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Singalila National Park, situated on the India-Nepal border, is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India and one of the best locations to find the elusive red panda.

Aside from the red panda, Singalila National Park is home to many other fascinating mammals including barking deer, yellow-throated marten, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, black panther, leopard, Himalayan serow, pangolin and offers good chances of seeing leopard cat.

The park is also a birder's paradise with over 300 species found here. Exotic species that can be viewed include blood pheasant, kaqlij pheasant, satyr tragopan, brown and fulvous parrotbills, and rifous-ventred tit, along with many others.

During the months of March to April, the park comes alive with the colours of over 20 different types of rhododendrons in bloom, whilst October and November is the best time to see over 600 varieties of orchids, the largest concentration in any single geographical area in the world.

Singalila National Park is located at a high altitude of between 2,100 to 3,650 metres above sea level along the Singalila Ridge. Lying within the park is Sandakphu top, one of the highest peaks in West Bengal, offering one of the best places for viewing stunning sunrises and sunsets, along with views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: red panda, Himalayan black bear, clouded leopard, barking deer, yellow-throated marten
  • Where: West Bengal, India

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Red Pandas & Tigers Photography

Join acclaimed wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in search of the endearing and elusive red panda in the spectacular wilderness of Singalila National Park, on the Indian-Nepalese border, before travelling to Panna National Park to photograph iconic Indian mammals such as the majestic tiger.

  • When to go: Nov
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,295 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Red Pandas & Tigers

Our small group tour explores the spectacular wilderness of Singalila National Park, located in the Eastern Himalayas, in search of the endearing and elusive red panda, before travelling to the less visited Central Indian national park of Panna, home to iconic Indian wildlife including tiger, leopard and sloth bear.

  • When to go: Oct-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,895 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Habre’s Nest

Located in Kaiakata near the India-Nepal border, Habre’s Nest offers a unique homestay style experience combined with wildlife research and conservation. A small property of just four bedrooms, all offering sunset views, Habre’s Nest is perfectly positioned for searching for the region's red pandas.