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“Beauty and the Beast(s)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary

Siliguri, India
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“Beauty and the Beast(s)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

The Mahananda Forest is extensive and runs right from the plains of Bengal up to the hills near Kalimpong. The wildlife department has entry points at diiferent places and, depending on the altitude, the flora and fauna you spot differ. Chapramari is in the plains near Chalsa, less than a couple of hours from Siliguri. The drive down to Chapramari is exciting courtesy the intermittent signs asking motorists to keep a lookout for wild animals (mainly the Asian elephant) and to give them the right of way. Inside, there is a 100-year-old rest house, run by the state forest department, which has 2 comfortable rooms, a staff that will procure fresh stuff and cook according to order, and an unforgettable stay. Here's how this place is different from any other FRH. You are captive in the middle of the jungle and there are animals all around you. A glade and three salt licks in front are the bait. The first-floor balcony serves as your VIP box from where you wait and watch. The first time we went in February 2012, we saw a Bengal tiger (even the caretaker was shocked as it's a rarer than rare sight), two trumpeting elephants and lots of wild boars. Our trip in 2013 was less fortunate but we spotted 58 bisons at one go! The best time to chance upon a sighting is late afternoon but it's never a certainty. There is a watch tower closeby. The thrill of this place is heightened at night when jungle sounds become more pronounced. The caretaker provides a searchlight in case you want to 'see' something. The forest remains closed from June till September.

Visited May 2013
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“The woods are lovely, dark and deep”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

The forest at Chapramari has this wonderful advantage - it's very close to civilization and yet appears to be entirely remote and isolated once you're inside. You may or may not sight game here but that's actually besides the point. This forest was like a rare green gem glittering in the cold winter sunlight when we were there. The view from the forest bungalow is astounding. The three salt licks beyond a wide pool set against a backdrop of lush green trees nestling at the foot of the hills make for a photographer's dream. Go there if you love peace and tranquility, and the place will reward you. Otherwise, don't. It would be a pity for this place to be defiled.

Visited December 2013
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Kolkata, India
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“Nature's Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

To enjoy this small reserve forest you must stay at the beautiful FRHouse there. Booking may be done thru the Forest Dept. This is not for people who want a lot of activities.It is a boon for forest and nature lovers. Just sit on the wide varandah of the FRH, In front is the Chapramari Glade, ending at the distant forest line and rolling on to the mountain ranges of Bhutan and beyond.
The only sounds thru the day are of a wide variety of birds interspersed with an elephant squeal or trumpet or a sambar honk.The bird life here is astonishing! And the night is filled with cicadas and night calls of birds and animals.
Sitting on the varandah, you enjoy an ongoing parade of animals coming to the Glade for a feed, a salt lick or a drink from the large waterbody in the foreground.
Just sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility!!

Visited November 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“Jungle Blues.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

The sanctuary is located very close to the passing National Highway, and although having a very close proximity to human settlements, it offers lush green trees and shrubs which are a magnificent sight. There is no cell phone receptivity inside the jungle and that's actually a boon, considering the environment around you. Sighting of animals is based on your luck and timing, and you really can't blame or taunt the staff for this. Best time to visit the watch tower would be early morning, between 5-6 and evenings, around 4-7. Visit this place, it's worth it.

Visited January 2013
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Flagler Beach, Florida
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“Chapramari Wildlife Santuary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2012

Chapramari Wildlife Santuary located in the Dooars is best visited fro Lataguri, where there are several hotels - we stayed at the Green Lagoon. Unfortunately, despite hours of driving through the jungle we were unable to see any "Big" game.

Visited November 2012
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