India > West Bengal > Dooars > Jaldapara Wildlife

Jaldapara National Park

One of the most famous tourist destination in Dooars is Jaldapara National Park (formerly Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary), situated in Alipurduar district of West Bengal, India, nearby the Indo-Bhutan international border. It belongs in the heavy rainfall zone, so the forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses, which is spread across 216.5 km2 area with an altitude of 61m. River Torsha runs through the National Park. Some other rivers, Malangi, Hollong, Chirakhawa, Kalijhora, Sissamara, Bhaluka and Buri Torsa are also flowing through the Forests area. Jaldapara forests were constituted as Wildlife Sanctuary in the year of 1941 for the protection of Wildlife, particularly one-horned Rhinoceros and it was declared as Jaldapara National Park in May 2012. Jaldapara National Park has the second largest population of the Indian one-horned Rhinoceros in the World after Kaziranga National Park, Assam. As of the recent census, Jaldapara National Park has an intake of 160 numbers of one-horned Rhinoceros.

one-horned rhinoceros in jaldapara national park

(One-Horned Rhinoceros in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary)

Quick Facts
Area 216.51 km2
Altitude 61 m above sea level
Location Alipurduar District in West Bengal
Nearest Town Madarihat
Nearest City Alipurduar, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri
Distance 145 kms from Siliguri
Best Season October to May, Specially March and April.
Off Season 16th June to 15th September (national park closed)

Indian one-horned Rhinoceros is the main attraction in the Jaldapara National Park. Other than One-horn Rhinos, this forest is also the home to a wide variety of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. The Asiatic Elephants, the Royal Bengal Tiger, Chital, Deer, Swamp Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Pig, Indian Bison (Gaur), Jungle cat, Fishing cat, Indian civet, Giant squirrel, different varieties of Leopard, Indian pangolin, Hispid hare, Indian porcupine, etc. are common mammals in the Jaldapara National Park. Pythons, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos, and about eight species of freshwater turtles can also be found here.

Jaldapara National Park is also home to several Indian residential and migratory birds like, Bengal Florican, Peafowl (Peacock), Racket-Tailed Drongo, Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Eagle, Fishing Eagle, Little Cormorant, Indian Shag, Darter, Egrets, Shikra, Finn's weaver, Jungle Fowl, Partridge, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Pied Wagtail, Spur Winged Lapwing, lesser pied Hornbill, Moorhen, White Breasted Waterhen and many more. So, Jaldapara is renewal as a paradise for the bird watchers. More than 350 species of different birds are the inhabitant in the Jaldapara forests.

Visiting the deep forest for the search of wild animals is permissible in Jaldapara National Park. Elephant ride and jeep safari are very popular among the tourists, preferably at early-morning. The WBFDC run Hollong Forest Bungalow inside the forest range is probably the most sought tourist accommodation in India with a close proximity to the wildlife.

In winter, temperature comes down to 6°C where in summer it goes up more than 39°C. But the average temperature ranges may vary between 10°C to 30°C. Jaldapara National Park belongs in heavy rainfall zone. Where May to October known as rainy season. Average annual rainfall is 300 cm.

Transport

By Road: Jaldapara is well connected by road with Darjeeling, Siliguri and other towns of North Bengal. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Mini Buses and Private Buses are available from Siliguri to Alipurduar via Madarihat. Journey time from Siliguri is about 4 hours.

Road Route:-
a) Siliguri -> Jalpaiguri (via New Teesta Bridge) -> Maynaguri -> Dhupguri -> Gairkata -> Birpara -> Madarihat (204 km)
b) Siliguri -> Sevoke -> Bagrakote -> Mal -> Chalsa -> Nagrakata -> Binnaguri -> Birpara -> Madarihat (214 km)

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Falakata (19 Kilometers from the sanctuary) and Madarihat (7 kilometers away). But all train is not arrived here. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. You can change train from New Jalpaiguri or can follow the road journey from New Jalpaiguri to the park or Siliguri to the park.

By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport under Indian Army. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road route

Accommodation

Hollong Tourist Lodge is one of the best and most preferred accommodations at Jaldapara, due to its absolutely wonderful location inside the green and dense forests area of Jaldapara National Park. It has limited numbers of rooms and advance booking is highly recommended. Wildlife sighting is very common from the Hollong Forest Bungalow, even from your room. It has five double bedded, spacious, clean and well-maintained rooms, which has a tariff of INR 2,500 per night for a room. Elephant safari in Jaldapara National Park is available only from the Hollong Bungalow. So, to reside here, you may avoid any extra transportation for a ride.

Address: Uttar Barajhar Forest, Madarihat, Alipurduar, West Bengal 735213
Phone: +91 3563 262228, +91 33 2334 4062
No of Rooms: 5 (Non A.C Deluxe Double Bedded Room)
Tariff: INR indian rupee2,500/- per night for a room (GST Extra)
Booking: Book Online

Jaldapara Tourist Lodge is another prominent accommodation in this region after Hollong Tourist Lodge. It is also preferable option among the tourist for night-stay, once Hollong is not available. It is located just in front of the Forest Gates. Wildlife sighting is not very rare from the lodge premises. Elephant safari may be available for the tourists on demand.

Address: Madarihat, Alipurduar, West Bengal Pin- 735213 Phone: +91 3563 262230, +91 9733008795
Number of rooms:

Sl. No.Room TypeNo. of RoomRate per Night
01 Non A.C Delux Double Bedded Room 4 indian rupee1600/-*
02 A.C Delux Double Bedded Room (Brick Blk) 8 indian rupee2200/-*
03 A.C Delux Double Bedded Room (Wooden Blk) 10 indian rupee2400/-*
04 A.C Cottage 4 indian rupee2600/-*
05 AC Cottage Large 5 indian rupee2900/-*
06 A.C Suite 1 indian rupee3200/-*
* GST will be calculated extra.

Booking: Book Online

A number of private hotels and lodges have also come up in the area around Jaldapara. For more details you may contact with us.

Reservation Authorities :

Tourism Centre, Govt. of WB
3/2, B.B.D. Bag (East)
Kolkata - 700001
Phone: (033) 22485917/22488271
Tourism Centre, Govt. of WB
M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar
Hill Cart Road, Siliguri - 734403
Phone : (0353) 2511979, 2432561
Divisional Forest Officer
P.O. & District - Cooch Behar
Phone : (03582) 227185