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Chapramari: Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest and Safari

A usual sight of Rhino in Chapramari Forest

OVERVIEW

Chapramari wildlife sanctuary is one of the well-known and attractive tourist spots in North Bengal with exotic scenic beauty and wild lives. This place can be considered as an extended part of Gorumara National Park. Chapramari and Gorumara forest are divided by the Murti River flowing through them, and from the east side, the Jaldhaka River has enhanced its magnificence.  The only difference between Gorumara and Chapramari is that the tourist can stay in the resort close to Gorumara and go to Chapramari for sightseeing. There is only one resort that is there in Chapramari which tourists can book and that is Chapramari Wilderness Camp (Panjhora).

Chapramari is located almost 30 kilometers from Chalsa and Lataguri.  Surrounded by dense forest and flowing streams. This forest dishes out a beautiful and panoramic view to the nature lovers, that’s never gonna disappoint you. Though the forest is small in size(10 sq km of the entire forest area), it’s one of the oldest reserve forests in India. The very peaceful spot in the lap of nature is definitely going to give you immense relaxation and a soothing experience away from the busy schedule.

Railway through Chapramari Forest
Railway through Chapramari Forest

HOW TO REACH

Transport TypeNearby OptionDistance
Railway stationChalsa
New Malbazar Junction
New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
New Alipurduar
Alipurduar Junction
New Coochbehar
10 km
7 km
70 km
109 km
111 km
107 km
AirportsBagdogra79 km

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (closest). Generally, tourists prefer to get down at Bagdogra and have a car to visit the forest.

Car service: Car service is available from Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Cochbehar, Alipurduar, and the adjacent areas. Malbajar would be the ideal station to get down. Kanchankanya express stops here. A lot of cars are available from Malbajar to reach Chapramari via Khunia More. Cars generally take Rs.1000-1500.

CHAPRAMARI ENTRY PERMISSION

If you have booked the Chapramari Wilderness Camp (Panjhora Wilderness Camp) online then you don’t have to take permission separately. But, If you are going for a trip to Chapramari then Permission needs to be taken from Lataguri Check post.

•         Vehicle entry fee: Rs. 100

•         Guide fee: Rs.180-200

•         Video Camera: Rs.200-250

•         Per person entry fee: Rs. 70 (shift 1-3), RS. 120 (shift 4)

Watchtower during Jungle Safari

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Chapramari Forest Lake
Chapramari Forest Lake

Winter is the best time to visit. This time both the forest and the weather add a level to its beauty, creating a huge scope of animal sighting particularly in the early morning and late afternoons. The sanctuary remains closed from 16th June to 15th September due to monsoon and animal breeding issues.

CHAPRAMARI SAFARI:

The best way to feel the beauty of the forest is to have a jungle safari and watchtower visit, that increase ample opportunity to find wild animals and various colorful birds. Chapramari jungle safari is one of the most popular and attractive tourist activities for the Dooars-lovers. Here the jeep safaris are generally offered by the forest department itself that includes entry permit, guide, and vehicle. There are limited numbers of jeeps in each time slot.

The tourists must carry their ID proof and photocopy for permission. There is always huge scope to see elephants, bison, and deer on the forest route. Chapramari is actually blessed with an amazing ecology, varieties of migratory birds, and animals always enhance its beauty. The watchtower on the Murti River is the prime attraction that allows the visitors to experience wild elephants in their natural habitat with wild boars, deers, gaur, and sambar.

Jungle safari route
Chapramari forest safari route

WILDLIFE AT CHAPRAMARI

Bisons at Chapramari Forest Lake
Bisons at Chapramari Forest Lake

Away from the chaos, the solitary greenery of Chapramari always wonders the tourists with its wide range of wildlife. Elephants, gaurs, leopards, chital, sambar, barking deer, and wild boars are the very common sights of the forest, and if you are lucky enough you may get one-horned rhinoceros on your way. On the other hand, myna, white-breasted kingfisher, green magpie, Indian treepie, thrush, scarlet minivets, and migratory birds are the other points of attraction to the bird-lovers. Different types of flowering orchids will be welcoming you at different times of the year.

NEARBY PLACES

There are so many places to visit nearby. Bhutan, further north of the forest is one of them. Apart from this, Murti, Gorumara, Jaldapara, Jaldhaka, Jhalong, Bindu have gained much popularity as tourist spots. On the way to Nagrakata jiti and hila tea gardens surely catch your eyes. Chapramari must be in your wishlist to experience how nature unfolds itself with its beauty and grace.

Rhino at Chapramari Forest Lake
Rhino at Chapramari Forest Lake

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