Orang National Park




Brief


Orang National park is the oldest game reserve of the State just on the northern bank of river Brahmaputra with an area of 78.80 sq. kms and it is an important breeding ground for varieties of Fishes.

It is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam, India. It was established as a sanctuary in 1985 and declared a National Park on 13 April 1999. It is also known as the mini Kaziranga National Park (IUCN site) since the two parks have a similar landscape made up of marshes, streams and grasslands and are inhabited by the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros.

The park has a rich flora and fauna, including Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros, pigmy hog, elephants, wild buffalo and tigers. It is the only stronghold of rhinoceros on the north bank of the Brahmaputra river.

In and Around


Orang national park is famous for wildlife viewing.

You can however explore a number of tourist attractions at Tezpur also known as the ‘City of Eternal Romance’. Some popular tourist destinations include the picturesque Cole Park that offers a variety of activities such as sports facility, restaurants and walk ways. To take a ride down the history lane, you can visit the Agnigarh hillock on the bank of river Brahmaputra. Another famous tourist destination is the Padum Pukhri lake where one can witness the joyful musical fountain or even enjoy a boat ride!

Best Time


October to April is the best season to visit the park.

How to Reach


By Air
The nearest airport is Saloni, 10km from Tezpur (32km from the park) in Sonitpur district. However Guwahati has better connections with almost all the major cities to India and it is around 140-km from Guwahati.

By Rail
The nearest railhead is Saloni (41km) & Rangapara. Both Tezpur and Guwahati are connected very well by the rail network of India.

By Road
Regular buses ply to and from Tezpur, which is well connected with all the major cities of Assam. Orang can be approached from NH 52 through gravel roads running from Orang town and Dhansirimukh. The sanctuary is 15 km off the national highway near Orang town (Dhansirimukh).

Stay / Eat


Where to Stay
The park has only a small rest house. One is at Silbori and the other at Satsimlu inside the forest. There are better accommodation at Tezpur from where one can visit this park. In addition, there is a Government Tourist Lodge, a Circuit House and other private hotels of moderate rates at Tezpur. Also there are hotels and lodges in Mangaldai and Rowta.

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