Buxa Tiger Reserve
Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) lies in Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. Its northern boundary runs along the international border with Bhutan. This is the largest forest in Dooars region covering an area of 759 square kilometers. In fact the northern part of the reserve extends to Phipsu Wildlife Sanctuary of Bhutan and hence the reserve has become part of a corridor for elephants to migrate between Bhutan and Dooars.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is one of India’s newest Tiger Reserves, it was made a Tiger reserve in the year 1982-83. It was later in 1992 declared a National Park.
At least 284 bird species inhabit the reserve. Mammals present include Asian elephant, gaur, Sambar deer, clouded leopard, Indian leopard, and Bengal tiger.
BTR is also famous for butterfly . It hosts the best diversity of Butterfly in West Bengal.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is named after the Buxa Fort, built on the hills of the Sinchula Range made for the purpose of guarding the main routes to Bhutan.
The forest is divided into two divisions: East and West. Buxa Fort is an important landmark for this reserve. This fort was captured by British-India in 1865 after the Bhutan War from Bhutan. Later this fort was used as a detention camp for Indian freedom fighters during the Indian freedom movement.
Tourist can enter the forest through multiple entry gate but the main entry gate is in Rakabhatkhawa. About 10 kms from the entry gate at Rakabhatkhawa, you will reach a small crossing (known as Buxa More)… the road straight ahead leads to a small village known as Santalabari and then a trail continues from there up to thw historic Buxa Fort. The trek route further continues through Sinchula Pass all the way to lepchakha. From Buxa More if you take right turn then it will take you to Jayanti. From Buxa more it is about 5kms away. Along the way you need to cross the Bala river.
Jungle Safaris : The main gate for entry to Buxa Reserve is at Rajabhatkhawa where entry tickets needs to be purchased for both your vehicle, driver and individual tourists. Several safaris take place at Buxa ,Jayanti area.
It is one of the most popular tourist spot of Dooars package tour or Dooars tour plan or buxa jayanti package tour.
Where to stay in Buxa Tiger Reserve
There is many accommodation facilities available in BTR . WBFDC has built a Forest Bungalow on the periphery of Buxa National Park. there is another forest bungalow in rajabhatkhwa also . One can find various home stay , resort in BTR region.
Best Time to visit
Buxa Tiger Reserve remains closed between June 15th to September 15th due to monsoon and safaris do not take pace during this time. The best time to visit BTR is the winter time between October to February. Weather remains very pleasant during this time and safaris are very enjoyable.
The tiger spotting occur from April to mid-May just before the onset of Monsoon.
How to Reach Buxa Tiger Reserve
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra – 195 km away
Nearest Rail Station: Alipurduar Junction / New Alipurduar – 17 km
By Road: NH 31 is the main highway. One can hire a car from Alipurduar.