The Dooars or Duars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in NorthEast
India around Bhutan. Duar means 'door'
in Assamese, Bengali, Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Magahi and Telugu languages, and the region forms the gateway to Bhutan from India. There are 18 passages or
gateways through which the Bhutanese people can communicate with the people living in the plains. This region is divided by the Sankosh river into the Eastern
and the Western Dooars, consisting of an area of 8,800 kmē (3,400 sq mi). The Western Dooars is known as the Bengal Dooars and the Eastern Dooars as the
Assam Dooars. Dooars is synonymous with the term Terai used in Nepal and northern India and form the only nitrate rich soil in India.
The Dooars belonged to the Kamata Kingdom under the Koch dynasty; and taking advantage of the weakness of the Koch kingdom in subsequent times, Bhutan
took possession of the Dooars. This region was controlled by the kingdom of Bhutan when the British annexed it in 1865 after the Bhutan War under the command
of Captain Hedayat Ali. The area was divided into two parts: the eastern part was merged with Goalpara district in Assam and the western part was turned into a
new district named Western Dooars. Again in the year 1869, the name was changed to Jalpaiguri District. After the end of the British rule in India in 1947, the
Dooars acceded into the dominion of India and it merged with the Union of India shortly afterwards in 1949.
The native people of this region generally have Mongoloid features. They are composed of numerous tribes, including the Bodo in Assam, and the Rabha,
the Mech, the Toto, the Koch Rajbongshi, the Tamang/Murmi, the Limbu, the Lepcha in Bengal. Most of the people found here are Nepali community .
Apart from the tribal population, a large Bengali population (mostly displaced from the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) by the Partition of Bengal) also
populate the Dooars and their culture emerged with local people.
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. The tribal of Chotanagpur origin are
employed in tea gardens, which started production during the 1870s. Before the settlement of other communities, these people converted the forests into villages.
The remnants of these tribal people form a majority of the population in Western Dooars
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.
Tours In The Dooars.
4 NIGHTS 5 DAYS PACKAGE Day 01: Pick up from Njp station & transfer to Jayanty via Rajbhatkhawa interpretation center . After lunch visit jungle safari in Jayanty by
own vehicle. Night stay.
Day 02: After breakfast transfer to Chillapata. Jungle safari in Chillapata forest. Night stay.
Day 03 : Early morning zeep safari in Jaldapara forest by forest vehicle. After lunch transfer to Lataguri (adjacent town of Gorumara
forest). Night stay.
Day 04: morning watch tower visit by forest vehicle . visit samsing /Suntalekhola. Return to hotel. Evening visit medla watch tower with
tribal dance by forest vehicle.night stay.
Day 05: transfer to Njp station in own time.
5 NIGHTS 6 DAYS PACKAGE Day 01 : Pick up from Njp & transfer to Jayanti (Buxa tiger reserve) via Rajabhatkhaoa interpretation center. Evening free, Enjoy the
Natural beauty of Jayanti river .night stay.
Day 02: Morning
jungle safari & transfer to Jaldapara tourist lodge. Night stay.
Day 03 : Morning jungle safari by car /elephant riding (subject to availability). After lunch visit south khoirbari leopard safari park & back
to lodge. Night stay.
Day 04 : Morning
jungle safari by car /elephant riding (subject to availability). After breakfast transfer to Lataguri(adjacent town of
Gorumara Forest).Evening visit Medla watch tower with tribal dance. Night stay.
Day 05: Early morning visit Chapramari/ Gorumara watch tower & visit Samsing/ Suntalekhola. Night stay.