The Dooars or Duars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India around Bhutan. This region is divided by the Sankosh river into the Eastern and the Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 8,800 km² (3,400 sq mi). The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the Assam Dooars.
The Dooars are famous for the tea gardens which were planted by the British. For working in the gardens, they imported labour from Nepal and the Chota Nagpur and Santhal Parganas. The Oraons, Mundas, Kharia, Mahali, Lohara and Chik Baraik are the tribals from these areas.
Tourism is an important source of income for the residents. The economy of Dooars is based on three "T"s – Tea, Tourism and Timber. The main industry of the Dooars region is the tea industry. Thousands of people are engaged in the tea estates and factories. Several people are also engaged in the cultivation of bettlenuts which also contributes to the economy. Cultivation of other crops is done mainly for local consumption.
The area is dotted by several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which attract a lot of tourists from all over India and abroad, making it an important contributor to the economy and also employer of a number of people.
The timber industry, both legally and illegally, flourishes in this region. A number of saw mills, plywood industries and other allied business also act as an important contributor to the economy. The Dooars act as doorways to Bhutan; thus, the export-import industry also flourishes in the area. The towns of Jaigaon, Siliguri and Phuentsholing are important hubs of the export-import industry. As the region is near the international borders of Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh, the Border Security Force (BSF), the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indian army and Indian Air Force maintain a large presence in the area. This leads to a large population of semi-permanent residents who bring money into the local economy.
Forests and animals
The beauty of the region lies not only in its tea gardens but also in the dense jungles that make up the countryside. Many wildlife sanctuaries and national park like Manas National Park in Assam, Jaldapara National Park, Buxa National Park, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Reserve and the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal are located in this region. A number of rare endangered species of animals like tiger, rhinoceros and elephant make their habitat in the forests of the Dooars. Other animals includes different types of deer, bison, birds and reptiles. A railway line runs through the tea gardens and the various protected areas and a number of elephants have been killed in collisions with trains.
Places of Tourist Interest
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Jaldapara & Garumara Standard Tour package
Day – 1: Arrival and Transfer to Jaldapara / Hollong: You will be received by our official at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Mal Junction/Aliporeduar – Drive to Madarihat. Lunch on reaching the Resort at Jaldapara near Jaldapara National Park. It ensures a pleasant climate round the year so it isn't a problem even if you've set your visit any time of the year. (The forest Safari closes on June 15 and reopens on September 15 each year hence Safari / Elephant ride not possible during the period). Evening free. Night stay in Hotel / Resort at Jaldapara / Hollong.
Day – 2: Safari and Elephant Ride & Visit to either Totopara: Early morning drive to Hollong for thrilling Elephant Safari (your cost) is organized in the early morning from Hollong. Back to resort for breakfast. Drive to Totapara; famous for the Dooars aboriginals Totos; Totoapara is 22 km away. Toto is an isolated tribal group residing only in a small enclave called Totopara which is located at the foot of the Himalayas just to the south of the border of Bhutan on the western bank of Torsa river. Back to resort. Evening stroll at the meadow near the resort or watch tower to spot wildlife. Night stay in Hotel / Resort at Jaldapara / Hollong.
Day – 3: Sightseeing to Chilapata&Phuentsholling: Early morning one can proceed to Chilapata, nearly 26 km from Jaldapara or Alipurduar. The forest is used by the Elephants as a corridor to migrate. Chilapata Forest Reserve, Nal Rajar Garh, Barodabari/ Malangi and KodalBosti are the place of interest. Interesting is Ram Guna Tree locally called is known as the tree that bleed. Back to Resort - Post Lunch one can visit Phuentsholling (Bhutan Border). a thriving commercial centre, it is home to a potpourri of ethnic groups intermingling at the point where the countries Bhutan and India meet.Temple called ZangthoPelriLhakhang, Monastery KharbandiGoemba, Crocodile breeding centerand the local market is the places of interest. - Back to resort. Night stay in Hotel / Resort at Jaldapara / Hollong.
Day – 4: Transfer to Lataguri (Gorumara National Park): Early morning breakfast - Check out from Jaldapara. Drive to Lataguri; 75 km, 2 hours. Check into the Resort and have lunch or one can have lunch outside rich tropical forests, innumerable hill streams cutting across the green carpet, undulating plains makes this a tourist hotspot. Visit to someoffbeat place in the lap of Himalaya with wildlife or afternoon (4 PM - 6 PM), go for jungle Jeep Safari and a few Watch Tower with Buffalo Cart ride (your cost) if tickets are available. In the late evening campfire & tribal dance at the resort can be arranged (Optional). Night stay in Hotel / Resort at Latagturi.
Day – 5: Local Sight Seeing to Jhalong, Bindu: Early morning Breakfast. Visit to Jhalong, Bindu, on the way to Bindu. Major attraction are scenic beauty, birds and the Water body.Bindu is the last village of West Bengal before one enters Bhutan on the bank of river Jaladhaka a natural physical boundary separating West Bengal and Bhutan. The place is also known for Ginger & cardamom plantations.Lunch en-route or back to resort by 2 P M and have Lunch. Early evening (04 P M to 06 P M) Jungle Jeep Safari (your cost) subjected to availability of tickets. In the late evening one can stroll around the market area. Guest are advised not to stroll away from the crowd towards the forest. Back to resort. Cultural Show can be arranged at Supplement cost. Nightstay in Hotel / Resort at Lataguri.
Day – 6: Local Sight Seeing Samsing, Suntaleykhola: Early morning Breakfast.Next one has to leave for Excursion. Visit Samsing, Suntaleykhola in the lap of Himalaya. The area is known for its diversified flora and fauna.Samsing is a village at around 3000 feet known for its landscape, tea gardens and the forest. It is also a gateway to Neora Valley National Park. Lunch en-route or back to resort by 2 PM. Night Stay in Hotel / Resort at Lataguri.
Day – 7: Departure transfer to Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP): Early morning breakfast. Check Out Time 11 AM.
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