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Top 8 Popular Places to Visit in Dooars (West Bengal)

The Dooars region serves as a gateway to the hill stations of West Bengal and Bhutan.

This place is ideal for nature lovers and adventure seekers due to its tea gardens, forests, valleys, and the River Teesta.

The area is also known for its vivid wildlife.

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There is a number of beautiful places that you can visit in Dooars, West Bengal.

In this article, you will get to know the following destinations in Dooars,

  1. Jaldapara National Park
  2. Gorumara National Park
  3. Rocky Island
  4. Gajoldoba
  5. Buxa Tiger Reserve
  6. Chilapata Forest
  7. Dhupguri
  8. Falakata

Let us see a little bit more about these places…

1. Jaldapara National Park

Bison in Jaldapara National Park

Jaldapara National Park, established in 1941 in the eastern Himalayan foothills, is home to a plethora of wildlife and lush foliage.

The Malangi River flowing along is also one of the beautiful attractions here.

You can enjoy the captivating views of the forest on elephant backs and on jeep safaris. You can spot many Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros as it is the sanctuary’s major draw.

Early in the morning, you can plan an exciting safari to view the vivid flora and fauna of the sanctuary. Most of the woodland here is savannah, and hence it is covered in tall elephant grass.

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Tiger, elephant, deer, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, wild pig, and bison are among the other animals found here.

Jaldapara is also a haven for avian enthusiasts and one can see the rare Bengal florican, commonly known as the Bengal Bustard here. The lesser pied hornbill, jungle fowl, peafowl, partridge, and crested eagle are some other significant birds found here.

You can know more about the Safari timings and charges in the article below.

2. Gorumara National Park

Gorumara National Park is also located at the foothills of the Himalayas and is a popular destination in Dooars. The park is covered with dense forests and grasslands.

Established in the year 1992, this medium-sized park is primarily known for the population of the Indian Rhinoceros.

The most amazing thing about the park is that you can see three distinct rivers here-the Murti river, the Raidak River, and the prime Jaldhaka River.

The forest is also bordered by many small villages like Sarswati, Budhuram, Chauturam, Bichabhanga, and Murti Forest village. The panoramic views of the park are quite captivating with greeneries.

Numerous typical flora, macro, and microfauna, biomes, and migratory avifaunas, dot the Park. Wild boar, pygmy hog, giant squirrels, chital deer, spangled drongo, woodpeckers, sambal deer, and Indian wolves are some of the faunas and avifaunas.

The best way to watch wildlife is to have a view from the watch towers like Jatraprasad Watch Towers and Chandrachur Watch Tower.

3. Rocky Island

Rocky Island is an offbeat destination in Dooars. Located on the banks of River Murti, this island is exceptionally beautiful with milky white streams flowing through and over the large sandstone cobbles and boulders.

One of the most enjoyable things you can do here is by arranging small tents and camps.

Camping during the night is quite thrilling. You can easily access the interiors of the Neora Valley National Sanctuary from the campsites.

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There are also amazing trekking, rappelling, and rock climbing opportunities for thrill seekers.

You can trek to nearby spots like Bhalukope, Mo-Chuki, and Sherrpagaon. You can hike through the pebbly roads and soak in the peaceful ambiance.

Visitors also spend a sweet time by taking snaps of the mysterious nature and soaking their feet in the cold water.

You can also stroll around the island and mingle with the local communities to know their lifestyle better.

4. Gajoldoba

Gajoldoba is a small village in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal.

It is about 25 kilometers away from Siliguri and is another beautiful tourist destination in the Dooars region.

This place is completely surrounded by the Baikunthapur Forest and is located close to the Teesta Barrage.

Gajoldoba is also home to white elephants.

You can visit the Baikunthapur Palace and Gate, Devi Chaudhurani Temple in Jalpaiguri Town, the Tea Garden, Bhabani Pathaks’ Temple at Shikarpur Tea Estate, Bodaganj Forest, Bhramoridevis Temple in Bodaganj (21 kilometers from Jalpaiguri), and the Teesta Barrage here in Gajoldoba.

The region is ideal for nature lovers, particularly bird watchers.

You can see numerous bird species in Gajoldoba such as the Gray Heron, Purple Heron, Northern Lapwing, River Lapwing, Cotton Teal, Common Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Spot-charged Duck, Mallard, Great Cormorant, and many more.

5. Buxa Tiger Reserve

Buxa Tiger Reserve is a significant tourist attraction in Dooars that was set up in 1982-1983 for the protection of tigers and was declared a National Park in 1992.

With picturesque hilly sceneries, the reserve encompasses 759 sq km with distinct forest types, numerous rivers, and their tributaries running along it.

It also serves as an international doorway for the migration of elephants from Bhutan and India.
The National Park is covered with numerous medicinal herbs, distinct floras, and faunas too.

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Many species are unique to the area, including the Chinese Pangolin, the Regal Python, and the Clouded Leopard.

Fauna varieties include over 230 recognized species, 67 mammal species, and 36 reptile species, including both indigenous and migratory species.

You can spot the rare The Black-necked Crane in the reserves during the early winters. Floras here include bamboo, canes, and flowering plants.

6. Chilapata

The forest and the wildlife of Chilapata Forest, situated in the Alipurduar District, are the main attractions of Chilapata.

The forest is located near the Buxa Tiger Reserve and the Jaldapara National Park.

Jeep safaris are available within the forest.

The most common animals seen here are the Indian bison (Gaur), elephants, rhinos, and various types of deer. The forests have a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Chilapata is also historically significant for the popular Nal Rajar Garh, which is a Gupta-era fort built by the Nal Kings.

Despite the fact that the fort is mostly in ruins today, it is still worth a visit while you are in Chilapata.

The enticing environment and magnificent forests with towering trees are the main attractions in the Chilapata Forests.

The ardent jungles’ magnificence and the soaking silence of the forests provide you with exclusive views of mother nature away from the crowds.

7. Dhupguri

Dhupguri is a small hamlet in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal.

It is a wonderful place surrounded by dense forests and beautiful rivers.

When you visit Dhupguri, you will see vast green fields with paddy, jute, betel, and potatoes. Dhupguri exports many agricultural crops to the northeastern states.

Small-scale industries are springing up in this place.

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Dhupguri is known for spectacular tourist spots such as the Dhupguri Lake, Jalpesh Shiva Temple, Birpara, Madarihat, etc.

The place is an ideal weekend getaway destination for travelers.

You can stroll along the rivers and forests and experience a serene feeling.

The glimpse of the natural landscape along Dhupguri is far away from the hectic city lights.

8. Falakata

Bird in Falakata

One of the historic destinations in the Alipurduar district, Falakata town is long known for the trading of artifacts and commercial products from the 1st century to the 3rd century BCE.

The place is also recognized as an important military center and one of the prime British operation centers during the 19th century.

Falakata is not only a place of historical significance but also the center of many tourist attractions.

You can visit the beautiful Chilapata forest and Neora Valley National Park near Falakata.

It is an ideal destination for adventure lovers.

You can trek through the dense forests and experience tranquility amidst the natural beauty.

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You will also get a panoramic view of the Bhutan Hills from Dalgaon ViewPoint, situated 20 km from Falakata.

Visit this scenic hamlet in the Dooars and experience the bliss of nature.

You can know more about the place in the article below.

These places in Dooars are the perfect destinations to escape from hectic daily routines.

If you are in search of peace, then these small hamlets are apt for you.

All the beauty of these amazing places and the wilderness of nature will make you forget all your worries and stresses at once.


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