The Darjeeling, Dooars and Sikkim region has some of the best and the most varied forests in India. It includes Tropical Moist Deciduous, Himalayan Moist Temperate, Himalayan Dry Temperate, Tropical Semi Evergreen, Tropical Dry Deciduous, Subtropical Broadleaved Hill, Subtropical Pine forests.
The state of Sikkim has a recorded forest area of 265,000 hec constituting 37.34 per cent of the geographic area of the state. West Bengal has forest cover of 1.19 million ha, much of which is in the Darjeeling and Dooars region.
With such wide and varied forest cover, the region is also home to a large variety of fauna. The animals in the forest include Rhino, Tiger, Leopard, different varieties of Deer, Gaur, Monkey, Bear, the Himalayan red panda and countless other species and subspecies of birds, reptiles and animals.
In the Darjeeling and Dooars region, there is a tiger reserve at Buxa, wild life sanctuaries at Jaldapara and Mahananda, National parks at Gorumara, Neora Valley and Singalila. Sikkim has Kanchenjunga National Park and five wildlife sanctuaries.
Most of the forest area can be visited by tourists with prior permission of the forest department. naturebeyond keeps close link with the department for this purpose. At many places, the forest rest houses and bungalows are the only decent accommodation available. naturebeyond also arranges booking of these bungalows as and where they are available.