CHAPRAMARI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Chapramari Wildlife is close to the Gorumara National Park. Chapramari is about 30 kilometres from Chalsa and Lataguri in northern West Bengal, India. The total coverage of the forest is 960 hectares.
In 1896, an imperial forest-service administrator D.H.E. Sander first sent a proposal to the-then English-dominated Government of India that Chapramari could be developed into a tourism centre. The area was declared a national reserve forest in 1895 under the Indian Forest Act. In 1939, the name Chapramari Wildlife Reservecame to be used, while the Government of India, in 1998, gave it the status of a national wildlife sanctuary. The name of the region comes from \’Chapra\’, a variety of small fishes found in northern Bengal, and \’Mari\’, meaning \’abundance\’. Chapramari receives waters from the Teesta, the Neora, and the Murti.
A large variety of flora and fauna are found in the forests. Chapramari is known for its elephant population. Gaur (commonly known as Indian bison) are not uncommon in the Chapramari region. Deer, boars, and leopards are also found there. However like Gorumara Royal Bengal Tiger are not found here. The place is popular with bird watchers, with parakeets, kingfishers, and green pigeons found in abundance. In 2009, a marauding leopard was captured in Dooars and released into Chapramari.
Malbazar Rail Station is the closest rail hub. Chapramari is located around two hours\’ drive from Siliguri, the principal city in northern Bengal. The access from Jalpaiguri passes through the dense forests of Batabari range.
Due to complications caused by monsoons, the wildlife sanctuary remains closed each year from mid-July to mid-September. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation Limited operates a Chapramari camp.