Himalayan Jeep Safari
Jeep Safari tours to Darjeeling Singalila National Park
The Singalila National Park is located on the Singalila Ridge towards the west of Darjeeling. This was declared a National Park in 1992 and the trek along the Singalila Ridge to Sandakphu and Phalut is one of the most popular ones in the Eastern Himalayas – as it offers amazing views of the Kanchanjungha and Mt. Everest. The Jeep ride will take you from Manebhanjan to Sandakphu and back.
Himalayan Jeep safari
Singalila National Park is a reserved forest area placed at the Singalila range in Darjeeling district. This is a high altitude park passing between 7,900ft to about 12,000ft covering an area of 78.6 square km. This is, in particular, the most important highest altitude park in the state of West Bengal.
It was originally a wildlife sanctuary park and succeeding made into a national park in 1992. The whole of the Singalila range and the general park has long been part of the trekking route to Sandakphu and Phalut.
For visits to the park, this way is most famous for tourists. There is more a gravel road for jeeps that runs through the park on this route up to Sandakphu and Phalut. The north area of the park is available through Rimbik. To the north of this park is Sikkim and to the west is Nepal.
How to take the safari?
New Jalpaiguri (NJP) as well as Bagdogra airport, to Manebhanjan, is about 100kms by road. You can book pre-paid reserved and private taxis from both NJP and Bagdogra. It needs about 4.5 hours to arrive in Manebhanjan of both these places. From NJP but you can similarly take a shared taxi (usually a jeep and SUV type vehicle) up to Sukhia and later take an extra one to Manebhanjan. This is actually more effective compared to a reserved car. But change over time could be possible.
Once you arrive Manebhanjan, you can take a 4-wheel road vehicle like a Jeep or a classic Land Rover. The classic Land Rovers here are excellent 4-wheel drive vehicles that were previously used by the British. Only a few of them (around 40 nos.) are still living in this part of the world and managed by their owners. From the jeep station at Manebhanjan, you can take a jeep or a Land Rover for a safari to the Singalila National Park. The Land Rovers Association announces the fares. The jeep can also go up to Sandakphu (about 4-5 hours depending on the number of breaks you take) and ahead to Phalut (another 2.5 hours).All are expected to take a license from the forest department before starting the trip center area of the park. Foreigners want to give their identity proof at the Manebhanjan check post. There is an entry fee (Rs. 100/- per person) to be paid. This license can be both taken from the Forest Department office at Manebhanjan or at the entry to the National Park about 1km from Tumling.