|STATE :||West Bengal|
|AREA :||880 km2 (340 sq mi).|
|STRETCH :||Teesta River in West Bengal to the Dhanshiri River in Assam.|
|ALTITUDE VARIATIONS :||90m to 1,750 m.|
|ROUTE :||NH31 is the main highway to reach Dooars|
|Summer :||March – June|
|Anual Temperatures :||21°C to 31°C|
|Average Annual rainfall :||350 cms|
|Winter :||October – February|
|Average Temperatures :||5°C to 23°C|
The Dooars belonged to the Kingdom of Kamata under the Koch dynasty and Bhutan took possession of the Dooars later by taking advantage of the weakness of the Koch kingdom in subsequent times.
After the end of the British rule in India in 1947, the Dooars accepted its addition into the dominion of India and it merged with the Union of India in the year 1949. So, Dooars was still not the part of India when they finally got their Independence.
The altitude of the Dooars area ranges from 90m to 1,750 m. There are a variety of hills that constitute the entire Dooars valley. There are also innumerable streams and rivers that flow through Dooars some of which are originated from the mountains of Bhutan.
The Dooars are composed of numerous tribes and various cultures. Among them, Bodo, Rabha, Mech, Toto, Koch Rajbongshi, Tamang, Limbu, and Lepcha are some of the most concentrated tribes residing there
Siliguri happens to be the largest city in the whole region stretching from the Darjeeling to the Arunachal Pradesh foothills. It is also the gateway to Dooars as the tourist from other states has to reach Siliguri first before heading to Dooars.
The Dooars is the main ground for export-import industry and cross trade of Bhutan. The towns of Jaigaon, Siliguri, and Phuentsholing are important hubs of the export-import industry which makes Dooars the doorway to Bhutan.
The main habitats here are the rare one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, the mighty bison, hog deer spotted deer, sambar, a variety of reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and some of the rarest variety of animals and a variety of birds.
Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up in the year of 1983 inside the Buxa National Park. The Buxa Tiger Reserve is a 760 sq km spread tiger reserve in the Buxa Hills of Dooars. The reserve also boasts of having Tigers along with civet, Indian bison, elephants, Boar and few Red Jungle Fowl.
Chapramari Wildlife Reserve is connected by the NH31 which connects the north-east with the rest of India. The Wildlife Reserve has total forest coverage of around 960 hectares. It is quite famous for its elephant's population and is also a popular destination for a wildlife safari.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary located around 13kms from Siliguri was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1959 to preserve the highly endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Indian Bison. It is a peaceful delight away from the city hassle.
This sanctuary is a great place to view the winged beauties. The water body here is filled with bright, colourful fluttering birds which makes this sanctuary the perfect place for bird watching along with boating on the lake. The sanctuary has different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots and many more.
The Forest is dense and falls near Jaldapara in Dooars. A drive through the forests is an interesting experience can help you sight elephants which are almost regular. The River Torsha runs through the sanctuary and is known for one-horned Rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, wild Elephants, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and few other rare species of birds and animals.
This is a beautiful spot amidst the beautiful Jayanti River and the green hills. It forms a natural border with the Bhutan hills, and the music of the pristine flowing River, the chirping of birds, the fragrance of nature and refreshingly breeze here helps rejuvenate your soul.
It is one of the last hamlets of the West Bengal region. It is a valley encircled with beautiful hills of Bhutan and India along the banks of the river Jaldhaka. Its beauty is a treat to the eyes and a refreshing experience for the mind and soul.