Welcome on arrival at APDJ(Alipurduar) & Proceed towards Rajabhatkhawa. After rich to Buxa Jungle Lodge at noon (Rajabhatkhawa). After lunch & visit Jayanti Hill & River enrooting Buxa Jungle. Buxa Tiger Reserve Once famous for dolomite mining, Buxa was declared a tiger reserve in 1983 and got the status of National park in 1992. Located in the Assam-Bhutan border, Buxa has an area of 769 sq km, the largest forest in North Bengal and has the second highest tiger population in West Bengal after Sunderbans. The park holds maximum number of elephant, Indian bison, leopard, wild dog, many species of deer and many smaller mammals, innumerable species of birds and reptiles. Buxa is rich with bio-diversity and has a great collection of rare orchids and medicinal plants. Because of inaccessible terrain, some parts of Buxa hills in the Sinchula range are still unexplored. Buxa is one of the oldest settlements in North Bengal. It is 30kms from Alipurduar and 180 kms from Siliguri, well connected by both motorable road and railways. Several trek routes originate from Buxa. NO JUNGLE SAFARI order by B.T.R D.F.D September 2010. Back to Resort in evening free for relax. Overnight at Rajabhatkhawa.
After early breakfast (7 A.M.) excursion trip with pack some snakes for Buxa Fort. Buxa Fort (30 km from Alipurduar), Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of about 2600 ft A.S.L. at a two-hour trekking distance from Santrabari. The trek is a very pleasant one with some beautiful scenery en route. Originally established as a cantonment by the British East India Company in 1873, it was used by the British as a deportation camp for political prisoners during India's struggle for freedom. The area's general inaccessibility, as well as dense forests, made it ideal for this. Some illustrious freedom fighters who were imprisoned here were - Triloki Sen, Arun Guha, Surendra Mohan Ghosh, Hemendra Ghosh, Anil Roy, Maj. Satya Gupta, Amalendu Dasgupta, Jagannath Das Gupta, Khitish Chandra Mullick, Bhupati Majumdar and many others. Post-independence, it lost its significance and until today remains rather neglected. In the sixties, Buxa Fort was used as a relief camp for Tibetan refugees. The Tibetan Buddhist monks, who also sheltered here, attracted quite a few national and international tourists. During 1970-71, it was again used as a relief camp for Bangladeshi refugees for about six months. The trekking route to the fort both from Santrabari, is set amidst breathtaking scenery and provides trekkers with an opportunity to sample nature in a form unspoiled by modern influences. Back to Santrabari at noon (1 P.M.) and after take lunch proceed to Raimatang 85 kms drive through the forest and Tea-Gardens via Kalckhini near Hasimara will take you to Raimatang, a picturesque little forest bungalow surrounded by small hills and streams) enroot Sikhijhora for BOAT SAFARI (Subject to availability). Evening free for relax. Overnight at Raimatang.
In the morning after breakfast visit nature trail local village and Forest. After rich to Jaldapara fresh and take lunch after lunch Visit Chilapata Jungle Safari. The Chilapata Forest is a dense forest near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars, Jalpaiguri District. It is about 35 km from Alipurduar, and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town. The forest forms an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve and is rich in wildlife. New species continue to be found. The forest used to be home to large Rhinoceros populations. In hunting expeditions in 1892-1904, in and around Chilapata Forest, the Maharajah of Cooch Behar recorded killing one rhino, injury of one, and sighting of over 20. Rhinos now extremely rare. Leopards are still common. It is hoped that eco-tourism will provide a new source of income for the indigenous Rava people, who now depend on the forest mainly for firewood. Also see C.C.Line, Nal Rajar Garh. Back to Resort in evening free for relax. Overnight at Jaldapara.
After early morning excursion trip to Jaldapara Sanctuary for Elephant ride Or Jeep Safari (Subject to availability). Established in 1941 for the protection of the Indian one-horned rhino, the Jaldapara Sanctuary covers 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 Wild Life Sanctuary, situated in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal, is home to a wide variety of wild life, particularly the Great Indian One Horned Rhinos. The River Torsha flows through this rain forest sanctuary which is mostly covered with tall grasses, the sanctuary encompasses luxuriant vegetation and a rich variety of wildlife. The Malangi River also flows nearby from east to west. Riding elephants is the only way to move inside this forest. The birds to be found here are the crested BEagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle and Shikra, besides Jungle fowl, peafowl, patridges, Bengal Florican and lesser Pied Hornbill. Python, monitor lizards, krates, cobras, geckos and about 8 species of fresh water turtles have also found. The wild life, in addition to the famous Great Indian One Horned rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, Wild Elephants, Deer’s, Swamp Deer’s, Hog Deer’s, Wild Pigs, and And Indian Bison’s. Some rare species like the hispid hare and the hog-badger are also found here. Besides wildlife viewing, there is scope for unusual holiday activities like elephant riding and leisurely strolls through the towering grass. After early Breakfast visit at South Khayerbari (Tiger Rehabilitation Center) or Kunja Nagar Eco Park. After lunch visit Phuntsholing (Identity Card also must). A scenic drive through terraced fields that offer gorgeous vistas will bring you to Phuntsholing, with an en-route stop at the hilltop Kharbandi Gompa, a monastery built in 1967 by Bhutan's Queen Mother. Here also Crocodiles Park. Phuntsholing is the gateway to Bhutan from India. It is located on the south-west corner of Bhutan on the Indian border (along the Torsa River). Evening free for Relax. Overnight at Jaldapara.
After early breakfast set out & pack up for APDJ enrooting visit Coochbehar Royal Palace Idealized from the concept of classical European style of Italian Renaissance, this magnificent palace was built by the famous Koch king Maharaja Nripendra Narayan in 1887. Raised on a basement of 1.5 meters in height, this double storied brick building covers an area of 4768 square meters. It extends 120 meters from north to south and 90 meters from east to west. The frontal facade consists of a series of arches resting by an alternate arrangement of narrow and broad piers to contain single and double Corinthian pilasters respectively. A porch is projected in the center to provide main entrance to the building through the Durbar Hall. Recalling the memory of St. Peter's Church at Rome, the Durbar Hall is dodecagonal in shape, resting on four arches supported by massive Corinthian pilasters and projecting a lantern at the top. The intrados of the dome is relieved in Stepped patterns and flanked by a small elegant balcony with twelve window openings at the base. In the center of the Durbar Hall, the marble floor contains the royal insignia in pietradura. The building contains more than fifty rooms/halls of varied dimensions which include the bedrooms, dressing rooms, billiard room, kitchen, and dinning hall, dancing hall, library, toshakhana and the ladies gallery. Certain rooms deserve special attention for their beautiful paintings in the ceiling as well as in the interior wall surface. Lunch Coochbehar. Back to APDJ for boarding train. Farewell at APDJ.
RATE PER HEAD Rs.10950 (Minimum Head 6).
Mr Tapas Das
108/B, Ashutosh Mukharjee Road, Beside Ramrik Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India - 700025