From Spotted Deer To Blackbucks: Catch A Glimpse Of It All At These Wildlife Sanctuaries

Did you know you can spot some of the most rare birds and animals just a few hours from the city? Yes! Bengal boasts of several wildlife sanctuaries replete with diverse flora and fauna and many different species of birds and animals that make them a paradise for every wildlife lover and photographer. We've made you a list of seven such sanctuaries that you must visit. Read on to know more.

Buxa Tiger Reserve

The second largest tiger reserve in Bengal after Sundarbans, Buxa Tiger Reserve is located in Alipurduar and boasts of the endangered Asiatic elephants and rhinos, rare birds like white-rumped vulture, slender-billed vulture, chestnut-breasted partridge, rufous-necked hornbill and others. You can also spot rare mammals like leopard cat, Bengal florican, regal python, Chinese pangolin, hispid hare and hog deer. Buxa's biodiversity includes over 450 species of trees and 150 kinds of orchids. Avail jungle safaris to explore the park.

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Buxa Forest, Buxa, West Bengal

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Chintamoni Kar Wildlife Sanctuary

Located 10 km from Ruby, this sanctuary is heaven for ornithologists and wildlife photographers. It's home to a wide variety of birds, butterflies, ferns and orchids. Visit during winters to spot species like the Tickell’s Thrush, Eurasian Woodcock, Blue-throated Flycatcher, Black-hooded Oriole and Chestnut Trained Sterling.

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Hogulkuria Rajpur Road, Ramchandrapur, Narendrapur, Kolkata

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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary has over 300 different kinds of plantations. It's one of the best places to spot elephants and, if you're lucky enough, you might just be able to spot the Royal Bengal Tiger as well. You can spot over 30 different species of mammals here including Himalayan black bear, leopards, rare mountain goats (serow), porcupines, golden cats, sambar, spotted and barking deer, to name a few.

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

Sevoke Road, NH 31C, Sevoke, West Bengal

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    Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary

    Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 160 species of birds and over 90,000 migratory ones that visit every year. Also known as the Kulik Bird Sanctuary, this area is an extremely important heronry because it supports a major population of the Asian Openbill that exists in South Asia. You’ll find kites, flycatchers, owls, kingfishers, woodpeckers, drongoes and other resident birds at the sanctuary. And if you are lucky enough, you might just catch a glimpse of the Asian Paradise Flycatcher and Indian Pitta.

    National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

    NH 34, Raiganj, West Bengal

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      Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary

      Senchal is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in Darjeeling. You'll also find over 350 types of flowers including Rhodendrons and orchids as well as animals like Rhesus Monkey, Assam Macaque, Himalayan Flying Squirrel, Barking Deer and Wild Boar. Be prepared to spot endangered species like leopards, jungle cats and the Himalayan Black Bear.

      National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

      Rangbull, Darjeeling, West Bengal

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        Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary

        This wildlife sanctuary located in the Burdwan district of Bengal is slowly becoming a popular getaway for travellers, wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. The place is home to spotted deer, langurs and blackbucks. Catch a glimpse of snakes, owls, storks, mongoose, leopards and different species of birds. Relax in the lap of nature among teak and sal forests away from the chaos of the city.

        National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

        Golapbag, Bardhaman, West Bengal

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          Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary

          The Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary is situated inside Sundarbans at the confluence of The Bay of Bengal and River Saptamukhi. It is home to Estuarine Crocodiles, Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, Spotted Deer, Jungle Cats and Rhesus Macaque. You'll also find a variety of birds here like the Black-Capped Kingfisher, Curlew, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Tern and Whimbrel. Watch out for red crabs as well.

          National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries

          Lothian Island, West Bengal

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