Buxa: National Park
The Buxa National Park in Jalpaiguri district is situated at a distance of 10 km from Alipurduar town and is spread around an area of approximately 780 square kilometres. The Buxa National Park is home to one of the most beautiful and currently endangered species the Royal Bengal Tigers. The national park also has a […]
The Buxa National Park in Jalpaiguri district is situated at a distance of 10 km from Alipurduar town and is spread around an area of approximately 780 square kilometres. The Buxa National Park is home to one of the most beautiful and currently endangered species the Royal Bengal Tigers. The national park also has a variety of plants, creepers, bamboos and orchids. Several species of Teak, Simul and Sishu trees are found in Buxa in great numbers.
As of now, Buxa is home to almost 67 species of mammals out of which 23 species are endangered species. Aside from the Royal Bengal Tiger, Buxa is also home to several species of snakes, wild buffaloes, elephants, bears, leopards and antelopes. Also, the Narthali Lake is home to several rare species of migratory birds too.
Getting to Buxa
By Train: The tourist may disembark at the NJP railway station and take a trip to Buxa as described below. Or, the tourist may travel up to the Alipurduar junction station. From Alipurduar town, Buxa is just 11km distant.
By Air: The Bagdogra airport in Siliguri town is the nearest airport. From Bagdogra, Buxa is about 180 km distant. From here the tourist may choose to go to NJP railway station and travel up to Alipurduar or the tourist may take a trip to Buxa as described below.
By Bus: Buses are available from Siliguri . While travelling, the tourist may either take a bus travelling through the Jalpaiguri route or through the Sevoke route. Both roads converge at a place called Telipara from where the tourist will travel to Birpara and from Birpara, the route goes through the Jaldapara forests. From Jaldapara, the tourist will reach Hashimara and from here the road will take the tourist up to Rajabhatkhawa which is the entry point of Buxa national park.
Things to see and do
The Buxa National Park was set up in the year of 1982 in order to protect the endangered species of Royal Bengal Tigers and was declared a National Park in the January of 1992. The name of Buxa National Park comes from the nearby Buxa fort on the Sinchula mountain range. The National Park also serves as an international elephant corridor for the migration of elephants between Indo-Bhutan borders. With a rich history, bio diversified orchids and medicinal plants and astonishing varieties of animals, the Buxa National Park is truly a grand place to go to.
Boating in Sikiajhora Stream
The Sikiajhora stream is a small stream out of the Buxa forest which was dammed by the forest department of India in order to enable boating for tourists. Now it is a prime boating spot in the entire area and many tourists flock here to boat on the stream.
Take a Safari in Buxa
Forest safari is one of the main attractions of the Buxa forest. The safari begins at Jayanti village and takes the tourist over the Jayanti River to the other side of the forest, visits the 3 watchtowers, and also takes the tourist to the famous Bhutia Busty watchtower. The safari eventually ends at the Jayanti tea garden and begins the return journey along the same route. On the other hand, there is another popular safari that begins at Rajabhatkhawa and goes through the Dima riverbed of the forest. Many more safaris open based on the season and forest department rules from time to time.
Take a Hike to Pukhuri Hill
The Pukhuri hill is a sacred location for the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is a 1 km hike form the Jayanti village. Pukhuri hill is famous for the pond on top of the hill containing a large number of sea turtles and fishes. Feeding of the fishes are allowed while killing is strictly prohibited with severe penalties for non-compliance.
Visit the Nature Interpretation Center
The nature interpretation center hosts information on several varieties of flora and fauna available in this forests. It has a tranquil environment and is a must visit for better understanding the flora and fauna of the Buxa forest.
Visit the Jayanti Riverbed
The Jayanti riverbed is an extremely popular tourist spot due to its location between wide forests and the Bhutan hill range situated beside the river. Many movies have also been shot on the Jayanti riverbed at different times.
Go Birding in Buxa
It is a popular spot for birding enthusiasts as there are almost 535 species of birds in the Buxa forest reserve out of which almost 32 species are globally endangered. The several species of birds include Falcon, Teal, Storks, Herons, Vultures, Eagles, Red headed vultures, Goose, Kites etc.