Dooars
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Brief

The name Dooars (alos Duars) refers to the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya, just to the south of Bhutan. Dooar means door, can literally be seen as a gateway to a paradisiacal location on earth. Located in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, in the northern part of the state of West Bengal, this region is known for the gorgeous scenic beauty and breathtaking views it presents to the visitors. Here, there are 18 passages in all which forms a door between India and Bhutan. The Dooars Valley rises to a height of around 1750 m above sea level. In all, the region spreads over an area of more than 8200 sq. km. The region is also known for having the only nitrate rich soil covering in India.

To travellers, the Dooars offer treks through thick forests and over low-lying hills, stays in lush tea gardens, birdwatching and more.

 
Travel Tips

If you are planning to visit Dooars, the best time to go there is between September and May. It is better to avoid the monsoon season as most of the sanctuaries are closed down during that period.

Help tourism is an established, eco-conscious tour operator in Dooars, they do bookings and customised tours.



When to visit

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Things to do

If you are planning to make a trip to Dooars, prepare to view some of the most amazing natural sites you can think of. Starting from the vast Himalayas with its snowcapped peaks to the windy paths that curve up the mountain, the coniferous trees that line the roads, to the misty valleys, Dooars is a place which you can visit once have the view etched in your memory for all your life. Also, the place is known for the number of wildlife sanctuaries which can be found in the region.

Jaldapara National Park, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve, Buxa National Park and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary are all located in this region. The sanctuaries are known for the various species of animals which are preserved there. While Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara National Park are both well known for their reserve of rhinoceros, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary has several Bengal Tigers and Indian Elephants among numerous other species. Other animals which can be spotted in Dooars are Gaur, Asian Elephant, Giant Squirrels, Sloth bear, Chital, Pygmy Hog,Indian Wild Dogs, Indian Wolf, Hispid Hare, Barking deer, Sambhar Deer, Hog deer, and Wild boar. There are many tea plantations which dot the landscape here, and are well worth visiting. While the wildlife is one of the major attractions of the place, the local fauna also exerts a charm of its own.

There are a number of trees of various species which are typical to the hilly terrain of the Dooars. A large variety of flowering plants also can be seen all over the place. In all, Dooars is truly, the one place where nature has thrown open the doors to her palace of bounty in full bloom.

 
Getting Around

Your best bet is to hire a car from a car rental service. There are just too many places to visit to manage without having a car at your disposal. There are plenty of buses also. The bus service is fairly good and reliable. You would also like to explore the mountain slopes by taking long walks.

 
Places to Stay

As it is a popular tourist destination, there are a number of hotels in Dooars from which you can choose. The hotels range from luxury five-star ones to budget hotels. Depending on how much you are willing to spend on your accommodations, you can choose the hotel accordingly.

 
How to Reach

  • The nearest airport to Dooars is located at Bagdogra. From the airport, it is a 3 hours journey to Dooars. You can complete the remainder of the journey by car. Cabs can be hired from outside the airport. There are also car rental services from where you can rent cars for the duration of your trip.
  • The nearest major railway station is at New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri station is connected to other stations in West Bengal as well as in Assam. You can take a train from the stations there. From the station, you can either take a bus or rent a car to take you to Dooars, This will be about an hours journey. The car is preferable and comes at a cost of approximately 600 INR. The train fare should be within Rs.2200. You can obtain details of the train and book our tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, yatra.com amongst others.
  • You can go to Dooars by travelling along the National Highway 31. The road is quite developed and connected to the other parts of the country. You can hire a car from any car service facility and drive there. Alternately, you can take a bus also. There are a number of buses that leave at regular intervals for Dooars. The buses are state owned, as well as privately run. Buses can be boarded from any of the cities or towns in West Bengal.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The entire area is packed full of places where you can go to during your visit to Dooars. Apart from the numerous wildlife sanctuaries, you can go to Lava-Lolaygaon. It is one of the nearby hill stations and quite a popular destination amongst the tourists.

Jaldhaka: The drive to Jaldhaka is enchanting. All aorund is the Chapramari forest so deep and green, it radiates a fairytale like energy. It is impossible to take your eyes off the forest. The beautiful forest road makes its way through a little village called Sipchu, with little huts on stilts, some spice and jackfruit plantationss and another tiny little village by a dancing hill river. 

Samsing with its orange orchards and cardamom plantations, is a hamlet of about a hundred households, adjoining a tea estate that has seen better days, Samsing and Suntalekhola are the crest and trough of the Kitap Singh Hill.

One can also visit the Rocky Island Adventure Camp and eco-tourism endeavour by side of the gushing river Murti.

 
Emergency No.

Police:  100

Fire Brigade: 101

Medical: 108

STD codes Mongpong 03562,Dam Dim 03562, Suntalekhola 03561, Jaldhaka 03552