Home to exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear, Singalila National Park is located at the higher ridges of Darjeeling Himalayas in the state of West Bengal. Spread over 78.60 sq.km, the national park is a trekker’s paradise.
Situated at altitudes ranging between 7,900 ft and 12,000 ft, the park is the highest in West Bengal. The park comprises variety of flora and fauna.
In addition to several tree species, the park is also home to different species of orchids.
The national park is abode to several rare mammals like the exotic red panda and Himalayan black bear. One also gets to see leopard, pangolin, chinkara, elephant, barking deer, etc.
The park is also a delight for birdwatchers as more than 120 species of birds are seen, which includes many rare birds like scarlet minivet, kalij pheasant, satyr tragopan, blood pheasant, etc. The park also serves as home to migratory birds.
The national park is very popular for its trekking trails. Trekking is at its peak during March and April when rhododendrons and orchids bloom. Maneybhanjang is the starting point of the trekking route. Sandakphu is the highest point in the national park, located at height of 3636 m. It is one of the most favoured trekking destinations in Darjeeling Himalayas. Trek to Phalut is also popular. Both the points offer beautiful views of Kunchenjungha and Mt Everest.
There are government run trekkers’ huts in the park that provide basic accommodation. One can also opt to stay at government run lodges in Ghoom, Darjeeling or Siliguri.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DARJEELING
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Darjeeling is as given below. The best time to visit Darjeeling is also specified.