Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary
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Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism
Jaldapara located in Alipurduar Sub-division of Jalpaiguri District is a national park, acclaimed for lodging the highest population of one-horned Rhinoceros in India after Kaziranga National Park of Assam. The Jaldapara sanctuary covering 216 square kilometers of forest area, is a mosaic of woods, meadows, enduring streams, sandy river banks and broad belts of tall grass. Jaldapara National park was established in 1941 for the protection of wildlife, especially one-horned rhinos, that is counted as an endangered species. Flanked along the banks of River Torsha, Jaldapara is one of the only few places, where one can spot the Bengal Florican. It contains an incredible decent variety of flora and fauna that is blended in the deciduous forest, grasslands and river banks of Jaldapara. The Malangi River likewise flows adjacent to the sanctuary from east to west. Depleted by numerous nearby tributaries of rivers, the sanctuary provides extensive broad meadows which act as the comfortable refuge to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. Apart from the sanctuary, there are many places to visit, during the trip to Jaldapara. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from June to September.
Landscape and Safari
The Malangi River streams close-by from east to west of Jaldapara. The Torsha river also, courses through this rainy haven of trees and timbers which is most of the time secured with tall grasses, and weeds. The sanctuary incorporates lush vegetation and a rich assortment of natural life. The Chilapata woods frame an elephant passage within Jaldapara and the Buxa Tiger Reserve and are wealthy in untamed life. There is a watchtower at Mandabari. A broad belt of tall grasslands with its woods, fields, perpetual streams, river banks, etc. forms the outline for the Jaldapara backwoods. Legal permission is required from the tourists, for a visit to this haven.
A quaint town village called Totopara, on the banks of River Torsha, lying on the outlines of Bhutan is the main residence of Toto, where it has a prehistoric clan in Dooars. Also, Jayanti is a delightful cookout spot on the bank of Jayanti stream, which gives a magnificent view on the slopes of Bhutan. While visiting Jaldapara, tourists can also view the post at a height of 867 in the Sinchula Range, which protects Bhutan into the Buxa Duar. The fortress was utilized as a camp for shelter by the freedom fighter amid the time of British rule in India.
For Indian Nationals, the entry fee to the park is set at a minimal rate which is ₹25 per person. Whereas, if you are carrying a camera or your own vehicle with you, then you might incur an extra cost of ₹200 to ₹250. The management of Jaldapara organizes Elephant rides regularly in the early morning for the entertainment of its visitors. You can easily explore the exceptional beauty of this place at its epitome, via jeeps or the elephant safaris. The cost per head for the elephant safaris is around ₹120. You can view various species of animals like the one-horned rhino, elephants, bison, and much more.
Top things do in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
How to reach
Jaldapara being a sanctuary is located at quite a distance from the town. Hence, a tourist might encounter some difficulties in finding direct routes to the destination. Madarihat, located on NH 31 acts as the gateway to this sanctuary.
How to Reach by Flight
At a total distance of 140 km, Bagdogra is the nearest Airport to Jaldapara, which is located in Siliguri. You can easily book a cab or take some government driven Bus to reach Jaldapara.
How to Reach by Train
For passenger trains, Madarihat Railway station is the nearest station to Jaldapara which is only at 7 km distance from the sanctuary. It has access to all the passenger trains from nearby stations but in case you are traveling via an express train, then the nearest railway stop will be at Hasimara and Birpara. Both of which are further than Madarihat, which is 20 km distance. Get a cab from there to Jaldapara.
How to Reach by Bus
Jaldapara is very well connected by road to Siliguri, hence frequent bus service is available at a very minimal price. You can find both State buses as well as private buses that will enable you to reach the destination easily.
How to Reach by Road
Various local cabs and taxis are available at your service from Siliguri. Hence finding a ride from the Airport to Jaldapara will not be very difficult. But in case you are traveling by your own car from your hometown, then it is advisable to stick to the NH 31, as it has a direct route to Jaldapara.
How to travel within
You can embark into your adventurous holiday in Jaldapara by foot. There is also a facility of enjoying the sanctuary via the elephant safari organized in Jaldapara. Jeeps are also available on demand.
Accommodation and Food
There are several hotels and tourist lodges available in the vicinity. The most popular tourist lodge is the Hollong Tourist Lodge, therefore to get yourself a room in it, you need to pre-book a room in advance with a minimum gap of 120 days. All of the hotels and lodges in Jaldapara have their own service of dining and fooding, including breakfast. We have curated a list of the best accommodation available near and about Jaldapara.
- Hollong Tourist Lodge
- Chilapata Jungle Camp
- Jaldapara Jungle Camp
- Hotel Royal Green
- The Mystic Forest
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary Itinerary
Day 1: Reaching Bagdogra Airport, take a cab to start your drive to Jaldapara which will take you approximately 2 hours to reach. Get checked in at your pre-book hotel or guest house to spend the night at this beautiful sanctuary while enjoying the night with local entertainment and cuisine. Have an early night to enjoy your next day of jungle safari.
Day 2: Quickly finishing breakfast in the early morning, head start for your pre-book safari to enjoy the mesmerizing nature and landscapes along with wild animals in Jaldapara sanctuary. The safari will take you through the deciduous forest where you can see the thick trees and animals grazing in their habitat. Finishing the jungle safari before lunch, you can opt to visit the Sinchula Range, which is at a height of 867 ft, where you can see the magnificent views of Bhutan and its surrounding. Stay overnight, at start your journey back to Bagdogra the next morning to catch your flight back home.