Bird watching in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Coronation Bridge (Photo Courtesy: PP Yoonus)
Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary entrance is set at is only 13 km from Siliguri and 28 km from Bagdogra airport. The sanctuary is home to Indian bison and royal Bengal tiger. The Sanctuary is set on Mahananda River and is considered haven for bird watchers as more than 200 species are found here.
Other mammals that are found here include Wild elephants, chital (spotted deer), barking deer, sambar, rhesus monkey, many species of lesser cat like fishing cat and jungle cat, Himalayan black bear, leopard including clouded leopard, and many other smaller animals like rare mountain goat (serow), porcupines etc.
The sanctuary is home to endangered species like fairy-bluebird and Himalayan pied hornbill. Among the others swallow, swift, thrush, babbler, warbler, roller, minivet and sunbird can be found in abundance.
Safaris and the vehicle (just like other sanctuaries in North Bengal such as Gorumara, Jaldapara) need to be booked from the Sukna range office.
As NJP or Bagdogra is entry point into the sector, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary can be a start point for travellers visiting other bird watching areas such as Lava (Neora Valley) or Garumara / Jaldapara.
Best season to Travel - Nov - April