Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the way to Sandakphu in Darjeeling District in West Bengal. It is the habitat of some high-altitude animals like Himalayan Salamander (Tylototriton verrucosus), locally known as ‘Gora’. It also houses many other local animals such as the rhino, tiger, and many different birds.

Best time to visit


Best time to visit Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary is June to August.

How to Reach


By Air: The closest airport is at Bagdogra.

By Rail: The closest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri (NJP).

By Road: The sanctuary is arranged very close to the India-Nepal border and from Ghum to Mirik it is 21 km from Darjeeling, you can reach Jore Pokhri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Accommodation


Accommodation facilities are available in Jorepokhri by (GTA) Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Tourism Department.

For Tourist Lodge Booking Contact –

Jorepokhri Tourist Lodge
Deputy Director Of Tourism, GTA
Silver Fir Building, Bhanu Sarani

Darjeeling-734101.

Tel: (0354)-2254214 / 2254879 / 2255351
Fax: 0354-2254214

 

Photo Courtesy: flickr/anindita7408, Parag Sengupta

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Situated on the river Matla, many different types of flora and fauna exist within the wildlife sanctuary. Examples include spotted deer and wild boar. Royal Bengal tigers have occasionally visited the area as well.

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Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary also known as Parmadan Forest is located in North 24 Parganas in West Bengal. It is located on beside Ichamati river and covering an area is 0.68 square km. This is also famous for its children’s park and small zoo. A tourist lodge belongs to forest department of West Bengal is famous for weekends.

How to reach


Nearest bus stop is Naldugari. You can reach though bus route Bongaon-Helencha-Duttafulia ( 92 no route) and the forest is located about 100 km from Kolkata and 25 km from Bongaon. It takes only 1 hour to reach Parmadan forest from Bongaon.

Attractions


This wildlife sanctuary is famous for more than 200 deer, birds, rabbit, python and a large number of langurs. It is also famous for children’s park, zoo and the lodge run by forest department of West Bengal. This is also famous for picnic. The picnic spot is located within the forest and you can book the forest development lodge before visiting the area. Entry fee is INR 60 per head. The contact number for lodge is 033 255-20968

History of Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary


This sanctuary started its journey with 14 deer (chital) in 1964. In 1980 it was named as “Parmadan” when it was declared as wildlife sanctuary. In 1995 this sanctuary has been renamed as Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Reaching the Forests of Ayodhya Hills


Ayodhya Hills are located at a distance of 42 kilometers from the Purulia town. From Kolkata Purulia Sadar town is only 260 kilometers. Everyday buses from Kolkata will take you to Purulia. There are several trains connecting Howrah and Purulia.

The Forests


The forests cover the undulating hills as a green blanket. The forests of Matha Hill are known for their scenic beauty and the place gives you a feel as if it has been painted on canvas. Small tribal villages are nestled in these forests. Visit these small villages to feel the lifestyle of tribal people. The tribes are known for their friendly nature and hospitality. They welcome all tourists and even offer them tea and talk to them.

pakhi pahar

Hill of Birds

Pakhi Hill which means the ‘Hill of Birds’ is one of best tourist attractions. Bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts can spot different species of migratory birds and wild animals such as Pangolin, Leopards and Madras Tree Shrew. Elephants can also be spotted occasionally when the elephant herds cross the forests seasonally.
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Akash Balaka

 

Mayur Hill

Mayur Hill

If you do not want to miss the panoramic hilltop views a trip to Mayur Hill is a must. From the top of the mountain the view below is just amazing. Trekking and rock climbing are popular outdoor activities enjoyed by the visitors.
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Trekking in purulia

Trekking in purulia

Trekking trails are interesting as they walk the trekkers through beautiful sal and palash forests. Palash is also known as Flame of Forests. When in full bloom you can see the whole forest transform into a riot of colors.

 

 

Rock climbing in purulia

Rock climbing in purulia

Purulia Ayodhya Hills with the surrounding forests is also a favorite among rock climbers. Baghmundi a small block is the base camp for the rock climbers from where they start. Dams have been built to harness power from the waterfalls. Dam sites have been into exotic locales for picnic. It is relaxing to spend a day with your family and friends just loitering in the forests and soaking up the natural beauty.

Where to Stay?


 Since Ayodhya Hill and Purulia is fast developing as an important weekend destination. Wide range of accommodation has come up in this area suiting the needs and the budget of the travelers. The Tourism Department of West Bengal Government run many guest houses such as Niharika, Malancha, Bihabari, Anamika and Upekhita. There is a Forest Rest House in Ayodhya Hill that can be booked.

 

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Murti is a lovely getaway located on the banks of the meandering river of the same name. It is the perfect weekend destination for people looking to escape the din and bustle of city life. Murti the river originates from the Neora Valley National Park and flows through the main tourist attractions of Dooars before meeting the River Jaldhaka. It is along its bank stretching for 80 kilometers that the famous forests of Dooars have developed and are sustained. All the popular watchtowers of the forests are built overlooking Murti River. Murti, the place was initially a picnic spot but now with the resort it has become of the most popular getaways in North Bengal.

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South Khayerbari is famous for Tiger and Leopard Rescue Center located around 10 kilometers from Madarihat. During the ban of using wild animals in circuses around 11 tigers were rescued and kept at Khayerbari. The tigers were rescued from Olympic circus in Hooghly district and were initially kept at Hollong and later shifted to Khayerbari Rescue Center. The center comprises of 5 units each consisting of 3 cells which are capable of accommodating 15 tigers at the most. The forest officials are of the opinion that this is a unique endeavor in the entire north east to rescue and rehabilitate tigers and leopards which were used in circuses.

Attractions in South Khayerbari


inside-leopard-safari-park-at-south-khayerbari-nature-parkTourists will also find cubs and grown up leopards which were rescued from illicit animal smugglers on the hills. They are providing rehab facility to all the animals suffering from various kinds of torture and danger. There are 18 leopards in this center. The environment of the place is serene and tourists will find it interesting to watch the animals enjoying themselves in their home. River Buri Torsha flows through the forest which can be spotted by tourists on jeep safari.

How to reach South Khayerbari Tiger and Leopard Rescue Center


South Khayerbari Tiger and Leopard Rescue Center can be reached by train, road or air service. Tourists will have to get down at Hasimara and travel to Madarihat which is 12 kilometers from the Hasimara station to arrive at South Khayerbari. You can reach the center by car through NH-31 which connects entire forests of Dooars to Kolkata metro city in West Bengal and also to Guwahati in Assam. Alternatively, if you are traveling by air, then Bagdogra is the nearest airport from where you can hire cars, taxis and even buses to arrive at Madarihat and finally reach South Khayerbari.

Accomodation in South Khayerbari


3 forest cottages are available for the tourists to stay near South Khayerbari Rescue Center. All of these cottages are set up on the bank of Buri Torsha River and food is served inside the cottage only. You must book the cottages from West Bengal Forest Development Offices before visit.

An amazing tiger and leopard safari will take you through the forest where you will be able to spot the majestic animals busy in their lives. The highlight of this safari is that you can see these animals up close. Apart from the safari, you can also visit the forests nearby like Chilapata, Buxa Tiger Reserve, and Jaldapara. Boating on the River Buri Torsha is also available inside the rescue center.

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