Lataguri means the invtation of the Gorumara Forest and her greenery. The encounter with the One-horned Rhinoceros, India Gaur, Wild Elephant, Spotted Deer, Varieties of Birds and Butterflies would make you overjoyed. The places at the foothills of the Himalayas such as Jhalong, Bindu, Samsing, Suntaley Khola, Rocky Island, Laligurs and Sakam and the extent tea garden would fill your mind worth untainted happiness. Lataguri is situated just in the heart of Gorumara National Park in Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal. Dooars means door to Bhutan, you may also enjoy the beauty of Darjeeling, Gangtok, Phuentsholing and that region from here. You can reach in the twirl of an eye, one can also have a viewing and a lifetime experience here at Lataguri. Where nature has extended her carelessly adorned apron visible in the distant horizon where the twines swivels with the rhythm of nature,where the tune f the huge tabors are heard; where you can be wild with joy at the boundlss beauty of nature Lataguri it is. Lataguri is Situated just in the heart of Gorumara National Park in Jalpaiguri District,West Bengal.
The Dooars, not so much known to the world, the Dooars valley stretching from River Teesta on the west to River Sankosh on the east, over a span of 130 km by 40 km, forms a major part of Jalpaiguri district.Derived from the word 'doors' (doors to Bhutan), this region also forms a gateway to the hill stations of North Bengal, Sikkim, Bhutan & the North-Eastern states. The dense natural forests interwoven with lush green tea gardens are cries-crossed by Teesta, Raidak, Torsha, Jaldhaka, Kaljani and other rivers & their innumerable tributaries trotting and rolling down from the hills. The area is dotted by several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries which attract a lot of tourists from all over India and abroad, making it an important contributor to the economy and also employer of a number of people.
Gorumara National Park the land of prehistoric Great Indian one horned Rhinoceros is located in the mood plains of Murti & Jaldhaka rivers of Dooers (Rolling hill slops) region with in Jalpaiguri District in West Bengal. The dry deciduous forestland inters parsed with grassland, harbor one of largest diversity of mega fauna in west Bengal. In view of its great diversity it was declared as National Park in 1994 Comprising a total area of 79.99 km. The park falls in the Indomalayan realm. Inside the park, the primary ecoregions and their corresponding to the biomes are: Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands of the tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome.
NOTE: Jungle Safari Closed ever year 15th July to 16th September.
The Murti River is said to originate near the Neora Valley National Park flowing its way along many prime tourist spots along the Dooars region before it finally meets the River Jaldhaka. At Samsing, the Murti River reaches the plains and continues its journey by dividing the stretch of Gorumara forest. Thus the Gorumara forest is located on the right bank of the Murti River while the Chpramari forest is situated along its left side. After meeting Jaldhaka River it enters Bangladesh close to a place named Mathabhanga from where it meets the Brahmaputra River. Placed on the banks of the Murti River, Murti is also a village within Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. An ideal picnic spot in the winter, it is frequented by tourists and locals alike for spending some wonderful moments in the lap of nature. This place is close to the Batabari village situated near Gorumara National Park.
Rocky Island is a blissful experience filled with astounding views of flora and fauna. Located 2km from Samsing, the uphill road leading towards Rocky Island is an eye pleaser for the traveler who loves to enjoy the beauty of serene the view of verdant jungle to lush tea garden will be accompanying the tourist throughout the journey. Endowed with amazing collection of natural rocks like Hansdunga, Neel Kanta, Bhimsen and Pathar Kailas, Rocky Island has become a favored destination for partaking in adventure activity like rock climbing. Cuddled in the Himalayan foothills, the verdant forest surrounding Rocky Island is sprawled with astounding trekking routes which has caught the interest of adventurer traveling towards Dooars such as Todey and Tangta, two picturesque hamlets located at an elevation of 1500mt they are the closest Indian village located near the Bhutan's western border.
Lava Rishop is a piece of heaven surrounded by the cold misty clouds of the mountains. The exotic and rustic Lepcha village folded in the mountains of the Himalayas will leave you smitten by its beauty and charm. Lava Lolegaon as a destination fast becoming a preferred choice of the North Bengal bound tourists. Located at an altitude of 2350 metres, Lava is a quaint little hamlet which is located in the Kalimpong district of West Bengal. The distinct seasons they experience are summers, monsoons and winter. Though they experience a brief period of the autumn season, it mostly flows into winter and hence this season is not specifically distinct. Therefore, it is quite cold and chilly but the skies are clear for a mind-blowing view of the snow-covered peaks, especially the Kanchenjunga and even Mt. Everest.
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When you are in Lataguri the first job is to undertake forest safaris. The town is located close to Gorumara National Park and Chapmari Wildlife Sanctuary. Both these forests are known for their rich flora, fauna and grasslands that cover them. They are homes to a large number of wild animals like elephants, gaur, bison, Asiatic one-horned rhino, Indian wild dogs and many more. They are a natural habitat for different species of insects, reptiles, and birds and it is an experience spotting these animals in their habitat, roaming around freely.
Gorumara and Chapmari are dense forest areas that are abounding with flora and fauna. The dense green cover means that they are home to not only wild animals but also to avian creatures. For bird lovers and photographers both the forests offer a brilliant opportunity to spot some rare birds. In Gorumara they will come across submontane forest birds like sunbird, spangled drongo, Asian Paradise flycatchers, Indian hornbill, etc. Pheasants and woodpeckers are found aplenty. Spotting migratory birds like brahminy duck is not uncommon.
For trekkers, there is an opportunity for trekking during their stay in Lataguri. From here they can travel to Jayanti Mahakal Caves. This is located on the banks of River Jayanti near Buxa Tiger Reserve. With beautiful Sinchula hills at the backdrop, this is a picturesque little place. It also offers an interesting trekking trail that extends from Buxaduar to Jayanti and it passes through the dense forests of Buxa Tiger Reserve. The 15 km trek is an enjoyable one and takes trekkers through some stunning scenic spots.
Elephant Rides or Elephant Safari are the most attractive activity in the park and this is extremely popular among the visitors in Jaldapara National Park. The best way to explore Jaldapara is by taking the one-hour elephant safari. A maximum of four people are allowed on each elephant. The safari conducted from the Hollong Tourist Lodge at Madarihat is subject to the availability of elephants.
If tourists have time on their hands and are willing to drive down 50 km to a scenic spot for the day, there is no better place to go than Jaldhaka Jalboong and Bindu. Jaldhaka is a valley town located on the banks of River Jaldhaka. The river originates in the East Sikkim area and passes partly through Bengal and partly through Bhutan. It has become a popular tourist destination because of its scenic beauty. Jhalong, Bindu are some of the important villages of Jaldhaka.
Muri River flows down from the Neora Valley National Park between Chapmari Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park. Surrounded by dense forests on all sides, it is a beautiful place to spend some precious moments in solitude. Strolling along the banks of the river, spotting animals now and then and soaking in the gorgeous ambiance is among the best things to do during one’s stay in Lataguri. During winter, the riverbank becomes a favored picnicking spot for tourists.
For tourists, Lataguri is a great place to be in terms of food. The place offers a wide variety of cuisines. Hotels, dhabbas, and other eateries are available aplenty. While the chief attraction may not be food, given the stunning places there are to visit in the vicinity, nevertheless, the food is not a disappointment here at all. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are both available here for tourists. Some of the popular places to eat here are Aranya Jungle Resort, Tripti restaurant, and Rose Valley Lataguri Forest Retreat. The food is deliciously cooked in hygienic conditions.