Updated: Apr 1, 2020
We may know Darjeeling as the crown of Bengal tourism situated in North Bengal. But there is another place called Dooars which decorates North Bengal as the necklace of the beauty of Bengal. Let's explore it!
Starting from river Teesta in the East to river Sankoshi in the west, Dooars is a local name given to the floodplains of North-East India around Bhutan. The name 'Dooars' has emerged from 'door' as Dooars is the gateway to Bhutan. Dooars comprises of several towns and districts in this region including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Siliguri, etc. Geographically, Dooars is blessed with such brilliance in its relief, imagine, the mighty range of mountains of the Eastern Himalayas in the backdrop, a band of thick forests, rich in species of Flora and Fauna, continued with tea gardens, and cut here and there by water body. Somewhere in the middle of all this is Dooars. The gateway you wouldn't want to cross heartlessly. There are 18 passages or gateways between the hills in Bhutan and the plains in India.
History of Dooars!
The region forms the gateway to Bhutan. It is part of the Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands ecoregion. 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. The Dooars region politically constitutes the plains of Darjeeling District, the whole of Jalpaiguri district and Alipurduar district and the upper region of Cooch Behar districtin West Bengal and the districts of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Goalpara and Bongaigaon in the state of Assam.
Ther are some interesting tourism spots particularly for the nature and wild-life lovers! Here goes the list:
1. Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary, Dooars
Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary is a must if you are into wildlife. Located at the foothills of Himalayas in the Terai region, it is spread across the lower catchment area of river Mahanada. With a thick forest cover, Mahanada homes rare species of animals like one horn Rhino, Bison, Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Sambar and Cheetals.
2. Sumsing and Suntalekhola, Dooars
81km from Siliguri, this place is considered heaven for Nature lovers, two forest bungalows in the middle of a forest, with hills in the backdrop and the constant splashing noise of the numerous streams as they flow, step out of the bungalow and listen to early morning chirping of birds and whispers of the forest as it tells something to the noisily moving river water.
3. Latpanchore, Dooars
A small village at the top of a hill top on the Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary, surrounded by forest and rich in the Cinchona plantation, a British bungalow in the middle of this, which now serves as a forest bungalow.
It is as much vintage as it is heaven like to stay here. Trekkers trek from here up to Namthing Pokhri. Sunrise from the Aahal Pick is a delight to watch, so soothing and unreal.
4. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Dooars
30 km from Chalsa and Lataguri, Chapra Wildlife Sanctuary is extremely rich in bio diversity. It is known to home species of Elephants and Bisons. There is watch tower in the premises, a mystical view of the entire sanctuary from here is an absolute bliss.