The name Dooars (also Duars) refers to the foothills of the Eastern Himalaya, just to the south of Bhutan. Dooar means the door, can be seen as a gateway to a paradisaical location of Bhutan on earth. Located in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, in the northern part of the state of West Bengal, this region is known for the gorgeous scenic beauty and breathtaking views it presents to the visitors. Here, there are 18 passages in all which forms a door between India and Bhutan. The Dooars Valley rises to a height of around 90 m – 1750 m above sea level. With 30 km wide and 350 km in length, the region extends from the Teesta river in West Bengal to Dhansiri river in Assam. Separated by Sankosh river, it comprises an area of around 880 sq.km.the Eastern Dooars, known as Assaml Dooars; the Western Dooars or better known as Bengal Dooars and Terrai region in Nepal. The region is also known for having the only nitrate-rich soil covering in India.
Besides beautiful and lush green tea gardens, Dooars is abundant with dense jungles. Diverse national parks for instances, Manas, Jaldapara, Buxa, Gorumara etc. fall within Assam range and Mahananda wildlife in West Bengal falls in this region. With rich flora and fauna, the Dooars region boasts of different types of mammals and repltiles including Bengal tiger, rhino, sambar, leopards, Himalayan black bear, Indian elephants, wild boars, hispid hares, wolves, Asian golden cat, Indian python, reticulated python, Red panda etc. Mugger crocs and gharials along with varied species of birds are also found in abundance.
To travelers, the Dooars offer treks through thick forests and over low-lying hills, stays in lush tea gardens, bird watching, and more.