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Jaldapara is the long stretch of lush green forest in the northern part of West Bengal. Jaldapara is synonymous to the wildlife in the state of Bengal. There is a wildlife sanctuary in Jaldapara, which attracts a good number of tourists.

The Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary is a sanctuary that is the most famous in the whole of Bengal. It is located in one of the Jalpaiguri District's Sub-Division - Alipurduar. It is at a distance of about one hundred and twenty four kilometer from Siliguri.

The Wild Life Sanctuary in Jaldapara is especially well known for the rhinoceros with one-horn, which is endangered specie.

The forest in Jaldapara is mainly savannah and it is coated with a kind of tall grasses known as elephant grasses. Through the sanctuary runs the beautiful hilly river, Toorsa.

The animals for which the sanctuary is famous apart from the one-horned rhinoceros are:
  • Wild Elephant
  • Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Wild Pig
  • Sambhar
  • Bison
  • Deer
  • Spotted Deer
  • Barking Deer
  • Hog Deer
  • Peafowl
A special attraction in the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is the elephant ride for having a top view of the forest and its animals. It is available at the dawn and the experience is simply exhilarating.

The best time to be in this forest region of Jaldapara is between the month of September to the month of March. The rainy season should preferably be avoided to rule out any kind of inconvenience. The winter is a wonderful time to catch a glimpse of the migratory birds.

Last Updated on June 06, 2013