Bhutan – the Spiritual Dragon Kingdom
The Dooars range typically refers to foothills and floodplains to the south of Eastern Himalayas. The area covers some part of Northeast India around Bhutan, including lower altitude of Darjeeling district, entire districts of Jalpaiguri and Aliporeduar, some parts of Coochbehar district in West Bengal, and Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Kokrajhar and Goalpara district of Assam. The name is derived from the word ‘duar’, which in local areas and some other parts of India means ‘door’. Dooars truly serves as a gateway to Northeast and Bhutan, with 18 Indo-Bhutan passages. Being under tropical climate zone, the region has a rain forest with mixed vegetation and various species of animals, birds, reptiles etc.