In the year of 1943 the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary was created to protect the endangered species of several animals. In particular, the famous one horned rhino are the speciality of the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Jaldapara Wildlife sanctuary is situated just opposite of the Chilapata forests and is separated by the river Torsa. Several species of wildlife animals such as elephants, deers, pigs, bisons, birds and hogs are found here. Jaldapara is also famous as a popular birding spot. Several species of migratory birds come here in different times. Also, the Bengal florican, hornbills, paradise flycatchers and woodpeckers are some of the birds that can be seen here. The Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is also famous for offering safaris on the backs of elephants, which is just a ride to remember for anyone!
- By Train: Situated at a distance of just 125 km is the North Bengalâ€™s most important railway station, the New Jalpaiguri Railway station in Siliguri. Most of the tourists can disembark at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and take a bus from here to Jaldapara
- By Air: The Bagdogra airport in Siliguri town is the nearest airport situated at a distance of about 135 km. This airport is connected throughout the entire country and internationally as well. Several buses are available from the airport to Jaldapara.
- By Bus: Siliguri is the major city in the entire North Bengal and as such it has several buses available that will take a tourist to Jaldapara. The buses from Siliguri can go through two routes, one of them goes through the Jalpaiguri â€“ Moynaguri highways and is the shortest route with a distance of 120 km. The other route through the National Highway 31 passes through forests and tea gardens with beautiful views and will take around 4 hours to reach Jaldapara.
Things to See and do in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary is home to almost 40 species of mammals, two hundred and fifty species of birds, sixteen species of reptiles, eight species of turtles and thirty species of fishes. Endangered species such as Rhinos, Leopards, Tigers, Sloath Bears, Python and many other such animals are living in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary also has a huge variety of flora and fauna including mixed bamboo forests, sal trees and teak trees.
Jaldapara is famous for its collection of one horned rhinos and the Jaldapara Sanctuary is a prime spot for protecting the endangered species of rhinos. While the number of rhinos has steadily declined all over the world, the number of rhinos has steadily increased in Jaldapara due to the preservation efforts by the authorities bringing the total count of rhinos to a staggering hundred and sixty.
Visit Madarihat: Just beside the Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary is the town of Madarihat situated. Madarihat has a very small railway station and is filled with restaurants and lodges which serve as the accommodation for the tourists. The famous Holong bungalow gate is also available here. Madarihat also has a huge sprawling market where many items especially food items are available for purchase.
Visit Chilapata: The Chilapata forest is situated at a distance of just 10 km from the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. In general, the tourists combine their visit to Jaldapara with a visit to Chilapata forest in the same tour.
Visit Phuntsholing: The India â€“ Bhutan border town of Phuntsholing is situated at a distance of 38 km from Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary and can be reached in approximately sixty five to seventy minutes. The town Phuntsholing offers many nice sights for the tourists and is a recommended place to visit while staying at Jaldapara.
Visit Totopara: The Totopara village is situated at a distance of 20km from Jaldapara and is the last place where the almost extinct tribes of Totos live. The amount of Totos still alive are barely over a thousand and are thus vulnerable to complete extinction.
Visit the Khairbari Tiger Rescue Centre: The Khairbari tiger rescue centre is situated at a distance of 20km from Jaldapara and is where rescued tigers from different areas, especially circuses are brought and rehabilitated. While many of the rescued tigers are dead or very old, still it is an excellent place to visit.
Safari through Jaldapara forest: There are several safaris through Jaldapara forests released each day. The most famous of the safaris takes the tourist on a ride through the forest on the back of elephants.
Accommodations in Jaldapara
Several lodges, bungalows and hotels are available for staying. All of these come with the basic amenities such as hot waters, room service and satellite television etc.