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Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park

The Neora national park is located in Darjeeling district at the trijunction of Bhutan,West Bengal and Sikkim.The Neora national park is named after the river that flows within the park. The park has a number of torrents and hill streams spread like a net sustaining the river and green vegetation within the protected area. The park has amazing variety of flora like tiny wild strawberries, wild white orchids, primulas to the Himalayan yews and hemlocks. It supports an impressive population of birds and mammals. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds.

The most visible are male satyr trgopan, kalij pheasant, golden eagle, jerdonís baza, nutcracker, magpies and flinches. Animals in the park include the tiger and the leopard among the big cats. While pugmarks of Asiatic bear are common, sightings are rare. The goral and barking deer are easily spotted in the park. Around 10 species of rhododendrons have been recorded here from the scarlet gurans to the milk white chimawl.Visible from the top of the pass is the magnificent Kangchendzonga range. The best time to visit is from March to June and Oct to December. To enter the park one must have permission from the wildlife authorities in Jalpaiguri.

How to get there
From Kalimpong to Lava is 32 kms by car.
From Siliguri you can approach Lava via Damdim and Gorugbathan.
Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra
Rail: The nearest railhead is Jalpaiguri