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   Dooars is one of the very few places left in the country where nature is so lavish of her green facilities. The unending stretch of virgin forests is cress-crossed by the River Teesta and her innumerable tributaries. Looking like molten silver against their setting sun, beautiful motor able roads cut through the deep forests rich with wild life, mauve hills stand at the end of graceful plains. The forest looks the way the unknown birds in them sings. The melody of the grooves forces you to surrender the sophistries you so carefully cultivated in the city. After a day's journey through the splendid scenery, a happy twilight will bid you retire in the cozy comfort of luxurious log cabins, and leave for you a million dreams of the glorious morrow, that is the Dooars. A land that loads you with the gifts of nature.

Know about the Dooars - where nature has kept her doors wide open

Welcome to the Forests of Dooars


Natural Resorts, wildlife sanctuaries, hill resorts :~
    (1) Hollong, Baradabri, Jaldapara Sanctuary, Buxaduar Tiger Reserve
    (2) Gorumara National Park, Murti, Jaldhaka/ Jhallong, Bindu
    (3) Samsing, Suntaleykhola
    (4) Mongpong, Loleygaon, Lava, Kalimpong, Tarkhola, Rongpo, Gangtok
    (5) Lepchajagat, Mirik
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Wildlife Sanctuaries :~

    Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary situated in Alipurduar Sub-division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal is about 124 km from Siliguri. This sanctuary was constituted in the year 1941 for the protection of Wild Life, particularly one-horned Rhinoceros (see the picture above), an animal threatened with extinction.

    River Torsha runs through the sanctuary. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The wildlife, in addition to one-horned Rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild Elephants, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, Bisons and a number of Birds, Peafowls.

Elephant ride

Elephant ride is arranged for viewing of wildlife, preferably at dawn.

Arrangements are available at Hollong Tourist Lodge, P.O. - Madarihat, Phone - (03563) 262228

General Information
Area

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114 sq. kms.
Altitude

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61 metres (200 ft.)
Best Season

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October to May, particularly March & April, when new grass is growing.

Off Season

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15th june to 15th September (Sanctuary closed)



Rail Services
    Nearest railway station is Madarihat, which is only 7km from the sanctuary and all the passenger trains stop here. Jaldapara Tourist Lodge is in a walk able distance from this railway station. All the mail and Express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara railway stations. Both are 20 km away from the sanctuary.
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Road Transport
    Jaldapara is connected by road with Darjeeling and Siliguri & other towns of North Bengal. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Mini Buses and Private Buses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat.
  Route :-
a) Darjeeling - Siliguri - Jalpaiguri (via New Teesta Bridge) - Maynaguri - Dhupguri - Gairkata - Birpara - Madarihat (140 miles or 204 km) or
b) Darjeeling - Siliguri - Sevoke - Bagrakote - Mal - Chalsa - Nagrakata - Binnaguri - Birpara - Madarihat (214 km).

Journey time from Siliguri is about 4 hours.

Air Services
    Bagdogra is the nearest airport from where one can go by above routes, (Siliguri to Bagdogra - 13 kms). Private vehicles are available at Madarihat for going to Hollong Forest Lodge / Jaldapara Tourist Lodge.

Accommodation

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Reservation Authority
   
Tourism Centre, Govt. of West Bengal
    M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar, Hill Cart Road,
    Siliguri - 734403
    Phone : (0353) 2511979, 2511974, 2432561
    Tele Fax : 2511979, 2432561
         
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Jaldapara Tourist Lodge
P.O. - Madarihat, District - Jalpaiguri
Phone : Madarihat (03563) 262230
Number of rooms :
      22 double bedded rooms @ Rs. 1000 including all meals;
      13 bedded dormitory @ Rs. 300 per bed including all meals; and
      6 double bedded Hut Rs. 650 per cottage with food.

Entry Fee to Hollong :-              Elephant Ride Charge :-
Information in this section is liable to change from time to time. Tourists are advised to consult the nearest Tourist Office for up-to-date information in case of delay in data-updation or any such inconveniences faced upon.
Rs. 25 per head
Rs. 50 per light vehicle
Rs. 25 per heavy vehicle
Rs. 5 per still camera
Rs. 250 per video camera
Adult - Rs. 175 per head
Minor - Rs. 175 per head
Student - Rs. 65 per head
(maximum 4 persons are allowed on each elephant)

Conducted Tours
   Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary including Dooars & Phuntsholing (Bhutan) - 2 days.
   Rates :  Accommodation at Hollong Tourist Lodge/ Jaldapara Tourist Lodge at Rs. 1100 per head for Indian tourists and Rs. 1575 per head for Foreign tourists.
   Tour is inclusive of food, accommodation, elephant charges & transportation.
   Tour starts from Tourism centre, Govt. of West Bengal, M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar, Hill Cart Road, Siliguri - 734403 every Saturday at 12 noon and returns to Siliguri on Sunday by 5 p.m.

Also visit :
 Bindu   Buxa Tiger Reserve
  Chapramari Forest   Gorumara National Park
 Jhallong  Murti
 Samsing  Suntale-Khola
  Malbazar  Mongpong
  Totopara


 GARUMARA NATIONAL PARK

   This 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 wildlife 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 / Accommodation are available here. Tourist may visit Garumara in day time staying at Lataguri.
   Day visit permission to the National Park may be obtained from : Nature Interpretation Centre, Department of Forest 9Govt. of West Bengal), Lataguri


 CHAPRAMARI FOREST

  Chapramari is off National Highway 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 the Chapramari Forest Bungalow for accommodation.

  Permission to stay at rest house may be obtained from Divisional Forest Officer, "Aranya Bhawan", Jalpaiguri.


 JHALLONG

  A small township, 85 km from Siliguri. You can visit 2nd phase of Hydro Electric Power Station constructed on the river Jaldhaka. WBSEB has accommodation at Jaldhaka.

For reservation please contact : Liason Officer WBSEB, Pulok Bhawan, Bardhaman Road, Siliguri - 1. West Bengal Forest Development Corp. also has accommodation at Jaldhaka. Please contact the Managing Director W.B.F.D.C. Ltd., 6/A Raja Subodh Mallick Square (7th Floor), Kolkata - 13; Phone : 2370060/61.


 BUXA TIGER RESERVE

  175 km from Siliguri. The name "Buxa Tiger" has been derived from Buxa Fort ('Buxa Duar' - a fort at an altitude of 867 metres on the Sinchula Range guarding the most important of the eleven routes into Bhutan), which once was used for detainees during freedom movement of India. This Tiger Reserve comprises the forest area of Rajabhatkhawa, Nimati, Barobisha, Rydak, Raimatang Jainti, Buxaduar and Bhutanghat. The main rivers are Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Churnia, Turturi, Phashkhawa, Dima and Nonani. Area of the Tiger Reserve is 759 sq. km. with a core area of 331 sq. km. Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up in the year 1982-'83, which later in the year 1992, January, was declared a National Park.

Where to stay : There are forest rest houses of WBFDC at Rajabhatkhawa, Nimati, Barobisha, Raidak, Raimatang/Buxaduar, Jayanti and Bhutanghat. For room reservation one may contact Field Director, Buxa Tiger Reserve, P.O.- Alipurduar Court, Dist.- Jalpaiguri, Pin Code - 736122.

Best season : October to April of the year.


 MALBAZAR

  In the north-west of the Dooars and about 50 km. from Siliguri, a scenic spot surrounded by lush green tea gardens is known as Malbazar.

Transport : Regular Bus service available from Dooars Bus Stand at Sevoke Road in Siliguri. Train journey from siliguri to Malbazar is also enjoyable.

Accommodation : MeghMallar Tourist Lodge, West Bengal Tourism Development Corp., Malbazar; Phone : (03562)n255183. For Reservation please contact the Manager, Malbazar Tourist Lodge, P.O.- Malbazar, Dist.- Jalpaiguri.

 MURTI

   Another tourist spot near Lataguri is Murti Forest Resort. This centre is about 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. For reservation, please contact Tourism Centre, Reservation Counter, WBFDC. M-4 Building, H.C. Road, Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri - 3.


 SAMSING

  Approximately 81 km from Siliguri via Chalsa.

Transport : Bus service available from Sevok Road Bus Stand at Siliguri.

Accommodation : WBFDC has accommodation at Samsing. For reservation, please contact : Managing Director, WBFDC, 6/A, Raja Subodh Mallik Square (7th Floor), Kolkata - 13. Private accommodation is also available.


 SUNTALE-KHOLA

  3 km from Samsing Forest Bunglow, WBFDC has Tent accommodations at Suntale-Khola. For reservation please contact : reservation counter, Tourism Centre, Siliguri - 734403.


 BINDU

  About 107 km. from Siliguri. The last village of West Bengal in Indo-Bhutan border, located on the bank of river Jaldhaka. Journey to Bindu through Chapramari Forest is an awful experience. Next place Gairibus comes on your way, where Diascorrea - a medicine plant is grown.


 MONGPONG

  32 km. from Siliguri.

Transport : Bus service available from Dooars Bus Stand at Sevoke Road in Siliguri.

Accommodation : Forest Log Huts. For reservation please contact : Tourism Centre, Reservation Counter, WBFDC, Govt. of W.B., M-4 Building, Hill Cart Road, Pradhannagar, Siliguri - 734403, West Bengal.


 TOTOPARA

  30 km from Madarihat, a small village on the banks of the river Torsha near Bhutan border is the only habitation now of the Dooars aboriginals - the Totos. Their number has dwindled to less than a hundred now. A tea garden near Banarhat also bears the name Totopara, probably a survival from days when Toto settlements were more numerous. 







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