Manas National Park

Manas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Project Tiger. Consisting of grassland, dry and moist deciduous & also rain forests, Manas has an area of 520 sq km & with the Bhutanese govt. protecting the Bhutanese side of the jungle there is a stretch of about 3500 sq km of protected area on both sides of the border.

It is one of the most fascinating National Parks in India and the home to some rare mammals like the Golden Langur, Hispid Hare and the Pygmy Hog. The Golden Langur, a blond species of the Langurs is more common in forests on the Bhutanese side. Other mammals include Wild Buffalo, Indian Bison, Elephant, Rhino, Tiger, Hog Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Swamp Deer, Spotted Deer, Himalayan Bear, Wild Boar, Leopard, and Clouded Leopard etc. Apart from the day safaris an evening safari for about 2 hrs is possible here when you are likely to come across scores of Sambar, barking deer the woodland dwellers difficult to see in day safari alongwith high chances of the tiger or the leopard. You’ll be enthralled to see the scenic beauty at Mothanguri located by the sparkling river Beki on the border of Bhutan.

Orang National Park

Orang is the last refuge of the one horned rhinos on the northern side of the mighty Brahmaputra river covering an area of 78.80 sq.km, Sixty percent of the park is grassland. The area is a flat land with few depressions. Numerous streams running north to south drain the area which ultimately join the Brahmaputra. The habitat is composed of Eastern Seasonal Swamp Forests, Eastern Himalayan Moist Deciduous Forests, Eastern wet Alluvial Grassland & Khair-Sisoo Forests.Apart from the rhinos, other species of mammals include Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Leopard Cat, Hispid Hare, Porcupine etc.

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park is a Project Tiger and it is contiguous with Pakke Tiger Reserve and Eagle’s Nest WLS of western Arunachal. It is the best place where you have the chance to see the near extinct White Winged Woodduck.It is not accessible by road. So you can nature walk here and take a rubber dinghy ride on the sparkling Himalayan river Jiabhoroli which forms the western boundary to the park. This river alongwith the Arunachal Himalyan backdrop creates an unparalleled scenic beauty to the area. Nameri is good for birdwatching and nature trek as well as rafting as the thick woodlands do not allow viewing of mammals. The park abounds in tiger, elephant, leopard, clouded leopard, Indian Bison, pangolin, Indian Wild Dog, civet cat, capped langur, jackel, sambar, barking deer,four species of hornbill and a host of other birds.

Kaziranga National Park

Home to the Great Indian one horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park is one of the best parks in the world. With an area of 860 Sq. Km. (after recent additions) of low lying grasslands, shallow waterbodies & woodlands this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kaziranga is excellent for mammal viewing. The park recently celebrated 100 years of its protected area status. Kaziranga became a Project Tiger recently. There are 86 Royal Bengal Tigers as per 2000 Census. Kaziranga has 70% of the world population of Eastern Swamp Deer and Asiatic Water Buffalos.

There are 2048 rhinos at Kaziranga as per 2009 census.

Till now 490 species of birds (25 of them globally threatened) have been recorded at Kaziranga so far & an ardent birder is likely to find more.

Kaziranga is the most visited birding area in NE India & for a birder it has been a memorable experience where one comes across innumerable species within a few hours of birding.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park Situated in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts of Eastern Assam, is just 13 km. off Tinsukia town.

The 340 sq.km national park consisting of extensive grassland, swamp forest and shallow waterbodies is located in between the mighty Brahmaputra river and the Dibru river.

Famed for the feral horse the park also has mammals like Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, Slow Loris, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Capped Langur, Indian Wild Dog etc. One can see the Gangetic Dolphins in Dibru river.

Over 300 species of birds have been recorded.

Panidihing Bird Sanctuary

Located in Sivasagar district, Panidihing Bird Sanctuary is an extensive water body. Panidihing, located on the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra, is a rich wetland eco-system covering an area of 33.93 sq.km. With 165 species of birds recorded so far, it is a paradise of both migratory and resident birds. Apart from birds, the sanctuary also harbours a large number of fish and frog species.

Gibbon Wild Life Sanctuary

Gibbon Wild Life Sanctuary is a small sanctuary covering an area of 20.98 sq km. Located in Jorhat district the sanctuary consists of semi-evergreen and evergreen forests surrounded by tea gardens and human settlements. The sanctuary abounds in Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Barking deer, Slow loris, Jungle cat, Indian Civet, Wild pig, Hoolock Gibbon, Capped langur, Rhesus macaque, Stump-tailed macaque, Pig-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque etc. The sanctuary is also good for bird watching.

Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary

Pobitora Wild Life Sanctuary, close to Guwahati, is a small sanctuary of 38.81 sq km. It has the world’s highest density of one horned rhinoceros. A population of 81 rhinos were found at Pobitora as per an estimation in 2006. The list of other mammals includes Leopard, Leopard cat, Fishing cat, Jungle cat, feral buffalo, Wild pig, Chinese pangolin etc. A total of 375 species of both resident and migratory birds were recorded so far.

Deepor Beel Lake Bird Sanctuary

Deepor Beel Lake is a bird sanctuary located at Guwahati. It is a Ramsar site declared in 2002. An area of 4.14 Sq. Km. of the lake has water out of the total area of 40 Sq. Km.

Out of 170 species of birds recorded so far, 2 are Critically Endangered, 1 is Endangered, 5 are Vulnerable and 4 are Near Threatened.
 

 

 

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