Located in the Kalimpong sub-division of the Darjeeling District of West Bengal, the Neora Valley National Park is spread over a picturesque 88 square kilometer area. Established in the year 1986, it is one of the richest biological zones in the entire northeast of India. It is an important wilderness with rugged and inaccessible hilly terrain consisting of a very rich and diverse flora and fauna. The Neora Valley National Park is a pristine and undisturbed natural habitat which is home to the elegant Red Panda found within this region.
A most adventurous place for trekkers and nature lovers as much of the Park is still a challenge and inaccessible within the Kalimpong Hills. Virgin natural forests, some of which has never seen direct sunlight, dense bamboo grooves, colorful tops of the Rhododendron trees, lush green valleys with meandering rivers and streams, against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains is unquestionably a delightful experience. The highest point of the Neora Valley National Park is at Rechela Danda, an elevation of 10,600 feet bordering with Sikkim and Bhutan. The Neora River which is the main source of water for the Kalimpong Town is also the main river draining the areas of this National Park.
This region sustains a unique eco-system where tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and sub-temperate vegetative system still enfolds a wealth of flora & fauna which also contains numerous species of orchids. The mammalian fauna found in the Park consists of the endangered Clouded Leopard, Red Panda, Musk Deer, Tiger, Common Leopard, Civet, Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Golden Cat, Wild Boar, Goral, Serow, Barking Deer, Sambar, the Himalayan Flying Squirrel and the Himalayan Tahr. A great variety of birdlife consisting of many rare and endangered species include the Pheasants, Cuckoos, Minivets, Flycatchers, Mynas, Orioles, Owls, Parakeets, Partridges, Sunbirds, Swallows, Swifts, Peacocks and Woodpeckers.
The entrance to the Park is at Lava Town, which is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Kalimpong, and 80 kilometers to the north-east of Siliguri. Bagdogra Airport at a distance of 100 kilometers is the closest to the Neora Valley National Park. The nearest long distance trains Rail-Head is New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 132 kilometers. Darjeeling Town is a distance of 30 kilometers and Kalimpong is 32 kilometers from Lava Town, which is the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park. Lava is easily approachable and well connected by road with all neighboring towns, with most of these destinations providing regular bus services to the Park.