Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in Alipurduar, is about 124 kms from Siliguri. Situated near the Bhutan border, the rich alluvial soil and over 800 mm of annual rainfall combine to ensure rich growth of grass. This sanctuary was constituted in 1941 for the protection of one-horned Rhinos, an animal threatened with extinction. River Torsa runs through the Sanctuary. The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses. The wildlife in addition to one-horned Rhinos, consists of Royal Bengal Tigers, wild elephants, deer’s, sambhar, barking deer, spotted beer, hog deer, wild pig, bisons and a number of birds. Elephant riding through the Jaldapara forest in search of wild animals particularly the Rhino has become a craze among tourists. An adventurous ride in the morning will take you deep into the grassland for the real excitement. The sight of a Rhino in a muddy pond, the herd of elephants or the running deer is thrilling to watch. Jeep safaris can also be arranged. Set out with a binocular and see the majestic flights of many species of birds.
How to get there: Bagdogra is the nearest airport, from where one can go by private vehicles to Hollong Forest Lodge/Jaldapara Tourist Lodge. Nearest railway station is Madarihat which is just 7 kms from the sanctuary. The express trains stops at Birpara/Hasimara station which are 20 kms.
Best Season: March, April when new grass is growing.
Off Season: 15 June -15 September. The Sanctuary remains closed.