What is Dooars?
The region at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas spanning about eight hundred eighty square kilometers is called the Dooars. Dooars use to be the part of kingdom of Bhutan, but after Bhutan war in 1865 the British took over the control and split the area into two parts - Western Dooars (which eventually became part of West Bengal) and Eastern Dooars which is now part of Assam.
a) The area is bestowed with few of the best National Park's of India- Gorumara National Park, Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Jungles of Chilapata and Buxa are still pristine and less explored with rich biodiversity.
b) If you long to spend a day amidst a sprawling Tea Estates, Dooars can be a great option. Tea Estates like Upper Fagu, Saylee and Saraswatipur offer most lavish and cozy accommodation.
c) The place has a historical hangover. One can trek to Buxa Fort - Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of 867 meters. The Bhutan King used the fort to protect the portion of famous Silk Route connecting Tibet with India, via Bhutan.
d) Enjoy boating at Gajoldoba – A natural wetland drained by River Teesta and a birding hotspot. In winters migratory birds and waders congregate at Gajoldoba Wetlands.
The list is endless. Jotted down few things I found pertinent to myself to make a trip of Dooars – The uninhibited.
Dooars is best explored from railheads like Jalpaiguri Road(JPE)/ New Mal Junction(NMZ)/ New Jalpaiguri(NJP). Alternatively, nearest airport is Bagdogra.