The Valmiki National Park is located in Champaran district of Bihar. Find how to reach, things to see, best time to visit, address, phone number and entry fees. Like its name, Valmiki National Park is nestled in a quiet and secluded region of Bihar in west Champaran district, India. Surrounded by a fluid border with Nepal on its north and Uttar Pradesh on its west, this park is considered as the first park to house the largest grassland of India comprising of 800 hectares of area as a tiger reserve. The total area of the park is approximately 900 square km with the Valmiki Wildlife sanctuary comprising 880 sq km. It was established in the year 1990 and was owned by the Bettiah Raj as well as the Ramnagar Raj.
How to reach
By air: Patna is the nearest airport located 275 km from the spot. Good road transport system is available from Patna to reach the venue.
By rail: Valmiki Nagar Railway station, Narkatiagunj and Bagaha are the nearest railway stations and are well connected with all the major metropolitan cities.
By road: It is easiest to reach the venue through Bihar cities like Patna (275km), Bettiah (80km) and Gorakhpur (125km). Several government run buses as well as private vehicles are available till the spot, after which special jeeps and cars are to be availed.
Things to see in Valmiki National Park
The entire area falls under the Himalayan Terai as well as Bhabar terrain. River Gandak and Masan cut through the lush green jungles of varied fauna chiefly comprising of seven forest types. Tall Cane brakes, Sal forests and Chir Pine are found in abundance here which enables tigers to thrive better due to high camouflage. The entire forest region lies at the foothills of the Himalayas offering spectacular views of:
- Thick woods
- Valleys as well as dense forests.
22 tigers currently reside in the reserve with other animals like:
- One horned rhinoceros
- Wild cats
- Flying fox bats
- Flying squirrels
- Leopards and
Reptiles like sand boa, gharials, crocodiles, Nepal pigeons, emerald doves, three toed quails and monitor lizards are also spotted frequently in the wilderness.
The Tharu tribe reside deep in the jungles and Rama Navami festival is celebrated with great pomp in this region. Other major attractions include temples like Jatashankar, Kaleshwar, Nardevi along with sight-seeing like the Bhitiharawa Ashram, Ashokan Pillar, barrage at river Gandak and the Indo-Nepal border.
Best time to visit
Temperature of the region ranges between 370 C to 30 C. Ideal time to visit the reserve is between November to March or during the winter and spring season. The place witness heavy rainfall after summers and remains shut for the monsoons.
With its varied flora, fauna and mesmerising pristine landscape, Valmiki Ntaional Park indeed is a true example of virgin beauty and an abode for adventure.
Contact Number: 06254-232-909
Located at:Valmiki Nagar
City: West Champaran
Pin code: 845105
Timing: Open 24 hours
Area: 898.45 km²
|Rs 330||Per person for Foreigners|
|Rs 1,300||For Jeep/car (Foreigners) up to 6 persons|
|Rs 200||For Jeep/Car (Indians)up to 6 persons|