Want to spend a few days within a dense forest in an old Forest Bungalow? Then Chapramari is an ideal destination for you. Have a look over the whole jungle when you stand in the Bungalow’s balcony watching over the waterhole and salt lick where Bisons, Elephants, Rhinos, Monkeys, Peacocks and a whole lot of unknown birds come to quench their thirst. From the Chapramari Forest Rest House (FRH), you can have a panoramic view of one of the oldest jungles of the Dooars region with the brave mountain at its backdrop. Spending a night in the Chapramari FRH with the mysterious sounds of the jungle dwellers would really thrill you.
Places to see at Chapramari FRH: You can watch the animals that come to the waterhole for their drink and the birds that hop from one branch of the tree to another for the whole day. Coming to the middle of the jungle there is a watch-tower adjacent to the Chapramari FRH where visitors come during the mornings and evenings. The watchtower and the Rest House offer the same view of the salt lick and the waterhole.
Nearby attractions of Chapramari FRH: Many tourist attractions are there around and near Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary like the Khunia watch-tower which is located within short distance of this sanctuary. Other places to see are the Gorumara National Park and Jaldapara National Forest. The Murti River and Jhalong can also be visited as nearby attractions. The new destination of Panjhora located a few kilometers away on the banks of the Murti River on the fringes of Chapramari Forest has become a new attraction. The entire Dooars region can be visited from this Chapramari Forest Bungalow.
Things to do at Chapramari FRH: This is an idyllic spot for those who love nature. Soon after entering the forest, a wide variety of trees like aamloki, rudrapalash, rubber trees, rupasi etc will attract you. Bird watching can be a really exciting activity here with plenty of birds frolicking in the trees. Spend some time by sitting idle on the balcony of the Chapramari FRH with a cup of tea enjoying the forest and the distant hills spotting wildlife around the waterhole and salt lick. In the evenings, you can watch the tribal dance and when the night falls. In a moon lit night the whole of Chapramari forest is bathed with its soft rays you can see the Elephant herd munching away the forest foliage beside your bungalow.
Best time to visit Chapramari FRH: You can visit the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary during any time of the year. However, the forest stays remains closed for the visitors during the monsoons.
How to go ?
The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is located some 72 km from Siliguri, 26 km from Lataguri, 70 km from Jalpaiguri and 8 km from Chalsa. National Highway 31 that passes by the sanctuary as it connects Nagrakata and Siliguri. You can easily reach the sanctuary by hiring cars either from the New Mall Junction or the rail station at New Jalpaiguri. If you are going by road, then you have to turn from the Khunia More on NH31that takes you to Jaldapara.
Where to stay?
The Chapramari Forest Rest House is the only accommodation available inside ChapramariForest. The bungalow has balconies facing the two salt licks and waterhole. Accommodation here is well furnished and well equipped with attached toilet, lights and fans and other facilities as well. There is a well proportioned dining hall also. Just remember, for staying in the Chapramari FRH, you have to carry your own ration, which will be prepared by the caretaker of the bungalow as per your request. For booking details you may contact: 03561-224907,220017 or visit the official website of West Bengal Tourism.
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East), Kolkata – 700 001
Phone : (033)22436440, 22488271
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