The Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up at the northeastern corner of West Bengal, bordering Bhutan and Assam, on 16th February 1983 and was the 15th tiger reserve of the country. The forest constituting of the Buxa Tiger Reserve is the largest in the Dooars. Spanning over a whopping 759 sq. kms, this tiger reserve is crossed by several rivers and their tributaries and is proud of a diverse and breathtaking landscape. In fact, because of the rocky terrain, many parts of the forest in the Buxa hills that lie in the Sinchula Range are inaccessible by the authorities, and hence remain unexplored even after so many years!
The name 'Buxa' has been derived from the 'Buxa Fort', which was a strategically important fort, standing 867 meters high in the Sinchula Range, because it was used to house detainees during the struggle of the freedom movement in our country. Another interesting fact about this tiger reserve is that it serves as an international corridor for the migration of elephants between India and Bhutan! This is because the Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan is contiguous to the northern part of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
This reserve is home to 67 species of mammals, 36 species of reptiles and 230 species of unidentified avifauna and encompasses more than eight types of forests. The great diversity of mammals in this reserve makes it the second highest among all tiger reserves in India.
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Which time of the year is the best for visiting and staying in Buxa Forest Lodge?
Answer: Winter season From October to March is the best time to visit Buxa Tiger reserve and Buxa Forest Lodge.