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Mahananda Wild Life Santuary:
This 129.04 Sq.Km forest is located in the lower hills and terai plains of North Bengal and was first notified as protected area during 1949. Also known as the valley of butterflies, Mahananda was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1976. Situated 18Kms from Siliguri, 60% of the forest is hilly ranging from150 mts to 1300 mts in the foot hills of Himalaya. There are almost 200 different types of flora, fauna & avifauna in this santuary along with 50 elephants and 16 Tigers. This is the only place in the world where a lucky visitor might see species like Dead-leaf Butterfly and Salamander. Pictures places like Kalijhora, Mongpong, Purbikhola and Sevoke Coronation Bridge are some of the other attractions around this sanctuary.
Garumara National Park:
50Kms from Siliguri, Garumara national park is a magnificent diverse forest of Himalayan trees and tall elephant grass. Located in the flood plains of “Murti” and “Jaldhaka” rivers, this 80 sq. kms forest and was declared as national park in 1992. This national park is also a well known corridor for migration of the Asiatic Elephant and there are 21 great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros residing in this park along with almost 50 different types of mammals, 300 species of birds, 20 types of Reptiles and thirty different types of amphibians. Garumara is also connected with a Tondu Reserve Forest and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jungle Activities:
A day trek or a jeep safari inside the jungle can give you an unforgettable experience in Garumara. You can also visit the Nature interpretation Centre at the Lataguri Villege adjoining to the park along with some of the stunning natural places like Murthi River, Samshing Villege, Chapramari Wildlife Santuary, Chalsa
Jaldapara Wildlife Santuary:
136Kms from Siliguri Jaldapara is the largest wild life reserve in the West Bengal. Spread across an area of 216.56 Sq. Kms, the sanctuary is the home of Rhinoceros Unicornis (One Horned Rhino). The whole Sanctuary is bird watchers paradise and a delight for ornithologists. The other wealth of this jungle are Indian Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Sambar Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Otter, Sloth Beer, Hispid Hare etc.
Jungle Activities:
One can find some of the most exciting safari destinations in Jaldapara. Elephant Safari in the early morning is the prime attraction of this sanctuary and a Jeep safari in the evening can take you along the virgin forests. The nature interpretation centre and an animal rescue centre are the added attractions of this sanctuary. Here you can also visit nearby places like Totopara Tribal Village, Phunsholing on the border of Bhutan and the ruins of the “Nalrajar Garh” fort hidden in the Chilapata forest.
Buxa Tiger Reserve:
Buxa Tiger Reserve is the only tiger reserve in Duars and becomes the 15th Tiger Reserve of India in 1982 -83. Located 175 km from Siliguri, the total area of this tiger project is 761 sq kms with a core area of 331.60 sq. kms. Buxas combination of semi evergreen and subtropical hill forests with tropical moist forest and river rain tracts shelter a wide and unusual variety of flora and fauna. The main rivers of the reserve are Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Churnia, Turturi, Phashkhawa, Dima and Nonani. The trip through the Buxa forest will become highly graceful and elegant when you will meet the running Leopards, Lesser Cats, Civets, Malayan Giant squirrel, Elephants, Gaur, Chital, Sambhar, Barking Deer and many more. Buxa has been declared as national Park in 1992.
Jungle Activities:
The wilderness of Buxa Tiger Reserve is irresistible with its whispering forests, the roaring rivers and blooming orchids. You can simply explore the places like Jayanti, Rajabhatkhawa or Bhutanghat around the tiger reserve or enjoy a day hike through the hilly terrain to the ruins of the historical Buxa Fort which was a detention camp used by the British for detaining the Indian freedom fighters. A 10km short teak from Jayanti to the dolomite cave locally known as “Mahakal” can also be a unique experience.