Dooars are the foothills of eastern Himalayas in North East India. The Place is the gateway to Bhutan from India. Famous for natural beauty it is one of the most popular tourist destinations of West Bengal.
In our opinion it is better to start your journey from Rajabhatkhawa. Rajabhatkhawa is considered as the gateway to Bengal Dooars.
How to reach Rajabhatkhawa
By train reach New Jalpaiguri station or Alipurduar Junction first.
By air reach Bagdogra airport.
The distance of Rajabhatkhawa from NJP is 171 Km and from Bagdogra is 183.4 km. It will take around 3-4 hours to reach Rajabhatkhawa from NJP or Bagdogra. Car rate is around Rs 2500.
From Alipurduar the distance of Rajabhatkhawa is 14.3 Km and it will take 30 mins to reach Rajabhatkhwa from Alipurduar. Taxi fare is Rs 250 approx.
So it is better to avail a train that directly reaches Alipurduar. In that case instead of NJP you get down at Alipurduar.
After NJP the train moves through the forests of Dooars to reach Alipurduar. This is one of the best train routes in India and needs a special mention here. In our opinion book kachankanya from Sealdha(Kolkata) to experience this fascinating train route.
Online Ticket Booking
To book your train tickets online, please log on to https://www.irctc.co.in/nget/train-search
For flight booking log on to various online flight booking websites.
On day 1 go for local sightseeing around Rajabhatkhawa. The main places to visit are:
Buxa Tiger Reserve
Spanning over 759 sq km area this giant reserve forest houses over 300 species of trees, 250 species of shrubs, 130 species of aquatic flora, 100 species of grass and 400 species of herbs. It is a home of endangered Bengal Tigers.
You can avail morning or evening safaris that last for 3-4 hours each. Morning safaris start from 6:00 AM and evening safaris start from 3:00 PM. A jeep safari will cost about INR 800.
This centuries old fort came under the British India after 2nd Dooars war 1865 between the Bhutan and the British.
15 km away from Buxa Reserve, this place has the magnificent Mahakal caves and the Jayanti Riverside. Both are famous for natural beauty.
Nature Interpretation centre, Rajabhatkawa
The place provides information of numerous birds and animals in the reserve, along with information of different plants and their medicinal properties.
Chilapata Forest Safari
Chilapata is a dense forest near Jaldapara. It houses one horned rhinos, elephants, bisons, deer, leopard, cheetah, sambar and barking deer etc.
You can avail a guided jeep safari in this forest.
On day-2, early in the morning go to Suntalekhola by car. Suntalekhola is a small picturesque village on the foothill of Himalayas.
On your way visit Samsing.
Both Samsing and Suntalekhola are famous for scenic beauty. You can enjoy fresh greeneries here.
In the afternoon go to visit rockey island. 2 Km away from Samsing, this is a beautiful location on the banks of river Murti. Enjoy the freshness of nature here.
Car fare for whole day trip is around Rs 3000.
Stay the night at Suntalekhola.
On 3rd day go to visit Murti.
Murti is the place beside the beautiful river of Dooars Murti. The place is popular for scenic beauty. Here you can enjoy a walk around the river Murti, a beautiful place surrounded by green forests.
On day 4 go to visit Jhalong, Bindu and Jaldhaka river. Car fare is around Rs 3000 for a day.
Jhalong is a place with surreal beauty on the banks of river Jaldhaka. The place is situated near the Indo Bhutan border on the way to Bindu river.
Situated at an altitude of 2000 ft on the Indo Bhutan border, Bindu is a small quiet village famous for natural beauty. The place is also popular for its cardamom plantation in dooars and north Bengal. It is the last village of West Bengal Region.
On day-5, go to Lataguri. Upon arriving lataguri, go to Jungle safari at Gorumara National park. There are two ways to enjoy this safari,Elephant Safari or Jeep Safari. If you want to experience elephant safari then go to Dhupjhora elephant Camp near Murti River. From there ride on an elephant and go to the deepest part of the forest to observe wildlife.
Another way to enjoy wildlife is a jeep safari in the forest which has its own thrill. A jeep safari will be of 2 hours duration.
Gorumara National Park is closed on every Thursday.
On 6th day go to NJP or Alipurduar station for departure.
Where to Stay
In all places of Dooars there are WBFDC cottages. The room charges vary from Rs1600 to Rs2000.
Other than the government accommodation there are multiple private hotels and resorts with all modern facilities. Room charges vary from Rs 1600 to Rs 3000. There are various online hotel booking sites are available for hotel booking in Dooars.