Forests and wildlife seem to be on the minds of our celebs from Tollywood. From Abhimaan director Raj Chakraborty and actor wife Subhashree Ganguly to Cockpit stars and real-life lovebirds Dev and Rukmini Maitra – everyone headed to Africa post Durga Puja. Forests are on your mind too? Well, you needn’t burn a hole in your pocket and head to Africa. We got you a list of five forests you can visit closer home this Kali Pujo and have as much fun.
The Sunderbans delta, home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger, needs no introduction. Islands, canals, creeks, mighty rivers flowing to meet the sea – this huge forest area has everything. Hire a boat and explore the various waterways. If you are lucky, you might see the tiger. Unesco World Heritage sire Sunderbans is home to a lot of other wildlife as well. Even if you don’t spot the tiger, the atmosphere of Sunderbans is adventurous enough to make your trip a hit.
2. Jaldapara National Park
In the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar, Jaldapara National Park is home to a lot of endangered animals. Jaldapara, home to the one-horned rhino, is on the banks of the Torsa river. Apart from rhinos, the forest also has other animals like leopards, elephants, sambar, barking deer, wild boars, gaur, and a wide variety of birds.
3. Buxa Tiger Reserve
Another forest which is situated in north Bengal’s Alipurduar. Buxa Tiger Reserve runs along the Bhutan and Assam borders and the Sinchula Hills. Buxa houses wildlife like leopard, Bengal tiger, clouded leopard, giant squirrel, chital, gaur, wild boar, pangolins among others. There is also an old fort which you can explore.
4. Ayodhya Hills
Want to explore a forest in the south of Bengal? Check out the lush green forests of Ayodhya Hills in Purulia. The hill area also has two huge dams, adding to its scenic beauty. You can also visit places like Bamni falls which is a beautiful waterfall and the Marble Rocks when you trek up to the hilltop. The Baghmundi Lake is also worth visiting.
5. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary
Close to Gorumara National Park, Chapramari derives its name from chapra (a kind of local fish) and mari (meaning, found in abundance). If you want to see elephants, this is where you should head. It also houses the gaur or the Indian bison, rhinos, deer, boars and leopards. It is also a great place for bird watchers.
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