Available from October to April
This tour has been designed for visitors who wish to experience wildlife and nature in the reputed national parks of Assam, which are also quite renowned throughout the world. In this weeklong trip, one can see the unique biodiversity of the tropical forests in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam. Altogether, you will visit 3 national parks and 1 wildlife sanctuaries; large tracts of protected lands where modern conservation helps save countless species. Visitors can interact with wildlife experts and also see the efforts of local groups engaged in conservation.
The jeep safaris through grasslands, dense jungles and mixed forests offer a wonderful experience to witness a diversity in wildlife and bird species that inhabit these vegetations. Elephant rides can be a thrill for families and children for getting a opportunity to sight wild animals from a close range, apart from befriending this majestic giant. The jungle walks through the canopy of tall tropical trees is also an interesting way to explore the forest and sight the numerous migratory birds which makes these beautiful forests of Northeast India one of the most attractive wildlife destinations and also sought-after biodiversity hotspot of the planet. The protected sanctuaries covered in this tour are:
Manas National Park
Manas is a sanctuary that was once a hunting ground for kings. The park is located in the foothills of majestic Himalayan ranges. The area is flat and the river Manas flows gently at the west of this park. In December 1985, the UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site and in 1992, it was declared as a World Heritage site in danger by the UNESCO, due to the rampant poaching and terrorist activities that took place in the nineties. But since a few years back, the wildlife has returned and Manas is now again seeing its glory days. The sanctuary has recorded 55 species of mammals, 380 species of birds, 50 of reptiles, and 3 species of amphibians. Out of this wildlife, 21 mammals are India’s Schedule I mammals and 31 of them are threatened. The park is well known for its rare and endangered wildlife which is not found anywhere else in the world like the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and the tiny pygmy hog.
Nameri National Park
Undoubtedly one of the most scenic national park of India, Nameri is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It is adjoined by the Pakhui Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh on the north-eastern side. This national park is one of the thickest as well as the most threatened reservoirs of flora and fauna in the world. Manas is known for having some of the world’s best plant functional type and complexity. The park experiences tropical monsoons causing an average annual rainfall of 3400 mm. The variety of fauna found in the park is also very rich, with over 30 species of mammals along with many varieties of tigers and elephants. One of the rare species of fauna found in this park includes the capped langur and great Hornbills. The park also consists of over 400 species of birds making it a haven for avifaunal lovers.
Kaziranga National Park
World famous Kaziranga National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the heart of Assam. It was declared a reserve forest in 1905, and since then, the park has set a commendable example in areas of conservation, as in a span of 100 years, it has increased the population of Indian rhinos from a mere 100 to more than 2000 today. The park hosts about two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceroses and also holds the record for protecting the highest density of tigers in the world. Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are considered threatened. Nine of the 14 primate species found in India occur in the park. In the air, Kaziranga is home to a variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers, and game birds. Featured in countless documentaries and magazines, Kaziranga’s charm can be experienced in the many wildlife activities available in the park such as elephant safaris, open jeep rides and nature walks.
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
The primate paradise Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is classified as “Assam plains alluvial semi-evergreen forests” with some wet evergreen forest patches. The sanctuary is pretty small and isolated being surrounded by tea plantations on all sides. With a rich biodiversity, it is home to the only ape species in India, the western hoolock gibbon, as well as the only nocturnal primate found in the Northeast Indian states, the Bengal slow loris. Other primates include the stump-tailed macaque, northern pig tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, and capped langur. Also found at the sanctuary are Indian elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, wild boar, three types of civet, four types of squirrel, and several other species of mammals. At least 219 species of birds and several species of snakes have been recorded from the park.