Buxa Tiger Reserve is a ‘Project tiger’ reserve inside the Buxa National Park in Alipurduar district of West Bengal state in India along the international border with Bhutan.
Tiger, Elephant, Indian Boar, Gaur (Indian bison), Civet, Red jungle fowl, etc, are found in large numbers at Buxa National Park, spread over an area of 760 square kilometers.
Jeep Safari and Car Safari is allowed inside the Buxa National Park. You need to get permission from the Forest Office situated at Rajabhatkhawa or Jayanti. Trekking of 3.9 kilometers is allowed inside the Tiger reserve and National Park from Santhalbari. Trekking tour takes around one hour and fifteen minutes. There is another trekking tour route covering 13 kilometers to Jayanti via Mahakal Cave through dense forests. There are few other trekking tour routes also. The most popular trekking tour route is ‘Pagsamkha Path Trekking‘ from Buxa Fort to Raimatung, via Aadma.
The Buxa Tiger Reserve and National park is rich in flora and Fauna. Birds species numbering around 284 are found here. 76 Snake species, 5 amphibians species, 73 mammal species, 450 species of trees, 400 species of herbs, 100 species of grass ,150 species of orchids, 130 species of aquatic flora and 250 species of shrubs are found in Buxa National Park and Tiger reserve.
Endangered Species in Buxa Tiger Reserve
Indian tiger (Bengal Tiger), Bengal florican, Asian elephant, leopard cat, regal python, Chinese pangolin, hispid hare, Hog deer, lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), chestnut breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii), great hornbill, white rumped vulture (Gyps bengalensis), slender billed vulture (Gyps tenuirostris), rufous necked hornbill (Aceros nipalensis), Ferruginous pochard (Aythya nyroca), etc, are some the Endangered species found in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
How Do I Go to Buxa Tiger Reserve or Buxa National Park ?
Alipurduar is the nearest town to Buxa National Park at around 35 kilometers away. NH 31 is at a distance of 25 kilometers distance from the Tiger reserve. Alipurduar town and Rajabhatkhawa town are at 20 kilometers away. Nearest Airport is at the one at Bagdogra, at around 195 kilometers away. Nearest Railway Station is Alipurduar Junction alias New Alipurduar at 37 kilometers away. NH 31 C runs along the southern boundary of the Tiger reserve.
Is Accommodation Available Inside Buxa Tiger Reserve?
There are many hotels and resorts near the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Buxa Tiger Reserve has forest department’s Inspection Bungalows, which sometimes allows visitors to stay there. They are not interested in Tourism activities as it harms the beats of the Jungle.