Orang national park
Orang National Park Tourism
The Kaziranga of Assam, Orang National Park spans an area of 79 square kilometers and is located on the banks of river Brahmaputra. It is also called the Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is the kind of place one must visit at least once in their lifetime. It is located in the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam. It got its name from the belief that the tribes of 'Orang' lived in this region, and the presence of several man-made ponds can be seen as proof for it. Its rich diversity in flora boasts of many aquatic species like Nymphia and Wichorrnia, and the faunal diversity is no less with endangered species like the Pygmy Hog and the Royal Bengal Tiger are found. The park is home to many endangered species. Its specialty is the one-horned Rhino. Other animals that you could easily spot are elephants, tigers, and Indian Hog deer. The highlight of the park is the elephant rides started by the forest department that makes for an indulgent experience with the wild. The park enjoys a sub-tropical monsoon climate throughout the year and is especially known for the migratory birds that rest there, like the white pelicans. The terrain of the park is mostly flat and there are several channels of the Bramhaputra that flow into the park, where more than 50 species of fish can be found.
The visiting hours for the park are restricted from 7:30 to 9:30 am and 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Also, advance authorization of the Divisional Forest Officer is essential to visit the park.
Other places to visit around the Orang National Park are the Madan Kamadev Temple, which contains the excavated ruins like idols of the Pala Dynasty of Kamarupa.
Also, take time to visit Sualkuchi Village. It is called the 'Silk Haven', where they have mastered the art of producing the most beautiful Silk Sarees.
Top things do in Orang National Park
How to reach
The Orang National park is very conveniently connected to all the nearby towns by road. This is the most convenient and affordable option to reach the park, but other options for rail and flight are also available.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Salonibari, which is about 80 kilometers from the park. It is around 10 kilometers from Tezpur from where finding public transport to the park is very convenient.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station too is located in Salonibari, and another in Rangapara. It is well connected with Tezpur and Guwahati with frequent trains.
How to Reach by Bus
Buses run on a daily basis from the towns of Tezpur, Salonibari and Guwahati.
How to Reach by Road
A three-hour drive from Guwahati to the park, the road is quite smooth and makes for a beautiful ride.
How to travel within
Orang National Park Itinerary
Its a typical one day outing where you can begin with a jeep safari and then indulge in some bird-spotting. A three-hour drive to the nearby village Sualkuchi to shop for some lusturous silk sarees and you can pack up.