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Large forested foothills, exciting wildlife, transparent streams that beg you to sit in the lap of the nature. And capturing views from the log cabins could add to the excitement of the journey…

Have you crossed paths with a small lonely hillock and imagined a small nest at the top where you could live, away from the maddening city crowd? If this is your idea of travel then gear up for an offbeat tour to the most exotic and yet unexplored destination of North Bengal. The place is endowed with some of the richest natural forest and wildlife in India.

The major forest reserves are in Jaladapara and Buxa Dooars region and here is the famous Buxa tiger reserve.
The wildlife sanctuaries at Jaldapara and Mahananda are other attractions.
This mixed dry deciduous forest dotted with grassland holds a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

The large forested foothill range of North Bengal is called Dooars and a visit there brings visitor in touch with both history and nature. Log cabins valleys carpeted with tea gardens, transparent water streams and the sanctuaries will capture you for long. The forests echo with the harmonious melody of birds. Beside, the ruins of forts at Nalrajar Garh and Buxa Dooars, the Jalpesh temple and totopara the habitat of rare toto tribes are places worth a visit.

The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Alipurduar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district. It was constituted in 1941 for the protection of wildlife particularly the one horned rhino, an animal threatened with extinction. The Toosra river runs through the sanctuary. The reserve is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grass and is home to royal bengal tigers, elephants, spotted deers, wild pigs and a variety of birds. Elephant rides are organised for viewing wildlife preferably at dawn. Tours are organised to these forests with prior permission from the government. The tour options are varied and include jungle camps, treks, jeep safaris deep inside the forest.

Buxa tiger reserve
The Buxa tiger reserve is a subdivision of Alipurduar ad was declared a National park in January 1992. Its name has been derived from Buxa fort , which is situated at an altitude of 867 metres on the Sinchula range guarding the most important of the eleven routes into Bhutan.
This picturesque reserve with its prodigious terai and hilly landscape, crisscrossed by numerous rivers and their tributaries, offers a breathtaking view. Buxa, enriched with bio-diversity has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants.
Because of inaccessible terrain some parts of the Buxa hills are still unexplored. Flora and fauna of these wet forests attracts tourists and nature admirers every year. The generic diversity of mammals is the second highest among all the tiger reserves of India. The astonishing bio diversity comprises 67 varieties of mammals and 36 species of reptiles. Many migratory birds can be spotted here. The swift Rydak and Jayanti rivers are visited by trans –Himalayan migratory Goosanders, the rare black necked crane can be sighted during the early winter. The beautiful migratory Black stork is also a visitor here. When monsoon ends beautiful minivets and sultan tits arrive and during the summer rare Ashey minivets are also spotted.

Along the meandering Jayanti river, this is the place to stretch your weary legs as the cool breeze brushes away all the exhausation. Buxa Dooars along the river is another popular trek in the region. The music of the wilderness and the fragrance of nature will absorb all the stress of a long stretchable journey.
The journey may wind up by venturing inside the dark narrow cave for adventure. The downhill trek from here leads to the Jayanti forest bungalow. Rajabhatkhwa is only 12 kilometres away from Jayanti and is an ideal place for wildlife lovers. Buxa however, is one of the oldest settlements in Norh Bengal. Its is well connected by both roads and railways.
Posted On : 24-4-2007
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