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Jaldapara National Park

Jaldapara National Park

Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary (Jaldapara National Park) is nestled at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas, which happens to stand in the Alipurduar Sub-Division of the district of Jalpaiguri forms a part of the northeastern Indian state of West Bengal. This national park was constituted in the year 1943, with the purpose of protecting and conserving the wild life, particularly the endangered species like the single horned Rhinos.

The paradise for the bird watchers, t is one of the very few places in the country where the Bengal Florican can be sighted. You need to carry a binocular along with you as to witness the majestic flight of hornbill, racket-tailed drongo and paradise flycatcher. With the splendor of sun set beyond the infinite lowland of Jaldapara.

The famous river of the region named as Torsha River traverses through this refrain forest sanctuary, which is all covered with lush greenery. Here the list of wildlife includes single horned rhinos, Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deer, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pigs, bison and a number of birds, pea-fowl etc.

Sprawling over an area of about 216 sq km, this national park of Jaldapara is all incorporated with mosaic of woods, grasslands, river banks, tall grasses and constant flowing streams. Another attraction in the park is the thrilling elephant safari which is scheduled for the early morning from Hollong, providing the exquisite views of the infinite grassland and its wonderful beauty. This elephant ride makes you happen to explore the sanctuary with the rare sight of Indian rhinos and Asiatic elephants. Then there is a jeep safari inside the sanctuary, which also helps in exploring the vast jungles of the wildlife sanctuary.

The birds which can be spotted here are Crested Eagle, Pallass Fish Eagle and shikra, Finns Weaver, Jungle fowl, peacock, partridges, and lesser Pied Hornbill. Python, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos and about 8 species of fresh water turtles can also be seen in the sanctuary.

Other excursions are Totopara, and Buxa Duar, from the national park and the latter place offers an excellent opportunity for trekking and camping.

The best time to visit Jaldapara is from October to May. Bagdogra 145kms from Jaldapara is the nearest airport. Jaldapara is also connected by National Highway with Siliguri.

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