A journey through the rolling hill slopes, widespread lush green tea gardens separated by meandering silvery mountain streams, high Sal forests, small quiet ethnic villages, vast meadows with a blue outline of the great Himalayan ranges in the horizon, endless sky..... you are in Dooars!
Laying in the Himalayan foothills, Dooars has great natural beauty. The wildlife-rich tropical forests, innumerable hill streams cutting across the green carpet of tea gardens and undulating plains, low hills rising up from the rivers. A drive through the Dooars plains, the gateway of Bhutan and the entire North East of India, can be the experience of a lifetime.
The Dooars valley (also called Duars) is the floodplains of Northern Bengal and Eastern Assam. The Western Boundary of Dooars is formed by Teesta River, whereas its Eastern boundary within Assam is not very clearly defined. To the North of Dooars is the Kingdom of Bhutan and to its South is Bangladesh. The Bengal part of Dooars, which stretches from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east, is an area coving roughly 130 km by 40 km. The area forms major part of the Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Coochbehar district and is one of the most important tourism area.
The name 'Dooars' is derived from 'doors' or ‘Dwar’ as the region is the gateway to the north-east India and Bhutan. There are said to be 18 gates or Dwars from Dooars to Bhutan. Many of which are still actively used. All road connections of Bhutan with India are through the Dooars region.
Tourism in Dooars
Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity, forests, wild life and ethnic people and their culture. The most notable forests of the area include Gorumara National Park Jldapara Wild Life Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve. For years travellers and nature lovers have been exploring the area, though organised tourism set foot in Dooars only towards the end of 20th century. During the last two decades, tourism grew with leaps and bounds in Dooars. The first destination to come into prominence was Gorumara National Park. Soon Jaldapara and Buxa also started to claim their pride place of prominence in the tourism map. Soon tourists started to discover the hidden treasures of Dooars in every other bent of the road.
Destinations in Dooars
Broadly the area can be divided into Eastern, Central and Western Dooars. The Western Dooars is most popular among tourists. The Gorumara forests and its surrounding area brings hordes of tourists every year. The surrounding area also offers a number of tourist destinations such as Samsing Bindu, Jhalong, Chapramari and others. A tour to Eastern Dooars can be easily combined with parts of Kalimpong especially Lava Lolegaon, Rishop
The main attraction of Central Dooars is the Jaldapara forests. This is also the oldest tourist destination of the area. The Holong bungalow inside the forest has seen many a tourists including VIP’s staying there. Chilapata, the adjacent forest of Jaldapara, has gained prominence in the recent past. The entry point to Bhutan through Phuentsholing is also in this area.
The most popular destination of Eastern Dooars is the Buxa forests. The forests of Buxa is by far the largest in Dooars. Tourists may visit a number of destinations within Buxa such as Raimatang, Buxa Fort, Jayanti, Lepchakha and others. Coochbehar, the erstwhile kingdom of the Cooch dynasty also falls in the area.
Dooars is a cultural melting pot. The original inhabitants of the area include forest dwellers such as the Mech and Rava. The area was the kingdom of Cooch kings and has substantial number of Rajbanshis or Kamtapuris living here. The tea gardens have migrant labours and tribals from Southern Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand. The proximity to Nepal and Bhutan has meant a substantial number of Dukpa and Nepali population also live here. Bengali, Marwari, Bihari and other major groups also live here.
Over the centuries, there has been major mixing of the different cultures but even now villages and Tea gardens in Dooars have a variety of culture to showcase. Most importantly despite the cultural diversity the different ethnic groups have been co-existing peacefully and amicably in the area.
Planning your Tour
If this is your first trip to Dooars, we recommend you stick to the popular destinations such as Gorumara, Jaldapara and Buxa. If you have already travelled to these places in the past, you may now look at more interior destinations such as Samsing, Chilapata or Raimatang.
If you are a touristic person who wants to do lots of sightseeing, we would again recommend you to stick to the well trodden path and destinations. The less visited destinations are more suitable for people who want to have a relaxed vacation amongst nature. May be you will end up spending the day just walking around villages and sitting beside a giggling hilly river.
Your tour duration can vary from a weekend to several weeks, depending upon what you want to explore. Many tourists from within Bengal travel to Dooars on a two nights short trip. They would mostly stick to a single destination during a tour. Most tourists would do well to spend between 5 to 7 nights to cover the important destinations of Dooars. Longer duration tours can help you explore Dooars and its true essence from close quarters.
Whatever your plan, duration, preference; our helpdesk team is ready to assist you with organising your tour. Just fill a form with your requirement and our team will get back to you within hours.
Map of Dooars Area
Buxa Tiger Reserve About the reserve Once famous for dolomite mining, Buxa was declared a tiger reserve in 1983 and got the status of National park in 1992. Located in the Assam-Bhutan border, Buxa has an area of 745 sq km, the largest ... [+]
Chapramari Chapramari forests is essentially a continuation of the Gorumara National Park. The two forests are divided by the Murti River. The North East side of the river is Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary whereas the South West side is where ... [+]
Gorumara National Park You cannot afford to miss Gorumara on your trip to Dooars. Located on the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka rivers, the Gorumara National Park offers a large variety of flora and fauna. The grassland of Gorumara is ... [+]
Jaldapara Location The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothill of Eastern Himalayas on the bank of river Torsa in West Bengal. The vast grassland with patches of riverine forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1943 for protection ... [+]
Alipurduar The name Alipurduar has three parts. The first part `Ali` is derived from the name of Col Hedayat Ali Khan who had leaved here and fought war with Bhutan. `Pur` meaning residence and word `Duar` has its origin in the name of the ... [+]
Bindu Dooars Bindu is only 107 km from Siliguri. The last hamlet of West Bengal, Bindu is a valley encircled with hills of Bhutan and India on the banks of river Jaldhaka. It ... [+]
Birpara Birpara - a tiny town in the Jalpaiguri district is a small but commercially significant destination. People of eighteen tea gardens in and around are dependent on this town for their essentials. Population of Birpara is about ... [+]
Chalsa Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars from Siliguri. The national highway connecting the North-East with West Bengal passes through Chalsa. From here the road to left leads to Samsing which is about 15 km. The ... [+]
Coochbehar Coochbehar is one of the Easternmost towns of Dooars and a town with great historical significance. The place got its name from the Cooch dynasty which made this town its capital for more than 400 years. It became part of India ... [+]
Gorubathan Gorubathan is a small town in the Kalimpong Subdivision of Darjeeling District. The place is also known among locals as Sombare. The name has it origin in weekly village market (`hut`) organized at Gorubathan on every Monday (`Sombar`). The ... [+]
Jaldhaka The Jaldhaka Valley Throughout its journey Jaldhaka has created several tourist destinations in Dooars. Most important among them from tourism perspective is the Jaldhaka Valley which roughly covers the area between Bindu where ... [+]
Jalpaiguri Jalpaiguri is the name of a town as well as a district in West Bengal. The district treasures some of the best natural forests in the region. It is spread over 6,200 square kilometer out of which about 30 per cent is forest land. The ... [+]
Lataguri Near Gorumara Forests, Lataguri was a small village till a few years back. Today it is the hub of tourism activity in Dooars with high concentration of tourist accommodations. Why visit Lataguri Lataguri is the base for your ... [+]
Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is situated in the Darjeeling Wild Life division and can be reached from Siliguri in 30 minutes. Sukna, the gateway to the sanctuary, is only 13 Km from Siliguri and 28 Km from sprawls ... [+]
Malbazar At a distance of 55 kms from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri, Malbazar is one of the most important towns in Dooars. The town is strategically located on the NH31 providing close access to major tourist attractions around. The ... [+]
Mongpong Here it divides into several channels and flows through the lower marshy land of the sanctuary, providing an ideal breeding place for the migratory birds. Situated on the lofty bank of Teesta, Mongpong Forest Rest House offers a ... [+]
Murti Murti is a river as well as a tourist spot in the Gorumara area of Dooars. ... [+]
Neora Valley National Park Situated in the Kalimpong sub-division under Darjeeling district is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast. The land of elegant Red Panda in the pristine undisturbed natural habitat with rugged ... [+]
Rasikbil What to See Rasibil is a birding paradise. The bird variety includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. You can enjoy a leisurely day simply by boating in the ... [+]