Best National Parks in Assam for Tourists

Best National Parks in Assam for Tourists
Best National Parks in Assam for Tourists

Assam the land of hills and valleys and mighty Brahmaputra river is also home for numerous wild species. Since Assam is very rich in biodiversity, the state also offer five national parks and a ton of wildlife sanctuaries for wildlife enthusiast and tourists. Let us look at the 5 national parks of Assam.

Five National Parks in Assam for your next trip

1. Kaziranga National Park



One-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park
One-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park is most popular among tourists. It is the oldest national parks of Assam and the biggest undivided region of Brahmaputra valleyKaziranga National Park is spread in a vast area of 430 km2 (166 sq mi). Kaziranga was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

For a wildlife photographer, this national park is like heaven on earth.

Attractions: Kaziranga is home of wide varieties of species (flora & fauna). Many animals which are not found in any other parts of India can be found here. One can get a sight of One-horned Rhino, Swamp deer and so on during the 'Elephant Safari' and 'Jeep Safari'every morning. And thousands of local and migratory birds flocking in wetlands can be seen along with the spectacular beauty of Karbi Anglong Hills.

Mammals: Over 70% of One Horned Rhinoceros on the world can be found here. Mostly One-horned Rhino, Swamp Deer, Wild Buffalo, Tiger, Elephant, Golden Langur, Wild Boar, Barasingha Deer can be seen. But one can also encounter other mammals like Leopard, Fishing Cat, other Lesser cats, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civet, Sambar, Barking deer, Hog deer, Gaur, Hog Badger, Hoolock Gibbon, Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Sloth Bear, Gangetic Dolphin and Otter etc.


Birds: More than 25 globally threatened and 21 near-threatened species of birds can be found here. Birds like  Baza, Bengal Florican, Hornbills, Osprey, Pelican's, Waterfowls, Rose-ringed parakeets Pallas's fish eagle, Red junglefowl, etc.


Location: Kaziranga is located between latitudes 26°30' N and 26°45' N, and longitudes 93°08' E to 93°36' E within two districts in the Indian state of Assam—the Kaliabor subdivision of Nagaon district and the Bokakhat subdivision of Golaghat district.


Best Time to Visit: November to April


How to reach: Rowraiah (Jorhat) is the closest airport which is 97 Kms. away and Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI), Guwahati is 239 Kms. away. The road distances from nearest cities & towns to Kohora are: from Jorhat is 89 km., from Nagaon is 96 km., from Guwahati is 219 km., from Golaghat is 73 Kms. and from Bokakhat is 21 Kms.


Where to Stay:


Tourist Lodges: Under Assam Tourism Department at Kohora - Bonani Lodge, Bonshree Lodge and Kunjaban Lodge, Tel.: (03776) 262423

Under Assam Tourism Development Corporation - Aranya Lodge and Prasanti Cottages, Tel.: (03776) 262429.

Private Lodges: Wildgrass Resort near Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262085, G.L. Resort, Burapahar, Tel.: (03672) 299823, Dolphin Lodge, Bokakhat, Tel.: 9435095991, Kaziranga Lodge, Bokakhat, Tel.: (03776) 268321, Dhansiri Lodge, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262501, Green Reed, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262417, Ma Kamala Resort, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262437, Wildlife Society, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262494, Holiday Home, Kohora, Bon Habi, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262675, Acharya, Kohora, Tel.: (03776) 262163.


2. Manas National Park



Tiger in Manas National Park
Tiger in Manas National Park

Manas National Park is the second-most popular national park in Assam. The blend of Sub-Himalayan Bhabar Terai arrangement alongside the riverine progression proceeding up to Sub-Himalayan mountain woods makes it perhaps the most extravagant zone of biodiversity on the earth. It is spread in a vast area of 950 km square. It was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1985.


It is the favourite spot for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.


Attractions: Manas National Park is home for nearly 60 mammal species,7 amphibians species, 50 reptiles species, 500 species of birds and out of which 26 birds are globally threatened.  Nearly 89 tree species, 49 shrubs, 37 under shrubs, 172 herbs and 36 climbers can be found here and also 15 species of orchids, 18 species of fern and 43 species of grasses are available here.


Mammals: Mostly One-horned Rhino, Swamp Deer Wild Buffalo, Tiger, Elephant can be seen. But other mammals can been seen such as Pygmy hog, Hispid hare, Golden langur, Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Leopard, Golden Cat, Clouded leopard, Fishing cat, Leopard cat, Jungle Cat, the Large Indian civet, the Small Indian civet, Common palm civet or Toddy cat, Himalaya palm civet, Binturong, Common mongoose, Small Indian mongoose, Himalayan black bear, Sloth bear, Gaur, Water buffalo, Sambar, Hog deer, Barking deer, Swamp deer, Wild pigs etc.


Birds and Butterflies: Manas host more than 476 species of birds. Birds like White-bellied Heron, Bengal Florican, Slender-Billed Vulture, White Rumped Vulture, King Vulture, Pelicans, Storks, Eagles, Ibis, Hornbills, Parrot bills, Parakeets, etc are found here.


Home to more than 200 species of Butterflies, these include  Common Sailor, Peacock Pansy Common Mormon, etc


Location: Manas National Park is situated in the accompanying locale: Chirang, Baksa, Kokrajhar, Darrang, Udalguri and Bongaigaon in the province of Assam in India.


Best Time to Visit: November to April


How to Reach: Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (LGBI) is 145 km. also, Barpeta Road Railway Station is 20 Kms. away. The closest city and towns to Manasare: from Kokrajhar is 112 km., from Nalbari is 66 km., from Guwahati is 137 km., from Nagaon is 274 Kms.


Where to Stay:


Tourist Lodges: Musa Jungle Retreat (Contact- Tel.: +91 8811832288; Email: musajungleretreat@gmail.com)

The Bansbari Lodge (Contact- Tel.: +91 9435551297; Email: sales@assambengal.in)
Sikhri Lodge (Contact- Tel.: +91 9577463700)
MMES Cottages (MMES, Kokilabari Contact- Tel.: +91 8011311936).
Manas Motel Tourist Lodge (Contact- Tel.: +91 9954958792; Email: manasmoteleco-society@rediffmail.com)
Birina Lodge (Contact- Tel.: +91 9613049142/ 9435120051; Email: asthantt@gmail.com)
Florican Cottage(Contact- Tel.: +91 8812844156 / 7896648940; Email: mewssociety@yahoo.com)
Smiling Tusker(Contact- Tel.: +91 9435206296, Email: smilingtusker2008@gmail.com)
Manas View Jungle Resort (Contact- Tel.: +91 9957516116)
Prakriti Neerh (Contact- Tel.: +91 9476885277)

3. Nameri National Park



Wild Buffalo in Nameri National Park
Wild Buffalo in Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park is situated at foothills of Himalayas. Nameri constitutes an area of 200 km2. A river named Jia Bhoroli flows through Nameri National Park. It is also a tiger reserve. Rafting is also possible on Jia Bhoroli.

Attractions: Nameri shares its northern side with the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh. The main rivers of Nameri are Jia- Bhoroli and Bor Dikorai. Different species of mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles are found.


Mammals: Some mammals that are found in Nameri are Tiger, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Hispid hare, Slow Loris, Capped Langur, Dhole, Sloth Bear, Burmese ferret Badger, Binturong etc.


Birds: Birds like White Winged Wood duck, Palla’s fish-eagle, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Spotted Eagle, White ramped vulture, Longo billed vulture, Black-bellied Term, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill etc are found.


Location:  The area is located in the Sonitpur district, bordering Arunachal Pradesh, about 35 km from Tezpur. Nameri is about 9 km from Chariduar (nearest village).


Best time to visit: November to April


How to reach: Nameri National Park to the nearest Salonibari Airport (Tezpur) is 34 km., and Tezpur is 35 Kms., Jorhat is 215 Kms, Guwahati is 220 Kms. Nagaon is 110 Kms. and Kaziranga is 125 km. away.


Where to stay: 


Tourist lodges: Blue Star Hotel, Jonaki Building, Tezpur, Tel.: (03712)220682, Oasis Hotel, Jonaki Road, Tezpur, Tel.: (03712)220724, Hotel Luit, Tezpur, Tel.: (03712)222083, Hotel Green View, Main Road, Tezpur, Tel.: (03712)223685, Kanyapur Hotel, Hatibilkhana, Tezpur, Tel.: (03712)220261.

Assam (Bhorolli) Angling & Conservation Association, Tezpur Station Club, Tezpur, Pin-784001, Tel.: (03712)220854, E-mail: assamangling@yahoo.com, contact - Mr. S.B. Dutta, Eco Camp, Potasali Village, Tarajan, P.O. Gamani, Dist.: Sonitpur, Pin- 784103, contact- Mr. Ranesh Roy, Camp Director, Tel.: 09435145563/09435250025, Wild Mahseer, Balipara, Tel.: 09435197650


4. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park


Wild Horses in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Wild Horses in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is a national park as well as Biosphere Reserve covering a vast area of 340 km2. It is covered with moist mixed semi-evergreen forests, moist mixed deciduous forests, canebrakes and grasslands. It is heaven for most of the endangered species. Park is surrounded by Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers. Dibru-Saikhowa attracts a huge number of nature lovers and botanist. Bird lovers will spend a very beautiful time.

Attractions: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is the largest salix swamp forest in northeast India. It is home for many rare creatures. The habitat of Dibru-Saikhowa has undergone a huge transformation after the 1950 earthquake. A huge number of migratory birds can be seen here every year.

Mammals: About 36 species of mammals are recorded. These include Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Bears, Small Indian Civet, Squirrels, Gangetic Dolphin, Slow Loris, Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Water Buffalo, Feral Horses, etc.

Birds: Over 382 species of birds are recorded such as Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Crested Grebe, Large Cormorant, Openbill Stork, Black-necked Stork, Large Whistling Teal, Grey leg Goose, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot Billed Pelican, White Winged Wood Duck, Baer's Pochard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pale Capped Pigeon, Great Pied Hornbill, etc.

Location: Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is located between Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts, about 12 km north of Tinsukia town.

Best time to visit: November to April

How to Reach: The nearest airport is Mohanbari Airport (Dibrugarh). Also one can reach by road NH 37.

Where to stay:

Lodges: Hotel Highway, A.T. Road, Tinsukia, Tel.: (0374)2335383/2332783/2340820, Hotel Jyoti, Rangagora Road, Tinsukia, Tel.: (0374)2333243, Hotel Urmila Continental, Rangagora Road, Tinsukia, Tel.: (0374)2333777/2333773, Hotel Indralok, Prakash Bazaar, Tinsukia, Tel.: (0374)2340398, Hotel President, Station Road, Tinsukia, Tel.: (0374)2340435 and Banashree Eco-Camp, Guijan, Tel.: (0374)2237666

5. Orang National Park



Elephant with her baby
Elephant with her baby

Orang National Park is located in the northern bank of Brahmaputra river in Darrang and Sonitpur Districts. Park is famous for wild elephants. It covers an area of 78.81 km2. It is rich in flora and fauna.


Attractions: Orang National Park is an integral part of Indo-Burma Biodiversity. Here you can see river dolphins, a variety of fishes, birds.


Mammals: Rhinoceros, Tiger, Maljuria Elephants, Hog Deer, Wild Pig, Civet Cat, Porcupine and Gangetic Dolphin, etc. 


Birds: About 222 species of birds are recorded here. Some commonly, seen birds are Spot Billed Pelican, White Pelican, Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Brahminy Duck, Pintail Duck, Bengal Florican, etc.


Location: Orang National Park lies between Darrang and Sonitpur districts.


Best time to visit: November to April


How to reach: Salonibari Airport (Tezpur) is the nearest airport within 80 km. And Guwahati Airport is 150 km. Also one can reach via NH 52 at Dhansirighat.


Where to stay:


Lodges: There are 8 lodges along with Silbori Rest House.



Final Words

Everything that is written in this article is authentic. All the information and statistics are taken from the Govt. of Assam verified site. So, feel free to visit Assam and watch the beauty of nature and wildlife.


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