Established in 1943 to protect the rhinoceros of which there are now about 50 in the sanctuary.

Lying at the foot of the Bhutan hills, not far from Phuntsoling, the sanctuary covers just 115 sq km. The river Torsa flows through it and the sandy river banks have extensive belts of tall grass. The forest is rich, mixed deciduous and riding elephants is the only way to move through the area. Apart from rhino, there are tiger, gaur, leopard, sambar, muntjac, hog deer and the occasional elephant. Among the rich avifauna, the Bengal florican is typical of the area.

The best season is November to April when the forest cover is thinner.

What to see

Getting There

Air: Bagdogra is the nearest airport, 160 km via Siliguri.

Rail: All the mail / express trains stop at Birpara / Hasirnara railway station 20 km from the sanctuary. Only passenger trains stop at Madarihat Railway Station (7 km from the sanctuary).

Road: Jaldapara is connected by road with Darjeeling and Siliguri.

General information

Excursions

(Distances from Madarihat)

  1. Totopara ( 30 Km): A small village on the banks of the Toorsa near the Bhutan border which is the only habitation of the Dooars aboriginals, the Totos.

  2. Buxa Duar (60 km): A fort at an altitude of 867 metres on the Sinchula Range guarding the most important of the eleven routes into Bhutan, the Buxa Duar.

  3. Jayanti (75 Km): A beautiful picnic spot on the banks of the Jayanti river.

  4. Bhutan Ghat (85 Km): A picnic spot with beautiful forests and tea gardens.

  5. Naiajar Garh: A forgotten ruined fort dating back to the Gupta Age (4th - 6th century AD).