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forest trailA 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 Tiger Reserve.

Elephant ride in Gorumara forestTourist 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, Rishop.

The main attraction of Central Dooars is Jaldapara forests. 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 Phuentsholing is 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.

People
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.

Places in Dooars Forests in Dooars
Bindu Buxa Tiger Reserve
Birpara Chapramari Sanctuary
Chalsa Gorumara National Park
Coochbehar Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary
Jaldhaka Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary
Jalpaiguri Murti Forest
Malbazar Neora valley national park
Mongpong  
Raskibil
Samsing

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