Jaldapara Wild Life Sancturay
Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal was constituted in the year of 1943 for the protection of wild life, particularly single horned Rhinos. River Torsha runs through this riverain forest sanctuary which is mostly covered with tall grasses. The wild life, in addition to the famous single horned rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deer, swamp deer, hog deer, wild pigs, bison and a number of birds, pea-fowl etc.
Jaldapara is a paradise for bird watchers. It is one
of the very few places in India, where the Bengal Florican was sighted.
Set out with a binocular and see the majestic flight of hornbill, racket-tailed
drongo and paradise flycatcher. See the splendors of sun set beyond the
vast grassland of Jaldapara from you Bungalow deck.
Totopara: 30 km from Jaldapara, a small village
on the banks of River Torsha bordering Bhutan is the only habitation of
Toto, a primitive tribe in Dooars. Their number has dwindled to less than
1000. The aboriginal lifestyle of the Totos attracts a large number of
tourists from many parts of the world.
National Park: 80km
Accommodation: There are few privet hotels in Madarihat adjacent to Jaldapara Sanctuary. However, the Forest Department and Tourism of West Bengal provide the best accommodation inside the sanctuary. Naturebeyond arrange accommodation in the forest bungalow and tourist lodges only in its all inclusive packages ion Jaldapara.
Excursions: Local excursions may be arranged to visit tea gardens to see the manufacturing of tea in the nearby tea gardens by prior arrangement with naturebeyond. Anthropological excursion in nearby Tribal village, Totopara, can be arranged.
TO GET THERE
Road: Jaldapara is connected by National Highway with Siliguri and can be reached by car within 3hrs.