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Neora Valley National Park

Incorporated in almost all Dooars tour package, the Neora Valley National Park is located in Kalimpong under the Darjeeling district. The National Park was established in the year 1986. Three decades later, it is now a vivacious tourist destination of West Bengal. It covers an area of more than 159.89 square kilometres and is considered one of the wealthiest biological zones of Northeast India. The highest point here is at Rachela Danda with an elevation of 10,600 feet. The park’s natural habitat is a home to the adorable red panda, the clouded leopard, the musk deer, and a plethora of flora and fauna. A large part of the dense forest lies inaccessible and virgin, with the canopy untouched even by the sharpest rays of sunlight. It is no less than a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. With bamboo groves, Rhododendron plants, hilly terrains, gushing rivers, streams, and snow-capped mountains, Neora Valley National Park is one of those jewels in Dooars you cannot simply miss.

How To Reach Neora Valley National Park?

Darjeeling is the nearest railhead, which lies 30 kilometres from here. The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is 100 kilometres away from the park. Tourists can also avail buses from Siliguri and reach Kalimpong. The distance is 100 kilometres. From Kalimpong, it is 32 kilometres to Lava from where you can travel to Neora Valley National Park. The entrance of the park is in a village called Kolakham, which is 10 kilometres from Lava. Another well-known route is the Siliguri to Samsing road via Malbazaar, Chalsa and Metli. The total distance is about 83 kilometres. From Samsing, one can travel to the National Park.

Do You Need A Permit?

Yes, an entry permit is needed to enter the park. It can be arranged at the forest range office at Lava or Samsing. The process of issuing the entry permit might need two-three hours. So, it is advisable that you start early. During summer and springtime, the process begins early at around 6 am.

What To See And Do In Neora Valley National Park

  • Flora And Fauna:

  • The park is a home to Sal trees, oaks, bamboos, ferns, rhododendrons, orchids, hemlocks, yews, strawberries, and a variety of medicinal plants. It is also a dwelling place of the exotic red pandas, Indian leopards, Royal Bengal Tigers, clouded leopards, sloth bears, black bears, civets, wild boars, golden cats, gorals, barking deer, serrows, thars, sambars, and the Himalayan flying squirrel. Other than that, a variety of birds also dwell here, including pheasants, woodpeckers, hawks, cuckoos, swallows, swifts, partridges, parakeets, sunbirds, owls, maynas, minivets, flycatchers, orioles, pigeons, eagles, thrushes, barbets, robins, bulbuls, tesias, warblers, babblers, fulvettas, parrotbills, and more. A variety of reptiles and insects also throng the park, including King cobra, green pit viper, common krait, blind snake, lizards, butterflies, beetles, moths, bees, bugs, wasps, spiders, ants, and cicadas.

  • The Changey Waterfall:

  • The Changey waterfall is located 4.5 kilometres away from Kolakham, which is the entrance to the National Park. If you choose to walk, it will take about 20 minutes to reach the waterfall. However, if you take a vehicle, it will take about an hour. Ask your tour operator to arrange for an SUV or Jeep.

  • Lava And Loleygaon

  • 10 kilometres from Neora National Park lies Lava. Arrange for a trip to the Lava Monastery. If you can journey 22 kilometres further, you will reach Loleygaon. Take a stroll in the jungle here.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Neora Valley National Park?

March to June and September to November is considered the best time to visit the Neora Valley National Park. Avoid monsoons, as the rain will make the trip messy.

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