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Dooars

DOOARS – THE GATEWAY TO NORTHEAST INDIA & BHUTAN

The foothills region of Eastern Himalayas and the adjacent plain area in North-eastern India is widely known as Dooars. Dooars range covers an area of 8800 sq km and a large part of it holds dense vegetation with variety in wildlife. This area is formed with the whole area of Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district and some area of Koochbehar in West Bengal and Dhubri, Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta district in Assam. Major rivers like Brahmaputra and Manas and minor ones like Teesta along with Torsa, Sankosh, Jaldhaka, Raidhak etc. continuously fertile this area.

The name of Dooars came from the word ‘duar’ meaning door in the local languages. It is named so because this area serves a purpose of a gateway between India and Bhutan with 18 passages connecting these two countries. Also there is a narrow corridor near Siliguri town which is the only road access towards Northeast India from the rest of the country.

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