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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary - Eco Tourism Spot

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary - Tourist Attraction for Trekkers
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary - Tourist Attraction for Trekkers
The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located in foothills of the Himalayas in the Terai region 13kms away from Siliguri. It was declared a sanctuary in 1959 mainly for conservation of endangered species of Indian Bison and the Royal Bengal Tiger. The main entry of the sanctuary is Sukna. It is spread over an area of 160sq kms. It comprises of the riverine, and mixed wet forests. Owning to the height and varied forests it has become an ideal habitat for a wide variety of reptiles, mammals and birds.

The sanctuary is a suitable place for wildlife lovers and those who want to spend some time in peace away from the crowds. Many watchtowers, hides and glades have been created near streams and natural saltlicks to attract wild animals. There is a watchtower in the main area of the sanctuary which is made from a railway cabin. Latpanchar is the highest point of the sanctuary and the best place to see many kinds of wildlife. Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking as there are beautiful routes from Sukna, Deorali and Golaghat. The Nature Interpretation Centre at Sukna is also an attraction for tourists.

The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary can be reached by road from Siliguri. The nearest airport is Bagdogra which is at a distance of 28 kms. The Siliguri junction that is well connected with all major towns of India is just at a distance of 10 kms. Tourists can fine good and economical lodging within the sanctuary in the form of rest houses.