|One Horn Rhino at Kaziranga National Park|
Assam is known as the gateway to north-east India and also finds mention in 'Mahabharata', one of the major Hindu epics. It is referred to as 'Pragiyotisha' and 'Kamarupa' in the ancient text. Possessing immense natural beauty, this state has vast expanses of tropical evergreen rainforests that fosters huge varieties of flora and fauna. The famous one-horned rhinoceros can be found in Assam national parks that have been used for conserving several other endangered species. Visitors from different parts of the world flock to these wildlife sanctuaries every year to witness the wild animals and birds moving freely in the protected natural surroundings. Dense forests of Assam have also provided much needed shelter for Asian elephants. Growing popularity of these regions among tourists have prompted authorities to develop various facilities for visitors. People who travel to this region also contribute towards the developmental activities that authorities of national parks come up with on a regular basis.
|Dibru - Saikhowa national park's Grassland|
North-eastern parts of India have always fascinated travellers right from the ancient times, who captured the mystical views of rivers, hills, waterfalls and dense forests in their writings. In recent times, an Assam wildlife tour would reveal everything that the ancient travellers had recorded during their journeys. Such tours are conducted either on elephant backs or using vehicles such as an open Gypsy. Tourists prefer elephant safaris as they provide an opportunity to explore places where vehicles cannot enter. Expert guides ensure that visitors are safely taken to the locations where they can witness amazing wildlife of the national parks. But, there are certain rules and guidelines that have to be followed while on wildlife safaris to ensure that they do not cause any disturbance to the animals and birds. It is absolutely necessary that vehicles be driven slowly while inside the parks to get a better view of the wildlife. Specific tracks have been created for directions to keep the vehicles at a safe distance from plants, trees, animals and birds of these regions. Bags are provided for visitors to put the non-biodegradable materials such as tin cans and plastic bottles in them while touring the parks to prevent pollution.
- Following are the List of National Park in Assam -
- Kaziranga National Park
- Manas National Park
- Dibru - Saikhowa national park
- Nameri National Park
- Rajiv Gandhi National Park
|Flora and Fauna of Nameri National Park|
Tourism in Assam has not only helped curious visitors to explore its green natural surroundings, but has also been instrumental to a great extent in generating employment opportunities for the locals. As a result, many of them today are associated with Assam tourism by working as tour guides, drivers or any of the professionals related to this industry. Increase in numbers of visitors to Assam's national parks every year has also prompted the authorities to concentrate more on conservation of forests and wildlife. A great deal of planning is being done for the development of various facilities in the national parks. This would benefit both domestic and international visitors to explore wildlife sanctuaries of Assam in a better way. Revenues generated as a result of increased tourist activities would go a long way in building adequate funds for carrying out the required developmental and maintenance work in these parks.