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Jaldapara is situated in an area of of 100 sq km area. The sanctuary was constituted in 1941 for the protection of great variety flora and fauna, , particularly single horned Rhinos. The sanctuary has around 33 species of mammals, 240 species of birds, 16 species of reptiles, 8 species of turtles and 30 species of fishes.
River Torsa runs through the forest and is instrumental for its tall grass and rises in Tibet. It flows actross Bhutan before entering the river Brahmaputra. The climate is moist tropical with heavy monsoons. Eventhough, the sanctury is uninhabited, some areas are heavily populated.
The western part of the sanctuary is crossed by river Torsa, while the eastern stretch is drained by river Malangi. Torsa river rises in Tibet and flows across Bhutan before entering the Brahmaputra. The sanctuary can be seen on a thrilling Elephant-safari. Jeep safaris are also organised inside the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a haven for bird watcher, especially in the winters, when the migratory birds flock here. The sanctuary is supposed to be the land of Bengal Florican. The birds listed in the sanctuary are the Crested Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Shikra, Jungle fowl, Peafowl, Patridges, Bengal Florican and Pied Hornbill.
Timings : 9 am-3 pm; Entry fee : Indians Rs 25, foreigners
Rs 100; Cameras: Still Rs 25, video Rs 250 .
Safaris and other activities
There are facilities for Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari in Jaldapara. But, a one hour elepahant safari is the best way to explore Jaldapara. Maximum number of people allowed for this safari is four. Safari fee : Rs 140 . Timings 6-8 am and 6.30 am during winter. Safari starts from the Tourist Lodge at Madarihat.
Leopard Rehabilitation Centre