As you set out from Siliguri you are spoilt for choice. There are tea-gardens al around the town. The blue mountains and the snow-peaks of Kanchendzonga cast a shadow at you almost within touching distance. The green Teesta flows through the outskirts a does the sleepy Mahananda. And just to ensure that you are really, really not sure about which place to go to... there are also the green forests of the Dooars range within a short distance of the city.
Gorumara is about 75 kms from Siliguri. The road is in surprisngly good condition. The road takes you through the Sevoke bridge over the gre Teesta, past the unending emerald green carpets of tea. You cross farms and sal forests, white sandy river beds and suddenly you are there at Hashimara, the gate for Gorumara. You wll enjoy the drive and even if you make the journey for the sake of the jorney it may well be worth it.
But then there is Gorumara waiting. We booked a gypsy from the Hashimara forest bungalow. The drive inside the woods was pleasant, resonant with the sound of birds. There were owls and eagles, pecocks and warblers but the most pleasing sight was that of a hornbill. We found lots of barking deer, some wild boar, gaur but we had our eyes peeled for the big game.
Just when we thought that was not to be, we found not one but four rhinos in one watering hole. And there was one elephant walking by, aloof, in its own pace. The sal forests stood quietly, th breeze running the brown leaves to ground. It was a quiet afternoon, almost asking us to enjoy life at the pace of the forest. If you go to Gorumara, go for this experience.... and that is enough compensation and reward.
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