Dooars, India – A Gateway to Bhutan Part 2

So we have already covered the plan for the first two days in Dooars  in our Summer Vacation Special Trip Plans Series ; we hope you have enjoyed it and if you haven’t read it or want to read it again please read it here Dooars, India – A Gateway to Bhutan Part 1  . Now the next part begins…

Day 3: Jaldapara is a village located in Alipurduar district of West Bengal.

  • Jaldapara National Park is known for its Indian one-horned rhinoceros and is home to the largest number of Rhinos after Kaziranga National Park, Assam. It is also famous for Leopards, Elephants, Pythons, Cobra and many more. Visitors who are not allowed to have an Elephant ride in Gorumara can enjoy it here. The Elephant safari is organized every morning from Hollong on a first come first serve basis. So, it is preferable to reach Hollong early in the morning as only 6-7 Elephants operates and they make only 2 round trips. The entry fee to the park in minimal.

Note: Jaldapara National Park remains closed from 15th June to 15th September every year.

  • South Khairbari Nature Park is famous for Leopard and Tiger rescue center. The tigers rescued from the famous Olympic circus and other places are kept here. Now, it is a home to 18 tigers.
  • Totopara is a small village in the Alipurduar district and is a home to the Toto tribe. Tourist visits Totopara to witness the rich culture of the Toto tribe and for its scenic beauty.

Day 4:

  • Buxa Tiger Reserve is located in the Buxa hill of southern hilly area of Bhutan. It is the first reserve forest in India to adapt census of tigers through scat DNA technique.
  • Buxa Fort was built by the Bhutan King and is located in the Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a ruined fort with a history.

    “The history of Buxa Fort has a mystery involved with it. As per the historical evidences it is notified that the fort is either constructed by the Tibetan or the Kamtapuri in the past decades. With regard to historical references, the Fort depicts the story of freedom fighters and their tyranny. After the treaty of Sinchula, in the year 1865, the British got the ownership of the Buxa Fort. Several freedom fighters were kept captive by the British in the Buxa Fort. One among those prisoners includes Sri Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose…” – source : History of Buxa fort

  • Chilapata Forest is another dense forest in Alipurduar district. It was not a safe place to visit as it was famous for dacoity but is now safe for tourists. The main attraction of the forest is the ruin of “Nalraga Ghar”, a fort of the Nal Kings during the Gupta period.

Day 5:

  • Phuentsholing (Bhutan) : On the last day of the tour you can visit Phuentsholing (Bhutan) which is only 24kms away from Jaldapara. Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Phuentsholing, but need a permit to visit other parts of Bhutan. To know more about Phuentsholing, wait a little for our post on Bhutan.

You can board your return train from Alipurduar Junction.

This is just a rough plan made by us where we have tried to write about the main attractions and places of the Dooars. As we have stated before, Dooars is not a particular place, it is a large region so, there are lot many places which we might have missed out. But fikar not we will back with those missed out places shortly 😉 till then stay tuned.


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Monalisa Bose Roy

A travel blogger cum financial expert with a vision to encourage tourism in Eastern India. Bose was born and brought up in the steel city of Jamshedpur, located in the Indian state of Jharkhand. Being born in the Eastern region, Bose has visited a lot of lesser-known places in the region. By her writing, she tries to spread awareness about those undiscovered gems of Eastern India.

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