This is a short tour of 4 nights and 5 days in which you will cover the most important forests of Dooars; namely Buxa, Jaldapara, and Gorumara. We start with Buxa which is the easternmost part of Dooars and end the tour with Gorumara in the western part of Dooars. If you are coming to Dooars for the first time, this will be an ideal tour for you to start exploring the region.
Arrival at NJP and transfer to Buxa, 165 km in 4 hrs – Arrival at NJP rail station. You will be received by our executive and helped in boarding awaiting vehicle. We will drive you through some of the most pristine landscapes including undulating tea gardens and forests with intermittent small towns and villages.
The forests of Buxa with an area of 760 sq km consist of a large variety of animals and birds. Check-in at Hotel. Free Evening, visit the nature interpretation centre located at Rajabhatkhawa. Overnight at Rajabhatkhawa.
Sightseeing inside the forest. Morning visit to Jayanti and Buxa fort. After breakfast visit Jayanti, a 15 km drive through the forest to a small village beside Jayanti River on the Indo-Bhutan border. The place offers excellent scenic beauty.
From Jayanti, you will be taken to Santalabari about 15 km away. This is the starting point for treks to Buxa fort. Depending upon your physical ability you may trek to the fort which is about 4.5 km (about 1.5 hours one way). Buxa fort offers significant historical value as well as natural beauty. Return to Rajabhatkhawa.
Evening transfer to Jaldapara Forest: You will be driving to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary (40 km, 1 hour). Jaldapara is home to the famous one-horned Rhino and a variety of other wildlife, birds and forest. Jaldapara has spread over an area of 216.51 sq. km. Check-in Resort/ hotel. Overnight at Jaldapara.
Early morning elephant ride / Jeep safari. Get up early for an elephant ride or Jeep safari inside Jaldapara forests (Safari self-arranged at own cost). After Safari returns to your resort for breakfast.
After breakfast transfer to Gorumara: After breakfast, you will drive to Gorumara through the Chilapata forest. In the forest department-approved jeep, you will be visiting forests and villages such as Kodalbasti and CC line and will be taken to the banks of river Torsa riverbed. (safari self-arranged at own cost). And drive towards Gorumara. Check-in Hotel/Resort, free evening. Overnight at Gorumara.
Jeep Safari to Gorumara Watch Tower – Early morning Jeep safari for 2 hrs to Gorumara Watch Tower (Safari Self arranged at own cost). Visit Tower deep inside the forest to see the wild animals in their natural habitat. The watch towers give a panoramic view of the vast forest and grassland of Gorumara National Park. Return to your hotel for Breakfast.
Day visit to Bindu Jhalong Excursion with Chapramari Sanctuary,(One way): We drive onwards from Chapramari to Bindu (Alt 4350Ft / 1300M), the last Village on the Indo–Bhutan border along the Himalayan foothills. Also, visit Jhalong on the Bank of Jaldhaka River. Back to Gorumara for a free evening. Overnight at Gorumara.
Today we will drop you off for your return / onward journey. In the morning you may visit the jungle if time permits. ( at own cost) Return to hotel/resort for breakfast. After breakfast, we transfer you to NJP / Bagdogra. Tour ends.
Note:- Forest safaris in Dooars cannot be booked in advance. The guest has to take the safari permit on the spot directly against additional payment. Our responsibility will be limited to taking the guests to the forest ticket counter. Forest safaris cannot be guaranteed in advance as it is booked on the spot.
The above tour idea is a sample for your perusal. We mostly organize bespoke tours. Contact our travel consultant team for a customized tour idea as per your requirement.
Best time to visit
Dooars can be visited at any time of the year. The monsoon months are especially attractive as the forests are at their greenest best. Bear in mind that between Mid June and Mid September the forest safaris are closed and visits inside the forest are not possible. The winter months between November and March witness maximum tourist visits in Dooars. Costs are higher during this period and you may have to share the watchtower with many others.
Cost of this tour
The cost of a tour depends on factors such as group size (number of persons in the group), meal plan (whether your food will be included or not), vehicle used (you can use an Innova or a Sumo for example) and accommodation type (Budget hotel or Luxury resort?). Inform our travel consultants regarding your need and we will offer you a cost exactly matching your requirement.
Why travel with us
Experience is our most important asset. We have been organizing tours to Dooars since 2002. We have our own vehicles in Siliguri, Chalsa and Alipurduar. We also have several homestays in Dooars which are popularly known as “Humro Home”. Our expertise in organizing tours in Dooars is truly unmatched since we are based in Dooars and travel the region all the time.
Our company is recognized by the ministry of tourism, govt. of India as well as West Bengal tourism. We are members of all major travel trade bodies in India and have had a high reputation among travellers for close to two decades.