Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park

Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, often referred to as the Little Kaziranga, is one of the most important national parks in the north-eastern part of the country. The park is located on the north bank of River Brahmaputra. With a total area of around 80 sq. km. the park falls within the districts of Sonitpur and Darrang in the state of Assam. The marshy land of the forest interspersed by grassland is a favourite haunt of many animals. As a matter of fact, the park is the only major habitat of the Indian one-horned rhinoceros on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the park is during the months of October to May. There are fixed hours during which you have to enter and leave the park. Also, do not forget to get advance permissions to get in the park.

When to visit

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Things to do

Whether you are an enthusiast over wildlife, or just want to take a break from seeing the grey city landscape, Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park will not fail to charm you. The park is well-known for the different varieties of animals to which the forested area of the park plays host. The flagship species of the park is the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. These endangered animals can be seen roaming about in the protected area of the sanctuary. In all, there are around 68 of them in the park. The other important species of animals that are found here are Asiatic elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, hog deer,Pygmy Hog, and wild boar. Pygmy hog is a critically endangered species. Some of the animals that are commonly seen here are Blind Gangetic Dolphin, Fishing cat, Rhesus Macaque, Bengal Porcupine, Small Indian Civet, Indian Pangolin, Indian Fox, Otter, Leopard cat, and Jungle Cat. The water bodies around the park are rich in aquatic life form. They harbour around 50 different species of fishes. However, that is not all. The park also has an impressive collection of avian life form to complement the diversity of animal life form. In all, there are 222 different species of birds in the park. Some of the commonly seen birds are Hornbills, Great White Pelican, Black-necked Stork, Spot-billed Pelican,Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Brahminy Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, Mallard, Pintail, King Fisher,Gadwall, and Woodpecker. The park also has the critically endangered Bengal Florican.

Getting Around

Getting around the place is quite easy. The public transport system is quite developed. There are regular buses that connect the place to the nearby cities and towns. Hiking is another very good way to explore the various places. You can also hire cars or rent taxis to take you around. Cars can be rented from the local tourist agencies or rental car services.

Places to Stay

If you are looking for hotels, there are several in the surrounding region.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Saloni. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Saloni and Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park is around 90 km.
  • The nearest railway station is at Rangapara. The rail station at Rangapara is connected to the stations in Guwahati and Tezpur and via them to the other statin across the state. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The national park is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Tejpur and Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to the National Park. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses run by the Assam State Transport Corporation make regular trips to the park. The distance between Tejpur and Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park is around 32 km.; Guwahati is located at a distance of 140 km.

Surrounding Attractions

Da Parabita is a local tourist spot that you may make a trip to. The temple is known for its architecture and iconoclastic art. Agnigarh Fort is quite nearby. The fort is a popular tourist spot and derived its name from the fact that it was always covered with fire to prevent anyone from trespassing. Bamuni hills, a popular picnic destination is also within a few kilometers drive from the national park here.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Hospital: 102