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.