Gorumara

Known for its population of Indian Rhinoceros

Gorumara

Gorumara It is a beautiful culmination of greenery and wilderness that coexist in sheer harmony. The Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2009 declared it as the best-protected area in India. The national park also offers a myriad of safari options, wherein spotting of animal is not uncommon. The place is a beautiful one to spend a few hours in peace and solitude, to live in harmony with Mother Earth, and to appreciate the glorious bounties that it bestows upon humankind so generously.

Today, the area in the vicinity of the forest has the largest concentration of tourist accommodation in Dooars, which bears testimony to the increase in travel that the national park has witnessed. Situated on the banks of rivers Murti and Raidak in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, the Gorumara National Park is a site that you cannot miss to afford on your next trip to Dooars. Spread over an area of 80 square kilometres, this medium sized forest is situated in the foothills of the Great Himalayas and has a large variety of flora and fauna on display for the curious visitors, nature lovers and wildlife photographers, who visit the place to catch a glimpse of the miraculous workings of nature. Full of riverine grasslands and moist deciduous forests, the place is especially famous for its Asiatic one-horned rhino, but also houses many other mammals, reptiles, insects and birds, including the majestic Asian elephants, the royal Bengal tigers and the Great Indian Hornbill.

Indian Wild Dogs, Giant Squirrels, Wild boars, deer, cobra, python, woodpeckers and a variety of other species can also be easily spotted here. Owing to its magnificent beauty and richness in flora and fauna, Gorumara National Park has come up as an emerging popular tourist destination in the last decade or so.


Sightseeing Places in Gorumara

Suntalekhola

Many trekking routes starts from Suntalekhola and are mostly situated within the Neora Valley National Park. This place is inhabited by a wide variety of bird species like Hill Partridge, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Bronzed Drongo, Pond Heron, Scarlet Minivet and others. It is a tiny village located in the district of Darjeeling in West Bengal. It is located at an altitude of 650 to 950 m and is around 5 km from Samsing. The green patch to the left on the way to Suntalekhola, houses wide variety of butterflies and birds.

Chapramari

The forest of Chapramari is located very close to the National Highway 31, which connects north-east with rest of the country. The Chapramari sanctuary can be reached by crossing the Teesta River, on the way to Dooars.

The forest of Chapramari is well known for elephant, gaur or the Indian bison and also the Royal Bengal Tiger, although very few in numbers. Besides, there are various other types of reptiles, deer as well as other animals along with birds.. Chapramari is also close to Gorumara National Park and offers forest bungalow on the banks of the river Murti.

Murti

Murti is located at around 15 km from Lataguri and is a place situated beside the Murti River in the Chapramari forest of Gorumara National Park. This place is under the Forest Department of West Bengal and it is being promoted as a tourist destination.Tourists can put up in the forest bungalow or the private accommodation that have come up near Murti. Panjhora River is located at some distance on the other side of the Murti River. This is the perfect place for nature lovers as there are plenty of opportunities to see elephants or deer or Gaur (Indian Bison) from the forest bungalow only. If luck favors, Gharials can also be seen in the river.

Rhino Observation Point

This watchtower is located very close to the forest bungalow in the park. It is an excellent place for watching elephants and rhinos that come to the salt reservoir located below the tower.

Jatraprasad Watchtower

This watchtower is named after a Forest department elephant that died sometime back. This watchtower is very famous among nature lovers because it offers good views of the wildlife and the entire park


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