Chilapata is a dense forest near Jaldapara National Park situated in the lap of Dooars and 20km away from Alipurduar, the nearest town. The scenic beauty of this place gives you a break from your everyday life. The unique location of this forest makes it an important migration corridor of Dooars. Chilapata forest is blessed with rich biodiversity that makes it a forthcoming eco-tourism spot and offers you a fulfilling flavor of wildlife in the wilderness.
Enriched with flora and fauna, Chilapata forest features the scenic beauty of nature. The ecological boundary of this forest spreads along the banks of Bania river in the east and river Torsa in the West. Both rivers bring monsoon which protects the grassland ecosystem of the forest. This forest features the wildlife in the real colour of nature. You can also witness the historical ruins of a fort built in the 5th century during the Gupta Era. The ruins consist of a broken wall and a broken gate.
LOCAL MYTHS NALGARH:
It is believed that from here the soldiers of Coochbehar used to protect the kingdom from the Bhutanese invasion. During your jungle safari, you will also witness a tree that bleeds called Ramgua tree or Ram Guna tree. These trees have a unique blood like fluid that come out of their bark when cut. There is a myth that some loyal guards of the fort were transformed into these trees while the fort was getting destroyed and till date they are guarding the fort.
WILDLIFE AT CHILAPATA:
Chilapata forest is an elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve. This place is very rich in wildlife. It is mainly famous for the one-horned rhinoceros but also for animals like elephants, leopards, wild boars, deer, bison, barking deer, lesser cats which are found here. Around 20 species of snakes and a large variety of butterflies can also be spotted here. 22 species of reptiles like python, krait, cobra, water monitor, turtles enrich the wildlife of Chilapata. More than 175 species of beautiful and colourful birds like fishing eagle, shikara, crested eagle, jungle fowl, pied hornbill, paradise flycatchers, racket tail drongo can be spotted. This makes it one of the favourite destinations for bird watchers.
CHILAPATA FOREST RESORTS:
Mendabari Jungle camp is one of the best options if you want to enjoy a silent night in the midst of nature below a clear sky full of stars, along with the frequent sounds of the wildlife around the compound. The resort and its adjacent areas are also the perfect places if you want to know about the tribal folks and their culture. The jungle camp is located 2 km inside the Chilapata forest of Kodalbasti.
Chilapata Wild Cottage gives you the best experience of nature with the sound of the wildlife and the flowing Torsa river framed with a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga. This is a very small homestay with three cozy rooms located on the corridor between Chilapata forest and Jaldapara National Park.
THINGS TO DO:
CHILAPATA FOREST SAFARI:
You can experience wilderness in the dense forest of Chilapata during the jungle safari and it also allows you to witness the historical ruins of the Mendabari fort, built in the Gupta Era during the 5th century. There are 2 jungle safaris here, one at Kodalbasti and the other one on the other side at Uttar Chakoakheti.
Another beautiful point is the Mendabari Watchtower located in the vicinity of the riverbank of Kunai. The watchtower offers you a beautiful view of the river Kunai flowing through the forest.
HOW TO REACH CHILAPATA
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New Mal Jn.
New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Plenty of Cars are available in Alipurduar to reach here. Cars normally cost you around Rs. 2000. Cars are available from Coochbehar and Hashimara railway stations too.
BEST TIME TO VISIT CHILAPATA
Every season has its own charm but the best time to visit here is during February-April. This is Spring time which means that the forest will be blooming with varieties of flowers. The forest shrugs off the dryness of winter and starts turning more green. This is the perfect time to spot one horned Rhinoceros in the core area of Chilapata.
The forest remains closed from mid-July to mid-September due to heavy rainfall and animal mating season.
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