Lataguri (Gorumara National Park) - Lataguri is a part of Eastern Dooars. Dooars is the vast stretch of plain land in the foothills of Himalaya. The Himalayan range acts as a natural backdrop. Derived from the word Sanskrit word ‘Duar’ or ‘Doors’ this region forms the Door to Bhutan & North East. The dense natural forests interwoven with lush green tea gardens are crossed by the river Teesta, Raidak, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Kalchini, Dyna, Neora, Sankosh and their innumerable tributaries trotting and rolling down from the hills. Gorumara National Park issues entry passes in Lataguri itself. The beauty can be enjoyed availing the Forest departmental Safari organized daily with a tour guide, Security with a Gypsy / Jeep. Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary is approximately 32 kilometers from Gorumara National park entrance. It is more of woodland with very tall trees and thick canopy cover. The fauna of the area include one horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, Barking Deer, and Spotted Deer etc. Lowland bird species like Black Stork, Common Merganser, Grey-Capped Pygmy Wood Pecker, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Dollar Bird, Pin Tailed Green Pigeon, Long Tailed Broadbill, etc. can easily be sighted. Jhalong & Bindu are two small settlements close to Bhutan border and is worth visiting staying in Lataguri and nearby region. It’s a day excursion. Amidst the beautiful hills, flowing rivers, dense forests of Dooars are both exquisite and lovely destination for tourists. A vast texture of dense forests teeming with wildlife, unending tea gardens, Babbling Rivers, interspersed with sleepy or busy settlements, constitute the fascinating tourist destinations in the region. The valley stretching from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east is full of wildlife & Tea Estate. Gorumara National Park is a National Park close to Lataguri. It is situated in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills; it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009. Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Banks of River Murti, Jaldhaka, Jallong, Bindu, Samsing, Suintaleykhola, Parren, Sipchu, is some of the places of interest. Other places of interest are Jatileswar Temple, Bateshwar Temple, Mahakal Temple, Ramsai Wildlife, Khuksiya Park, Bodaganj, Ambari, Kathambari and Odlabari. Place like Mongpong, Jhalong, Fagu, Tangtey, will get any tourists imagination run wild. Moreover this place gives any one the oppurtunity to access the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas whose potential in this regard need not be mentioned. Jalpesh Mela, one of the main fairs in the months of February and March. Not only local people but people from different parts of the country come to take part in the fair which is the meeting place of various cultures. The best way to watch wildlife is from the numerous well-located watchtowers at the park. The watchtowers are Jatraprasad Watch Tower, Rhino Observation Point, Chandrachur Watch Tower, Old Khunia Watch Tower, Near the Murti forest bungalow, Chukchuki Bird-watching Point, Medhla Watch Tower and Chapramari Watch Tower. The forest department provides accommodation at Gorumara Eco Village at Kalipur, Gorumara elephant camp at Dhupjhora and Gormuara Rhino camp at Ramsai. The nearby small town Lataguri has many private resorts.
Communication: The Nearest Airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) and is linked to Lataguri by road approximately 98 kilometers and is 2½ hour’s drive by road. Bagdogra Airport (IXB). Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is served by regular flights from all over India. The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station(NJP) and is approximately 95 kilometers linked to the Dooars by road and is 2½ hours drive. Chalsa & New Mal stations are the other railway station in the region. The frequency of trains is less hence tourist prefers to use Siliguri as the entry point. The area is well linked with Siliguri by road. National Highway Number 31 link Lataguri and Madarihat. There are two approach roads one is National Highway number 31 and the other is via Jalpaiguri from Siliguri.
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