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Rajabhatkhawa


Rajabhatkhawa

This is a small village inside Buxa Tiger Reserve. The village can be accessed easily from Alipurduar (12 kms).

Rajabhatkhawa can be reached without any special permit for visiting Buxa Tiger Reserve as it is outside the core area of BTR. The forest range office is located here and if you intend to visit destinations inside forest such as Buxa fort and Jayanti, you have to pass through here. There is a forest check post where you have to register and pay a fee for going inside the forest.

Our sustainable tourism initiative named Dreamalayas Rajabhatkhawa is located here. The accommodation has come up as an ideal eco-tourism initiative with partnership between local stakeholders and tourism fraternity.

Rajabhatkhawa is also the location of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) tourist bungalow where tourists may stay. There is a wild life museum located here where visitors can get information about flora and fauna of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.

Reaching Rajabhatkhawa

Road

There are three roads that meet at Rajabhatkhawa. All the three roads pass through forests before reaching here.

The main road connecting Alipurduar with Rajabhatkhawa is the National Highway 12A. This road passes through Alipurduar Junction and crosses National Highway 31C at Jitpur, and continues through forest before reaching the village about 12 kms away. Regular passanger vehicles such as Vikram Autos ply from Alipur Station more to Rajabhatkhawa Bazar through this route.

The second route connects Rajabhatkhawa to Hasimara through Hamiltonganj and Kalchini. This road is the continuation of National Highway 12A. If you are traveling from Western Dooars or Bhutan, this is the road you will be following. The road is narrow and there are a number of villages on the way. But as there are less traffic in this road travel time is less. You have to cross a couple of rivers in this route including Kaljani and Dima. Due to lack of Bridges, this route used to be only usable during fair weather. Now all the rivers have all weather bridges, and the route is open for vehicular traffic throughout the year. If you are travelling from Eastern Dooars, the Hasimara - Hamiltonganj - Kalchini - Rajabhatkhawa route is your shortest and fastest.

The third route connects Rajabhatkhawa to destinations deep inside Buxa forests. There is a forest check post at the start of this route and you must take permission and ticket from the check post before entering the forest. About 8 kms inside the forest the road bifurcates at Santalabari crossing. The road on the right goes to Jayanti and the road to your left taking you to Santalabari from where you have to trek to Buxa fort.

Rail

There is a rail station at Rajabhatkhawa where passenger trains stop during the day. The major rail station in the area is at Alipurduar Junction (12 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (180 kms).

Air

Bagdogra is the nearest major airport at a distance of about 190 kms and takes about 4 hours by road to reach.

The Jayanti riverbed is a common attraction for tourists coming to Buxa. The riverbed with Bhutan hills on the other side is very picturesque and is about 16 kms through forest road from Rajabhatkhawa.

The Buxa fort trek can also be undertaken from here. The 4 km walk starts at Santalabari about 15 kms from Rajabhatkhawa.

Sikiajhora picnic spot near Panialguri is about half an hour drive from Rajabhatkhawa. There is a small stream coming out of the forest on which a small dam is built. The idea was to allow boating inside the forest. Although boating is not operational at the moment, the place can be a good spot for birding and soaking in nature. There is a watchtower overlooking the forest.

Bamboo bridge at Forest Village Nepali child playing at Rajabhatkhawa forest village Rajabhatkhawa railway crossing Rajabhatkhawa Main Market
Dilapidated Shops in the market Entrance to Buxa tiger reserve Jayanti river Bhutan hills
A shared cab plying from Rajabhatkhawa to Santalabari    

Accommodation in Rajabhatkhawa

Dreamalayas Rajabhatkhawa

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WBFDC Buxa Jungle Lodge

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WBFDC Buxa Jungle Lodge at Rajabhatkhawa

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