in the Kalimpong
sub-division under Darjeeling
district is one of the richest biological zones in the
entire Northeast. The land of elegant Red Panda in the pristine
undisturbed natural habitat with rugged inaccessible hilly
terrain and rich diverse flora and fauna together make the
park an important wilderness zone.
The forest in Neora Valley has such a 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, colourful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green
valley, meandering rivers and streams with snow-capped mountains
in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape.
The park reaches up to an elevation of 10600
ft at Rechela Danda, the highest point of Neora Valley National
park, which borders Sikkim and Bhutan. The Neora River, the
majore water source of Kalimpong town.
from an inaccessible snout of the park and can be visible
from Rechila Danda. Jaributi, one of the most beautiful spots
in Neora Valley, is an ideal place for viewing wildlife movements.
The place has tremendous importance for medicinal plants that
grow here in abundance.
Neora Valley National Park is also the home
of Red Panda. A cute little animal with reddish brown body
and a bushy ringed tail is one of the most endangered species
in the world. The recent discovery of Royal Bengal Tiger in
Neora Valley has prompted the administration to include the
park in the list of sensitive wildlife zones in the country.
According to the 2002 tiger census the park holds 19 majestic
big cats. Among the other important mammals Indian Gaur, Himalayan
Black Bear, Clouded Leopard Common Leopard, Lesser Cats, Himalayan
Thar, Serrow, Gural, Deer and Squirrels are worth mentioning.
Neora Valley is extraordinarily rich in
avi-fauna or the feathered animals. Due to its altitudinal
variation ranging from 600ft to 10600 ft, various species
of birds make the park a paradise for the bird watchers. Pheasants,
Cuckoos, Minivets, Flycatchers, Maynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets,
Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts and Woodpeckers would
captivate one with their chirpy calls and enchanting colourful
has bestowed Neora Valley with a broad medley of butterflies,
which provide a grand feast to the eyes with their ingrained
splendour. Kaiser-I-Hind and Krishna Peacock are amongst the
most attractive butterflies found here. The self-sufficient
eco-system of Neora Valley harbours a rich plethora of insects.
A mammoth diversity of Spiders, Bugs, Beetles, Ants and Bees
parts a very important and complex eco-system of Neora Valley.
Neora Valley is particularly well known
for wild orchids. Their splendid colours and grace patterns
have the capacity to hypnotise anyone. A number of orchids
hidden in the deepest parts of the valley are yet to find
a place in the records.
The park can be entered from Lava, 30kms
from Kalimpong and also from Samsing, 80kms from Siliguri.
A six days trek through the forests comprising Samsing - Bhote
Ghar - Thusum - Rechela - Alubari - Lava is an unforgettable