Blessed by emerald green forest, sited along the meandering river Raidak with one of the oldest forest rest house of India is the Raidak forest. The Raidak River also called Wang Chhu or Wong Chhu in Bhutan is a tributary of the Brahmaputra River, and a trans-boundary river, flows through Bhutan into the plains of Dooars. Raidak forest is one of the most important elephant corridors of Buxa Tiger Reserve. The forest rest house South Raidak forest range of Raidak forest was established around 1900 and the rest house was constructed in 1909, making it one of the oldest forest rest houses in India. The unique location of South Raidak forest range have lured tourists towards Raidak forest traveling to North Bengal in search of sojourn amidst nature making Raidak a favored tourist destination of Dooars.

Situated near Alipurduar the journey towards Raidak forest offers a visual treat for the tourists making it an unforgettable trip. The road leading to Raidak forest crisscrosses through densely carpeted tea gardens via Shamukkhola alongside the swiftly flowing strong currents of the river Raidak creating a magnificent vista for the tourists. Amidst the lush green tea estates, they will come upon the settlements of the Rabha tribe where they can observe and catch the glimpse of their unique culture and tradition. Strategically located amidst the Raidak forest along the lush tea garden, the decades old South Raidak forest range, old yet as sturdy and spotless as a knight’s shining armor, has a well defined mood of sylvan pristine. The forest covers of Raidak may not be as impressive as other forest reserve of Dooars like Gorumara and Chaparmari but that doesn’t mean Raidak has spares wild life population. Tourist if lucky might spot some wild animals during their stay at South Raidak Forest Range since Raidak forest is home to elephant, leopard, Hyena, Himalayan Black Bear, fishing cat, jackal, wild dog, boar, wild pig, pangolin, porcupine and different species of deer. The forest cover of Raidak creates a perfect ambiance for hosting vibrant species of birds like the Great Indian Pied Hornbill, jungle mynah, red jungle fowl, woodpecker, nightjar, Moonal Pheasant, Grey Heron, various kinds of teal, duck, peacock and egret making Raidak the birding paradise for avid bird watchers. The Raidak forest range is home to the Indian Rock Python, banded krait, King Cobra, Russell’s viper and many other varieties. Tourist can take a walk in the nearby tea garden while listening to the alluring chirping of birds. From angling in the gurgling river Raidak to pleasurable walk in the lush tea gardens there are many way to relish the beauty of Raidak. Tourist can also visit nearby places while staying in Raidak like Bhutanghat a quaint village beside the Indo-Bhutan border and Buxa Tiger Reserve a forest reserve with Buxa National Park.

Engulfing the woody fragrance while listening to the alluring sound of cascading river can send anyone into a trance, surrounded by lush tea garden and tropical forest, Raimatang has ensnared the heart of tourist traveling to Dooars with its surreal beauty. Spend a laid back weekend with your loved ones in one of the oldest forest rest houses, South Raidak Forest Range, and listen to the chirping of exquisite birds while taking a leisurely walk amidst the lush tea garden while visiting Raidak.

Raidak, offbeat destination in Dooars


Each season has its own charm in Bhutanghat but to witness the beauty of Bhutanghat at its prim stage monsoon season mid June-mid September is considered the best time to visit Bhutanghat when the forest is covered with the vibrant emerald color and bursting with life.



 Jhalong, offbeat destination in Dooars

Far away from the maddening crowd along the bank of River Jaldhaka on the way to Bindu


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Enclosed with the hills of Bhutan and India, 107km from Siliguri, is the last hamlet


 Jaldhaka, offbeat destination in Dooars

On the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, 99km from Siliguri is a picturesque river valley


 Samsing, offbeat destination in Dooars

Located at an elevation of 3000ft on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas of Dooars region


Suntalekhola , offbeat destination in Dooars

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Rocky Island

Rocky Island , offbeat destination in Dooars

Sited amidst the thick emerald forest and green lush valley along the meandering River Murti,


 Paren, offbeat destination in Dooars

Located 112km from Siliguri overlooking river Jaldhaka and hills of Bhutan is a picturesque


Mongpong , offbeat destination in Dooars

Nestled on the banks of roaring River Teesta overlooking the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary


Latpanchar , offbeat destination in Dooars

Perched at an elevation of 4500ft overlooking the roaring river Teesta is a picturesque forest


 Jhandi, offbeat destination in Dooars

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Lepchakha village

Lepchakha village , offbeat destination in Dooars

Nestled on the hilltop at an elevation of 3500ft of the Buxa Tiger Reserve, close


Raimatang , offbeat destination in Dooars

Nestled amidst the lush green forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve, 45km from Alipurduar is a quaint forest village


Bhutanghat , offbeat destination in Dooars

Located 45km from Alipurduar near Indo-Bhutan border on the bank of spiraling river Raidak


Raidak , offbeat destination in Dooars

Blessed by emerald green forest, sited along the meandering river Raidak with one of the


Sikiajhora , offbeat destination in Dooars

Flowing through the dense mixed wet forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar District