Buxa Jayanti in Dooars is a picture-perfect village at Buxa Tiger Reserve. It is a paradise for nature lovers located in North Bengal at the foothill of Eastern Himalayas far from urban chaotic noise.
If you are looking for a short weekend trip from Kolkata, go for a Buxa Jayanti tour. It offers a mesmerizing view of the Jayanti hills backed with the lively Jayanti river and core jungle area of Buxa Tiger Reserve forest.
The name Dooars/Duars came from the word ‘Door’ which remains as a gateway to Bhutan from India. The lush green tea garden, dense forest, wildlife sanctuary, national park, streams and rivers enriched Dooars with biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.
Buxa Jayanti trip is an ultimate destination for a weekend getaway on a budget to cherish the beauty of nature’s womb. Check out the ultimate Buxa Jayanti travel guide.
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Ultimate Buxa Jayanti Tour Guide
Miles of tea garden, wildlife sanctuary, dense forest, innumerable streams are the main attraction for nature enthusiasts. It is also one of the best budget destinations in India for wildlife photographers. Dooars is also a place for adventure lovers who can have several treks like Choto Mahakal, Baro Mahakal, Buxa Fort, etc.
Best Time to Visit Buxa Jayanti Dooars
Winter(October to February) is the best time to visit Dooars and Buxa Jayanti for wildlife photography and jungle safaris. The temperature hovers between 10 to 23-degree centigrade.
In Summer(March to June) temperature remains between 21- 32 degrees centigrade in Jayanti, but not extremely hot. Most of the jungle safaris and sanctuaries remain closed in Monsoon from 15th June to 15th September due to heavy rainfall. But Buxa Jayanti has its own beauty(entire region transforms to green paradise) in Monsoon which is ideal for nature and adventure lovers.
How to Reach Buxa Jayanti Dooars
By Train – New Mal Junction is the nearby railway station for Gorumara forest, Murti, Jhalong region. Alipurduar junction station is close to Buxa Jayanti region. Sealdah- Alipurduar Kanchankanya express(13149) is the best train to reach to Jayanti from Kolkata. Also, there are several trains from New Delhi to New Jalpaiguri(NJP) which is the gateway of Dooars and well connected by road with different regions of Dooars.
By Road – There are NBSTC buses and other luxury buses(Shyamoli Paribahan, Greenline, Royal Cruiser) depart from Kolkata on a regular basis to reach to New Jalpaiguri.
By Air – There are regular flights in Kolkata-Bagdogra, New Delhi-Bagdogra route. One can reach Bagdogra by flight, then avail a cab to reach to any destination of Dooars. You can use Skyscanner to book the cheapest flight.
| DAY 1 |
We(me with my parents, uncle, aunt and niece) started our Buxa Jayanti tour from Sealdah railway station on 31st May,’19(Friday) at around 6:30 pm and reached Sealdah around 7:30 pm. Kanchankanya Express(13149 from platform no 9B) started exactly on its scheduled departure at 8:30 pm.
The main attraction of this train journey started once the train crossed Sivok railway station. Your eyes will be soothed when the train passes through the Jungles and beautiful landscapes of Dooars tea gardens and mountains will add more pleasure during your journey.
Ultimately, we reached our destination New Alipurduar Junction. Our ever-smiling friend Ratan was ready with his white Bolero in the parking space. We quickly loaded our luggage on the back of the vehicle and started for our first destination Jayanti Riverview Homestay, the best budget accommodation at Jayanti forest.
On the way, we had to stop at Rajabhatkhawa permit office to get our Buxa Jayanti permit for entering Buxa Tiger Reserve(BTR). The road leading from that point is very beautiful with BTR spanning on both sides of the road. The vast Buxa Tiger Reserve spans around 471 sq. km area.
It took around 45 minutes to reach Jayanti. We completed our lunch with Rice, Daal, Alu Sabji and Fish Curry. The quality was too good and after a long journey, it tastes like heaven.
Best Places to Visit in Buxa Jayanti
Chunia Watch Tower
Chunia Watch Tower was the first sightseeing of our Buxa Jayanti tour plan. We crossed the Jayanti river bed to go to the opposite bank and within 45 minutes we reached Chunia. The forest on this side is not that dense, rather the trees are dispersed from one another.
On reaching Chunia Watch Tower, we saw 2/3 private vehicles are already parked there and the tourists were making a mess at that place. We felt very disturbed and after waiting there for around 10 minutes we decided to go back.
While returning our forest guide suddenly told the driver to stop the vehicle at the sandy river bed. After inspecting around some bushes, he called me to have a look at something. I got down from gypsy and to my utter surprise, I saw some distinct pugmarks of Leopard on the river bed. The guide told me, as per his calculation, the adult leopard must be 11-12 feet in length with a tail.
We waited there for around 40 minutes in anticipation of spotting some wild animals (especially the elephants), but the sighting was not in our destiny. As per our guide, Winter is the ideal season to see the migration of wild animals in Dooars.
We came back to our homestay which was located just beside the Jayanti River. One can spend an hour and an hour just by watching the river, Jayanti hills and clouds from this homestay’s balcony. At around 9 pm our dinner war served with Rice/Roti, Daal, Alu Bhaja, Alu-patol Curry & Chicken Curry.
| DAY 2 |
Choto Mahakal Temple Hike
On the next day morning completing our breakfast with Puri-Sabji we started our journey to the Choto Mahakal temple which is adjacent to Bhutan Pahar. We had to cross the Jayanti river thrice, our Bolero crossed the river first time. But for the second time, it couldn’t because of the shallowness of the river. We crossed the river by foot helping each other and then started our hike through the forest with our local guide.
We were really amazed by the serenity and tranquillity of nature here. The birds were chirping, the stream was flowing at our right-hand side, the whole atmosphere will surely give you goosebumps. Then we crossed the stream very carefully for the third time and the current was pretty high there.
From here we climbed almost vertical stairs(some are bamboo made) uphill to reach the Mahakal cave where locals worship an idol of Lord Shiva. There was a little waterfall also but apart from this there was nothing special in Choto Mahakal, but the journey can be thrilling for the adventure seekers.
We did not go to Baro Mahakal as the trail was quite hard. So we did not take a risk to hike further. Hiking to Choto Mahakal temple was really a thrilling adventure in our Buxa Jayanti trip. We returned to our homestay after the hike and finished our lunch with Rice, Daal, Salad, Alu Soybean, and Fish Curry and took a power nap for 1 hour.
Core Buxa Jungle Safari
This was the ultimate thing of this Buxa Jayanti tour we were waiting for. We were very excited about the core forest safari at Buxa Jayanti. I did a double-check of my camera and lenses. Our forest department-owned gypsy that we booked 15 days prior to coming to Jayanti came at 3:15 pm.
We started for our most exciting core jungle safari in Buxa Tiger Reserve which starts from 3:30 pm. This game drive is carried out at the proximal bank of the Jayanti river. We had to show our permit (issued from Rajabhatkhawa Permit office previous day) at the beat office before entering into the core zone.
This side of the forest is much thicker as compared to the other bank of the river (where Chunia watchtower is situated). Our gypsy moved slowly through the trail in anticipation of sighting wild animals.
We crisscrossed every possible trial on that part of the forest but could not see any animals. Then we walked on the Bala river and observed the footprints of elephant herds that crossed the dry riverbed. Suddenly at a distance, we spotted 4 wild Indian bison crossing the riverbed.
While returning it was raining cats and dogs, so we had to leave the Buxa jungle safari early. I was totally disappointed and heartbroken about the experience, only one thing that gave me a pain relief is the color, smell and sound of rain-soaked core jungle of Buxa Jayanti. It was totally a different experience which I never expected.
Coming back to our homestay we did little chit chat with lodge people about their experiences with wild animals. At around 9 pm dinner was served with Roti, Alu Squash Sabji and Chicken Kosha.
Buxa jungle safari timings: 6:30 am(morning safari) and 3:30 pm(evening safari)
Buxa jungle safari cost: 1500 INR (Gypsy cost 1200 INR, Guide charge 300 INR)
| DAY 3 |
The next morning I woke up at 6 am. But the sky was totally cloudy from the morning. We were all set to go for another trek to Buxa fort after completing our breakfast, but all of a sudden the rain started and there was no sign of stopping it. So we had no other way except enjoying the rain with hot tea and Pakora from our balcony.
This time we were not disappointed because Jayanti is totally different while it’s raining. Cloud wrapped Jayanti hill, flowing Jayanti River, non-stop Rain and Tea – I was spellbound with this deadly combination of nature and enjoyed the beauty in solitude.
Lepchakha is 3km away from Buxa Fort which is called “Queen of Dooars”. You can have a panoramic view of the Buxa Tiger Reserve from here. You will get a little bit touch of Bhutan here as the people here lived are Drukpa people who are basically Bhutanese in origin. Homestays are also available for the tourists to stay at night)
The rain stopped at around 12 pm, so we started for our next destination Pokhari/Pukhri lake after our lunch at 3 pm. It was another trek of this Buxa Jayanti tour but quite steep, 5-6 km away from Jayanti. Buying 2 packets of puffed rice we started our trek with a local guide.
It took around 1 hr to reach the lake which is basically a sacred pond for both Hindus and Buddhists. The lake is not so spectacular but the serenity of nature will give you refreshment in your mind.
Another attraction of Pokhri lake is the large number of catfishes(magur) and turtles, we fed them puffed rice that we brought with us. Spending near about 30 minutes we returned to our homestay
This was our last night at Buxa Jayanti. We were roaming around the nearby market in the evening and tasted veg momo from a roadside stall which was very cheap – 10 pieces for INR20. Later completing our dinner with Roti, Alu Dom and Paneer we went to the bed at 11 pm.
| DAY 4 |
From yesterday night I was repeatedly checking Phuentsholing’s weather report which was showing a 60% chance of a thunderstorm. The sky was cloudy from the morning. We packed all our luggage and completed our breakfast with Bread, Butter and Omelette.
I took some snaps of our Jayanti homestay and its surroundings which I recommend to every traveler who seeks a budget hotel. For the last time, I inhaled the fresh airs of Buxa Jayanti to the fullest capacity of my lungs.
At around 10:15 am we started for Phuentsholing and reached at around 11:15 am via Hasimara- Jaigaon. Bhutan was the first-ever foreign country that I have visited with just 12000 INR. There was a massive traffic jam near the Bhutan Gate at Phuentsholling. The weather was also very hot and humid. We decided not to spend much time there as the departure time of our train Padatik Express(12378) was at 5:45 pm from Alipurduar.
We directly went to visit the “Gompha Monastery” or Karbandi Monastery. It is a very beautiful place to take some breathtaking snap. Some young monks were playing football in front of the main gate of the monastery.
The view of the Jaigaon town is really mesmerizing from here. The entire valley of Torsha river could be seen from there. And the blue hills of Bhutan is a breathtaking spectacle to behold.
We then started our journey towards Alipurduar Junction Railway Station. On the way, we stopped at a restaurant named “16 Ana” located near Alipurduar Court. We had our lunch from this famous restaurant.
There is a total of 16 Bengali food items that are served in a brass made thala or dish. Additionally one can order any special fish, chicken, mutton or paneer item. We tasted aar fish, prawn and mutton kosha. Each and every item was very delicious. It is a must-try restaurant while visiting Buxa Jayanti.
At last, we reached the station at 5 pm and bought some food for dinner. The return train journey started exactly at its scheduled time of 5:45 pm. The next day at around 7 am we reached Sealdah station.
Buxa Jayanti Tour Tips and Information
- Winter is the best and peak season for Buxa Jayanti. Try to visit this place in May or June(Up to 15th), so that you can avoid the crowd and also will get the best deals from accommodation-transportation-fooding which will help you to plan Buxa Jayanti tour at low cost from Kolkata
- You must have a permit to visit Jayanti which can be availed from the counter in Rajabhatkhawa, the gateway of Buxa-Jayanti. The permit is valid for three days only if u wish to stay more than three days you need to do the same permit again, but three days are enough for covering full Buxa-Jayanti.
- You must take a guide at Core Jungle Safari, Chunia Watch Tower, Choto Mahakal and Buxa Fort. If you are caught without any guide at these places by Forest Department members you might have to give a fine.
- If you wish to do Cor Jungle Safari at Buxa Tiger Reserve you have to book seats minimum 1-2 months before the journey as total gypsy cars are limited per day.
- Don’t miss the chance to take a bath at Jayanti river, it was really fun.
Buxa-Jayanti Trip Cost Breakdown
Please note we went in a group of 6 people.
Buxa Jayanti Hotel Cost and Review:
Jayanti Riverview Homestay, we took 2 rooms(Rs.1100/Night for 3 Nights): (1100*2*3)/6= Rs.1100/Person
This homestay is located just beside Jayanti river. You will have a spellbound view of Jayanti river and Jayanti hills from your room.
- It was very clean and spacious with a balcony on the front side.
- No television is there. Toilets with western style and Geyser.
- No AC room is available.
- Ideal stay for nature lovers.
- The behavior of the owner and other staff is very polite and friendly.
- A dormitory is also available(Rs.500/Bed)
Fooding Cost: Average Rs.400/Day(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Bed Tea 2 times included): Rs.400 for 3 days+Others(snacks, water, lunch at 16 Ana, dinner at the train):(400*3)+500= Rs.1700/Person(Approx.)
Transport Fare: Kanchankanya Express(Sealdah <>Alipurduar) round trip: Rs.405*2= Rs.810/Person
Permit Cost for Entering Buxa Tiger Reserve (from Rajabhatkahawa)
Vehicle Entry Fee for Buxa Tiger Reserve: Rs. 300(for Light & Medium vehicle) Rs. 25 for Two-Wheeler
Entry Fee per person (age > 5 yrs): Rs. 50*6= Rs.300
This permit will be required in all safaris anywhere in BTR. Permit valid for 3 days.
Alipurduar station to Jayanti Riverview Homestay: Rs.1100
Chunia Watchtower Safari:
Bolero Charge: Rs. 850
Guide Charge: Rs. 250
Core Buxa Jungle Safari:
Gypsy Hire Charge(fixed): Rs. 1200
Guide Charge: Rs. 300
Chota Mahakaal Hike:
Bolero Charge: Rs. 800
Guide Charge: Rs. 300
Pokhari Lake Trek:
Bolero Charge: Rs. 700
Guide Charge: Rs. 300
Total Transportation Cost:(1100+300+300+1100+1500+1100+1000+2000)/6+810= Rs.2210/Person(Approx.)
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