Sited at the edge of Buxa Tiger Reserve near Indo-Bhutan border is a less trodden destination of Dooars called Bhutanghat. Buxa Tiger Reserve is the 15th forest reserve to be entitled as the tiger reserve in India. Located at a distance of 45km from Alipurduar along the bank of meandering river Raidak, Bhutanghat with its pictorial view and serene ambiance has ensnared the heart of many travelers. Endowed with rich flora and fauna, Bhutanghat is famous among the tourist for its scenic beauty. Cuddled in the base of Bhutan hill, Bhutanghat derived its name for its unique location.
The journey towards the elephant country, Bhutanghat is in itself an astounding experience. The road leading towards Bhutanghat are full of pictorial view of changing landscape. Throughout the journey the view of paddy field and lush tea garden accompanies the travelers. The view of emerald blue river teesta cascading through the lofty mountainous valley dotted with alpine forest seen while crossing Coronation Bridge is a visual treat for the tourist during the blissful journey towards Bhutanghat. After reaching the periphery of Buxa Tiger Reserve the landscape changes to tropical forest and the paved roads to the gravel path making the trip an adventurous voyage. Along the meandering river bank of Raidak in Bhutanghat there is a decades old forest bungalow which can be used by the tourist to spend some lone time in the verdant but due the limited amenities most of the tourist don't opt for that option. Built in 1906 the quaint forest bunglow of Bhutanghat offers an astounding view of river Raidak cascading through the mountainous hill of Bhutan, a sight which has ensnared the heart of many travelers. Along with being a scenically blessed hamlet Bhutanghat also serves as an elephant corridor hence the nick name elephant country. There is no such interest point in Bhutanghat which may dishearten some tourist but for the nature lover Bhutanghat with its surreal natural beauty is a paradise for them. The bank of river Raidak has become a famous picnic spot where tourist can spend some quality time while overlooking the daunting hill of Bhutan. At a short walking distance from the forest bunglow of Bhutanghat is a quaint lake called Narathali. The marshy land surrounding the quaint Narathali Lake create an ideal environment for housing a large species of birds like trans Himalayan migratory goosanders, pied hornbill, red star, ibis bills, black stork, minivets, migratory common teal and many other birds making the scenically blessed Bhutanghat a birding paradise for the avid birdwatcher. Angling in the serene river Raidak is another option for the visitors of Raidak. Servicing as an important elephant corridor sighting of wild elephant is a common occurrence in Bhutanghat and if the tourists are lucky they might even spot a famous Asiatic One-horned Rhino. The proximity of Bhutanghat with Buxa Tiger Reserve lets the tourist enjoy the famous trekking route through the verdant forest towards Lepchakha Village. Sited at the hilltop of Buxa Tiger Reserve, Lepchakha is a serene Drukpa village which is famous for its panoramic vista of 12 river stream flowing through the Dooars plain. From spotting some migratory bird to spending a night in a decade old forest bungalow, a visit to Bhutanghat of Dooars lets you experience it all.
Listening to the chirping of exotic birds along with the alluring sound of flowing river while taking a stroll on the bank of River Raidak and feasting your eyes with the astounding view of Bhutan hills and Dooars plain can be spell bounding experience. Words cannot express the surreal beauty which Bhutanghat is bestowed with but it can only be felt by visiting the scenically blessed hamlet. Far from the maddening crowd Bhutanghat has become the sojourn f travelers who want to enjoy the untrained natural beauty while traveling Dooars region.
One of the best seasons to relish the beauty of Bhutanghat is considered to be the post monsoon season from October to May when the forest area is bursting with vibrant colors and weather is pleasant.