The Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of sixty-seven hectares in the Nadia district, West Bengal. It is just one kilometer away from the NH-34, which is twenty-two kilometers north of Krishna Nagar. It was established in 1980, by a group of small farmers who were determined to develop a place for the nearby animals who could settle there. This wildlife sanctuary houses many Indian animals but is mainly famous as a deer park. It has a large population of Spotted Deer, the golden deer, Jackal, Bengali hyenas and porcupine, which spreads evenly over the entire land area of the sanctuary. Apart from these species, there are Indian Parakeets, Cuckoo and many other species of small birds and snakes.
Bethudahari wildlife sanctuary is not only famous for its possession of the animal population, but it is also famous for the variety of trees and plants that exist here. Many rare species of trees and plants such as Meng Tze Balsam, Siroi Lily, and Rebe are available here for everybody to see.
Some rare species of Indian crocodiles named Gharials are also living in this wildlife sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is basically a deer park where you can find various species of deer and jackals. This forest inhibits not less than a thousand deer. The very sight of the wild cats, peacocks, snakes and various other species of birds is a common occurrence for the visitors. No wonder a place with so many diversities is the perfect destination to spend your weekend.
Major attractions of Bethuadahari wildlife Sanctuary
- Several big trees such as the Shal, bamboo, and hamjam cover almost the entire area of this wildlife sanctuary. That means that here you can find the rarest of trees and plant species in the world. The latest census shows that the deer population in Bethuadahari forest has risen by twenty percent in the last ten years, which is quite an accomplishment.
- Here you may get a sight of various wildlife species including Python, Jungle Cat, Porcupine, Lizard, and a variety of other cold-blooded animals. You will be flabbergasted to see such a variety of wildlife once you enter this wildlife sanctuary.
- Undoubtedly, there are many species of animals in this sanctuary. But one must not forget that apart from the animals there is a wide variety of birds and insects too.
Bethuadhahari wildlife sanctuary remains open for its tourists all around the year and you can visit this sanctuary whenever you want- ‘even on short notice’.
How to reach
There are well-developed transport facilities available for everybody to reach this wildlife sanctuary. You can choose to come here by road, rail or air. The nearest airport facility comes from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Airport, Calcutta. For those who want to cut short, their traveling expense can opt for local rail transportation facilities. Lalgola-Sealdah Local Passenger train is one of the best in providing top rail service in the region. Regular bus and taxi service are also available from Krishna Nagar to the Bethuadahari bus stand. And from there you can take an auto-rickshaw to reach the sanctuary.
It is always perceived that visiting a wildlife sanctuary can cost a leg and an arm, but if you are planning to visit Bethuadahari wildlife sanctuary, you hardly need to save anything for your expenses.
The West Bengal tourist association has built many tourist lodges in and around the sanctuary. These accommodation facilities are very cheap and suit everybody’s pocket. One on the Raja Subodh Mallick square is the most famous for its basic modern facilities. Booking lines are open 24X7 and you can contact them whenever you want.
It is the must visit place for nature lovers, animal lovers, and wildlife enthusiasts.