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Park Name
Gorumara National Park (79.45 Kms)
State
West Bengal
Country
India
Santuary Type
Any, Wildlife Sanctuary, National Park
Best Time to Visit
Any, November, December, January, February, March
Overview
Gorumara National Park is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills, it is a medium-sized park with grasslands and forests. It is primarily known for its population of Indian rhinoceros. The park has been declared as the best among the protected areas in India by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for the year 2009.

Gorumara was a reserve forest since 1895. The park was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1949, on account of its breeding population of Indian rhinoceros. It was declared an Indian National Park on January 31, 1994. Originally as small as 7 km2, Gorumara has grown by incorporating neighbouring lands to about 80 km2.

Political Geography: The park is located in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district, in the state of West Bengal in India.

Physical geography: Gorumara is located in the Eastern Himalayas' submontane Terai belt. This region has rolling forests and riverine grasslands, and is known as the Dooars in West Bengal. The park is located on the flood plains of the Murti River and Raidak River. The major river of the park is the Jaldhaka river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river system. In this regard, Gorumara is a significant watershed area between the Ganges and Brahmaputra river systems. The park is very close to Jaldapara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Reserve.

The park is 79.99 km (49.70 mi) in area.

Climate: The temperature ranges from 10 to 21 °C (50 to 70 °F) from November to February, 24 to 27 °C (75 to 81 °F) from March to April and 27 to 37 °C (81 to 99 °F) from May to October. Rainfall mostly occurs between mid-May to mid-October and average annual rainfall is 382 cm (150 in).

There is no history of human habitation in the park. The park forest bungalow dates back to the British Raj era, and contains a well-maintained log book from its inception, which makes for interesting reading. However Gorumara is encircled by many ethnic villages. More than 10,000 resident forest villagers derive their income from sources including employment in forest department activities, ecotourism, etc. Some of the villages are Sarswati, Budhuram, Bichabhanga, Chatua, Kailipur and Murti Forest Village.

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This is a National Park in northern West Bengal, India. Located in the Terai region of the Himalayan foothills in the Malbazar subdivision of Jalpaiguri district, in the state of West Bengal in India.

Nearest airport: Bagdogra, Darjeeling district, West Bengal about 74 km away
Nearest railhead: broad gauge: New Maynaguri railway station, New Mal Jn & Chalsa, Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal are approx 18 km. from the park. Important railstation: New Jalpaiguri.
Nearest highway: NH 31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Lataguri, the entrance to the park.
Nearest town: On the one side Lataguri is 8 km from the park’s entrance & Ramsai is other part of the National Park.
Nearest city: Mainaguri(Maynaguri) is 17 km from the park. The city of Jalpaiguri is 42 km to the south of the park.
Best way to reach:New Jalpaiguri is connected with any part of India by Rail rought. Tourist can hire a taxi or use the public bus to reach Lataguri or Ramsai. Buses starts from Siliguri (NJP) every 15 minutes for Mainaguri. It is 90 minutes journey. There are plenty of buses from Maynaguri to Lataguri or Ramsai or tourist can reach New Maynaguri railway station by train ( 13141 Teesta Torsha Express, 15959 Kamrup Express, 12377-05725 Padatik Express- link). It is 20 minutes journey to Lataguri or Ramsai from Maynaguri.

13149 Kanchankannya Ex. reaches New Mal Jn every day. Bus or Taxi may be used by travelers to reach lataqguri.

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