Jaldapara is a majestic wildlife experience
established in 1941 for the protection of the Indian one-horned rhino, the
Jaldapara Sanctuary covers 216 sq km, is a mosaic of woods, grasslands,
perennial streams, sandy river banks and extensive belts of tall grass. It
contains a great diversity of flora and fauna of mixed deciduous forest,
grasslands and river banks. Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary, situated in
Alipurduar Sub-Division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal, is home to a
wide variety of wild life, particularly the Great Indian One Horned Rhinos.
The river Torsha flows through this rain forest sanctuary which is mostly
covered with tall grasses, the sanctuary encompasses a luxuriant vegetation
and a rich variety of wildife. The Malangi River also flows nearby from east
to west. Riding elephants is the only way to move inside this forest.
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.
A thrilling elephant safari is organized in the early morning from Hollong
to offer the exquisite beauty of the vast grassland of Jaldapara. The
elephant ride is the best possible way to explore the sanctuary with the
rare sight of Indian rhinos and Asiatic elephants. The jeep safari inside
the sanctuary is another main attraction.
The wild life, in addition to the famous Great Indian One Horned rhinos,
consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deers, swamp deers, hog
deers, wild pigs, bisons. Some rare species like the hispid hare and the
hog-badger are also found here. Besides wildlife viewing, there is scope for
unusual holiday activities like elephant riding and leisurely strolls
through the towering grass.
By Air - Bagdogra 145kms from Jaldapara is the nearest airport from
where tourist can reach Jaldapara by road-route via Siliguri (Siliguri to
Bagdogra - 13 km).
By Rail - The most important railway station in the North East India
is NJP. NJP is directly connected with all major stations in India.
By Road - Jaldapara is connected by National Highway with Siliguri
and can be reached by car within 3hrs.
WHEN TO GO
Best time to visit Jaldapara is October To May.
WHAT TO SEE
Totopara :- It is a small village on a
hillock located in the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal, India. This
village is home to the unique Toto tribe that is one of a kind in the
world. The village is about 22 km from Madarihat, which is the entry
point of the famous Jaldapara National Park. This village falls under
the Madarihat police station. It is bounded by the foothills of Bhutan
to the north, Torsa River to the east, and Titi river and the Titi
reserve forest on the south-west separated by the Hauri river.
The Buxa Tiger Reserve :- It was established
in the year of 1982-83 to save the most important species of North
Bengal The Royal Bengal Tiger. The park is located at the north eastern
corner of Dooars plains of North Bengal bordering Bhutan and Assam. The
core area of 315sq.kms around the Buxa Duar Fort was declared a National
Park in January 1992.
The Buxa Tiger Reserve :- This tropical rain
forests having an annual rainfall exceeding 5000mm has 150 species of
plants and a variety of creepers, grasses, bamboo and cane along with
some rare species of orchids. Trees like Teak, Sal, Simul, Sishu are
found in great numbers. Because of its wilderness and difficult terrain
most part of Buxa still remains unexplored. So far 67 species of
mammals, including 23 endangered ones and 36 species of reptiles have
been recorded in Buxa. The most important animal here is the Royal
Jayanti :- Jayanti is 75 kms from Madarihat a
beautiful picnic spot on the bank of Jayanti river. It provides an
excellent view of the hills of Bhutan and attraction of flora and fauna
of the region.
Bhutan Ghat :- It is 85 kms from Madarihat, the
road passes through beautiful forest and tea gardens. and a picnic spot.
Bird Watching :- Jaldapara is exceptionally rich
in avifauna because of varied terrain, mosaic of vegetation and rich
insect life. More than 240 species of birds are found in variety of
habitat- Grassland, water bodies, woodland. The varied tree forests and
rich shrub growth on the forest floor provide ideal setting for many
woodland birds, such as Green Pigeons, Hornbills, Barbets, Parakeets,
Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, Thrushes etc. Brahminy
ducks, whistling teals and Goosanders are winter visitors. The most
common water birds are the large and little cormorant, Indian Shag,
Darter, Egrets, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Pied Wagtail, Spur Winged
Lapwing, Moorhen, White Breasted Waterhen etc. The night hunters in
Jaldapara are the owls and the nightjars.
Thrilling Animals :- This is a land of trumpet and
songs. The Rhino is the flagship animals for the Sanctuary, which can be
seen from the safety of the elephant back, while driving on roads and
from a top watchtowers. Besides, one can find elephants wandering in the
woodland and frequenting the open grasslands, rivers and glades.
WHERE TO EAT
There are few good restaurants in town.