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Dooars -Top 5 places

Read this complete guide to know how you can have more fun when you are at Dooars

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Buffalo at Gorumara forest

What is the best time to visit Dooars? This region receives highest rainfall during the month of July – August. Dooars can be visited throughout the year, although the best time to visit Dooars is between mid-September to May. Remember that most of the wildlife sanctuary remain closed during the rainy season to maintain a peace and private environment for their natural breading.

Top 5 places to visit in Dooars :

There are several places that you can visit when your are arround the dooars corridor. There are 18 passages or gateways between the hills in Bhutan and the plains in India. This region is divided by the Sankosh River into Eastern and Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 880 km2 (340 sq mi). The Western Dooars are also known as the Bengal Dooars, and the Eastern Dooars also as the Assam Dooars. Here we have tried to present most popular tourist destination in this region.

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chapramari Wildlife

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Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is close to the Gorumara National Park. Chapramari is about 30 kilometres from Chalsa and Lataguri in northern part of West Bengal. When you are visiting Chapramari, you must have a jungle safari there. Mostly zeep safari is available here.

Buxa Tiger Reserve

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Bengal tiger at Buxa

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The year-long tiger estimation process carried out in 2018-19 and compiled by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) did not register any presence of the striped big cat in Buxa Tiger Reserve (TR) in West Bengal.

Majot threat for wildlife at Buxa is most rivers enter Buxa Tiger Reserve from Bhutan and carry huge amount of bed load obliterating beds of rivers in the reserve. Flooding is frequent. Critical habitats are affected.

The latest news source said on Feb 15, 2018 that Buxa Tiger Reserve to get 12 tigers from Assam.

Buxa Tiger Reserve remains closed from 15th June till the 15th September every year.

Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary

The area gets its name from a lake named Rasikbil in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. The lake is surrounded by marshland, which provides appropriate dwelling atmosphere for birds.Do remember to carry a pair of binoculars to spot some exquisite species of birds. If your are lucky you can see birds like cormorants, ibis, parrots, owls and storks. You can also catch glimpses of water birds like lesser whistling teal, shoveler, wigeon duck, small blue kingfisher and gadwall. Apart from birdwatching, you can choose to indulge in other activities as well. Travellers often opt for boating in the lake and nature walk in the forests. They also visit the aviary and tortoise rescue centre, deer park, python house, crocodile rehabilitation centre and leopard house in the vicinity. A day spent at such places provides an insight into the ways of animal rescue and rehabilitation. Rasikbil, a paradise of winged beauties, can be reached by road from Cooch Behar and Alipurduar.

Gorumara National Park

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Dooars, Gorumara National Park attracts a lot of tourists round the year. The park’s green forests, tall elephant grasses creates an thrilling atmosphere. On top of that, when you set yourself up in a royal elephant safari, it will gives you the ultimate jungle experience that you will cherish throughout your life.

One can visit :
A number of Watch Towers inside the Gorumara National park or the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, or Avail the GORUMARA JUNGLE SAFARI, commonly called the GORUMARA JEEP SAFARI. Be prepared to stand in long queue to book tickets.

Important Tip:
Please have photocopies done beforehand as you may not find Photo Copying Establishments/Shops open so early in the morning and you will not be allowed to take the tickets without the photocopy of Identity card. Also make sure to talk to front desk guy about the ticket booking process when you check in to your hotel. You should always book your own tickets by properly standing in queue and should not indulge in any illegal process of getting your tickets from grey market brokers.

Jaldapara National Park

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You need to book from the forest office located in front of Jaldapara Tourist lodge. Be prepare to stand in long queue before you can book your safari.

Written by Sudip Mitra

Not all those who wander are lost.

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