Chilapata Forest and Nol Rajar Ghar


Chilapata Forest is a dense natural forest near Jaldapara National Park in Dooars. It is about 20 km from Alipurduar town and 95km from jalpaiguri town is within the Jalpaiguri District. A drive through the forests is an interesting experience. Sighting of elephants are almost regular. River Torsha runs through the sanctuary. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The wildlife, in addition to one-horned Rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild Elephants, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer and Hog Deer, wild Pig, Gour and a number of Birds, Peafowls.



The chief attraction at Chilapata is the "Nalraja Garh". There exist the ruins of an old fort in the dense forests at Chilapata on the east bank of the Torsa river a few miles south of the Indo-Bhutan border. It is popularly called “Nal Rajar Garh”. The Britishers called it “the Mendabari ruins”. After excavations at this place undertaken by the archaeological department have shown that these brick constructions belonged to the “Gupta Age”. It was identified to be one of the frontier fortifications of the region then known as “ Pundrabardhan Bhukti”.

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