Photographer's Note

At times you get lucky, sometimes patience pays off. For a change luck was on my side. Although Leopards can be found in abundance in the forests of Dooars (as well as the odd stray ones in the numerous tea gardens that make up Dooars) it isn't easy to spot one in such a relaxed mood. This is the Chilapata Reserve Forest, one of the lesser known forests in the Dooars. The maginficent beast posed with absolute boredom maybe not even for a minute and soon ran off as only leopards can. For those wondering what Dooars is, here is a brief introduction :
To the north of West Bengal stands the Himalayas as a natural backdrop. A vast texture of dense forests teeming with wildlife, unending tea gardens, babbling rivers, interspersed with sleepy settlements, constitute a fascinating tourist destination - the Dooars. Dooars is self explanatory meaning the Door or gateway. Specifically meant to be the gateway to Bhutan, it is now the gateway to the Indian states & districts of Assam, Sikkim and Darjeeling. Here the streams mature into rivers, rhinos, leopards and elephants have their say and its a place where the Himalayas meet the plains.
Dooars is one of the very few places left in India where nature is still at its lavish best. Your path leads through beautiful streams coming down from the hills, weeping valleys, dense verdant woodlands and velvet green tea gardens all overlooked by the tender blue sky. Dooars is dotted with as many as six National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. These include Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary,Gorumara National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary, Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary, Buxa Tiger Reserve. Chilapata which has not yet earned the disntinction of a National Park or a Wildlife Sanctuary, is merely a Reserve Forest. Which means, it is easier to roam around the forest (not even a permit is required), with lesser tourists and more chances of wildlife. Dooars is a well-known corridor of migration for the Asiatic Elephant and the home of Rhinoceros Unicorns (One Horned Rhino). One can find fifty different types of mammals, three hundred species of birds and thirty different types of amphibians in the most magnificent forests of Himalayan trees.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-12-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/40 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-05-03 4:53
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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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