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SINGALILA NATIONAL PARK

Singalila National Park or The Sandakphu Trek as popularly known is situated on the northwestern corner of West Bengal. This high altitude paradise several unique birds to offer. The altitude of the park ranges from 2000mts to 3600mts. The habitat varies from bamboos, oaks, to rhododendron. The trek, which starts, from Manebhanjan, is a spectacular birding trail. The trek can be moderate to steep and can be covered in 3 to 5 days. A part of the region can also be covered by old land rovers. The best time to visit is from October to April.Some of the birds: Some of the birds to be seen here are Blood Pheasant, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Himalayan Griffon, Steppe Eagle, Golden Eagle, Spotted Nutcracker, Plain-backed Thrush, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Blue-capped Redstart, White-throated Redstart, Eurasian Treecreeper, Buff-barred Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Black-eared Shrike Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fulvous Parrotbill, Black-throated Parrotbill, Alpine Accentor, Rufou-breated Accentor, Brown Accentor, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, White-browed Rosefinch, White-winged Grosbeak, Little Bunting…….Approx travelling time: Manebhanjan or Tumling-the base camp is 2 hrs and 4 hrs drive from Darjeeling respectively. Birding in Singalila involves 5 to 6 hrs walk everyday on an average.

Accommodation: Trekkers’ huts/Tea Houses/Village Lodge/Tents.

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