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Orang National Park

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Covering approximately 79 sq kms and located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam, Orang National Park is a 2-hour drive from Wild Mahseer. It is one of the smaller sanctuaries in Assam.

Established as a sanctuary in 1910 and declared a National Park in 1999 it is known as the mini-Kaziranga since it has similar landscape and they are both inhabited by tigers, the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephant, leopard, sambar, barking deer, wild water buffalo, varieties of water birds, green pigeon, florican, teal, geese and is home to more than fifty species of fish.

The park is engulfed by natural forest flora and non-aquatic grasslands and visitors can enter during the dry season in the morning or afternoon, preferably on elephant back.

The oldest game reserve of the State just on the northern bank of river Brahmaputra with an area of 78.80 sq. kms. and an important breeding ground for varieties of Fishes.

What you expect to see

Mammal : Rhinoceros, Tiger, Maljuria Elephants (male elephants in group), Hog Deer, Wild Pig, Civet Cat, Porcupine and Gangetic Dolphin.

Birds : 222 species of Birds have so far been recorded, some of which are Spot Billed Pelican, White Pelican, Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Brahminy Duck, Pintail Duck, Bengal Florican(2nd.highest concentration) etc.

Reptiles : Indian Rock Python, Black Krait, King Cobra, Cobra, Monitor Lizard.

Turtles : Seven species of Turtle and Tortoise.

How to reach : The nearest Airport Salonibari (Tezpur) is 80 kms. and the LGBI Guwahati Airport is 150 kms. The National Park is located 18 kms. south of the N.H. 52 at Dhansirighat and the distance to Mangaldai is 70 kms. and Guwahati is 150 kms.

Where to stay : Satsimalu Rest House - the most sought after accommodation as it provides a vintage point for viewing wildlife and Silbori Rest House at the Range H.Q. A Tourist Lodge located near the entrance to the park managed by the Tourism Department can accommodate 16 people at a time. It has 8 cottages. The Forest Dormitory is located at the Gate and provides group accommodation for 40 people, without bedding and food.

Whom to contact for visit : Divisional Forest Officer, Mangaldoi Wildlife Division, Mangaldai, Darrang, Tel.– 03713- 230022, Range Forest Officer, Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, Silbori, Tel.- 03712- 282379.

Best season for visit : November to April.

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