Wildlife diversity in West Bengal covers a great variety of fauna. That ranges from Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, sambar to exquisite migratory birds, and doubly so in variation. It stands out more prominently in the northern part of the state of West Bengal. North Bengal offers the ultimate satisfaction when it comes to relishing the sights of wildlife. Dooars, in North Bengal, is the portal to Wildlife territory, replete with vast stretches of flora and fauna.
The Best Wildlife Spots to explore in West Bengal
Map out your trip and pour utmost delight into your tour to the West Bengal wildlife sanctuary.
Top wildlife zones in West Bengal you must delve into-
- Buxa Tiger Reserve: Sited in the northern section of West Bengal, the Buxa tiger reserve spreads around an area of 760 square km. In the year 1983, the area was formed as one of the 15th tiger reserves in India. Buxa Tiger Reserve was named after the famous historic Buxa Fort, is one of the best tourists spots in West Bengal. A wide range of animals such as wild dogs, leopards, Malayan giant squirrels, Asian Elephants, wild buffalo, Monitor lizards, land tortoises, and 3 categories of pythons are evident here. Though the major attraction is Bengal Tiger. If you want to make the most of it, you should go for Buxa Tiger Reserve Safari. Apart from these types of medicinal plants, a huge abundance of rare orchids makes the place sublime.
- Gorumara National park: It is one of the important and most loved national parks in India. Located at the foothills of eastern Himalaya in the Dooars region, abundant with grasslands and forests. 2009 was the year when the area had been declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forests as the best-protected wildlife area among other ones in India. Gorumara National Park covers an area of 80 sq km (approximately), is the most celebrated tourists destinations in West Bengal. One-horned rhinos appear in huge numbers, at the same time the region is home to various mammals, birds, insects, and reptiles. One can also enjoy seeing leopards, Indian Bison, elephants, Rock Python, Malayan Giant Squirrel here. Besides these, Scarlet Minivet, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Sunbird, Spangled drongo, Great Indian Hornbill are of importance.
- Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary: Basically, it’s an extension of the majestic Gorumara National Park. And these two areas are unattached by the River Murti. Champramari in 1998 declared a wildlife sanctuary for its density of flora and fauna.
At Chapramari wildlife sanctuary you can witness a great range of wild animals and birds, that create the spot enchanting. Here, you can spot Indian treepie, mynas, White-breasted kingfisher, scarlet minivets, adjutant stork, green magpie, and more. Similarly, among wildlife animals, you can relish seeing elephants, spotted deer, sambar, chital, gaurs, wild boars, etc.
Do not miss out on the chance of enjoying Jungle Safari including a Watchtower visit.
- Jaldapara National Park: Settled in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas, Jaldapara National park covers a sector of 141sq km. Jaldapara National Park in 1941, was declared a sanctuary. There is a vast range of wildlife animals in Jaldapara National Park to enjoy observing. From sambar deer, barking deer, leopards, hog deer, quail, jungle fowl, peafowl, wild pig to occasional tiger and elephants you can spot here.
Jaldapara is an absolute destination for bird watchers. Bengal florican, Pallas’s fish eagle, Crested eagle, Jungle eagle, Partridge, Peafowl, Lesser pied hornbill to Finn’s weaver, will fill your heart with delight.