Here I would not only discuss Chilapata Jungle Safari, but I would also discuss the geography of Chilapata forest, Chilapata Jungle Safari timings, Chilapata Jungle Safari booking, Chilapata Jungle Safari cost, and Chilapata Forest Stay. Next morning we awakened at sharp five am. We got prepared and began for Chilapata Jungle safari around 5.45 am. Chilapata Forest is a dense forest placed close to Jaldapara park in Dooars. It is settled about twenty kilometers from Alipurduar, and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town. Chilapata Forest lies in the heart of Eastern Dooars at the foothills of Himalaya. Your stay at Chilapata Jungle will be great if you stay at the Mendabari Jungle camp will be full of spotting different wild animals since the Chilapata Forest serves as a natural corridor between Jaldapara park and Buxa Tiger Reserve. You can do Jaldapara Jungle safari and Chilapata Jungle safari either same day(morning/evening) or next days.
About Chilapata Forest
Chilapata forest is famous for the Asiatic one Horned Rhino and Indian Elephant. Since Chilapata Forest is the home to 23 species of herbivores and carnivores and around 22 species of reptiles and 180 species of birds. Some rare orchids and trees and plants are found in the forest as well. If you are lucky you can spot Sambar, barking deer, hog deer, leopard and from Mendabari Watchtower during the Chilapata Jungle Safari.
Since the forest remains closed during monsoon, the best time to visit Chilapata and doing Chilapata Jungle Safari in October- November, and March-April because of the cool and moderate weather and it’s the best time to see the migratory birds. Mathura Tea Estate and Rava tribal community are the other tourist attractions near the forest apart from Jaldapara National Park Rhino and South Khairbari Leopard Rescue Center. The ruin of Nalrajar Garh is another favored attraction for the tourist lodging in Mendabari Jungle Camp. There exist the ruins of an old fort in the dense forests at Chilapata on the east bank of the Torsa river a few miles south of the Indo-Bhutan border. It is popularly called “Nal Rajar Garh”. The Britishers called it “the Mendabari ruins”. After excavations at this place undertaken by the archaeological department have shown that these brick constructions belonged to the “Gupta Age”. It was one of the frontier fortifications of the region then known as “ Pundrabardhan Bhukti”.
How to reach Chilapata
The two nearest Stations to Chilapata are New Alipurduar Junction (26 km) and Hasimara Junction (16 km). There are several trains from Kolkata to New Alipurduar Junction. Your best option could be Teesta -Torsa Express ( Reaches at 7:15 a.m.) from Sealdah or Kamrup Express (Reaches at 9:15 a.m.) from Howrah. As for Hasimara, there are only two trains from Kolkata. Out of these two Kanchankanya Express (Reaches at 10:46 a.m.) from Sealdah is a better option. From the station, a car ride will take you to the jungle camp. Chilapata is open to tourists from October to May.
Staying at Chilapata Forest
There are several private lodges like Chilapata Green Resort and Bamboo Village Resort on the outskirts of the forest. However, only Mendabari Jungle Camp at Kodalbasti (2 km inside The jungle), located in the core area of the jungle
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Our Chilapata Jungle Safari costs Rs. 1940 all-inclusive.
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