The Murti River is a perennial river located in Dooars region of north Bengal. It originates from the highlands of the eastern Himalayas and flows westward through the heartland of Dooars, before joining Torsha River at Jaldhaka after flowing for nearly 105 km. The Murti River also forms the international border between India and Bhutan for around 10 kilometers during its course & it’s one of best tourist spots in India.
Murti River in Dooars is a wonderful location for camping, picnicking or hiking. The river can be visited throughout the year, even during winter months when the risk of harm from animals is lower.
Murti River in Dooars is a fabulous natural attraction that must not be missed! It has some of the most beautiful scenic spots inside Gorumara National Park as well as some other tourist spots including Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jaldapara National Park, Neora Valley National Park and Chilapata Forests etc., which are equally popular with tourists. One can enjoy an entire spotting birds on one side of murti & the mighty nature on other side.
The entire course of Murti River lies inside the jurisdiction area of the following Forest Ranges: Singalila Range (Sagmari & Buxa Tiger Reserve) in Jalpaiguri district; Chilapata range (Neora Valley National Park) and Dudhwa-Kherua Range (Chilapata Forests), part of Gorumara National Park, in Cooch Behar district.
Best Time to Visit Murti?
You can visit this beautiful place throughout the year but the best time is the winter season when you are least likely to encounter any risk from wild animals. The peak seasons are during Durga Puja, Diwali, Holi & Rakshabandhan festivals. During these months you will find people thronging here in large numbers to enjoy picnics with their family members and friends etc. Murti River also offers a number of interesting places nearby for exploring including Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Gorumara National Park, Chilapata Forests and much more.
How to Reach Murti?
Murti River situated at the foothills of the Himalayas lies between Neora Valley National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary. It is also a junction where two major rivers, The Murti and Panjhora meet thus creating an ideal location for camping and other adventurous activities. All one has to do is drive down from Kolkata via Siliguri – Malbazar – Hasimara route- NH 31A or from New Jalpaiguri Station, take a train up to Hasimara and then hire a vehicle to murti
The nearest railway station is Hasimara, which is on the New Jalpaiguri – Alipurduar Junction line & is well connected by road from Siliguri (80 km) and Alipurduar (80km). The nearest airport with daily service from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai & Guwahati is Bagdogra Airport about 140 km away. Buses ply regularly between Murti and Siliguri via Hasimara and Alipurduar. Murti is also accessible from Mal & Bhutan.
Things to do in Murti?
– View stunning scenery
– Visit nearby places of interest
– Watch beautiful exotic birds
There are several good budget hotels available in the area murti with basic amenities & facilities. You can even find many roadside food vendors and small eating joints in the towns of Dukuchhap and Jalpaiha near Bhutan border which provide delicious cuisines with nominal prices. The Dooars region including this beautiful scenic place is one of the best tourist spots for nature lovers, bird watchers, photographers, adventure seekers & tourists in general. So, book your rooms in advance to stay at reasonable & comfortable hotels or guesthouses while visiting this region. By doing so you’ll avoid last minute hassles and unnecessary tension.