Located 125km from Jalpaiguri deep inside the Jaldapara National Park is a humble abode for the nature lovers, Hollong forest. Jaldapara National park is situated at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in northern West Bengal and on the banks of the Torsa River. A day visit in Hollong lets you explore the wilderness in Jaldapara National Park. Jaldapara is situated at an altitude of 61 m and vast grassland with patches of riverside forests. The narrow road through the dense woods leads you to the beautiful Hollong forest reserve which is approx. 7-8 km inside the national park. The journey from the highway towards the reserve in itself is kind of a safari because you never know when an elephant or a Rhino is standing by gazing at you. Even before you reach the reserve you will start your wonderful journey towards the wilderness.
The unique location of Hollong has made it most favored destination in the nature lover’s list since it gives a sense of closeness toward the nature for all the guests. There is salt pit right outside the lodge which is maintained by the forest official. Forest official go and place salt at the pit regularly to attract wild animals like elephants, gaurs (Indian Bison), one horned rhinos, deer like Chitals, Sambars etc. The elephant safari of Hollong Forest Reserve is very popular and famous for spotting wild animals in the jungle. Visiting Hollong can be an amazing experience for the wildlife photographer and the nature lover. Jaldapara is a paradise for bird watchers. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal Florican is sighted. The other birds to be found here are the crested eagle, Pallas's fish eagle, shikra, Finn's weaver, jungle fowl, peafowl (peacock), partridge, and lesser pied hornbill. Pythons, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos, and about eight species of fresh water turtles can also be found here. The main attraction of the Jaldapara National Park is Indian One-horned Rhino and the other animals in the park includes are barking deer, Indian leopard, spotted deer, hog deer, wild pigs, bison, Indian elephant and sambar and in during your visit to Hollong you can get to spot those wild animal in their natural habitat.
You will find something more in woods than in book, there is a different charm in each season which you can relish during your visit in Hollong the scenario will be totally different whether it be in spring when Jaldapara is covered in vibrant color or in winter when the ambiance become more eerie each season has something new for its visitors making the visit to Hollong more unique and special.