Asim Chatterjee, a 64 year old retired Bank Manager from Kolkata shifted in a studio apartment in Dooars with his wife, Kaberi Debi to beat the city life and spend their post-retirement days in presence of soothing greens, rich flora and fauna and exotic wildlife.
Soumik Sinha, a 42-year old businessman, is also in search of a real estate property in Dooars as a vacation home where he can drop in any time and set out for a photographic expedition nearby.
Hill stations in India are increasingly emerging as popular choice for second homes and attractive real estate destinations. Gone are the days when buying a home in these places was solely for investment purpose. With family income on the rise, a majority of home buyers are now ready to move into the hills and are looking at these destinations for residing purpose in near future.
Dooars, came from the word ‘Duar’ is the gateway to hills of North East India and Bhutan. It offers lush green forests teemed with wildlife, unending tea gardens, sleepy settlements with the mighty Himalayas forming a stunning backdrop. If you are a nature lover, exploring Dooars cannot be completed without visiting these 5 places
Experience intoxicating beauty of greenery at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary bounded by river Murti on the West side and river Jaldhaka on the Eastern side. It is home to a wide range of wildlife and birds sheltered by massive trees and a diverse range of flora and fauna which is a true delight for nature lovers. Elephants are spotted easily here. You may catch a glimpse of colourful birds like parrot, kingfisher and green pigeon etc. The sanctuary is also inhabited by Royal Bengal Tigers, boars, deer, leopard, reptiles and various other animals. Keep your senses alert to spot them in their natural habitat.
Mongpong is an idyllic hamlet situated on the lofty bank of the Teesta river. It offers a great panoramic view of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and the widespread Teesta Valley. It’s a paradise for bird watchers and the lower marshy land of sanctuary is making Monpong an ideal breeding place for several migratory birds. With lofty mountain in the backdrop, trek in the virgin Sal forest of Mongpong overlooking the magnificent Teesta basin or spend a laid back evening by the Leesh River – it’s your choice.
- Samsing & Suntalekhola
Vast stretches of tea garden, lush vegetation and forest contribute to the beauty of Samsing, situated at an elevation of 3000ft. It is a cool, shady place famous for tea gardens and orange gardens. Suntalekhola is a small stream with orange and cardamom trees covering both the banks. The journey towards Samsing is a feast itself as you pass through the most picturesque Dooars tea garden on the rolling hill slopes.
- Murti River
The calm and exquisite beauty of Murti River offers an ideal place for tourists to relax and spend a couple of days in peace, detached from the city noise. Murti river originated from high in the mountains of Neora Valley National Park area, does not have much water except for the rainy season. During the dry months, it can be crossed by foot. Sitting by the banks of Murti river and soaking in the natural exuberance can be one of the best experiences you will have.
- Raja Vat Khawa
Appreciate the beauty of wilderness at Raja Vat Khawa, situated just outside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar. A few hours drive from Dooars, it is a scenic forest village known for its serene ambiance and surreal trails for nature walk and trekking. Tourists can spot exquisite birds or observe leopards and tigers in their semi natural habitats at South Kheyabari Leopard and Royal Bengal Tiger rescue and rehabilitation centre, just 10kms away from here.