Wilderness of West Bengal – Dooars

Dooars are the floodplains and foothills of the eastern Himalayas in North-East India. The name of this region has been derived from the word “Duar” which means “door” and it serves as a gateway to Bhutan from India. In West Bengal, the region of Dooars falls in the district of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and Cooch Behar.Most of this region comprises of dense natural forests which are home to many rare and endangered animals like Royal Bengal Tiger, One-Horned Rhinoceros and Asiatic Elephants. Other animals like Bisons, Leopards, Deer and varieties of birds also inhabit these forests. Many wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of West Bengal like Jaldapara National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary are located in this region.

Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve are two forests that were in my wishlist since a long time, and finally this December the wish came true! It was a short trip and not everything went according to plans, but still I am happy that it ended quite successfully. 🙂

Chilapata Road Forest Jaldapara National Park
A view of the Chilapata Road surrounded by the dense Chilapata Forests on both sides. This forest is an elephant corridor between Jaldapara and  Buxa Tiger Reserve, and is very rich in Wildlife.

Spangled Drongo Chilapata Forest Road
A Spangled Drongo – Chilapata Forest
Indian Peafowl - Chilapata Forest
Indian Peafowl – Chilapata Forest

Indian Peafowl at a paddyfield

Mother and Child Indian Macaque Jaldapara National Park Chilapata Road Forest

Rhesus Macaques are one of the most commonly seen animals around these forests. Here’s one mother we came across while on our way to the Chilapata Forests.

Little Cormorant Sikhiya Jhora
“Shaking off a few pearls” – Little Cormorant shaking off water from its wet feathers. – Shot at Sikhia Jhora near Buxa
River Lapwing near Jayanti River, Buxa Tiger Reserve
River Lapwing near Jayanti River, Buxa Tiger Reserve
Red-Wattled Lapwing near Jayanti River, Buxa Tiger Reserve
Red-Wattled Lapwing near Jayanti River, Buxa Tiger Reserve

Asiatic Elephant Buxa Tiger Reserve

While returning from Buxa, we came across a family of 5 elephants crossing the forest road. I could only take one decent shot as it was around 5:00pm and the light was extremely low ( had to use a very high ISO and the absence of an Image Stabilization feature in my 400mm f/5.6 lens made the job more tough 😦 ).

A view of the Buxa forest from a watchtower
A view of the Buxa forest from a watchtower
"Potrait of a Living Tank"  Expressions of an Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros at Jaldapara National Park
“Potrait of a Living Tank”
Expressions of an Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros at Jaldapara National Park
Indian One Horned Rhinoceros Jaldapara National Park 2
Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros at Jaldapara National Park
It was early morning and the hunter was busy scanning its territory - Crested Serpent Eagle,  Jaldapara National Park
It was early morning and the hunter was busy scanning its territory – Crested Serpent Eagle, Jaldapara National Park
Red Whiskered Bulbul Jaldapara
Morning melodies by the Red-Whiskered Bulbul

 


 

 

 

 

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