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Chilapata / Raimatang - Chilapata Forest is a dense forest close to Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars, West Bengal, India. It is nearly 22 kilometers from Alipurduar and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town.This forest is used by the Elephants as a corridor to migrate from between Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve and ultimately to Bhutan. Nature here is rich with wildlife and various types of Flora and Fauna. Angling, Birding, Safari are the few options. The forest used to be home to large Rhinoceros populations. Hunting expeditions in 1892-1904 by the Maharajah of Cooch Behar recorded killing one and injuring Rhinos leading to dwindling of the population. Recent initiative is again developing the site for tourists are on. There is an old dilapidated. Leopards dears are still common. A couple of Eco-tourism center created a source of income for the indigenous Rabha tribe, who mostly depend on the forest mainly for firewood and other forest products. West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) runs an eco-tourism resort at Kodalbasti, providing basic accommodation. Main attractions are the ruined "Nalraja Garh" or fort of the Nal kings, built in the Gupta period in the fifth century. Nalrajar Garh in Chilapata Forest was supposed to be the earliest capital of Kamatapur as per some historian. Though poorly maintained, the site has considerable archaeological interest. Other activities include Tonga rides through tea garden, boating on the Bania River and angling on the confluence of the Kalchini, Bania and Buri Basra. Raimatang is nearly 45 kilometers from Alipurduar and 220 kilometers from Siliguri. It is beautifully located with scenic beauty and is surrounded by rivers and hills. It is a nice place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Scenic beauty is the main attraction of this place and another pleasant and exciting experience is a trip through the Hasimara Forest.

Tags: Chilapata / Raimatang, Places of tourist interest, sight seeing places in Dooars/Duars