Imagine sitting inside a Forest Bungalow in the dead of the night and feeling wild animals moving around its compound. The sounds comes so often through the silent night that you even start imagining shapes. All of a sudden a shape darts through the fence inside the compound and speeds away. It can be as a wild pig or even a leopard.
Welcome to Chilapata, a dense jungle near Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary at Jalpaiguri District. Chilapata is the home of elephants, one-horned rhinoceros, leopards and wild pigs. Chilapata was once infamous for dacoits, but now it is safe and a popular destination for tourists. The forest is 28 km from Alipurduar town and is hardly an hour’s drive. The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) has set up an eco-tourism resort named Mendabari Jungle Camp at Kodalbasti which is 2 km inside Chilapata Jungle.