Dooars: The shared custody

Tripoto
22nd Aug 2012

Bhutan be like.

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Monastery at Bhutan's border

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Pine Forest

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Wolf pack!

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

The King's residence

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Lazy . or is he?

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Jaldapara National Park

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Corn Fields

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Toddler!

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

The horned one.

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Ride!

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Loner.

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

Tusky fellow

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

He doesn't give a damn.

Photo of Dooars: The shared custody by Sagnik Basu

I shoved a few jeans and my journal in the bag while he strapped his camera and asked me to call a cab. Such a hippie friend I had. The hippie and I debated about where to go during the vacations. The top choices being woods and slopes, we merged at dooars. After proper research about the climate of the place, the hippie managed some jackets as well. 

There are times when you board off the train, take a deep breath and all your lag and stress dilutes away. Dooars would welcome you with mist, mountaintops popping out of the clouds and a feeling which would make you ask yourself, "Why do I need a hotel? I could just walk anywhere". Yes, you could just walk anywhere because every spot is destined to make you happy and free from burdens.

This discrete valley, is a stretch down of the river Teesta, has the East Himalayas as a natural backdrop. Derived from the word 'doors' (doors to Bhutan), this region also forms a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan & the North-Eastern states. The dense natural forests interwoven with lush green tea gardens are cries-crossed by Teesta. The place is swarming with national parks and sanctuaries.These sanctuaries abound in a fascinating diversity of flora and fauna.

Tea

Tourism 

Timber

These 3 Ts had helped this place bordering  Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh to maintain it economy. All in all this place is economically and geographically sound and is a must visit for a weekend getaway or even for a long haul. A visit to the greenery of the Dooars and resting a few days amidst this wanderland will definitely instill new life and inspiration in a tourist for ever.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a habitat of the rare one-horned rhinoceros, the mighty bison, leopard, spotted deer, sambar, hog deer, reptiles, huge wild tuskers, wild boars and the rarest variety of animals and birds including plenty of peacocks. Elephant riding through the Jaldapara forest in search of wild animals, particularly the one-horned rhinos, has become a craze among the tourists to this area.
Photo of Jaldapara, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jaldapara, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jaldapara, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Jaldapara, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
A birdwatcher's paradise. Gorumara park located on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak has vegetation of riverine grasslands interspersed with savannah woodlands. Much of this forest is moist deciduous and sal (shorea robusta) is the most common and valuable tree. Teak, Simul, siris, Khair are also found here. The park is breathtaking with its rivers and mountain ranges. Besides the one horned rhinoceros, the fauna of the park include Indian Elephant, Indian Bison, leopard, different species of deer, turtles, pythons, monkeys etc. and more than 200 species of birds.
Photo of Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Lataguri is the base for your tour to Gorumara National Park. Tourism around Gorumara started in Lataguri and its surrounding area although today large number of tourist accommodation has come up all around the forest including in Murti, Ramsai and other area. Even today most tourists prefer to stay around Lataguri. There is a Nature Interpretation centre at Lataguri which issues ticket for day visitors inside forest, known as forest safari. Cultural programs such as tribal dance etc. are organised at the centre in the evening. There are watch towers for viewing the animals inside the park. They are Jatraprasad Watch tower (named in memory of a legendary elephant of that name), Rhino observation point in front of the Gorumara forest bungalow, Old Khunia Watch Tower near the Murti forest bungalow and Suksukia Bird watching Point. Rhino observation point is the best place to observe wild animals like rhino, elephant, bison and deer as they regularly come to the salt reservoir just below the tower. From Gorumara it is only a two hours ride to Jaldapara wild life sanctuary which is also located in the dooars.
Photo of Lataguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Lataguri, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
Time, the cruel mistress did not allow to wind up our trip with a nice finishing touch of Bhutan. Although the Indian-Bhutan border had quite the charm as well.In view of the long-standing political disputes and border confrontations between India and China, Bhutan has long been part of India's strategic defense plan. In the view of some Indian strategists, Bhutan was a weak link in India's defense against China. Although we managed to sneak in the borders for a few peeks of the King's palace and some breathtaking sights.
Photo of Bhutan Road, Kamar Doisha, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bhutan Road, Kamar Doisha, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Bhutan Road, Kamar Doisha, Assam, India by Sagnik Basu
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