Betla National Park is situated in Latehar district, Jharkhand, India. Betla National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park is part of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. This National Park’s name was derived from the first letters of five animals found there; Bison, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, and Axis-axis (chital or cheetal, an axis deer or spotted deer).
This National Park is also a tiger reserve, under Project Tiger scheme to save Royal Bengal tiger endangered species; even though no Tigers were spotted in this park in recent past!
The park is rich in flora and fauna. Lower reaches of the park consists mainly of tropical wet evergreen forests. Moist & dry deciduous forests forms the middle reaches and alpine forests forms the upper reaches. There are a large variety of animals in the park. Elephants and Langurs are seen in plenty. Other animals found in the national park includes Sloth bear, panther, Jackal , wolf, hyena, gaur, chital, sambhar, mouse deer, four-horned antelopes, kakar, small Indian civets, ant eating pangolin, porcupine, nilgai and mongoose. Large variety of birds are also seen in the Betla National Park. Kamaldah lake is famous for its water birds.
Deep inside the forests of Betla National Park, one can see the main sentinel of the 16th century old fort, which was the seat of the Chero Kings. There is one more old fort inside the Betla National Park.
Betla National Park has many Watch towers and ground hides to those interested in watching the beasts of the jungle. Safari animals for elephant ride are there in park. Jeeps, with guides to help the tourists, are also available in the park. November to March is the ideal time to explore the park. Summer months of May and June are the ideal for those interested to explore the wildlife (when vegetation dries up).
How Do I Go to Betla National Park?
Betla National Park can be accessed only from Betla village, which is situated at a distance of 25 kilometers from Daltonganj. Latehar is at a distance of 65 kilometers from Betla village. Ranchi, the capital city of the Jharkhand state, is at around 170 kilometers from Betla village. #betla