The jungles that lie in the east can be described as treasure troves to the most exquisite and odd flora and fauna. There is one such treasure that falls in West Bengal. Initiated in 1986, this park is among the few places worldwide where you get to see the Red Panda. On a clear day at the park, you can catch a great glimpse of the majestic Kanchenjunga. Every turn here opens out a lovely surprise of backwoods and scenic splendor.
This park in “Eastern Himalayas” allows for the virgin sights of the mountains that cover from Nepal to Bhutan.
This is the Singalila National Park and it’s a constant recourse of attractive panoramas and marvels of nature. It’s a delight for those who like wildlife photography, nature, and adventure. Its location is the Singalila Ridge in “Eastern Himalayan area.”
An Entry Fee and a Permit are mandatory
The entry fee for Indians and foreigners are INR 100 and INR 200 respectively. You must also show an ID proof.
You must acquire a permit forgetting into the park’s core area. The places for getting it from are:
- Forest Dept. office that is at Manebhanjan
- Right at the Park entrance that is approximately a km from Tumling.
There is a separate fee for cameras for taking snaps photos and shooting videos inside the park. The rates are INR 100 and 400 respectively.
Which is the finest time to Visit
Two seasons are advised for visiting this park, namely the spring and Autumn-Winter seasons.
- The spring season is when the park’s flora and fauna are at its peak.
- The Autumn-Winter season is when you can concentrate on the snowy peaks that come into view from the park.
There are several things to indulge in at the park. They are:
A tour of the park
While on a tour of the Singalila National Park you can Spot striking wildlife and flora. You could even catch a glimpse of the Red Panda if you’re lucky. The other great animals that you are more likely to see are
- Yellow throat-ed Marten,
- Himalayan Black Bear
- Clouded Leopard
There is also about 120 species of Indo-Burma and Himalayan birds.
Such a tour of the park is done in a jeep safari arranged by a tour operator in the region.
Trek to Phalut and Sandakphu
For all those who visit this park a trek to Phalut and Sandakphu is a must. The panoramic sights of the colossal Himalayas from Sandakphu are matchless. You can also catch spectacular sights of sunrise and sunset.
You can choose between a jeep and a trek of three days from Manebhanjan to Manebhanjan that lets you enjoy nature at your leisure.
This park features 120 diverse classes of birds. It’s a pleasure to see birds that include blood pheasants, satyr tragopans, fire-tailed my zones, and Himalayan griffons, among others. There is hardly any Hotel here as the region is remote. GTA offers comfy beds and lodges for all of the visitors.