Whatever you hope to experience in the Dooars region, Jaldapara has it all. Situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, it is an area with the honour of being a national park. The wildlife of Dooars is fully represented by the flora and fauna of Jaldapara range. There are small developed villages and towns which serve as tourist hubs and provide good food, comfortable accommodation and other facilities to the travellers. Apart from the national park, there are some other tourist places in Jaldapara and around the park which are very much enjoyable too.
The national park of Jaldapara is spread over 216.51 sq km area and elevated at 61 m height above sea level. Located in the Alipurduar district of North Bengal, the park is the largest home to the Indian one- horned rhino in the state, and the second largest one in entire country after Kaziranga forest. The jungle is mostly covered with elephant grasses. Indian elephants, Indian leopards, spotted deer, barking deer, bison, crested eagles, Bengal florican, pythons, geckos, cobras and many other animals, birds and reptiles are seen here.
Near about 20 km from Alipurduar town, the forest of Chilapata is a very dense jungle with mysteries lying within it. The ruins of the fort of Nal Dynasty and the trees around it, which spill blood-like liquid, are a prime attraction here. Also you can meet elephant herd anytime anywhere while visiting this forest as it serves as an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and Buxa.
Famous as a Leopard Rehabilitation Centre and Nature Park, this jungle of South Khairbari is best visited on battery-driven cars, because you can meet leopards or a herd of elephants anytime. The park is situated around 11 km distant from Jaldapara. Boori Torsa River flows through the area. There are lots of enjoyable activities for children in the Nature Park.
Situated in the district of Jalpaiguri under the Madarihat Police Station, Totopara is a small village and the only home for the Toto tribe which is one of a kind in the whole world. The single motorable road to this village is a part of NH31.
People, visiting Bhutan by road, arrive Phuentsholing from cities like Siliguri, Kolkata etc by car or bus and receive permit to enter the Dragon Kingdom. Phuentsholing is located in the Indo-Bhutan border, having Jaigaon in Indian side. Although this place has nothing to be called as a point of tourist attraction, the town serves primarily as a hub for Indians and Bhutanese for trading and tourism purposes.
Just next to the Jaldapara Sanctuary, the Eco Tourism Park in Kunja Nagar has boating facility for tourists. Leopards, elephants and deer can be seen if luck favours during boating. Although wild animals are not frequently seen here, but sitting on the watch-tower and experiencing the nature’s blissful scenic beauty is worth your trip here.
The Tiger Reserve Centre in Buxa is a popular attraction for travellers near Jaldapara. There is a fort inside the reserve that bears archaeological and historical importance. The Jyotirlinga Mandir nearby the fort holds immense significance for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Both the places are excellent for trekking and hiking expeditions. While Buxa is favoured for jungle trekking, the speciality of Jayanti lies in hiking through the village and experiencing the village-life in Dooars.
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