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Tourist Places To Visit In Dooars
The mountains, the high Sal forests, the gorgeously green sprawling tea estates, meandering streams and brooks, clear blue skies and wildlife is what makes Dooars an absolutely stunning tourist destination. Nestled in the lap of nature, Dooars appeals to all and is a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. There are lots of places to visit in around the place. Let’s take a quick look at some of these spots.
Gorumara National Park
A visit to Dooars is incomplete without a trip to the famous Gorumara National Park. Offering a variety of flora and fauna, the park is located on the floodplains of the river Jaldhaka and Murti. It is home to a number of wildlife like elephants, Asiatic one horned rhinos, Indian bison, peacock, etc. There are forest safaris that are organized for the tourists and can be arranged from the forest department. There are a number of safaris including Chukchuki watchtower, Methla watchtower, Chandrachur watchtower, Jatraprasad, Chapramari watchtower.
Jaldapara National Park
Jaldapara National Park is situated on the banks of River Torsa at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas. The grassland, the riverine forests offering a variety of flora and fauna was declared a sanctuary in 1943. In 2012 it became a national park. You can spot a number of wildlife here and undertake an elephant safari which can be really exciting. Jeep safaris are also available for a tour of the national park.
Located in the western Dooars is Chaprmari Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a continuation of the Gorumara National Park separated by River Murti. Though small in size, the Chapramari is one of the oldest reserve forests in the country. Offering a variety of flora and fauna you can also spot some animals like elephants and Indian Bison. Tourists can avail of forest safaris which are organized from Chalsa or Gorumara offices.
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Declared a tiger reserve in 1983 and a national park in 1992, Buxa Tiger Reserve is the largest forest in North Bengal. Apart from large number of deer, leopards, elephants and Indian Bison, it has the second highest number of tigers in the state after Sundarbans. Tourists can take jeep safaris for a tour of the forests and the entry point to the forest is from a place called Rajabhatkhawa which can be reached from Alipurduar and Jaldapara.
More often than not Dooars is associated with forests and wildlife. We often forget there is much more that the place has to offers. There is Bindu Valley which is the last village in West Bengal located about 107 km from Siliguri. It is surrounded by hills of Bhutan and India. The road to Bindu is a stunner. There is greenery everywhere and mountains in the backdrop. The inhabitants of the valley are involved in Elaichi and Orange cultivation and all along the way tourists will find elaichi and orange plantations.
Samsing is a picturesque little village situated at an elevation of 3000ft. it is the perfect location for nature lovers and for a day’s outing. The 45 km drive from Murti is through the beautiful luscious green sprawling tea gardens. The surrounding landscape is a feast for the eyes. A day out amidst nature is a rejuvenating experience. Suntalekhola, a few kilometer from Samsing is a popular spot where tourists spend the night.