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<< Indian Himalayas >> << Wildlife and Animals >> << Flora & Fauna >> << Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling >>

Jaldapra Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling

 Location  Darjeeling, West Bengal.
 Nearest Access  Srinagar (Hill Station of Kashmir Valley), 48, km from This Park.
 Wildlife Attractions  Sloth bear, Swamp deer, Bison, Bengal Tiger, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, Chital Hog Deer, Leopard, Asiatic Elephant.
 Coverage Area  114, Square Kilometers.
 Best Time to Visit  March to May.

About this Park

The Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary is situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas and on the bank of river Torsa in West Bengal. Jaldapara, the vast grassland with patches of riverine forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1943 for protection of the great variety flora and fauna. The Jaldapara sanctuary is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams. The main attraction in Jaldapara apart form its exquisite natural beauty, is the Asiatic one horned rhino. The Jaldapara sanctuary holds the maximum number of rhino population in India after Kajiranga National Park in Assam. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal Florican can be sighted. Set out with a binocular and see the majestic flight of lesser Pied hornbill, racket-tailed drongo, paradise flycatcher, Crested Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, shikra, Jungle fowl, peafowl, partridges and many other bird species. An adventurous elephant ride in the morning will take you deep inside the grassland for the real excitement.

Flora of This Park

The sanctuary consists mainly of riverine forests, with grasslands, maintained by burning and flooding. Cassia grass is the widely spread of new riverine accretions. Found mainly on sandy soils, it can be encountered in clay pockets. The Sal trees are also found on the east banks of river Malangi. The sanctuary is covered with innumerable species of shrubs and trees.

Fauna of this Park

The sanctuary is home to the Great Indian rhinoceros. A small population of the Royal Bengal Tiger is also here. Sloth bear, Swamp deer, Bison, Wild Boar, Indian Muntjac, Chital Hog Deer, Leopard, Asiatic Elephant are the major species of mammals present here. The park holds maximum number of rhino population in India after Kajiranga National Park in Assam.

How to Reach There

It is 3 hours from Siliguri. The nearest airport is Bagdogra, 140 kms from the sanctuary. 

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