Escaping to vast stretches of greenery with uninterrupted moments of natural calm is a great way to break free from the rigmaroles of mundane lives. Dooars has many such national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that promise enchanting views and an exceptionally immersive experience. Chapramari Forest is one such place.
Bounded by sparkling river streams, Chapramari Forest is the extension of Gorumara National Park, famous for one-horned Rhinos. Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Forest are divided by the Murti river which is just 1km away from Panthaniwas. Panthaniwas is a pioneer to offer studio apartments in Dooars where people can escape whenever they need a vacation or settle permanently after retirement. The name ‘Chapramari’ is derived from the native language where ‘Chapra’ stands for ‘small fishes’ and ‘Mari’ stands for ‘abundance’. It is among the oldest reserve forests in India with diversified flora and fauna.
If you arrive by train, Chalsa is the nearest train station about 10 km from the forest. But very few trains stop here. Several trains stop 7 km from Malbazar, including the Intercity Express train and the train connecting Kolkata. Panthaniwas offers studio apartments near Chalsa viewpoint with easy access to Chapramari Forest. When you reach Chalsa, take National Highway 17 to Nagrakata and the forest you see on both sides of the road after crossing the Murti River (for a section of about 7 km to the Jaldaka River) is Chapramari.
The charm of a forest vacation:
Nature lovers who want to spend a few days in peace without any particular agenda can opt for a forest vacation. Unplug the devices and enjoy the view of the blooming nature with lots of fresh air, which can help you relieve stress, relax and rejuvenate. Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with oxygen leaving all your worries behind. Forests are a great reminder of our precious natural ecosystems and habitats. A vacation in the forest will encourage you to appreciate our natural habitat and the importance of protecting it. A trip to the forest will allow you to absorb the knowledge of the flora and fauna that are essential to our existence. Observing wildlife in their natural habitat is a unique experience and indulges the senses. Capture the natural beauty and captivating moments of the forest with your camera for a lifetime.
What to experience in Chapramari Forest?
Explore a wide variety of wildlife in the Chapramari Forest, including elephants, gaurs, spotted deer, chital, sambar and antelope, as well as a variety of colourful birds. The elephant is one of the most commonly sighted animals here, so is Gaur (the Indian Bison). The forest is a paradise for bird watchers since mynas, scarlet minivets, green magpie, Indian treepie, thrush, white-breasted kingfisher, adjutant stork etc. can be easily spotted here. Various types of beautiful orchids can also be seen in this dense forest. The Khunia Watchtower, located not far from the reserve, is an ideal place to observe wildlife and the majestic unicorn rhinoceros. Further north of Chapramari, tourists also explore the Bhutan- Dooars border villages, which include Jaldaka, Paren, Bindu and Jalong, known for their scenic beauty and serenity.