Buxa Tiger Reserve- Within the densely forested area of Buxa National Park on the northeastern edge of West Bengal is Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a tiger reserve located close to the Indo-Bhutan border at a distance of 19km from Alipurduar. Entitled the 15th tiger reserve in 1983, Buxa Tiger Reserve was once famous for dolomite mining. Being situated close to Manas National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve serves as an important elephant corridor. The green forested area of Buxa is dotted with astounding nature trails leading to some of the most pictorial destinations like Lepchakha Village. Lepchakha Village is famous for offering a panoramic vista of rivers and streams meandering through the dense forest of Dooars.
Blessed with an abundance of flora and fauna, Buxa Tiger Reserve is a safe haven for many endangered species like Asian elephants, regal python, and Chinese Pangolin. The marshy land of Buxa Tiger Reserve is known to be the breeding ground for many exotic birds like common migratory teal, black stork, large whistling teal, Minivet, and ferruginous pochard making it a birding paradise for avid birdwatchers. Housing more than 400 species of herbs along with 150 orchid species, Buxa is also sometimes referred to as the Treasure House of Medicinal Plants. Along with being an ecological rich hotspot, Buxa Tiger Reserve is also a historically significant destination.
The thickly wooded forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve is the home to the ancient Buxa Fort. The fort was once used by the Dragon King to protect the legendary Silk Route which connected Tibet and India via Bhutan. During the Indian Freedom Movement, many freedom fighters were imprisoned in the Buxa Fort and later this fort acted as a refuge for the refugee of Tibet and Bangladesh. Being etched with many historical events, historians traveling to Dooars have been attracted towards Buxa Fort or what remains of it in the present time. Trek towards the scenically blessed Drukpa hamlet or enjoy the richness of nature at its prime in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Jayanti is a pictorial village deep inside the Buxa forest. The iconic Jayanti River flows through the village. The riverbed of Jayanti filled with rocks and pebbles is a place of leisure for visitors. The hills of Bhutan on the other side of the river enhance the beauty of the river even more. Merely 4 km from Jayanti, Pokhri Hill is another worth visiting place to visit during your Buxa Tiger Reserve Tour. The sacred Pokhri Lake is a notable sightseeing attraction here.
Mahakal Cave, not more than 15 km distance away, is another splendid tourist site near the forest of Buxa. Popularly known as the praying ground for Lord Shiva, the cave is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees alike every year. In order to reach the cave, you have to trek through the jungle of Buxa Tiger Reserve. The duration of the trek will be around one and a half-hour and while trekking, you will be spotting various colorful birds for sure.
Let yourself be engulfed in the sweet fragrance of orchids while trekking through the thickly wooded forest of Buxa Tiger Reserve. Far from the maddening ruckus of city life Buxa with its ancient fort and astounding trekking routes has become a place to find solace for all nature lovers.
By Flight: In order to reach Buxa Forest, travelers have to rely on Bagdogra Airport. The distance between them is around 175 km which takes around 5 hours to cover. Travelers need to board a flight to Bagdogra Airport and upon their successful landing; they have to go for a rented car.
By Train: Even though there are many railway stations near the Buxa Forest such as Raja Bhat Khawa Railway Station, Garopara Railway Station, Kalchini Railway Station, etc, the major nearby one is New Jalpaiguri Junction whose short name is NJP. The approximate distance from NJP to Buxa Forest is 175 km which takes around 4 hours to cover.
By Road: Travelers can comfortably reach the forest by road as it is nicely connected with all the cities. From cities like Alipurduar and Siliguri, a rented car can help travelers reach Buxa Forest quite comfortably. The approximate distance of the forest from Alipurduar and Siliguri is 27 km and 170 km respectively.
You can enjoy the jungle safari through the dense forest of Buxa. Travelers need to first enter the forest from the main gate which is at Rajabhatkhawa just after purchasing the entry ticket. However, from the Jayanti Range Office, you will get the Safari Permit. You can also avail a guide from here. The Jeep safari of Buxa is around 17 km long and you will be driven through the densely forested area of the Tiger Reserve.
The first Buxa Tiger Reserve Jungle Safari shift starts at 6 am in the morning and ends at 11 am in the morning. There is another shift in the afternoon which starts at around 2 pm and ends at around 6 pm. The cost of the Buxa Jungle Safari changes from time to time. Hence, in order to know the exact price, contact us by calling our mentioned numbers.
October to April is considered to be the best time to visit Buxa Tiger Reserve and its surrounding areas. Throughout these months, the weather will be very pleasant. As a result, you can enjoy the Jungle Safari quite blissfully. The temperature stays between 12 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius. From 15th June to 15th September, due to the closure of the forest of Dooars, it is not recommended to visit Buxa Tiger Reserve throughout these months. Moreover, you will not be able to enjoy the Jungle Safari through the forest of Buxa as it will also remain closed.