Dooars

Dooars

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The Dooars or Duars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. Duar means 'door' in Assamese, Bengali, Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Telugu languages, and the region forms the gateway to Bhutan from India. There are 18 passages or gateways through which the Bhutanese people can communicate with the people living in the plains. This region is divided by the Sankosh river into the Eastern and the Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 8,800 km² (3,400 sq mi). The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars. Dooars is synonymous with the term Terai used in Nepal and northern India and form the only nitrate rich soil in India.

One major attraction of the Dooars (daaors) Valley are its existing wildlife sanctuaries. The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most famous sanctuaries in this area. You can spot the one-horned rhino which is the most famous inhabitant of this region. Other animals include the bison, leopard, different types of reptiles, wild boars, spotted deer and a large number of peacocks. Other sanctuaries located here include the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, the Gorumara National Park and the Buxa Tiger Project.

Country India
Area 8,800 km² (3,400 sq mi)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Languages spoken Bengali, English & Hindi
Currency Indian Rupees
Visa requirements No Visa needed for Indians

Places of interest

Jaldapara National Park

JALDAPARA NATIONAL PARK :
Jaldapara National Park (earlier Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary) is a national park situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal and on the bank of river Torsa. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m. and is spread across 216.51 km of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests. It was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna. Today, it has the largest population of Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros in the state, an animal threatened with extinction, and is a Habitat management area (Category IV). The near by Chilapata Forests is a elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve Also close by is the Gorumara National Park, known for its population of Indian Rhinoceros.

Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa, the Sanctuary provides extensive grassland which is last refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

WILD LIFE IN JALDAPARA : The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The main attraction of the sanctuary is Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. The sanctuary holds the maximum number of rhinos population in India after Kaziranga National Park in Assam. The other animals consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, elephants, deers, sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer and hog deer, wild pig, bisons.

GORUMARA NATIONAL PARK :
Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Terai 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. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forestsfor the year 2009.

Gorumara National Park

WILD LIFE IN GORUMARA :
The park has recorded fifty species of mammals, 193 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles, 7 species of turtles, 27 species of fishes and other macro and micro fauna.

MAMMALS: The Park is rich in large herbivores including Indian Rhinoceros, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Sloth bear, Chital, and Sambar Deer. Small herbivores include Barking deer, Hog deer and Wild boar. There is a comparative lack of large carnivores, with the only big cat being the Leopard. The park is not home to any resident population of Bengal Tigers, Indian Wild Dogs or Indian Wolf. Tigers are, however, occasionally spotted here. It does have numerous small carnivores including various civets, mongooses and small cats. The park has a large resident population of Wild boar, but the critically endangered Pygmy Hog has been reported from the park. It also has numerous rodents, including Giant Squirrels. The rare Hispid Hare has also been reported from the park.

BIRDS: Gorumara National Park is famous for its bird population - which includes brilliant submontane forest birds like the Scarlet Minivet, Sunbird, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Spangled Drongoand Great Indian Hornbill. Numerous woodpeckers and pheasants inhabit the park. Peafowls are very common. The park is on the flyway of numerous migratory birds, including the rare Brahminy Duck.

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS: The park is home to a large number of snakes, venomous and non-venomous, including the Indian Python, one of the largest snakes in the world, and the King Cobra - the world's largest venomous snake.

WATCH TOWERS : Watch towers located at various points provide excellent facilities for Wildlife viewing. They are Jatraprasad Watch Tower (named in the memory of a Kunki Elephant), Rhino Point (in front of the Gorumara Forest Rest House), Chandrachur Tower (Old Khunia) and the Chukchuki Tower (a bird watching point)

Buxa

BUXA TIGER RESERVE :
The Buxa National Park is a national park located in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Located inside the national park is the 760 km the largest forest in North Bengal and has the second highest tiger population in West Bengal after Sunderbans.

The park holds maximum number of elephant, Indian bison, leopard, many species of deer and many smaller mammals, innumerable species of birds and reptiles. Buxa is rich with bio-diversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants. Because of inaccessible terrain, some parts of Buxa hills in the Sinchula range are still unexplored.

Culture and history

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Tribal culture with its folk dance, drama, songs and folk lore is an integral part of the culture of the region. The tribal communities of Raj Bangshi, Mech, Rava, Toto, Limboo, Lepcha and the Bengali and Nepali community populate the region and provide a rich flavour to the rich cultural diversity of Dooars.

Dooars was covered with thick forests and the tribal people lived an isolated existence until the British invaded their space, followed by the Bangladeshis; the British cleared the land for tea estates while the Bengali people after the partition of Bangladesh came here and were actively involved in agriculture. The British were also responsible for bringing another set of tribes called the Madeshia, Uraons, Munda and Nageshia from Chotanagpur to work in the plantations; these tribes since have lived in harmony with the other communities of North Bengal.
The majority of people in Dooars belong to the Bengali community followed by the Rajbangshi tribe. Many festivals among the Bengali community and Rajbangshi are similar like the Durga Puja, Kali Puja, Manosha Puja etc. On the occasion of Manosha Puja – worship of the serpent Goddess – village fairs, dramas and festivals are held and villagers pray for good crops.
Folk drama of Dooars includes the 'chor chunni' and 'dham gaan' is a popular folk song. Rajbangshi's most popular songs are the 'Bhawaiya Gaan' – devotional and love songs – which is very famous in Bengal.

The Dooars belonged to the Kamata Kingdom under the Koch dynasty; and taking advantage of the weakness of the Koch kingdom in subsequent times, Bhutan took possession of the Dooars. This region was controlled by the kingdom of Bhutan when the British annexed it in 1865 after the Bhutan War under the command of Captain Hedayat Ali. The area was divided into two parts: the eastern part was merged with Goalpara district in Assam and the western part was turned into a new district named Western Dooars. Again in the year 1869, the name was changed to Jalpaiguri District. After the end of the British rule in India in 1947, the Dooars acceded into the dominion of India and it merged with the Union of India shortly afterwards in 1949.

SITT - GREEN DOOARS PACKAGE: 001 (05 NIGHTS/06 DAYS)

DAY 01 : NJP OR BAGDOGRA TO LATAGURI:
Reach NJP/IXB or Bagdogra in the morning. Drive towards Lataguri near Garumara National Park. After lunch. Jungle safari at Garumara National Park. Overnight at Lataguri.

DAY 02: EXCURSION TO JHALING & BINDU :
After Breakfast Drive to Samsing, Jhalong & Bindu at Bhutan border. Jaldhake famous for Jaldhaka River & Hydral Project. Drive back to Lataguri.

DAY 03 : EXCURSION TO SUMSING
Half day excursion to Samsing, Suntalikhola & RockyIsland. Back to Lataguri for lunch. Jungle safari at Garumara National Park in the afternoon (won agreement). Overnight at Lataguri.

DAY 04 : LATAGURI TO JALDAPARA WILDLIFE & KHAYER BARI:
After Breakfast Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary visit Khayer Bari Leopard Rescue Centre. Back to Lataguri. Overnight at Lataguri.

DAY 05 : EXCURSION TO JALPESH TEMPLE:
A famous shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of North Bengal. Every year in the Hindu calendar month of sawan (15 July-15 August) thousands of devotees throng the Jalpesh Temple and a large fair is organised for a month. Devotees collect water in vessels from the river Teesta after offering puja and walk barefoot towards the temple, which is 15 km from the river. Full day spend there & Back to Lataguri. Overnight at Lataguri.

DAY 06 : LATAGURI TO NJP OR BAGDOGRA :
After breakfast drive back to NJP or Bagdogra according to your pre planned itinerary.
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Cost Includes:

1. All accommodations.
2. According to tour itinerary all Transfer & Sightseeing.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Jungle safari not included. (As per Govt. Role ticket booking should be made by the guest directly at National Park gate)
3. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
4. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
5. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
6. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
7. Guide charge not include.
8. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.

SITT - GREEN DOOARS PACKAGE : 002 (06 NIGHTS/07 DAYS)

DAY 01: SILIGURI/BAGDOGRA TO LATAGURI (95 KM./ 2 HRS.)
Welcome to 'Dooars Jungle Safari Tour'. On arrival at Siliguri (NJP) railway station or Bagdogra (IXB) airport meet & greet by Navigator India's representative. Transfer from Siliguri/Bagdogra to Lataguri near Garumara National Park. Evening jungle safari at Gorumara National Park (own cost).

DAY 02: EXCURSION TO SUMSING, SUNTALIKHOLA, JHALONG & BINDU
Today you will proceed to full day excursion to Samsing, Suntalikhola, Jhalong & Bindu. Samsing & Suntalikhola offer beautiful views of vallies & mountain streams. Jhalong in another important place known for Jaldhaka river & Jladhaka Hydral Project. Bindu is the Indo-Bhutan border with a Dam on Jadhaka river.

DAY 03: LATAGURI TO JAYANTI (105 KM./ 2.30 HRS)
Early morning jungle safari at Chapramari Reserve Forest (own cost). After breakfast transfer from Lataguri to Jayanti. Afternoon free for your own activity.

Day 04: Transfer to Kalimpong & Sightseeing at Kalimpong
DAY 04: EXCURSION TO BUXA FORT. Proceed for an excursion to Buxa Fort (5km Trek). Afternoon jungle safari at Buxa Tiger Reserve.

DAY 05: JAYANTI TO MADARIHAT (JALDAPARA) (30 KM./ 1 HRS)
After breakfast transfer from Jayanti to Madarihat. Check into your hotel. Afternoon jungle safari at Chilapata Forest.

DAY 06 : JALDAPARA JUNGLE SAFARI.
Early morning jungle safari at Jaldapara WLS. Afternoon visit Khayerbari Loepard Rescue centre.

DAY 07 : JALDAPARA TO SILIGURI/BAGDOGRA (130 KM./ 3 HRS)
Today is your farewell day for your 'Dooars Jungle Safari Tour'. Drive back to Siliguri (NJP)/ Bagdogra (IXB) for your onward journey with happy memories to cherish.
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Cost Includes:

1. All accommodations.
2. According to tour itinerary all Transfer & Sightseeing.

Cost Dose Not Includes:

1. Air Fare/Train fare.
2. Jungle safari not included. (As per Govt. Role ticket booking should be made by the guest directly at National Park gate)
3. Parking, Entry fee, Toll tax not included.
4. Personal Expenses such as Laundry, telephone calls, tips. Liquor, boating & joy rides.
5. Any other item not specified in "Cost Includes".
6. Additional sightseeing or usages of vehicle not mention in the itinerary.
7. Guide charge not include.
8. Any cost arising due to natural calamities like, landslides, road blocks etc (to be borne by the clients directly on the spot).

Cancellation / Prepayment

Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to package type.
We are not responsible for tour cancellation due to Force Majeure clause (Expenses / Cancellations incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.) Additional expenses incurred due to Force Majeure Clause on the ongoing tour shall be borne by the guest on actual.
We hope that the tour itinerary and the cost are acceptable to you. Please contact us on the specified address in case of any alterations. Please reply soon so as to enable us to provide efficient services.