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 Kaziranga National Park

State: - Assam in India.

Best time to visit: - November to April.

Weather conditions: - Climate Temp. Summer Max 35 C Min. 18 C. Winter Max 24 C Min 7 C. Annual rainfall 2300 mm, heavy in summer.

Location: - The National Highway 37 runs through the park. Kaziranga (Kohora) is at a distance of 217 km from Guwahati, 96 km from Jorhat, and 75 km from Furkating via road.

Located in the heart of Assam on the bank of the majestic Brahmaputra is the Kaziranga National Park. Kaziranga National Park in Assam is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.Kaziranga National Park is the only national park reserve in India where the rhinoceros can be seen in its natural habitat. Assam Kaziranga National Park covers an area of approximately 430-sq-kms with its swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass making it the most ideal habitat for the one-horned Indian Rhino. Due to countless poaching of this prehistoric survivor, the Kaziranga National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940.

Trip within the park: - It is possible to tour the park interiors on the back of one of two available modes of transport. The modes – Elephant safari and Jeep safari.

 Namdapha National Park

State: - Arunachal Pradesh

Best time to visit: - During winter

Location: - It is Accessible from Dibrugarh via its entry point Miao,112km away.

Sharing borders with Myanmar, Namdapha is home to one of the most unusual and most significant wildfile sanctuaries in India. Its vast bio-diversity supports a fabulous range of endangered flora and fauna and avian life. Its altitudinal variation is truly unique, ranging as it does from the sea level of the valley floors, to snow-covered peaks at heights of 4500 m.The climate here ranges from tropical to the extreme cold all year round, in its higher reaches.

This unique sanctuary is the natural habitat of all four greats cats.Namdapha is the only natural habitat where you will find present the tiger, the leopard, the clouded leopard and the snow leopard. It is also home to the endangered takin, hoolock gibbon, red panda and capped languor. The sanctuary has 150 species of trees and has a fabulos wealth of medicinal and ornamental plant life. Much of its immeasurable botanical bounty has not even been surveyed because of its inaccessibility. Amongst its immense range of avian denizens is the great Indian Hornbill, the state bird of Arunachal.

 Manas National Park

State:- Assam in North East India.

Best time to visit: - November to April.

Location:- The Manas National Park is located at a distance of 176 km from Guwahati. It is about 41 km from the Barpeta road.

Manas known for its Project Tigers, Rhinos & Elephants, and is Assam's one of the two Tiger projects.

Manas National Park in Assam is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas and a part of it continues across the international border into Bhutan, where it is known as the Royal Manas National Park. Covering an area of 391 sq km, the Manas National Park was declared a sanctuary on 1st of October, 1928 and was designated a World Heritage site in December 1985.The Assam Manas National Park with its picturesque beauty and incomparable wealth of wildlife offers one of the most enthralling experiences. The sanctuary also a world heritage site is home to a great variety of wildlife, including tiger, golden langur, wild buffalo, hispid hare, pigmy hog, capped langur, Indian one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, gaur, hog deer, etc.

Park specialty: - Manas known for its Project Tigers, Rhinos & Elephants, and is Assam's one of the two Tiger projects.

Trip within the Park: - Jeep safari, Elephant rides and Boat rides.

 Orang National Park

State: - Assam in the north eastern part of India.

Best time to Travel: - November to March

Location: - Situated near Darrang and Sonitpur, on the north bank of the Brahmaputra. The nearest town is Tezpur at a distance of 32 km from the park and. Guwahati is about 140 km from the park.

The Orang National Park is situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra, covering an area of 78.81 sq. km. in Assam, the north eastern state of India. Also known as the Mini Kaziranga, the Orang National Park in Assam is famous for its natural scenic beauty that captivates the tourists from all over the world. The Assam Orang National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a National Park on 13th of April 1999.

The fauna found here include the one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, leopard, sambar, barking deer, tiger, varieties of water birds, green pigeon, florican, teal, geese etc. The park is also famous for its migratory birds from places as far as from America like the milky white peli Journey to Orang National Park.

Trip within park:-It is possible to tour the park interiors on the back of the Elephants.

 Nameri National Park

State: - Assam

Winter is best time to visit.

Straddling the lush vistas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Nameri National Park is ideal for a leisurely angling vacation. The Masheer of this region is legendary, particulay the golden masher. One can also go river rafting.Nameri is also home to the clouded leopard, tiger, Indian bison and capped langur amongst its wild inhabitants.

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