About Gorumara National Park

Gorumara National Parkis a National Park in northern West BengalIndia. Located in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian Rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009.

Gorumara was a reserve forest since 1895. The park was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1949, on account of its breeding population ofIndian Rhinoceros. It was declared an Indian National Park on January 31, 1994. Originally as small as 7 km², Gorumara has grown by incorporating neighboring lands to about 80 km².

 The park is located in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district, in the state of West Bengal in India.

In this regard, Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve.

Lataguri and Chalsa is the nearest small tourist strip near Gorumara National Park, Privet lodge, Govt. lodge and hotel are available. Tourist may visit Gorumara national Park in day time. Day visit permission to the National Perk may be obtained from Nature Interpretation Centre ( West Bengal Forest Department).

Typical flora include:

·   Sal forests with common teakrain tree (Shirish or Albizia saman lebbeck), and Bombax (also known as silk cotton tree or Shimul)

·  Bamboo groves, terai grassland vegetation and tropical riverine reeds

Gorumara is home to numerous tropical orchids.

The park has recorded fifty species of mammals, 193 species of birds, 22 species of reptiles, 7 species of turtles, 27 species of fish, and other macro and micro fauna.

The park forest bungalow is an old wooden rustic cottage which has a watchtower overlooking the salt reservoir.

Accommodations are also available in River Wood Forest Retreats, a 4 star resort overlooking the Gorumara national park and Murti River and at Gorumara Elephant Camp at Dhupjhora. One can stay in newly constructed cottages in the Kalipur village at the fringe of Gorumara built by the State Forest Department.

·  Nearest AirportBagdogra, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal about 80 km away

·  Nearest Railhead: Broad gauge: Chalsa, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal is 18 km. from the park. Important railstations: New JalpaiguriNew Alipurduar

·  Nearest HighwayNH 31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Lataguri, the entrance to the park.

·  Nearest Town: The town of Lataguri is 8 km from the park’s entrance.

·  Nearest City: The city of Jalpaiguri is 52 km to the South of the park.