VTR is well connected through road and rail network. It takes hardly two hours to reach VTR by road from Gorakhpur airport. VTR is situated on Gorakhpur -Muzaffarpur (via Narkatiganj) rail route. Direct trains are available from major cities of the Country to reach VTR. Daily/weekly trains are available from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Siliguri, Dehradun and Amritsar to arrive at Bagaha (to reach western part of the sanctuary) and Narkatiaganj (to reach central and eastern part of the sanctuary). Muzaffarpur and Gorakhpur are the nearest major junctions to get passenger/mail/ express trains for Bagaha and Narkatiaganj. The office of Field Director and Deputy Directors located at district headquarters of West Champaran at Bettiah, about 70 km from the sanctuary, is also on the same rail route.
Road approach: VTR is about 275 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar; 200 km from Muzaffarpur, major city and railhead of North Bihar; 70 km for Bettiah, district headquarters of West Champaran; and 125 km from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, by road. Vehicles can be hired from these places to reach VTR.
Nearest Airports: Patna and Gorakhpur.
Best Season to Visit VTR: Valmiki Tiger Reserve is open for from 1st October to 31st May and the best season to visit VTR is November to March. Winter months (December to mid- February) are colder and the minimum temperature goes down to 3-4 degree Celsius. Heavy warm clothing is desired in winter.
Valmiki forests present memorable experience for nature lovers. Some of the must visit locations include:
This wooden watch tower is situated in the Bheriyari Grassland where herds of herbivores can be seen in their natural habitat. Most Suitable site for peep through watch tower & bird watching also.
Located on Indo-Nepal border it is the north-eastern end of the sanctuary. From here through Nepal there is a way right up to Tibbet. Historically it was the resting place (thaur) for Buddhist monks and hence its name "Bhiktchuk thaur" or "Bhikhna thori". King George Vth while passing by, took a rest here. This is famous picnic spot, now a day.
This site is located in Madanpur range. This range is unique in the sense as it has diversity in the forms of wetland, swamps & mixed forest along with canebrakes. It is the potential site for Rhinoceros sighting, visiting here from Chitwan Reserve forest, of Nepal. This area is also designated as Important Bird Area (IBA) by the Indian Bird Conservation Network.
One of the major, perennial rivers of Raghia Range, journey along it northwards is a memorable experience. On both banks are lovely forests and in between flows the river, abode of green pigeons & Indian bison. Varieties of kingfishers and owls are a common sighting.
On way to Gobardhana from Manguraha, made of red clayey soil, this elevated patch gives a bird-eye view of pure-sal forest. Dawn and Dusk view from here is enchanting. On clear days, one can see snowy Himalayan peaks. This is a vintage point for bird watchers and solace seekers.
This short trek(1.5 Km )is open for tourist. One can enjoy the beautiful trek along the dense forest to the Manor watch tower. From the wooden tower the majestic view of river Manor & hills of snowclad Himalaya (Nepal) is quite visible.
Deriving its name from "Pandavas" one of the major rivers of VTR, it is known for its high speed and massive erosion during rains. Round and colorful pebbles found in river-bed attract everyone. One can see locals mining gold very crudely form its streams. During sunrise and in moonlight the river shines splendidly. Watch tower at Thori gives a nice view of this meandering river.
"Parewa" or "parba" in local, means pigeon and "dah" means water body. So parewa dah is a place where both co-exist. One of the most beautiful places of tiger Reserve, it is on way to Someshwar temple. One can see numerous fishes in the emerald blue crystal clear water found here. Water continuously flows down the waterfall. Doves and bee-eaters swarming in hundreds reside in high burrows surrounding this place. No visit to forest is complete without visiting this place.
Someshwar is the highest peak of VTR situated at a height of 2884 feet. One can reach here trekking 14 Kms from base camp. On way is titanic point & Hill top, from where the view is splendid. At the international border is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Someshwar or Shiva and Goddess Kali. Below the temple are ruins of hermitage of sage Bhatrihari.
This range is full of natural serenity as well as wildlife. The famous Gandak Barrage is one such point across Gandak river at Indo-Nepal Border. From the view point situated near the Gandak barrage one can enjoy the Panoramic view of Triveni & near by area. For adventure sports lover as well as wildlife lovers river rafting in Gandak along the forest area is quite thrilling. One can see the species as Ghariyal, Dolphin, Crocodile, Turtle, other & various endangered birds along the river. "Rare is common" here.
There are some areas of historical importance which are located in the same district and these sites are not far away from Valmiki Tiger reserve.
Visitors will be taken through designated routes of roughly 4-5 kms. length which will give them an idea about the terrain, vegetation and wildlife of the reserve. Wildlife trekker/guides will accompany the group. The group size may vary from 4-6 visitors. Children below 15 years are not allowed. If you want to hear the sounds of forest and walk its grandeur, this is one activity you won't want to miss.
The ridge of the Someshwar range is the border between India & Nepal. From top, one can have a bird's eye view of the entire tiger reserve and also that of Chitwan National park. The trek will be day long (7 A.M to 5 P.M.) and will test one's physical fitness and grit. One has to cross streams, conquer steep slopes and walk along narrow passes. Packed meals will be provided en-route. Group size may vary between 10-15. Children below 15 years are not allowed.
Early morning, along with tiger trekkers, one gets to walk the same path as traversed by the king of forests. If one is lucky, one might get to see a kill. Wildlife enthusiasts will get to know how pugmarks, scratches and scent marking are detected & used by trekkers for valuable information. Each group will consist of 4-6 visitors. Children below 15 years are not allowed.
Visitors of VTR can enjoy watching wildlife and landscape through watchtowers. Wooden watchtower of Ganauli Range provides a majestic view of river Manor and hills of Himalayas. Similarly watch towers at Bankatwa amidst pine grooves is worth visiting. Watch towers are also located at Thori, Bajani, Singha Sonbarsa, Bherihari and Bhaluthapa.
There are ten (10) eco-huts of double bed occupancy located at Valmikinagar (two), Naurangia Done (two), Manguraha (2) and Gobardhana (four). Besides, one tree-hut is located at kotraha for altitude lovers.
Forest Rest Houses (two double-bed rooms in each) are located at Kotraha, Madanpur, Naurangia Done, Gobardhana, Manguraha and Manpur. Four double-bed rooms at Ganauli is a wooden forest rest house. This building has potential to get heritage status.
|Gypsy/Jeep Safari||Four Persons||2 hrs 30 mnts||Rs.600 / Group|
|Rafting||Eight Persons||3 hrs||Rs 2000/ group|
|Boating||Four Persons||3 hrs||Rs 500/ group|
|Nature Walk||Four-Six persons||3-4 hrs||Rs 100/ person|
|Border Trek||Ten-Fifteen persons||10- 12 hrs||Rs 500/ person|
|Tiger Trail||Four-Six persons||3-4 hrs||Rs 200/ person|
|Cycling||Individual||Variable||Rs 20/ hr|
It is expected that the tourists visiting VTR will observe decorum and respect the tranquility and sureness of nature.