Orang National Park
Orang National Park is known for its population of rhinos and tigers. It is sometimes referred to as Mini Kaziranga. The National Park has now been renamed and is officially called the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park. The forest was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1985 and later a National Park in 1999. The park is situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in the Darrang & Sonitpur districts of Assam with an area of 78.80 sq. km.
The Park is situated at a distance of 32 km from Tezpur. Guwahati, the capital of Assam is also 3 hour drive away. The nearest airport is Salonibari airport in Tezpur. The nearest railhead is at Rangapara.
The Orang National park is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The tiger population is estimated to be quite large here. The other major animal, the Great Indian Horned Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) is also quite substantial in number. The actual population had come down due to poaching in the past, in recent times there has again been an increase in the Rhino numbers. The other main animal species in the park include the Asiatic elephant, hog deer, and wild boar. Small mammals like civets, leopards, hare, and porcupines are also in a substantial number. The river is also home to the rare Ganges Dolphin.
The avifauna population is also quite rich with the reported sighting of more than 222 species. There are migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers and game birds in the park. The Bengal Florican, Spot-billed Pelican, Black-necked Stork, Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Wooly-necked Stork, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Mallard, Pintail, Pallas's Fishing Eagle etc can be seen here.
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Tezpur –32 km from the Park, Tezpur is a historical town of Assam. more