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5 Wildlife Sanctuaries to Explore

Mar 02, 2015 21:35
Eagle’s Nest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh

North East India is ‘paradise unexplored’. The natural splendour, cultural vibrancy and largely tribal lifestyle of the region makes it different from the rest of country. The region still has large areas of forest cover which means that wildlife is still abundant here. There are numerous wildlife sanctuaries in the region and they attract large number of tourists every year. A wildlife trip to the North East also gives tourists an opportunity to spot endangered species and marvel at the rich bio-diversity of the region. Here are the five best wildlife sanctuaries/ wildlife parks of North East India.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam – Kaziranga National Park is undoubtedly one of the best and most famous national parks of the region. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to 2/3rd population of the endangered one-horned Rhinoceros. In recent years, Kaziranga has also become popular as a tiger reserve. The best way to enjoy the large landscape of Kaziranga is to ride atop an elephant and be guided by a mahout. You can also take a jeep safari.

Best time to visit:  November - April.

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam – This wildlife sanctuary is nestled in the foothills of the Great Himalaya and is home to many endangered species. At Manas, you can see the Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog, Hispid Hare and Golden Langur. Through the heart of the national park, a river called Manas passes through and it is from this that the place gets its name. It is recommended that you have powerful binoculars while visiting Manas.

Best time to visit:  November - April.

Eagle’s Nest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh – Eagle’s Nest Sanctuary is a protected area in Arunachal Pradesh. It is situated in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng District and is famous for its rich biodiversity. You can spot numerous kinds of birds, frogs, butterflies, moths and lizards here. The sanctuary is also home to 15 species of mammals such as Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear, vulnerable Arunachal Macaque and Gaur. It is also home to about 165 species of butterflies such as Bhutan Glory, White Owl and Grey Admiral.

Best time to visit:  October - April.

Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur – The specialty of the Keibul Lamjao National Park is its location. It is an integral part of Loktak Lake, the region’s largest fresh water lake. Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only natural habitat of the Brow Antlered Deer or Sangai. The park is located 48 km from Imphal.

Best time to visit:  December - May.

Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim –The wildlife sanctuary is East Sikkim district is connected to the forests of Bhutan and the Neora Valley National Park in West Bengal. There are several exotic birds to be spotted here such as the kalij pheasant, Oriental honey buzzard, blood pheasant, white-crested laughingthrush, White-capped redstart.

Mar 02, 2015 21:35

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Reetasri Bhattacharjee
Reetasri Bhattacharjee is a freelance writer based in Shillong, the ‘Scotland of the East’. A Post-graduate in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is an avid reader and likes to write about travel and technology
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