Ramsai is situated on the eastern side of Gorumara National Park. Till a few years back it used to be just another small village of North Bengal, however recent tourist infrastructure and increasing tourism activities in the area has brought prominence to the place.
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Gorumara National Park is situated in the Dooars Region of Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal. River Murti, Jaldhaka and Diana have passed through this national park. In 1949, Gorumara Forest was declared as wildlife sanctuary when it was a small forest. Later in the year 1992, it was declared as a National Park, encompassing of 89 kms of diverse forest. In addition to one-horned Rhinos, Gorumara forest comprises of wild Elephants, Deer, Sāmbhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, gaur and a number of birds etc.
The Medla watchtower of Gorumara National Park is located next to Ramsai. The entry tickets to Medla are issued from here. The watchtower visit is unique as tourists are taken to there on bullock carts. This watchtower is also relatively easier to visit and restrictions are also limited.
Just behind the ticket counter of Medla Watchtower is the location of an open-air Butterfly Park. The park has a facility for breeding butterflies and although the park does not have any cover, one can see hundreds of butterflies of different species there.
Medla Watchtower offers a panoramic vista of river Jaldhaka flowing through the lush forest surrounding Ramsai which looks like shining snakes twisting through the plains an awe-inspiring sight which can leave any bystander enthralled by the beauty of Dooars.
Tourists can get two eco-tourist accommodations inside the Gorumara National Park there. The Rhino camp and Kalipur Eco cottages both are located near the Medla watchtower giving it an advantage in terms of sighting wildlife. Amenities here are basic and human activities are limited. Hence the tourist accommodations are suggested only for nature lovers who want isolation from so called tourists and stay close to Mother Nature without being disturbed.
The Jadavpur Tea Garden is located just opposite the Kalipur Eco Village. The Tea garden has nothing exceptional to offer to the tourists and it also does not have its own tea processing factory. However, its location at the heart of the tourist movement made Jadavpur TE a tourist attraction. Tourists may walk around the tree plants to view the beauty of the garden.
Spending a night in the peaceful atmosphere at the core of the jungle while listening to the enthralling chirping of crickets and hooting of exotic night birds can be a lifetime awesome moment of happiness. Gifted with the pictorial sight and tranquil environment, Ramsai of Dooars region has become the place to find comfort for the nature lover and adventurer from the dull city life who crave to be in a nature bound place and explore the green jungle while riding on the back of majestic elephant.
From Sealdah(Kolkata) we took UP Teesta Torsha Exp and got down at New Maynaguri Station. We took one Toto Rickshaw(battery operated rickshaw) and reached Kalipur Eco Camp. Toto took Rs. 350.
Toto driver Gopal- 6296097104/8327885516 was a nice person. I must appreciate him for his conversation. Cab can take the same place and charge near Rs.600.
The main Ramsai road connects Maynaguri with Ramsai where the road ends. The distance through this road is about 23 km. However, if you are coming here from other parts of Gorumara such as Murti or Lataguri, you may not have to go to Maynaguri to come to Ramsai. There are several short cut roads through forest and canals to reach here.
Best season to visit Ramsai
Each season has its own appeal to be enjoyed in Ramsai and when all the forest area of Dooars region remains close during monsoon season from mid-July to mid- September, Ramsai remain open for the visitors throughout the year.
Next morning it was the time for our scheduled elephant safari took us on his back towards jungle. We spotted few peacocks and other birds on the riverside. It was a joyous feelings sitting on elephant back while it was crossing Murti River. After breakfast the memorable part of the trip ended.
The staffs were very friendly and the food was simple and fresh. As a part of eco-tourism, we enjoyed a dance performance by the locals in the evening. We were also presented with 3 door mats made by the locals at the end of our stay.
How to book
If you want to have an Elephant Safari at Gorumara, you need to stay at either of
Rhino Camp (Ramsai)
However please note that, unlike Jaldapara, Elephants here are not equipped with custom made seats. So you would need to sit in the back of elephant, which can be an issue for the kids, women and senior citizens depending on their fitness level. The staying facility nearby Medla Watch Tower maintained by Jalpaiguri Wildlife Division II. It comes in a package consisting of Accommodation, one breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner, evening snacks, Trip To Medla Watch Tower (you can go on your own as many times as you want), Tribal Dance (Evening), Elephant Safari (Morning) and gift. The property is really well maintained and the rooms and washrooms are clean. The food there is really great!! The package costs Rs. 5100/- for 3 pax( Rs. 1700/ head).
Although this part of the forest is not that much dense and thrilling, however spending a night during Purnima (Full Moon) can give you goose bumps. You can book this over phone and transfer the advance through Demand Draft. If you book online, you have to collect the booking receipt from NIC Lataguri before proceeding there.
Tele-booking No: 03561266340
The best way to book this package is online booking through WBSFDA (West Bengal State Forest Development Authority).
Last updated on 23.01.21