Day 1: New Mal Junction to Lataguri.
Upon arrival at the railway station/airport, you are received and driven to the Forest Department’s accommodation (Travel time 1-5 to 2 hrs approx) either at:
- Dhupjhora Elephant Camp or
- Kalipur Eco-Cottage or
- Gorumara Eco Village.
Dhupjhora Elephant Camp:
Accommodations are available in a few cottages but the tree house (named Teesta) popularly known as Gachbari is the one that attracts the most.
The rooms are equipped with attached bathrooms but without geysers. However hot water is provided at your doorstep on request.
Activities at Dhupjhora Elephant Camp:
Staying in the tree-house provides one with the forest Canopy life. River Murti is just a walking distance away. Indulge in Elephant Captivity management where you can see and experience giving elephants a bath, Elephant joy ride and Folk dance in the evening.
Activities at Kalipur Eco-cottage OR Gorumara Eco Village:
Enjoy Elephant joy ride and Folk dance in the evening.
Overnight stay will be at any one of the above mentioned properties.
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Day 2: Transfer to Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora
After breakfast, we drive you to Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora (Travel time 2 hrs approx).
This Wilderness camp, at the foothills of the Himalayas, besides the River Murti as well as the Chapramari forest is a wonderful location to chill out.
Here, the river Murti meanders its way down to the plains unveiling a serene panoramic view of distant tea gardens against the backdrop of mountain plains on one side and dense forest of Chapramari on the other.
You can enjoy the safari to the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary (Payable by the guests on the spot) or simply choose to leisure it out.
Overnight stay will be at Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora.
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (Yes) Dinner (Yes)
Day 3: Transfer to Barodabri Malangi lodge OR Buxa Jungle Lodge
After breakfast, we would start for the next leg of your journey to Hasimara, where we would put up at the Malangi Lodge (Travel time 1hr to 1hr 30 minutes approx).
The Barodabri Malangi Lodge situated near the Hasimara Air base and the Assam Bhutan border is our preferred stay option and your base for exploring the Chilapata Forest and its adjoining areas. In case accommodation is not available at the Barodabri Malangi Lodge, we would put up at the Buxa Jungle Lodge at Rajabhatkhowa and continue with exploring the Chilapata Circuit from there..
The Chilapata Tourism Circuit Sector consists of:
- a) Chilapata Forest,
- b) Barodabri (Malangi),
- c) The Kodal Basti (Mendabari Jungle Camp) and
- d) The Nal Rajar Garh
The Chilapata Sanctuary is the green corridor between the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and the Buxa Tiger reserve. Inspite of having some of the densest forests in the entire Dooars area, the Chilapata forest have been recognized neither as a Wildlife Sanctuary nor as a National Park. It still remains a mere reserve forest for exploring wildlife in the wilderness. However, the real thrill and experience of exploring this dense forest is either by taking:
- a Guided Jeep Safari which includes a visit to the Mendabari Watch Tower and the Kodal Basti forests (Payable by the guests on the spot), OR
- An Elephant ride (Payable by the guests on the spot).
Numerous forest trails and walks are also a major attraction here. One can also enjoy a visit to the nearby Mathura tea estate on a Tonga (Horse pulled Carriage) or can even have an excellent and authentic cultural experience by visiting the Rabha tribal community in their villages.
Nal Rajar Garh:
Hidden deep inside the Chilapata forests are the ruins of a 5th century fort, the Nal Rajar Garh (Fort of the King Nala), believed to be built during the Gupta era.
The dilapidated remains today are a handful of stone and brick blocks with distinctive carvings.
The ruins also consist of a broken wall and a broken gate of the Nal Rajar Garh, where, it is believed, the soldiers of the Maharajahs of Cooch Behar stayed to protect the kingdom from Bhutanese invasion.
Breakfast (Yes) Lunch (No) Dinner (No)
Day 4: Transfer to Buxa Jungle Lodge at Rajabhatkhowa.
After breakfast, we drive to Buxa Jungle Lodge at Rajabhatkhowa. Relax and enjoy the location of the lodge.
- Jayanti River trail,
- Chunia Watch Tower,
- Pukhri Hills/Lake
The Jayanti River trail follows the river trail and culminates with a visit to the Jayanti village. Jayanti is a small picture perfect village beside the Jayanti river bed. It is a scenic concoction of mountains, forest and white vast river bed.
River Jayanti has a small flow during the summer, but during the monsoon its beauty is ravage.
Meandering through narrow jungle track one can visit the Chunia Watch Tower. On the way one can see the Chunia River. This Watch Tower offers a lovely 360 degree view of the Forest.
Pukhri is a verdant pond on top of a picturesque hill. Locals consider this pond/lake as sacred and this pond/lake never dries in spite of it being on top of a hill even during the summer months. This pond/lake abounds in hundreds of Magur (Cat Fish) which are never caught by the locals. Tourists also indulge in feeding the fishes with Muri (Puffed rice) and soya beans upon reaching the pond/lake.
Vehicles cannot go direct to the Pukhri, one need to walk through the deep forest for about 15-20 minutes to reach there.
Breakfast (No) Lunch (No) Dinner (No)
Day 5: Excursion to Rasikbil and departure from Alipurduar.
After breakfast, we set off for a half day sightseeing (Approx 3 -4 Hrs) to Rasikbil.
Rasikbil or Rasikbeel is a small lake that attracts a lot of birds that nest in the trees around the lake. The varieties of birds that live in and around the lake includes cormorants, different varieties of storks, ibis, spoonbill, kingfisher, parrots, owl and many others. There is a Deer park and a Crocodile Rehabilitation Center by the side of the lake. There are also a Leopard house, a python house, Aviary & a Tortoise Rescue entre.
After this visit, at appropriate time, we drop you to Alipurduar Junction for your onward journey. Your tour ends with sweet memories.
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