Chapramari

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuary in West Bengal situated  in the Dooars. The name Chapramari derived from Chopra which means a type of fish and Mari which means abundant. The Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Nagrakata Block of Jalpaiguri District, just at the foothills of Kalimpong Sub-division and on the banks of Murti River. The Reserve Forest since 1895 was declared as a Game Sanctuary in 1939. In view of its great diversity of flora and fauna it was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1998 comprising a total area of 9.6031 sq. kms. Forest villages like Khunia, Sipchu, and Panjhora, encircle the Sanctuary. The population comprises Scheduled Castes and Tribes such as Rajbanshi, Nepali, Rava, Munda & Oraon. One can visit these ethnic villages to get acquainted with their lifestyle and culture. A live show of the ethnic tribal culture can be seen every evening in the Chapramari Wilderness Camp at Panjhora. A huge variety of flora and fauna covers the forests.

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