Buxa Tiger Reserve is a tiger reserve located in West Bengal. It lies at an altitude ranging from 200 feet in the Gangetic Plains to 5740 feet bordering the Himalayas in the north. The reserve was created in 1983, covering an area of 760 kilometres square. The reserve ranks second highest among all the tiger reserves of India in terms of the diverity of mammals. The historic Buxa Fort which was used as a prison by the British lies within the reserve. The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of December and February. There are some exciting options of traveling within the reserve that include Jeep Safari and open top cars.
The vegetation of the tiger reserve consists of more than 450 species of trees, 250 species of shrubs, 400 species of herbs, 9 species of cane, 10 species of bamboo, 150 species of orchids, 100 species of grass and 130 species of aquatic flora including more than 70 sedges, along with the main trees such as Sal, Champa, Gamhar, Simul and Chikrasi.
Mammals: Indian leopard, Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, giant squirrel, gaur, chital, wild boar.
Birds: Eurasian griffon, Amur falcon, Malayan night heron, Oriental pied hornbill, rufous-necked hornbill, chestnut-breasted partridge, cinnamon bittern, stripe-breasted woodpecker, velvet-fronted nuthatch, black-naped oriole.
Reptiles: Around 41 species of reptiles are found here.
The ideal time to visit the place is during the months of December and February.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest railway station is Alipurduar Junction / New Alipurduar, which is 17 km away from the reserve.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, which is 195 km away from the reserve.
Road Accessibility : Alipurduar is the nearest Town. From there, a taxi can be hired to reach the reserve.