Lataguri is situated outside the Gorumara National Park on NH-31 under Jalpaiguri district. It is basically a small village located in the Dooars region of the Himalayan foothills. This spot is one of the most attractive places in Dooars which causes a huge tourist-crowd in North Bengal every year. Among the places of interest,
Gorumara and Chapramari are the two core tourist spots of this place. Permission for entering Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. The deep green forest along with several streams such as Murti, Jaldhaka, and Torsha has enhanced the beauty of the place. Gorumara and Chapramari are always preferred for their panoramic view of the forest and the animals.
Morning and evening walks are always very soothing in the lap of beautiful nature. Jungle safari in Gorumara is one of the most interesting activities for nature lovers. Lataguri offers the visitors a thrilled and adventurous tour of North-Bengal. It’s absolutely a must to the tourists from several places to quench their wanderlust, away from the chaotic world.
WILDLIFE AT LATAGURI:
Gorumara National park is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros that is also known as great Indian rhinoceros. It tops the list of tourist’s exploring the place at Dooars. Other wild animals like deer, elephant, bison, leopards, gaur/bison, cheetah, barking beer are also found while doing jungle safari. This place also includes submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, spangled drongo, Indian hornbill etc. An exotic wildlife experience can also be found with convenient staying options.
HOW TO REACH LATAGURI:
|Transport Type||Nearby Option||Distance|
|Railways||New Jalpaiguri (NJP)|
Car services: The best way to reach Lataguri is to get down at New Mal Jn and book a cab from the railway station. Fees are below Rs.1000 and time taken to reach Lataguri from Malbajar is less than 1 hour. Some people prefers to get down at New Jalpaiguri or New Alipurduar to reach Lataguri but that distance is a little far.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best time to visit Lataguri is September to March. It is just after the forest is reopened after the rainy season and it looks more green during the season of September to November. From November to January, during the time of winter, the forest is more dry and grey but there is a good chance of getting to see wild creature. From February to March it’s the beginning of Spring and it looks breathtakingly beautiful and blooming. Also, there is a chance of seeing the wild animals.
Tourism around Lataguri has flourished a lot. Apart from a tourist spot, it has become famous as a shooting spot as well. The place is extremely vibrant with its amazing greenery, wildlife and the overall scenic beauty. The whole place is impregnated by the natural beauty that’s never gonna disappoint you. Away from the chaos, this place can be the still center of the mad world.
BINDU: Bindu is the point where Jaldhaka river enters India from Bhutan. The place is just 10 Km away from Jhalong and has almost the same scenic beauty as Jhalong but the Bhutan border has added another aspect for the tourists to come here.
MURTI: one of the most popular tourist spots, placed between the Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. The tranquility of the flowing steam becomes the center of attraction to the nature lovers. Night stay in the nearby bungalow often brings the opportunity to see elephants, bison, peacock and wild hens on the river bed.
CHAPRAMARI: here wildlife sighting is the main attraction for the tourists. There are many wildlife safaris available in this place, this area close to Murti river is also a famous picnic spot. The place also excites the tourists with a breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks. The place is also famous as the bison and elephant prone area.
SUNTALEKHOLA: a village in the Kalimpong district, surrounded by numerous flowing streams and small rising hills, several trek routes have made the place a point of excitement for the young adventure lovers. There is a hanging bridge on the Murti river making a way to the lodges of the forest department.
SAMSING: famous for Dooars tea gardens and sloping green hills. The way from Meteli to Samsing provides you with an unforgettable view of tea gardens of Dooars, consisting of Chalsa, Zurantee and Samsing tea garden.