Rich with natural splendor, cultural resilience and charming with simple ways of life, the wildlife sanctuaries in North East India are simply awesome. One such factor that attracts tourists from far-off places is the wildlife.
Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, the regions comprise of eight states namely Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
Each of these states is blessed with natural beauty and abundant flora and fauna. Explore the dense forests of these destinations and you can have remarkable wildlife holidays in India.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park, Assam is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districtsof the state of Assam, India. The sanctuary, which hosts two-thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceroses, is a World Heritage Site.
The rhino population in Kaziranga National Park is 2,401. It comprises 1,651 adult rhinos (663 male, 802 are females, 186 unsexed); 294 sub-adults (90 males, 114 females, 90 unsexed); 251 juveniles and 205 cubs.
Kaziranga is home to the highest density of tigers among protected areas in the world, and was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006.
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This National Park is also quite rich in terms of flora and fauna. Apart from One-horned Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park allows you to scout the wild forests while sitting atop the mammoth elephant.
Manas National Park, Assam
Also acknowledged as Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Manas National Park is counted in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Himalayas, this national park is a place where you can sight amazing endangered species such as Assam Roofed Turtle, Pygmy Hog, Hispid Hare and Golden Langur. Here you can witness a diverse range of wildlife.
The name of the park is derived from the great River Mansa, which is also the name of the serpent goddess ‘Mansa’. It is the major offshoot of the Brahmaputra River, which passes through the heart of this national park.
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam
Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary in Jorhat district of Assam is an isolated protected area, surrounded by tea gardens near to Patkai mountain range. The sanctuary has a very rich biodiversity and home to only apes of India, the hoolock gibbon as well as only nocturnal primate.
Other famous National Park and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Assam a to spot Hoolock Gibbons are Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park, Dibru Saikhowa National Park, Borail Wildlife Sanctuary and Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, Tripura
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary is a Wildlife Sanctuary in Tripura, India. It covers an area of about 163.08 square kilometres (62.97 sq mi). This sanctuary is situated in South Tripura District. It is 18 kilometers away from the sub divisional town of Belonia and is connected with Agartala by state highway.
It can be approached either from Belonia in the south or Sonamura in the northern side. The sanctuary has an area of 194.708 square kilometers.
This sanctuary has a number of perennial water rivulets, water bodies, and grass land. In this sanctuary, there are patches of virgin forests which are rich in rare vegetation. Indian Gaur (Bison) is an attraction of this sanctuary.
Apart from it, there are varieties of Birds, Deers, Hollock Gibbon, Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Pheasant and many other animals and reptiles.
Eagle’s Nest Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh
An Indian protected area in the Himalayan foothills of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh, Eagle’s Nest Sanctuary is home to the stunning biodiversity such as birds, frogs, butterflies, moths and lizards. Eagle’s Nest is noteworthy as a prime birding site due to the good variety of numbers and accessibility of bird species.
The sanctuary is home to around 15 species of mammals which include Bengal Tiger, Asian Elephant, Asiatic Black Bear, Red Panda, vulnerable Arunachal Macaque and Gaur. It is also home to around 165 species of butterflies such as Bhutan Glory, White Owl and Grey Admiral among others.
Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot and is located in Arunachal Pradesh in Northeast India. It is also the third largest national park in India in terms of area.
It is located in the Eastern Himalayan sub-region and is recognized as one of the richest areas in biodiversity in India.
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The park harbours the northernmost lowland evergreen rainforests in the world at 27°N latitude.
Keibul Lamjao National Park
The national park is characterized by many floating decomposed plant materials locally called phumdis. To preserve the natural refuge of the endangered Manipur Eld's deer or brow-antlered deer or sangai also called the dancing deer, listed as an endangered species by IUCN, the park which was initially declared to be a sanctuary in 1966, was subsequently declared to be a national park in 1977 through a gazette notification. The act has generated local support and public awareness.