Dooars or Duars (in Bengali & Nepali) are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. Duar means door in Nepali and Bengali languages, and the region forms the gateway to Bhutan from India. The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars. The Terrai valley (also called Duars) stretching from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east, an area covering roughly 130 km by 40 km, it forms major part of the Jalpaiguri district.
The northeast part of WB along the foothill of Eastern Himalaya is called Dooars means Gateway. In fact it is the gateway of northeast states of India and Bhutan. This stretch of land along the foot hill from Siliguri to Cochbihar is studded with lash green acres of Tea gardens, number of Wildlife Sanctuaries, a National Park and a Tiger Reserve. Forests, Wild orchids, the rich Wildlife including Leopard, Tiger, Bison, Elephants and Indian one horn Rhino made the area most attractive to the tourists.The diversified human races including several Tribes with there individual culture and character made the area as ideal home of eco-tourism.
Dooars tourism offers multitude options to visitors like trekking, adventure sports and nature trails.The Gorumara National Park at Dooars (Duars) was declared the “Best National Park” in 2010.
The banks of these rivers are favorite spot for the fauna of the region and one can easily spot animals during the early hours of the day or late in the evening. It is always advisable to visit these places either during sunset or during sunrise.Bison, deer’s, elephants visit in herd. Leopards are also found here.
Lataguri was a small village till a few years back. Today it is the hub of tourism activity in Dooars with high concentration of tourist accommodations.
You cannot afford to miss Gorumara on your trip to Dooars. Located on the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka rivers, the Gorumara National Park offers a variety of flora and fauna.
Murti is the name of a river flowing from Neora Valley National Park and Meeting Jaldhaka river. It is also a picnic spot and tourist attraction for a wild life lovers.
Jhalong is situated on the bank of Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu in Kalimpong Sub-division. Jaldhaka Hydro electricity project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction.
81km from Siliguri, this place is considered heaven for Nature lovers, two forest bungalows in the middle of a forest, with hills in the backdrop and the constant splashing noise.
Buxa National Park in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa Hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Animals found in the park include, the tiger, civet, elephant, gaur (Indian bison).
Cooch Behar was a Princely State ruled by the Kings of Cooch Behar, who had been a feudatory ruler under British Government. By an agreement dated 20th August, 1949.
Places of Tourist Interest
- Mahananda WLS
- Gorumara National Park
- Chapramari WLS
- Sumsing & Suntalekhola
- Jaldhaka Hydel Project
- Bindu (The dot)
- Tode Tangta
- South Khoirbari
- Jaldapara WLS
- Rajabhatkhawa & Jayanty, Rajabhatkhawa
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife enthusiast’s dream. The sanctuary is located in The Himalayan foothills and the Terai region and is home to the elephant, Indian bison or gaur, tigers, leopards, sambar and cheetal. The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the forests of the lower catchment area of the Mahananda River and covers an area of 159.86 sq km.A short 13 km drive from Siliguri gets you to Sukna, the gateway to the sanctuary.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National Park is located in the Dooars (rolling hill slopes) region of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. This forest is famous for its natural population of the Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros was declared a wildlife sanctuary.
Gorumara national park is 73km from Siliguri, famous for the variety of wildlife like Elephant, Bison, Rhino, Leopard, Jungle cat etc. Permits available for different Watch Towers. Car safari available during afternoon with visit to Tribal village and witness to Tribal culture.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Chapramari is about 30 km from Chalsa and Lataguri. A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests. Chapramari is famous for its Elephants and Bison. Permits available for Watch Tower.
Sumsing & Suntalekhola
81 km from Siliguri. The last words in Nature Tourism. Experience whisper with forests, mountain streams, and orange orchids.there are two beautiful forest bunglow in Samsing & Suntalekhola
Jaldhaka Hydel Project
Small hydel project produce electricity. On hill stream 20 km from Chapramari
Bindu (The dot)
Top most point of the hydel project
4700ft altitude 135km from Siliguri. The newest village tourism destination at India Bhutan border. Local food culture and hospitality with acres of bio-firming of flowers and vegetables and natural surrounding with blooming orchids will be two night non forgettable experience.
Altitude 3400ft, a small village at top of the Mahananda WLS. Having cinchona plantation, one old British cottage now a Forest bunglow (Latkuthi), one can trek to Namthing Pokhri the water land and home of Salamandars (6km)Sunrise from Aahal pick is remarkable.
Leopard Rehabilitation Park 135km. From Siliguri.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary, situated in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal, is home to a wide variety of wild life, particularly the Great Indian One Horned Rhinos. The river Torsha flows through this rain forest sanctuary which is mostly covered with tall grasses, the sanctuary encompasses a luxuriant vegetation and a rich variety of wildife. The Malangi River also flows nearby from east to west.
Jaldapara is 130km. From Siliguri. The world famous Sanctuary known as the land of Indian one horn Rhino. Elephant safari and car safari became a tourist craze.
Eco-Tourism Park a natural forest developed in a park part of Jaldapara WLS.
Rajabhatkhawa & Jayanty, Rajabhatkhawa
A small town situated just outside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India. It is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by forest. All the permits for the entry to the Buxa Tiger reserve can be taken from here. It is 180 kms from Siliguri