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A dense forest that hides gems of history and marvels of nature. Chilapata is a crucial corridor for Elephants between the Buxa Tiger Reserve and Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. At its heart lies the majestic "Nalraja Garh," an ancient fort built during the Gupta period in the fifth century. Though the fort lies in ruins today, it exudes a potent sense of nostalgia and stands as a testament to India's golden era. But the sanctuary's true allure lies in its rich biodiversity, with the likes of one-horned rhinos, Elephants, bison, deer, leopard, lesser cats, cheetah, sambar, barking deer, wild boar, and more calling it their home. A must-visit wildlife haven for everyone!
Spread out along the banks of Bania and Torsha rivers, Chilapata Forest is famous for being home to the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, along with other rare and endangered species such as Indian rhinoceros and Clouded Leopard.
It is situated adjacent to the Jaldapara National Park, forming an essential Elephant corridor between India and Bhutan.
It houses thousands-year-old ancient ruins of the Nal King's Palace which add a mystical and historic charm to the place and gives it archaeological importance.
The forest boasts a diverse range of flora and fauna, including more than 200 species of birds, such as the Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Bulbul and many butterflies too!
The forest is home to the Rovers Run, a jeep safari that takes visitors on a thrilling ride through the dense jungle, providing an opportunity to spot the wildlife.
Chilapata Forest is also known for its rich cultural heritage, with several indigenous communities residing within its boundaries, adding to the region's diversity.
As you delve into this site, you may come across the fabled "Ram Guna Tree" - a tree that seemingly bleeds. According to local lore, this tree is believed to be the transformed remains of loyal guards who perished defending the fort, and even now, they stand watch over the fort's ruins.
Chilapata Forest is a popular shooting location for Bollywood and Tollywood movies, with many films, including the critically acclaimed film "Parineeta," being shot here.
Many of North Bengal areas remains in beautiful atmospheric condition from the month of September to the month of February. Therefore, this time is the most suitable to visit Chilapata.
From Bagdogra or New Jalpaiguri, most common route for Chilapata is via Fulbari – Oodlabari – Malbaza– Hasimara. It takes around 4 to 5 hr including tea breaks to reach Chilapata via this route.