Resort in Dooars
Resort Room Tariff in Dooars
DELUXE COTTAGE DOUBLE BED WITH A.C.@1500 ONWARD.
DOUBLE BED NON A.C. ROOM @ 950/- ONWARD.
TRIPLE BED NON A.C.@1200/- ONWARD.
EXTRA PERSON 200/- ONWARD.
CHECKOUT TIME: 10 A.M.
How to reach Dooars :
Reaching Dooars by Bus :
State-run and private buses ply between Kolkata and Siliguri. Buses to Siliguri are also available from Patna.
Jaldapara is connected by road with Darjeeling and Siliguri. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses and Private Buses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat.
Reaching Dooars by Train :
New Jalpaiguri is the railway station thats closest to other towns in the region. For Gorumara National Park, the nearest railway station is Madarihat (7 km). Other accessible rail stations are Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar from where one can hire a jeep/car to Lataguri, the gateway to the park.
Nearest Railway Station : Madarihat which is only 7 kms from the Sanctuary and all the passenger trains stop here. Jaldapara Tourist Lodge is in a walkable distance from this Railway Station. All the Mail and Express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara Railway Station both are 20 kms. away from the sanctuary.
Reaching Dooars by Air :
Bagdogra is the nearest airport, which has regular flights from major Indian cities including Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Siliguri, 12 km east of Bagdogra, is the gateway town, from where buses, jeeps and taxis head to the hill area.
Places to see around Dooars :
General information :
A journey through the rolling hill slopes, widespread lush green tea gardens separated by meandering silvery mountain streams, high Sal forests, small quiet ethnic villages, vast meadows with a blue out line of the great Himalayan ranges in the horizon, endless sky..... you are in Dooars!
Lying in the Himalayan foothills, Dooars has great natural beauty. The wildlife-rich tropical forests, innumerable hill streams cutting across the green carpet of tea gardens and undulating plains, low hills rising up from the rivers. A drive through the Dooars plains, the gateway of Bhutan and the entire North East of India, can be the experience of a lifetime.
The Dooars valley (also called Duars) stretching from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east, an area coving roughly 130 km by 40 km, the Dooars forms major part of the Jalpaiguri district.
The name Dooars is derived from 'doors' as the region is the gateway to the entire north-east India and Bhutan. Dooars is also the gateway to the hill stations of Darjeeling - Sikkim region.
Dooars is famous for its rich biodiversity and forests. The most notable of which are Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary and Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Gorumara Nature Interpretation Center
It is at a stones throw distance from Panchavati. Here, one will get clear of flora and fauna of Gorumara National Park that are demonstrated with light and sound. There is also a mini deer park beside the centre. Permit to visit the forests of Gorumara, Jatraprasad watch tower, Medla watch tower, Khunia Watch tower, Chapramari, Chukchuki and Jungle Safari is issued from this centre.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National park is situated opposite of Panchavati. One can watch several kilometers of forest from the watch tower. Gorumara National Park the land of the prehistoric Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros. One gets to see wild animals like Elephants, Indian Bisons, Wild Boars, Leopards, Peacocks, Rock Python, Sambar Deer, Barking Deer and many birds. Permits available for different Watch Towers. Car safari available during afternoon with visit to Tribal village and witness to Tribal culture.
Gorumara Park is the other one to have the Great Indian One horned Rhinoceros. Elephants and bison's are also found here. Gorumara is situated beside the National Highway 31, which connects Siliguri and Guwahati. The Gorumara forest, declared a sanctuary in 1976, is also one of the recent introductions to the National Parks map of India. Starting with an area of 8.61 sq km, it now covers 79.85 sq. km. It is famous for being one of the last small pockets in eastern India with a natural population of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros. According to a recent census, there are 19 one-horned rhinos, more than 50 elephants, 300 bison and 25 leopards in this sanctuary, besides different species of deer and birds. With the Murti and Raidak rivers flowing nearby and the mountain ranges on the horizon, the pleasant natural setting of the Park is an added attraction. There are forest bungalows amidst beautiful surroundings available for stay at Gorumara ( 2 rooms)and Murti. Murti forest bungalow (4rooms and 2 dormitories) with all modern amenities lies on the banks of river Murti near the beautiful forests of Chapramari, a 45 minutes drive from Lataguri. The nearby small town Lataguri has many private resorts as well as the Gorumara National Park nature Tourism center available for stay.
Jaldapara is one of the most luxuriant forests of the region and is surrounded by tea estates. The area of the Sanctuary is 216. sq km. It contains a great diversity of flora and fauna of mixed deciduous forest, grasslands and river banks. . The main attraction of the sanctuary is Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. The wild life, in addition to the famous Great Indian One Horned rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deers, swamp deers, hog deers, wild pigs, bisons. Some rare species like the hispid hare and the hog-badger are also found here. Tribes of the regions are colorful and hospitable. Elephant, Indian Bison and deer can be spotted easily as they regularly come to the salt reservoir just below the tower.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is about 124 km from Siliguri. It was constituted in the year of 1941 for the protection of wild life, particularly Great Indian one-horned Rhinos. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grass. River Torsa runs through this forest sanctuary. The major floras are Sal, Simul, Khair, Sisoo, Sidha, Gamar, Mallotus, Kawla, Dilenia and Ficus. In addition to the famous single horned Rhinos, the wildlife also has tigers, leopards, wild elephants, sambar, wild pigs, swamp deer, hog deer, spotted deer, barking deer, gaurs or indian bisons, bengal florican, jungle fowl, peafowl, Quail etc. The Sanctuary is home for some rare and endemic species like the hispid hare, hog badger etc, wild boar and sloth bears. Python, monitor lizards, krates, king cobras, geckos and about 8 species of fresh water turtles enrich the reptilian diversity. Elephant riding facility is available in the sanctuary. 22 kms from Madarihat is Totopara, home to the Toto Tribe, one of the few remaining tribes of its kind in the world. Their customs and culture have invoked great interest amongst anthropologists. Total area : 216.51 Sq. Km. Altitude : 61-140 Meters Temperature : 6'C (Min); 39'C (Max) Average rainfall : 3000 mm Best Season : October to May, particularly March and April, when new grass is growing Best Time To Visit : Between September and March, especially in winter to catch a view of the migratory birds Off Season : 15th June to 14th September (Sanctuary closed) Clothing : Summer- Cottons, Winter- W How to get at Jaldapara ( Approach & Access ): The place is well-connected by National Highways and State Highways to important railway stations like New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. The Delhi-Gauhati and Howrah-Gauhati routes also connect this area.. Major stop at Falakata Railway station. Jaldapara is 19 kms from here. Only passenger trains stop at Madarihat, which is 7 kms from the sanctuary. Flights to Bagdogra, which is approximately 140 km from Madarihat are available from Delhi and Calcutta. You can also hire your car from Siliguri or Jalpaiguri. Where to stay at Jaldapara: Tourists can find comfortable accommodation and delicious food right in the heart of the Sanctuary at the Hollong Forest Bungalow or the Jaldapara Tourist Lodge. There are also small lodges in Madarihat, just outside Jaldpara Wildlife Sanctuary, where one might stay.
Resort Room Facilities in Dooars :
From Dooars you can go ....
Birpara - a tiny town in the Jalpaiguri district is a small but commercially significant destination. People of eighteen tea gardens in and around are dependent on this town for their essentials.
Population of Birpara is about 30000 and it is spread in an area of about 900sq. km. Birpara is 118 km. far from Siliguri. This is the melting pot of different cultures where the aborigines, the tea garden workers, Marwaris, Asamese, Bengalis from both side of the border and Nepalese leave together in harmony. Birpara is surrounded by tea gardens and basties (villages). The tea gardens around has ensured that people in this area have a relatively better standard of leaving. Major occupation of people is service. Although many are engaged in businesses as well.
Gomtu in the Bhutan boarder is about 25kms far from Birpara. Set among the hills, Gomtu is a virgin destination with beautiful and serene environment. The road leading from Birpara to Gomtu is covered with lush green tropical vegetation.
A temple of goddess Kali at Gomtu is quite famous. There are about seven small and medium sized hotels in Birpara. Hotel Sriram Lodge is among the better ones. Distance from Siliguri: 118 km
A 45 minutes drive from Siliguri, your first step to Dooars. As you leave behind Siliguri and drive through the Mahananda Wild life Sanctuary, the noise of a modern civilisation slowly mixes with the melody of nature.
Cross the deep gorge of roaring Teesta over the historical Coronation Bridge at Sevoke and reach Mongpong, 30kms from Siliguri, for a completely different landscape. The mighty Teesta River, caged on both side by steep rock throughout its 200 odd kms journey from the snow-capped mountain of Sikkim, liberates itself at Mongpong.
Here it divides into several channels and flows through the lower marshy land of the sanctuary, providing an ideal breeding place for the migratory birds. Situated on the lofty bank of Teesta, Mongpong Forest Rest House offers a great panoramic view of the Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary and the wide spread Teesta valley. The colour of the river changes as the Sun slowly hides behind the hills. The flocks of wild goose fly back to their nests. The sudden chorus of crickets and beetles animates the surrounding forests. A leopard roars nearby. And night falls at Mongpong. It is now time to return to your nest, one of the coziest ones in the region. Spend the rest of the night in complete peace.
At a distance of 82 km from Siliguri, it takes about 3 hours to reach Samsing from Siliguri through the most picturesque landscape. Situated at an elevation of 3000ft, Samsing is a nice cool shady place, ideal for nature lovers. The journey to Samsing is a memorable one, as you slowly ride uphill through the most picturesque Dooars tea garden on the rolling hill slopes.
Suntalekhola is where many tourists stay overnight. The place is about four kilometers further up the road from Samsing. The road ends here close to a small stream named Suntaley Khola (`Suntaley` = Orange and `Khola` = Stream). There are WBFDC cottages and a bicameral bungalow.
Several trek routes originate from Suntale Khola. The Neora Valley National Park is adjacent to this place and most treks are organised in the surrounding area of the NP. Trekkers can take a steep ride to `Tree Fern Point` and `Mo` or `Mo Chaki` for a great view of the Himalayas in one side and the plains of Dooars in the other. The hills of Bhutan and `Jelepla`, the pass connecting Tibet with India, can be seen from here. The most fascinating and thrilling trek leads to the untouched wilderness of Neora Valley National Park. Special permission of the forest department is required in order to organise this trek.
Next to Suntalekhola is the small picturesque village of Faribasti. The village has about 30 households and is very well maintained. Flower gardens are common in almost all households. Some of the households have started homestay for tourists with active support from naturebeyond.
Another attractive tourist spot is the `Rocky island nature resort` on the banks of river Murti. This is about 2 km from Samsing. The view of the river and surrounding forests are excellent from Rocky Island but tourist services are very basis. Accommodation is arranged in small Tents for overnight visitors. The owners of this small resort are true nature lovers and have so far resisted any attempt to commercialise this unique place. naturebeyond is in regular touch with them and actively support their endeavour.
A couple of hours drive from Alipurduar is the location of Rasik bil. This is a huge lake ideal for eco-tourism activities. What attracts tourists here is the wide variety of avifauna that is seen around here.
The bird variety includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. You can enjoy a leisurely day simply by boating in the lake and watching the variety of birds. There is a large aquarium, a dear Park and a crocodile rehabilitation center at Rasikbil.
From Rasik bil, you can go on a day visit to the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve. Rasikbil itself is part of the buffer area of the tiger reserve. The historically significant town of Coochbehar can also be visited on a day outing.