Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary
Location of Jaldapara National Park :: Eastern Himalayan foothills in the Jalpaiguri district of northern West Bengal. Sanctuary lies at an altitude of about 50-70m (165-230ft) above sea level and is about 12km (7 miles) south of the Bhutan border. Sanctuary in the terai region of West Bengal, popularly known as daaar ('gateway'). Nearest airport is at Bagdogra (160km; 100 miles); Madarihat (1 km; .5 mile) is nearest railhead..
Climate of Jaldapara National Park :The sanctuary enjoys a subtropical climate. During winter (November to February), the mercury dips to 5°C (41°F) while the hot and humid summer heat (lasting from April to June) soars to 38°C (100°F). The rainy season spans July to September; during the southwest monsoon, the wettest months are July and August.
When to go (Jaldapara National Park) : Jaldapara is best visited between November and March.
Getting to Jaldapara National Park :Madarihat is the gateway to Jaldapara. One can hire a car from Siliguri to drive to the sanctuary. Tourists taking a bus from Siliguri need to disembark at Madarihat.
Facilities at Jaldapara National Park : Accommodation is available at Madarihat Tourist Lodge, Hollong Rest House in the Hollong forest range, Baradabri Forest Rest House and Youth Hostel - all on the outskirts of Madarihat. Rest houses are self-catering; no cooking facilities provided.
Wildlife in Jaldapara National Park : Indian Elephant, Great Indian One-horned Rhino, Indian Bison and deer species..
Permits and Reservations for Jaldapara National Park : No permit required. For bookings, contact: The Tourist Bureau, Government of West Bengal, 3/2 BBD Bagh, Calcutta700001; or Divisional Forest Officer, Cooch Behar, West Benga.