Lataguri & Jaldapara
It is a wonderful culmination of greenery and wilderness coexisting in pure harmony. It has been declared as the best protected area in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2009. The national park also offers a multitude of safari options, where spotting various wild animals are most common. This is a wonderful place to spend a few hours in peace and solitude, to live in harmony with Mother Earth and to appreciate the glorious blessings she has generously bestowed upon mankind.
Today, the area near the forest has the highest concentration of tourists in the Dooars. Situated on the banks of the Murti and Raidak rivers in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, Gorumara National Park is a must-see during your upcoming visit to the Dooars. Spread over an area of 80 square kilometers, this mid-sized forest sits at the foothills of the Great Himalayas and offers a wide variety of flora and fauna for curious travelers, nature lovers and wildlife photographers. , who visit the place to catch a glimpse of the working wonders of nature. With riparian grasslands and moist deciduous forests, it is especially famous for mammals, reptiles, insects and birds, including the majestic Asian elephant, royal Bengal tiger and large species of Indian hornbill.
Indian wild dogs, giant squirrels, boars, deer, cobras, pythons, woodpeckers and many more can also be easily spotted here. Due to its magnificent beauty and rich flora and fauna, Gorumara National Park has become an emerging popular tourist destination in the past decade.
Places to visit in Lataguri
Jatraprasad Watchtower is located in Gorumara National Park. It was created in memory of the most beloved pet elephant in the forest who died a long time ago. The tower is located deep in the forest. The watchtower offers a bird’s-eye view of the forest wildlife and streams that flow through Gorumara National Park.
Murti is located about 15 kms from Lataguri and is a site located beside the Murti River in the Chapramari Forest of Gorumara National Park. Tourists can settle in bungalows in the woods or in private rooms settled near Murti. Panjhora River is located some distance from Murti River. It is the perfect spot for nature lovers as there are plenty of opportunities to see elephants, deer or gaur (Indian bison) just from the bungalow in the forest.
Perched at an altitude of 3000 feet is a picturesque village called Samsing, located 82 kilometers from the bustling town of Siliguri. Unsullied by modernizing society, Samsing, a new destination in the Dooars region, with picturesque landscapes and serene atmosphere has attracted the attention of nature lovers when traveling to the Dooars region. The pretty village of Samsing is also considered the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park. The Neora Valley is home to elegant red pandas in a pristine and unspoiled natural habitat, the rugged and inaccessible mountainous terrain and rich and diverse flora and fauna that make this park become an important wilderness area.
It is a small village located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. “Suntaley Khola” is a Nepali term meaning “orange stream”. This place takes its name from the Suntaley Khola stream that flows nearby. This place is about 5 kms from Samsing, this land is known for its incredible diversity of wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. Apart from this, Suntaley Khola is also an ideal place for the starting point of several trekking routes. Most of the routes pass through the famous Neora Valley National Park. The village offers ravishing panoramas over tea gardens, forests and hills. Nestled between verdant scenery and clear blue sky, Suntaley Khola offers an enjoyable travel experience for visitors.
Lying along the winding banks of the River Murti, amid the verdant emerald forests of the Dooars, lies a beautiful destination called Rocky Island. Located 82 kms from Siliguri, Rocky Island is a new destination with a variety of natural rocks, hence the nameed Rock Island. Rocky Island with its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque setting has become a favorite destination in North Bengal for nature lovers when visiting Dooars.
Chapramari is a wildlife sanctuary in the West Dooars region. The forest is basically a continuation of the more popular and well known Gorumara National Park. The two forests are separated by the Murti River. To the northeast of the river is the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, while to the southwest is Gorumara National Park.
On the way to Dooars via National Highway 17, one can experience dense forest either side of the road between Chalsa (Murti River) and Nagrakata (Jaldhaka River) is part of Chapramari WLS. The forest is relatively small with a forest area of about 10 square kilometers, but is one of the oldest preserved forests in India since 1895. The west side of the forest is bordered by the Murti River and to the east by the Jaldhaka river.
Jaldapara is one of the adventure capitals of the Dooars region, located in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. It covers an area of about 14 km² and is about 61 meters above sea level, the city is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, wild elephant, Sambhar, barking deer, spotted deer, wild boar, bison and a large number of birds and peacocks.
The reserve is also home to Bengal flowers, hornbill, horsetail drongo, and paradise flycatcher, among others. Elephants and Jeep Safaris are available to tour the entire reserve.
Jaldapara was once the land of the original tribal people, known as the Toto. These people currently live in Totopara, on the north side of the park. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1941 with the main purpose of protecting the rare large one-horned rhinoceros of India. After Kaziranga, Jaldapara has the largest number of one-horned rhinos. The park remains closed from June to September due to strong monsoons. October to May is the best time to visit Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Tourists also visit this reserve during winter, from September to February to catch a glimpse of migratory birds.
It is located at an elevation of 867 meters (2,844 ft) in the Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal. It is located 30 km (19 mi) from Alipurduar, the nearest town. It is suggested that the fort was first built by the occupying Tibetans in the middle or second half of the 7th century or by Sangaldwip, the first ruler of Kamatapur. Later, the Koch kings took possession of the fort before it was captured by the Bhutanese in the second half of the 18th century.
It is a small village in the forest located in the Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, India. It lies along the Jayanti River, forming a natural border with the hills of Bhutan. It is appreciated by hikers for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape and wild fountains. The 13-kilometer hike from Buxaduar to Jayanti is particularly popular, passing through the dense jungle of the Buxa Tiger Reserve. Jayanti also includes a stalactite cave known as Mahakal Cave.
The Chilapata Forest near Jaldapara National Park is a dense forest in the Dooars located 20 km from the main town of Alipurduar. It is famous for being the elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Various new species are found here in Chilapata and are used as habitats by rhinos. It is only 15 km from Jaldapara and visitors can explore the old fortress of King Nal. Clouded leopards, snakes and some other animals are found here in large numbers.
Totopara is a small village in the Alipurduar district of West Bengal. It can be visited to witness an indigenous experience. It is located on the banks of the River Torsha and on the Indo-Bhutan border. The village is famous for the Toto tribe that lives there and is an endangered tribe with only 1000 members today. Together with the government, a number of NGOs have worked to improve the living conditions of the Toto tribe. Living with them and observing their way of life is something that can be very pleasurable during a trip to Jaldapara and given enough time.
Khayerbari Tiger Rescue Centre
The Khayerbari Rescue Center, commonly known as the “Royal Bengal Tiger and Leopard”, is the Rescue centre of the Jaldapara forest to the west. Nineteen tigers were rescued and brought here in 2005 when wildlife shows in the circus were banned. The park was established and developed with the aim of rehabilitating and curing diseases for tigers and leopards. Hence, it was named “Royal Bengal Khayerbari Tiger Research and Rehabilitation Centre”.
The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport. It is located at a distance of 70kms from Lataguri and acout 130kms from Jaldapara. This airport is well networked with significant airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati.
The nearest railway station to Lataguri and Jaldapara is New Mal Jn. (NMZ). It is located at a distance of 25 kms from Lataguri and about 72kms from the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.
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