Passage of Bhutan - Dooars or Duars

The Dooars or Duars are the alluvial floodplains in northeastern India that lie south of the outer foothills of the Himalayas and north of the Brahmaputra River basin. This region is about 30 km (19 mi) wide and stretches over about 350 km (220 mi) from the Teesta River in West Bengal to the Dhanshiri River in Assam. The region forms the gateway to Bhutan. It is part of the Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands ecoregion.

Dooars means 'doors' in Assamese, Bengali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Magahi languages. There are 18 passages or gateways between the hills in Bhutan and the plains in India.This region is divided by the Sankosh River into Eastern and Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 880 km2 (340 sq mi). The Western Dooars are also known as the Bengal Dooars, and the Eastern Dooars also as the Assam Dooars. Dooars is analogous with the Terai in northern India and southern Nepal.

The banks of these streams are most loved spot for the fauna of the district and one can without much of a stretch spot creatures amid the early hours of the day or late at night. It is constantly prudent to visit these spots either amid nightfall or amid sunrise.Bison, deer's, elephants visit in crowd. Panthers are additionally found here.Thus, it is constantly prudent to have a guide while visiting. Different creatures which can be spotted are rhinoceros, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Sloth bear, Chital, Bengal Tigers, Indian Wild Dogs, Indian Wolf, Pygmy Hog, Giant Squirrels, Hispid Hare, Sambar Deer, Barking deer, Hog deer, Wild pig, and so on.

Best Time To Visit Dooars : -Known for having pleasant weather throughout the year, Dooars is best when visited in the winter season, i.e. between September and May. Some visitors prefer visiting the town during the festive days in the winter season to witness the colours, the enthusiasm, excitement and unity in the city celebrated in their unique ways. The monsoons are not always preferred by tourists; however, it does make a paradise of a location for the offbeat travellers, the nature lovers or the adventurers. Summers are also pleasant except for the peak hours. Therefore, they may not be the right time for tourists coming from moderate or hot temperature zones. There is a lot to witness and explore in Dooars, the doors at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Local Cuisine of Dooars : - While most restaurants provide North and South Indian food here, it is best to go with the local delicacies and try the locally popular dishes- momos, dry fish pickle, Bamboo shots, Chinese. The roadside stalls serving Puri Bhaji, fish pakoras are also a must try. Whenever in Bengal, specially in a place rich in tea cultivation, do not miss to grab a cup.

Places to Stay in Dooars !

Here are my select set of hotels with great views of the snow peaks. Visit the links and read detailed reviews to know about all aspects of the hotel including service and amenities before you decide on one. Remember, only a great view isn't just enough to make a hotel a great one.

Place Of Visit-Sightseeing

Jaldapara National Park : - Jaldapara National Park is a national park situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar District of northern West Bengal and on the banks of the Torsa River. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m and is spread across 216.51 Sq.km of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests.

Gorumara National Park : - Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Dooars region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros.

Lataguri : -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.

Mongpong :-Mongpong is the situated on the lofty bank of the Teesta and is the famous place as the Mongpong Forest Rest House offers a great panoramic view of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and at the widespread of the Teesta Valley.

Buxa Tiger Reserve :-The Buxa Tiger Reserve is a 760-square-kilometre tiger reserve located inside the Buxa National Park in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa Hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Animals found in the park include, the tiger, civet, elephant, gaur, Indian boar and red jungle fowl.

Chapramari Wildlife Park :-Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary 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.

Suntalekhola :-Suntalekhola or Suntaley Khola is a small village and a tourist spot in the Kalimpong District of West Bengal. The altitude of the place ranges from 650 to 950 m. It gets its name from a small stream: Suntaley Khola. In Nepali language, Suntaley means orange and khola means stream.

Neora Valley National Park :-Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong district, West Bengal, India and was established in 1986. It spreads over an area of 88 Sq km and is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Eastern India.

Samsing :-Samsing is a small hill village and tourist spot in the Malbazar, Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal situated at an elevation of 3000 ft in the foothills in between Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts border.

Lava - Lolaygaon :-Pelling Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres east of the town of Kalimpong near Algarah in Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal, India. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet. It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter.

How to reach Dooars

by Air: - Bagdogra airport is the nearest to Dooars. It is a small domestic airport with flights running from the major cities of the country. Just 12kms from the town, taxies and buses are available from Bagdogra to Madarihat/ Dooars.

by Rail: -The New Jalpaiguri Railway station is just few kilometres away from the town, it is one of the biggest railway stations in the city and is well connected to nearby cities as well as key cities of the country. Another station, Madarihat is just 7km away from the Dooars.

by Road :-The most convenient way is to travel via road. Dooars has excellent network and condition of roads. On the way, you will also get to see beautiful and breathtaking views. There are many cab services available from neighbouring cities like Darjeeling and Siliguri. There are few state government buses also which connects Dooars to major cities.

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