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Chilapata

Chilapata Forest is a dense natural forest near Jaldapara WLS in Dooars area of West Bengal. It is about 20 kms from Alipurduar town and is within the Jalpaiguri District. A drive through the forests is an enthralling experience.

As river Torsa flows down from the hills, it travels through the plains of Dooars dividing a continuous stretch of forest into Jaldapara and Chilapata. Jaldapara has traditionally been a popular destination for tourists for its population of one horned rhino and elephant. Chilapata on the other hand has gained in popularity only in the recent past.

Places Around

Hasimara is the town adjacent to the forests of Chilapata and has a Indian Air force base.

The Bhutan boarder town of Jaigaon / Phuentsholing

Bhutan boarder town of Jaigaon / phuentsholing is about half an hours drive from Hasimara. Many tourists visiting Bhutan by road prefer to stay at Chilapata overnight before entering Bhutan.

Buxa Tiger Reserve is also nearby. Rajabhatkhawa is about 30 kms away.

Alipurduar is the most important town in the area and a major railhead is about 45 minutes drive.

Getting There

By Flight
As for rest of Dooars, the forests of Chilapata can be reached from Bagdogra Airport about 160 kms away (3.5 hours drive). There is another airport at Coochbehar (about an hours drive), but regular flights from Coochbehar are not available.

Rail
Hasimara is the nearest rail station about 10 kms away from Chilapata. Alipurduar is a major rail junction (20 kms). Most trains traveling to North East pass through and stops at Alipurduar. New Jalpaiguri is the most important rail station located at a distance of 155 kms (3.5 hours)

Road
The National Highway criss-crosses Dooars. Hasimara town is located on the highway. From here the road towards the south passes through Chilapata forests.
There is another route passing through the southern part of Dooars and going to Coochbehar and Alipurduar from Jalpaiguri via Falakata. On this road there is a place called Sonapur crossing. From here the road going towards North reaches Chilapata forests through Mathura Tea Garden.

 

Sightseeing

There are forest safaris available inside forest which you can avail. The safari would take you inside the forest and wild life sighting is most common. There are forest villages inside such as Kodalbasty where forest cover is thinner and Elephant sighting is regular. The CC Line is located close to Torsa river bed. The wide river bed offers view of a stretch of several kms and sighting of Gaur (Indian Bison), Elephant and Rhino is common apart from smaller animals such as Deers, Birds of wide variety and others. You can also visit Mendabari village where there is a watchtower for animal sighting.

Another major attraction at Chilapata is the "Nalrajar Garh" or the fort of the Nal kings. The fort was built during the Gupta period in the fifth century, although the fort itself is in ruins now, it has tremendous archaeological importance and reminds one of the golden age in the history of India. The site is not maintained very well at present and wildlife sighting at this place is not unusual.

Kodalbasti forest check post A wooden bridge of river River Torsa Malangi Lodge in Chilapata
Watchtower besides river Torsha Rava women going inside forest CC line Deep inside forest
Torsa riverbed Kodalbasti - a forest village   

Accommodation in Chilapata

Bamboo Village Chilapata

A new Deluxe hotel with nicely done rooms in Chilapata

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WBFDC Malangi Lodge

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Malangi Lodge at Barodabri is close to Hasimara town and Chilapata forest. The Lodge has very large rooms and a very quite environment. It is managed by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation and can be the base for your Chilapata and Jaldapara Tour.

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Resort Chilapata Green

A new resort at Chilapata with several large cottages, one of the better places to stay at Chilapata.

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Chilapata Jungle Camp

A eco-friendly resort in the fringes of Chilapata Jungle in Dooars area of West Bengal. Basic but clean rooms with decent food and service.

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