INDIA TOURISM: NORTH EAST INDIA (Part-3)

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INDIA TOURISM: NORTH EAST INDIA

(Part-3)

By M.PadmanabhaReddy

After reaching Guwahati, we went to Brahmaputra River for a boat ride.  It was a thrilling experience to travel on this mighty river which starts in the glaciers of Himalayas, traveling through Tibet and China it enters Assam, then into Bangladesh before joining Bay of Bengal.  Next day (29-10-09) early morning we went to Kamakhya temple and had darshan of Kamakhya devi.  We then Proceeded to Shilong capital of Meghalaya State and reached, Shillong by evening.  The town was once a tourist spot for Britishers.  Visited the view point located on top of a hillock, had birds eye view of the town, halt at Shilong.  At night about 11 P.M. there was a mild earth quack of 5.2 magnitudes.  The Hotel room was vibrating with sounds from windows.  We came out of hotel room with great anxiety.  The hotel boys immediately approached and calmed us by informing us that such turmers are common in this area and nothing to worry.  The turmers hardly lasted for few sounds and then everything was normal.

Next day (30-10-09) we left Shillong to Kazirange National Park.  Via Lakkimpoor district.  Surprisingly the road from Shillong to Kaziranga runs on plain land with road passing through paddy fields, coconut and Banana gardens.  We reached Kazirana by 4 P.M.  The weather was cloudy and night we started setting in.  a forester of the Kaziranga sanctuary was waiting for us at tourism guest houses.  He received us cordially and conducted us into our rooms.  After some time Mr.Gagoi, Divisonal Forest Officer, Kaziranga came and we had lengthy discussion about the forestry in general and the conditions prevailing in Kaziranaga in particular.  The DFO was kind enough to provide a vehicle and armed guard to take us in to the sanctuary.

The next day morning we started at 4-30 A.M. with a armed guard and guide.  Unlike sanctuaries in other parts of the country, Kaziranga has unique features of its own.  Kaziranga land scape comprises of sprawling grass lands, numerous water bodies and wood lands that provide ideal habitat for a variety of flora and fauna.  Kaziranga is a large complex of rivers, lakes and marshes in the flood plain of the Brahmaputra River.  It all started with a preliminary notification of Kaziranga as Reserve Forest in the year 1905.  It was declared as Reserve Forest in the year 1908, sanctuary in 1950, National park in 1974 and world heritage site in 1985 and finally declared as Kaziranga tiger reserve in 2007.  It has a total area of 1,002 Sq.K.M.  The rare and important species i.e. the great Indian one horned Rhinoceros, Asiatic Wild Buffalo, Asian Elephant, the Tiger and Swamp Deer are the main species found here.  Kaziranga’s flora comprises of alluvial grass lands, semi ever green forests, tropical moist mixed deciduous forests and swamp forests.  Grass lands dominate the plain area, with tall elephant grasses.  These extensive grass lands support mega herbivores.

Our guide took us to various spots in Kaziranga and we could see a variety of animals and birds.  We eagerly searched for the Darshan of the tiger.  But, some how the king of jungle was elusive, after making rounds for about 6 hours in the sanctuary we returned back to rest house.  After lunch we packed up for Subansiri Hydro electric project being constructed on Testa RiverSoma Construction Company of A.P. are the builders of the project.  We spent two days there going.

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