About Jaldapara National Park
Jaldapara National Park is a national park situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal and on the bank of river Torsa. Jaldapara wild life Santuary is a protected Park at the Foot hills of Easern Himalayas in Alipurduar sub- Divition of Jalpaiguri District. Jaldapara is altitude of 61 mt. and is spread across 216.51 km2 (83.59 sq mi) of vast grassland with patches of riverine forests. It was declared a sanctuary in 1941 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna. Today main attraction of the sanctuary is Asiatic One-Horned Rhinoceros. The sanctuary holds the maximum number of Rhinos population in India after Assam The other animals consist of Bison/ Indian Gaur, Royal Bengal Tigers, Common Leopard, Leopard cat, Elephants, Samber deer, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Pig. Jaldapara is an attract for bird watchers. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal florican is sighted. The other birds to be found here are the crested eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, shikra, Finn's weaver,jungle fowl, peafowl (peacock), partridge, and lesser Pied Hornbill. Pythons, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras,geckos, mosaic of vegetation and rich insect life. More than 240 species of birds are found in variety and about 8 species of fresh water turtles can also be found here.
The famous river of the region named as Torsha River traverses through this refrain forest sanctuary, which is all covered with lush greenery grasslands, river banks, tall grasses and constant flowing streams.
Elephant rides are the most important activity in the park and this is extremely popular among the visitors. You can go into the depths of the jungle and it can be a phenomenal experience. Jeep Safaris are also available in the park and these are a good way to see.
Best time to travel: October to April
Off season: 15th June to 15th September
How To Go :Madarihat is the entry point for the sanctuary and nearest local market It is located on the NH 31 (Siliguri-Hasimara), 145 km east from Siliguri, 80 km north from Cooch Behar and 50 km west from Alipurduar. By air - Bagdogra is the nearest airport.(154 km) All the mail and express trains stop at Birpara/Hasimara railway stations, both are 23/22 km. away from the sanctuary. By road - Jaldapara is connected by road with Siliguri and other places in North Bengal.
By Train: From New Jalpaiguri 160kms. (north Bengal's largest railway station all train stop), Only passenger trains stop at Madarihat which is 7 kms from the sanctuary.
By Road: From Siliguri Jaladapara is 145 kms to 130 kms from Siliguri depending on the route taken. NH 31 is the main highway.
By Air: From Siliguri to Bagdogra Airport (13kms) nearest air port from Jaldapara.