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Gorumara National Park

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Gorumara National Park

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Garumara is in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal of India.

Understand

History

It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1949 and a National Park in 1992.

Landscape

The area where Gorumara National Park [1] is located in is known as the Dooars. It lies in the Himalayan foothills and has great natural beauty. The park is located on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak and has vegetation of riverine grasslands interspersed with savannah woodlands. Much of the forest is moist deciduous and sal (shorea robusta) is the most common and valuable tree. Teak, simul, siris, khair are also found here.

Fauna

The park has recorded fifty species of mammals, three hundred species of birds, twenty species of reptiles, and thirty species of amphibians.

Mammals: The park is rich in large herbivores including 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. The park is not home to any resident population of Bengal tigers, Indian wild dogs or Indian wolf. 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, but the critically endangered pygmy hog has been reported from the park. It also has numerous rodents, inluding giant squirrels. The rare Hispid hare has also been reported from the park.

Birds: Gorumara National Park is famous for its bird population - which includes brilliant submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise flycatcher, spangled drongo and great Indian hornbill. Numerous woodpeckers and pheasants inhabit the park. Peafowls are very common. The park is on the flyway of numerous migratory birds, including the rare Brahminy Duck.

Reptiles and amphibians: 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.

Climate

Get in

  • By air - Bagdogra (13 km from Siliguri) is the nearest airport.
  • By rail - Nearest railway station is Madarihat, 7 km from Gorumara National Park. The park is accessible from the rail stations at Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar from where one can hire a jeep/ car through National Highway 31 to Lataguri, the gateway to the park.
  • By road : National Highway 31 which connects Siliguri and Guwahati passes through

Lataguri (about 75 km from Siliguri), Chalsa and Nagrakata near the park. Gorumara National Park is 15 km from Lataguri, 10 km from Chalsa. It is recommended to hire vehicles from Chalsa or Lataguri to enter the National Park. Most hotels will arrange for the visit.

Fees/Permits

Chalsa on north and Mainaguri on south are the nearest rail stations. Madarihat is the nearest rail station from Jaldapara Wild life santuary. However, Mal Jn. is the nearest rail station where long distance mail/express trains stop, on north of Gorumara N.P. 59.93.192.230 10:00, 28 February 2008 (EST)

Get around

Package Tours

  • Help Tourism - a Siliguri-based organization runs Gorumara Jungle Camp. The camp is a delight for the birders and wildlife enthusiasts, and has 26 double bedded rooms and cottages. The sprawling 30 acres campus is supported by a Sal forest and Tea Garden patch. There is a good food restaurant-Mahakal, named after the legend of Dooars, the Elephants. The Camp organizes jeep safaris, birding, village visits, Tea garden tours. For details or write to:
  • Alpine Nature Beyond Pvt. Ltd.,[2] a Siliguri based organisation, organises package tours covering Gorumara National Park. Reception at New Jalpaiguri railhead/ Bagdogra airport. Short Dooars Tour - Duration: 4 days, Cost: Rs. 3,500-6,000 per head, covering Jaldapara, Gorumara; Jungle Safari in Dooars in North Bengal - Duration: 6 days, Cost: Rs. 4,500-7,000 per head depending on services taken, covering Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, Neora Valley National Park, Gorumara forests, Chapramari forests, Jaldapara etc.
  • Navigator India[3] - a Sliguri based offers customized tours to Gorumara N.P. & other parts of Dooars. October to May is the best season to travel Dooars.

See

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
  • Old Khunia Watch Tower: Near the Murti forest bungalow
  • Suksukia Bird-watching Point: Good for birding

There are no ranger-led or otherwise all-terrain vehicle or elephantback forays into the jungle. Hiking is permitted on metalled roads, but is slightly unsafe considering the population of elephants, gaur and rhinoceros present in the park. The park is closed in the monsoon season (normally June-September).

Do

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Lodging

  • Jungle Heritage, Lataguri, Telephone +91 3561 266 531
  • Green View, Lataguri, Telephone +91 3561 266 258
  • Kakurbari, Murti [4]
  • Sinclairs Retreat Dooars, Chalsa, [5], e-mail - [email protected]
  • Garumara Jungle Camp, Chalsa [6]
  • Meghamallar Tourist Lodge, Malbazar (18 km from Lataguri), Contact for reservation - West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation, Telephone +91 33 2248 5917/ 2248 8271
  • Gorumara Forest Rest House, for details contact - DFO, Wildlife Divn.-II, Aranyabhavan, Jalpaiguri, Tel:+91 3561 224907.

Stay safe

  • Keep fire away. This is the most destructive of all forces. Please do not kindle fires, throw lighted matches, cigarettes, bidis etc.
  • Keep the forest clean. Do not litter with plastic, paper, cellophane etc.
  • Keep pets at home.
  • Do not carry firearms, explosives, etc. These are prohibited.
  • Keep sober. Do not consume alcoholic drinks within the sanctuary.
  • Entering inside the forest is prohibited. Follow the specific road/ path only.
  • Picnics are not permitted inside the sanctuary.
  • Do not tease the wild animals. Watch and observe nature silently.
  • Drive slowly. Permissible speed is 20 km/hr.
  • Disorderly conduct is not permitted.
  • No person shall hunt, destroy or remove or collect any forest produce or wildlife. Fishing prohibited.

Violations of any provisions as mentioned above or any rules shall be punishable under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and rules made thereunder and Indian Forest Act,1927.

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