Siliguri is a city in West Bengal that’s often referred to as the Gateway of Northeast India. If you want to start exploring northeast India, Siliguri is the place to start your journey with. The city is popular for 3 T’s: tea, timber, tourism. Lying 35km west of its twin city of Jalpaiguri, it is the third-largest city in West Bengal after Kolkata and Asansol. It’s located on the foothills of the Himalayan range and the banks of the Mahananda River. The city is known for its scenic and panoramic views.
But one of the reasons why Siliguri is always replete with tourists throughout the year is North Bengal Wild Animals Park, also known as the Bengal Safari Park. It’s one of the best places in India for wildlife enthusiasts. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in West Bengal, but your trip will remain incomplete till you visit the Bengal Safari Park.
Here is all that you need to know about the Bengal Safari Park before you visit it:
About Bengal Safari Park
Bengal Safari Park was inaugurated in 2016 by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to boost tourism in north Bengal. Located only a few kilometres from the main town of Siliguri, Bengali Safari Park is a part of Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and spans over 700 acres. Since its inauguration, Bengali Safari Park has been the key tourist attraction in north Bengal, especially Siliguri. Here, not only can you go on a safari in Bengal, but you will also see diverse flora and fauna. The safari park is surrounded by Sal trees and is home to several animals. Whether you want to see sambar deer, royal Bengal tigers, leopards, or beers, you will find them all at the Bengal Safari Park.
Where is Bengal Safari Park Located?
5th Mile, Sevoke Road, Salugara is the address of the Bengal Safari Park. It is located 8 km from the main town of Siliguri in north Bengal.
How Can you Reach Bengal Safari Park?
Reaching Bengal Safari Park is easy. Since it’s quite close to Siliguri, you can take a cab that will take you approximately 30 minutes and drop you right outside the park. You can also use other means of transport like auto or bus, both are easily available and you will have no problem reaching Bengal Safari Park.
What are the Timings for visiting the Bengal Safari Park?
Bengal Safari Park is open from 9 am to 5 am every day except Monday. The ticket counter opens at 9 am and the last ticket is sold at 5:30 pm. When you are planning to visit the Bengal Safari Park, make sure it’s not on a Monday, or you will return home empty-handed.
What is the Ticket Price of Bengal Safari Park?
The entry fee at Bengal Safari Park begins with Rs 10 for children between the age of 5 and 12 years. For anyone above the age of 12, the ticket to Bengali Safari Park is Rs 30. The entry is free for every child under the age of 5.
You can also buy the tickets to Bengal Safari Park, Siliguri, online at: https://www.northbengalwildanimalspark.in/
However, this is only for entry. The park offers various safari rides for you and your family to enjoy. You can choose one and or more to watch different animals in their natural habitat. Following are the safari rides offered by the Bengal Safari Park:
If you’re fond of tigers, this is the safari for you. The duration of this safari is 15 minutes and you will see 3 tigers. One of them is a male tiger named Shenashish, and another is a female tiger named Sheela.
This is especially for those who like to see this wild animal in its natural habitat. The duration of this safari is 15 minutes and you will found four leopards in this period. The two male leopards are named Sachin and Saurav, and the two female leopards are named Sital and Kajal.
Mixed Herbivore Safari
If you’re not watching carnivorous animals in their habitat, then the Mixed Herbivore Safari is the one for you. This is a 20-minutes safari wherein you will see various herbivorous animals and birds including hornbill, dove, kingfisher, barking deer, hog deer, sambar deer, peacock, one-horned rhinoceros, and more.
And if you would rather enjoy the safari from the back of an elephant rather than in a bus, then you have that option at Bengal Safari Park, Siliguri, as well. The elephant ride will take you through the lush Saal forest and you will see various wild animals from a little distance. The duration of this ride is 30 minutes.
As far as the prices of these safaris are concerned, the price for a safari through the bus is Rs 200 for every person above the age of 5 years. And if you choose the elephant ride-cum-safari, its price is Rs 300 per person. One thing you should note is you do not have to pay anything for children below the age of 5. Further, you are strictly advised to switch off your mobile during the elephant ride.
Food and Refreshments at Bengal Safari Park
West Bengal is popular for its variety of foods. So obviously, you will that variety in the park as well. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available at the Bengal Safari Park, Siliguri. From coffee to chicken chowmein, veg chowmein, veg thali, and non-veg thaali; you will find everything at the park.
Overall, you will have a gala time at the North Bengal Wild Animals Park in Siliguri, West Bengal. Before 2016, no one thought that you would be able to go on a Jungle Safari in Siliguri, but that is now possible. Book your West Bengal tour package with Veena World today!