Wants to know about the old tribal culture visit Totopara

Wants to know about the old tribal culture, visit Totopara

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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The old tribal culture village located in the district of Alipurduaer of West Bengal in India is Totopara village. This village is a home to a Toto tribe which is one of a kind in the world and the village Totopara is almost 22 kilometres away from Madarihat which is the entry point of the famous national park of West Bengal, Jaldapara National Park. The Totopara village is quite near to Indo-Bhutan border and it is beside the riverbank of Torsa which is one of the ideal picnic spot and it is surrounded by hills.

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A person who wants to learn and who wants to know about the old tribal culture then Totopara is one of the best destinations and Toto people belong in the Indo-Bhutanese tribal community. Till now their lifestyle remain nearly traditional. The Toto people marry within their own tribe to preserve their ethnicity hence they are very conservative, their marriages take place between cousins too. The Toto tribe defines themselves as Hindu but they believe in two other Gods namely Ishpa and Cheima and as per their believes God Ishpa live in the hills of Bhutan and they offer him an animal and drink Eu to please him and the other God Cheima is pleased with rice, fowls and Eu and it is also believed that God Cheima protects them from all kinds of trouble and sickness whereas if God Ishpa is unhappy then the people may face sickness. Like other Indian community, the Toto tribes also believes in joint family system and most of the families in the Toto tribes are joint family. The traditional houses of Toto tribes are building with bamboo, straw and clay.

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The nearest village from Totopara is Ballaguri which is approximately 5 kilometres away. There is a primary school, a high school with hostel facility and one primary health centre in the village. The main and primary occupation of the people of Totopara is cultivation and there are about 5000 population in the village. The village is well connected by road and it is easily accessible from Darjeeling, Siliguri and other parts of West Bengal. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport and the nearest railway station is Falakata which is almost 19 kilometres away from Jaldapara national park and the other railway station is Madarihat railway station which is almost 7 kilometer away from the national park. The main railway station is New Jalpaiguri railway station of Siliguri. The various mode of transportation from airport or from railway station is public bus, shared cabs, hired taxi etc.


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