Dooars is a valley in the foothills of Himalaya. Dooars means door or duar, its the door to Bhutan and other neighboring states of India. It is famous for it?s natural beauty of forests and its biodiversity. If a tourist is a nature lover or an admirer of Wildlife there cannot be a better place than this for him. A vast texture of dense forests teeming with wildlife, unending tea gardens, babbling rivers, interspersed with sleepy or busy settlement, constitute this famous tourist destination- The Dooars where nature has kept her doors wide open. The Virgin forests of Dooars is crossed by the river Teesta, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Raidak, Kalchini and their tributaries. Dooars is well connected with Siliguri and other part of North Bengal & neighboring States and countries through road ways and/or railways. The stretch is extends with motor able roads cutting through deep forests teeming with wild life and Terai tea garden. The Valley is famous for its wild life sanctuaries like Jaldapara, Garumara, Chapramari and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Visit to Dooars is a memorable journey through the rolling hill slopes, deep forests, widespread lush tea gardens, small villages with endless blue sky. It?s a place of god gifted nature where one can enjoy his/her life with full of energy. Moreover this place gives any one the opportunity to access the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas whose potential in this regard need not be mentioned. One can visit Dooars any time except the Monsoon i.e. June to September.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal. The river Torsha flows through this rain forest sanctuary and have an area of 141 Sq.km and altitude of 61 m. Jaldapara, the vast grassland with patches of riverine forests was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna, particularly the one-horned rhinoceros, an animal threatened with extinction. The Jaldapara Sanctuary covers 216 sq km, is a mosaic of woods, grasslands, perennial streams, sandy river banks and extensive belts of tall grass. It contains a great diversity of flora and fauna of mixed deciduous forest, grasslands and river banks. The Malangi River also flows nearby from east to west. Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary provides extensive grassland which is last refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara is located in the Eastern Himalayas' submontane Terai belt. This region has rolling forests and riverine grasslands, and is known as the Dooars in West Bengal. 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. In this regard, Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve. The park is rich in large herbivores including Indian rhinoceros, gaur, Asian elephant, sloth bear, chital, and sambar deer. Small herbivores include barking deer, hog deer and wild boar. There is a comparative lack of large carnivores, with the only big cat being the leopard. The park is not home to any resident population of Bengal tigers, Indian wild dogs, or Indian wolves. Tigers are, however, occasionally spotted here. It does have numerous small carnivores including various civets, mongooses and small cats. The park has a large resident population of wild boar, but the critically endangered pygmy hog has been reported from the park. It also has numerous rodents, including giant squirrels. The rare hispid hare has also been reported from the park. Birds at the Gorumara National Park include submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise suncatcher, spangled drongo, and Indian hornbill. Numerous woodpeckers and pheasants inhabit the park. Peafowls are very common. The park is on the flyway of migratory birds including the rare brahminy duck.
Samsing is a small hill village and tourist spot in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal situated at an elevation of 3000 ft in the foothills of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts border. It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea gardens, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. It is the home of more than 2500 people. Its climate is noted for fog and cool breezes and a high rainfall. It has lots of beautiful picnic spots and tourist place. Some of them are Lali Guras,Rocky Island and Suntaley Khola. Neora Valley National Park is in a distance of an hour from here. Here you can find the fusion of hills, plains, rivers, forest, tea-garden and villages. In fact,it is a cute tea garden inhabited by lovely and helpful nepali people. Many local people are associated with tourism / tea / timber - related businesses.
Lataguri is a small town located in the Jalpaiguri district of Indian state of West Bengal.The village is located outside the Gorumara National Park on National Highway No. 31. Permits for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. The village also contains a "Nature Interpretation Center", which gives information about the flora and fauna of the area. A few roadside restaurants ("Dhabas") and hotels cater for tourists.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary (formerly Chapramari Wildlife Reserve,) is close to the Gorumara National Park. Chapramari is about 30 kilometres from Chalsa and Lataguri in northern West Bengal, India. The total coverage of the forest is 960 hectares. A large variety of flora and fauna are found in the forests. Chapramari is known for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian Bison) are not uncommon in the Chapramari region and Royal Bengal Tigers are present in small numbers. Deer, boars, and leopards are also found there.The place is popular with bird watchers, with parrots, kingfishers, and green pigeons found in abundance. In 2009, a marauding leopard was captured in Dooars and released into Chapramari.