Elephant Safari In Kaziranga National Park
Magnificent World of Wilderness
Assam with its huge forest cover, vast open lands and incredible climate is an excellent place for wildlife to flourish. Assam is most famous for two things, one is its tea and the other its pristine wildlife parks. Most Famous without a doubt is the Kaziranga National Park that is home to most number of one horned rhino in the world. According to recent study, the population of one horned rhino in Kaziranga accounts to two third of their total world population. What many don't know is that it also has the highest density of tigers in the world. The varying climate and landscape also proves to be of lot of help in preserving different species of animals. And climate is the main reason in attracting numerous migratory birds into the state. Many tourist visit Assam just to take a trip to the many wildlife sanctuaries in the state.
Major Wildlife Attractions of Assam
|Kaziranga National Park
||Manas National Park|
Kaziranga National Park
Spread over an area of 430 sq Km, Kaziranga National Park is one of the most important wildife parks in entire India. It is most famous for the number of one horned rhino that are found here. It is the highest anywhere in the world and is two third of the total world population. A major potion of the park is covered with elephant grass which are quite tall. They prove to be an ideal grazing ground for the rhino. Kaziranga park also has the highest density of tigers in the world. If you spend a little time in Kaziranga, sighting both of them is almost sure. You will also see large herds of elephants roaming inside the park. Other animals that are found in the park are Indian bison, swamp deer, Sambar, Hog deer, sloth bear, Hoolock gibbon and many more. Kaziranga National Park is also a great nesting place for local and migratory birds like Hornbill, egret, heron, adjutant stork and fishing eagle. The park is situated around 237 Km from Guwahati and the best time to visit the park is during November to March. The park is closed from April to mid October.
Manas National Park
Manas National Park is located on the foothill of Himalayas with some part of the part extending into the territory of Bhutan. Manas national Park started with a an area of around 360 sq km was declared a national park in the year 1928. Its area was further increased to 391 sq km in 1955. It was recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1985. Today the park covers a total area of 520 sq km, has a core area of 360 sq km and is most famous for its tiger population. It is the only wildlife park in Assam that is comes under Project Tiger. Apart from tigers, one horned rhino, Wild boar, Sambar, Hog Deer are found here. Pigmy Hog, Assam Roofed turtle, Hispid Hare are few animals that are found only in Manas National Park. The park is around 176 km from Guwahati and there are regular bus service between the two destinations.
Other Wildlife Attractions of Assam
Saikhowa National Park
Saikhowa National Park covers an area of 650 sq. Km making it the largest wildlife park in the whole of Assam. The Park is situated around 60 Km from Digboi and is on the banks of River Brahmaputra making it an ideal spot for many rare and endangered species. The park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1986 and today is considered as one of the 19 biodiversity hot spots in the world. The park is most famous for the variety of avifauna found here. Around 300 species of avifauna, both local and migratory, have been recorded in the park. Whitewinged wood duck, spot billed pelican, Pallah's fishing eagle, Bar-headed goose are the main bird attraction of the park. Saikhowa National Park is also known for wild horses known as Feral horses, slow loris, tigers and elephants. It is just 13 Km from Tinsukia and there are regular bus services to the park. The best time to visit the park is from November to April.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
Earlier known as Hulungapar Reserve Forest, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is the only wildlife park in India to be named after a non-human primate. Covering an area of 1915 hectors, it was given the status of a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1997 by Assam Government. The main attraction of the park are the many different species of primates that are found here. In a normal wildlife park, it is said that it tougher to sight a primate than a tiger. But sighting a primate is far more easier in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. It is advised that you visit the park early in the morning as that is the time when the primates are out of their home in search of food. Number of sightings will be maximum during this period. The types of monkeys found here are Hoolock gibbon, Capped langur, slow loris, rhesus monkey, pig tailed macaque and stump tailed macaque. You can also see other animals like leopards, wild pigs and elephants in Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary. The park is around 15 km from Jorhat and is eaily accessible from the city.
|Assam - In Nature's Lap - By Baharul Islam|
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