The Indian state of Sikkim falls under the Northeast Indian range and is located in the lap of the The Eastern Himalaya guards the Dooars region in its southern foothills and plains. Dooars is primarily known for its evergreen jungles and large range of wildlife. Rivers like Brahmaputra, Manas, Teesta, Torsa, Jaldhaka, Raidak, Sankosh etc continuously fertile the land. The range of Dooars is spread over the whole area of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district and some area of Koochbehar in West Bengal and Dhubri, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta district in Assam.
The word ‘dooar’ or ‘duar’ in local landuages means ‘door’. There are 18 passages in this area which serve as gateways to Bhutan. Through these passages, the Bhutanese people could establish trade and communication with the people living in the plains. Hence this area is named as Dooars. Sightseeing and thrilling activities are available easily in the Dooars range. The Chapramari Wildlife Reserve, Bindu forest, Chalsa, National Parks of Jaldapara, Manas, Kaziranga, Buxa and Gorumara, Malbazar, Chilapata forest surprise you with their wild form. Besides, very few places in India are as appropriate as Dooars to research closely about wildlife. The variety of reptiles, mammals, birds, plants, flowers, trees etc are going to astonish you.
The national park in Jaldapara region is a heaven for those who love to study or photograph the wildlife of Himalayan foothills region. Especially famous for Indian one-horned rhinos, this park is second largest home for rhinos in India.
The medium sized national park of Gorumara was announced as the best among all the protected areas of India in 2009. The park is a home to 50 species of mammals, 194 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles etc and trees of Indomalaya ecozone.
Spreading along the international border of Bhutan, the tiger reserve of Buxa is in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal. The Asian elephants use this jungle as a corridor between India and Bhutan. Besides wildlife, one gets to observe the historically important Buxa Fort and Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Mandir.
Spread and elevated from 500ft altitude of the forests between Teesta and Mahananda rivers to 4500 ft altitude of Kurseong hills, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to several endangered species of animals, reptiles, birds, plants and trees.
Chilapata Forest in Jalpaiguri district is a very dense and mysterious part of Dooars jungle. Apart from the excellent opportunity of watching wildlife, the Nal Rajar Garh and the bloodlike-liquid spilling trees around it is key-point of tourists’ visit.
This temple of Lord Shiva is a very important religious spot for the Hindu people. It is built in the Mainaguri subdivision of Jalpaiguri district. During the time of monsoon, in the month of Shravan according to Hindu calendar, this 350 years old temple celebrated a grand festival and fair.
Within the Buxa Tiger Reserve, there is a small and peaceful forest village named Jayanti. This village serves as a natural border of India with Bhutan hills. Situating along the Jayanti River, this place is favourite to hikers for beautiful landscape and wild fountains.
Located outside the Gorumara National Park, this small forest village of Jalpaiguri is growing like a town and a marvellous site for tourism. The Nature Interpretation Centre near to the village provide vast information about the flora and fauna of this region.
The brick-built double storied Royal Palace of Coochbehar follows the classical western style in structure and is a significant place of historical important in Dooars region. The grand interior and exterior of the architecture stills attracts lots of people here.
The Malbazar sub-divisional town and municipality of Jalpaiguri, is located in the eastern part of Dooars range. It serves as a centre for accommodation and food for the tourists in Dooars. Tea gardens, small hills, Balaji Mandir, Buddhist temple etc are main attraction in this area.
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