Spotless nature lying in the supine beauty of wonderland of Seven Sister States of north-east in India is the hunting-ground of passionate nature lovers. Often lauded as the “paradise on earth”, the virgin lands give rare sights of bounties of nature. Home to different species of flora and fauna, the eyes of the visitors fail to map the vast stretches natural splendor, which extend up to visible horizon. Moreover, the north-east is an exceptional combination of eight states, such as Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland with dotted presence of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries besides being home to several tribal villages. The gigantic tides of River Brahmaputra and other rivers play perfect host to innumerable species of birds in the sanctuaries, while animal lovers could feast their eyes on the rare breeds of creatures. Although various wildlife sanctuaries and natural spots around the world keep on degrading due to imbalances in ecology and pollution, north-eastern states still retain the extraordinary geographical features, which make them hot favorites of visitors. While enjoying the enormity of nature, the tourists could bake in the warmth of hospitality of local tribes.
Although, it is difficult to select the TOP 10 from the animal sanctuaries, the best ones in the list are as follows;
Kaziranga National park, Assam
The name of the park itself evokes curiosity in the minds of people as it stands out prominently in the times gone by with its mystery. Its unique natural surroundings spread over more than 430 kilometers has in it vast stretches of grass-lands, alluvial savanna woodlands. The other major attraction of the park is it has the presence of four rivers including Brahmaputra. The visitors to the park find some exclusive species of flora like sugarcanes, spear grass, common reed, kumbhi, Indian gooseberry, and leena indica as these are rare sights for the nature lovers. Literally, Kaziranga is the biggest biosphere with an impressive presence of animals. To talk about few, one-horned Rhinos, wild tuskers, Sambar, guar, Pangolin, sloth Bear, golden langur, and golden Jackal are some of the major attractions of this sanctuary.
Kanchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
Home to innumerable species of animals like Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Panda, and Asiatic Wild dog, Kanchendzonga National Park is spread over 850 kilometers of space. Surrounded by mighty Himalaya, this national park is one of the rich repositories of different herbal plants and medicinal trees. The forest consists of oak, fir, Birch, maple, and other precious plants with an equally impressive presence of mammals and birds. Visitors simply feel bewildered when they view the sloth bear, Himalayan Tahr, civet, Tibetan wild ass, serow, goral, and takin as these animals are some of the rare species in the world. Kanchendzonga is simply a paradise for the birds’ viewers as it has the most remarkable presence of 500 varieties of them. Himalayan Griffon, tragopan Pheasant, green pigeon, sunbird, eagle are some of the exclusive species that cheer up the cockles of the hearts of teeming number of visitors. The park has many high altitude lakes and glaciers, which are the biggest crowd pullers for their rare beauties. To reach this lake, visitors would not have any motor able road and only they could reach there by trekking. For this, they would take the necessary permission from the state Home department and state chief wildlife warden. Rules are different for the foreign nationals as they would need permission from Ministry of external affairs. The period between April-May is the right time for visiting this paradise-on-earth.
Nameri National Park, Assam
Located at the feet of Himalayas, Nameri is an outstanding natural location in Sonitpur district of Assam. Declared as a reserve forest area in the year 1978, this became sanctuary in the year 1985. Spread over almost 200 square kilometer of luscious forest, this natural habitat has great flora and fauna. Consisting of more than 600 species of rare plants, the thick deciduous forest has overgrown presence of bamboo brakes, crane, and large strips of open grasslands. Among the plants, the ones like Gmelina arborea, Amari, Ajar, and Rudraksha catch the attention of one and all. As the park houses an equally impressive fauna, the rare species like wild boar, sloth bear, Himalayan black bear, and Indian giant squirrel charm the animal lovers.
Balpakhram National Park, Meghalaya
People, who are keen on adventure tourism often throng to Balphakram National park in the statehood of Meghalaya. Situated amidst the rare natural beauty of Garo Hills, the wondrous nature could play a trick with the marvelous sights from flora and fauna. The animal lovers literally sigh in ecstasy, where they view the sights of rare animals like water buffalo, red panda, elephants, and most interestingly eight species of cats. Again, the natural reservoir is a place for watching teeming millions of magnificent butterflies. The multi-hued flying insects simply take the visitors on the wings of imagination.
Orang National park, Assam
When the visitors look for the place, which has the highest number of one-horned rhinoceros, Orang National Park is undoubtedly the best place in India. Situated on the north-bank of River Brahmaputra, Orang National park has the richest presence of flora and fauna. Moreover, the charming sight of three encircling rivers, such as Panchnoi, Belshiri, and Dhansiri is a major attraction for all the visitors. Under the full-fledged protection from government of India, the park is a safe home to increasing number of reptiles, mammals, and birds. The wildlife lovers take pleasure from sighting tigers and one-horned rhinoceros, while the impressive number in mammals, such as elephant, pygmy hog, wild boar, Indian fox, leopard cat, jungle cat, and Bengal porcupine. To add to it, in the range of bird species, spot-billed pelican, white pelicans, black-necked storks, ruddy shelduck, woodpecker, and kingfisher are the best attractions for birds’ lovers.
Namdhapa National Park, Arunachal Pradesh
Spread over almost 2000 kilometers of rich bio-diversity along the Eastern Himalayan side in the statehood of Arunachal Pradesh, Namdhapa National Park is the biggest natural spot in north-eastern India. Visitors, who are keen on watching felines, come to this spot to watch Indian leopard, snow leopard, clouded leopard, and tiger. Most specifically, the vegetation zones divided in to semi-evergreen and deciduous forest have mostly thatch and grasses. As the natural site have rare mammals like red panda, Himalayan black bear, and dhole. Visitors have strong attraction for viewing animals like giant flying squirrel, mongoose, cats, wild boar, and other extraordinary varieties. Again, as a paradise of birds lovers, the natural site gets the frequent visits of rare species like hornbills, blabbers, kingfishers, woodpeckers, and owls.
Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur
When the visitors keep on hearing about “floating park’, Keibul Lamjao National park is the only location the India, famous for the presence of this floating park. Covering approximately 40 square kilometers, it has the presence of tribal communities, such as Thang, Brel, and Maril tribes around it. The moist ever-green forest with an impressive territorial ecosystem has mammals, reptiles, and birds. The reptiles like blue-crested lizard, viper, krait, cobra, rat snake, and python are delights to the eyes of all visiting people, while impressive varieties in the number of deer, cats, and flying fox and other mammals keep them engaged for long time.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Assam
The indescribable beauty of white-winged wood duck gives heart-warming views to the visitors, when they step in to the precincts of Dibru-Saikhowa national park. Moreover, the salix swamp forest in it has its own ethereal beauty, which gives miles of magnificent views of the natural bounties. The semi-evergreen and deciduous jungles over the 350 kilometers of land have overgrown presence of canebrakes and grasslands. The sights of animals like water buffalo, wild horse, tiger, and langur are heart -warming, while the white-winged ducks and birds of other species delight the innumerable visitors.
Nokrek National Park, Meghalaya
The rich bio-sphere inside the hilly terrains of Garo in Meghalaya has the Nokrek National Park, which gives rare opportunities for photographing to the nature lovers. Not only the rich flora and fauna but the presence of hills, forests, rivers, and waterfalls makes it a unique place for spending time in the lap of nature. This UNESCO world heritage site gives the sights of rare species in animals like Red Panda, Asian elephant, tiger, and marbled cat, which are extinct species elsewhere. Visitors discover these wonderful species in animals, while trekking to Nokrek peak. Although the sights of animals like water buffalo, Indian bison, and deer are common, spectacularly colored birds keep the visitors engaged for hours. Among the avian population, Magpie-Robins, and horn-bills are major attractions for people.
Murlen National Park, Mizoram
Visitors step into the Murlen National Park to watch the sights of barking deer, Malayan giant squirrel, black deer, serow, hoolook gibbon, and rhesus macaque, which are familiar as extinct species elsewhere in India. As people take long time to explore the bounties in flora and varieties in fauna, the sighting of birds’ population like Hume’s pheasant, kallaj pheasant, common partridge, hill myna and dark-rumped swifts keeps them amused for hours.