Valmiki National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at Betiah in West Champaran district, Bihar, India.
Valmiki Wildlife sanctuary is a ‘Project Tiger Reserve’, to save Royal Bengal Tigers, India’s National Animal, from extinction. The Tiger reserve is called ‘Valmiki Tiger Reserve’ and is part of the Gangetic Plains. Valmiki Tiger reserve is the only Tiger reserve in the state of Bihar.
Tree-hut in Valmiki National Park. Photo Source : valmikitigerreserve.com
Valmiki National Park forms the eastern border for the Himalayan Terai landscape. These forests are rich in flora and Fauna. There are more than 250 species of birds in the Valmiki National Park. Valmiki National Park has the biggest grasslands in India.
Bheriyari Watch tower is a must see location, where you can see herds of herbivores, in their natural habitat and is a bird watching site also. Bhikhna Thori is a popular picnic spot at the north-eastern corner of the sanctuary, bordering Nepal. You can also go for Boating or Rafting in Rohua Nala river, a tributary of river Gandak. Sikara is a boating cum bird watching location. Trekking 1.5 kilometers distance through the dense forests to Manor watch tower, to have the view of Manor river and the beautiful snow-clad Himalayan hills, is also popular among the tourists.
Nature Walk accompanied by guides through designated 4 to 5 kilometers route is also available. Tiger Trail trekking in the mornings, accompanied by experts, on the paths traversed by the Bengal tigers, gives you excellent insights into Tigers. Children aged below 15 years are not allowed for these two trekking; Nature walk and Tiger Trail trekking.
Valmiki Ashram, a religiously important place for Hindus, is situated in this National park close to the India-Nepal border. Its the place of Valmiki, the great epic writer who wrote ‘Ramayana’. Its the location where Laxman abandoned Sita as per Lord Ram’s commandment. Sita gave birth to Luv and Kush in this Valmiki Ashram.
How do I Go To Valmiki National Park?
Valmiki National Park is at accessible from Betiah village, which is well connected by roads to other parts of Bihar. “Valmiki Nagar” Railway Station is the nearest railway station on the Gorakhpur-Muzaffarpur railway line, via Narkatiaganj. Patna airport is the nearest airport to Valmiki National Park and Wildlife sanctuary. Patna is at around 275 kilometers from the National Park and Tiger Reserve. Muzaffarpur is at 200 kilometrs distance from the wildlife sanctuary. Vaishali, World’s First Republic, is situated at around 140 kilometers from Valmiki National Park and Wildlife sanctuary
Is there Accommodation available inside the Valmiki National Park and Wildlife sanctuary?
Yes; There are ten eco-friendly huts with double occupancy beds at 4 places; Two each at Valmikinagar,Naurangia Done, Manguraha and Four Eco-huts at Gobardhana. There is also a tree-hut at Kotraha .
Apart from Eco-huts, there are forest deaprtment Guest houses at Gobardhana, Kotraha, Madanpur, Manguraha,, Manpur and Naurangia Done. Tourists can book those in advance and stay there. There are 4 wooden double bed rooms in a heritage building at Ganauli.