Jalpaiguri West Bengal

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Jalpaiguri - this narrow stretch of land lying between the Sikkim – Darjeeling Himalayas and Gangetic West Bengal has more than often evoked a sense of both eerie and romanticism in many a heart since the early British Rule. A major stretch of area is bordered in the north by Bhutan and hence the name - DOOARS/DUARS which mean - ' the Door to Bhutan.


At a distance of 52 km from Siliguri and 65 km from Jalpaiguri, Malbazar is one of the most important towns in Dooars. Due to its strategic location on the national highway, one can stay at Malbazar and visit the important tourist destination of Eastern Dooars. Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing, Suntalekhola are the famous tourist spots in this area. Kumlai is a famous picnic spot near Malbazar.

Buxa Tiger Reserve & Buxa Duar & Rajabhatkhawa

180 km from Siliguri is the Buxa National Park . The main attractions of BTR are Tiger, Leopard (Black Panther also), Elephant, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Gaur, Pangolin and Python. Buxa Duar is famous for its prison fort. Rajabhatkhawa , 15 km from Alipurduar, on the Buxa - Alipurduar road one can spend a night at Rajabhatkhawa. Surrounded by the deep natural forest it is noted for the Royal Bengal Tiger. There is a nature information center and two forest rest houses.

Bhutan Ghat/Raimatan/Hathipo

Bhutanghat, 45 km from Alipurduar, is famous for scenic beauty is beside River Raidak bordering Bhutan. From the rest house set amidst the natural landscape, one can enjoy the sight of wild animals crossing the river or grazing in the forest glade near the bungalow. Raimatang: A 45kms drive through the forest and teagardens via Kalckhini near Hasimara will take you to Raimatang, a picturesque little forest bungalow surrounded by small hills and streams.

Bindu / Jhalong/Jaldhaka

Bindu can be reached from Siliguri by a 3 hrs journey through Dooars plains. Total distance from Siliguri to Bindu is 110kms. A small picturesque hill village on the Indo- Bhutan border Bindu is a little known tourist destination in lower Kalimpong foothills. The journey to Bindu via Chalsa-Khunia-Jhalong is a fascinating one as the road passes through the beautiful teagardens, high forests, river valleys and small quiet villages. Jhalong and Jaldhaka: A popular tourist destination just 12 kms ahead of Bindu renowned for its Hydroelectric Project. There is a beautiful forest bungalow in Jhalong beside the Jaldhaka River.

Chapramari Forest

64 km from Siliguri and about 30 km from Chalsa and Lataguri, The Chapramari forest is located near the NH31 connecting north-east with the rest of India. As you cross river Tista on your way into Dooars, you reach the famous Chapramari sanctuary. A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests. Chapramari is famous for its elephant population.


Chalsa is a few kilometers from Malbazar on the way to Dooars and 64 km from Siliguri. The national highway connecting the North-East with West Bengal passes through Chalsa. From Chalsa the road to left leads to Samsing which is about 15 km from Chalsa.


Jaigaon, also spelt Joygaon is a small town in Jalpaiguri district in the Indian state of West Bengal, near the Bhutan border. The town lies at the gateway to Bhutan. A beautiful upcoming industrial and business town, is situated at the green lusture and foothills of a friendly neighbouring country Bhutan. It is also situated on the banks of the holy river Toorsa. Jaigaon is surrounded by beautiful green hills and tea gardens. On the other side of the border lies a foreign town Phuentsholing where a guest can have a view of the sacred Buddhist Monastery Crocodile Farm and a foreign goods market.

Directions: 145 km from NJP and 18 kms from Hasimara Railway Station.


Easily accessible from Siliguri, a distance of 121 kms and about four hours drive away. Established in 1941 for the protection of the Indian one-horned rhino, the Jaldapara Sanctuary covering 216 sq km, is a mosaic of woods, grasslands, perennial streams, sandy river banks and extensive belts of tall grass. It contains a great diversity of flora and fauna of mixed deciduous forest, grasslands and river banks. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal, is home to a wide variety of wildlife, particularly the Great Indian One Horned Rhinos.


The valley of Jaldhaka, at 1500ft above sea level is a prospective tourist destination. Situated on the hill section of Gorubathan under Kalimpong Sub-division it is cut off from the rest of the district by a mountain ridge descending south-west from Reche-la and is separated from Bhutan by the De-chu or Jaldhaka River. Jaldhaka can be reached from Siliguri, 90Kms and from Kalimpong, 135Kms after crossing the Coronation Bridge at Sevok and touching Chalsa, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jhalong and Gairibus on the way.


70 km from Siliguri and 30 km from Jalpaiguri town, the temple of presiding deity (Shiva) established in the year 1665 by the Cooch king Prannarayan, is the main point of attraction of this place.


175 km from Siliguri , Jayanti is famous for its rich variety of wild life and exotic scenic beauty. Garumara Wildlife Sanctuary 72km from Siliguri, further to the north of Jaldapara and has similar fauna, with leopards too. It can be accessed from Malbazar. Elephant safaris can be had here to sight the exceptional wildlife of this region.


35 kms from Siliguri, a half-an-hour drive from Siliguri on NH31 via Sevok will take you to Mongpong-your first step to Dooars. Situated on the lofty bank of great Tista River Mongpong is a very attractive spot offering lovely view of huge Tista basin and Mahananda Sanctuary. Murti 73 km from Siliguri, excellent scenic beauty is the main attraction of this site. One can get day visit pass from Lataguri Interpretation Centre to enter the National Park and Sanctuary.


Phuentsholing is a border town in southern Bhutan, opposite the Indian town of Jaigaon, situated in Chukha Dzongkang. Cross-border trade has resulted in a thriving local economy; the town serves as headquarters for the Bank of Bhutan. Approachable only by road, the city is connected to major Indian Railways node, NJP (New Jalpaiguri ) .


80 kms drive from Siliguri through the rolling hill slopes and green belt of Dooars plains will take you to Samsing. A nice cool shady place at an altitude of 600m Samsing is a recent addition in the North Bengal tourist map for its tranquil landscape and unpolluted surroundings.


Suntalekhola is situated at an altitude of 750 metres. It is 80 kilometres from Siliguri. A trail leads steeply through thick broadleaved tropical and semi-tropical forests via Mouchouki, Rechila Top (4500m), Alubari and Pankhasari Ridge.

Toto Para

Toto Para, 22 km from Jaldapara and 65 kms from Alipurduar, a small village on the bank of River Torsha near Bhutan border, famous for the Dooars aboriginals - the Totos. Totos are one of the most primitive tribe in the world. Totopara is the only place, where the Totos live.

How to Reach

Jalpaiguri, is well connected by rail, road and air from any part of the country. One can avail train upto Jalpaiguri / Jalpaiguri Road / New Jalpaiguri Stn. National highway runs through the district. Air travel is available upto Bagdogra ( Siliguri ) and from there it is well connected by a 58 km. road.

Reaching Jalpaiguri


From Berhampore to Jalpaiguri (414 Km)

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From Begusarai to Jalpaiguri (381 Km)

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From Deoghar to Jalpaiguri (411 Km)

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