(Last Updated on : 31/10/2019)
Chilapata Forest is located 20 kilometers away from Alipurduar District of West Bengal
. Chilapata forest was ill famed for the dacoits. Now this place is free from dacoits and became one of the major tourist's attraction sites. Chilapata Forest is a thick forest near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
in Dooars. Dooars
is located in Jalpaiguri
District. Chilapata Forest forms an elephant corridor between Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Buxa Tiger Reserve
. This Chilapata Forest is rich as a wildlife reserve. New species always continue to be found there. Chilapata Forest used to be the home to large population of Rhino. From the year 1892 to 1904, Maharaja of Cooch Behar
used this place for hunting.
Tourism in Chilapata Forest
One of the main attractions near the deep jungles of Chilapata forests is the ruined "Nalraja Garh", or fort of the Nal kings, built in the Gupta period
in the 5th century BC. Although poorly maintained, the site has considerable archaeological interest among the tourists. Other activities for eco tourism include Tonga rides through Mathura
tea garden, boating on the Bania River and angling on the confluence of the Kalchini River, Bania River and Buri Basra River.
Wildlife attractions near Chilapata
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautified national park of eastern India situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas
Range in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. Buxa Tiger Reserve is also a rich residence of wild flora and fauna. Almost 400 species of birds and more than 50 species of mammals, including the Royal Bengal Tiger
, Asian Elephant
, Gaur, Hog-deer
, Leopard-cat and Large Indian Civet, are found in the reserve. Other mammals include one horned Rhinoceros, Leopard
, Fishing Cat, Marbled Cat, Large Indian Civet, Spotted Linsang, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Dog (Dhole), Clawless Otter, Assamese Macaque, Gaur (Indian Bison) and Sambar. Rhinos are now extremely rare. Leopards are still common.
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