Buxa Tiger Reserve

 

 

Raja Bhatkhawa:

Rajabhatkhawa is 109km.away from Jalpaiguri &15 km away from Alipurduar town and located in between Alipurduar and Jayanti. This place is connected both by road and train from Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri.


Prime Attraction: A large variety of important flora and fauna exists in this area. Nature Interpretation Centre and Tiger Rescue Centre are points of interest of this place.

 

Buxa Tiger Reserve & Buxa Fort:

125 km from Jalpaiguri. The name"Buxa Tiger Reserve" has been derived fromBuxa Fort  ('Buxa Duar' - a fort at an altitude of 867 metres on the Sinchula Range guarding the most important of the eleven routes into Bhutan),which once was used for detainees during freedom movement of India.

This Tiger Reserve comprises the forest area of Rajabhatkhawa, Nimati, Barobisha, Rydak, Raimatang Jainti, Buxaduar and Bhutanghat. The main rivers are Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Churnia, Turturi, Phashkhawa, Dima and Nonani. Area of the Tiger Reserve is 761 sq. km. with a core area of 331 sq. km.Buxa Tiger Reserve was set up in the year 1982-'83, which later in the year 1992, January, was declared a National Park.The historical place is famous for theruines of the‘Buxa Fort’.Buxa Duar is a Trekker’s Paradise with unique hills and nature’s splendour.

It takes one to places where nature is yet in her primeval majesty, toa number of trekking routes through forest cover with its splendid beauty, to different hill tops and valleys. Rupang Valley, Rovers Point, Lepchakha (3kms. Trek from Buxa Fort) Pam Tsey La is such peaks.

Several trek routes originate from Buxa. Most popular trek starts from Santrabari (914ft) to Buxaduar. A 5kms trek through the dense forested hills leads to Buxaduar Forest Bungalow. Accommodation is available here for the trekkers. Another 4 kms trek through the forest track leads to the Rover's Point-the land of unknown birds (4500ft). It is difficult to ignore the lure of Rupam Valley in Bhutan, another 12 kms from there. The journey through the entire region is full of unknown adventure and excitements and gives some breathtaking views of Jayanti River Valley far below, ever green forest canopy and glimpse of rare animals, flight of birds and colourful orchids.

 

Jayanti:

Jayanti is 125km.away from Jalpaiguri & 30 km away from Alipurduar town. This place is connected both by road and train from Alipurduar

Prime Attraction:

Jayanti is famous for its rich variety of wild life and exotic scenic beauty. A stalakite cave popularly known as 'Jayanti Mahakal' and 'Pookri Pahar' are well known destinations from Jayanti.

Jayanti a picturesque spot along the meandering Jayanti River forming a natural border with beautiful Sinchula hills Jayanti is a place to stretch your weary legs as the cool breeze brushes away all the exhaustions.The music of wilderness, the chirping of unknown birds, the song of wild streams, fragrance of nature will never allow you to feel the least stress of a long journey.

Jayanti a picturesque place within the Buxa Tiger Reserve along the meandering Jayanti River is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate in the midst of nature. This somewhat off-beat destination is fast becoming popular as an eco-tourism hot spot. Often referred to as the “Queen of Dooars “, this picturesque place provides a perfect setting for a memorable tour. With no mobile network you will definitely enjoy the peace of true holiday and be able to spend some time discovering and rediscovering yourself. Time spent with your loved ones at this remotest corner of earth will definitely be an experience of a life time.

Pokhri Lake:

Pokhri Lakesituated on the top of Pokhri Hill at a distance of about 4km. from Jayanti Village. To reach Pokhri Lake one has to trek the distance partly through forested hills and partly through previously used roads. The whole trek is quite a joyful experience and provides a scope to come so close to nature.

Mammal: Apart from Bengal Tiger the flagship species, there are plenty of Leopard, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cat, Jungle Cat, Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Wild Dogs, Malayan Gaint Squirrels, Mangooses, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Small Clawless Otter, Chital, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Buffalo, 3 varieties of Pythons, Monitor Lizard and a host of land tortoises. A number of animals like Chinese Pangolin. Regal Python (reticulate) Clouded Leopard are endemic to the region.

Birds:The Avifauna is rich in both endemic as well as migratory species. The swift rivers of Rydak and Jainti are visited by Trans Himalayan Migratory Goosanders, the beautiful Ibis Bill, resident Fork-tails, varieties of Red-stars, Wag-tails, the Narathali Lake is visited by migratory Common Teal, Gargani Teal, Large Whistling Teal, White Eyed Poachared etc. The Hornbills including greater Pied Hornbill abound the area. One of the rarest birds of India the Black-necked Crane has been sighted in the Reserve during the early winter. The migratory beautiful Black Stork is a visitor of the area. The monsoon ends and beautiful Minivets, Sultan tits arrive, during summer rare Ashyminivet is also sighted.

  Flora: More than 300 species of trees, 250 species of shrubs, 400 species of herbs,     9 species of cane, 10 species of bamboo, 150 species of orchids, 100 species of grass and 130 species of aquatic flora including more than 70 sedges (Cyperaceae) have been identified so far. There are more than 160 species of other monocotyledons and ferns. Main species include Sal, Champ, Gamar, Simul, Chikrasi etc.

 

Bhutan Ghat:

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.

 

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