Dooars Brief: Destination for Tea Tourism, Bird watching, leisure Trekking, Camping, cycling, Motor biking, Forest trails, Jungle Safari, Angling, various other Adventure Tour and Excursion all packed into one - Buxa - Buxa Tiger Reserve - Buxa Fort - Buxa Trek - Buxa Lepchakha Trek - Jayanti Buxa - Lepchakha Homestay - Tashiding - Rajabhatkhawa - Jayanti - Tashigaon - Raimatang - Chilapata - Santrabari - Bindu - Chilapata - Toto Para - Jhalong - Suntaleykhola - Murti River Bank - A variety of feathers like woodpeckers, hornbills, drongos, fly catchers, bee eaters, peacocks, etc. would gladly be your companion throughout the trip - It is however, the wild animals that roam around with perfect nonchalance, the constant cry of the cicada and the unknown mysteries looming large - The Duars or Dooars is of Jaldapara National Park, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Neora Valley, Mahananda Wildlife, which makes these places a tourist paradise
Rupam Valley Trek (Buxa Via Santrabari)
Santrabari - Santrabari (914 feet), a distance of about 36 Kilometers from Alipurduar Raiulway Station or Alipurduar Town - Santrabari is the starting point of your Buxa trek to Buxa Fort and Lapchakha and is situated well inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve - It also is the starting point of any trek towards Raimatang - 4 kilometers trek to Buxa Fort starts from Santrabari - The trek is through dense forest, hills and picturesque surroundings and leads one upto the Buxaduar Forest Bungalow - This place is a haven for nature lovers, bird watchers and Trekkers
Buxa Fort - Buxa Fort is in fact known for its prison fort - This fort was used as a Detention Camp by the British, because of its remoteness during the Indian Freedom Movement - Freedom fighters were imprisoned here and was similar to Andaman Nicobar Island - The detention camp on is situated in the core of Forest (Now mostly cleared) - However, after independence, it served as a refugee camp for Tibetans and Bangladeshis - The fort is in ruins at present, but its historical significance is appealing - In Buxaduars one can have accommodation in Dukpa huts - The accommodation is basic, but neat and clean - Evening and night will be spent in the glow of candles and Kerosene lamps as there is no electricity -
Tashigaon - One can start Buxa Lepchakha trek to Lapchakha via Tashigaon - Tashigaon is the highest village on the Rover’s point Rupam valley trail - This village offers an enchanting view of the Buxa landscape - It is about one and half hour trek from Buxa fort - From Tashigaon, one can take the core forest route to reach Lepchakha. On the way to Lepchakha, one needs to make an entry in the BSF register - Guests can enjoy a cultural evening with the locals, the Mangars and the Dukpas, who would be glad to enliven the evening with their folk renditions over bonfire for a nominal cost
Lepchakha - Lapchakha is an hidden treasure of Dooars is a plateau surrounded by five hills - It is a place where silence extends its own magic and loneliness finds its true definition - It is a place to gaze the clear sky on a full moon night, a place where one can enjoy the hospitality of the Dukpa community - In fact, the beauty of Lapchakha lies in the view from the plateau - 12 rivers & its tributaries flowing through Dooars starting from Sankosh to the Torsa look like glistening snakes meandering through the plains below - The night offers a different view when the lights of Alipurduar town seem to merge seamlessly with the stars all around - Accommodation of our guests in homestays only - The accommodation again, is basic, but neat and clean
Neora Valley Trek (Today - Tangtey & Alubari)
Bindu - This is a small Hamlet and day outing is preferred by regular tourists - It is popular among trekkers, nature lavers, Birders, anglers - Its gaining popularity and offers its visitors beautiful landscape and tranquility - This small hamlet is situated in the Hills on the Himalayan foothills near India - Bhutan border - The place is also known for cardamom & Ginger plantation - The place is popular among the tourist and mainly foreign tourists - One can visit this places staying at Tea Bungalows, Lataguri, Murty, Gorumara, Chalsa or Chapramari Forest area - Staying in Bindu is altogether an experience by itself
Samsing - This small Hamlet is nearly 90 kilometers drive from Siliguri via Chalsa and is situated beside Jaldhaka River - This is a nice tranquil pollution free place to refresh our soul and is popular among the tourist and mainly foreign tourists - One can visit this places staying at Tea Bungalows, Lataguri, Murty, Gorumara, Chalsa or Chapramari Forest area - The main attractions are for scenic beauty, orange plantation, orchids, birds and forest around it
Suntalekhola - It is paradise for nature lover - Situated at an altitude of 750 metres - A trail leads through thick broadleaved tropical and semi-tropical forests via Mouchouki, Rechila Top, Alubari and Pankhasari Ridge give a breathtaking view of lush green tea garden and forest that rejuvenate our soul and mind - Its name is after a stream called Khola in local Lnguage - Orange cultivation is quite popular here - Forest Bunglow and West Bengal Tourism department have lodges here
Today, Tangtey, Parren - is worth experiencing for Birding - This is a paradise for Bird Watching - There are small resorts at Parren also - For birding one can come across local birds like Pheasants, Cuckoos, Minivets, Flycatchers, Mynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets, Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts, etc. -
Neora valley - is a National Park situated in the Kalimpong subdivision of West Bengal. The park covers an area of 88 square kilometers and is located close to the popular tourist destination of Lava - Neora Valley shares its border with Western Bhutan and the forests of Sikkim - It was established in 1986 as a National Park and derives its name from the Neora River running through the forest - A large network of streams and torrents is spread across the park sustaining a large variety of luxuriant vegetation, mammals, birds and reptiles.
Nature - Wildlife includes Red Panda, Himalayan flying squirrels, clouded leopards,Asiatic Black Bear, wild boars, leopard cats, gorals, serows, barking deers and tigers. During the trek one come across various colours of Rhododendrons i.e. red, pink and white - Its also a birders paradise - One can spot the khalij pheasant, Jerdon’s baza bearded vulture, Himalayan griffon, red-legged falcon, great pied hornbill, species of cuckoos - Butterflies are also worth watching
Major Flora - Sal, Sissoo, Khair, Gamar, Kanjal, Sidha, Kumbhi, Champ, Simul, Pitali, Bahera, Amloki, Teak etc.. Kanjal, Malagiri, Lampati, Chalta, Jarul, Pipal, Kusum etc.
Major Fauna - The Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Pig, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat, Common otter, Large and small Indian Civet, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Indian Pangolin, Indian Porcupine, Hispid Hare, King cobra, Rock Python etc.
Major Birds - Hornbill, Woodpecker, Babbler, Parakeet, Cuckoo, Orioles, Drongo, Thrushes, Green Pigeon, Large & Little Cormorants, Egrets, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Moorhen, White breasted Kingfisher, White breasted Water Hen, about ten kinds of Owls, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pariah Kite, Common Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk, Doves, Mynas, Bulbuls, Hoopoe, Shrikes, Bee-eaters, Peacock, Jungle Fowl, Rollers, etc Rivers through this Park: Jaldhaka, Murti, Indong.