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Travel to the 7 National Parks in Assam

By Manoj Menon

It is always refreshing to go to a national park and be one with nature. You will get to see a variety of wildlife and find yourself busy clicking pictures of them. It is a perfect vacation spot to head to with your family as the feeling of adventure lasts all the way through!

The state of Assam has many national parks, making it a perfect getaway for the adventurer in you. Other than the many picturesque locales to roam around, these parks serve as the entertainment you need to jazz things up. Here is a look at some of the national parks in Assam.

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Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is the pride of Assam. It is noteworthy to mention that it is home to the endangered Indian one-horned rhinoceros and was also declared as a tiger reserve in 2006, thus hosting the highest density of tigers in the world . The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It falls under two districts of Assam - Golaghat and Noagaon districts. Kaziranga tourism is not just about spotting one of the many one-horned rhinoceros or tigers that gracefully trudge the large grounds, but also to see the three large herbivores that live in the park, namely, the Asiatic Elephant, the Asiatic Water Buffalo and the Swamp Deer. The park has also been demarcated as an important bird-area. One of the many attractions in the park is travelling on elephants that are steered by trained Mahout. It is a special treat to move in the open grounds on these majestic animals.

Photo Courtesy: Diganta Talukdar

Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

The Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife sanctuary in India which is home to the hillock gibbon. This small wildlife sanctuary is home to the Bengal slow loris, elephants, tigers, leopards, pangolins, pig-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, Stump tailed macaque, Rhesus macaque and Capped langurs. Bird watching is also one of the common activities here. Several kinds of migratory and resident birds can be seen in the sanctuary such as the Indian Pied Horn Bill, Osprey, Hill Myna and the Kalij pheasant. The best time to visit is between October and February.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Lawrence

Manas National Park

Manas National Park

Manas National Park is one of the most famous national parks in the state of Assam. It has been declared as an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a Project Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve and an Elephant Reserve. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and extends up to Bhutan where it becomes the Royal Manas National Park. The park is home to several kinds of endangered animals such as the Hispid Hare, Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog and the Golden Langur. It also has a substantial population of the wild water buffalo. There are over 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 kinds of reptiles and 3 kinds of amphibians found in the park. Tourists coming here can indulge in jungle safaris, natural treks and trail. The national park falls under several district namely Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, Udalguri, and Darrang.The best time to visit the park is from October to March.

Photo Courtesy: Chandrashekhar

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park

Located 35 kilometres fromTezpur, Nameri National Park falls under the Sonitpur District. Located on the foothills of the Lower Himalayas, the national park is home to several species of flora and fauna. Elephants can be found in large numbers in the park while leopards, bisons, black bears, wild boars, capped langurs also inhabit the place. Birds such as hornbills, plovers, wood ducks, bee-eaters and babblers are also found here. There are several small rivers that flow within the park which tourists can enjoy. Angling is popular sport here. The best time to visit this park is from November to May.

Photo Courtesy: _paVan_

Orang National Park

Orang National Park

The Orang National Park is very similar to the Kaziranga National Park and is thus also known as the miniKazirangaPark. Both the parks have similar landscape with marshes, streams and grasslands. The Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros can also be found here. It sees several migratory birds coming every year such as the White pelican, Adjutant stork, Shelduck, Mallard, King fisher and Woodpecker. Several animals live in this park such as the royal Bengal tiger, Leopards, Indian pangolins, Civets, Pygmy hogs and more. The best time to visit is during the months of October to March.

Photo Courtesy: Kabacchi

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for being the second protected habitat of the Golden Langur. It was previously a reserve forest, but in the year 1994, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary. Tourists can see as many as 273 species of birds apart from 14 different species of reptiles, 60 kinds of fish and 11 species of amphibians. There are two lakes in the wildlife sanctuary which add to the beauty of the place. They are called Dheer Beel and Diplai Beel, and they are located on the two sides on the sanctuary.

Photo Courtesy: Pankaj Kaushal

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Marigaon district of Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is especially known for housing a large population of the one-horned Rhinos. Apart from the rhinos the major attraction of the wildlife sanctuary are the migratory birds that make this place their home once every year. Over 2000 migratory birds flock every year. There are several other animals that can be spotted in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary such as the Asiatic Buffalos, Leopards, Wild cats, Wild bears and more. The best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary is between the months of October and April.

Photo Courtesy: Eric Gropp

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