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Neora Valley National Park - Kalimpong Hills

Neora Valley National Park
Neora Valley National Park
Neora Valley National Park established in 1986 is situated in Kalimpong sub division under Darjeeling district in West Bengal. It is the oldest reserve forest in India spread over an area of 88 sq kms at the foothills of the Himalayas.

It is known for being a rich biological zone. The landscape is beautiful having dense vegetative forests, colorful Rhododendron trees, natural rivers and streams, enchanting birds like Whistling Thrush, Niltava, Golden Headed Black Finch, Yuhina, Redstart and animals like Himalayan Thar, Clouded Leopard, Wild Boar, and Wild Dog. The Red Panda which is one of the endangered species has its home in the Neora Valley National Park. The highest point of the park is The Rechela Danda that borders Bhutan and Sikkim. Jaributi, which is one of the best spots of the park, is an apt place for seeing the wildlife movements. It is also famous for having many medicinal plants. The park has the Neora River which is the major water source for Kalimpong. The Neora Valley National Park is a famous tourist destination for trekkers and nature lovers.

Lava, a small village which is 30kms from Kalimpong and Samsing which is 80 kms from Siliguri are the entrance points of the park. There are buses connecting Siliguri and Kalimpong. The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri. Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Forest bungalows and tented accommodations are available for tourists.