Top 5 Lesser Known Things to Do on Your Tour to the Amazing Dooars
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”
― Elizabeth Taylor
In the northeastern part of India, at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas rests a land they call ‘The Dooars.’ They say the land is a gateway; it’s a group of eighteen ‘doors’ to the majestic Bhutan, facilitating a communication between the plainsmen and hillsmen.
Bisected by River Sankosh into an eastern and a western half, this is the only soil in our country to be abundant in nitrate. Needless to say, it’s fertile and forever green. Tourists have been thronging the land for quite some time now. But, is everyone really aware of what to do here?
Below is a list of top 5 uncommon things your Dooars tour package should provide:
#1: A trip to the Mahakal Cave
This tourist destination is home to a small forest village called Jayanti. It lies in Alipurduar district of West Bengal within the borders of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. The place gets its name from the River Jayanti flowing by and is popular with trekkers and hikers.
The village also holds the Mahakal Cave, which is a natural stalactite cave. If ever you plan a trip here, make sure your Dooars tour package can offer you a chance to visit the wonderful ancient cave.
#2: Crocodile watch
Everyone will tell you about elephant safaris, birdwatching, and rhino spotting opportunities in Dooars. But, here’s yet another thing you can do — crocodile watch. There’s a town on the southern Bhutan border known as Phuntsholing. The town is a gateway to Bhutan and home to the Norgay Crocodile Breeding Farm.
Established in the year 1976, this farm is under the observation of Nature Conservation Division and WWF Bhutan. An interesting thing about this centre is, it does not breed crocodiles for their skin, but with an aim to increase their population and restore them to their natural habitat.
#3: A visit to the Buxa Fort
Hidden in the midst of raw nature, the Buxa Fort is now a historical relic. It is located at an altitude of 2,844 ft and was once used to protect a part of the ancient Silk Route that connected Tibet and India via Bhutan.
The Buxa Fort was also a safe haven for refugees during the Occupation of Tibet unrest. It also serves as a starting and finishing point for trekkers coming from Santabari or going to Rovers Point, Roopang Valley, Chunabhati, and Lepchakha.
#4: The annual flower show at Malbazar
Plan your Dooars tour in such a way that you can manage a visit to the annual flower show in Malbazar. This town lies in the Jalpaiguri district in North Bengal and is considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations of the place.
Every year, the flower show draws hundreds of people to Malbazar. Thousands of flowers throng the spot and woo viewers. Immerse in the fragrance all around and yes, don’t forget to click pictures.
#5: Jeep rafting
We’ve all heard of river rafting. But, in this amazing land, you could go jeep rafting as well. Yes, right inside River Teesta! It’s a 60-minute ride at Oodlabari and quite a daring experience. In the middle of the river, you could even have a chance to go fishing.
Come on, dust off your backpack, wake up the adventurer in you. The doors are beckoning.
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