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Scope for elephant safari in Jaldpara Wildlife Sanctuary is really very limited but if you love wild life and passionate about jungles, elephant safari is a must do thing when you are in Jaldpara forest, for your Dooars Trip. Jaldapara is popular for spotting wild animals while doing elephant safari. It is also suggested to all first timers for a very different way of exploring the woods and the habitats of wild friends. The scope of spotting wild animals is much better in elephant safari compared to jeep safari and it is really a thrilling & adventurous way to feel the fun of jungles. An elephant takes you deep inside the forest where a jeep or vehicle won’t be able to take you. The elephant passes through the dense woods, crosses the water streams, and takes you close to a one horned Rhino or a Bison. It is an awesome feeling and sight when you see a leopard at a few meters distance or a Chital feeding her baby.

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Elephant safari in Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is done from two locations. The safari from the Hollong Bungalow or tourist lodge maintained by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC) is the better option and preferred over the safari from Barodabari Malangi Lodge maintained by West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC). Only these two govt. bodies have the privileged of operating elephant safaris in Jaldpara. Private hotels do not have this facility, rather it can be said that private hotels are not authorized to operate safaris in reserve forests like Jaldapara. Tourists staying in Govt. lodges get the priority or advantage for elephant safari as per first come – first serve basis. Tourists staying in private hotels will have to wait and see if there is any ticket available after the tourists staying in Govt. lodges have got the passes. Very frankly speaking it is very hard to get an elephant safari ticket staying in any private hotels or resorts, especially for the safari that leaves from Hollong Tourist Lodge.

Elephant Safari in Jaldapara

Elephant Safari from Hollong Tourist Lodge – Jaldapara Forest

The most popular elephant safari in Jaldpara forest is the safari from Hollong Tourist Lodge, maintained by WBTDC. The Hollong bungalow is located deep inside the forest and the safari takes you more deep in the jungle which facilitates spotting or sighting wild animals. Only a few elephants, say 6 or 7 goes for safari everyday early in the morning. These 6 to 7 elephants make 2 round trips depending on weather and demand. If it is high season and the demand is high, they try to manage one more round trip but it is really not possible to satisfy all. The first priority for the safari is provided to the tourists staying in Hollong Tourists Lodge. The second priority is provided to the tourists staying in Jaldapara Tourist Lodge maintained by WBTDC and the third priority is given to the tourists of Malangi Lodge (WBFDC) and other private hotels or resorts.

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You are supposed to fill up a form the previous evening to confirm your tickets. One has to provide Rs 600 per head for the safari. The rate is provided as of Jan, 2014, it may change with time. If you are interested in elephant safari, make sure you contact the manager of Hollong Tourist Lodge the previous afternoon or evening to confirm your tickets. If you are staying in Hollong Bungalow just let the manager know that you are interested in next morning’s safari and pay the money as required.

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Elephant Safari from Malangi Lodge – Jaldapara Forest

The safari from Malangi Lodge has recently started to facilitate the tourists who do not get tickets from Hollong. It also helped the forest department and tourists department to drive some pressure from Hollong. This safari is also gaining popularity gradually. This safari also takes you deep in the forest as I have heard because I never went on this safari. I have heard that people in this safari get the sights of wild animals though I will always suggest you the safari from Hollong because staying in Hollong is the best part of Jaldpara Trip and that experience can’t be felt or enjoyed anywhere else. The cost of elephant safari from Malangi Lodge is Rs 600 per head as of Jan, 2014.

Just to let you know that you will have to have the best possible luck to get a room in Hollong. The rush is too much and you will have to book the rooms 120 days in advance. Make sure you book the rooms the day it opens for booking. A confirmation of room in Hollong will bring you the confirmation of ticket for elephant safari from Hollong – the best safari in Dooars.

 

41 Comments

  1. SAMAR CHAKRABORTI August 18, 2015 2:10 pm

    Can I book Elephant Safari in Jaldapara online for persons . I have already book 4 room in Jaldapara Touriest Loudge by WBTDC

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta August 26, 2015 8:26 am

      Elephant safari can not be booked online. It can only be booked after reaching there. Make sure you ask for the elephant safari once you reach there because it is done on “first come first serve” basis. If you intend to do jeep safari, better you go for the safari that is done from Kodalbasti point.

       
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    • subhra kanjilal January 24, 2016 9:27 am

      No, you can’t. you have to be physically there for this.

       
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  2. Pushan May 29, 2016 5:22 am

    I am planning to visit gorumara and jaldapara… To avail safaris in these two places is it a must to stay in government lodges/bunglows?

     
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  3. Aniruddha Banerjee July 3, 2016 5:37 pm

    We four friends are planning to stay at Mendabari Jungle Lodge from 24th to 26 th December, 2016. Is there be any chance for us to enjoy Elephant Safari, Hollong Bungalow. Since Mendabari Jungle Lodge run by WBSFDA, should we expect any extra booking facilities regarding Elephant Safari at Hollong?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta July 4, 2016 7:48 am

      You can enjoy the elephant safari but not from Holong lodge (WBTDC property). There are 4-5 elephants at Holong and tourists staying at Holong gets the preference and priority for elephant safari. You can enjoy elephant safari from Barodabari Malangi lodge which is a property of WBFDC. Your elephant safari tickets must be booked by previous day evening.

       
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  4. Somojit Ghosh August 17, 2016 12:41 pm

    I have heard even if you prebook the Holong lodge, it can be cancelled anytime by Govt. if any Govt officials visits Holong at the same day.
    They say even it can happen at day of staying and you will be asked to leave with full refund.

    Is it true?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta August 26, 2016 7:21 am

      Yes it can happen but chances are negligible. Don’t panic, it is juts a Govt. norm which rarely happen. It happens only if VVIPs visit like ministers and top level secretaries. I have stayed at Hollong 6 times and it never happened to me.

       
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  5. Avijit Ghosh October 22, 2016 5:35 am

    I stay hollong buglow at 2 rooms with myy family member 5 person but they are allow

     
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  6. Sudarshan Soman November 23, 2016 8:29 am

    is it possible to come from Gorumara to jaldapara and do a jungle safari in Jaldapara and return same day to Gorumara.Its ok that we might not get elephant safari at jalda para but can we get jeep safari.

    we have booked hotel in Gorumara so staying there only.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta December 5, 2016 9:42 am

      Why do you want to travel that much to get a jeep safari. You can enjoy the same in Gorumara. There are so many towers and you can get any one of them. You can also enjoy jeep safari in Chapramari range. It is always better if you keep a reserved car for transportation. You can move around freely and whenever you need.

       
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  7. Sowmik Kulavi November 29, 2016 9:08 am

    Me and wife and my son planning to visit Dooars in December personally.plys.give me a day to day plan trips.It is may be 7days tour.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta December 5, 2016 9:02 am

      You can spend 2 nights at Murti, 2 nights at Jaldapara and 2 nights at Buxa or Jayanti. In total it will be 6 nights – 7 days trip as given by you. Your arrival station should be New Mal Junction and departure station should be Alipurduar Junc. It is better if you reserve a vehicle for the entire trip. For further details, you can mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com”.

       
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  8. Amit pramanik January 3, 2017 5:33 am

    How can booking. ……garumara and jaldapara banglo gov

     
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  9. Arup Das January 5, 2017 7:32 am

    we are staying near gorumara so plz suggest which places can be covered in two days,,and can you provide any local car rental number,,rather than gorumara safari any other is possible or not?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta January 6, 2017 12:17 pm

      You can cover Samsing, Suntalekhola, Rocky Island, Paren, Chapramari, Murti, Jhalong, Bindu, etc. Do you need the car for the entire trip? Let me know. Will share driver’s number accordingly.

       
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      • Ajit Karar January 9, 2017 7:09 am

        Hi Abhijit,I went to book rooms for Jaldapara Tourist Lodge at their only private agent at Holidayhomeindia at Pollock Street Kolkata.
        I asked for elephant safari whether preference is given to the tourist who are staying in Jaldapara Tourist Lodge. They replied only guest staying at Holong can get preference only. But if i stay at jaldapara tourist lodge there is no preference, tourist have to stand in the que like other guest who are staying in private hotel.
        Please confirm which is correct. Your reply will help me a lot
        Thanks
        Ajit Karar

         
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        • Abhijit Gupta January 9, 2017 8:57 am

          First of all there are more than 1 authorized travel agents who can book Govt. lodges across Dooars. There is no need to book through any gent, you can book JaldaparaTourist Lodge on your own. You can book it on WBTDC website. If you are staying at Jaldapara, the best option of stay other than Holong Lodge is Barodabari Malangi Lodge of WBFDC. They have their own elephants. and I must is that if you stay at Jaldapara Tourist Lodge, you will get second preference for elephant safari from Holong Lodge. Tourist staying at Jaldapara Tourist lodge need to come to Holong for elephant safari.

          You can mail me at “uvreachedavi@gmail.com” for further details.

           
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  10. Arijit Sen January 7, 2017 11:53 am

    We are four person. We want to visit jaldapara forest tomorrow & do the elephant safari. We will come from Cooch Behar. So please suggest me what are the procedure.

     
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  11. MAMUN SARTAJ January 17, 2017 1:38 pm

    Sir we are 60 person ..we want to visit jalda para so we want know mattar of jeep safary we are how can achieve it and how make success our tour and per head kitna in safari
    If u are hlp our then we are get great success

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta January 18, 2017 7:04 am

      I can help you for sure but for that I need your tentative date of arrival and departure. Let em know where are you from. Let me know how many nights you will have in hand, so that I can plan for you.

       
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  12. Ajit Kumar Mandal January 25, 2017 7:48 pm

    We 6persons (two families) are visiting doors from 9th Feb to16thfeb.Want to book a innovative/xylo for those days.Will you please inform me cost and phn no to contact.Thank you.

     
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  13. Santanu February 10, 2017 4:07 pm

    We are panning to go Dooars on early April,2017 and staying in Jaldapara range.
    1> Is it right time to go there?
    2>What are the places i should not miss to watch?
    3>What would be cost for one sumo/bolero? We will be 8 persons.
    4>What would be the cost for any home stay accommodation?
    5>Is raimatang good place to stay in that area?
    6>Can u avail elephant safari if i stay in private logde/cottege? Which safari i should plan for in jaldapara range?

    Thanks.

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 13, 2017 7:00 am

      April is a good time to visit Dooars. If you are visiting Jaldapara, you should cover Gorumara range too. 2 nights are enough for Jaldapara. In case you don’t stay at Govt. lodges, you will not get tickets for elephant safari in Jaldapara. Jeep safari is available both at Jaldapara and Gorumara. Jeep safari is best in Gorumara. I can plan a trip for you and suggest places only when I know the number of nights you have in hand.

       
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  14. Arpita Chakraborty February 13, 2017 3:38 pm

    Is jayanti or murti river rejoice us the same way. We are going to jaldapara but not planning to Lataguri

     
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  15. Sukamal February 15, 2017 6:38 pm

    What is the time for start elephant safari and jeep safari in jaldapara hollong bungalow ?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta February 17, 2017 5:58 am

      Elephant safari at Holong starts from 6 am but depends on weather. If it is too foggy, they start late. Jeep safari starts from Jaldapara Tourist lodge, they give a halt at Holong tourist lodge. If you are staying at Holong, jeep safari is not worth doing. You can do the jeep safari at Chilapata which is a great experience too.

       
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  16. Sukamal February 16, 2017 5:01 pm

    What is the rate per head now for elephant safari and jeep safari

     
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  17. Rajesh Awon Jun 29 February 19, 2017 11:51 am

    Abhijit da we are planning for Dooars for 4 nights 5 days .can we cover Jaldapara Gorumara chilapa ?

     
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  18. Asitava Das March 6, 2017 9:07 am

    What is the cost of elephant riding and jeep safari?

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta March 7, 2017 7:49 am

      For elephant safari it would be Rs 660-700 per head and for jeep safari it cost Rs 1,500-2000 depending on the tower you would visit. They allow 6 persons in the Gypsy.

       
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  19. Moumita Biswas March 18, 2017 8:29 am

    Hi Abhijit….. We are planning for Gorumara for 2nght…..Can we cover Jaldapara? What is the rate for elephant and Jeep safari…. And what is the rate for government lodges and another hotels??

     
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    • Abhijit Gupta March 20, 2017 5:38 pm

      I need to know exact number of nights you have in hand to suggest a plan to you. I would need your arrival and departure stations, time and dates. Jeep safari cost depends on the range or watch tower but varies from Rs 1,500-2,000 per jeep. 6 persons are allowed in the open hood Gypsys. Elephant safari would cost you Rs 660-700 per head. Lodge rates varies with facilities and services. On average, lodging would cost Rs 1,500-2,000 per night. There are more luxurious lodges. You can mail me for further details.

       
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    April 2, 2015

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    Thank you Abhijit for all those information. Your details really helped me in completing my journey with a very satisfying note. Will consult you next time for sure.

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