Jaldapara National Park is a wildlife sanctuary and national park on the banks of Torsa River in Alipurduar District of West Bengal, India. Jaldapara sanctuary is well known for the Elephant safari trips.
Jaldapara National Park was previously known as Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located at the the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. This wildlife sanctuary was established in 1941 and is spread over 216.51 square kilometers. It was declared as a National Park of India in 2012.
Jaldapara sanctuary is also habitat to Great Indian one horned Rhino or Asatic onehorned Rhino. This national park has the second largest single horned rhinos in India. (Kaziranga National Park in the nearby state of Assam has the largest population of Indian one horned rhinos.)
Jaldapara National Park is also rich in flora and fauna. This park has a large number of bird species and is an ornithologists paradise. Bengal florican, a rare bird species, can be seen here.
Jaldapara National Park has a large number of elephants. This Wildlife sanctuary offers Elephant Safari trips. These safari trip booking is not done in advance, as climatic conditions determines whether it is possible or not.
Chilapata reserved forest is a nearby forest. Its an elephant corridor connecting Jaldapara National Park with Buxa Tiger reserve. Jeep safari is also available inside Jaldapara wildlife sanctuary.
Jaldapara museum is a nearby museum, mainly for the children.
Khayerbari Tiger Rescue Center is a nearby tourist destination at around 15 kilometers distance. Tigers and leopard can be seen here. You can see the them from the watch tower or by traveling in the battery operated vehicle.
How Do I Go to Jaldapara National Park or Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary?
Jaldapara National Park is at a distance of around 125 kilometers from Siliguri town. It takes around 3 hours drive to reach Silguri. Alipurduar town, the district head quarters, is at around 48 kilometers away.
Madarihat railway station, a small railway station, is at around 7 kilometers from the National park and is the nearest railway station to the wildlife sanctuary. NH 31 connecting Siliguri with Hasimara passes though Madarihat town. Hasimara town is at around 11 kilometers away. Goverment buses from Siliguri to Alipurduar passes through Madarihat town.
Birpara and Hasimara railway stations are at around 20 kilometers distance, where all express trains stops. New Jalpaiguri Junction railway station (NJP) in West Bengal state is the nearest major railway station at around 120 kilometers distance.
Bagdograairport is the nearest airport at around 140 kilometers distance. This airport is at a distance of 12 kilometers from Siliguri.
Jalpaiguri is at around 73 kilometers away from the national park cum wildlife sanctuary.
Jaldapara Forest Resorts
West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd has a Tourist Lodge at Madarihat, near to Jaldapara Sanctuary. WBFDC Buxa Jungle Lodge is another lodge at Alipurduar, close to Buxa Tiger reserve.