Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It’s known for its lush forests, diverse wildlife, and the scenic Mahananda River. The sanctuary offers a habitat for various species including elephants, leopards, and a variety of bird species, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.


  • Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary offers stunning views of the Teesta River and is surrounded by scenic Himalayan foothills.
  • The sanctuary is known for its rich biodiversity and lush greenery, showcasing the beauty of nature.
  • It provides a protected habitat for the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian bison.
  • With its varied terrain, ranging from 500ft to 4,300ft in altitude, the sanctuary offers diverse landscapes to explore.
  • Located just 13 km from Siliguri, it is easily accessible for visitors to experience its natural wonders.

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The Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the important sanctuaries in India. It plays a key role in conserving the Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian Bison. Besides, it is rich in both indigenous flora and fauna.

To reach Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, travel to Siliguri in West Bengal. From Siliguri, the sanctuary is easily accessible by road via taxis or buses, with the sanctuary entrance located near Sukna village. Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located approximately 13 kilometers from Siliguri in West Bengal.

Due to the diversity of elevation and vegetation, the faunal species found in the sanctuary is varied. Larger animals like elephants, Gaur, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Wild boar, Leopard, and other wild cats are found all over the sanctuary.

The Mahananda Sanctuary is located on the west bank of River Teesta in the southern part of the Darjeeling district in West Bengal.

The sanctuary is easily accessible from Siliguri, with a short 30-minute drive to the gateway at Sukna.

The sanctuary offers stunning views of the Teesta River, diverse landscapes, and the chance to spot endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger and Indian bison.

Yes, there are accommodations within the sanctuary, there is a Forest Lodge at Mahananda.

Yes, guided safaris and nature walks are available within the sanctuary to enhance the wildlife experience and explore the natural beauty of the area.

Entry and Guider Fees are Rs.120 per person for Indians and Rs.500 for foreigners. Vehicle Entry: Rs.400, Guide: Rs. 250, Camera: Rs. 100 per camera.

The best time to visit is during the cooler months of October to April when the weather is pleasant and wildlife sightings are more common.

Entry and Guider Fees are Rs.300 per person. You can buy bus safari tickets at the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) located at the entrance of the sanctuary. Timings: 6.15 AM – 7.15 AM; 7.30 AM; 8.30 AM; 8.45 AM; 9.45 AM; 3.15 PM – 4.15 PM; 5.30 PM.

Open all days and timings are 6.00 AM – 4.30 PM.

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Wildlife Sanctuary in Darjeeling


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Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
Raghu Das

Its a nature's Hidden Gem

I had the most amazing time at Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. The lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and serene atmosphere left me in awe. It was a perfect escape from the city, and I even spotted some exotic birds and animals. If you love nature, put this on your must-visit list.

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