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Buxa Tiger Reserve

For Birds and Butterflies
One of the richest biodiversity zones, Buxa Tiger Reserve, lies in the eastern frontier of Bengal bordering Bhutan and the neighbouring state of Assam. With a huge area of more than 750 sq Km and a varied altitude range rising from the flat Terai land reaching 1750 meters at the highest point, Buxa is the largest National Park in the Northern Part of Bengal.
Buxa was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1982 because of many majestic Royal Bengal Tigers' presence in this park. However, the tiger is no more an inhabitant in this area. But Buxa is a fabulous park for rich mammalian and birdlife. An incredible number of cat species, including Clouded Leopard, Fishing Cat, Common Leopard, Leopard Cat and Jungle Cat, make this park an important wildlife area. Apart from the cat species, Buxa has a large population of wild elephants, Indian Gaur, Black Beer, Wild dogs, different deer species, and many smaller mammals like Civet, Buzzer pangolin and mongoose. Even a very rare Binturong was sighted in this park recently.

Activities in Buxa Tiger Reserve

Jungle Safari 
  • Jungle Safari  - Exciting jungle safari by jeep is a popular attraction in Buxa Tiger Reserve. The safari goes to the core of the tiger reserve, offering an opportunity to see many rare wildlife and birds. The safari originates from Rajabhatkhawa and goes to Pokhri Pahar and Jayanti, where you can see herds of wild elephants, Indian Bison, leopard, and many birds.

Butterfly Watching
  • Butterfly Watching - For Butterfly watchers, Buxa is a lucrative destination. A visit to this park during Monsoon gives a rare opportunity to watch and photograph the colourful beauties. An incredible number of close to 400 butterfly species are recorded in this park, including the Yellow Helen and Margined Line Blue, which was recently spotted in the area.

Bird Watching
  • Bird Watching - Buxa is also declared an Important Bird Area in Bengal. With more than 260 species of rare species, Buxa is becoming a birders dream destination. The varied altitude levels with a diverse forest cover from dry deciduous to tropical evergreen forest house some important birds. Blue Napped Pitta, Beautiful Nuttach, Red-headed Trogon, Ibis Bill, Hodgson's Frogmouth – any of these can make a birdwatcher's dream come true. The predominant species in this area is the Hornbill. You can see the Greater Pied Hornbill anywhere around the park.

  • Hiking - Hiking in the Buxa hills is a fascinating experience. A two days trek to the reaches the highest part at 1400 meters to Rovers point. Walking through the virgin moist forests with a small settlement of ethnic communities lures many trekkers who want to explore the remote niches of North Bengal.

Attractions in Buxa Tiger Reserve

  • Jayanti

    Encircled by the Jayanti River and Bhutan Ghat hills, Jayanti is a popular scenic spot in Buxa Reserve. This small, sleepy town was a rich source of dolomite mining and used to be an important trade centre during the British period. The drive to Jayanti passes through the dense forest road of Buxa Tiger Reserve and is an exciting experience due to the possibility of sighting wild animals.

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  • Buxa Fort

    The ruins of Buxa Fort are riddled with history. A short hike of 1hr from Santrabari, 10 km from Rajabhatkhawa, leads to this fort, which used to be a Detention Camp during British rule. Several renowned freedom fighters during the Indian independence movement were detained here.

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  • Rajabhatkhawa 

    Rajabhatkhawa in Buxa is an old township just outside of Buxa Tiger Reserve in Eastern Dooars and is now a wilderness retreat, popular for bird watching, jungle safari, and forest treks. It has an old train station and a nature interpretation centre.

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From Bagdogra, the long journey to Buxa will pass through the vast foothill plains of Dooars, and you can see the different landscapes of the entire Dooars region from east to west. In your journey, you will cross almost all major forest areas in North Bengal –the natural corridor of wild elephants. The refreshing journey through lush green tea gardens, river valleys and vast agricultural fields intercepted by small tribal villages will indulge you in taking several breaks to take photographs.

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