Stretches of unending tea gardens, vast areas of dense forests teeming with wildlife, fast flowing rivers

are the fascinating tourist destination known as the Dooars. Dooars is the plains in the foothills of the Himalayas in North - East India including the state of West Bengal and Assam. Dooars or Duars means door in Sanskrit, Hindi and Bengali. The region is divided into Eastern and Western Dooars by the river Sankosh. The region consists of an area of approximately 8,800 square kilometer / 3,400 square mile. This region has innumerable streams and rivers flowing through these fertile plains like the Jaldhaka, Sankosh, Dyna, Neora, Karatowa, Raidak, Kaljani including the major river Teesta and Torsha. The terrain is normally flat with all the tea estates located on the slopes which are optimal for drainage of water, an ideal tea growing conditions.

The Dooars valley is known for its wildlife, the most notable of which are the National Park of Gorumara, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Neora Valley, Chapramari forest, the Buxa Tiger Reserve and the Jaldapara Sanctuary. One can never conclude the visit in Dooars, Jaldapara, Chapramari, Buxa, Gorumara National Park and its adjoining areas. Every season is a destination of color so different from the other & a sweet memory to be kept as nostalgia forever. Medla or the Chandrachur Watch Tower on the other side of the national park is a view of the horizon on one side and innumerable wild life one the other. A sight of one Horned Rhino is nothing unexpected. Jatraprasad Watch Tower named in the memory of a trained elephant is an excellent view point. Dooars is a paradise for bird watchers and a home for wild lives.

It is a huge stretch of land with tea gardens and wildlife. In West Bengal the region constitutes the plains of Darjeeling district, whole of Jalpaiguri District and upper region of Cooch Behar district. In Assam the Dooars consist of the districts of Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Dhubri, Goalpara and Kokrajhar. The plains are ideally located for tourist with varied wildlife and stretches of tea gardens. The greenery is worth it.

Though the region is comparatively flat yet the altitude of Dooars ranges from approximately 90 meters to 1700 meters. There are innumerable streams and rivers flowing through these fertile plains from the mountain. In northern West Bengal the major river is the Teesta besides many others like the Jaldhaka, Murti, Torsha, Sankosh, Dyna, Karatowa, Raidak and Kaljani etc. In Assam the major rivers are Brahmaputra and Manas.

The average rain fall in the area is about 3600 millimeters in West Bengal to nearly 2700 millimeters in Assam. Monsoon generally starts from the middle of May and continues till the end of September. Winters are cold. Temperatures rarely rise above 32 C or drop below 8 C. The rainfall is maximum in the Dooars area and a bit lesser in the Assam region and subject to frequent floods. Humidity is high with a maximum of 90 percent in summer and minimum of 40 in winters. In winters one will wake up to foggy mornings. Summer is mild and is generally with rainfall. Spring and autumn are pleasant.


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