JALDAPARA ELEPHANT SAFARI | GORUMARA JEEP SAFARI | TRIBAL DANCE SHOW IN DOOARS
DOOARS - this narrow stretch of land lying between the Sikkim - Darjeeling Himalayas and Gangetic West Bengal has more than often evoked a sense of both eerie and romanticism in many a heart since the early British Rule. Veined by mighty rivers like the Teesta,Torsa, Jaldhaka, Dyna, Neora, Sankosh etc. this piece of land has been aptly named as the land of 'Tea, Timber and Tourism'. A major stretch of area is bordered in the north by Bhutan and hence the name - DOOARS/DUARS which mean - Door of Bhutan.
Rarely one can find a place like Jalpaiguri that is so potentially rich in tourism. But a major part of it still remains to be exploited. Turbulent rivers battling out of the steep gorges, the vast stretches of forest cover, the undulating span of Tea Estates and the panoramic grandeur of the Himalayas are only a few jewels that made the British ground their roots deep into the heart of this land. Just drive around or take a hike, never will your eyes feel to rest. If a tourist is a nature lover or an admirer of Wild Life there cannot be a better place than this for him. He can run wild in the various Sanctuaries, National Parks and Tiger Reserves that are on offer. Garumara National Park, Jaldapara Wild Life Santuary. etc. are only a few. One can leissure out his time by the sides of the turbulent rivers or simply roll through the Tea Gardens. The more adventureres ones may prefer to trek to Rupang Valley and Buxa-Duar in Buxa Tiger Reserve. Apart from these, there are very old temples like the Jalpeshwar and Jatileshwar. Persons seeking to smell history can take a look at the Prisoners call at the Buxa Fort area where fighters were imprisoned during the pre indepence era.
Places like Jainti, Murti, Santale Khola, Mongpong will get any tourists imagination run wild. Moreover this place gives any one the oppurtunity to access the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas whose potential in this regard need not be mentioned.
Weather of Dooars:
Winter in Dooars starts from early of November and continues till the end of February. January is considered as the coolest month of the Dooars region and minimum temperature can come down to 5 to 8 degree Celsius. However travelling Dooars in winter is pleasing and can offer a variety of migratory birds to view.
March to early October is considered as summer in Dooars and June to July is the hottest. Though at this time temperature varies between 20 Degree to 31 Degree, it never so scorching or intolerable.
In Dooars monsoon has its own charm. Monsoon in Dooars starts from end of July and can continue till end of September. During monsoon all sanctuaries in Dooars region remain close from 15th June to 14th September.
Best time to avail Dooars Package Tour
September to March is considered as best time to travel Dooars due to its pleasant weather. Dooars traveller can have spectacular view of migratory birds during this period as well as wild elephants, bison, leopard, barking deer, rhino etc.
However March and April, when new grass is growing can experience a large influx of tourist in Dooars.
Off season in Dooars
15th June to 14th September all sanctuaries and national park in dooars region (Gorumara, chilapata, jaldapara, buxa) is closed due to rainy season (monsoon) and breeding period of wild animals.
Gorumara National Park Tour in Dooars
Garumara Forest of Dooars in Himalayan region was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1949 and later in 1992 it was crowned as a National Park. Gorumara National park is located in the Jalpaiguri district. Garumara National Park is famous for One-Horned Rhinoceros. There is a watch tower inside the national park, from where panoramic view of the entire park is visible and visitors or tourists can have a spectacular observation of wild animals like rhino, deers, bisons, elephants, gour, etc. Wild animals regularly come to the salt reservoir below the tower to eat salt. The largest growing tourism township in the dooars adjacent to Gorumara National Park is Lataguri which has many hotels and resorts and visitor can stay here for a day or long trip.
For Dooars Tour Package, you are need to pay entry fees for a trip in the dense jungle. If you are staying in Lataguri, you can take your own car to the entry point of the Gorumara National Park and from there you can enter the jungle by only jeeps of forest department. A jeep safari usually conducted with six heads and may continue for one to two hours. If you are staying in Gachbari (Tree House), the package includes everything like, Lunch, Dinner, Elephant Safari, Tribal Dance, Bonfire or Camp Fire (on request) etc.
Denzong Leisure has a Dooars Safari Package at very budget price. That is Pickup & Drop from NJP or New Mal Junction, All Meals, Jeep safari in Gorumara National Park, All sightseeing in Samsing, Suntalekhola, Jhalong, Bindu & Murti River at Just Rs. 5230/- Per Head
For Detail visit our website url at : www.denzongleisure.com/packages/dooars-jeep-safari-gorumara-jhalong-bindu-package-tour
We have Dooars and Darjeeling Combined Package Tour www.denzongleisure.com/packages/dooars-darjeeling-durga-puja-diwali-special-package-tour
Dooars Gangtok Combined Package Tour www.denzongleisure.com/packages/dooars-gangtok-durga-puja-diwali-special-package-tour
Location : Gorumara National Park is located in the flood plains of Murti and Jaldhaka river of the dooars region in Jalpaiguri.
Approach and Access : It is 15 km from Lataguri, 10 km from Chalsa and 52 km from Jalpaiguri. It is recommended to hire vehicles from Chalsa or Lataguri to enter the National Park.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at Gorumara Forest Rest House Please call: 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings
Prime Attraction : The scenic landscapes, magnificent forests, tall elephant grasses and rippling streams are added to the nature of this park. The main attractions are Rhinoceros, Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Hornbill etc.
Activities : Gorumara National Park is mostly visited by Nature Lovers and Bird Watchers who want to explore and feel the jungle by heart. And this only can be done by a Jeep safari in this National Park. While in Jeep Safari, wild animals often can be seen roaming and grazing nearby. Visitors are often get overwhelmed by wild animal like Tuskers, Cheetah, leopard, Bison, Peacock, Wild Pig, Spotted Dear, Python etc crossing the roads that leads to Gorumara Jungle Safari.
Gorumara National Park has many Watch Towers heavily visited by the tourists in season for having a spectacular view of the jungle and wild life nearby. The Watch Towers are :
Jatraprasad Watch Tower
Jatraprasad Watch Tower is the most popular and visited place in Gorumara National Park. Named after the famous pet elephant (KUNKI) of the forest department this Watch Tower was established. It is a two-tier watch tower that offers excellent view of the Dooars Jungle and wild life.
Rhino Observation Tower
The Rhino Observation Tower is located near the forest bungalow of Gorumara National Park. It has a small rhino view point from where one can get glimpses of the famous Asian One Horned Rhinos. There is a salt reservoir below the tower which offers very chances to see more wild life like Elephants, Bison, and One-Horned Rhinos.
Chandrachur Watch Tower / Khunia Watch Tower
Chandrachur Watch Tower is also known as Khunia Watch Tower. Chandrachur Watch Tower offers the best view of wild lives and certain part of Gorumara National Park. This watch tower specially built for watching wild Elephants and Indian Bisons.
Chukchuki Watch Tower:
Located at the border end of Gorumara National Park, Chukchuki Watch Tower is a Paradise for Bird Watchers. Apart from local birds, a number of migratory birds can be seen from Chukchuki Watch Tower
Medhla Watch Tower :
Built by the bank of river Murti, This watchtower offers the best glimpses of the inner part of Gorumara National Park from where visitors can watch the Elephant herd crossing the river, wondering Rhinos, grazing Indian Bisons, Barking Deer etc. Mt. Kanchenjunga is clearly visible from Medhla Watch Tower on a sunny day.
*Gorumara National Park is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Created in the year of 1983, and spanning about 760 sq km, Buxa Tiger Reserve is the 15th Tiger Reserve in India. In the year 1992 the government of west Bengal declared this reserve forest as the National Park. Buxa Tiger Reserve is located inside of Buxa National Park in West Bengal of India. Tiger, civet and red jungle folw are the common animals found in this reserve forest.
Buxa Fort in side of Buxa Tiger Reserve is a must visit place. During the Indian freedom fight movement, the British used this fort as detention camp for its remoteness. Many freedom fighter were imprisoned here, notably Subhash Chandra Bose for a short span of time.
Buxa is an idle place for Trekking also, Bird watchers often prefer to trek Rover’s Point, a place of beautiful birds. One can also enjoy 13km long trek from Buxa to Jayanti through the dense forest. Trekkers can also go for a tough 8 hours circular trek from Buxaduar via Chunabhati-Adma to Raimatung. Equipments for trekking, like tents, bags, stove, fuel, food etc can be hired or bought from suppliers of alipurduars.
If anyone wish to have a jeep safari of this national park, special permission can be obtained from forest office of Rajabhatkhawa or at Jayanti.
Denzong leisure has geared up to promote this beautiful, historic place to traveller, trekkers, and adventurers as an initiative to promote West Bengal Tourism as the brand of Beautiful Bengal. Many luxury tour packages has been organized and conducted by Denzong Leisure with 100% guest satisfaction adding additional feather to its crown. For any query, plz call +91 9836117777
Location, Approach and Access : Touching one state boundary and one international boundary lays the 'Buxa Tiger Reserve' in the eastern dooars of West Bengal. This tiger reserve is located near Alipurduar sub-divisional town of Jalpaiguri, wellconnected by train and road. "Buxa Duar" can be approached on foot from Santalbari.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at forest rest house of Buxa Tiger Reserve. Please call: 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings in a 16 beds dormitory at an altitude of 2600 ft, run by local Eco Development Committee for Buxa Duar.
Prime Attraction : The main Attractions of Buxa Tiger Reserve is tiger, Leopard (Black Panther also), Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Gaur, Pangolin, and Python. Buxa Duar is famous for its prison fort.
Jaldapara Wild Life Santuary
Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary was formed in the year 1943 in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district for the protection of wild life animals. The specialty of Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary is Single Horned Rhinos and is mostly covered with tall green grasses, which is favorite of rhinos. Except One-Horned Rhinoceros, visitors can observe elephant, deer, gour, hog deer, wild pigs, bison, various number of birds specially peacock. Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary is said to be paradise for birding and bird watchers. Rare birds like Bengal Florican, hornbill, drongo, etc. are found here.
Elephant safari is organized from Holong in the early morning to explore the spectacular natural beauty of the Jaldapara WLS. The elephant ride is the best way to roam around the sanctuary. Visitor usually can watch grazing rhinos here and there of the sanctuary. Jeep safari also organized inside the sanctuary.
Location :Jaldapara Wild Life Santuary is Located in the flood plains of river Torsa in Jalpaiguri District.
Approach and Access : The main entry point is from Madarihat Town, situated adjacent to N.H.-31 in between Hasimara and Birpara. The nearest railway station, Falakata is 22 kms from Madarihat.
Accommodation : Accommodation is Available at Hollong Tourist Lodge. Please call: 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings
Prime Attraction : Largest population of Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros in West Bengal is found at Jaldapara. It also provides excellent habitat for the Royal Bengal Tiger and other animals like Gaur, Leopard, Sambar, Chital, Hog Deer, Barking deer etc.
* Jaldapara Wild Life Santuary is closed during rainy season from 16th. June to 15th. Sept.
Location, Approach and Access : This forest village is arround 30 km away from Alipurduar subdivisional town of Jalpaiguri District and connected by road. One can also move here from Rajabhatkhawa.
Accommodation :Accommodation is available in a beautiful bunglow by the side of river Jayanti. 3 double beded rooms and a dormitory with 6 beds are available here. Please call : 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings.
Prime Attraction : Jayanti is famous for its rich variety of wild life and exotic scenic beauty. A stalakite cave popularly known as 'Jayanti Mahakal' and 'Pookri Pahar' are well known destinations from Jayanti.
Location : This wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in the district of Jalpaiguri.
Approach and Access :Chapramari can be approached by road from Siliguri or Jalpaiguri. Its 70 km from Jalpaiguri. This sanctuary is arround 20 kms away from Gorumara Wild Life Santuary.
Accommodation : Accommodation is available at Chapramari rest house. Please call: 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings and accommodation used to visit Gorumara may also be used to visit Chapramari
Prime Attraction : It provides a breathtaking view of forests against the backdrop of the Kanchanjungha and other Himalayan peaks. It is the home to diverse avifauna and mammals like Elephant, Gaur, Leopard etc.
* Chapramari W.L.S. is closed during rainy season from 16th June to 15th September
Murti is a river that originates from Neora Valley National park and flowing down from the Kalimpong hills through prime tourism area of Dooars before meeting Jaldhaka River. The river murti reaches the plains at Samsing, further inside Dooars, it divides the forest in two parts. The forest on the left side of murti called Chapramari which is a wild life santuary, and the forest on the right side as Gorumara National Park.
Places to see in Murti :
Travellers can visit the interior of Gorumara National Park staying at Murti. On the other side of the river at a short distance is Panjhora River. This is a common site for picnickers during the winter months.
Nearby attractions of Murti : Murti is the base spot for travelling entire Dooars Forest. Places like Gorumara National Park, Chilapata Forest, Chapramari Wild Life Santuary, Chukchukia, Khunia and Chalsa are all nearby. Travellers can visit nearby hill destinations like Jhalong, Bindu and Paren. Samsing, Suntaleykhola and few other spots like Mouchuki marking the fringes of other jungles like Neora Valley National Park are also located nearby.
Things to do in Murti : Murti is a haven for Bird Watching Tourism for birders. Trekking, Camping, Jungle Walking is another popular activity in Murti. Murti is the base point for Jungle Safari in Gorumura National Park. This park has many species of birds and animals and these can be spotted by taking a guided tour through the national park. Murti itself has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Elephants, Bison, Leopards can be seen frequent here. Gaur (Indian Bison) and Deer is also commonly sighted in the area.
How to reach Murti : Travellers / Guest can reach Murti from New Mall Junction Railway Station. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra from where guest can be picked up by company car of Denzong Leisure. Murti can also be reached from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri Station by picking up by company car of Denzong Leisure.
Accommodation : 2 double bedded A.C. rooms, 2 double bedded non A.C. rooms and 2 non A.C. rooms with 4 bunks in each is available in the Murti bungalow. Please call : 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings
Prime Attraction : Excellent scenic beauty is the main attraction of this site. Both Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary are very close to this place. One can get day visit pass from Lataguri Interpretation Centre to enter the National Park and Sanctuary.
Location, Approach and Access : Rajabhatkhawa is 15 km away from Alipurduar town and located in between Alipurduar and Jayanti. This place is connected both by road and train from Alipurduar and Siliguri
Accommodation : Accommodation is available in both Leohouse (3 rooms with total 6 beds) and Tigerlodge (2 rooms with total 4 beds ) at Rajabhatkhawa.Please call : 033-22640048 / 9836117777 for bookings
Prime Attraction : A large variety of important flora and fauna exists in this area. Nature Interpretation Centre and Tiger Rescue Centre are points of interest of this place.
Dooars – How and When
Board the Kanchenjungha Express / Padatik Express / Darjeeling Mail from Sealdah Station and reach New Jalpaiguri Station or New Mal Junction.
Hire a car or board on a pre booked car or board on the car provided by your Tour Operator. Start your journey for Lataguri via sevok road. On the way you can offer Puja to Sevok Kali Temple. Cross the Coronation Bridge and your downwards journey start towards Lataguri via Damdim Tea estate, Mall, chalsa and metli. The beauty on the way is awesome as you will be passing through lush green tea gardens with Himalayan Mountain on the backdrop. After reaching lataguri, get into your pre booked hotel / resort and freshen up.
Same day in the afternoon you can start your Jeep Safari. You can book Open Jeep Jungle Safari in Dooars through your resort manager in advance or you can book it your own. If you want to book the Jeep Safari your own, you have to stand in the queue to get a ticket for jeep safari in Gorumara National Park bearing the photocopy of your identity proof. At a time only 6 persons can accommodated in a jeep excluding the guide and the driver. Make sure you get the ticket of “Yatra Prasad Watch Tower” which offers the best view of wild elephants, bison, deer, rhino, monkeys and different species of birds specially Peacock, Hornbill, Hoope etc.
Next day, after breakfast you can start for sightscenes of hill area of Dooars - Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing, Suntalekhola.
Bindu is gradually gaining popularity as a hill station and offer beautiful landscape and peace among nature lovers, bird watchers, trekkers. This small village is situated in the Hills on the Himalayan foothills near India Bhutan border. This place is known for cardamom plantation. It is very popular among the tourist. One can visit this places staying at Gorumara or Chalsa or Chapramari Forest area. Staying in Bindu is altogether an experience difficult to explain.
Samsing is nearly 90 kilometers drive from Siliguri via Chalsa and is situated beside Jaldhaka River. This is a nice tranquil pollution free place to refresh our soul and recently included in North Bengal Tourism map of West Bengal Tourism. The main attractions are for scenic beauty, orange plantation, orchid flower, and forest resort.
Suntalekhola is another blessing of nature and situated at an altitude of 750 metres. A trail leads through thick broadleaved tropical and semi-tropical forests via Mouchouki, Rechila Top, Alubari and Pankhasari Ridge give a breathtaking view of lush green tea garden and forest that definitely will rejuvenate soul and mind.
In the evening you can arrange for a campfire with Bar-B-Q or Roasted Chicken in the resort garden to make your tour memorable.
Next day, after breakfast start your forward journey to Jaldapara National Park (Lataguri to Jaldapara is almost 2 hours drive and 105km distance). Try to stay at Hollong Tourist Lodge or Forest Bungalow as it is located at the centre of Jaldapara forest and offers the best view and forest beauty with its own charm. If your luck favours, you can see rhinos, bisons and elephants just beneath your bunglow courtyard, right under your window. After reaching Jaldapara tourist lodge, immediately book for an afternoon jeep safari in Chilapata Forest which is a dense forest in dooars region and offers spectacular wild life of the region and more importantly some great shot of several awards winning Bengali film “Moner Manush” was shot in Chilapata Forest during continuous 14 days.
Next morning start your pre booked elephant safari from the resort itself. Always try to avail the day’s first Elephant Ride at 6am in the morning. At this time the mystic jungle can gift you the spectacular view of wild animals crossing the roads. After elephant safari have your breakfast and proceed for south Khayerbari which is a tiger rehabilitation centre. There you can see leopard and tiger rescured from different parts of the dooars jungle. There is a 3D theatre, which offers 30 minutes 3D movie show that is quite enjoyable. From there start your journey towards NJP rail station to catch your train and back to Kolkata.