The Dooars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. This region is divided by the Sankosh River into the Eastern and the Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 8,800 km² (3,400 sq mi). The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars. The Dooars region politically constitutes the plains of the Darjeeling District, the whole of Jalpaiguri District and the upper region of Cooch Behar District in West Bengal and the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara and Bongaigaon in the state of Assam.
While you are making a Dooars tour plan and thinking about where to go, what to do in Dooars, so here we discusses about most visited wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks in Dooars.
Manas National Park
The park area falls in five districts: Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Udalguri, and Darrang in the state of Assam. It has been announced as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, Project Tiger Reserve and an Elephant Reserve, named as Manas National Park covering area of 950 square km. This park is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros, Asian wild buffalo, capped langur, Malayan and black giant squirrel, Indian tigers, Indian leopards, clouded leopards, great hornbill, bulbuls, brahminy ducks, Kalij pheasants, egrets, pelicans and many more endangered animals and migratory birds.
Jaldapara National Park
Home to the Indian one-horned rhino and elephants, the Jaldapara National Park in the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya and on the bank of the Torsa River is one of the newly built national parks in India. The forest spreads across an area of 217 square kilometres and is dotted with tall elephant grasses and reverine forests. Jaldapara is a paradise for bird watchers. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal florican is sighted. Some other bird species that are spotted in the park are Crested Eagles, Pallas’s Fish Eagles, Finn’s Weavers, Peafowls and Partridges. Pythons, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos, and about eight species of fresh water turtles can also be found here. Elephant Safari in Jaldapara National Park is one of the best ways to explore the wilderness.
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Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal spread in the Alipurduar district along the international border of Bhutan. The fragile “Terai Eco-System” constitutes a part of this Reserve. It encompasses as many as eight forest types and covers an area of 117 square kilometers housing some of the rare species of animals and birds like Tigers, Asian Elephants, Leopard Cats, Bengal Floricans, Regal Pythons, giant squirrel, gaur, chital, clouded leopard, wild buffalo, Hispid Hares, Hog Deer, Slender-billed Vultures, Great Hornbills and many more. Amongst the bird species the Wagtails, Common Teals, Black Stork, Large Whistling Teal and Minivets are easily spotted. Beside the trips in the jungle and experiencing flora and fauna, people gather to watch the historical Buxa Fort and to worship Lord Shiva in the temple of Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National Park is located in the Dooars region in northern West Bengal and spreading across 80 square kilometers in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills. It is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests in the Malbazar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River. The major river of the park is the Jaldhaka River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river system. The park shelters around 50 species of mammals like Indian rhinoceros, gaur, Asian elephant, sloth bear, chital, sambar deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, and Wild Boars. Amongst the bird species, Brahminy Duck and Indian Hornbill remain the major attraction. The best way to watch wildlife at the park is to use powerful binoculars, with night vision facilities at night, from the numerous well-located watchtowers like Jatraprasad Watch Tower, Rhino Observation Point, Chandrachur Watch Tower and Chuchuki Bird Watching Point at the park.
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Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary nestled in the Dooars plain is a small but one of the oldest Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal. This Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Nagrakata Block of Jalpaiguri District, just at the foothills of Kalimpong Sub-division and on the banks of Murti River. Teesta, Murti and Neora rivers keep watering the area. This Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its mega-herbivores such as the Elephant and the Gaur. Along with these, Royal Bengal Tiger, deer, boar, Cheetal, Sambar and leopard are commonly found in this reserve. This Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watcher. Several parrots, Green Magpie, Indian Treepie, Thrush, Scarlet Minivet, Hill Mayna, Kingfisher, Hornbill, Large Grey Headed Fishing Eagle and many other birds can find in this wildlife sanctuary.
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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the foothills of the Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers and covers an area of 159 square km. Situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and it comes under Darjeeling Wildlife division and can be reached from Siliguri in 30 minutes. The glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga through the dense bushes and trees of the forest add to the beauty of this jungle. Sukna Lake is situated inside the forest. During winter thousands of migratory birds visit this lake. This wildlife sanctuary provides shelter to wide range of gaur or Indian bison and royal Bengal tiger as well as many more mammals and reptile. Birds of endangered species like Rufous-necked Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill and Great Hornbill etc. are seen here along with thrush, swallow, roller, minivet, swift, babbler, sunbird, warbler etc. This Sanctuary offers some beautiful trekking routes from Sukna. Golaghat, Deorali and the Latpancher-Mana track are the favorites for trekking and bird watching.
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