Red Panda At Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park is situated in the Kalimpong subdivision under Darjeeling District, West Bengal, India. It spreads over an area of 88 km². Established in 1986, it is one of the richest biological zones in entire Eastern India. It is famous for Red Panda in the undisturbed natural habitat.

Neora Valley National Park covers an area of 88 km2 (34 sq mi) with an elevation of 183–3,200 m (600–10,499 ft). The highest point is Rachela Danda. The forest in Neora Valley has such 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/trekkers who can take the challenge to explore the still-unknown terrain in the Kalimpong hills. Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, the colorful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green valley, meandering rivers, and streams with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape. It borders Sikkim and Bhutan. The Neora River is the major water source for Kalimpong town.

The Park has endangered species such as the clouded leopard, red panda, and musk deer. Other species are leopard, five species of civet, black bear, sloth bear, golden cat, wild boar, leopard cat, goral, serow, barking deer, sambar, Himalayan flying squirrel, and Thar.

Neora Valley National Park is home to Rufous-throated Partridge, Satyr Tragopan, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Golden-throated Barbet, Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo, Lesser Cuckoo, Brown Wood Owl, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Jerdon’s Baza, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Dark-throated Thrush, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, White-browed Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin, Yellow-browed Tit, Striated Bulbul, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-fronted Babbler, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, White-browed Shrike Babbler, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Brown Parrotbill, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Maroon-backed Accentor, Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Gold-naped Finch, and many other rarities.

King cobra, common cobra krait, green pit viper, blind snake, and lizards are also found. Many colorful insects such as butterflies, moths, beetles, bees, wasps, bugs cicadas are added attraction of the valley.

The nearest Town is Lava.

The nearest City is Kalimpong.

The nearest airport is Bagdogra (100 km).

The nearest railhead is Darjeeling ( 30 km.)(narrow gauge), New Jalpaiguri (132 km) (broad gauge).

There are buses available from Siliguri to Kalimpong (100 km) which is 32 km away from the entry point Lava. Another route is from Siliguri-Chalsa (65 km)- Samsing (18 km). The park can be reached by road from Samsing.