Rarely can one find a place like Jalpaiguri that is so potentially rich in tourism. But a major part of it still remains to be exploited. Turbulent rivers battling out of the steep gorges, the vast stretches of forest cover, the undulating span of Tea Estates and the panoramic grandeur of the Himalayas are only a few jewels that made the British ground their roots deep into the heart of this land. Just drive around or take a hike, never will your eyes feel to rest. If a tourist is a nature lover or an admirer of Wild Life there cannot be a better place than this for him. One can run wild in the various Sanctuaries, National Parks & Tiger Reserves that are on offer.
180 km from Siliguri is the Buxa National Park.The main attractions of BTR are Tiger, Leopard (Black Panther also), Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Gaur, Pangolin and Python. Buxa Duar is famous for its prison fort.
How to reach
BUXA TIGER RESERVE
Bhutanghat, 45 km from Alipurduar, is famous for scenic beauty is beside River Raidak bordering Bhutan. From the rest house set amidst the natural landscape, one can enjoy the sight of wild animals crossing the river or grazing in the forest glade near the bungalow.
How to reach
It is approachable from Siliguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar by railway and roadways. Bhutan Ghat is around 50 km away from Alipurduar town. Bagdogra is nearest Airport of this place. Nearest railway station (KM) : Alipurduar Jn. - 54 km, New Alipurduar - 50 km, Kamakhyaguri - 50 km. 218 km from Siliguri.
At a Glance
District Head Hq-
3,457 Sq Kms
23,70,863 (Ref: Census 2011)
Best time to visit-
September to March
Wild Life Santuary is closed from 15 June - 15 September
Bengali (Prime), Hindi & English (Alternative), Sadri, Rava, Mech (Local)
Teesta Burir Puja
Places of Interest-
Gorumara National Park
Distance from Kolkata-
Jalpaiguri, this narrow stretch of land lying between the Sikkim - Darjeeling Himalayas and Gangetic West Bengal has more than often evoked a sense of both eerie and romanticism in many a heart. Since the early British Rule, A major stretch of area is bordered in the north by Bhutan and hence the name - DOOARS/DUARS which mean - ' the Door to Bhutan'. The district was established in 1869 in British India.The headquarters of the district are in the city of Jalpaiguri, which is also the divisional headquarters of North Bengal and has its special importance in respect of tourism, forest, hills, tea gardens, scenic beauty and commercialization and business.
At a distance of 55 kms from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri, Malbazar is one of the most important towns in Dooars. The town is strategically located on NH 31, providing close access to major tourist attractions around. The town itself does not have much to offer to the tourists except for the beautiful Mal Park.
If you are planning to visit Eastern Dooars, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Gorubathan, Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing or Suntalekhola; Malbazar can easily be your base. Kumlai is a famous picnic spot of Malbazar.
How to reach
By Road : You can also reach New Jalpaiguri station from where, you can board a car or a bus to reach Malbazar.
By Train : If you are traveling from Kolkata, you need to board the Kanchankanya Express from Sealdah and reach New Mal Junction station. This train leaves Sealdah station four times in a week.
By Air : Nearest airport is at Bagdogra.
Bindu / Jhalong/Jaldhaka
Bindu can be reached from Siliguri by a 3 hrs journey through Dooars plains. Total distance from Siliguri to Bindu is 110 kms. A small picturesque hill village on the Indo- Bhutan border Bindu is a little known tourist destination in lower Kalimpong foothills. The journey to Bindu via Chalsa-Khunia-Jhalong is a fascinating one as the road passes through the beautiful teagardens, high forests, river valleys and small quiet villages.
Easily accessible from Siliguri, Jaigaon is situated at a distance of 121 kms and about four hours drive away. Established in 1941 for the protection of the Indian One-Horned Rhino, the Jaldapara Sanctuary covering 216 sq. km. is a mosaic of woods, grasslands, perennial streams, sandy river banks and extensive belts of tall grass. It contains a great diversity of flora and fauna including mixed deciduous forests, grasslands and river banks. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in Alipurduar Sub-Division of the Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal, is home to a wide variety of wildlife, particularly the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros.
How to reach
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Jaldapara from where tourist can reach Jaldapara by road-route via Siliguri.
By Train: The most important railway station in the North East India is NJP. NJP is directly connected with all major stations in India. The nearest railway station to Jaldapara is Madarihat. All the mail and express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara railway stations which are well connected to Jaldapara.
By Road: Jaldapara is connected by National Highway with Siliguri and can be reached by car. Madarihat is the entry point for the sanctuary. It is located on the NH 31 (Siliguri-Hasimara section). North Bengal State Transport Corporation buses, Bhutan Government buses, minibuses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat. Cars can also be hired at Siliguri to reach Jaldapara.
Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary
Gorumara National Park is an important national park of North Bengal. It is situated just at the foot hills of Eastern Himalaya in Terai region, on the flood plains in Murti, Raidak. Jaldhaka a Tributary of Brahmaputra flows just beside the National Park. Gorumara has mixed vegetation of forest & grassland. It is famous for its good population of One Horned Indian Rhino. Ministry of Environment and Forest has declared Gorumara as the best among the protected areas in India for the year 2009. Gorumara was declared a reserve forest in 1895. In 1949 it was given a status of a wild life sanctuary. Later on Gorumara was declared as National Park in 1994. Gorumara National Park is spread over an area of approx 80 Square km. The forest area has come up as a tourist destination during the last decade. In recent years, there has been substantial increase in tourist arrival as well as infrastructure. Today the area around the forest has the largest concentration of tourist accommodation in Dooars. The number of jungle safari options has also increased over the years.
How To Reach
The nearest airport to the district of Jalpaiguri is Bagdogra. The flights from this airport connect the cities like Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Delhi and other major cities in India.
Train Service: The New Jalpaiguri railway station is one of the biggest rail junctions in North Bengal, near Jalpaiguri city. The railway station has good connectivity with various other major cities in India.
Local Transport: The state transport buses and the private buses connect Jalpaiguri with various parts of the State, and cities of nearby States.