The Pakke Tiger Reserve is one of the most favourited tourist spots in Arunachal Pradesh. It is located in the East Kameng district and covers an area of about 862 sq. km. It was a part of Khellong Forest Division and was declared as a game sanctuary in 1977. The sanctuary was later declared a Tiger Reserve in 2002.
Into the Wild...
The tiger reserve is the result of the effort taken by the forest authorities to preserve and protect wildlife in Arunachal Pradesh. Apart from the tigers that are well kept in the jungles, the reserve also accommodates a lot of other animals such as the fishing cat, jackal, bison, flying squirrel, leopard, clouded leopard, wild dog, sambar, elephant, hog deer, rhesus macaque, barking deer and the wild boar.
Pakke Tiger Reserve is also known for the variety of hornbills that attract ornithologists and those who love watching birds. The other species of birds seen in the reserve include the jungle fowl, dove, khaleej pheasant, ducks, eagle, drongo, barbels, peacock pheasant and the white winged wood duck.
A few species of reptiles are also found in the reserve like the python, krait and cobra.
Best time to visit Pakke Tiger Reserve
The air here is pollution free and thus smells of freshness. However, the best time to visit the sanctuary is from October to March.
How to reach Pakke Tiger Reserve
The nearest airport to the sanctuary is in Tezpur. Rangpara has the nearest railway station to Pakke Tiger Reserve. As regular buses are available from all major cities, visiting the sanctuary is easy for tourists from any part of India.