Murti is a beautiful destination located in the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling District in the state of West Bengal. Located at a distance of about seven kilometres from Chalsa via Khunia Morh, the destination is spread over an area of 127.22 sq km. It is situated on the banks of River Murti flowing down from Kalimpong hills.
During 1780, the region was under the rule of the Gorkhas, which was later gifted to the British East India Company in 1835. Situated within the Chapramari forest of Gorumara National Park, Murti is being promoted by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation in recent years.
Being located at a distance of 20 km, Murti is a getaway location from Gorumara National Park. While staying at a forest bungalow in Murti, visitors can have a glimpse of various animals such as gaur (Indian bison), elephants and deer.
Murti attracts visitors for its natural beauty and scenic views of hills, valley and river. Owing to its unexplored nature, tourists can indulge in various adventurous activities. Birdwatching, hiking and camping are some of the popular activities in Murti.
The tradition and culture of the destination can be seen in its festivities. Bhutias, Gurungs, Lepchas and Tamangs are some of the Tibetan ethnic groups that celebrate New Year called Lochar in January or February. Other prominent festivals celebrated in Murti are Christmas, Diwali, Dussehra, Holi and Ram Navami.
Reaching the destination is not much of a hassle with the availability of flights, trains and buses. The nearest airport to Murti is the Bagdogra Airport; located at a distance of 13 km. Madarihat is the nearest railway station, which is situated about seven kilometres away. The State Transport Corporation operates frequent bus services from Siliguri, Jalpaiguri and Chalsa to Murti.
The best time to visit Murti is during the early summer months of February and March and early winter months of October and November.