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 out line of the great Himalayan ranges in the
horizon, endless sky..... you are in Dooars!
Lying 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) stretching
from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east,
an area coving roughly 130 km by 40 km, the area forms major
part of the Jalpaiguri district.
The name 'Dooars' is derived from 'doors'
as the region is the gateway to the entire north-east India
and Bhutan. This is also
the gateway to the hill stations of Darjeeling
- Sikkim region.
Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity
and forests. The most notable of which are Gorumara
National Park, Jaldapara
Wild Life Sanctuary and Buxa
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
to this part 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,
The main attraction of Central Dooars is
This is also the oldest tourist destination of the area. The
Holong bungalow inside the forest has seen many a tourists
including VIPís staying there. Chilapata, is the adjacent
forest which has gained prominence in the recent past. The
entry point to Bhutan through
also in this area.
The most popular destination of Eastern
Dooars is the Buxa forests.
Being a Tiger reserve, there is restriction in tourist movement
in the area. Tourists may visit a number of destinations within
the Buxa forests 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
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.