Gorumara National Park
Indian Rhinoceros @ Gorumara National park | By TheSomdeep -https://commons.wikimedia.org

Gorumara National Park

Gorumara National Park is located in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal India. The park is situated on the foothill of Himalaya representing Eastern Himalaya sub mountain Tarai belt ecoregion. This National Park in the significant watershed area between the Ganges and the Brahmaputra River system.

Asiatic Elephant parade crossing the river
Asiatic Elephant parade crossing the river @ Gorumara National Park | By Ssandipchatterjee2016 - Owhttps://commons.wikimedia.org

Flagship animal of the National Park: Great One-horned Rhino, Asiatic Elephant

The National Park was established in 1994.

Notified area of the National Park is 79.45 sq. km

Best time for visiting the National Park is from October to April.

Flora

The vegetation of National Park includes Lower Gangetic plains moist deciduous forests type, subtropical wet broadleaf forest types and grassland of Terai-Duar savanna and grassland type. Dominant plant species in the forest is Sal and including teak, rain tree, bombax etc. The meadows have bamboo growing with tropical riverine reeds.

Fauna

Mammals

Indian rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger, leopard, wild dogs, wolves, gaur, elephant, sloth bear, sambhar, chital, barking deer, hog deer, pigmy hog, hispid hare and wild boar etc.

Avifauna

Many bird species including scarlet minivet, woodpeckers, sunbird, Asian paradise flycatchers, spangled drongo, pheasants, Brahminy duck, and Indian hornbill etc.

Reptiles

Many kinds of venomous and non-venomous snakes, including python and king cobra.

Park specific activities

Watching wildlife from watchtowers. The famous watchtowers are Jatraprasad Watch Tower, Rhino Observation Point, Chandrachur Watch Tower and Chukchuki Bird-watching Point.

Approach to Gorumara National Park

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri (80 km)
Nearest Railway Station:  New Jalpaiguri.
Nearest town Mainaguri is well connected with roads.

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