The Chilapata Forest is a dense forest near Jaldapara National Park in Dooars, Alipurduar district, West Bengal, India. It is about 20 km from Alipurduar, and just a few minutes away from Hasimara town. Until recently, the area was known for dacoity (banditry), but it is now safe for tourists.
The forest forms an elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and the Buxa Tiger Reserve, and is rich in wildlife. New species continue to be found. The forest used to be home to large Rhinoceros populations. In hunting expeditions in 1892-1904, in and around Chilapata Forest, the Maharajah of Cooch Behar recorded killing one rhino, injury of one, and sighting of over 14. Rhinos now are extremely rare. Leopards are still common.
West Bengal State Forest Development Agency (WBSFDA) runs an eco-tourism resort at Kodalbasti, providing basic accommodation.
One of the main attractions is the ruined "Nalraja Garh", or fort of the Nal kings, built in the Gupta period in the fifth century C.E., the Golden Age of India. Although poorly maintained, the site has considerable archaeological interest. Other activities include Tonga rides through Mathura tea garden, boating on the Bania river and angling on the confluence of the Kalchini, Bania and Buri Basra.
- Wildlife Times: Elephants of North Bengal
- The Telegraph 7 June 2008: From Paris on frog study tour
- Rhino Resource Center: Population history of rhinoceros in North Bengal
- Trek Earth: LEOPARD OF THE DOOARS
- Contested Belonging: An Indigenous People's Struggle for Forest and Identity in Sub-Himalayan Bengal by B. G. Karlsson, 2000 ISBN 0-7007-1179-1, ISBN 978-0-7007-1179-6
- The Telegraph 16 April 2008: Wild call for Dooars visitors
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