Bengal’s favoured playground starts as you head east of Jalpaiguri & enter that land of river, mountain, tea & forest called the Dooars, you are first greeted by the paddy fields & tea gardens. And just when that get a tad monotonous, you arrive at the forests of Gorumara. The flat greenery gives way to vegetation so thick, sometimes you can barely see through it. When your skin breaks into those pleasure globules called goosebumps at the sight of mystifying foliage, you know you have reached your destination. Home of the famous One Horned Rhino, Indian Elephants & other wildlife’s natural habitat in the rain forests and more…
The Rhino country as Jaldapara teems with plant & animal life. It is home to about 60-80 rhinoceros. But the awe-aspiring aspect here is the forest itself. Looking at the dence foliage & tall trees that seem to close in upon you, you feel the shiver down your spine – of excitement mixed with some amount of trepidation. The canopy of trees are so dense that hardly any sunlight fell on the forest floors. One can also enjoy the Chilapata forest nearby, where you can spot elephants & leopards.
The famous Buxa Tiger Reserve in an area of about 760 sq.km is another paradise in the region of Dooars. The whole landscape is criss-crossed by many big & small rivers and springs & has innumerable watering holes for its animal population. Home to elephants, bisons, sambar, barking, hog & chital deer, wild boar, will buffaloes, leopards & mony more smaller cats and reptiles. About 30-35 Royal Bengal Tigers live in this park. This place is most suitable for hardcore wildlifers. Many treks also run through this jungle.