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Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Area : 114 Sq. Km
Altitude : 61 meters (200 ft.)
Location : Alipurduar subdivision of Jalpaiguri District, 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 (Sanctuary closed)
The most famous destination in Dooars is Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in Alipurduar Sub-division of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal near India – Bhutan boarder. It is under the heavy rainfall zone, so the forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. River Torsha runs through the sanctuary. This sanctuary was constituted in the year 1941 for the protection of Wildlife, particularly one-horned Rhinoceros.
(One-Horned Rhinoceros, Jaldapara)
Other than One Horn Rhinos this forest consists of The Royal Bengal Tiger, wild Elephant, Deer, Sambhar, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, wild Pig, Bison, different variety of Leopard, several Indian birds both residential and migratory, Peafowl. Visit inside the deep forest in search of wild animals. Elephant ride and jeep safari is very popular among the tourists, preferably at dawn.
In winter, temperature comes below to 6°C where in summer its goes more than 39°C. But the average temperature ranges from 10°C to 30°C> Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary belongs in heavy rainfall zone. Where May to October known as rainy seassion. Average annual rainfall is 300 cm.
Transport to go
By Road :
Road Route:-- a) Darjeeling -> Siliguri -> Jalpaiguri (via New Teesta Bridge) -> Maynaguri -> Dhupguri -> Gairkata -> Birpara -> Madarihat (204 km)...
b) Darjeeling -> Siliguri -> Sevoke -> Bagrakote -> Mal -> Chalsa -> Nagrakata -> Binnaguri -> Birpara -> Madarihat (214 km)...
By Rail :
Nearest railway station is Falakata (19 Kkilometers 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
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