Assam lies towards the northeastern part of India and it is most famous for its diverse biodiversity. For nature lovers, this place is heaven on earth. The place has various kinds of flora and fauna, which attracts people from outside the nation as well. Assam is blessed geographically as it is made of the Deccan Plateau, the Brahmaputra plains, and the Eastern hills of the Himalayas.
Assam is one of the greenest states in India and it has a tropical rainy climate. With a large number of forests present in the state, many rare species of animals live here peacefully. There are so many reasons to visit Assam, but majorly people who visit this place to see all the major national parks in Assam. Assam is home to some of the well-known nationals parks, and some of them come under the World Heritage Sites.
How Many National Parks Are In Assam?
There are five major national parks in Assam, however, the authorities in Assam have notified that a new and the “6th national park in Assam” is proposed, and maybe it will get its approval this year. But as of now, the total national parks in Assam are listed below.
1. Manas National Park
Manas national park is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and it shares a boundary with Bhutan. Manas national park is famous for its tiger reserve, protected area for elephants and it is also a world heritage site, declared by UNESCO.
The manas national park is home to some of the rare and endangered species like the roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, and pygmy hog. Manas national park is now also the home of one-horned rhinos, whose population witnessed a massive 48 percent growth in the last 15 years. More than 25 species that are considered endangered can be found here.
Hotels Near Manas National Park
- Musa Jungle Retreat
- The Sikhiri Cottages
- The Bansbari Lodge
2. Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is the biggest national park in Assam, and it is home to the famous One-horned rhinos. Apart from the rhinos, Kaziranga national park is famous for its diverse flora and fauna. According to reports, the Kaziranga national park comprises two-third of the total population of one-horned rhinos.
The national park is also home to the Tigers, Asian Elephants, Wild boas, jackal, Monitor Lizard, leopard cats, and many more rare species. It is also one of the oldest national park in Assam and many species of birds like the Fishing Eagle, White-tail Eagle, Himalayan Griffon can be seen here.
Hotels Near Kaziranga National Park
- La Vue Resort
- Diphlu River Lodge
- Summit Green Village Resort & Spa
- United-21 Grassland Resort
- The Green Village Resort
3. Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a wetland that is spread in an area of 340 square kilometers, and it is located in the district of Tinsukia, Assam. As it is a wetland you are going to find more bird species here, but the Dibru Saikhowa National Park is famous for its boat safari where travelers can spot the Gangetic River Dolphins.
More than 500 species of birds created their shelter in this national park. Some of the species of birds that were close to getting extinct, like the White-winged Duck, Marsh Babbler, White ramped vulture came to life once again. Apart from birds, Tigers, Wild Water Buffalos, and Elephants are commonly seen here.
Hotels Near Dibru Saikhowa National Park
- Banashree Eco Camp
- Padmini Resort
- Dibru-Saikhowa Eco Camp
4. Nameri National Park
Nameri National Park is built up in an area of 200 square kilometers and it is considered a paradise for bird watchers. The Nameri National Park is famous for its beautiful orchids that add to the beauty of its flora. The national park shares its boundary with Arunachal Pradesh and it is located at the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas.
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Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary which is also a national park in Arunachal Pradesh merges with the Nameri National Park in Assam. Ibis Bill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Black Stork, and Wreathed HornBill are common inhabitants here. Apart from birds, Tiger, Indian giant Squirrel, and Himalayan Black Bear also live here.
Hotels Near Nameri National Park
- Nameri Baligara Camp
- Jia Bhorali Wild Resort
- Wild Mahseer
5. Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park
Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park is the “smallest national park in Assam” which is only spread in an area of 78 square kilometers. After the Kaziranga national park, only Orang National Park holds the most number of One-horned Rhinos in the region. It is spread alongside the northern shores of the Brahmaputra river.
Orang National Park is famous for its fish species and holds more than 50 different species. The national park is also home to different animals like Hog Deer, Otters, Indian Civet, Rhesus, Bengal Porcupine, Indian Pangolian, and Indian Fox. Many bird species like the woodpeckers, kingfishers, and pintails are also seen here.
Hotels Near Orang National Park
- Green Point Resort
- KRC Annexe Tezpur
- The Greenwood Hotel Tezpur
6. Raimona National Park (Proposed)
The Raimona National Park will be the 6th national park in Assam. The Raimona National Park will be situated on the western side of Assam and it will share its boundary with Website Bengal on that side. Although the national park was proposed by the “Forest Minister” at the end of 2020, soon it may get its approval from the authorities.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q 1: Which is a better National Park: Kaziranga or Manas?
Kaziranga national park is better than Manas as it is the biggest, offers more tourist attractions, and home to the rare one-horned rhino species.
Q 2: Which is the biggest national park in Assam?
Kaziranga national park is the biggest national park in Assam.
Q 3: Which is the smallest national park in Assam?
Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park is the smallest national park in Assam.