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"India's gateway to Bhutan."

Dooars Tourism

Starting from river Teesta in the East to river Sankoshi in the west, Dooars is a local name given to the floodplains of North-East India around Bhutan. The name 'Dooars' has emerged from 'door' as Dooars is the gateway to Bhutan.

Dooars comprises of several towns and districts in this region including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Siliguri, etc. Geographically, Dooars is blessed with such brilliance in its relief, imagine, the mighty range of mountains of the Eastern Himalayas in the backdrop, a band of thick forests, rich in species of Flora and Fauna, continued with tea gardens, and cut here and there by water body. Somewhere in the middle of all this is Dooars. The gateway you wouldn't want to cross heartlessly.

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A Hub of Tea Estates

Dooars, a gateway to the whole of Northeast India and Bhutan, is famous for its tea gardens and wildlife sanctuaries. Tourists from all over the world come here just to taste a cup of tea. Widespread tea gardens are a treat to eyes. Some of the famous tea gardens are:
Zurrantee Tea Garden- Just 3 hours away from Bagdogra Airport, this garden is centrally located and easily accessible. It provides various exciting activities. You can also walk in the garden or visit the factory where tea is processed. In the nearby Chulsa Club, you can play golf or tennis. In the evening, campfire is arranged along with cultural dance performances by garden workers.
Fagu Tea Bungalow- Located near the famous Gorumara National Park, it is hundred-year-old tea bungalow surrounded by endless tea garden and mesmerising views. You will enjoy staying here as the furniture and architecture is very old and is of British style. If you want to savour the lush green gardens with a comfortable and tranquil place to stay, Fagu is the right choice for you.
Selim Hill Tea Estate- Located at a height of 4,500 feet, overlooking the famous Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary, this estate is also very old. Having a period furniture, bungalows here are affordable.
Serrani Tea Bungalow- Surrounded by widespread tea gardens and Bhutan hills, this place gives you the ultimate experience of living a day in a tea estate. Just fifteen minutes away from Duncun Tea Estate, you can spend your evenings with lip-smacking delicacies and wine.

Suggested Itinerary for Dooars

Day 1- Reach Dooars by morning. After having breakfast and freshening up, you can start your day by visiting Chapramari National Park. Since it is located far from Dooars, it will take around 4 hours including the travel time. After lunch, you can visit Gorumara National Park which is close to Chapramari.
Day 2- Start your day by visiting Sumsing and Suntalekhola. Make sure to head out early to experience the beauty of nature in morning. Take lunch and visit Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary.
Day 3- If you plan to extend your vacation by one more day and if you are interested in visiting more national parks, you can head out to Buxa Tiger Reserve or Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.

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How to Reach Dooars

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Bagdogra Airport which is located 83 km from Dooars is the nearest airport. It is well developed and connected to many major cities in India. From the airport, you can easily find a taxi to reach Dooars. Dhupguri railway station is nearest from Dooars and is located 26 km away from the place. Regular trains connect this station to prominent cities. Alternatively, cab services are available from nearby cities. Few state-run buses also operate.

How to reach Dooars by flight

Bagdogra airport is the nearest to Dooars. It is a small domestic airport with flights running from the major cities of the country. Just 12kms from the town, taxies and buses are available from Bagdogra to Madarihat/ Dooars.

How to reach Dooars by road

The most convenient way is to travel via road. Dooars has excellent network and condition of roads. On the way, you will also get to see beautiful and breathtaking views. There are many cab services available from neighbouring cities like Darjeeling and Siliguri. There are few state government buses also which connects Dooars to major cities.

How to reach Dooars by train

The New Jalpaiguri Railway station is just few kilometres away from the town, it is one of the biggest railway stations in the city and is well connected to nearby cities as well as key cities of the country. Another station, Madarihat is just 7km away from the Dooars.

Local transport in Dooars

Travellers can use buses for travelling from one destination to the other. Dooars is a small town with most chances to embrace the beauty of God's creations, travellers can also travel on foot from one place to another.

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What is famous about Dooars?

Less crowded and peaceful. Beautiful and soothing sceneries of vast tea gardens spread across the hilly regions. Pleasant weather in winters. Mild summers.

What is not so good about Dooars?

No adventures. No variety of tourists places, there are only tea gardens and sanctuaries.

Who should visit Dooars?

Perfect for nature lovers, photo fanatics and wildlife lovers. Great place for travelers looking for a peaceful and serene place.

What is the best time to visit Dooars?

Known for having pleasant weather throughout the year, Dooars is best when visited in the winter season, i.e. between September and May. Some visitors prefer visiting the town during the festive days in the winter season to witness the colours, the enthusiasm, excitement and unity in the city celebrated in their unique ways. The monsoons are not always preferred by tourists; however, it does make a paradise of a location for the offbeat travellers, the nature lovers or the adventurers. Summers are also pleasant except for the peak hours. Therefore, they may not be the right time for tourists coming from moderate or hot temperature zones. There is a lot to witness and explore in Dooars, the doors at the foothills of the Himalayas.

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What is the local food in Dooars?

While most restaurants provide North and South Indian food here, it is best to go with the local delicacies and try the locally popular dishes- momos, dry fish pickle, Bamboo shots, Chinese. The roadside stalls serving Puri Bhaji, fish pakoras are also a must try. Whenever in Bengal, specially in a place rich in tea cultivation, do not miss to grab a cup.
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What is the best way to reach Dooars?

Bagdogra Airport which is located 83 km from Dooars is the nearest airport. It is well developed and connected to many major cities in India. From the airport, you can easily find a taxi to reach Dooars. Dhupguri railway station is nearest from Dooars and is located 26 km away from the place. Regular trains connect this station to prominent cities. Alternatively, cab services are available from nearby cities. Few state-run buses also operate.
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What are the places near Dooars?

The top places near to Dooars are Gangtok which is 89 km from Dooars, Darjeeling which is located 95 km from Dooars, Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary which is located 26 km from Dooars, Kalimpong which is located 78 km from Dooars, Lataguri which is located 37 km from Dooars

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Q. How much it will cost for reserve car fair from Mal Bazar to Gorumara reserve forest and Champamari forest?

Rudratandav N

5 years ago
The rates for private vehicles may vary around INR 3000 for a single round trip.
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Q. What kind of food does the local cuisine generally comprise of? Also, is it very spicy?

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
Nope. Cuisine in West Bengal mostly comprises mild spices cooked over a low flame. Hence, food is pretty less spicy. Watch out for great quality fish and meat, cooked flavourfully.
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Shreyas Kapoor

6 years ago
- A trip to Dooars can be planned along with Bhutan or it can be clubbed with Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar and Siliguri. Special trains connecting all three towns are run during winters by the state gover (Read More)nment. Mostly, most forests are shut during monsoons, tourists therefore prefer not visiting the town during that phase.

Brahmani Keni

6 years ago
Trip to Dooars can be single or clubbed with Bhutan trip. Dooars form a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal and Bhutan. Its is ideal visit for any nature enthusiast and adventure seekers. Fe (Read More)w famous places to visit are Buxa Tiger Reserve, Neora Valley National park, Samsing and Gorumara National park.

Kunal Barui

6 years ago watch this video to experience the whole trekking trip of heaven of dooars also known as lepchakha .Lepchakha is a small Drukpa village on a hilltop inside the Buxa Tiger (Read More) reserve. The village is located close to Bhutan, the areal distance not being more than 2 to 3 km. There is a border outpost of the security agencies here. The village has a very small population of about a hundred people. The main attraction of Lepchakha is the view from the hilltop. There is a large ground where you can seat on a bench and be mesmerized by the view of Dooars in front. Almost the entire Buxa forest area is visible from here including every nook and corner. As many as seven rivers flowing through the Buxa forest can be seen from here. To your extreme left, you can see river Sankosh followed by River Raidak, Jayanti, Bala, and others. You can see Alipurduar town, Jayanti riverbed, Santalabari and the entire green cover in front of you. Turn around and behind you are the hills of Mahakal, Chuna bhatti and Rovers point which together makes for a great trek.
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