National Park and Wild Life Bird watching, Kalimpong, National park, Neora valley national park, and Wildlife
Situated in the Kalimpong district, neora valley national park 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 / trekkers 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 snow-capped 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 majore water source of Kalimpong town. Originating from an inaccessible snout of the park and can be visible from Rechila Danda. Jaributi, one of the most beautiful spots in Neora Valley, is an ideal place for viewing wildlife movements. The place has tremendous importance for medicinal plants that grow here in abundance. Neora Valley National Park is also the home of Red Panda. A cute little animal with reddish brown body and a bushy ringed tail is one of the most endangered species in the world. The recent discovery of Royal Bengal Tiger in Neora Valley has prompted the administration to include the park in the list of sensitive wildlife zones in the country.
Neora Valley is particularly well known for wild orchids. Their splendid colors and grace patterns have the capacity to hypnotize anyone. A number of orchids hidden in the deepest parts of the valley are yet to find a place in the records.
The park is spread over 88 km?. 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 national park map
Neora Valley, one of the least tracts of virgin wilderness in the country sustains a unique eco-system where tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative system still harbours a wealth of flora and fauna. The forests consists of mixed species like rhododendron , bamboo, oak, ferns, sal etc. The Valley also has numerous species of orchids
Mammals : The fauna consist of such endangered species as the clouded leopard , red panda , and musk deer . Other species are leopard , five species of civet , black bear , sloth bear , golden cat , wild boar , leopard cat , goral , serow , barking deer , sambar , Himalayan flying squirrel and Thar .
Birds: Lava and the Neora Valley National Park are birders’ paradise, some of India most sought after birds are found here. The semi-evergreen forests between 1600mts and 2700mts is the home of several rarities like Rufous-throated Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Golden-throated Barbet, Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo, Lesser Cuckoo, Brown Wood Owl, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Jerdon’s Baza, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Dark-throated Thrush, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-browed Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin, Yellow-browed Tit, Striated Bulbul, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Brown Parrotbill, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Maroon-backed Accentor, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Gold-naped Finch and many other rarities.
Others: King cobra, common cobra krait, green pit viper, blind snake and lizards are also found. Many colorful insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, bugs cicadas are added attraction of the valley.
Nearest airport: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (100 km)
Nearest railhead: New Jalpaiguri (132 km)
Nearest Road: There are buses available from Siliguri to Kalimpong (100 km) which is 32 km away from the entry point Lava. Another route is from Siliguri – Chalsa (65 km) – Samsing (18 km). The park can be reached by road from Samsing
Nearest town: Lava
Nearest City: Kalimpong
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