Restoration of Buxa Fort, Once most Notorious and Unreachable Prison in India

Buxa Fort, located at an altitude of 867 meters (2,844 ft) in Buxa Tiger Reserve, 30 km away from Alipurduar town in West Bengal, is all set get a new look after the development and restoration initiative undertaken by Government of West Bengal.

The Buxa Fort is a historic site, used by Bhutan King to protect a portion of famous Silk Route connecting Tibet with India via Bhutan. At the end of 18th Century, British army captured the fort from the Bhutanese on the intervention of the Cooch King during the second Doors war.

The Britishers used the fort as a high security prison and detention camp in the 1930s. It was then the most notorious and unreachable prison in India only next to the Cellular Jail in Andaman. A number of nationalist revolutionaries belonging to the Yugantar and Anushilan Samiti were imprisoned here.

Now, with the restoration and development plan, which has been initiated with an fund of 4.82 crore by the West Bengal Government, Buxa Fort will be a tourist destination near Buxa Tiger Reserve, where tourists can revisit history.