10 must visit destinations in Dooars

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.- John Muir.

Dooars is a verdant land sprawled in the outmost line of Eastern Himalayas. Located in the West Bengal Region the beauty of Dooars has surely not gone unnoticed. The unspoiled beauty of Dooars has made it a safe haven for adventurer and nature lovers.

Panoramic view of river stream meandering through the emerald green forest
Panoramic view of river stream meandering through the emerald green forest

Dense forested area with its alluring charisma has always entranced the mind of many travelers. Once in awhile you might have dream about tasting the thrill of exploring the core of a jungle. Dooars is one of those place where you can fulfill your dreams.

If you are on your way to this enchanting place or planning your Dooars trip you can find the list of places which you shouldn’t miss out.

1. Gorumara National Park

Majestic Asiatic one horned Rhinoceros with its young ones
Majestic Asiatic one horned Rhinoceros with its young ones

Gorumara is a national park of Northern West Bengal which has been declared as the best protected area in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forest for the year 2009. It is famous for its population of Indian Rhinoceros.

Crossing the river stream in Gorumara in an elephant back
Crossing the river stream in Gorumara in an elephant back

Exploring the dense forest while riding on the back of an elephant can be an surreal experience which you can get while visiting Gorumara National Park.

2. Jaldapara National Park

Black headed Oriole sighted in Jaldapara National Park
Black headed Oriole sighted in Jaldapara National Park

Jaldapara National is another verdant forest of Dooars. Travelers from far and wide travel towards Jaldapara for its exquisite collection of birds. During their trip they might even spot some rare birds like Bengal Florican and Rufous Necked Hornbill.

Rufous Necked Hornbill
Rufous Necked Hornbill

Along with being the home of many exotic birds, Jaldapara is also the only place where people of Toto tribe are found. Since 14th century the dense forest of Jaldapara is the home to the people of Toto tribe.

Traditional house of Toto Tribe
Traditional house of Toto Tribe

 3. Chapramari

Gateway towards Chapramari
Gateway towards Chapramari

Chapramari is the oldest forest reserve of West Bengal Region. It also an important elephant corridor, so occasional sighting of wild elephant is not an uncommon event. The main attraction of Chapramari is its watch tower.

Chapramari Watchtower
Chapramari Watchtower

The watchtower is overlooking a pit of water where if luck favors visitors can witness the wild animals like guar and wild elephant drinking water.

4. Murti

The next destination is named after a river stream called Murti. Surrounded with lush sub-tropical forest, Murti is a serene river valley in Dooars.

Murti Dooars
Murti Dooars

If you like the idea of camping near a river stream, the Murti is the perfect place for you.

Wild Bisons crossing river Murti
Wild Bisons crossing river Murti

Listen to the gurgling of river stream and enjoy the serenity of pristine nature in Murti.

5. Buxa

Located close to Indo-Bhutan border is the 15th tiger reserve of India, Buxa Tiger Reserve. Although there hasn’t been an official tiger sighting since 2002, you will be graced by the occasional presence of clouded leopard and wild bisons.

Clouded leopard
Clouded leopard

There are many astounding trekking routes through the thick wooded forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve. One such trail lead towards the ruins of Buxa Fort. It is a historically significant place.

Ruins of Buxa Fort
Buxa Fort

During National Freedom Movement many freedom fighters were held captive in this fort. Till date in the ruins of Buxa Fort visitors can feel the lingering essence of that rebellious era.

6. Lepchakha Village

If you are feeling bit adventurous you can opt for the trek towards Lepchakha Village. It is the highest point in Buxa National Park. After a tedious uphill trek through the mixed forest of Buxa you will reach this scenic hamlet.

Mustard field of Lepchakha
Lepchakha Village

Lepchakha village is often considered as the “Queen of Dooars”. From here you can witness the panoramic vista of the 12 rivers flowing through Dooars which  looks like glistening snakes meandering through the plains.

Lepchakha Village
Lepchakha village slowly being engulfed in the white mist

The serenity and surreal beauty of Lepchakha village cannot be expressed in words.

7. Rocky Island

Sited along the bank of River Murti, is Rocky Island of Dooars. As the name suggest it an island made up of gigantic rocks.

River Murti cascading through Rocky Island

You can camp beside the meandering stream of River Murti in Rocky Island. The outwardly feel of camping under the starry night can give memories of a lifetime.

Rocky Island
Camping in Rocky Island

Listen to the alluring sound of gurgling river streams while watching the dancing flames from bonfire, you can experience all of it in Rocky Island.

8. Suntalekhola

Enclosed by the verdant forest of Neora Valley is a rustic place called Suntalekhola. Unspoiled by the modern society, Suntalekhola has become a place to find solace.

Suntelekhola's Bridge
A wooden bridge above river Murti leading towards Suntalekhola

You need a cross a wooden bridge to reach the scenic hamlet. The bridge is a vantage point to watch the river cascading through the rugged path. In Suntalekhola you can also go for short treks, the famous one being towards Mouchuki.

Trekking route towards Mouchuki

It’s a 6km trek from Suntalekhola to Mouchuki which is through the verdant forest and offers an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas in one side and the lush green Dooars plain on the other from Mouchuki a sight which has left many travelers spell bound.

9. Bhutanghat

Being the last point in Buxa Tiger Reserve, Bhutanghat is one of the less trodden destination of Dooars. Some of you might have never heard about this place, but if you have you known then you must agree with the fact that it is a pictorial destination. You can reach Bhutanghat via Alipurduar.

Cuddled in the base of Bhutan hill along the bank of River Raidak, Bhutanghat derived its name for its unique location.

Daunting valleys of Bhutan
Panoramic vista of lofty mountains

The bank of river Raidak has become a famous picnic spot where tourist can spend some quality time while overlooking the daunting hill of Bhutan.

Strange yet beautiful riverside rock formation in Bhutanghat
Strange yet beautiful riverside rock formation in Bhutanghat

There is no such interest point in Bhutanghat which may dishearten some tourist. But for the nature lover Bhutanghat with its surreal natural beauty is a paradise for them.

10. South Khayerbari

Enclosed with the verdant forested area and sprawled across the bank of the sparkling river Torsa is a place called South Khayerbari. It is the safe haven of the feline rescued from the illegitimate animal smuggler.

South Khayerbari leopard rescue centre
Within the premises of South Khayerbari

After the ban in the use of animals in circus, the forest team opened this rehabilitation centre for all the rescued animals. There are 18 leopards in South Khayerbari, which is more than you can ever spot in a jungle at once. There are small battery operated cars which you can use to explore all the nooks and corners of this rescue centre.

Rescued leopard in South Khayerbari
A leopard munching its lunch

South Khayerbari with its serene ambiance, rich flora and unique ideology has become the safe haven for both rescued feline and wilderness lover.

Things to be remembered while visiting Dooars
  • Forest remains closed from 15th of June to 15th of September.
  • Do not spread litter within the forest.
  • Carry adequate insect repellent.
  •  Do not try to feed the wild animals.
Relish the beauty of nature without tarnishing it.