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Buxa Fort
Buxa Fort, is a fort atop the Buxa Hill at a height of 2600 feet, 30 km from Alipurduar. For a long time it was a point of contention between the King of Bhutan and the Cooch Kings. Until the British on invitation of the Cooch King intervened and captured the fort in the end of the eighteenth century. The British reconstructed the fort from its bamboo wood structure to stone structure. The fort was later used mostly as a prison. Several revolutionaries were imprisoned there. The Bhutan King used the fort to protect the portion of famous Silk Route connecting Tibet with India, via Bhutan. Still later during unrest in Tibet, hundreds of refugees arrived at the place and used the abandoned fort as refuge.
Buxa Tiger Reserve
The Buxa National Park is a national park located in West Bengal, India, in the Buxa hills of the southern hilly area of Bhutan. Located inside the national park is the 760 km² Buxa Tiger Reserve. Animals found in the park include, the tiger, civet and red jungle fowl. 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. The Sinchula hill range lies all along the northern side of BTR and the Eastern boundary touches that of the Assam State. National Highway No.31 C roughly runs along its southern boundary. It is the eastern most extension of extreme bio-diverse North-East India & represents highly endemic Indo-Malayan region.
A small beautiful village in the deep of Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) core area. The locality of this area is very small and people known as local tribe. This village is almost 30 KM from alipurduar sub division.
Jayanti River Bed
Jayanti is a small forest village within Buxa Tiger Reserve in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India. It is located along the Jayanti River, forming a natural border with the Bhutan hills. It is popular with hikers for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and wild fountains. The 13 km trek from Buxaduar to Jayanti is especially popular, passing through the dense forest of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Mahakal Caves
Jayanti Mahakal trek is another popular route that leads to a stalactite cave near Bhutan border. This trek is very popular among the pilgrims who visit the cave to offer prayer to their deity, Lord Shiva.
Buxa Wildlife Museum
A collection of hundred of hundreds species of animals, birds, insects, snacks etc. Overall it is a great knowledgeable guideline for the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR).
Rajabhatkhawa is a small town situated just outside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India. It is known for its natural beauty, surrounded by forest. All the permits for the entry to the Buxa Tiger reserve can be taken from here.
Baneswar Shiv Temple
Baneswar is a small town in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal, India. Baneswar is famous for its shiva temple. Baneswar is also known for its tortoises (locally known as 'Mohan') which live in 'shiv pukur' near the temple. The word 'Baneswar' came from Ban+eeswar. Ban was a 'king of Asur'. He carried out 'Shiva linga', wished to bring eeswar(Lord Shiva) to 'Patal'. But he failed. The 'Shiva linga' fixed at where the temple could see today. Not only local people but also many outsiders come to pray. Debotro trust organise Shiva mela every year near the temple.
Rasikbill Eco Park, Coochbehar
It is situated about 42 km from Cooch Behar Town. A recognized bird sanctuary. It has a deer park and a recently built aquarium where fishes, turtles, seven nos. of leopards, Peafowl are kept. You may spot Chinese Fishing Nets on the way to Rasikbil. Rasikbeel is a complex of wet land, the name of important water bodies are Bochamari beel, Rasik beel, Batikata Beel & raichangmari beel. In Bengali beel means large water body. The main migratory bird spp found in this wet land are Lesser Whistling Teal, Common Teal, Cotton Teal, Dapchick, Bronze winged Jacana, Pheasant Tailed Janacana, Shoveler, Barheaded goose, White Eyed Poacherd etc.
Coochbehar Raj Bari
Built in the classical European style of Italian Renaissance on the lines of Buckingham Palace in 1887. A recently constructed museum in the rooms of the Palace has added glory to the Royal structure. The vast lawn and beautiful landscaping of the garden have made it more beautiful. It is a must visit.
Madan Mohan Temple, Coochbehar
Situated in the heart of the Cooch Behar town. Constructed by Maharaja Nripendra Narayan during 1885 to 1889. A divine structure, deities include Madan Mohan the kul-devata of the Koch Dynasty, Ma Tara and Ma Bhavani. The annual Rash Mela is held here in November.
Gumpha Monastery, Phuentsholing, Bhutan
Bhutan officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked state in South Asia, located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People's Republic of China. Bhutan is separated from the nearby country of Nepal to the west by the Indian state of Sikkim, and from Bangladesh to the south by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal.
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