Ranked 11 among Places to Visit in Darjeeling
Ideal Time: 3-4 hrs
Located at an altitude of more than 7000 feet above the sea in the Singalila range, the Singalila National Park is the highest national park in West Bengal. Initially, a wildlife sanctuary, the national park encompasses a beautiful, 78.60 sq km land of virgin rhododendron forests, alpine valley and rare species of animals and orchids. It is most famous for the breathtakingly mind-stirring view of the Himalayan peak that it offers, providing a panoramic view of the gigantic Himalayas from Nepal to Sikkim and up to Bhutan. This amazing Singalila National Park is also a haven for all the wildlife residing here as the area is strictly reserved for protection of biodiversity and activities like developmental forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted.
The national park is also part of a trekking route and no less than a paradise for trekkers and adventure lovers. In fact, the region was earlier used as the trekking route from Manebhanjang to Sandakphu and Phalut. Singalila National Park derives its name from the Singalila spur, which runs through the park, descending from Mount Kanchenjunga in the north and running south to the northern fringe of the Gangetic Plains. Situated in the beautiful forested area of Darjeeling, it has an eclectic melange of flora an fauna, and houses around 120 different species of birds. The ecosystem here extremely unique and boasts a collection of flora, fauna and avifauna that is hard to find elsewhere in the country. It is home to the very rare and exotic Red panda and to the Himalayan black bear.
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