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Tourist places in Dooars
Mongpong is located 32 kms from Siliguri.You can visit Mongpong either through bus or private taxis.
Malbazar is a scenic spot surrounded by lush green tea gardens in the northwest of the Dooars and 50 km from Siliguri.Train journey from Siliguri to Malbazar is also enjoyable. There are several tourist huts and lodges for the visitors.
Dooars is famous for its wild life sanctuaries. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. These sanctuaries also have Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deer, hog deer, sambar, barking deers, spotted deers, and wild pig and herds of Indian Gaur. There are nearly 300 species of bird found in these areas- a real paradise for bird watchers.
Garumara National Park:
Garumara National Park is located in the Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district. River Murti, Jaldhaka and Ingdong have passed through this national park. In the year 1949 Garumara forest was declared as wild life sanctuary when it was a small forest. Later in the year 1992 it was declared as a national park, comprising of 89 kms of diverse forest.Lataguri is the nearest small tourist strip near Garumara national park. Private resorts and accommodations are available here. Tourists may visit Garumara in daytime staying at Lataguri.Day visit permission to the National Park may be obtained from Nature Interpretation Centre, Dept of Forest and Lataguri.
Another tourist spot near Lataguri is Murti Forest Resort located 9 km from Malbazar and 8 km from Chalsa situated on the bank of Murti River.This resort has double bedded room and dormitory accommodation.
Chapramari forest :
Chapramari is off NH 31 from Khunia More on the way to Jaldapara.It can also be approached from the metre gauge railway stations to Chalsa or Nagrakata.There is Chapramari forest bungalow for accommodation.
Buxa Tiger Reserve :
Located 175 km from Siliguri, the term Buxa Tiger has been derived from Buxa Fort which once was used for detennes during freedom movement of India. This tiger reserve comprises the forest area of Rajabhatkhawa, Nimati, Barobisha, Rydak, and Raimatang Jainti, Buxaduar and Bhutanghat.The main rivers are Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Chrunia, Turturi, Phashkhawa, Dima and Nonani.Area of the tiger reserve is 759 sq.kms with a core area of 331 sqkms.Buxa tiger reserve was set up in the year 1982-83 which later in the year 1992 January was declared as National Park. There are forest rest houses of WBFDC at Rajabhatkhawa, Nimati, Barobisha, Rydak, and Raimatang Jainti, Buxaduar and Bhutanghat.The best season to visit is from October to April of the year. The variegated flora and fauna of this forest is leopard, fishing cat, Indian civet, wild dogs, giant squirrels, Asian elephants, gaur, chital, sambar, barking deer, pythons and lizards are endemic to the region.Mahakal is a treasure in memory.Jayanti is an ideal place for picnic. The Mountain View standing at the side of Jayanti River is an unforgettable experience. The special attractions of the area is Buxaduar historical fort which was used for détentes during freedom movement of India as most rigorous prison next to Andaman Cellular Jail, The dolomite caves, locally called Mahakal attracts numerous tourists.
How to visit Buxa:
Alipurduar is approx 175 km from Siliguri.It is well connected from Siliguri and Kolkata by road and rail. The nearest airport Baghdogra is about 190 km.Regular bus services are available from Alipurduar to different places. Private cars and taxis are available on hire basis from Alipurduar.