Dooars in North Bengal is popular for its flora and fauna. Dooars is a land of natural beauty and is fast gaining popularity among tourists. The word ‘Dooars’ comes from ‘Duar’ or ‘Doors’, which is due to the fact that the region acts as gateway to Assam, Sikkim and Bhutan. Dooars lies in the sub-Himalayan foothills of West Bengal and majorly comes under Jalpaiguri district. It is a land of extreme beauty with East Himalayas to its north acts as a natural backdrop, and towards the south are the vast plains with low river basin that extends farther up to Bangladesh.
The Doors Valley is known for its large number of wildlife sanctuaries, which include Buxa Tiger Reserve (200 km from Siliguri), Gorumara National Park (75 km from Siliguri), Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary (68 km from Siliguri), and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (124 km from Siliguri). These wildlife parks are home to a large number of animals, which include Asiatic single horn rhino, bison, elephant and various species of birds. The valley is intersected by the Tista, Torsa and Jaldhaka rivers, and their innumerable tributaries.
An important tourist destination, Doors valley is covered with lush green forests and tea gardens. There are numerous tea gardens, which not only present lovely views but also have luxurious heritage bungalows. Some of the bungalows are even can be compared to five star hotels. Tea tourism is slowly gaining popularity in this region. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation is planning to organize/promote the same but has not been very effective yet. However, some private tour operators are carrying out tea tourism and some of the tea gardens also provide accommodation and visit to tea manufacturing units.
One can choose to stay in lodges run by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. Some private hotels are also available.
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Tea tourism in North Bengal
In North Bengal there are numerous tea gardens which are having not only eye soothing lush greenery but also having their luxurious heritage bungalows, some of them even comparable with five star hotels. In the recent past centering these gardens tea tourism efforts are initiated. West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation is planning to organize/promote the same but not yet materialised. However, some private tour operators are carrying out tea tourism and some of the tea garden also provide accommodation and visit to tea manufacturing process.
Nature-beyond tourism organism arranges package tours, their web page link is http://www.east-himalaya.com/packages/teatours/index.htm .
Help tourism organizes tea-tourism in three tea gardens, namely Phaskhowa, Makaibari & Glenburn tea estate, the web page link is http://www.helptourism.com/heritage-tours-india/heritage-tours-west-bengal-tea-tours-dooars-duars.html .
The web page of Glenburn tea estate is http://www.glenburnteaestate.com/ where you can find further details for direct contact and booking.
Web page link for Makaibari tea estate is http://www.makaibari.com/ .
Web page link for Phaskowa tea estate is http://phaskowa.com/aboutus.htm
You can visit the web page of Zurantee tea estate http://zurrantee.com/index.html .
The details for individual booking may be done directly instead of any tour operator.
How to reach
To reach to North Bengal and North-east India, Siliguri is the gateway. Siliguri is well connected by flights from Kolkata, New Delhi and Guahati. The railway station is New Jalpaiguri, approximately 700km from Kolkata. Numbers of trains are running daily from Kolkata to NJP. Normally the package tours are designed to pick up from airport or rail station. However, any one can rent a car for their journey if not going for any package tour. Tour programme may be designed even for a combination to stay at tea garden bungalow for one or two days then in the resorts at Dooars reserve forests or may go to Darjeeling, Sikim etc.