About Garumara Nation Park
04 Nights / 05 Days Dooars Short Tour Plan
Gorumara – Murti – Chapramari – Rocky Island – Jhallong – Bindu – Samsing – Suntaleykhola – Totopara – Jaldapara – South Khayerbari – Buxa Tiger Reserve – Jayanti - Phuntsholing
DAY 1: NJP (New Jalpaiguri) to Lataguri / Murti – Pick up from NJP to Lataguri. The car would take you through the elephant corridor and dense parts of Baikunthpur Forest and cross River Teesta to halt at Gajoldoba Reservoir, where you would find migratory birds from Central Asia in winter. This reservoir watered by a barrage on River Teesta is a birdwatcher’s paradise and you can even take short boat trips to get close to the birds. Reach Lataguri / Murti by lunch time. (You can take Gorumara Forest jeep safari in the evening or the next day morning). Overnight at Lataguri / Murti.
DAY 2: Lataguri / Murti sightseeing – (You can take Gorumara Forest jeep safari this morning, if you have not taken jeep safari the previous day). After breakfast at resort, leave for . On the way sightseeing at Samsing, Jhallong, Bindu, Rocky Island. Overnight at Lataguri / Murti.
DAY 3: Lataguri / Murti to Jaldapara – Leave Samsing and reach Jaldapara National Park via Nagrakata. Sightseeing at Totopara Tribal Village, South Khayerbari Animal Rehabilitation Center (You can take Jaldapara Forest jeep safari in the evening or the next day morning). Overnight at Madarihat.
DAY 4: Jaldapara Sightseeing – (You can take Jaldapara Forest jeep safari this morning, if you have not taken jeep safari the previous day). You can also opt for Elephant Safari on availability. Sightseeing at Chilapata Forest, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jayanti Riverside, Phuntsholing. Overnight at Jaldapara.
DAY 5: Jaldapara to New Alipurduar/NJP Railway Junction.
Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Dooars region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009. Having been a reserve forest since 1895, Gorumara was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1949, on account of its breeding population of Indian rhinoceros. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River. The major river of the park is the Jaldhaka river. Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve.
The park is rich in Indian rhinoceros, Gaur, Asian elephant, sloth bear, Chital, and Sambar deer. Small herbivores include barking deer, hog deer and wild boar. There is a comparative lack of large carnivores, with the only big cat being the leopard. Tigers are, however, occasionally spotted here. It does have numerous small carnivores including various civets, mongooses and small cats. The park has a large resident population of wild boar. It also has numerous rodents, including giant squirrels. Birds at the Gorumara National Park include submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise flycatchers, spangled drongo, and Indian hornbill. Numerous woodpeckers and pheasants inhabit the park. Peafowls are very common. The park is on the flyway of migratory birds including the rare brahminy duck. The park is home to a large number of snakes, venomous and non-venomous, including the Indian python, one of the largest snakes in the world, and the king cobra – the world's largest venomous snake.
The best way to watch wildlife at the park is to use powerful binoculars, with night vision facilities at night, from the numerous well-located watchtowers at the park. The watchtowers are:
Jatraprasad Watch Tower: Named after a legendary elephant
Rhino Observation Point: Watch tower in front of the Gorumara forest bungalow
Chandrachur Watch Tower (Old Khunia Watch Tower): Near the Murti forest bungalow
Chukchuki Bird-watching Point: Good for birding
The park is closed in the Monsoon season from 16 June to 15 September. The best time to visit Gorumara is from November to March. One can also visit the adjoining forest villages to get acquainted with the lifestyle and culture of the villagers. A live show of the ethnic tribal dance can be seen every evening in Budhuram Forest Village. One can visit the Lataguri Nature Interpretation Centre for an interpretive exhibit of the local natural history.
Sight Seeings From Lataguri
Sight Seeing from Lataguri include a visit to Jhalong, Bindu, on the way to Bindu, major attraction are scenic beauty, birds and the Jaldhaka River. Bindu is the last village of West Bengal before one enters Bhutan. The banks of river Jaladhaka a natural physical boundary separating West Bengal and Bhutan. From Jaldhaka Crossing you can travel up hill to Paren, Rongo, Tangta and Today. From Chalsha you can go for Samsing famous for the Tea Gardens, Suntaleykhola(Rocky Island which is famous for river Murti and rocky river bed) in the lap of Himalaya. The area is known for diversified flora and fauna. Samsing is a village at around 3000 feet known for its landscape, tea gardens and the forest. It is also a gateway to Neora Valley National Park.
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