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Orang National Park – Mini Kaziranga

 
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With its massive build, huge head, rivetted (and mythically bullet-proof) amour-plate like skin, the Indian Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) appears like a battle tank. Awe of their sheer size and the thrill of seeing their legendary ill-temper (they often do charge, but rather than their horns (a mass of hair), use their razor sharp tusks to do damage), inspires many a nature lover to see them first hand.
| Watching the Rhino & Other Animals | Places to see | Getting There |
| Accommodation |

Wildlife enthusiasts who find it difficult to visit Kaziranga to get a glimpse of their favourite one-horned Indian rhino, Orang, no doubt is the next best option to see one. The access to Orang National Park is quick and easy except the last 12 km on the bumpy country road. Orang National Park is 140 km from Guwahati. Situated on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River, Orang National Park covers an area of 78.8 sq. km and falls in the Udalguri district of Assam.

Deer at Orang

The park is also known as the Mini Kaziranga and is famous for its natural scenic beauty that captivates the tourists from all over the world. The Orang National Park was established as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a National Park as recently as in 1999. Rhino is the main attraction in the Orang National Park besides other animals.

The terrain of Orang National Park is similar to Kaziranga – swampy grassland with landlocked and slightly higher woodlands that stretch away from the river. It slopes gently north to south and is fringed by the Dhunseri and Pasnoi rivers to its west and east. All the streams that meander through the park drain into the Brahmaputra in the south. The park has a typical subtropical monsoon climate. The park has channels and islands of the Brahmaputra on the southern and eastern boundaries.

Watching the Rhino & Other Animals
Park Timings &
Best Time to Visit

Park Timings:
Early mornings and early evenings

Best Time to Visit:
The park ideally can be visited from November to April, however for best wildlife sightings visit between February and March.

Contacts
DFO, Wildlife Division
Mangaldai – 781008
Ph: 0361 - 2517064

Rang Officer, Orang
Ph: 03712- 282379

Rhinos are the star attraction here and you many find them grazing lazily in the open fields of Orang National Park. You can head to the run down Satsimulu Inspection Bungalow that overlooks the large, open, swampy grassland. This place offers uninterrupted views of the terrain and you may see a number of wild animals from here.

Birds at Orang Wildlife Sanctuary

Besides, the one-horned rhinoceros, Orang National Park is home to elephants, leopard, sambar, barking deer, tiger, and a number of other animals. The park also offers a host of birding opportunities to bird lovers. Orang National Park abounds in avian species. It is the most important habitat of the Bengal florican. Other birds you may spot in Orang National Park include lesser adjutant, spot-billed pelican, greater adjutant stork, black-necked stork, rudy shelduck, Wooly-necked stork, gadwall, mallard, pintail and a number of others including forest and grassland birds.


Places to see
Elephant Rides

Elephant safari at OrangElephant safari is perhaps the best way to explore Orang National Park, though jeeps are allowed inside the park. Elephant safari allows you to observe the wildlife from close quarters. Safari timings are early morning and early evenings

A trip to Orang would specifically be for wildlife as there is not much to explore around. However, on route to Orang you may visit Madan Kamdev Temple ruins, also known as the Khajuraho of Kamrup. These ruins are located about 35 km from Guwahati. You can take a number of excursions from here. The silk weaving village called Sualkuchi, the Pua-Mecca Mosque in Hajo and Hayagriba Madhav Temple are other place to see around Orang National Park.

Places to stay in Orang National Park
Orang offers very basic accommodation. There are two Inspection Bungalows of forest department inside the park. One is at Silbori and the other at Satsimlu inside the forest. One Tourist Lodge is coming up at Nalbari (Tourist Department). Tezpur can be a good base for wildlife viewing in Orang National Park. Hotels in Orang National Park


Reaching Orang National Park

By Air: Guwahati, 140 km away is well connected by Indian and other private airlines.

By Rail: Guwahati is well connected the rail network.

By Road: Orang can be approached from NH 52 through gravel roads running from Orang town and Dhansirimukh. It is about 65 km from Tezpur. The sanctuary is 15 km off the national highway near Orang town (Dhansirimukh).


About Orang National Park: Orang National Park Information
Altitude  472 meters
Temp
Summer 28 (Max) & 20(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 18 (Max) & 5 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go January - May & October –December
Monsoon June – September
Summer March - May
Winter December – January
Clothes Cottons in Summers and light woolens in Winters
Nearest Airport Guwahati, 140 km
Nearest Railway Station Guwahati, 140 km
Bus Station Dhansirimukh (15 km) – Connected with Guwahati by regular bus services
Hospital & Doctor

Guwahati (140 km) is the nearest city well equipped to handle emergencies

Places to see Madan Kamdev Temple ruins, Sulakuchi silk-weaving village, Hayagriba Madhav Temple …
   
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