Dooars Tour Plan from Kolkata: Get An Overview
Priya, a PR consultant and mother of two, had a trip to Puri in the last winter. This time she is planning something different for the family trip. She wants to add some spice and adventure to her vacation. After much discussion with her husband and kids, Priya finalised Dooars. On her friend’s suggestion Priya contacted Touriana, the best travel agent in Kolkata for Dooars, to plan and to make the trip a memorable one. You may also contact Touriana to find out how to make your Dooars tour plan from Kolkata. Here is an overview.
GORUMARA Tour by Touriana
When you are planning to pack your bag for Dooars trip, the first name comes to your mind is Gorumara National Park. You cannot afford to miss Gorumara on your trip to Dooars. It lies in the Himalayan foothills and situated on the banks of rivers, Murti and Raidak, in the Jalpaiguri district. This is a must visit for you to catch a glimpse of the wonders of nature. The park looks absolutely stunning with its mountain ranges and waterfalls.
Spread over an area of 80 square kilometres, this forest offers a large variety of flora and fauna on display. If you are nature lover and have interest in wildlife photography then you will completely be awestruck. Gorumara Park has vegetation of riverine grasslands interspersed with savannah woodlands. Much of this forest is moist deciduous and sal is the most common and valuable tree. Teak, Simul, Siris, Khair are also found here. The vegetation here is so thick that sunlight barely reaches down to the forest floor and sometimes it is impossible to see through the thicket.
Due to the great diversity of plants and animals, it was declared a National Park in 1992. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the MOEF (Ministry of Environment and Forest) for the year 2009.
# Plan your tour to Gorumara from Kolkata
The prime attraction of Gorumara is of course its wild life and you will find the list quite spine-chilling. The grassland of Gorumara is famous for Asiatic one-horned rhino. This is also home to other mammal species like majestic Asian Elephants, Indian Bison, Leopard, Deer, Sambar, Monkeys etc. Indian Wild Dogs, Giant Squirrels, Wild boars, cobra, Rock Python, and a variety of other species are also 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.
The National park has now become a popular tourist hotspot due to the dense, mysterious forests, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and the presence of the Indian Rhinoceros. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in tourist arrival as well as infrastructure. While making your Dooars tour plan from Kolkata, get in touch with Touriana, the best travel agent in Kolkata for Dooars.
Are you fascinated with birds? Interested in bird watching? Then you will be happy to know this Park is famous for its bird population. Minivets, Pheasants, Great Indian Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Peafowls, Cuckoos, Pigeons and Mynas are some birds that you can see here. If you are planning tour for the winter season, then you will be mesmerised by the migratory birds, including teal, stork, ibis, rare Brahminy Duck, enhancing the beauty of the forest. The night hunters are the Nightjars and the Owls. Carry binoculars to observe the birds chirping and flying.
Without any second opinion, the most famous and fun-filled activity at the Gorumara is the jungle safari. During these safaris, you can get a marvel view of many animals and birds from a close distance. As you pass through the dense forests you may come across of a leopard licking its paw on a tree or a herd of elephants crossing your way. These few hours will keep your mind in peace and solitude. There is a voice that doesn’t use words, listen to that.
Remember, you need to obtain a special permission to enter into the core area of the park. There are two types of Safaris – the Elephant Safari and the Jeep Safari. You can book your forest safari from the forest department and must take an authorised guide along with you while visiting the watchtowers. Carry powerful binoculars with night vision facilities, and be prepared to witness some breathtaking scenes.
The jungle safaris will lead you to different watchtowers :
Jatraprasad: The watchtower is named after a female elephant, legendary for its caring nature. The entry point is through the National Highway at the northern part of the National Park. From the top of the tower you will get a panoramic view of almost the entire park and the vast grassland. Couple of salt lakes just below the watchtower have made this place attractive to spot wildlife, especially during early morning or late afternoon safaris. Wait and be silent, you will experience a priceless sight of a majestic Royal Bengal Tiger, creeping out from bush to drink water. You have to travel through the forest for about 6 kms to reach Jatraprasad watchtower, on the bank of Murti river.
Rhino observation point – This is the best place to observe wild animals like rhino, elephant, bison and deer. You will be hypnotized with the view of Rhinos leisurely coming to taste the salted soil below the tower, the Gaurs or the Indian Bison grazing at the distant meadow, a spotted deer suddenly jumps over a small stream and vanishes in the jungle. Be ready with your lenses to take the snap.
Methla Watchtower : This watchtower is located at the Kalipur eco village towards the eastern fringe of the national park. Unique bullock cart driven safaris are suggested as they are really interesting.
Gorumara National Park Timings :
- In summer the park is open from 5:30 AM – 6:00 PM. In winter the timing is from 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
- The national park is open all year round. It is closed from 16th June to 15th September.
So, avoid the monsoons because the jungles remain closed during the rains.
Where to Stay :
Your stay will be at Lataguri, a small town located on the southern side of Gorumara. Touriana, the best travel agent in Kolkata for Dooars, will arrange everything, from accommodation to sightseeing to transfers. Permits for Gorumara and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are given from Lataguri. There is “Nature Interpretation Center”, which gives the information about the flora and fauna of the area. Lataguri affords you the splendor of Gorumara and Champramari National Park and also allows access to the Buxa Tiger Reserve which is a mere 2 hours away.
Ideal time to visit Gorumara-Lataguri :
November to March is the best time to visit Lataguri. It is a year-round tourist place. The town experiences heavy lashes of rainfall with humidity during the monsoons. The summers are usually averagely hot. So it is better to opt for the winter, which is pleasantly cool.
Your Dooars tour plan from Kolkata must include these places around Gorumara :
Murti, the stunning riverside, located in between Gorumara and Chapramari.
Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its elephant population.
Jhalong- bindu, splendid view of stunning hills and valleys to make the most of your trip.
Samsing , one of the best tea gardens in Dooars, is a little hamlet, blessed with natures bounty.
Santalekhola A place in the backdrop of glistening green & blue sky.
A picturesque tourist spot on the bank Murti river, is located at around 15 km from Lataguri. When you are heading towards Murti by car, you are going from one district to another as it is situated in the Darjeeling district.
The river originates high in the mountains of Neora Valley National Park area.The place is abundant in natural and pristine beauty. Murti is a heaven for bird watchers and perfect place for nature lovers. There are plenty of opportunities to see elephants or deer or Gaur (Indian Bison). If luck favours, Gharials can also be seen in the river. You can also take some time off and hike in the surrounding region. Camping out is a popular activity in Murti. You can take a walk through the jungles. Many of the watchtowers of Gorumara and Chapramari forests are built on the banks of river Murti. Prominents are Chandrachur Watchtower and Chapramari Watchtower.
Touriana arranges sightseeing in Murti and it will take half a day or one day. But if you want to see all sightseeing places, experience the tranquility and hospitality of local villagers, Touriana can arrange a night stay in Murti. In the morning, you can take a dip in the crystal clear waters the hilly river. Fishing will also be a great idea to relax. Traveling through the dense forest with your car at night will also make your trip thrilling. A different but memorable experience will be if you visit nearby village Totopara, the only habitations of the Totos, of the aboriginal tribes.
The best season to visit Murti :
February- March and October-November. Anytime of the year you can visit Murti, but if you are planning to explore some of the thrilling experiences like Jungle safari, Murti river camp, then it is advised to avoid the monsoon as the jungles remain closed during the rainy season.
Some nearby attractions you can explore are Rocky Island, Samsing, Suntalekhola.
Picnicking on the bank of the Suntalekhola or driving through the steep serpentine way to Tree Fern Point and Mouchuki is worth remembering. Suntalekhola is truly an offbeat destination in the backdrop of lush green and blue sky.
Samsing is an ideal place for you to enjoy a relaxed vacation in the nature’s lap. The horizon extended tea gardens, wavy hill slopes, meandering streams, rural life of simple village people will make you engrossed with the beauty of the place. Touriana suggests you to visit the traditional orange orchards and cardamom plantation in Samsing. If you are fond of trekking, then a trek from Samsing to Suntalekhola will bring you closer to the nature.
Rocky Island is about 2 kms from Samsing. The view of the river and surrounding forests are excellent from Rocky Island.
From murti you take a trip towards Jhalong, situated on the bank of Jaldhaka River. This trip will take you to the hills bordering Bhutan. You will experience a dramatic change in the landscape from lush green forest to rocky hills. On the way to Jhalong, you can stop for a cup of tea and some lovely hot steamed Momos from local food stalls.
Jaldhaka River is a natural boundary between India and Bhutan. You can see the beautiful valley below and the villages far in the distant hills in Bhutan. Jaldhaka Hydro Electricity Project on the Jaldhaka River is a major attraction. You will get an opportunity to enjoy a varied collection of hill birds as well as migratory water fouls..
Jhalong market is flooded with lots of oranges in the month of November and December. You can buy as much as you need and these are very cheap in rate and good in taste. You can walk for miles in the hills without jostling with other tourists. You may interact with the locals who are not yet spoiled by mass tourism. Short treks, angling in Jaldhaka river will also be engaging and entertaining.
From Jhalong you move on heading towards Bindu, the last village of West Bengal to the North. It is situated just before the Bhutan border. Bindu is surrounded by the hills and is mostly covered with dense forest. Include Bindu as a part of a day tour for visitors to Gorumara.
Ideal time to visit Jhalong-Bindu:
Jhalong-Bindu can be visited throughout the year. September to October, enjoy the lush green greenery throughout valley of Jaldhaka. During this time the river gets in full force. Weather remains more pleasant in November to March.
Points to be remembered for Dooars Trip:
- Ask your driver to drive slowly so that you can have a chance of spotting a wild animal.
- Avoid loud music or noise. Do not disturb wild animals. You must watch and observe the nature silently.
- Please keep the forest clean. Do not litter with plastic, paper, water bottles etc.
- Don’t throw cigarettes as they can cause wild fires.
- Listen to your driver. He would be the best companion cum guide.
- Follow the guidelines provided by the guide when you go inside the jungle.
Touriana’s customised Dooars tour package includes :
– Transfer in luxury car,
– English/Hindi speaking driver cum guide
Make a hassle free, memorable trip to Dooars with Touriana, the best travel agent in Kolkata for Dooars.