Birding Tours in Duars Region
Duars or the entryway to the hills of Nepal and Bhutan and northeast India is the region where Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is positioned in West Bengal. The area situated in the Himalayan foothills has enormous natural attractiveness and is home to several of the most wide-ranging flora and fauna. Whereas the Gorumara National Park sited on the bank of rivers Murti and Raidak has vegetation of reverie grasslands intermingled with savannah woodlands, Chapramari is further of woodland with exceedingly tall trees and substantial canopy cover.
Above and beyond the One-horned Rhinoceros, the fauna of the area comprise of Asian Elephant, Gaur, Leopard, and diverse species of deer. Lowland bird species dictate and one is likely to witness Black Stork, Common Merganser, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Dollarbird, Green-billed Malkoha, Asian Barred Owlet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Black Baza, Collared Falconet, Black Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Long-tailed Broadbill, Maroon Oriole, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Blue Rock Thrush, Rufous-bellied Niltava, White-rumped Shama, Northern Hill Myna, Sultan Tit, Black-crested Bulbul, Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker, Streaked Spider hunter in the region.
New Jalpaiguri for Eastern Duars (Garumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary) and Alipurduar/Coachbehar for Western Duars (Buxa Tiger Reserve). The Central Duars (Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary) can be taken admission equally suitably both from Alipuduar Junction and New Jalpaiguri.For Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary New Jalpaiguri or Alipurduar/Coachbehar is the adjoining entry-point.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra
Traveling time required:
Garumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary: Two hours drive from New Jalpaiguri and two and half hours from Bagdogra.
Buxa Tiger Reserve and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary: One and one and half-hour from Alipurduar and Coochbehar correspondingly. It takes three hours to reach Jaldapara from New Jalpaiguri or Bagodogra.
Garumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary: Our own Garumara Jungle Camp at Mangalbari, Chalsa. There are few small and basic hotels in Lataguri, which is approx 20 kms from the park. Sinclairs Resort at Chalsa hilltop is the only luxury hotel.
Buxa Tiger Reserve: Gracy Lips tourist lodge at Rajabhatkhawa is a sparkling, basic family-run hotel.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary: Hollong Forest Lodge, inside the park or Government Tourist Lodge at Madarihat nearly four km from the park.
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary: Day birding is as well probable from Siliguri, which is 8km from Siliguri.
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