Surrounded with the luxuriant forest along the bank of river Bania is a quaint settlement called Mendabari. Located at a distance of 20km from Alipurduar and 18km from Hasimara, Mendabari is the new found jewel added to the crown of the Dooars Tourism. Endowed with rich flora and fauna, the astounding view of cascading river stream flowing through the emerald green forest has ensnared the heart of many tourists. The pictorial view and serene ambiance of Mendabari has made it a must visit destination for the tourist who loves to adore the beauty of nature endowed place.
Nestled in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas midst the dense forest of Jaldapara National Park, which is known for housing the largest population of one-horned Indian Rhinoceros, the journey towards Mendabari is full of awe-inspiring sight which makes it an unforgettable experience. Being accompanied by the view of lush tea garden, paddy field and lofty mountainous valley makes the blissful journey towards Mendabari a visual treat for tourist. The proximity of Mendabari with Jaldapara national Park makes the sighting of wild animals like barking deer, wild boar a normal occurrence in Mendabari. The best way to relish the beauty of vast grassland surrounding Mendabari is by going on a jungle safari while riding on the back of majestic elephant. Exploring the dense forest while riding on an elephant can be a once in a lifetime experience. Apart from jungle safari Mendabari has lot to offer to its visitor. There is watchtower located on the bank of river Bania near the serene forest village Mendabari. The Mendabari Watchtower offers a breathtaking view of river Bania flowing through the dense forest which looks like a sparkling snake meandering through the verdant land surrounding Mendabari. The marshy land around Mendabari creates a perfect environment for housing a vast collection of avifauna like Green Pigeons, Barbets, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, and Thrushes etc making Mendabai the birding paradise for the avid bird watcher. The dense forest of Mendabari has not only caught the attention of nature lover but also the historian. Hidden in the luxuriant forest surrounding Mendabari is the ruins of an ancient Nalraja Grah or the Mendabari Fort. Located at the short walking distance from the forest village, the remains of Medabari fort showed the traces of its being constructed during the Golden era of Indian history, the 5th century, when the area was ruled by Guptas. Near the fort tourist can find the unique Ramgua tree which secrete red substance when the branches are peeled. According the fables the trees surrounding the Mendabari fort are the royal soldiers who till date guard the fort and its blood of those soldiers that flows while cutting the tree.
Endowed with goodness of Mother Nature with the touch of history is a serene forest village which has become the solace for the tourists who want to spend some leisurely time while being engulfed by the pristine nature. Mendabari of Dooars region with its surreal beauty, tranquil ambiance and historical significant place has become a must visit destination for the nature lover and historian traveling to Dooars.
The best time to make most of the trip towards Mendabari is considered the post monsoon season from October to May when the weather is favorable. The forest area of Dooars remains close during the monsoon season from mid July to mid September.