Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Darjeeling in West Bengal. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries of India. It was set up as a sanctuary in 1915. This sanctuary covers an area of 38.6 square km. Altitude of Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary varies from 4900 ft to 8,500 ft. Two lakes situated inside the sanctuary supply drinking water Darjeeling district. This is a popular picnic spot too. Continue reading
Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is in South 24 Parganas district, West Bengal, India. This sanctuary covers approx 362 square kms. Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the three Wildlife Sanctuaries inside Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, the other two being the Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary and the Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary. It was set up as a sanctuary in 1976. The Sajnakhali Wildlife Sanctuary is home of rich population of water fowl, heron, pelican, spotted deer, rhesus macaques, wild boar, tigers, water monitor lizards, fishing cats, olive ridley turtle, crocodiles, Batagur terrapins, and migratory birds. This sanctuary is essentially a bird watcher’s paradise.
How to reach Sajnakhali
Boats are available for excursions, day tour and overnight tours – you need a guide and boat permits. Boats are available from various places.
Time to visit
The best time to visit this is from July to September.
Attractions in Sajnakhali
The visitor’s centre has a crocodile enclosure, shark pond, turtle hatchery and an interesting Mangrove Interpretation Centre.
Accommodation in Sajjakhali
There is accommodation available at Sajnekhali. There are forest rest houses and forest lodges here, that have to be booked in advance online though https://www.wbtdcl.com/. Other than this, there are so many private staying options are available into this island or near by island.
Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary is situated at Kolkata near Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission. This is also known as Kayaler Bagan. This is place is also good for Butterfly & Insect watching. Those people are like to do macro photography, they will get a heaven for sure. This site was recognized as a sanctuary in the year 1982 and renamed as Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary on September 8, 2004. However, since 2005, the sanctuary was finally named as Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary.
Sanctuary hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission Fees: Rs. 50 per head
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located in between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. This Sanctuary is situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary can reached from NJP in 30 minutes. Sukna, the gateway to the sanctuary, is only 14 km from Siliguri , 8kms from Siliguri and 28 km from Bagdogra airport.
This sanctuary covers over 159 squer kms. In 1959, it got the status of a sanctuary to protect the bison and Royal Bengal Tiger. It is considered as the most important sanctuary of North Bengal.
Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in south 24 parganas in West Bengal, close to G-Plot island. This island is famous as bird sanctuary for variety of bird species found here, including black-cpped kingfisher, curlew, white-bellied sea-eagle, tern and whimbrel. The wildlife in this sanctuary includes estuarine crocodiles, olive ridley sea turtles, spotted deer, jungle cats and rhesus macaques. Lothian Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the three Wildlife Sanctuaries inside Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, the other two being the Sajnekhali Wild Life Sanctuary and the Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is speard over an area of 38 sq kms on the island and surrounded by River Saptamukhi.
Nearest town is Namkhana, Gosaba is 50 km away.
Nearest rail station is Namkhana, Canning is 48 km away.
Nearest popular picnic spot is New Bakkhali.
Rasikbil Bird Sanctuary is located on the foothill of Sintura Range of the Eastern Himalayas. It falls in Cooch Behar district of West Bengal and is basically a marshland or swamp which is famous for birds. The place is flocked by a large variety of birds and is therefore known as a bird sanctuary. It is spread across an area of 175 hector and also includes Aviary & Tortoise rescue center, python house, leopard house, crocodile rehabilitation center and deer park. The sanctuary can be visited throughout the year and is at a distance of 34 kilometers from Alipurduar; 45 kilometers from Cooch Behar and 212 kilometers from Siliguri.
Ayodhya Hills in the district of Purulia, West Bengal is an amazing tourist destination known for its natural beauty. Ayodhya hills are an extension of the Dalma range in Jharkhand. Each year hundreds of tourists visit the hills to witness the scenic beauty of the forests in and around Ayodhya hills. The hills are covered with dense forests with a variety of flora and fauna. The dense forests are a home to different species of wild animals. Gorshabru is the highest peak in Ayodhya and stands tall at an altitude of 610 meters. The presence of numerous waterfalls amidst the forests makes them even more beautiful.
Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the Eastern Himalayan foothills in Alipurduar sub-division of Jalpaiguri district in the state of West Bengal. It covers an extensive area of 216 square kilometers and is a maze of grasslands, perennial streams, woods, extensive belts of tall grass and sandy river banks. The beauty of the forest lies in the fact that it is home to an amazingly wide variety of flora and fauna with some endangered species. The one horned rhinoceros in particular is the most famed one inhabiting the forest. Jaldapara was declared to be a wildlife sanctuary in 1914 to preserve the diverse flora and fauna of this land. Rivers Torsha, Malangi, Kalijhora, Sissmara and Chirakhawa have created banks along which the wildlife sustains itself.
Buxa Tiger Reserve is located in the foothills of Bhutan covering an area of 790 square kilometers and is of course famous for tigers, civet and red jungle fowl. The forest was declared as a tiger reserve in 1983 and received the title of National Park in 1992. Buxa Tiger Reserve forest is the largest in North Bengal and is home to second largest tiger population in entire West Bengal after Sunderbans. There are many species of mammals, reptiles, birds and an amazing collection of medicinal plants and orchids. It is only 24 kilometers from Alipurduar and about 180 kilometers from Siliguri, reckoned as the gateway of Bengal. Certain parts of the forest have still remained unexplored due to inaccessible terrain.
28 Mile is a small settlement within the Buxa Tiger Reserve with 110 households. The number of households has increased considerably since 1960. Homestays are available for tourists at the 28 Mile Basti as it is known in the local language. There is also a well furnished cottage at 28 Mile serving guests who visit Buxa Tiger Reserve. Buxa is one of the largest forest reserves in West Bengal and is home to Asian tigers whose population is only second to that of Sunderbans. The importance of Buxa increased manifold in the year 1992 when it was declared to be a national park.