“Dooars” the word is derived from the word ‘duar’ or ‘door’. The name signifies its location as a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal and Sikkim as well as Bhutan and Assam.
Travel Dooars - the foothills of Himalaya
“Dooars” the word is derived from the word ‘duar’ or ‘door’. The name signifies its location as a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal and Sikkim as well as Bhutan and Assam. The 130 X 40 sq.km stretched Dooars valley, an important travel destination in Eastern Himalaya, is covered with lush green forests and teagardens and intersected by the rivers like Tista, Torsa, Jaldhaka and their innumerable tributaries. It is the home to one horned rhino, gaur and many other rare species. A tour or a safari through these forests of Dooars will be a life time experience.
The Dooars belonged to the Koch Kingdom; and taking advantage of the weakness of the Koch kingdom in subsequent times, Bhutan took possession of the Dooars. This region was controlled by the kingdom of Bhutan when the British annexed it in 1865 after the Bhutan War under the command of Captain Hedayat Ali.
The native people of this region generally have Mongoloid features. They are composed of numerous tribes, including the Bodo in Assam, and the Rabha, the Mech, the Toto, the Koch Rajbongshi, the Tamang/Murmi, the Limbu, the Lepcha in Bengal. Most of the people found here are of Nepali community .
The tribal of Chotanagpur origin are employed in tea gardens, which started production during the 1870s. Before the settlement of other communities, these people converted the forests into villages and busties (agriculture village). The remnants of these tribal people form a majority of the population in Western Dooars.
Temperature starts rising by March, which continues till the end of October, being June and July the hottest months. But temperature never rises to the unbearable limit because of its locational advantage.
The rainy season in the area starts in the month of July with the arrival of south-west monsoon. The region receives a record rainfall during July-August. The average annual rainfall in the region is 39.25 mm.
The cold season starts by the first week of November and continues upto the end of February. January is the coldest month with mean minimum temperature at 10.7 Celsius and the mean daily maximum temperature at 23.6 Degree Celsius.
Gorumara National Park is the home of large number of Rhino, Bison, Elephant and other wildlife. A jeep safari inside the forest is the best way to view wildlife.
The animal population has grown so much over the past few years, the government is considering expanding the park area. One of the most easily accessible National Parks of the region.
Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary is famous for its one horned rhino and the elephant safari. The morning elephant safari inside the grassland is an experience of a lifetime. This is arguably the most popular Jungle of the region among the visitors
Bagdogra is the nearest Airport from where one can go by above routes (Siliguri to Bagdogra 13 km.). Private vehicles are available at Madarihat for going to Hollong Forest Lodge/Jaldapara Tourist Lodge.
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.
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 walk-able distance from this Railway Station. All the Mail and Express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara Railway Station
Greenchilli Resort is the best luxury resort in Dooars among other resorts of various budget in Dooars, Lataguri.