Murti Dooars - A small picturesque village named Murti is situated along the bank of shimmering River Murti. River Murti originates from the Neora Valley National Park and flows through major tourist areas of Dooars before meeting Jaldhaka. From its origin, till it meets the Jaldhaka River, Murti stretches about 80km in length covering most of the pictorial sights. Located 60km from Jalpaiguri at the foothill of the Himalayas Murti offers awe-inspiring scenery of the adjacent forest area.
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Murti is famous for its serene ambiance and pictorial views. Even during the late 20th century, the area was heavily forested and infested with wildlife and dacoits due to which only a few people would dare to cross the forest after dark. And the road from Murti crossing over Chapramari forests reaches National Highway at a junction that is still called "Khunia" crossing. As the year passed wildlife grew in this region whereas the dacoits slowly started to fade away.
Today Murti is one of the most peaceful and arguably one of the best places to soak into the natural exuberance. The beauty of Murti lies in the knee-deep crystal clear water of the river Murti, dense forest, and wild animals. The popular Gorumara National Park is a few kilometers away from Murti. Due to its rich collection of flora and fauna, Gorumara is quite a popular national park among nature lovers. A lesser-known offbeat hill station of Dooars named Bindu can also be explored from Murti. It is the last hamlet of West Bengal nestled adjacent to the Indo-Bhutan Border. India's second oldest dam and its immense natural beauty are the major attractions visitors will get to see while exploring Bindu.
The closeness of Murti to Gorumara National Park has made this destination a birding paradise since this Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a vast collection of avifauna. During the months of winter, migratory water fouls like Brahminy and Teals can be spotted near the riverbank of Murti making Murti a birding utopia for avid bird watchers. Apart from camping and angling, the riverbank of Murti proves to be an ideal picnic spot where you can have a memorable picnic with your friends and family.
From scenic picnic spots, plethora of unique colorful birds to see to jungle safari in the dense forest, the beauty of the quaint river valley Murti never ceases to mesmerize its visitors. The water of river Murti is not glacier-fed being rainwater the primary source of the river, however, the beauty of the river Murti stays unhindered even during the dry season when the river can be crossed on foot.
There are several accommodation options available for a night's stay in Murti. Both private and government resorts are offering their services to visitors. Murti Banani Resort maintained by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) is one of the most preferred accommodation options here. Most of the private accommodations also offer all the basic amenities such as attached western bathrooms, hot water, room service, and more. All of North Bengal Guide's Dooars Packages include accommodation service so that the travelers don't have to bear the hassle of booking the accommodation separately.
By Train: New Jalpaiguri Junction, one of the major closest railway stations, is just 80 km driving distance away. Travelers can also directly come to Chalsa railway station and from here, get a car to get to Murti. From the Chalsa railway station, the distance of the village will be around 9 km. It will take not more than 30 minutes to cover this road distance.
By Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport to Murti. Travelers can get a flight to Bagdogra from most of the adjacent and distant cities of India. Just after landing at Bagdogra, arrange a rented car from outside the airport which will take you to your desired destination.
By Road: Murti is well connected with all its nearest cities including Siliguri, Chalsa, and more. A rented car from any of these cities can help you reach Murti Dooars quite comfortably. A pre-book rented car is an ideal option as you don't have to bargain with the driver just before the beginning of your journey towards Murti.
Murti is best visited during the months of mid-October to mid-March. In these months, winter will dominate the region. Travelers will get a chance to witness the splendid view of the migratory waterfowl of central Asia and Ladakh making the river of Murti their temporary playground. The monsoon season is not the ideal time to visit as the forest of Dooars remains closed due to the animals' breeding season. Apart from Monsoon, autumn, winter, and spring seasons are also considered to be the best time due to the pleasant weather. The favorable climate throughout these seasons also lets the visitors enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.
Surrounded by green lush deciduous forest along with the serene environment giving you the feeling of tranquility Murti is where one can spend some days in relaxation and peace amidst nature. Enjoy the wild side of the Dooars region and see the panoramic view of the Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park from the watchtower built along the bank of River Murti. Or take a stroll on the bank of River Murti and witness the breathtaking sight of the sun setting behind the horizon and glazing the river in an orange hue while millions of stars slowly cover the night sky. So, why are you waiting for? Explore this splendid tourist destination and its adjacent attractions of Dooars with us at a never imagined price.