know it’s Dooars. Here, an unending
stretch of virgin forests is crisscrossed
by the river Teesta and her innumerable
tributaries. Beautiful motorable roads cut
through deep forests, rich with wildlife.
Mauve hills stand at the end of velvet green
plains. The forests echo with the melody
of birds. In between, there are fabulous
wildlife sanctuaries with picture-postcard,
log cabin lodges and valleys carpeted with
SINGHALILA NATIONAL PARK
Singhalila National Park is the highest
located National Park(between 2400 m to
in West Bengal, and is situated in the extreme
north western boundary of Darjeeling District.
The park is not only famous for its wildlife
but also offers one of the best trekking
routes in the eastern Himalayas -from Maneybhanjang
near Darjeeling, via Tonglu to Sandakphu
(35Km) and Phalut. The view of the Kanchendzonga
range of peaks from Sandakphu is a breathtaking
and unforgettable one. Viewed from Phalut,
the Kanchedzonga looks close enough to touch.
There is also a motorable road upto Sandakphu.
Rail, road and air routes via New Jalpaiguri,
Siliguri and Bagdogra, connect Darjeeling
from Calcutta and Delhi.
Wildlife in Dooars, Jungle Safari in Dooars,
Sikkim Dooars, Dooars in Sikkim, Sikkim
safari, Elephant in DooarsThe Mahananda
Wildlife Sanctuary constitutes the forests
of the lower catchment area of the Mahananda
river, and covers an area of 159.86 sq.km.
Situated at the western end of the elephant
migration route, more than 150 elephants
shelter here during the monsoon and winter
seasons. Migratory water birds are common
in winter. The other animals found are the
rare mountain goat (Serow), some tigers
and herds of Gaur, leopards, wild pig, arieties
of deer and monkeys, jungle cats, porcupines,
civets, monitor lizards and snakes. The
Sanctuary offers some beautiful trekking
routes from Sukna. Golaghat, Deorali and
the Latpancher-Mana track are the favorites
for trekking and bird watching. Sukna, about
7 km from Siliguri, is the main entry point,
and has a Nature Interpretation Centre.
This is the migratory route of the Asiatic
elephant. The Indian Bison or Gaur is found
everywhere. The endangered one homed rhino
can be seen at Jaldapara and Gorumara. The
Royal Bengal Tiger can be found at Mahananda
& Buxa with other numbers of the cat–family
dominating all forests & tea gardens.
The flora & fauna breaks all records
of bio-diversity. In between are the settlements
of small tribes like Mech, Rava, Oraon,
Munda, Kora etc. and even the smallest surviving
tribe, the Toto. A large number of rivers
& streams, gushing and gurgling down
the hills meets you at every mile or two.
Sanctuaries, National Parks of Interest
in Dooars & adjoining areas are Mahananda
Wildlife sanctuary, Sevoke, Kalijhora, Purbakhola,
Mongpong, Malbazar, Gorumara National Park,
Jaldhaka, Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary,
Buxa Tiger Reserve, Rasikbill and much more.
in Dooars JALDAPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Jaldapara Sanctuary holds the largest expanse
of terai grasslands in North Bengal intersected
with riverine forests, dry-mixed forests
and wet-forests. Tall riparian grasslands
lined with bamboo clumps are the favorite
homes of the Rhino and the Asiatic elephant.
A host of other species like the python,
monitor lizard, kraits, cobra and a variety
of frogs can be seen here. Hog Deer, a typical
animal of short grasslands quite often shoots
out of cover in small groups on approach.
The cheetal is confined to the edge –
areas between treelands and grasslands.
The sambar hides in a good shrubby undergrowth.
Gaurs - Indian bison – roam over grasslands
and forest. A tiger or leopard may be surprised
on the sandy banks of a stream. Forest safari
in stealthily moving elephants is a most
wonderful experience in Jaldapara Sanctuary.
Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of about
2600 ft A.S.L. at a two-hour trekking distance
from Santrabari. The trek is a very pleasant
one with some beautiful scenery en route.
Originally established as a cantonment by
the British East India company in 1873,
it was used by the British as a deportation
camp for political prisoners during India's
struggle for freedom. The area's general
inaccessibility, as well as dense forests,
made it ideal for this.Some illustrious
freedom fighters who were imprisoned here
were - Triloki Sen,, Arun Guha, Surendra
Mohan Ghosh, Hemendra Ghosh, Anil Roy, Maj.
Satya Gupta, Amalendu Dasgupta, Jagannath
Das Gupta, Khitish Chandra Mullick, Bhupati
Majumdar and many others. Post-independence,
it lost its significance and until today
remains rather neglected. In the sixties,
Buxa Fort was used as a relief camp for
Tibetan refugees. The Tibetan Buddhist monks
who also sheltered here, attracted quite
a few national and international tourists.
During 1970-71, it was again used as a relief
camp for Bangladeshi refugees for about
six months. The trekking route to the fort
both from Mahakal and Santrabari, is set
amidst breathtaking scenery and provides
trekkers with an opportunity to sample nature
in a form unspoiled by modern influences.
Details regarding Buxa are available from
the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation,
Calcutta. This mixed dry deciduous forest
land dotted with grasslands, harbors the
largest diversity of mega fauna in West
Bengal. Two major sanctuaries - Jaldapara
Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park are
home to the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros.
After reaching an all-time low in the mid-seventies,
the population has now bounced back and
the rhinos are kept under constant surveillance.
Total Area: 114 Square Kilometer
Latitude: 25° 58' to 27 ° 45' North
Longitude: 89° 08' to 89 ° 59' East
Altitude: 61 Meters
Temperature: 2° C Min and 41° Max
Best Season: October to May, particularly
March and April, when new grass is growing.
Best Time to Visit: Between September and
March, specially in winter to catch a view
of the migratory birds.
Off Season: 15th June to 14th September
Clothing Summer- Cottons, Winter- Woolens
Language Spoken Bengali, Hindi, Nepali,
Wildlife Sanctuary and the Garumara Wildlife
Sanctuary can be accessed from
By Air : 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
By Rail : 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.
By Road : 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