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Singalila National Park

A land of virgin rhododendron forests, alpine valley and rare species of animals and orchids. Located at the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas (between 2400 m to 3650m) Singalila is the highest National Park in West Bengal. The park has an area of 78.60sq.km with mixed vegetation of Magnolia, Rhododendron, Oak, Pine Hemlock, Silver Fir, Juniper, Mailing Bamboo, Buk, Kawla, Bhujpatra etc.

The Singalila Park also has a priceless collection of different species of rare orchids that adorns the forests. The Singalila Park is also very important for some most endangered species of animals. Exotic Red Panda and Himalayan Black Bear are the most important mammals found in Singalila National Park. Among the other majore species found in the park are leopard, serow, pangolin, barking deer, boar etc. The park has a variety of birds such as Kaleej pheasants, tragopan, Munal, pigeons, doves, sibia, minivet, magpie, cuckoo, hornbills, and a large number of migratory birds.

sandakphu trekApart from its rich bio-diversity Singalila National Park is also famous for its stunning natural beauty with spectacular views of Himalayan peaks over the unspoiled stretches of virgin forests with blooming rhododendron and magnolia flowers. The park offers some spectacular treks through the alpine meadow and rhododendron forests. Sandakphu at 3636m is the highest point in Singalila National Park and is the most favored destination in Darjeeling Himalayas for trekkers through out the world. Phalut at 3605m is another popular trekkers' destination in Singalila. Both the places offer some grandstand view of the entire Kunchenjungha snow ridges and even Mt Everest. The famous trek to Sandakphu and Phalut via Tumling (2900m) or Tonglu (3050m) - Gairibans(1900m) - Sandakphu ( 3636m)(35Km) - Phalut (3605m) (23kms) - Rimbik (2286m) originates from Maneybhanjan (2134m) at a distance of one and a half hours drive by road from Darjeeling.

the trek route through singalila national parkAccessibility: The trek in Singalila starts from Maneybhanjan, which can be reached from siliguri within a 3hrs (95kms) drive by car. One can also go to Maneybhanjan from Darjeeling via Ghoom (35kms).

Place: Darjeeling district, West Bengal
Best time to visit: March to June & September to December
Nearest town: Darjeeling
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra- 90kms from Darjeeling. There are regular Indian Airlines and Jet Airways flights connecting Kolkata, New Delhi and Guwahati.
Nearest Railheads: NJP is the main junction in Siliguri, which is 80Kms from Darjeeling. There are frequent train services connecting all the important cities in India.
Main Attraction: Red panda, birds, and Treks along the valleys of flowering Rhododendron and Magnolia forests

Important: All travelers need permission from forest department before entering Singhalila Park. The foreign nationals need to show their identity at the Foreigners' Check Post at Maneybhanjan.
Naturebeyond arranges treks in Singalila and provides accommodation in Trekkers' Hut and Tents along with expert guide, porters and food.

Map of Singalila National Park

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