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Neora Valley National Park (Bengali: নেওরা ভ্যালি জাতীয় উদ্যান Neora Bhêli Jatio Uddan) (Nepali: नेउरा भेल्ली राष्ट्रीय उद्यान) is situated in the Kalimpong subdivision under Darjeeling District, West Bengal spread over an area of 88 km² established in 1986 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 park is spread over 88 km². 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...      Read more at wikipedia...
 
Facts At A Glance
Built In 1992
Description
The Neora Valley National Park, spread over an area of 88sq.km. in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal was established in April 1986. The park, a unique area of rich bio-diversity lies in the Himalayan foothills and is bordered on the east by Western Bhutan and the forests of Sikkim.

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.

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 gat, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, barking deer, sambar, Himalayan flying squirrel and thar. The park rich in bird life houses the bearded vulture, Himalayan griffon, red legged falcon, pigeons, doves, great pied hornbill and a large number of migratory birds like whistling thrush etc. King cobra, common cobra krait, green pit viper, blind snake and lizards are also found. Many colourful insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, bugs cicadas are added attraction of the valley.

The main entry point to the park is Lava (7016 ft), a small village adjacent to the park. There is a nature interpretation centre here. The other entry point is Samsing (3000 ft). There is no motorable road inside the park. Visitors should take an entry permit from the park authorities in Lava or Samsing.

Accommodation:
Forest bungalows at Lava (32 km from the nearest town Kalimpong) and at Samsing ( 18km from Chalsa) are available for stay. Tented accommodation is available in the forest resort at Suntale Khola from where there is a trek to Neora valley.
 
Location
Darjeeling District, West Bengal
 
Visiting Hours
March to June, September to November
 
How To Get There
Air : Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (100km)
Rail : Nearest railhead is Darjeeling ( 30km. )
Road : There are buses available from Siliguri to Kalimpong (100km) which is 32km away from the entry point Lava. Another route is from Siliguri - Chalsa (65km) - Samsing (18km). The park can be reached by road from Samsing
 
Attractions
Red Panda, Clouded Leopard, Musk Deer
 
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