A less known place in the tourism map of India, Dooars is a located in the foothill of the Himalayas and a part of the Northeast region of India and near Bhutan. Lying close to Siliguri in West Bengal, this place is about vast tea plantations and huge wildlife reserves. There are acres and acres of land reserved for wildlife in the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, and the parts not reserved for wildlife purposes, the rest part of the land is utilized for tea plantations.
Dooars’ economy revolves around 3 T’s – Tourism, Tea and Timber. Tea is the major contributor to its economy followed by timber cultivation and tourism. Apart from the cultivation of tea and timber, this place also cultivates tonnes of betel nuts every year. Betelnuts are chewed with tobacco all over India and chewing tobacco is one of the biggest markets in India. Tourism is on the rise in this part and with the news of its wildlife and natural beauty of the tea plantations going far and wide, Dooars’ tourism boasts of many places to visit in Dooars. Some of them are mentioned below.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife aficionado’s fantasy. The sanctuary is situated in the Himalayan foothills and the Terai district and is home to the elephant, Indian buffalo or gaur, tigers, panthers, sambar and chital. The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the woods of the lower zone of the Mahananda River.
Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National Park is situated in the Dooars area of Jalpaiguri locale in West Bengal. This wood is popular for its regular populace of the Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros. Gorumara national park lies 73 kms from Siliguri, popular for the assortment of wildlife life such as Elephant, Bison, Rhino, Leopard and so forth. Vehicle safaris are accessible during evening with visit to nearby towns and witness to Tribal society.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Chapramari is around 30 km from Chalsa and Lataguri. A colossal assortment of verdure covers the woodlands. Chapramari is renowned for its Elephants and Bison.
Sumsing and Suntalekhola
Two lovely wood bungalows set in the midst of orange orchids, an unending array of thick woodland and small streams. This place is 81 kms away from Siliguri and a place of must visit.