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.

Orchids

The Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora. A number of Orchids belonging to the genus Acampe, Bulbophyllum, Chiloschista, Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Eria, Gastrochilus, Luisia, Oberonia etc. are very common. They can be seen in full bloom in different months throughout the year.

How to Reach

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is located 26 kms. from Lataguri, 8 kms. from Chalsa, 70 kms. from Jalpaiguri and 72 kms. from Siliguri
Road – National Highway 31 connects Siliguri and Nagrakata and passes beside the Sanctuary. Buses, Private Cars, NBSTC Buses are available from Siliguri to Chalsa/Lataguri. Journey time from Siliguri is about 2 hrs.
Rail – Nearest Railway Station is Chalsa about 8 kms. from Lataguri. The Sanctuary is accessible from Rail Stations at Siliguri, New Jalpaiguri, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Coochbehar from where one can hire cars to reach the Sanctuary. It is always better to hire petrol driven vehicle.
Air – The nearest Airport is Bagdogra which is about 13 kms. from Siliguri.

Best Time

Best time to visit Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is from September 16th to June 15th. Permits to the Watch Tower are made from Lataguri Nature Interpretation Centre and Garumara North Range Office at Chalsa.

Visiting Hours

March-September

Issuing Time

October-February

Issuing Time

Morning Session

1st Shift – 6 to 8 am

2nd Shift – 8 to 10 am

5:30 am

7:00 am

6:30 to 8:30 am

8:30 to 10:30 am

6:00 am

7:30 am

Afternoon Session

1st Shift – 2 to 4 pm

2nd Shift – 8 to 10 am

1:00 pm

3:00 pm

1:00 to 3:00 pm

3:00 to 5:00 pm

12:00 noon

2:00 pm

Wildlife

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its mega sized herbivores such as the Elephant and bison locally called gaur. Cheetal, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wildboar, Pangolin are also present in the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provides an excellent opportunity for study of the habitat, behavior, food, population dynamics of these animals. Royal Bengal Tiger can also be spotted here in the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.

Bird Watchers paradise

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is popular for its scenic beauty of forested landscape with rive rain ecosystem. The Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is  ideal place for bird watching. Different types of birds can be spotted in this region such as Green Magpie, Indian Treepie, Thrush, Scarlet Minivet, Hill Mayna, Whitr Breasted Kingfisher, Hornbill, Large Grey Headed Fishing Eagle, Adjutant Stork etc. the most common water birds are the large and little Cormorant, Darter & Egret. Migratory birds include the Brahminy and Teals.

Reservation of Govt. Bunglow

For reservation of Chapramari Inspection Bungalow and Wilderness Camp at Panjhora please contact-
Divisional Forest Officer,
Wildlife Division – II
“Aranya Bhawan”, Jalpaiguri – 735101
Tel. + Fax : 03561-220017
e-mail : dfowildlife2@gmail.com
Lataguri N.I.C., Tel. + Fax: +91-3561-266340

Other Govt. Accommodations in Chapramari & Nearest Places –

1.    Gorumara Elephant Camp, Dhupjhora
2.    Gorumara Eco-village, Kalipur
3.    Gorumara Tents, Murty
4.    Gorumara Rhino Camp, Ramsai
5.    Gorumara Hornbill Nest, Bichabhanga
6.    Chapramari Wilderness Camp, Panjhora
7.    Nature Interpretation Centre (Lataguri)

Accommodations are also available in W.B.F.D.C Ltd. Resorts in Murti.