Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) is one of the nature’s virgin recesses situated on the bank of river Gandak in the West Champaran district of north-west Bihar, at the India-Nepal border. The name Champaran too is derived from two words, Champa and Aranya, meaning forest of Champa trees.
Formally known as Bhainsa Lotan, the tiger reserve was previously owned by the Bettiah Raj and Ramanagar Raj until the early 1950s. It is the only National park in Bihar. The pristine forest and wilderness of VTR is an excellent example of Himalayan Terai landscape. VTR comprises of the Valmiki National Park and Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary. The VTR forest area covers 901.07 sq km which is 17.4% of the total geographical area of the district West Champaran. Total forest area comprises of about 901 sq.km., out of which expanse of Valmiki Wildlife Sanctuary is 880.78 sq km. and spread of the National Park is about 335.64 sq. km.In north, the protected areas are bordered by Nepal while the Indian state Uttar Pradesh bounds the Wildlife Sanctuary from western side.
Recently Patna-based production house, Pranav Motion Pictures, shot this video of the tiger reserve. globalbihari.com presents this video to its readers.