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Buxa: Jayanti, Lepchakha, Fort, How to Reach and Trek

Beautiful trek to the Buxa fort

OVERVIEW

The beauty of nature can have a profound effect on our senses, those are the gate away from our realistic outer world. Spending time in nature can heal our senses. A short trekking trip to Buxa is the ultimate escape from reality. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover yourself in the wilderness of the deep green forest. It is a full jungle trail trekking experience through the jungles of North Bengal. 394 species of butterflies have been recorded at this location. Many types of birds are spotted here.

Butterflies of Buxa tiger Reserve
Butterflies of Buxa tiger Reserve

Buxa hill is the home to many migratory birds. If you are a wildlife photographer this is the best place for you. Buxa fort has a historical significance. The Bhutanese king had built the fort to protect the part of Silk route which connects Tibet with India through Bhutan. The fort came under British rule after the 2nd Dooars war between Bhutan and the British in 1865. It is believed that Netaji was kept here in jail. In our busy everyday life, we often forget about ourselves. Take some time for yourself and spend it in the green forest.  A short trekking trip with your loved ones can give you a fresh start from your mundane daily life

WILDLIFE AT BUXA FORT

230 species of birds and 394 species of birds have been recorded at this location. Many kinds of wild animals are found here. The main eye-catcher of the Buxa Tiger Reserve is watching the Royal Bengal Tiger with all its majesty. The world-famous Royal Bengal Tiger, a jeopardized species, has made the 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.

Deer inside Buxa forest
Deer inside Buxa forest

There are also different types of Bengal tigers and cats; like leopards, fishing cats, jungle cats, and the leopard cats. In this region, the Chinese pangolin and regal python also can be found by the sightseers. The reserve holds the largest number of elephants, Indian buffalo, panther, numerous varieties of deer and other warm-blooded creatures, countless types of Himalayan birds and reptiles. Buxa is rich in biodiversity. It has an extraordinary compilation of uncommon orchids. Several medicinal plants are available in the reserve.

HOW TO REACH

Nearest Railway Station

Alipurduar Jn: 30 km

New Alipurduar: 35 km

Rajabhatkhawa: 19 km

Nearest Airport

Bagdogra International Airport: 184 km

Car Services

Plenty of cars are available from NGP and Alipurduar to reach Buxa.  The Cars will cost you around 1500 to 2000. You can get a bus from Alipurduar it will take 30 minutes from there. Then you can take an auto from there. It will take 15 minutes from the entry gate to reach Santalabari. From santalabari, there is an uphill trek of about 2.5km.

BUXA TREK:

There are plenty of opportunity for the tourists to trek here in Buxa Tiger Reserve. 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. Lepchakha, Tashigaon, Mahakal, Jayanti, Buxa fort, Rupam valley, Adma are some good examples of short and exciting treks here.

Buxa fort Trek
Buxa fort Trek

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Buxa is between October to February. During June to September due to heavy rainfall Buxa Tiger Reserves remain closed.

NEARBY PLACES TO BUXA FORT

 LEPCHAKHA(3 Km): A trek from here will take you to the beautiful small village of Lepchakha. The most attractive view of Lepchakha is the tabletop area on the hill. From there you can see 12 rivers flowing in the Dooars region.

JAYANTI (12 Km): Jayanti is known for its wildlife and scenic beauty.  From Jayanti, you can also go for another trek to Mahakal, 15km from Jayanti. The Mahakal caves are dedicated to Lord Shiva. They are an important Hindu pilgrimage center. You can also hire a jeep in the forest for a jungle safari. 

 SIKIAJHORA(28 Km): The boat safari through the dense forest is the most attractive point of Sikiajhora.

MOST SEARCHED QUESTIONS

  • What do I need to carry?

Ans: You need to carry water and some snacks for yourself.

  • Pocket pinch for Buxa Trek?                    

Ans: It will cost you around Rs.4800

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