WILDLIFE THRILLS


Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga, spread over an area of 430 sq. k.ms, is a world heritage site famous for the one horned rhinoceros. It was declared a national park in the year 1974. Besides rhino, the park houses a good number of tigers, leopards, elephants, barasingha or swamp deer , barking deer , wild boar, para or hog deer, Bison , Sambar , leopard cats, Hoolock Gibbons, golden Langurs, Wild Buffaloes , Slow Loris, pygmy hog, capped langur and bears. Among the reptiles, Rock Pythons and many more varieties of snakes, Monitor Lizards and Turtles are abundant in the park.
Located on the edge of the Eastern Himalaya, Kaziranga has also been recognized as an Important Bird Area.G rey headed fishing eagle, Pallas' fishing eagle, Crested serpent eagle, Swamp partridge, Red jungle fowl, Bengal floricab, Bar headed goose, Whistling Teal, Pelicans, Rose breasted Parakeets, Black necked Storks, Adjutant Storks, Open Billed Storks, Egrets, Herons and White wired wood ducks are among the major number of bird varieties visible in the parks.

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park, covering an area of about 200 sq. kms is located at the foothills of eastern Himalayas about 35 kms from Tezpur, the nearest town. In 1998 it was officially established as a National Park. The Jia Bhoroli River flowing through the park is an added attraction to the sanctuary covered with hills of decidous forests. Nameri is a birder's paradise as it is the home to more than 300 species of birds. The main attraction is the four species of Hornbills spotted in the area. Besides there is an abundance of Mainas, Bee Eaters, Barbets, Babblers, Bulbuls, Plovers, Ibis, Bills etc. In recent years, Nameri has sheltered the rare and endangered White Winged Wood Duck.

 


Nameri is the second Tiger reserve of Assam. It is also home to the Elephant, Leopard, Bison, Sambar, Hog Deer, Muntjac, Wild Boar, Wild Dog (Dhole), Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Capped Langur, Malayan Giant Squirrel, and also the endangered small mammal - the Hispid hare. Among the reptile family, the Assam roof Turtle can be spotted here.Angling is a favorite activity carried out in the park. Traditionally Nameri is known all over for its Golden Mahseer. On a clear winter morning one can see the snow capped peaks of Eastern Himalayas as a backdrop. Nameri is truly a nature lover’s paradise.

Manas National Park

Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas south, Manas is one of the most beautiful National Parks in India. It is the only tiger reserve of its kind in the entire northeast. Apart from the sizeable population of tigers, Manas is also the home of the rare golden langur, the hispid hare, the pigmy hog, the one-horned rhinoceros and at least twenty other species of animals and birds that are listed as highly endangered. A variety of tropical semi-evergreen, evergreen and deciduous forests support a diverse range of faunal species. Recently an effort has also been made to make the sanctuary a home to the famous one horned rhinos by the translocation program by the Forest Department, Government of Assam, initiated with the support of international conservation organizations WWF and IRF.

 



Manas National Park is also home to a variety of bird species like Giant Hornbills, Jungle Fowls, Bulbuls, Serpent Eagles, Mergansers, Herons, Brahminy Duck etc. A wildlife tour to Manas offers the great opportunity to enjoy jeep safari, elephant ride and boat ride. These are ideal way to explore the varied flora and fauna, inhabiting in the jungle. Elephant ride from Mathanguri is organized by the park authorities, while the same place also commences a joyful boat ride. The scenic beauty and rare wealth of wild life in Manas offer one of the most enthralling experiences.