Having spent some high quality time within the mountains we drove right down to the attractive plains of Dooars. ‘Dooars’ or ‘Duars’ apparently means the gateway to Bhutan. It is the flood plains in japanese and north japanese India and lies within the foothills of the Himalayas. The area stretches from the Teesta river in West Bengal to so far as the Dhansiri river in Assam.
Unlike the piercing chilly winds of the mountains, the climate in Dooars is milder and on a wintry morning the rays of the comforting solar added to the bliss. After checking in at a resort in Lataguri, a city within the Jalpaiguri district, made a touch to the watch tower reserving counter. It was a stone’s throw away, so we have been simply on time. However, the safari reserving counter is much off; however one can procure on-line tickets with none trouble. But it’s obligatory to indicate up at the very least two hours earlier than the safari begins or the reserving could be cancelled.
Coming again to the watch tower reserving — It is advisable to go within the night as recognizing of animals is frequent throughout this time of the day. The 4 most visited watch towers of Dooars are particularly — Jatra Prasad, Medla, Chandrachur and Chapramari. Having finished Jatra Prasad throughout our final go to, we opted out of it.
Grabbing a fast lunch on the resort, a safari jeep was issued round 3.15 pm and we have been off to the jungle. A information accompanied us to the Medla watch tower. The drive was scenic — rushing on the concrete street bifurcating the forest, lined up with tall Himalayan bushes, was pure pleasure. At one level the jeep slowed down and took a flip into the Gorumara National Park; nonetheless, the gate opens solely after the permits are checked. Finally, our forest escapade started and this time it was a uncooked forest path that the jeep needed to trundle alongside.
The Medla watch tower is kind of into the inside of the jungle, so the vacationers get ample time to benefit from the jeep experience. The sight of the tall bushes rising and bending with the load of the branches to kind a cover and letting our jeep go beneath was such a pleasant expertise.
One has to alight a number of kilometers forward of the tower and board a buffalo cart to succeed in the vacation spot. It is one thing very distinctive and is to not be discovered whereas visiting the opposite watch towers. Keeping the pandemic in thoughts, we determined to stroll as a substitute. I may see folks jostling with one another to get onto them. However, we took many photos of the big buffaloes hitched to the carts.
As we walked alongside, the information knowledgeable us concerning the environment; I heard a kakar (barking deer), noticed a wild boar scamper by, walked previous a domesticated elephant tethered to a bark, unmindfully munching on some dry leaves. Eventually, after taking a proper flip, the Medla watch tower got here into sight. It was one other 5 minutes stroll and lastly we have been on high of it.
Some of one of the best views will be captured from right here. The Murti river flowing swiftly via and the dense verdure throughout could be very eye pleasing. The forestry division has made provisions for salt pits the place the animals come to lick salt. We have been fortunate sufficient to see the Indian one horned rhinoceros, elephants and bisons. However, the tower was crowded; the peace and quiet, that’s indispensable to expertise jungle vibes, was totally lacking.
At sunset your entire area was painted in a rosy hue; I took a pair of pictures and climbed down. While treading again, felt the dry grass susurrating underfoot, the birds continued their chirping, supposedly, nestled on some hidden branches. The tourism division has a setup contained in the forest the place refreshment is served and tribal dance is being carried out.
By the time we bought on the jeep, night time had fallen and we had greater than an hour to make it via the wilderness. A spherical moon, peeping via the branches and selflessly showering plentiful mild, accompanied us all of the whereas. Words would fall brief to specific the sensation of travelling via the forest at night time; the expertise was one of a sort.
The subsequent day, likewise, we confirmed up on the workplace for our subsequent watch tower go to. Again, a night safari ensued and this time we have been heading in direction of the Chandrachur watch tower. Previously referred to as the Khunia watch tower, additionally it is situated within the Gorumara National Park. Absolutely bought swooned by the panoramic view that the place has to supply; the unkempt grasslands, shrubs and the bushes gave a vivid really feel of wild life. This place is known for the sighting of wild elephants and Indian bisons. Luckily, we have been the one souls current there —simply the 4 of us and your entire tower to ourselves. That night I may lastly really feel one with nature, the rutilant visage of the setting solar was so stunning to behold.
Visiting the Chapramari watch tower, the following day, was yet one more exhilarating expertise; this sanctuary is one of the oldest forest reserves in West Bengal. It is an extension of the Gorumara National park, a smidgen being separated by the Murti river. It is house to a spread of wildlife such because the cheetal, sambar, barking deer, pangolin, to not point out the mighty elephants and bisons. I may see the bisons glowering at one another to have their fill of the salt, whereas the deer maintained a protected distance and waited for his or her likelihood.
We have been fortunate sufficient to identify many birds, some flew throughout whereas others have been busy grubbing for bugs. Among the frequent Indian birds we noticed two Himalayan species — the Hill Myna and the white-capped redstart. The better part is one may even prebook a keep within the forest lodge, proper subsequent to the watch tower, amid greenery and benefit from the firm of the wild animals.
We had yet one more day at our disposal; though via with the watch towers, there are a lot of different locations to go to in and round Dooars. So, with out a lot ado, began for Bindu and Jhalong. On the best way bought down on the financial institution of the Murti river. The pristine water that criss-crosses Dooars, originates within the Neora Valley National park and after finishing its winding course joins the Jaldhaka river.
Bindu is a village that lies within the India Bhutan border. India’s second oldest dam is situated in Bindu. One can get an in depth glimpse of the Jaldhaka river and benefit from the sound of the babbling river stream by. It is an ideal place to halt and spend a while ruminating within the lap of nature.
A number of kilometers uphill lies the a lot wanted Jhalong view level. Jhalong is a village surrounded by thick forest. From the point of view one can see the attractive hills of Bhutan on the opposite aspect. The naturescape is wonderful and would undoubtedly mesmerise its beholder. The Jaldhaka river that separates India from Bhutan will be seen from a distance at this level. The hydro-electric mission on this river is a serious attraction right here.
While travelling downhill our automobile hurtled alongside the street amid the huge vistas of Samsing. It’s stunning panorama with lengthy stretches of inexperienced tea gardens, hills and forests makes it a preferred vacationer vacation spot.
Finally, our long-drawn trip got here to an finish. The subsequent day proceeded to the Bagdogra airport. Coming again to Dooars is at all times on my agenda. Till then, ciao Dooars, till we meet once more.