Gorumara National Park
Positioned in the Dooars, Gorumara National Park is situated in Jalpaiguri district. The main attractions of this national park are one horned Indian Rhinoceros. The Dooars lies in the Himalayan foothills and it has enormous natural splendor. Dooars are home to some of West Bengal's most wide-ranging flora and fauna.
Gorumara Park is on the bank of Murti and Raidak rivers. This sanctuary has flora of river side grasslands intermingled with savanna forest. This forest has wet deciduous sal trees which are supposed to be the most common yet a priceless tree. The views of this park are magnificent with its rivers and mountain ranges. Parks wildlife comprises of Indian Elephant, Indian Bison, and leopard. The park also houses monkeys, turtles, deer, pythons, monkeys and more than 200 species of birds.
Gorumara sanctuary is birdwatchers heaven, providing gorgeous birds like Indian pied hornbill, Woodpeckers, Sunbird, fly catcher, Minivet, Drongo. Brahmani duck is a usual visitor here and birds can be seen from Suksukia. You will also come across bird watching spot inside the park. You can also explore next-door forest villages to get familiar with the everyday life and customs of the villagers.
Wildlife includes one horned rhinoceros, elephants, bison, and Brahmani Duck.
Rajbari signifies Palace. The gate of this palace is huge and has concrete arch structure.
It is believed that you tie a stone on the branch of the old tree and wish for good.
A small town comprises of many private resorts.
How to get there:
Sikkim doesnt have any airport, but the nearest Airport is Bagdogra (near Siliguri) in West Bengal, which lays only 125kms away from Gangtok the capital of Sikkim. Bagdogra linked with cities like Delhi and Kolkata.
Sikkim can be reached through northern areas of West Bengal. Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Siliguri are directly connected to Gangtok and other cities of the state. Avoid traveling during the monsoon seasons. Temporary problems may occur in monsoon.
The closest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (near Siliguri) which is linked with Gangtok. Gangtok has a wide-ranging rail network connecting with major railway stations in India such as Kolkata, Delhi. It is also connected with the cities of Northeastern India like Guwahati.
Places to visit nearby:
A tiny hill station is settled between Siliguri and Gangtok. Kalimpong town is set 1250 m above sea level which provides fantabulous sights of the Mt Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan Trekking peaks. The prominent peaks are Durpin Dara and Deoro Hill.
Pelling gives a conspicuous view of the Mount Kanchenjunga, the Guardian Deity of Sikkim. A supreme escapade for travelers, Pelling has countless waterfalls, simple trek routes and villages in its vicinity. Soothing atmosphere attracts all the visitors.
Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary:
Set near the NH31 connecting north-east with the rest of India, it will come to your way as you cross river Tista. While moving towards Dooars, you find the famous Chapramari sanctuary. The forest of this sanctuary is covered by large number of flora and fauna. The population of elephants is the main attraction in Chapramari.
Foreign tourists need to receive Inner Line Permits to enter any part of Sikkim.
Better to carry provisions from Chalsa, 10km.
Elephant ride is organized in the park, but prior permission is required.
Maintain silence to cherish the close proximity to the natural habitats.
This park is closed from mid June to mid September.
Best time to visit
November to April
Things to carry
Bring couple of warm clothes no matter in what season you visit.
Bring with you essential prescription medications such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin etc.