Welcome to Jaldapara National Park
Jaldapara National Park, a popular destination for domestic tourists but visited by few foreigners, protects 216 sq km of lush forests and grasslands along the western floodplain of the Torsa River and is a refuge for about 200 Indian one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) plus elephants, gaur (Indian bison), several types of deer and over 350 bird species. It's not the easiest place to visit independently and the best accommodation needs to be booked weeks or months in advance, so plan ahead. The best time to visit is mid-November to April, with March and April being best for wildlife-spotting. Bring mosquito repellent.
Madarihat village, on the park's western fringe, 125km east of Siliguri, is the main access point.