+91 90513 40075
ovtoursandtravels@gmail.com

Journeys

Jaldapara Tours

Tour Overview

1. Jaldapara National Park Tourism

Situated in the Eastern foothills of the Himalayas, the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary along with Gorumara National Park is famous for one horned rhinoceros, elephants and Bengal Tigers, spotted deer, barking deer, sambhar deer, bison, wild pig, hog deer and bison.

The skies here too will be a part of your tourist spot with a sizeable variety of eagles, Bengal florican, Indian Hornbill, jungle fowl, pea fowl, partridges and more. Varieties of eagles such as crested eagle and fishing eagle can also be seen. You can also visit the Gorumara National Park nearby and the ruins of an old fort situated inside the Chilapata Forest. Since Jaldapara is famous for its innumerable elephants, you can take an elephant ride through the park. Alternately, you can also take the Safaris available on hire.

History

Toto tribes and Mech Tribes (Bodos) used to stay in this area before 1800. At that time this place was known as "Totopara. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1941 for the purpose of protecting the Indian one-horned rhinoceros. In May 2012 it was declared a national park.

How to Reach Jaldapara National Park

The nearest railhead is at Madarihat which is just 7 km from the sanctuary; however most trains don't stop here. It is advisable to take a train to Birpara or to Hasimara, both of which are around 20 km from the sanctuary. Cabs are available from these stations to take you to the sanctuary. The nearest airport is around 140 km away in Bagdodara, near Siliguri and one can take a bus or cab from there to reach Jaldapara. Tourists can also take a bus or a cab from from Kolkata to reach here. Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal and is very well connected by all means from the rest part of the country by rail. Kolkata also has a very busy international airport.

2. Kunjanagar: On A Jungle Trail

Located 7 kilometres from Falakata in the Alipurduar district, Kunjanagar is an important part of any Dooars tour package. It is a wonderful place to arrange a picnic and often enlisted for educational excursions. The place is home to an amusement park called the Kunjanagar Eco Park. Tourists can spot elephants, deer, and sometimes leopards here as well. The park also has facilities for boating. Other than that, Kunjanagar has a suspension bridge, a centre for wild animal rescue operations, and a watchtower. It is believed that the town of Kunjanagar was once a shelter to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, who had stayed in the Soulmari Ashram here.

How To Reach Kunjanagar
  • The nearest railway station is Falakata. Kunjanagar is 12 kilometres from this station.
  • Falakata is 85 kilometres from New Jalpaiguri.
  • Another station is Madarihat from where Kunjanagar is 20 kilometres.
  • The distance from Bagdogra airport in Siliguri is 108 kilometres and from Paro is 205 kilometres.
  • You can avail hired cars to Kunjanagar.
Spot Wildlife: 

Kunjanagar is all about dark, dense forests and cornfields. Do not forget to pay a visit to the popular suspension bridge here. When you stand on it, on one side you’ll have Kunjanagar and on the other side, you’ll have the Jaldapara National Park, which was once a Wildlife Sanctuary. Between the two flows River Torsa. A watchtower accompanies the suspension bridge from where you can spot wild animals in the area. You can also enjoy wildlife at the Kunjanagar Eco Park.

Enjoy A Jungle Safari:

Ask your tour operator to arrange for a jungle safari here. You can travel to Jaldapara National Park, which is located 32 kilometres away from Kunjanagar.

Visit The Cooch Behar Palace: 

Also known as the Victor Jubilee Palace, this construction is a landmark in the city of Cooch Behar in West Bengal. It bears the architectural style of Buckingham Palace in London and was built in the year 1887 under the rule of Maharaja Nripendra Narayan.

Visit Buxa: 

The door to Buxa is called Buxa-Duar, from where you can enter Bhutan. It is also the location of the famous Buxa Tiger Reserve. Spanning an area of almost 759 kilometres, the reserve ends at the Rasikbill Lake. Nearby, there’s the Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan separated from Buxa by River Jayanti. The place is also home to the Buxa Fort, which is situated at a height of 867 metres on the Sinchula Range.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Kunjanagar?

Kunjanagar is pleasant during the period of January to April. Temperatures range between 36C° and 13C°. Rainfall does not usually happen during this period. Hence, it is considered the best time to visit the place. The period from May to October witnesses heavy rainfall and is not recommended for visits. November and December can be cold. However, this period is devoid of rainfall and hence, is a good time to plan your visit to Kunjanagar.

3. The Totos of totpopara

The Toto is an isolated tribal group residing only in a small enclave called Totopara in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India. Totopara is located at the foot of the Himalayas just to the south of the borderline between Bhutan and West Bengal (on the western bank of Torsa river). Geographically the location is 89° 20'E 26° 50'N.

Totos were nearly becoming extinct in the 1950s, but recent measures to safeguard their areas from being swamped with outsiders have helped preserve their unique heritage and also helped the population grow. The total population of Totos according to 1951 census was 321 living in 69 different houses at Totopara. In 1991 census, the Toto population had increased to 926 who lived in 180 different houses. In the 2001 census, their number had increased to 1184 - all living in Totopara.

Anthropologists agree that the Toto culture and language is totally unique to the tribe, and is clearly distinguished from the neighbouring rajbansjhis, Koch ,Mecch  tribes.

They used to define themselves as Hindu but they have their two main gods Ishpa and Cheima

Totopara village

Totopara is a small village on the Indo Bhutan border in the Dooars West Bengal and the place located on the fringe of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Totopara names come from Toto tribe and majority of the people lives in Totopara comes from Toto tribe. Totopara is famous all over because of its unique Toto tribe and its originality, ethnicity culture. Totos are one of the main ancient communities in the world and this secluded tribal group residing only in Totopara at the foot of the Himalayas. Totopara is one of the best tourist spot in Dooars region. They used to live in elevated bamboo hut lifting machas and their main food marua but now their food includes rice, milk, vegetable, meat and curry like others. Basically this is one of the best places for tourist where they can enjoy real taste of tribal village, their culture, heritage and lifestyle.

The lifestyle of Totos is quite interesting as they believe in joint family system at the same time nuclear type family also available out there. As there are some restrictions which they have to follow compulsory like Monogamy is a common form of marriage among them but polygamy is not prohibited at the same time love marriage also acceptable but divorce system is not accepted by them. There are lots of nearby attraction in Totopara. One staying at Jaldapara can visit Totopara through Jeep safari.

tours

SPECIAL OFFER