Buxa - This is a destination that makes hectic urban life seem irrelevant and a few days stay is rejuvenating. Located in the lap of nature with mountains, forests and streams. Scenic charm and a rich bio-diversity near Alipurduar / Buxa Fort will please all. It is famous for its tiger reserve and the only one in the whole of the region. One can approach from New Siliguri by car to reach Santrabari. A 4 kilometer trek to the village of Buxa Sadar Bazar. A small hamlet with no electricity and poor communication. Result complete freedom from phone and to absorb the beauty of the place.
The weather is congenial throughout the year and bit chilly by night. Food like rice and chicken curry and the chicken Thukpa is quite popular among the local along with pepper tea. Its a refreshing potion. The forest is dense and Bhutan
The entire Buxa range has many trekking option but a guide is a must. The place is known for birding, fishing, trekking and wildlife. Bird watchers will be aptly awarded by the view of trans Himalayan migratory goosander, ibis bill, fork-tails, red-stars, wagtails, great pied hornbills, common teal, gargani teal, large whistling teal, white eyed pochard and in winter black-necked crane. Narathali Lake is visited by many a bird
An hour’s trek along the winding roads leads to Buxa Duar and Buxa Tiger Reserve. It’s a tiger reserve from 1983 and was declared a National Park status in 1992. Spreading over nearly 700 kilometres with a diversified range of Flora and Fauna Buxa Tiger reserve will fascinates all. Buxa Reserve has nearly over 360 species of birds, over 70 species of mammals, 70 species of snakes, 5 species of amphibians. Buxa Tiger Reserve has the highest number of fish species in the North Bengal region. Wildlife includes herds of elephants, herds of bisons, leopards, tigers, deer, wild boars, bears, civets, giant squirrel, Gaur, Chital, clouded leopard, wild Buffaloes, antelope and snakes like Python are found here. But one has to be lucky to sight a leopard or tiger. Elephants and bisons are generally visible to the lucky ones.
From Buxa Duar there are basically many trek routes. Out of this two popular trek routes are the one leading to Lalbangla, Tashigaon and Chuna Bhati and the other route to Jayanti. Nearly 4 kilometres trek through the forest track leads to the Rover's Point. It is the land of unknown birds situated at about 4500 feet. There are two very old temples like the Jalpeshwar and Jatileshwar.
The Buxa - Lalbangla, Tashigaon and Chuna Bhatti route is nice trek. At Tashigaon and Chuna Bhati there are monasteries or gumphas atop the hills and a Finland Church. The trek is bit tedious but the sight of the Rydak River from between the mountain peaks of Tashigaon till Lepcha Kha is a treat. There are no food shops in the one and a half hour trek from Buxa Fort till Tashigaon.
From Tashigaon one can take the core forest route to reach Lepcha Kha nearly an hour’s trek down the forest. On the way to Lepcha Kha, one needs to make an entry in the BSF register. Back to Buxa Fort and then to Sadar Bazar but one has to be back before sunset and a guide is must. A peaceful retreat nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas; Buxa remains a favourite in our travel album till date.
The second route is two hours trek. The 13 kilometres stretch from Buxa Duar to Jayanti is a popular trekking route. The Buxa Fort is located at an altitude of 2600 feet. This fort was built by the East India Company in 1873. It served as a cellular jail for the freedom fighters of India. The roads are in bad shape but the mountain peak views, low clouds add to the beauty of trekking. This trek passes through the dense forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve through wilderness. Chirping of unknown birds, wild streams and the fragrance of nature fascinates the trekker and the route. The trek ends at a stalactite cave of Jayanti – the Mahakal cave. The downhill trek from here leads to Jayanti Forest Bungalow. Lying by the riverside and surrounded by century old Sal forests and hills-Jayanti is a place to stretch your weary legs as the cool breeze brushes away all the exhaustions
Rashikbill Bird Sanctuary covering more than 30 species of Birds is the bird lovers’ paradise. It is one extreme end of Buxa Tiger reserve. It is close to the tea estate and Assam. Nature interpretation center, some treks, fishing, birding and nature studies are some of the options of tourism. Tribal dance, tribal tour, visiting endangered tribe at Toto Para visit or tour can be arranged by us. Wild life safari can also be arranged. The original population consists of backward tribes called Rajbanshi, Ravas, Totos, Santhals, Madasia and Orans
Sikiajhora is situated in North Panialguri of Alipurduar subdivision. Construction of a boating complex is on the anvil as the embankment over the Sikiajhora River is complete. This river flows through the Damanpur range in the Buxa Tiger Reserve. There is an eco tourism development committee comprising local villagers. They take care of the picnickers. Kalkut a forest village is a picnic spot to lure tourists is on the other side of the road. Hotspots like Hatipota, Jaydevpur, Sahibbandh are also being developed as tourist spot / picnic spots.
Raimatang / Nimati - These two beautiful sites are close to Buxa. The approach road is either from the main road or National Highway number 3 C or through shorter route through Buxa. It is nearly at a distance of 45 kilometres from Alipurduar. The tourist spot is surrounded by rivers and hills. Raimatang is a nice place to enjoy the richness of nature and enjoy the bio diversity of the place. The nearest populated area is Kalchini. Nimati is nearly 18 kilometres from Alipurduar. It is advisable to keep the vehicle while touring.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is in Alipurduar a subdivision of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and its northern boundary border with Bhutan. The Sinchula hill range lies all along the northern side of Buxa. National Highway No.31 C roughly runs along its southern boundary. Five forest hamlets in hilly tract are Adma, Chunabhati, Santrabari, Tobgaon and Tashigaon. The Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhutan is contiguous to Buxa. Manas National Park lies on east of Buxa. Buxa Tiger Reserve thus serves as corridor for elephant migration between India and Bhutan. To the south west is the Chilapata forests an elephant corridor to the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.
Pukhri Lake is situated on a hillock from where one can get connectivity by cell phone. This is situated in a hillock close to Jayanti. One can walk from any of the resort at Jayanti. Small turtle / tortoise can be seen here. It is at the heart Buxa Sanctuary or the Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a small lake inside the high altitude forest, surrounded by greenery. It also attracts wild elephants, leopard, birds and wild cats. It can be reached by a light trek from Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is little known wild lake with its indescribable uniqueness. Best time to visit is in throughout the season except monsoon.