Driving out of Guwahati on both good and bumpy roads, crossing several newly sprung villages, one does not expect the sight that greets them at the end of the journey—a lush, dense forest, known as the Orang National Park. Unlike the road leading to the park, there is no encroachment near the boundaries of the park, which thus retains its wilderness.
Although small, measuring just 78.8 sq km, the park is an important habitat for a large number of animals and birds. Similar in terrain to the famous Kaziranga, Orang is located on the northern bank of the mighty Brahmaputra. Grasslands, woodlands and the ever present beels (wetlands) make up this National Park. Driving through this park may suddenly bring you up close with the heavily armour plated Rhino, munching away at the grass which grows along the trail.
Migratory birds in their thousands make the 12 beels of Orang their home during winters. Unlike Kaziranga, the wilderness of Orang is left untouched. The grass is high and the woodlands dense. Glimpses of animals along the smooth driving track are common. The curious but shy Hog Deer can be sighted in good numbers along the tracks. Wild boars are also a common sight along these tracks. The landscape is lush with lots of Simul (Silk Cotton) trees dominating the skyline.
The tiger population at Orang is supported by the large number of typical tiger prey in the park – wild boar and deer. In fact, the population density of tigers here is rather high, although spotting one is as difficult due to the lush undergrowth. The park allows you to drive your own vehicle on the demarcated forest tracks, but you have to take a guide along. A vehicle with four wheel drive is highly recommended if you wish to drive within the park. Areas which are not accessible by vehicles can be visited on an elephant back. The park has an elephant training camp situated near the Pasnoi River. A must visit for all lovers of wildlife and nature.
|Indian fees||Rs 20/-|
|Foreign Tourists Fee||Rs 250/-|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|