The national parks in North East India are unlike any you will see in the rest of country. The tiny seven sister states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram collectively have more than 30 national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, bird sanctuaries and tiger reserves in North East India.
Here is the list of 28 National Parks in North East India
Home to two-thirds of the world's one-horned rhinoceros population, this national park in North East India has been declared as a World Heritage Site. Made unique with a vibrant, well preserved and sustained ecology this park has very versatile biodiversity which makes Kaziranga National Park a very important and popular tourist destination.
Best Time : October to June
Manas National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve in Assam. The only tiger reserve in Assam and also famous for the rare golden langur and the red panda, Manas is one of the best-kept national parks in India.
Best Time : October to Apr
Nameri national park in North East India is famous for its elephants and other animals including tigers, leopards, gaurs, wild pigs, sambars, etc. and also for being a bird watchers paradise.
Best Time : November to Apr
A mesmerizing reserve of virgin forests and some of the rarest species in India, Namdapha National Park is a gem for any wildlife and nature lover. The third largest national park in the country, area-wise, this national park in North East India is located in Arunachal Pradesh. With its altitude varying between 200 meters to 4500 meters, the National Park is a haven of rare and endangered animal and plant species with one of the most vibrant bio-diversities in the country. It is here that you can spot species such as Snow Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Leopard, and Tiger.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park is one of those places which boast of a rich collection of flora and fauna, many of them endangered. This national parks in North East India is one of the few remaining protected sites in the Endemic Bird Area of the Assamese Plains.
Best Time : November to Apr
Near the Botanical Gardens and the Arboretum, the Marat Longri National Park is a huge though underdeveloped park. Many varieties of animals including elephants, barking deer, porcupines and many more can be spotted in this national park in North East India.
Orang National Park also known as mini Kaziranga owing to their similar landscape is a paradise for wildlife buffs. Spread across an area of 78 sq. km, this national park in North East India other one horned Rhinoceros also inhabits Royal Bengal Tiger, Sambar and Hogdeer, barking Deer, Elephant and Civet Cat etc.
The main attraction of the town of Tura, the Nokrek National Park is just 2km from the town. The Nokrek National Park in North East India is located close to the National Citrus Gene Sanctuary-cum-Biosphere which has some of the rarest animals and trees species.
Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only floating national park in the world, is located in the north-east Indian state of Manipur. It lies in the district of Bishnupur and is a vital part of Loktak Lake. The fact that it is a floating island is a unique feature that attracts nature enthusiasts and researchers from all over the world. This national park in North East India is magical and can only be seen only here, in Imphal. As one explores the National Park, they will come across many species including an endangered species of Deer, called the Brow Antlered Deer, Eld's deer or the dancing deer. This deer is locally called Sangai.
Located in the Ukhrul district of Imphal in Manipur, very close to the India- Myanmar border, Sirohi National Park is the smallest forest reserve of the country spread over a tiny area of just 41 sq km. It was only declared a national park in North East India in 1982. Most of its significance comes since it is the only natural habitat of the Sirohi Lily which only grows here and nowhere else in the world. A mountain peak called the Sirohi Peak is situated in the forest where the exotic flowers bloom once every year between the months of May and June. The phenomenon attracts a whole lot of naturalists, scientists, biologists and environmentalists to come to the place.
Located near the Garo Hills in Meghalaya in India about 3,000 feet above the sea level, the Balpakram National Park is a famous national park which is well known for its pristine beauty. The word Balpakram means the 'land of perpetual winds', and the national park in North East India is blessed with charming grace and breathtaking scenes.
Situated in the Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, the Rajbari National Park is one of the well-known national parks in North East India. It is located at Tripura, India. The park is spread over a whopping 31.63 square kilometres. Visiting this park would prove to be a visual treat to its visitors.
This national park in North East India is named after a mountain peak nearby "Mouling" which also means red poison or red blood. Situated in the upper Siang district and spread across 483 square km of area has Siang river flowing on the west and Siring, Subong, Semong and Krobong river on the easter ends.
Home to the densest population of One-horned Rhinos in the world, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Assam, approximately 30 km away from Guwahati in the Morigaon District. The wildlife sanctuary also sees an astounding diversity of bird species. No wonder then that it is also called 'Bharatpur of the East'. It has gained immense popularity due to its proximity to Guwahati. This wildlife sanctuary in North East India is often visited as a stopover en route to Kaziranga National Park.
Located around 20 km from the main town, this isolated wildlife sanctuary in North East India is famous for its hoolock gibbon population. Surrounded by the Brahmaputra river on one side and with tea gardens everywhere else, this is a good enclosure for the 40 or so species of hoolock gibbons that reside here.
This Wildlife Park spans an area of over 110 sq. km. It is home to a number of beautiful and rare birds, such as white-winged wood duck, slender-billed vulture, white-backed vulture and so many more along with the various species of animals. It is a great place to visit.
Just 6km from Tinsukia, it is a popular tourist attraction. Various species of animals including species like hoolock gibbon, stump tailed macaque, capped langur, common macaque and slow loris can be found here.
In 1996 Dhemaji district became home to the Bardoibum-Beelmukh Wildlife Sanctuary, which has an area of 11 km2. It shares the park with Lakhimpur district.
Founded in 1989, this wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 185 sq km and is home to multiple species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as fish. This sanctuary is one the nine identified Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Manipur. The IBA is of critical importance for environmental conservationists and bird watchers as it is the only place where the endangered Green Peafowl can still be sighted.
It is also one of those rare forests where communities of people live in tandem with nature. Seven forest villages are presently housed in the sanctuary and the villagers are dependent on the natural resources of the forest for their livelihood. The sanctuary is located at the India-Myanmar border, housing a mix of riverian and terrestrial ecosystems.
Located 35km from Dimapur, this sanctuary is said to be home to a whole variety of Animals such as Elephants, wild buffalos, the rare Hoolok gibbon, sloth bear, barking deer black storks and a lot more! The National Park takes pride in its 200km square natural yet protected habitat.
This 337 sq. km. sanctuary is home to a wide and exotic variety of flora and fauna. The endangered clouded leopards are also found here. The sanctuary has a spectrum of flora as well which includes silver fir trees, ferns, orchids, bamboo and rhododendron.
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