Sited in the heart of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary at a distance of 48km Alipurduar is a verdant forest reserve called Hollong. Hollong is a quaint forest reserve which has lately gained prominence in the field of tourism by its lodging facility which allows the fellow nature lover to spend a serene yet thrilling night in the core of the jungle. Jaldapara National Park (formally known as the Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary) is a national park located in the foothill of Eastern Himalayas which is famous for housing the largest number of Indian one horned rhinoceros. Elephant Safari of from Hollong has been a major attraction grabber which has lured tourist towards Jaldapara National Park making Hollong a must visit destination of Dooars.
Endowed with rich flora and fauna, the journey towards the humble abode of nature lover Hollong is an amazing experience in itself. Throughout the journey towards Hollong the pictorial view of changing landscape accompanies the tourist offering a visual treat for all the travelers. Travelling through the lush tea gardens and crossing the iconic Coronation Bridge while witnessing the roaring river Teesta meandering through the lofty mountain hills is truly a sight to behold while visiting Hollong. The narrow roads through the mixed dense forest of Jaldapara National Park leading towards Hollong shows the glimpse of rich bio-diversity which is showered to forest reserve of Hollong. The sight of sparkling river stream meandering through the emerald green forest seen form the eco-village of Hollong has ensnared the heart of many visitor. There are many things offered in Hollong for the tourists who like to adore the beauty of nature like the salt pit located in front of Hollong lodge. Maintained by the forest official, the salt pit outside Hollong lodge is used for attracting the huge herbivores like Wild elephant, Bison and the famous Asiatic one-horned Rhino. The unique concept of exploring the dense forest of Jaldapara National Park while riding on an elephant has caught the attention of many tourists traveling in Dooars region and Hollong forest reserve is few of the place from where tourist can enjoy the beauty of nature while riding on a back of a majestic elephant. Strategically located amidst the verdant forest of Jaldapara National Park which is one of few places in India where the Bengal Florican is sighted and known for housing an astounding collection of avifauna in Dooars region like crested eagle, Pallas' fish eagle, shikra, finn's weaver, jungle fowl, peafowl, partridge and lesser pied hornbill, Hollong has become the ideal birding paradise for the avid bird watchers. Apart for being an ideal place for partaking in jungle safari and spotting exquisite birds, the trip to Hollong also ensure the travelers to catch a glimpse of the culture and learn more about the tribal people living in Jaldapara National Park like Toto tribe. Listening to the alluring chirping of exotic birds while spotting some untamed animal can be an amazing way to spend an eventful weekend amidst the verdant forest and Hollong with its unique location has become the ideal destination to relish it all.
Blessed with the serene ambiance and dense forest area, Hollong forest reserve in Jaldapara National Park of Dooars has become the ideal destination for the tourist who wants to spend some lone time far from the rambunctious city life. A place where nature is at its pristine form and wild animals roam freely, if you are a nature love or someone who adores the beauty of animal kingdom, Hollong forest reserve with its rich flora and fauna is the paradise for them.
The best time to visit Hollong is considered to be during the winter season October to December and the onset of summer season March to May, when the temperature remains comfortable and is befitting to enjoy the wildlife surrounding Hollong.