Location : Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal, India.
Established : 1949
Park Area : 79.99 Sq. Km.
Best Recommended time to visit : November to April. Rest of the time park is closed between mid June-mid September for the visitors.
Quick Facts : Jatraprasad Watch and Chandrachur Tower & Rhino Observation and Chukchuki Bird watching point.
Gorumara National Park is situated in Jalpaiguri District of Dooars region, North Bengal. As the park is situated on the bank of River Maruti, the place has got extensive forms for Flora and Fauna. The Gorumara’s grasslands are well known for the Asiatic 1-horned rhino. The Murti ravines and entire park offers a panoramic view of the national park. You just can’t afford to miss such a wonderful place that is filled with fantastic biomes and varieties of animals and birds. It’s a two hrs journey from NJP i.e. Bagdora through tea gardens and winding roads. You will have quality time in the forests while traveling through the whole safari at Gorumara National Park.
The park has exquisite beauty as it is situated on the Himalayan foothills bounded with savannah woodlands. The park has got adequate variety of animals and plants that make your journey mesmerize. The forest is mostly moist with sal and deciduous that offers valuable tress such as Khair, simul, siris, teak, simul and many more.
The Gorumara National Park has bird’s species with 193, Carnivores & Herbivores with 48 species, reptiles with 22 species, fishes with 27 species, turtles with 7 species and remaining with other micro-macro fauna.
The wildlife of Gorumara National Park offers a panoramic view from the “Forest Rest House” near the Murti Valley. From this place you get prefect picturesque of land as well as to see wild animals. The park includes most of the common animals such as Indian one horned Rhino, Indian Bisaon (Gaur), Elephant, Rock Python, Leopards (Chitabagh), Deer and Malayan Squirrel. The core area is been restricted by the Forest People, so you need to take permission for entering the park.
At Gorumara National Park we see major birds such as Pheasants, Minivets, Woodpeckers, Hornbills, Proles, Mynas, Cucko and Pigeons. In winters, various birds such as Stork, Ibis, Teals, Brahminy duck and many more migrates over here. Even we have observed other birds like Lapwing, Egrets, Indian Shag, Cprporant and Lesser Adjutant. In night we get glimpse of the Nightjars and the Owls.
Amphibians & Reptiles :
The Gorumara National Park is a home land to various amphibians and reptiles such as venomous and non-venomous snakes such as Indian Python, the largest snake across the world and also world’s largest Venomous Snake, the King cobra is observed.
Towers for Visitors :
In the Gorumara National Park there are four major watch towers for the visitors that offer excellent amenities to view the wildlife. With the use of powerful binoculars, you can watch the park very closely. These towers are best in order to watch the natural environment of the entire park.
Jatraprasad Watchtower :
This tower was renamed after the death of the legendary and departmental Elephant. The tower offers great view of the entire park, where you can observe various wild animals of the park.
Khunia Watchtower :
The tower is constructed inside the Khunia forest that allows visitors for observing elephants and Indian Bison (Gaur).
Chukchukia Watchtower :
The Chukchukia watchtower is best to watch the birds of park. This paradise is situated on the extreme border of the Gorumara National Park.
Rhino Observation tower :
This point is situated just adjacent to one of the Forest Bungalow located inside the National Park. From here you get an amazing and leisure view for watching the one horned rhino and elephant, which regularly comes near the salt reservoir situated just beneath the point.
The temperature at Gorumara National Park, Lataguri, West Bengal ranges from 10 degree Celsius to 21 degree Celsius in Nov to Feb, whereas in Mar to Apr ranges between 24 degree Celsius to 37 degree Celsius and from May to Oct at 27 to 37 degree Celsius. In mid of May to mid of Oct, the rainfall occurs heavily with an average annual of 382 mm.
At the Gorumara National Park is the forest bungalow built with rustic wooden cottages nearby the salt reservoir. There are other accodomation facilities in park as well such as Rover Wood Forest Retreats and A Four Star Resort near Murti Valley as well as in Dhupjhora at Gorumara Elephant Park. You can also stay in the new cottages in Kalipur village built by the State Forest Department.