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15 February 2021 | 4 min read

Top 5 National Parks in Assam You Must Visit

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Anyone who has visited Assam has come home with tales of the lush greenery and vibrant wildlife the state has to offer. It is hardly a surprise that some of the most important National Parks and Conservation Projects are run here. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful North-Eastern state, here are some national parks in Assam that’ll help you stay one with nature.

1. Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park – Live More Zone

The Kaziranga National Park is home to the Great One-Horned Rhinoceros, also known as the Indian Rhino. While this itself is an excellent reason to visit the park, it’s also a paradise for birds and other animals like the Hoolock Gibbon, Tigers, Indian Elephant and more. The multiple Kaziranga National Park safari routes transcend over grasslands, marshes, and moist tropical forests. This National Park has one of the most challenging wildlife conservation projects in the country.

How to Get There:

By Air: The nearest airport is 97km away in Jorhat.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Furkating Railway Station.
By Road: Kaziranga is located near National Highway No. 37 which connects to most of the major cities in Assam.

Timings:

There are three ways to explore the National Park — Jeep, Elephant, and Trekking.
Jeep Safari:
Morning Safari: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Afternoon Safari: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Elephant Safari:
Morning Safari: 5:30 am to 7:30 am
Afternoon Safari: 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Tip: For trekking, prior permission from the Range Officer at Burapahar Range, Ghorakati or Beat Officer at Bokakhat Beat, Bokakhat (depending on the trekking route) will be needed.

2. Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park

Orang National Park – Live More Zone

Too busy to make it to Kaziranga? The Orang National Park should make-up for it. It is close to Guwahati, and you can spot the Royal Bengal Tiger and the Indian Rhino. It’s no wonder that it’s known as Mini-Kaziranga. While you can explore the park via Jeep, the Assam Bengal Navigation Luxury Cruise offers a luxurious trip on the Brahmaputra River that flows near the National Park.

How to Get There:

By Air: The nearest airport is 60km away in Salonibari village in Tezpur.
By Rail: The nearest railway stations are the Saloni and Rangapara railway stations.
By Road: Orang National Park is well-connected to all major cities. Many Government-run vehicles ply between these cities and the National Park.

Timings:

Park Timings:
Morning Safari: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Afternoon Safari: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Tip: If you’re booking a private vehicle or room in advance, you can use your digibank by DBS debit card to avail exclusive discounts.

3. Manas National Park

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The Manas National Park & Wildlife Sanctuary was one of the first reserves to be selected as part of the Project Tiger initiative. This is one of the few places in the world where you can see the pristine Bhabar Grasslands merging with the gorgeous Terai Grasslands. If you’re lucky, you may even spot rare species like the Golden Langur and Pygmy Hog. This diverse habitat is the perfect host to numerous birds like the Bengal Florican, Great Hornbill, and the Black-tailed Crake.

How to Get There:

By Air: The nearest airport is 180km away in Guwahati.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Barpeta Road Railway Station.
By Road: The easiest way to get to the Manas National Park is via Highway No. 31.

Timings:

Jeep Safari:
Morning Safari: 9:00am to 12:00pm
Afternoon Safari: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Elephant Safari:
Morning Safari: 6:00am to 7:00am

4. Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park – Live More Zone

The Nameri National Park is another paradise for birds. It is an Elephant reserve as well. For an unforgettable experience, check into the Nameri Eco Camp. Located at Potasali, this Camp lets you ‘live in the lap of nature’ but with modern amenities. They also conduct ornithological rafting trips on the Jia Bhoroli river with experienced boatmen and guides.

How to Get There:

By Air: The nearest airport is 37km away in Tezpur.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Rangapara Road Railway Station.
By Road: The Nameri National Park is well-connected to Guwahati, Tezpur, Nagaon and Tawang (in Arunachal Pradesh) via the Bomdila Highway.

Timings:

While the Park is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, people are not allowed in the National Park before sunrise or after sunset due to safety concerns.

5. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park – Live More Zone

The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Biosphere Reserve are flanked by the Brahmaputra, Lohit and Dibru Rivers. Apart from the diverse fauna like the white-winged wood duck, Assamese Macaque, Small Indian Civet, Sambar and more, here, you’ll find the longest bridge in India. This Dhola-Sadiya bridge connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.

How to Get There:

By Air: The nearest airport is 40km away in Mohanbari, Dibrugarh.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is the Tinsukia Railway Station.
By Road: Buses ply regularly from Tinsukia to the National Park. This town is well-connected to the major cities in Assam.

Timings:

The Park is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Best Time to Visit National Parks in Assam

The best time to visit any of the National Parks is between November and April. Due to the torrential rains that Assam receives and flooding, most National Parks tend to be closed during the monsoons.
Tip: If you’re visiting Assam during the winter (i.e., December and January), remember to carry woollen clothes as the temperature may drop steeply.

Now that you’ve been introduced to these National Parks, which ones will make it to your itinerary on your next trip to Assam? Let us know in the comments.

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