North East India
India is a land of rich biodiversity. East India on the one hand, is an abode to some of the most enchanting animals, birds and plants amidst the mixed topography. On the other hand, North East India as a conglomerate region of eight small states, play hosts to some strikingly beautiful national parks, aside the tribal settlements surrounding them. It will be interesting a set on wildlife journey and explore breathtaking sanctuaries where nature is at its best.
1. Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Be sure of finding the largest population of the famous one-horned rhinoceros alongside a splendid plethora of mammals, reptilesand birds at Kaziranga. The Park is one if the notable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and comprises of alluvial savanna woodlands, tropical moist mixed deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. One can also see wild elephants, sloth bear, rock python, king cobra, leopard cat, golden jackal and many more.. Visit this park by elephant or jeep and you will know why jungle visits can be so addictive!
2. Manas National Park, Assam
Acknowledged as Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, this too falls in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The influence of the Manas River combined with a mixed sub-Himalayan light alluvial semi-evergreen and moist and dry deciduous forest along with Assam valley offer home to endangered wildlife like Indian rhinos, Golden languor, Pygmy Hog, tigers and leopards and countless others. It would be a fantastic tour if one makes to the nearby tribal villages as well.
3. Namdapha National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Spread over an area of 1,985 square kilometers, by the Noa-DihingRiver in the Eastern Himalayan bio diverse region of Arunachal Pradesh, the Namdhapa National Park is the biggest national park in North East India and is the lone national park in India that is home to four types of felines –snow leopard, the common Indian leopard, clouded leopard and tiger.
4. Nokrek National Park, Meghalaya
Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site that is prominent for its opulent biosphere. Situated in the Garo Hills in Meghalaya, the Nokrek National Park is one of the finest destinations for wildlife photography in North East. Not only the differentiated flora and fauna but also due to its backdrop containing hills, forests, rivers and waterfalls makes ita paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. One can also see red panda, Asian elephant, tiger and marbled cat and the rare stump-tailed macaque and pig-tailed macaque.
5. Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary, Odisha
Odisha’s attempt at preserving wildlife population is perhaps no match to any other state in India. Thanks to governmentattempts at upgrading old sanctuaries and opening few new by maintaining good breeding and preservation programs, this one deserves a must mention. Animal lovers can experience perfect bliss in Kuldiha Wildlife Sanctuary for its hilly terrain and dense forests being home to a wide ranging animal species. With a perennial stream near, the park makes for an ideal picnic spot too.
6. NandanKanan Wildlife Sanctuary, Odisha
The name ‘NandanKanan’ refers to the garden of pleasure. With Kanjia Lake waters and surroundings of Chandaka forests for company, this one is a rare mix of a sanctuary, zoo and a botanical garden. Replete with some of the most endangered species, this wildlife home in Orissa is a true delight for visitors. From rare white tigers to Asiatic lions, NilgiriLangur to Indian Pangolin, Lion Tailed Macaque to crocodiles and mouse deer, you are sure to be engrossed once here.
7. Sunderban National Park, West Bengal
It would be nothing short of a crime if the largest and oldest national park, tiger reserve and biospherereserve in the Bengal region that comprise much of east India and also neighboringBangladesh would not have made to this list. The ‘beautiful forest’ (meaning of ‘Sunderbans’ in Bengali) features two eco regions- Sunderban freshwater swamp forests and Sunderban mangroves. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aside the Royal Bengal Tiger, there is more wildlife habitat comprising wild boars, foxes, spotted deer, grey mongooses and the like
8. Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
The only national park in Sikkim which covers an area of 850 square kilometers, the Kanchendzonga National Park is home to many endangered animal species like the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda and Asiatic Wild Dog. It is enclosed by the mighty Himalayan ranges and preserves a rich biosphere including many medicinal plants and herbs and alpine grasses
These are only a handful and to learn more, pack your bags and set out for an wildlife expedition.
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