Having visited and explored some of the popular and not so popular forests in Dooars, for me the Chilapata forest is the most hypnotic and the ultimate destination to go to without an iota of doubt. It is only 20Kms away from the town of Alipurduar and Hasimara is the nearest railway station.
Chilapata forest is an extension of the Jaldapara National park and river Torsha separates the two. Mainly Khair, Sal, Tik along with shrubs and bushes paint the forest extremely dense and in parts, even sunlight finds it difficult to penetrate. The Chilapata range forms a natural elephant corridor between Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve and is a home for Elephants, Leopards, Indian Gaur (Bison), different breeds of deer, etc. Different amphibians and snakes live in harmony with some of the beautiful birds like Hornbill, Peacock, Fowl, Partridge, etc. There lived a huge number of Rhinos in the past but due to excessive poaching and killing, sighting this highly endangered mammal is almost impossible now.
The forest is comparatively much smaller in terms of area than some of the other known forests in and around Dooars but the habitats in there breathe in plenty and therefore the chance of sighting some of the beasts of the wilderness is higher.