Singalila National Park is a attractive location, situated in the Darjeeling region of the state of West Bengal. “Singalila National Park” was recognized in the year of 1986. This park covered the total area area 78.60 Km2. The park is part of the Eastern Himalayas, located at a high altitude with 1900 m to 3,630 m from the sea level. The Park makes the boundary line with neighbor country Nepal to the west and with state Sikkim to the North.
The park is house to unusual red panda, Himalayan black bear and is also house to dissimilar species of Orchids. The areas vegetation may be largely classified as temperat, alpine vegetation stretching right up to the snows. The avifauna is a unique mix of Indo Burmese and Himalayan forms.
Best places to visit in Singalila National Park
- Singalila Ridge
- Phoktey Dara
- Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary
“Sandakphu” being the highest peak in West Bengal, offers impressive views of the world’s tallest peaks. Makalu and Lhotse, the fourth and fifth highest peak in the world stand tall at 8,516 m and 8,463 m, trying to exceed the world’s tallest peaks. After all, the Everest stand between them, towering over everything! However, Kangchenjunga, the third highest peak, stand with its family at 8,586 m.
It was also popular as Tonglo in the 1800s, When “Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker” carried out many plant hunting expedition in Sikkim and Darjeeling. Tonglu (3036 m) is the one of the higher peak of the Singalila Ridge, a small settlement inside the “Singalila National Park” in the Darjeeling subdivision and Darjeeling region in the state of West Bengal in India close to the India – Nepal border. It is a edge halt along the trekking route from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu.
Falut or Phalut is the 2nd highest peaks of West Bengal, India. Part of the Singalila Ridge in the Himalayas, it is situated at the boundary of the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal and of Nepal. It is situated inside the “Singalila National Park”. A small bunkhouse is close to the top of the peak, is administer by the Indian army. Singalila Pass is 17 km away from Phalut.
The Singalila Ridge is a north to south mountains ridge runs from north western West Bengal through Sikkim in the Indian part of the Himalayas. The region of Ilam in Nepal fall on the western part of this ridge.
The ridge separates mountains range of West Bengal from additional Himalayan range to its west. The two uppermost peaks of West Bengal, Phalut (3,600 m) and Sandakphu (3,636 m) are situated on the edge. The “Singalila National Park” include the ridge and it is well-known for its views of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. The trek from Manebhanjan to Phalut and Sandakphu is famous amongst adventure travelers, as is mountains biking.
Best time to visit Singalila National Park
The best time to visit the Singalila National Park is between the months of “November to May”. The park is generally closed during the monsoon time.
How to reach Singalila National Park
By Air : The closest airport of Singalila National Park is “Bagdogra” airport. Bagdogra airport is well linked by road network to Singalila National Park.<>/p>
By Train : The closest railway station of Singalila National Park is “Ghum” railway station. Ghum railway station is well linked by road network to Singalila National Park.
By Road : Singalila National Park is well linked to Major places and Cities by road network. There are a number of private and government operated vehicles that go to Singalila National Park. The closest town is Manebhanjan, the closest highway is NH 31A (Sivok-Gangtok) passes through Darjeeling.