Friday, March 4, 2011

Major tourist places in North East India

Major tourist places in North East India

India basically is divided into four zones. East zone, West zone, North zone and South zone. But hardly people know that East zone is further subdivided into North East Zone. This North East (N.E.) consists of basically seven sister states namely Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura.

Now a day another state has been included in this N.E. category; Sikkim with main purpose to get the financial benefits from the Govt. of India and promote tourism. So now North East India consists of eight states all together.
North East of India had never got the focus it deserves regarding the growth and promotion of tourism like other states normally gets from the media. This is mainly due to lack of publicity and promotion by the media and the concerned state governments.
Now days after analyzing the abundant tourism potential of these states various steps have been taken by the Government of India and the other NGOs.
The states of this part of India is blessed with abundant natural resources which include oils, forest woods, coal and scenic beauty which include mountains, hills, plenty of rivers and streams and forests with rich flora and fauna containing numerous animals some of which are very rare and listed into the Endangered species lists by the UNO. Besides there are many small and very big size tea gardens. In fact Assam is the biggest tea producing state in the world and produces some f the finest quality of tea leaves in the world.
 Major Tourist Hot Spots :
 Kaziranga National Park
To begin with Assam, this state is famous for many forests and the most famous forest reserve is the Kaziranga National Park which is about 200kms from Guwahati. It is the only natural habitat of the famous one horned rhino in the world. Besides this forest reserve have elephants, deer, pygmy hog, and hornbill birds along with cranes.
This forest has also been declared as Tiger Reserve as Royal Bengal Tigers have been spotted here in large numbers. In fact the latest tiger census shows that this forest has about 86 nos. of tigers which is highest in India in respect of density of the animal
There are over 1500 number of rhinos. Here the famous elephant grass which is so tall that even elephants can hide there is found here.

It is one of the significant natural habitats for conservation of biological biodiversity of universal value. The values and criteria made Kaziranga National Park to get inscribed in the World Heritage Site List 1985. The Kaziranga National Park area consists of 429.93 Sq.Km. with an additional area of 429.40 Sq.Km. and situated in the two districts of Assam, namely Golaghat and Nagaon. The total area of the park within Nagaon district is 175 Sq.Km., out of which 135 Sq.Km. falls under Bagori Forest Range office and 40 Sq.Km. falls within Ghorakati Forest Range office.
Location

Middle Assam in North East India
Latitude:- 26°30 N to 26°45 N
Longitude:- 93°08 E to 93°36 E
Climate:- Sub-Tropical Monsoon with average rainfall of 1320 mm and  temperature ranging from 8° C in Winter to 38° C in Summer




Located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra River in the far North East of India, Assam, Kaziranga National Park covers an area of approximately 430-sq-kms with its swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass making it the ideal habitat for the Indian One-Horned Rhino. Due to limitless poaching of this prehistoric survivor, the Kaziranga National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940.


Major Wildlife Attractions of Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary

Beside of course the great one horned Indian Rhino, the other major wild attractions include a large population of Indian Elephants, Indian Bison, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Tigers, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Wild Boar, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons, Monitor Lizards, etc.

Kaziranga National Park is a birding paradise; the grasslands are a raptor country that can be seen on safari makes a remarkable experience.  These include the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, etc. Huge numbers of migratory birds descend on the parks lakes and marshy areas during winters, including Greylag Geese, Bar-Headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Red-Crested Pochard and Northern Shoveller.


Best Time to Visit Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga's visiting season is from mid-November to early April months. During the monsoons, the Brahmaputra River bursts its banks, flooding the low-lying grasslands and causing animals to migrate from one area to another within the Kaziranga National Park.


Places to stay at Kaziranga

  Wild grass Resort

Location :

The Wild Grass lodge is located outside Kaziranga National Park area and is about 200-kms away from Guwahati. Built in an attractive rural style kind of architeture, the resort's surrounding ground is covered with more than 40 species of trees over 200 species of shrubs, creepers and climbers

Accommodation Facilities:

Wild Grass Jungle Lodge provides 18 double rooms in 2 jungle lodges. Wild Grass Tented Camp provides accommodation in three tents pegged under a high thatched roof amidst an ambience of ruins. The rooms in the Jungle Lodge have attached bathrooms with hot & cold water facilties. Tented Camp has common convenience of bathroom and showers with modern tiles and hot & cold water facility.

Food Services:
There is a provision of three meals a day, which includes tea and coffee on request.
Sports & Leisure Activites:

• Tour visits to the village and tea garden with prior permission.
• Visits to the tribal village and nature treks.
• Wildlife viewing on a jeep safari with a guide.
• Breakfast & packed lunch upon departure from the resort.

Bonhabi Resort

Welcome to Bonhabi for a cosy & exotic holiday with family.

It is an ardent desire 7 the dream of some one with a spirited mind coupled with a mission to make a home away from home for an ideal & wonderful retreat. The total strength of Bonhabi lies on those people who dedicate their service & never5 hestiate to give you assurance for a cosy & homely stay with total security.You will be pleased to find you are more at home than ever.

Bonhabi is an exotic tourist destination amidst all scenic beauty of nature. Located at Bagarijuri, 1 No. Kohora Gaon Kaziranga, just one minute away from the main gate of Kaziranga National Park.The resort is a prefect blend of tradition & modernity. It is colorful yet traditional with 8 cottages which are large airy & very modern in their layout.Maginficent views of tropical rainforest bordered with paddy fields are the norm for every cottage.The counter point of traditional furniture is pleasing & the standard spongy beds look inviting.The most important extension of each cottage is its Bathroom with all modern facilities. The cottages are synonymous with luxury & equipped with a large & majestic lobby adorned with ethnic yet modern furniture to bring in a gorgeous splendid look & a multi cuisine restaurant specailising in ethnic foods.We also take pride in regular arrangement of glimpses of the diverse culture of the region through folk art forms. We have ample arrangement for Elephant & Jeep safari inside the Kaziranga National Park where the rat race is far away from your mind.

Access :

By air :

The nearest point of entry via air is the Airport at Jorhat (approximately 98 km ). Regular flights available from New Delhi, Calcutta & Mumbai.

By Road:

The journey from Guwahati to Kaziranga can also be undertaken by road over a distance of 239 km approximately & Guwahati is well connected with all major cities of India.

Aranya Resort

The Aranya Forest Lodge run by the Assam government are 3 km from the park entrance at Mihimukh. The Aranya Forest Lodge spread in 7 acres. The lodges have A/C and non A/C rooms furnished with modern accessories and attached bathroom with running hot / cold water.
Riding elephants are available at the Mihimukh entrance.

Besides these there are numerous small cottages spread in an around the sanctuary.

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