► Buxa Tiger Reserve :
Buxa Tiger Reserve declared the 15th Tiger Reserve Forest in India in 1983 and became National Park in 1992. Located at the India – Bhutan border, Buxa Tiger Reserve covering 761 sq. km with 331 km core area is the largest forest in North Bengal. Buxa Tiger Reserve lies in the eastern most corner of North Bengal. The northern boundary of Buxa Tiger Reserve goes along with Bhutan and Sinchula hills creates a natural border with Bhutan. Eastern boundary of Buxa Tiger Reserve touches the Manas National Park in Assam and NH 31C maintains the southern boundary.
Thus Buxa Tiger Reserve serves an international corridor for the elephant migration between Indian and Bhutan. Buxa Tiger Reserve encompasses as many as eight forest types. Buxa Tiger Reserve is the eastern most extension of extreme bio-diverse region and represents highly endemic Indo - Malayan region.
► Places to Visit / Sightseeing in Buxa Tiger Reserve :
► Jayanti Village :
Jayanti in Dooars is a picturesque village at Buxa Tiger Reserve. Jayanti village may be the only place in India where visitors can spend overnight and enjoy the jungle in the core area of a Tiger Reserve forest. A beautiful place along with the meandering Jayanti river forming a natural border of Bhutan is one of the last destinations in Dooars which is till untouched by mass tourism.
► Buxa Fort & Lepchakha :
Buxa Fort is a very popular destination among every kind of tourists. Rover’s point is the heaven for bird watchers which is 3km ahead of Buxa fort. Hard trekkers can go ahead another 6 km to reach Roopam valley or Rupang valley bordering Bhutan.
Another small but beautiful valley called Lepchakhawa can be reached from Buxa fort by 5 km trekking. Adventure loving trekkers can take a route which starts from Buxa fort covers 13 km distance through dense forest and reach Jayanti village. But for enjoying the route a prior written permission is required from forest department and a company of an expert guide.
► Pokhri Hill :
A 4 km short and easy trekking from Jayanti there is a Pokhri or Lake on the low Hill Top and is considered sacred to the local villagers. There are numerous Magur Fish are Turtles and people love to feed them. There is also a Watch Tower. From Pokhri Watch Tower there is a chance to see Wild Animals.
► Mahakal Cave :
A natural stalactite cave which is also very famous for religion people as well as adventurers. Mahakal cave is just 13 km from Jayanti in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
► Bhutia Basti :
Bhutia Basti is just another interesting point to feel the smell of dense forest . Bhutia Basti is 1.5 km away from Jayanti. The thrilling journey starts from Jayanti crossing the Jayanti river and walk through the dense Buxa forest with chirping sound of numerous known and unknown birds, song of wild streams and the fragrance of virgin nature. Bhutia Basti also call the “ Den of Elephants”.
► Sikiajhora :
Sikiajhora…a stream cutting through the southern part of the Buxa Tiger Reserve is a real place for jungle adventure. An enthralling Boat ride on the Sikiajhora, which enters deep into the forest, generates a chance to watch numerous Birds as well as Wild Animals. There is an Eco-Park and a Watch Tower. Form Watch Tower one can see the vast area of Jungles with a backdrop of mighty Himalaya.
► Rajabhatkhawa :
Rajabhatkhawa in Dooars is the gateway to Buxa Tiger Reserve Forest. Rajabhatkhawa is located just 17 kms away from Alipurduar. Rajabhatkhawa is a small hamlet surrounding by lush green forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve with a distant view of the blue hills on it’s northern horizon. Nature’s gifts are abundant and it makes Rajabhatkhawa an ideal place for nature lovers. Rajabhatkhawa provides the much needed peace of mind and makes fresh from the hectic urban life.
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