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A Guide to Fascinating Treasures of Lataguri

Updated:- 30-Oct-23 Nestled in the picturesque hills of Dooars, Lataguri stands as an ideal destination to immerse oneself in the breathtaking beauty of nature and discover renowned wildlife spots in West Bengal. Lataguri boasts a diverse array of wildlife, from majestic elephants and bison to elusive tigers and cheetahs, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Lataguri is considered the entry point for exploring the wildlife of Gorumara National Park. Beyond the wildlife, visitors can partake in the rich local culture and traditions, including events like Chor Chunni, Dham Gaan, and various indigenous festivals. Moreover, the enchanting tea gardens add to the allure, serving as a major draw for tourists.

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The must-visit spots on your visit to Lataguri

1. Gorumara National Park- Gorumara National Park is the foremost and mandatory destination of Lataguri and is located on the banks of the Jaldhaka and Murti rivers in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal. This destination emits a magnetic aura for tourists year-round. Gorumara National Park is renowned for its rich biodiversity, encompassing a diverse array of flora and fauna. From reptiles and insects to birds and mammals, the park provides a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Lucky visitors may even encounter majestic creatures such as the royal Bengal tiger, massive Asian elephants, or the rare great Indian hornbill for which, a Jungle Safari Booking For Gorumara is a must.

2. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary- Situated 20 km from Gorumara National Park, the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary stands as another captivating marvel of nature with its breathtaking expanses. Nestled amidst the surrounding Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks, the sanctuary offers a stunning panoramic view. Visitors to this sanctuary are treated to the spectacle of a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, gaur, and leopards, thriving in their natural habitat. A visit to this site is a must for nature enthusiasts, promising an immersive experience of unspoiled natural beauty on your upcoming trip.

3. Buxa Fort- Perched on Buxa Hill, the Buxa Fort holds historical significance as a refuge for monks who sought shelter in India during the Tibetan crisis following the Chinese invasion. Historically, the fort was a source of disagreement between the Bhutanese king and the Cooch kings. In the 18th century, the British took control of the fort, initially constructed with bamboo, and transformed it into a stone building. The British later repurposed this strategic location to incarcerate revolutionaries during that period.

4. Buxa Tiger Reserve- Officially designated as a tiger reserve in 1983, Buxa Tiger Reserve earned the distinction of being the 15th tiger reserve in the country at that time, deriving its name from the nearby famous Buxa Fort. Encompassing an expansive area of 760.87 sq. km, the reserve was once popular for Dolomite mining in the North Bengal region. Beyond its role in tiger conservation, Buxa Tiger Reserve also functions as an international corridor facilitating the migration of elephants between India and Bhutan. The landscape of this reserve is not only characterized by its vital conservation efforts but also offers breathtaking views, including the majestic presence of tigers.

5. Jayanti Mahakkal Caves- The Jayanti Mahakkal Cave is the destination of an enchanting trekking route from the Buxa Fort. Situated along the banks of the Jayanti River, the Jayanti Mahakkal Caves are positioned adjacent to the scenic Sinchula hills, naturally demarcating the area from Bhutan. Formerly a quaint village, Lataguri now boasts the Jayanti Mahakkal Caves as one of its premier tourist attractions. The presiding deity of the cave is Lord Shiva and the cave is cylindrical in shape. The remnants of these ancient caves are widely renowned. The additional attraction of the region is the enticing 15 km trek that commences from Buxaduar and concludes at Jayanti, winding through the lush and dense forests of the Buxa Tiger Reserve.