. Several medicinal plants are available in the reserve.
Total of more than 284 bird species are found in this locality. The streams Rydak and Jainti that move through this region invite numerous beautiful birds like The Himalayan Migratory Goosanders, Ibis Bill, Fork-Tails, Whistling Teal, White-looked at Poachared. In the late winter season when the weather is chilly then the incredibly uncommon Black-necked Crane regularly moves here and there. The Black Stork is additionally a regular guest to this area. The modest Ashy Minivet skips around as summary season and The Pied Hornbill, Minivets and Sultan Tits show up as the Rainy season closes.
THINGS TO DO AT BUXA TIGER RESERVE:
BUXA FOREST SAFARI:
The Jungle Safari is the most adventurous and the must-do thing in Buxa Tiger Reserve. One safari is available from Rajabhatkhawa but the most anticipated safari is the one that starts from Jayanti. Going further into the crude woods, away from the daily hustle of the city, encircled by the tranquility of nature. The delicate cool wind is an unforgettable experience you should leave yourself alone to take over with you.
You can pick morning or Evening safaris that last 2-3 hours each. Morning safaris start from 6:00 AM and evening safaris start from 3:00 PM. Buxa core safari from Jayanti will cost you Rs. 1500 while Chuniya basti, bhutiya basti watchtower safari will cost you Rs.1200. The Rajabhatkhawa safari costs Rs.1800.
TREKKING IN BUXA:
There are plenty of opportunity for the tourists to trek here in Buxa Tiger Reserve. Lepchakha, Tashigaon, Mahakal jayanti, Buxa fort, Rupam valley, Adma are good examples of short and exciting treks in Buxa.
Chota mahakal can be reached from Jayanti in a car but to reach Bara Mahakal you need to trek for 2 hours from Chota Mahakal. Boro Mahakal is the most exciting trek of Buxa Tiger Reserve. Car services are available from Jayanti to reach Choto Mahakal but trekking starts from Choto Mahakal to reach Boro Mahakal. Boro Mahakal is recommended only for the people who are a little experienced because it can be a very risky for aged people.
A Historical Place where you can reminiscence many unknown historical facts related to British Raj. Trekking is mandatory from zero point or Santalabari to reach here. Car services are available till Santalabari. You can even go 2 Km further till the Zero point on a public car from Santalabari. But after that there is a trek to reach Buxa fort. It is 5 Km away from Santalabari and the route is beautiful and safer. It goes through the dense buxa forest and often you would be able to see the view of Jayanti River from the cliff.
Lepchakha is one of the most beautiful places of Buxa but the only way to reach there is a 3 Km trek from Buxa fort or a 7 Km trek from Santalabari. Once you reach this place, you will be mesmerized by the view of the entire Buxa tiger reserve and 3 rivers (Raidak, Bala and Jayanti) flowing through it. Down the valley you would be able see the Jayanti village and there is another way to reach Jayanti from Lepchakha and that is via Mahakal and Jorapahar but that trek is a little tough and can only be done by people with a little experience.
Pukri Mai is a little sanctified lake inside the park. There are Catfishes (magur and singi) and turtles are in the lake. Here, Buddhist and Hindus both Celebrate festivals during a specific season each year with utmost devotion. Dukpas gathered to witness this special event.
HOW TO REACH BUXA TIGER RESERVE:
|Transport Type||Nearby Option||Distance|
|Railway station||Alipurduar Junction|
Car services available.
BUXA TIGER RESERVE ENTRY FEE :
|Transport Type||Entry Fee|
|Per Person||120 Rs.|
Charges are not required if you are coming by bus.
The best way to reach here is to reach Alipurduar ( New Alipurduar or Alipurduar Jn railway station) and take a car from there. The car will charge Rs.1200 to reach Jayanti. 2 buses are also available, one at 7 AM and one at 2 PM from Alipurduar Court terminus. It takes 1 hour to reach Jayanti by bus.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The Buxa Tiger Reserve stays restricted to guests from fifteenth June – fifteenth September every year because of extreme downpours and animal’s mating season. So October – November will be the best time to visit this place. In that time the sky will stay clear, the travelling experience will be best in this period.
PLACES NEARBY BUXA TIGER RESERVE :
JAYANTI– The main attraction of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jayanti is also called the Queen of Dooars because it resembles the main features of Dooars, A river, Himalayan mountain and a reserve forest.
RAJABHATKHAWA– Another entry point to Buxa Tiger Reserve and 17 km away from Alipurduar.
SIKIAJHORA-The street interfacing the Jayanti riverbed, which is 22 km from Sikiajhora goes through the thick Forest of Buxa. It is called the Amazon of Dooars due to the backwater boat ride experience.