Murti is the name of a river that originates high in the mountains of Neora Valley National Park area. The river originates close to Bengal - Sikkim - Bhutan border tri-junction and soon comes down from the hills into the Dooars through the Samsing area. Into Dooars the Eastern Side of the river is mostly forested with Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary whereas in its Western Side are some of the best and most picturesque tea gardens of Dooars. In the Dhupjora area, it crosses the forest, thus dividing a continuous stretch of a forest into Chapramari Wild Life Sanctuary (East and North) and Gorumara National Park (South and West). Soon after crossing the forest the river emerges near Ramsai area and meets Jaldhaka, another river of Dooars that originates in Bhutan. The short journey of Murti river ends here as the larger river Jaldhaka continues its journey.
The river Murti is one of the most beautiful in Dooars. The river is not glacier fed and does not have much water except for the rainy season. However, the natural beauty of the river remains unhindered even during the dry months when it can easily be crossed by foot. Many of the watchtowers of Gorumara and Chapramari forests are built on the banks of river Murti.
Murti the destination
A particular place on the bank of river Murti has also assumed the name of the river. For most tourists visiting Dooars, Murti means the riverside of North Dhupjhora area.
Even during the late 20th century, the area was heavily forested and infested with wildlife and decoits. Few people would 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. Over the years the wildlife population saw an increasing trend whereas the miscreants slowly withered away. Today the area is one of the most peaceful and arguably one of the best places to soak in the natural exuberance.
Some of the places within close distance are Bindu-Jhalong, Samsing-Suntalekhola.
On the Western Side of the river Murti and next to a forest range office came up one of the first tourist accommodations of Dooars known as Banani, the forest accommodation is still one of the most popular among tourists in the area.
As tourism flourished in the early 21st century in the area, soon several tourist resorts came up. They include both private and government initiatives. An alternative road was also developed through the riverside with a large number of resorts on its side.