Saturday, June 05, 2010

Dooars : The Doors of Natural Beauty

Dooars is an unmatched area located in the north of the state of West Bengal, full of natural beauty and lengthy stretches of forests and greenery. The Dooars famous for its luxurious tea plantations and the wild life sanctuaries nearby, is actually a stretch of virgin forests with a natural network of the River Teesta with its innumerous tributaries. The eastern Himalayas forming the wonderful backdrop, this place is full of verdant forests having many wild and rare animals. Its proximity to the more known locations such as Cooch Bihar, Siliguri and Sikkim is also the advantage of this place.

The Dooars valley is specially noted for its wild life sanctuaries more famous being the Jaldapara wild life sanctuary and the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Originally known as the doors to Bhutan, this beautiful countryside is flourishing today due its unparallel natural beauty.

The drive seems to be as if the road cutting through the forests giving one an experience of a lifetime. The wild life sanctuaries have an array of wild life, ranging from the royal Bengal tiger to the small Red Panda and from various species of birds to the great Indian Bison and also various species of deer.

Long Distance Code: +91-353
Importance: Famous for the Jaldapara Sanctuary
Best Time To Visit: October To May

Dooars Attractions:

Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary

Jaldapara is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Dooars with an area of approx 217 sq.kms. it is located at Alipurduar subdivision in Jalpaiguri District. Jaldapara is covered mostly with tall grasses & a wide variety of green vegetation, which makes Jaldapara a heaven for many endangered spices. River Torsha flows through the sanctuary. Malangi is also an important river flows near by.

The Tea Gardens

The tea country is vast parkland of man made landscape, silver-barked and slim elevated trees stand evenly spaced out over trimmed tea bushes throwing a light shade over them. The Tea story of the region dates back to 1835 through the initiative of the British Governor General, Lord Bentinck and today Darjeeling & Dooars tea is famous around the world for its flavor and is acknowledged as "The Champagne of Teas". The stunning view of the tea garden along with the mountains and the foothill forests of the Eastern Himalayas from our exclusive private bungalow are enchanting. Enjoy a tour of the garden along with the factory and discover the charming character, rich culture and history with the friendly people of the tea estates of the region. Our tea garden tours include the unique experience of staying in a Private Bungalow and explore the life style of the tea industry.

Garumara National Park

50Kms from Siliguri, Garumara national park is a magnificent diverse forest of Himalayan trees and tall elephant grass. Located in the flood plains of "Murti" and "Jaldhaka" rivers, this 80 sq. kms forest and was declared as national park in 1992. This national park is also a well known corridor for migration of the Asiatic Elephant and there are 21 great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros residing in this park along with almost 50 different types of mammals, 300 species of birds, 20 types of Reptiles and thirty different types of amphibians. Garumara is also connected with a Tondu Reserve Forest and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.

Rocky Island:

Rocky Island is an upcoming destination in Dooars. Murti River flows through the destination. The place is surrounded by hills and ideal for land base adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing & rappelling. Tented accommodation & a river bath are added attractions of Rocky Island.

Jayanti & Buxa Tiger Reserve

At the eastern most end of Dooars valley there is Buxa Tiger Reserve the second largest tiger reserve in West Bengal. It is having an area of 350 sq.kms. with a core area of about 330 sq.kms. within this 315 sq.kms. is a sanctuary out of which about 115 sq.kms. area has been declared as national park.

Dooars Hotels:

Total Rooms : 72
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Located at Chalsa Hill overlooking the Dooars Valley, Sinclairs Retreat offers the ideal break from the stresses of a fast-paced urban life. The getaway to relieve oneself from mental and physical pressure. You may enjoy it as a tranquil retreat or a base for exploring the natural attractions of the Dooars; or a convenient access point for adventurous treks, climbs and water-sports; or a venue for the many restorative nature-based therapies available here. You could just sample all of these to get a feel of nature and blend with it.

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