Sundarsingh Rava is your host at Humro Home Chilapata. The Rava people are also referred to as Rabha, and are the original inhabitants of the area. They are spread over Assam, Meghalaya and Dooars area of Bengal.
Sundar has been a resident of this forest village since birth and has been an active campaigner for the rights of the forest dwellers. He speaks indigenous Rava language as well as Bengali and Hindi. Sundars wife and father also assist him actively in his small hospitality endeavour. The Rava Homestay started hosting guests here since late 2017 and within a short period has earned its name as a helpful, knowledgeable and amiable host among Homestay guests.Even More...
Our Homestay faces the forest which is across a paddy field about 100 meters away. In the evening you can seat comfortably at the wooden Veranda and watch some wildlife that come out of the forest into the open. Peacocks, Boars, Deer are the most common, Rhinos and elephants can also be seen sometimes.
Walk across the field and closer to the forest, accompanied by a local, you can see a small rivulet by the forest side as well as a small pond. There are plenty of birds in the vicinity for the interested. The road behind the Homestay can be taken for a strall for a village walk. Take a drive for about a km to reach Torsha riverbed which is an ideal spot for wild life sighting. Walk in the opposite direction and the Chilapata forest range office is just 250 meters away. There are several shops and local people here for you to mingle with.Even More...
Apart from enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the area and generally enjoying nature, most tourists love to go for forest safari at Chilapata.
The early morning and afternoon jeep safaris take you deep inside the forest where there is a good likelihood of sighting Elephant, Rhino, Deer, Gaur and other wildlife. The dense forest makes this safari quite enjoyable. Tickets for safari are available at the Chilapata forest check post which is walking distance from the Homestay. The forest jeep safari in Chilapata forest starts from the check post nearby. This is the prime attraction for tourists visiting Chilapata. The “Nal Rajar Garh”, meaning the fort of the Nal King, though in ruins now, can be reached on foot or on Jeep safari. Being a forest area, there are restrictions on activities inside the forests. Walks can be arranged in the village to learn about local culture, or in the nearby Mathura Tea garden. You can also visit the Torsa River Sun Set point which is just 2 kms from our Accommodation.Even More...
The typical Dooars weather can be enjoyed at Chilapata. Days of summer are worm but it cools off soon...
The typical Dooars weather can be enjoyed at Chilapata. Days of summer are worm but it cools off soon after the sunset. Being located besides a large open ground, our eco resort is quite airy. Winters are cold with temperatures sometimes going below 10 degree Celsius. Rainy season is long with heavy rains sometimes continuing for several days non-stop. The forests entry remains closed during the rainy season but the natural beauty of the forests with its varied shed of green is also the best during the Monsoon.
Humro Home Chilapata is a small homestay managed by a traditional Rava family. It is located in a Kumai Busty forest village, a stones throw away from Chilapata main check post and range office.. The forest is just opposite the lodge with enhanced chance of wildlife sighting from the Home Stay.
Humro Home Chilapata is a small eco resort located on the southern fringe of Chilapata forest. The small forest hotel is managed by a Rava family. Sundar Rava, who looks after the Homestay, is a social activist. The home lodge is build on a two storied construction in traditional Dooars style. The rooms open towards vast open farm land which ends abruptly as the dense Chilapata Jungle begins. The accommodation combines the advantages of a home stay with amenities similar to a resort or hotel. The Chilapata Jeep safari booking point is within walking distance from our eco resort.
Our Jungle Lodge is situated in the forest village and you will be staying with a family that has been living in these forests for decades. The forests is about 200 meters ahead of you and in the morning and evening, it is not unusual to get to see a hard of elephant or a stray rhino roaming on the forest fringes.
As in most Humro Home accommodations, we offer no frill decent clean and hygienic accommodation at Chilapata. There is no television or wifi in the room. There is one large double bed in each room with provision for extra bed / mattress in case of a third guest.
There is a dining hall and Kitchen next to the main building. We mostly serve Bengali and local cuisine here.
Our eco resort is curved out of the villagers firm land, during the cultivation season, the area around the Jungle resort is covered with paddy. You may enjoy as well as join in the cultivation with the locals. At Humro Home, you are not a customer, you are our guest and we will take you to our home and show our way of life here.
We offer Indian food much of which home grown and organic. We offer sumptuous and simple meal with vegetarian and non-vegetarian meal options. Fish, Chicken and Egg is offered in non-vegetarian food, pork is also available on request. As for all Humro Home lodges, we do not offer restaurant facility with on the spot ordering. Food must be ordered well in advanced. If you have specific requirements regarding food, please contact our helpdesk before confirming booking.
The village is referred to as Kumai Busty, a forest village of Chilapata forest. The village is located at the extreme south of Chilapata. The larger resorts and hotels are mostly located within a distance of just 1 to 2 kms from our Homestay. Yet we are situated in the forest village far from the usual traffic of tourists.
If you are coming from Alipurduar / Coochbehar or Jalpaiguri area, drive through National Highway 27 to reach Sonapur crossing. From here take the North East bound road that will take you to the Chilapata forest check post in about 15 minutes (11 kms). The Humro Home Chilapata is about 300 meters from the forest check post.
If you are travelling from Jaldapara side via National Highway 317, you will first reach Hasimara Gurudwara Crossing where the road bifurcates. The highway goes towards Assam via Alipurduar, whereas the forest road will pass through the length of Chilapata forest to take you to the same Chilapata forest check post mentioned earlier. From Hasimara to Chilapata checkpost is about 17 kms. There is a third road which can be used by people travelling from Buxa area. This road originates from NH 317 near Mendabari Church and reaches our Homestay about 10 kms away. We do not recommend this third route unless you have a driver with some knowledge of the area as there are couple of turns in this route that can be missed quite easily.Even More...
Jaldapara and Buxa forests are both within a driving distance of less than an hour, so is Coochbehar town. So Chilapata can be your base to visit these forests or the Historic Coochbehar palace and the Madan Mohan Temple there. Phuentsholing border town of India and Bhutan can also be reached in a drive time of just over an hour.
Jaldapara Entrance – 33 kms, 50 minutes drive Buxa forest entry gate – 34 kms, 50 minutes drive Coochbehar Palace – 38 kms, 1 hour Phuenthsoling Bhutan Boarder – 42 kms, 1 hours 15 minutes. (Travel time is an approximate value, may differ depending on road condition and traffic)Even More...
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