Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
#23 of 28 Places to Visit in Darjeeling
Distance (From Darjeeling): 97 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): Full Day
Place Location: Near Murti Town
Transportation Options: Cab
Travel Tips: The sanctuary remains closed during rainy season (June 16th - September 15th).
At a distance of 97 km from Darjeeling, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the foothills of Eastern Himalayas of Jalpaiguri district. Situated close to Gorumara National Park, it is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in West Bengal and among the popular tourist places near Darjeeling.
Covered with an area of 96 Sq.km, Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1998. The name Chapramari derives from 'Chapra' means a variety of small fish and 'Mari' means abundant. According to history, in 1895, the area was declared as a reserve forest under the Indian Forest Act. Then, the Government of India declared it as a National Wildlife Sanctuary in 1998.
The main attraction of the sanctuary is the elephants that are found here in large numbers. The place is also home to various other animals like Gaur, Wild boar, Leopards, Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Langoor, deer, reptiles etc. Also regarded as a bird watchers paradise as one can spot variety of birds like Peafowl, Green pigeon, Roller, Florican, Flinch, Bee-eater, Hornbill, Black partridges and many more here.
There are forest department cottages as well as private hotels available that provide food and accommodation.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM