Located at an altitude of 7000 ft on the Singalila Ridge, Singalila National Park is a well-known National Park in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Being spread over an area of 78.6 sq. kilometers in the Darjeeling valley with an altitude varying between 7,900ft to about 12,000ft. Singalila National Park is home of much of Himalayan wildlife and many endangered species including Red Panda.
Singalila was established as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1986. Later in 1992, Singalila was recognized as a National Park. Sandakphu, Phalut, Tumling, Chitrey. Tonglu, Kanchenjunga view from Sandakphu are the popular attractions of Singalila National Park.
The whole of Singalila range and the National Park has long been a part of popular trekking destinations in Darjeeling. If you are looking for trekking in Singalila National Park, here an exclusive article on Trekking in Singalila National Park: A Complete Guide to Sandakphu Phalut Trek, Singalila Trek & Kanchenjunga Trek
How to Reach Singalila National Park:
You can reach Singalila National Park by Air, Rail & Road. As, there are no direct train or plane service to reach Singalila National Park, hence the most convenient way to is to reach Darjeeling first via rail at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station or via plane at Bagdogra Airport and then take a cab or bus to Singalila National Park.
If you are looking for more details and route to reach Singalila National Park, the below information helps you in planning your trip to Singalila NP.
- Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport, West Bengal (airport code: IXB)
- Nearest Railway Station: Ghoom Railway Station (station code: GHUM)
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- Nearest Town: Manebhanjan
- Nearest City: Darjeeling
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The Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport to Singalila National Park at a distance of 13 kilometers from Darjeeling. All the major air carriers from major cities of India operates in between.
Bagdogra is also connected to Bangkok and Parso, hence this airport is also attracting international tourists.
On reaching Bagdogra Airport, one can easily hire a cab or shared cab or bus to reach the main town of Darjeeling and then to Singalila National Park, which takes around 1.45 hours.
The nearest railway station of Singalila National Park is Ghoom Railway Station. To reach Ghoom, one needs to travel via the very famous Darjeeling Toy Train that runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Toy Train Route: New Jalpaiguri – Siliguri Town – Siliguri Junction – Sukna – Rangtong – Tindharia – Gayabari – Mahanadi – Kurseong – Tung – Sonada – Ghoom – Darjeeling.
Tonglu which is considered to be the entry point to the Singalila National Park is about 31 km from Ghoom Railway Station.
The toy train of Darjeeling Himalaya Railways is available at NJP at a regular interval. It takes almost 7 hours to reach Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri. These trains take 10 minutes to halt at the Batasia Loop to allow the passengers to enjoy the view of Mount Kanchenjunga and finally one can reach Ghoom.
The New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Railway station is the nearest standard gauge railway station from Singalila National Park. NJP is regarded as the base to reach Darjeeling and its nearby location.
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is well connected to major cities of India like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, and Kochi.
NH 31A (Sivok-Gangtok) passes is the nearest highway to Singalila National Park. This national highway connects the National Park to Manebhajan through Darjeeling. Manebhanjan is regarded as the access point for Rimbick and Tumling, the gateways to the park. It takes 1.5 hours to reach Singalila from Manbhajan.
The road route from Siliguri to Singalila National Park: Siliguri > Sukna > Rangtong > Kurseong > Tung > Sonada > Ghoom > Manebhanjan > Tonglu (90 km).
Other Facts: Darjeeling is well connected to a few major cities Like Kolkata, Gangtok or even Kalimpong. Kolkata is about 651 km away from Darjeeling and it takes around 14 hours to reach Darjeeling from Kolkata. Gangtok is almost 100 kilometers away from Darjeeling and Kalimpong is about 51 kilometers from Darjeeling.
Apart from these cities, Darjeeling is also connected to Nepal which is at a distance of 310 kilometers.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is Singalila National Park located Singalila National Park is situated on the Singalila Ridge of Darjeeling district, West Bengal.
What is Singalila National Park is famous for? Singalila National Park is famous for Red pandas, one of the endangered species in the world. Red Pandas are commonly found in Singalila National Park.
Distance between Singalila National Park and Darjeeling? Singalila National Park to Darjeeling is about 36 km long. You can reach Singalila from Darjeeling in about 1.45 hours.
How to reach Singalila National Park from Darjeeling? There is only one route which you can use to reach Singalila National Park from Darjeeling. Darleeling > Lepcha Jagat > Mane Bhanjang > Meghma >Singalila National Park. It takes around 1.45 hrs to cover this 35km road route.
How to reach the Singalila National Park from Kolkata? Singalila national park to Darjeeling is about 630kms long via road. You can reach Singalial from Darjeeling in about 16 hours. The best option to reach the singalila national park from Kolkata is to take a flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra (1.10-hour journey) which is close to Siliguri and take a cab from Bagdogra or Siliguri to Singalila National park (3.5 hours journey).