Spread across the length of Brahmaputra valley, Assam or Ahom as it’s traditionally called, is the biggest of the Northeastern States. Apart from the archetypal Assamese landscape which is a picturesque golden-green vista of rice fields and manicured tea estates, flanked by the blue mountains of Arunachal in the north and the highlands of Meghalaya and Nagaland to the south; the wildlife reserves here deserve special mention. The dense flora and the diverse fauna — especially the popular ones, like the tiger and one-horned rhinoceros, and the rare and endemic ones like the pygmy hog, clouded leopard and golden langur — are an instant hit with any traveller. Also Read - 'India is Beautiful When Flooded With Love': Mizoram CM And Netizens Laud Bihar Muslims For Kindness to Train Passengers
Kaziranga National Park has a population of more than two-thirds (approx. 1800 in number) of the world’s total one-horned rhinos. The park offers safaris that allow you to get close to these rhinos; though you may want to avoid the elephant safaris on animal welfare grounds. The elephants are seen walked by armed guards inside the park; which can be quite a spectacle. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0: 208 New Cases Take Bengal's Tally to 3,667; Flights to Resume From Kolkata on May 28
More than 350 bird species; both resident and migratory have been recorded to be found in Nameri National Park, including ibisbill, rufous necked hornbill, black stork and rare ones like the greater spotted eagle and the white-winged duck. Birdwatching trek is a park speciality; you shouldn’t miss it for anything. You’ll also spot mammals like wild elephants, a few rarely seen tigers and the critically endangered dwarf hog. Easily accessible from Potasali, 2km off the Tezpur–Bhalukpong road. Also Read - Coronavirus Lockdown: 20-year-old Labourer From Assam Commits Suicide in Surat
Manas National Park, a Unesco site, is home to one-horned rhinos, Bengal tigers, wild elephants, and clouded leopards. Because it is one of the least visited jungles in India, it preserves a lot of unadulterated primal charm. Travellers can tour the park by jeep, raft or on elephant-back, along with an experienced guide.
Only 40km northeast of Guwahati, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has a thriving population of nearly 100 one-horned rhinoceroses. It is also popular among wildlife enthusiasts for other species such as leopards, wild buffalos, wild boars and almost 2000 resident and migratory bird species. Getting into the park involves a jeep safari, or a boat ride over the river boundary and an elephant-ride.
A smaller version of Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park also plays host to the great one-horned rhinoceros, critically endangered pygmy hog, wild elephants, gangetic dolphin, Indian pangolin, hog deer, royal Bengal tiger and several special of reptiles. Nearest town from there is Tezpur about 32 km away.