From the land of brave Ahoms, Assam is a perfect paradise for its travellers. Rolling hills, milky waterfalls, delectable cuisine, informative archaeological sites and old shrines there is so much to do for everyone. State offers you the places as per your taste and choice. Right from nature lovers, foodies, historians to wildlife you name it you have it here.
If you are wildlife lover and you are travelling to Assam then you are in treat. The biological diversity makes this destination a best place to experience wildlife safari not only in northeast India, but also puts it on global biodiversity map.
Gateway to the northeast is home to numerous endemic plants and animal species along with several endangered ones.
As October to April is the best time to visit the state, similarly experiencing the wildlife in the state is favourable during these months. Assam is blessed land for all the wildlife enthusiasts.
Here is a list of places where you can experience the rich wildlife of the state
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Pabitara
This wildlife sanctuary lies in the flood plains of Brahmaputra River. This 38 sq km territory was once a grazing resrve, but earned fame in 1961 after spotting of one horned rhinoceros. Merely 50 km away from capital city, this sanctuary is an avoidable get away to spot rhinos in their natural habitat.
Except rhinoceros other animal which adds value to this sanctuary are Asiatic buffaloes, bear and python. You can see leopards lazing on tree branch; this place is a paradise for birdwatchers. Regular evening and morning safari take place to enjoy the scenic views of these animals. To those who want to experience the real wildlife, they can opt for Elephant safari too.
Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary, Karbi Anglong
It is the rare flora and fauna that Garampani Sanctuary should be included in your list. It covers a area of 6 sq km in the district. The sanctuary is blessed with immense biodiversity which includes hoolock gibbons, golden langurs, jungle cats, leopards and a wide variety of animals can be found here. Apart from this area is also home to rare species of orchid that lights up the whole landscape.
Apart from animals, this place is paradise for birds too, some of the bird’s species that can be found here are doves, woodpeckers, kingfishers, red junglefowl, brown fish owls and numerous species of hornbills can be spotted here.
Kaziranga National Park
One of the famous and well national park biodiversity which is popular in entire world is situated in the state of Assam. It is spread over 858 sq km and is surrounded by Brhamputra River on both sides.
The park is divided into four ranges Central, Western, Eastern, Western most Burha Pahar and Northen. The first four lie on the southern side of river and last is on northern part. The best way to explore the park is on the backs of elephants because of these gentle creatures through tall grass.
The main attraction of the park the one horned rhinoceros are usually found here in good numbers gazing around with deer and buffaloes. If you have short of time you can explore the park on a jeep safari too and it is highly recommendable.
Manas National Park
Located in Himalayan foothills in western Assam. Manas was originally a game reserve then it got converted to the tiger reserve and lastly national park in 1990. It shares border with Buxa tiger reserve in West Bengal. The park was also declared as Chirang- Ripu Elephant reserve which serves as the international corridor for elephant’s migration between India and Bhutan.
Manas National Park harbours more than 20 endangered species. Mammals which are commonly found here are Rhino, Elephant, Tiger, Pigmy, wild pigs, water buffaloes and much more. National park is the best place to explore the unique and endangered wildlife of the state.
Plan your trip to Assam and explore the wildlife of this north eastern state. A kind of wildlife where everything is exotic, natural and magnificent.
This post is written by Ritika Arora: Content Writer, MyTravaly
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