Thursday, December 14

Dooars, a Dream Destination in India

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Dooars in North Bengal of West Bengal (a far east state/province of India) is popularly known for its flora and fauna. Dooars is a land of beneath natural beauty which is fast gaining popularity among tourists because of ethnic distrubances in the Darjeeling Hills (one of the most popular tourism destunations of India). The word ‘Dooars’ derived from ‘Duar’ or ‘Doors’,  because of the fact that these region serve as gateway to Assam (India), Sikkim (India) and Bhutan (small kingdom).  Dooars are located in the sub-Himalayan foothills of West Bengal with mostly comes under Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. Moreover, it is a land of extreme natural beauty with Eastern Himalayas to its north serves as a natural curtain and in its the southern parts are the massive plains with low lying river basin that extends farther up to Bangladesh.

The Dooars Valley is popularly known for its varried number of wildlife sanctuaries, including Buxa Tiger Reserve (200 km from Siliguri),  Gorumara National Park (75 km from Siliguri), Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary (68 km from Siliguri), and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (124 km from Siliguri). Siliguri is the most important town of North Bengal which is the base for onward journey towards Dooars. These wildlife national parks are home of a large number of animals, which are included one horn rhino (characterictic of asian Rhino), bison (wild bull), large elephant and spectacular species of birds.  The valley is even cross-sectioned by many rivers like the Tista, Torsa and Jaldhaka rivers to name a few.

Being an important tourist destination in West Bengal, Dooars valley is covered with lusty green forests and age-old tea gardens. There are numerous tea gardens (about 141), which is not only presenting lovely scenary but also have luxurious heritage bungalows to provide us comfort. Tea tourism is another form of tourism here which is gaining popularity in this region gradually. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) has plan to promote the same but yet to be fruitfull. However, some private tour operators are carrying out tea tourism and some of the tea gardens also provide accommodation and visit to tea manufacturing units.

One can choose to stay in lodges run by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation.  Some private hotels are also available.

Reaching Dooars by Train
New Jalpaiguri is the railway station that’s closest to other towns in the region. For Gorumara National Park, the nearest railway station is Madarihat (7 km). Other accessible rail stations are Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar from where one can hire a jeep/car to Lataguri, the gateway to the park.
Reaching Dooars by Air
Bagdogra is the nearest airport, which has regular flights from major Indian cities including Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Siliguri, 12 km east of Bagdogra, is the gateway town, from where buses, jeeps and taxis head to the hill area.

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