Jalpaiguri Rajbari is one of the most popular sightseeing options for the tourists who tour the city of Jalpaiguri. Rajbari literally means "Palace". The Rajbari of Jalpaiguri was the former residence of the local rulers of the Baikunthapur estate, the Raikats. The palace gate at Rajbari is assumed to be the world's largest un-reinforced concrete arch structure. The RAJBARIR DIGHI is another famous attraction of this sector. This place is just opposite of the Rajbari. This RAJBARIR DIGHI is one of the large pond or DIGHI in DOOARS. The Rajbarir Dighi is bounded by sum temples.
If the traveler has read BANKIM CHANDRA and ‘sanyasi movement’ and aware of DEBI CHOUDHURANI he should visit Devi Choudhurani Mandir. As the myth goes, Devi Choudhurani was the bandit queen of the great ‘Sanyasi Movement' period in the 19th century had built this Kali temple near Gosala which she used to distribute goods looted from the rich among the poor irrespective of caste creed or community.This temple is one of the most popular temple in this part of DOOARS and been visited by number of travelers almost each and every day.
TEESTA RIVER BANK is another tourist attraction of this sector. In a clear day SUN RISE and SUN SET is viewed from here by many nature lovers. The river bank commonly called as "CHARS" are the favorite spot for picnickers during the winter months. Tourists also enjoy this "CHARS" named as 'SPAR' for bird watching and taking a boat ride. The JUBILEE PARK is a wonderful picnic spot for families and couples as the whole park is sprawled across the bank of River Teesta. It is enriched with splendid natural and man-made beauties. The landscape on the Teesta river bed is very attractive.
Bodaganj is a village in the Baikunthapur forest area close to Siliguri and Jalpaiguri town. The area is close to river Teesta and is considered to be a place of historical significance. It is believed that Decoit Queen Devi Choudhurani and her ‘Guru’ Bhabani Pathak ruled the area and its forests. Bodaganj area is also home of Bhamri Devi temple which is one of the 51 piths of the Sakti sect.
Gajoldoba is a small village on the western side of Teesta River close to the Baikunthapur forest. Gajaldoba was famous for the dam on River Teesta that is being created for irrigation of agricultural land of North Bengal. The dam has created a large waterbody upstream which has become home to migratory birds during the winter. The natural beauty of the place with its view of the forest, river and mountain.
The river Murti is one of the most beautiful in Dooars. The river is not glacier fed and does not have much water except for the rainy season. Many of the watchtowers of Gorumara and Chapramari forests are built on the river banks. The watchtower gives a panoramic view of the entire park and the Murti Valley. The tower is the best place to observe wild animals as they regularly come to the salt reservoir.
Chapramari is a forest in Dooars area of North Bengal. The forest is a continuation of the Gorumara forests. The two forests are separated by the Murti river which passes through the otherwise continuous forest. Whereas Gorumara is a National Park, Chapramari is only is a wildlife sanctuary only.
Lataguri is a small town located in the Jalpaiguri district of Indian state of West Bengal. Permits for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. The village also contains a "Nature Interpretation Center", which gives information about the flora and fauna of the area.
Jaldapara is one of the most popular forests of Dooars. The Holong bungalow inside the forest is probably one of the most sought after tourist accommodation anywhere in India. Today Jaldapara has grown much beyond the Holong Bungalow and has a large number of options for tourists visiting the National Park.
Forests on the eastern part of river Torsha is known as Chilapata forests. Hidden deep inside Chilapata is the ruin of a thousand year old fort of Nal King. It has tremendous historical and archaeological importance. Built in the 5th century during the Gupta Empire the ruins still recall the memories of the Golden Age of India.
The Buxa Tiger Reserve is a 760-square-kilometre tiger reserve located inside the Buxa National Park in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa Hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Animals found in the park include, the Tiger, Civet, Elephant, Gaur, Indian Boar and Red jungle fowl.
Santalabari a little lovely town in the profound of Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) center zone. This town is a standout amongst the most mainstream region in BTR. This is the best place for nature darling. Santalabari to Buxa Fort is just 5 kilometres distance. Animals found here include Royal Bengal Tiger.
Bindu is the location of Jaldhaka Dam, it is one of the oldest Hydro-electric project between India and Bhutan. Tourists are not allowed to visit the Dam site but can see it from a distance. Three streams namely Dudh khola, Bindu Khola and Jaldhaka has met at the dam site. The dam used to create substantialelectricity. However the site remains a major attraction for tourists.
Raimatang village has been a popular place for the nature loving people. Raimatang is a small river in Western Buxa area in the Dooars area. The unique location of the village inside the forest and close to Bhutan boarder and its beautiful surrounding has made it an attractive offbeat tourist destination of Dooars. Raimatang is surrounded by BTR.
Samchi is in India and Bhutan respectively with a Bhutan gate separating the two. Historically this is one of the 18 gates through which the Bhutanese used to travel to the plains of India. These gates or Dwars have given rise to the name Dooars. One can cross the border and visit the Bhutanese city. There is also monastery at Samchi which is worth a visit.
Jalpesh Mandir is a famous temple of North Bengal located near Jalpaiguri town. The 350 year old temple of Lord Shiva was constructed by the erstwhile King of Coochbehar, Shri Prananarayan. During the monsoon month (Hindu calendar month of Shravan), thousands of pilgrims flock to Jalpesh Mandir for puja chanting ‘Bholey Bom’. During this time large fair is organised around the temple complex.
This famous temple of Dooars area of North Bengal is one of the oldest temples of the region. The temple has religious as well as historic significance. The main temple was built during the time of the Gupta rulers of Bengal around 320 AD to 600 AD. The temple is dedicated to Jatileswar or lord Shiva. The temple is under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India.
The Jhalong market is the largest marketplace in the area and villagers from all over the area congregate here. Even the nearby Bhutanese villagers depend on Jaldhaka Market for their day to day purchases. The market is a cauldron of cultural diversity with Nepali, Bengali, Marwari, Adivashis, Rajbanshis and the Bhutanese people all come here for their daily requirements.
Khuttimari is a forest near Gayerkata in the Dooars area of West Bengal. The forests of Khuttimari are not as popular or touristy as the famous trio of Dooars, Gorumara, Jaldapara and Buxa. As a result fewer tourists crowd the area. The sightseeing and forest safari options are also limited here. But if you looking for a peaceful sojourn, Khuttimari may well fit the bill.
Madarihat is the small town on the forest fringe of Jaldapara National Park. Madarihat town and its surrounding area is where you are most likely to stay if you intend to visit the forests of Jaldapara. The small town is located right on the National Highway 31. From here you can not only visit the forests of Jaldapara but also Chilapata, Phuentsholing, Totopara and Buxa can be visited easily from here.
Mongpong provides you with the mesmerizing landscape of the Eastern Himalayas. The small hamlet is located on the lofty banks of Teesta. Under the floating clouds you get some unforgettable picnic spots and panoramic view of Mahananda wild life sanctuary. The sight of flickering ripples in the Teesta in a moonlit night will take you to the world of sublime dream.