Orang National Park Assam - An Overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary in Sonitpur District | Assam Journal

Orang National Park Assam - An Overview of the Wildlife Sanctuary in Sonitpur District

Orang National Park is a famous wildlife sanctuary as well as a demanding tourist destination in Assam which is located in Orang at a distance of 80 Kilometer (approximately) to the west of Tezpur within the Sonitpur district. It is widely known as the mini version of the popular Kaziranga National Park which was established as a sanctuary in 1985 but it was after long 14 years that it was declared as a National Park which happened in the year 1999. Orang is a remote area of Sonitpur which is 18 Kilometer away from the 52 No. National Highway. It covers an area of around 80 square kilometer of alluvial floodplain of the mighty river Brahmaputra. Almost 10 square kilometers out of the total area of the park is covered with grassland, swamps, and planted deciduous forest.

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How to reach Orang National Park, Assam

Though it is located far away from the Tezpur city, the transportation facility up to the park is available at all times of the day. There are many modes of transportations available such as bus, taxi and other reserved and shared taxi services which serves from Tezpur everyday. One can select any such services to travel to the park such as by bus, air and by train and all these options are equally good and worth considering. The nearest available Airport is Salonibari which is located in Tezpur while there is a railway station nearby to the park.

What to see at Orang National Park Assam

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The park has a number of species of mammalians among which the Asiatic one-horned Rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tiger are the main attraction of the park. It is to be noted that the Orang National park has the record of being the third highest populated sanctuary of Asiatic one-horned Rhinoceros. Some other mammals which also attracts the tourist and the visitors are like Gangetic dolphin, Indian pangolin and the Indian rock python. Apart from these, varieties of domestic and migratory birds are also found in the park. It was recorded that the park has 107 species of birds sighted here and among them 82 species are local birds, 21 species are migratory birds and another 4 species of birds are unknown. But in the year 2006, a report confirmed that there are more than 222 species of birds which is recorded to exist in the park. American White Pelicans and Bengal Floricans is also found in the park among all other species that exists there. The most threatened Bengal Florican is recorded to have a population of 30-40 in the park as per the published reports of BNHS.

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According to the calculation or statistics provided by the Government authority, the number of some mammalians present in the park are recorded as below:-

Rhinoceros 97 Nos
Elephant 6 Nos
Tiger 9 Nos
Hog Deer 898 Nos
Wild Boar 514 Nos
Barking Deer 55 Nos

Though the park is an attractive tourist place in the state but due to the lack of proper maintenance, accommodation and transportation facility from distant places of the country, it did not get the sufficient number of tourist as was normally expected. However the Tourism Department of Assam has arranged a eight bedded accommodation in the year 2002, but still it is not sufficient for the tourist and visitors because most of such accommodation and lodges etc. are located in Tezpur which is far away from the location of the park. If such issues will be addressed properly and other facilities will be provided in the region, it will definitely get a considerable number of visitors over the years.

This article is originally written by Mr.Prasanta Borah who is a regular author and correspondent of Assam Journal. The author credit box below as Admin is displayed by mistake due to some glitch in the system. All credit for this awesome article should therefore be given to the original author as highlighted above and the credit box below should be ignored for this article.