Bird Watching Bird watching, Kalimpong, neora valley, neora valley national park, red panda, and wildlife
Neora valley ,established in 1986 spread over an area of 88km is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast. The land of elegant Red Panda in the pristine undisturbed natural habitat with rugged inaccessible hilly terrain and rich diverse flora and fauna together make the park an important wilderness zone. The forest in Neora Valley has such a luxurious growth that even sunlight finds it difficult to touch the ground. Much of the park is still inaccessible making it an adventurous place for the nature lovers / trekers who can take the challenge to explore the still-unknown terrain in the Kalimpong hills. Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, colourful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green valley, meandering rivers and streams with snowcapped mountains in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape. The park reaches up to an elevation of 10600 ft at Rechela Danda , the highest point of Neora Valley National park, which borders Sikkim and Bhutan . The Neora River , the major water source of Kalimpong town.
Neora Valley is considered as one of best birding hotspot and birder’s paradise. Altitudinal variation from foothills of Terai to hills of Lava area within a distance of 40 Km makes this place very high in species variation.
Neora Valley harbours over 300 bird with several iconic species like Rufous-throated partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo, Jerdon’s Baza, Scaly-breasted Wren-babbler, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, White –browed Fulvetta, Brown Parrotbill, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Maroon-backed accentor, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Gold-napped Finch, Brown Bullfinch, Green Cochoa etc. are recorded here apart from many specialties of Indian birding.
MAP OF NEORA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
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