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Jaldapara National Park complete detail – updated

Jaldapara National Park complete detail – updated. Geography of Jaldapara National Park. Dominant flora and fauna of Jaldapara National Park. How to Reach Jaldapara National Park. Total area of the park is 216.51 Km2. Jaldapara National Park presents an amazing sight with dense trees that rise up to the skies and allow very little sunlight to penetrate through. The park is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams………..
The park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the bank of Torsa River. Jaldapara is best known for its population of one horned Asiatic Rhinos, which is the second largest in the world after Kaziranga forests of Assam. Jaldapara is one of the most popular forests of Dooar. The Hollong bungalow inside the forest is probably one of the most sought after tourist accommodation anywhere in India. Today Jaldapara has grown much beyond the Hollong Bungalow and has a large number of options for tourists visiting the National Park………… 
The park is home to Indian one horned rhinoceros, Elephants, Indian Bison, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild pigs, Tigers, Leopards, Jungle cat, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Indian civet, Giant squirrel, Indian pangolin, Hispid hare, Indian porcupine etc.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.
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Jaldapara National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Jalpaiguri district of the state of West Bengal. Jaldapara National Park also known as Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary.

Jaldapara National Park was established in the year of 2014. Total area of the park is 216.51 Km2. The park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the bank of Torsa River.

Jaldapara National Park is home to a myriad variety of flora and fauna. The place teems with plants and beautiful flowers, especially after the monsoons. Some of the prominent tree species found in the park include tall Sal and Shishu trees. Other variety of ferns, shrubs and tall grass can also be seen.

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The main attraction in Jaldapara is the Indian one horned rhinoceros. The park is home to Indian one horned rhinoceros, Elephants, Indian Bison, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Chital, Sambar, Barking deer, Wild pigs, Tigers, Leopards, Jungle cat, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Indian civet, Giant squirrel, Indian pangolin, Hispid hare, Indian porcupine etc.

The place is a birdwatchers paradise with over 350 species of birds recorded to have been seen. Some of the prominent avifaunal species of the region includes the fishing eagle, crested eagle, Shikra, jungle fowl, partridge, peafowl, pied hornbill, racket-tailed drongo and paradise flycatcher etc.

Jaldapara National Park presents an amazing sight with dense trees that rise up to the skies and allow very little sunlight to penetrate through. The park is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams.

Jaldapara is one of the most popular forests of Dooars. The Hollong bungalow inside the forest is probably one of the most sought after tourist accommodation anywhere in India. Today Jaldapara has grown much beyond the Hollong Bungalow and has a large number of options for tourists visiting the National Park.

Jaldapara is best known for its population of one horned Asiatic Rhinos, which is the second largest in the world after Kaziranga forests of Assam. The population of Rhino in Jaldapara is said to be around 160 and is increasing at a steady pace.

A thrilling elephant safari is organized in the early morning from Hollong forest bungalow 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 major attraction. There are multiple Jeep safari being organized both in the morning and in the evening. The number of watchtowers where the Jeep safari takes tourists has increased during recent year. Tourists must travel in the forest department approved Jeep accompanied by a tourist guide.

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History

Toto tribes and Mech Tribes (Bodos) used to stay in this area before 1800. At that time this place was known as “Totapara”. Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1941 for the purpose of protecting the Indian one-horned rhinoceros.

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a National Park in the year of 2014.

Geography

Jaldapara National Park is located in the Jalpaiguri district of the state of West Bengal. Total area of the park is 216.51 Km2. The park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas and on the bank of Torsa River.

Jaldapara National Park presents an amazing sight with dense trees that rise up to the skies and allow very little sunlight to penetrate through. The park is a mixture of a mosaic of woods, grassland, swamps and streams.

The river Torsha flows through this rain forest park which is mostly covered with tall grasses, the sanctuary encompasses a luxuriant vegetation and a rich variety of wildlife.

The Malangi River also flows nearby from east to west. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m.

Drained by rivers Torsa, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri.

The Western side of River Torsha is called the Jaldapara and the Eastern side is known as Chilapata forests. More than 30% of the total area is grassland.

Latitude: 25° 58′ to 27° 45′ N

Longitude: 89° 08′ to 89° 55′ E 

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Dominant flora

The Park is home to a myriad variety of flora and fauna. The place teems with plants and beautiful flowers, especially after the monsoons. Some of the prominent tree species found in the park include tall Sal and Shishu trees. Other variety of ferns, shrubs and tall grass can also be seen.

Dominant fauna

MammalsAsiatic one horned rhino, Elephant, Gaur, Hog Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking deer, Tigers, Leopards, Jungle cat, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Civet, Giant squirrel, Pangolin, Hispid hare, Porcupine etc.

BirdsCrested serpent Eagle, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, Pigeons, Barbets, Parakeets, Woodpeckers, Large Green billed Malkoha, White Rumped Vulture, Pied Harrier, Common Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrow Hawk, Bee-eaters, Rollers, Hoopoe, Shrikes, Larks, Hill Mynas, Bulbuls, Finches, Red jungle fowl, Black partridge, Shaheen Falcon, Great Pied Hornbills, Forest Eagle Owl, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers, Thrushes, Brahminy ducks, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Green Cuckoos etc.

ReptilesRock Python, Python, Monitor lizards, Kraits, Cobras, Geckos etc.

State wise list of Wildlife Sanctuaries of India – updated 

Other Attractions

Elephant safari

Jeep safaris

Chilapata

Khairbari

Khayerbari Tiger Rescue Centre

Totapara

Bhutan Boarder

Gorumara National Park

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Best Time to Visit

Jaldapara National Park remains open from September 15 to June 15 and closes down during the monsoons.

The best time of the year to visit the Jaldapara National Park is between the months of October to March.

Fee

Entry fee – Rs. 25/- (Indians)

Entry fee – Rs. 100/- (foreigners)

Elephant safari – Rs. 140/- per head

Jeep Safari – Rs. 450/- per head

Light vehicle – Rs. 50/- per vehicle

Heavy vehicle – Rs. 200/- per vehicle

Guide – Rs. 100/- per vehicle

Camera – Rs. 25/- (still)

Camera – Rs. 250/- (video)

How to Reach

By AirNearest airport is Bagdogra airport, about 140 Km from the Jaldapara National Park. Bagdogra airport is well connected by road network to Jaldapara National Park.

By Rail Nearest railway station is Madarihat railway station, about 07 Km from the Jaldapara National Park. Madarihat railway station is well connected by road network to Jaldapara National Park.

By Road Jaldapara National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Jaldapara National Park at frequent intervals. NH 31 is the main highway.

Accommodations

Accommodation is provided by The Forest Department and Tourism of West Bengal inside the park.

Accommodation for the tourists visiting Jaldapara is arranged in the Madarihat tourist lodge and Hollong tourist Bungalow.

Jaldapara Tourist Lodge, P.O. – Madarihat, District – Jalpaiguri, Phone: Madarihat (03563) 262230

Other National Parks in West Bengal. Name of National Parks, Year of Notification and Total Area is as follows……..
S. No.  Name of National Park Year of Notification Total Area (Km2)
1 Gorumara National Park West Bengal 1992 79.45
2 Buxa National Park West Bengal 1992 117.10
3 Neora Valley National Park West Bengal 1986 159.89
4 Singalila National Park West Bengal 1986 78.60
5 Sundarbans National Park West Bengal 1984 1330.10

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