Gorumara National Park : Dense Forest
Gorumara National Park in Dooars region is situated on the banks of the Murti river. It is a dense forest packed with several watchtowers and filled with wildlife. It also has a huge variety of flora and fauna. In the entirety of North Bengal, the Gorumara national park is the most important and popular tourist […]
Gorumara National Park in Dooars region is situated on the banks of the Murti river. It is a dense forest packed with several watchtowers and filled with wildlife. It also has a huge variety of flora and fauna. In the entirety of North Bengal, the Gorumara national park is the most important and popular tourist destination. Although the forest is not huge and it is spread over approximately 80 square kilometers. But, due to its varied wildlife and rich flora and fauna, the Gorumara National Park in Dooars is the most exciting tourist destination.
Getting to Gorumara National Park in Dooars
By Train: Situated at a distance of just 65 km is the North Bengal’s most important railway station, the New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. Most of the tourists can disembark at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and take a bus from here to Gorumara. Or else, tourists may also take the Teesta-Torsa express and disembark at the station of Moynaguri which is at 20 km distance from Gorumara.
By Bus: Siliguri is the major city in North Bengal and as such it has several buses available that will lead to Gorumara. The buses from Siliguri go through two routes, one of them goes through Lataguri or through the Malbazar route with beautiful forests, tea gardens and mountains.
Things to see and do in Gorumara National Park
Gorumara is a land comprising of diverse forests and wildlife. The authoroties arranges for several tourist activities such as safaris and cultural programs. The Gorumara National Park has a dearth of activities and can keep any tourist engaged for several days.
The Gorumara National Park in Dooars region, boasts for around fifty species of exotic mammals and around three hundred bird species. Several herbivores such as rhinos, elephants, bears, deers and boars resides in Gorumara. Although there are not too many carnivores except the leopards and occasional tigers. But, there are several reptiles in the park and one estimate says that around twenty species of diverse reptiles are available in Gorumara.
Safari in Gorumara National Park
There are several forest safaris held in Gorumara. These forest safaris begin at the start of the Gorumara National park and end at the tail end of the National Park. Several species of animals can be seen while undertaking the safari.
Rhino Observation Point
Just beside the forest bungalow inside the Gorumara National Park, the Rhino Observation Point is situated. There is a huge salt reservoir just underneath the tower. It is a great place to observe the elephants and rhinos coming to taste the salt.
‘Jatra Prasad’ Watch Tower is also called as ‘Gorumara Watch Tower’. This is the only tower offering panoramic view of the entire forest area with wildlife sightings. ‘Jatraprasad Watch Tower’ in Dooars established in the remembrance of pet Elephant of the Forest Department called ‘Jatraprasad’ who died few years back. He rendered great and dedicated service to the Forest Department and the tourists of the Gorumara National Park.
The two-watch tower offers the excellent view of the forest wilds and rivulets running through the Gorumara National Park. ‘Jatraprasad Watch Tower’ is the most popular place among the visiting tourists. This is the oldest and the most popular Watch Tower. Truly, by many travelers, it is considered as the best place to get the glimpse of the wildlife of this famous Tower. This watch tower not only offers great view of the wild, rather it offers fantastic landscapes to the interior of Gorumara National Park.
‘Chandrachur Watch Tower’ is also known as ‘Khunia Watch Tower’. It offers the best view of wild lives and certain part of ‘Gorumara National Park’. This watch tower especially built for watching wild elephants and Indian Bisons.
Medla Watch Tower
The Medla watchtower is on the eastern end of Gorumara forest beside Ramsai. To make the watch tower more attractive the forest department have arranged Buffalo Cart ride to reach the tower. It is built on the vicinity of river Murti. The watch tower offers the view of Elephant herd is crossing the river or wondering Rhinos or Indian Bisons, Deer etc. On a clear day, mount ‘Kanchenjunga’ clearly visible from ‘Medhla’ Watch Tower.