Valmiki Tiger Reserve

Valmiki Tiger Reserve is one of India’s best retreats of Flora and Fauna, located along the foothills of mighty Himalayas.  VTR is famous for Tiger, Rhinoceros, Black bear, Leopard, Wild dog,Leopard cat, Wild cat, Python and King Cobra. The main attraction of VTR  is the Royal Bengal tiger and most visitors arrive mainly to catch a glimpse of this elusive and endangered animal.

Valmiki National Park and Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary are the two major attractions of this Reserve.  Valmiki National  Park is in continuum with Royal Chitwan National Park of Nepal in North.

Why Visit ?

Sight of Tigers and Leopards. Presently around 50 Tigers and 54 Leopards can be found inside the Reserve

Sight of Sand Boa, the snake with two mouth

Trekking on the footholds of mighty Himalayas Mountains.

Elephant and Jeep Safaris

Nocturnal Tourism

Places to Visit

Madanpur Range – It is famous for wetlands, swamps and mixed forests of riparian tract of Gandak River.

There is a place in Madanpur, where large number of Indian flying fox can be sighted any time.

Raghia Range  – It is famous for Chirpine forest at an altitude of 1000 ft

Done Area,  which is a unique expanse of 26 hamlets and villages of Tharu Tribes

Someshwar hills –  These  are part of Terai hills and overlook India and Nepal through awe-inspiring and mesmerizing gorges. It is also surrounded by dense and deep pockets of forests.

Gandak Barrage: It is an Irrigation Dam along Nepal Border, made across river Gandak at Valmikinagar.

Udaipur Wildlife Sanctuary (an Ox-bow lake surrounded by natural mixed forests) near Bettiah.

Historical Bhikhna Thori Railway Terminal originally  made by the British North Bengal Railways.

Sage Valmiki Hermitage:  It is said the the legendary Sage Valmiki who composed Ramayana, the greatest Indian Epic, lived here. It is after him that whole Tiger Reserve been named.

Mahatma Gandhi Ashram at Bhitiharawa.

Buddhist Stupas and the famous Ashoka Pillar.


To Do

Safari : Elephant and Jeep Safari is organized by the Bihar Tourism Department. You may enjoy Bullock Cart Safari also, which is traditional in Bihar.

Trekking: Trekking along the Foothills of Himalayas  and the neighbouring Forests in the Valmiki National Park is one of the most memorable experience one can have. Short Trekking of 4 -6 hours is also organized by State Tourism Department.

Bird Watching : VTR is one of the favorite destination for Bird Watchers.  Presently some 241 bird species have been reported from VTR. These include, Nepal kaleej pheasant, three-toed quail, flycatcher, grey shrike, green willow warbler, tree pipit, white eye, green barbet, waders, ibises, storks, pitta, plovers, snipes, pied hornbill and emerald dove. There are five types of green pigeons and purple wood pigeon found in VTR. One can easily sight nocturnal birds like  owls, owlets, nightjars after Sunset.

More can be Found at Tourism at Valmiki Tiger Reserve.


To Do Not

Do not Consume Alcohol or visit the VTR under Alcohol Influence

Do not litter  and try to avoid plastic materials.

Donot Tease Animals, it can be dangerous.

Donot carry Arms or Ammnitions

Ideal Time of Visit

February – May, September -December would be the ideal season to visit VTR. The Area receives an annual Rainfall ranging from 1461.2 mm to 2053.3 mm. Temperature is moderate however it varies from 8° C in Winter to 36° C during Summer.


How to Reach ?


Valmiki Nagar is the nearest railway station which is connected to places such as Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi and Kolkata. Bettiah Railway Station is located some 70km from the Tiger Reserve. The list of Trains connecting Bettiah can be viewed here.

Other major Railway Stations in vicinity are Muzaffarpur (200km) and Gorakhpur (125 km).


The Nearest Airport is Gorakhpur ( IATA: GOP, ICAO: VEGK), however it has infrequent commercial Flights.

Patna International Airport ( (IATA: PAT, ICAO: VEPT), is located 275 km from the VTR  and is well connected by regular flights to most Indian Cities including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.


Valmiki Tiger Reserve is well connected by Road to all major cities of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The approximate distance of few major cities are given beloe:

Patna: 275 km

Muzaffarpur: 200 km,

Bettiah( HQ of West Champaran): 75 km

Gorakhpur( Uttar Pradesh): 125km




There are several forest rest houses scattered throughout the reserve, which need to be booked in advance through the reserve itself.

Hotel Valmiki Vihar : It is a State operated Hotel on the banks of River Gandak in the Valmikinagar.

Eco-Huts: You may enjoy the natural retreat of Ec0-Huts found at  Valmikinagar(two), Naurangia Dine(two), and Goberdhana(four).

Forest Rest Houses: Rest Houses with two double-bed rooms can be found at several locations including Kotraha, Madanpur, Naurangia Done, Gobardhana, and Manguraha.

Wooden Rest House: This is something unique in India and can be rented at Ganauli. It has Four Double Bedrooms and is likely to be declared as a Heritage Building soon. It was used by the King of Bettiah during his visits to the forest. The special attraction here is – the Himalayan range can be seen from this rest house in winter.

The  accommodation has to be booked in advance. For this  contact the Divisional Forest Officer


Divisional Forest Officer

Valmiki Tiger Project – Division I
West Champaran, Bettiah – 845438 (Bihar),

Telephone:+91-6254 – 232017 (O), +91-6254 – 234719 ( R )


Divisional Forest Officer

Valmiki Tiger Project – Division II
West Champaran, Bettiah – 845438 (Bihar),

Telephone: +91-6254-240367, +91-6251-256514 (Valmikinagar)



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