Covering an area of around 8800 sq km in the foothills and floodplains of Eastern Himalayas, Dooars is full of surprises for the tourists. From numerous famous and unknown tourist locations to dozens of tourist activities – Dooars range pleases anyone who comes to visit it. Basically Dooars is spread over plains of Darjeeling district, upper part of Cooch Behar district, entire Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district of West Bengal, and Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Barpeta and Bongaigaon districts of Assam. Also, two major rivers like Brahmaputra and Manas, and many other rivers like Teesta, Jaldhaka, Sankosh, Raidak, Torsa etc flows through Dooars region.
Spreading across an area of 21651 sq km, Jaldapara holds the reputation to have second largest number of one-horned rhinos, along with Indian leopard, Indian elephants, hog deer, bison and such animals. Mostly covered with savannah tall elephant grasses, the avifauna of this area includes Bengal florican, crested eagle, jungle fowl etc. Jaldapara tour has a huge importance as Dooars tourist spot.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a great attraction of Dooars tourism. The Manas River flows through this national park, which holds two biomes – forest and grassland, with four varieties in vegetation. 380 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, 55 species of mammals and 3 species of amphibians are part of this jungle.
During 2009, Ministry of Environment and Forests declared Gorumara Park as the best among the protected areas in India. Being a part of Indomalaya ecozone, the park has forest of sal, teak, bombax, bamboo groves etc. Besides, fauna, avifauna, reptiles and amphibians of the forest includes Indian rhino, gaur, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger, sunbird, scarlet minivet, Indian python, king cobra etc. Lataguri forest, just outside the park, is a great location of tourist interest.
The National Park of Buxa is mostly famous for its tiger conservation programme and a site of religious historical importance. Buxa fort and the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga Mandir are two great archaeological attractions of Dooars tour. A huge variety in flora and 284 species of birds, 73 species of mammals, 76 species of snakes and 5 species of amphibians are identity of this area.
The town of Coochbeahr and the surrounding area holds some great tourist places in Dooars. Being the seat of Koch Dynasty during British rule in India, Coochbehar was home of the royal families even before that. That is why, Coochbehar is a significant part of Dooars tour for its historical, archaeological and religious buildings and location like Royal Palace, Madan Mohan Mandir, Baneshwar Temple, Siddhanath Siva Temple, Rasik Bill, Sagar Dighi etc.
A must to be included site of Dooars tour plan, Neora Valley National Park is not so far from the main Dooars range and holds a rich variety in flora and fauna, including red panda, royal Bengal tiger, Himalayan tahr, squirrels, cuckoo, owls, parakeets, swallows, woodpeckers, beetles, spiders etc. A part of this park shares the border between Sikkim and Bhutan.
Samsing is a fine place to witness Dooars tea-gardens, elevated at an altitude of 3000ft. The site is famous for its orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Suntalekhola, Rocky Island, Murti River, Faribasti etc are some exotic sites nearby Samsing.
Lava and Lolaygaon are two popular tourist sites within only around 43km of distance from each other. That is why people usually make a day’s trip to cover both the places. Along with offering chance to experience Lepcha village, sunset point, canopy walk, monastery etc, it also gives access to Neora Valley National Park.
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