Dooars is a lesser known, yet astonishingly beautiful region in India. Home to endless green forests, roaring rivers and gurgling springs,
The Undisturbed Beauty of Dooars
Dooars is a lesser known yet astonishingly beautiful region in India. Home to endless green forests, roaring rivers and gurgling springs, the area's nature is generally an unspoiled paradise that has remained so for centuries.
Until recently, the Dooars were untouched by humans for thousands of years, and this remote forest region was the home of tribes—many that continue to reside there today. If you are a lover of the great outdoors and want to explore some fresh places with natural beauty, then read on to discover why the Dooars is one of the most underrated and beautiful to visit.
Nature in the area is incredibly rare and only small parts of this area have been traveled. Dooars is an agrarian region and the forests are mostly home to wildlife. The sacred forest is called Rigginaal lives in harmony with nature.
The Meaning of Dooars
The word Dooars is derived from two words in the local language Bengali. “Doo” means “two” and “Ar” means “river.” This name does not refer to any specific river, but to the two major ones that flow through this region. The Teesta and Torsa both flow from the Himalayas and pass through various parts of the Dooars, to then join the Ganges in the plains.
The Teesta flows from the Himalayas, enters the Dooars at Jalpaiguri, and continues through the southern part of the region to then enter Bangladesh. This is why the Dooars are also referred to as the “Bengal Sunderbans;" it is a mixture of the Bengal and the Sunderbans.
The two rivers flowing through this area are responsible for the rich flora and contribute to the beautiful landscape. The climate of the region is tropical monsoon and the area is covered with dense forests that also house a variety of flora and fauna.
How to Get to the Dooars?
The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is about 60 KM away from the Dooars. You can take a shared taxi to Siliguri from Bagdogra, and from there, you can catch a train or a shared taxi to Cooch Behar. And finally, from there you will have to catch a bus or a taxi to reach the Dooars.
If you are traveling from Kolkata or Guwahati, it would be best to catch a flight to Bagdogra and then take a taxi or bus to Cooch Behar.
The distance between Cooch Behar and the Dooars is around 170 KM. Buses are available from Siliguri, Cooch Behar, and Bagdogra to reach the Dooars. The best way to explore the Dooars is by road as no trains go to this remote part.
Where to Stay in the Dooars?
The Dooars offer a wide variety of options for accommodation. I'd say the best way to explore the Dooars is to lodge at a homestay. Here you can immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the area.
You can also opt to stay at resorts or guest houses near the main towns of the Dooars. Siliguri is the nearest major city and is well connected to other major cities of India. If you plan to stay in Siliguri, you can still easily visit the Dooars. Though if you decide to stay in Cooch Behar, it will likely be easier to visit the Dooars as you can take a shared taxi or bus. Ultimately, I would recommend renting a vehicle with a driver to visit, as you get to explore the area at your own pace and visit places that are off the usual tourist trail.
Activities in the Dooars
There are plenty of activities that you can indulge in while visiting the Dooars. Apart from sightseeing and exploring the rich culture of this remote region, you can also partake in adventurous activities like river rafting, canoeing, and angling.
The Gorumara National Park & Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary are the most popular tourist attractions of the Dooars. You can explore them by taking a Gypsy Safari to view the natural splendor of these forests. You can explore the Teesta by river rafting. If you are a nature enthusiast and want to explore the rich biodiversity of the Dooars, then you can visit the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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