Singalila National Park
One of India’s most well-known trekking circuits, Sandakphu is the highest peak of West Bengal located at the Northwestern tip of the state, at the border of India & Nepal, inside the protected Singalila National Park.
Sandakphu itself is a legendary spot, where, at sunrise, it offers a most beautiful panoramic view of 4 out of the 5 highest peaks of the world: Mount Everest, Kanchendzonga, Lhotse & Makalu all towering over the subcontinent at over 8000m above sea-level. Golden rays of the sun illuminate the gigantic ranges, giving an insight into heaven on Earth.
It is also probably the best area to find orchids in these cloud forests with almost 600 species that occur here, adding to the unique biodiversity of the area. It is one of the most fruitful birding areas of India as well with close to 300 amazing Himalayan species recorded here. There are several rare birds, which occur in good numbers at Singalila National Park.
Best Time to Go
April – May
5°C – 15°C
About Singalila national Park
The Singalila ridge itself is accessible for its famous birding routes from 2000m to 3650m above sea level. The forest type broadly ranges from Temperate Broad-leaved, Mixed Forests to Alpine vegetation, and the Rhododendron blooms during Summer(March-May) erupt in a riot of colors leaving one awestruck at the natural heritage that the area has to offer. The life-giving rivers of this area are the Rammam and the Sirikhola.
The best place in India to see the Firefox or the Red Panda with spotters earmarking this fascinating animal’s whereabouts. A relocation program was conducted in 2004, which has been a great success with a thriving population in Singalila National Park.
Altitude: 2133.6 m above sea level span
Vegetation: Thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forest.
Water Resources: Mechi, Balason, Rammam, Rangeet, Teesta, and Jaldhaka.
Total Area: 203.6 sq km
Coordinates: 27.0371° N to 88.0762° E
Temperature: 5 – 15 degree Celsius
Singalila National Park Tours
Popular Fauna at Singalila National Park
It is slightly larger than a domestic cat with a bear-like body and thick russet fur. The belly and limbs are black, and there are white markings on the side of the head and above its small eyes. They are very skillful and acrobatic animals.
This beautiful Asian cat, named for its spotted coat, is seldom seen in the wild, and its habits remain a bit mysterious. Clouded leopards roam the hunting grounds of Asia from the rain forests of Indonesia to the e Nepali Himalayas.
Himalayan black bears have a black coat with a light brown muzzle and a pale yellow crescent on their chest. They are omnivorous creatures and will eat just about anything. Their diet consists of acorns, fruit, honey, roots, & various insects.
Safaris at Singalila National Park
Safari is done here on foot. A 4×4 vehicle does accompany one while ascending the hills, and as it is – you can get off the cars amongst the various birding areas to look for different species and the Red Panda. The drive at times can be a bit bumpy, but definitely worth it.
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