Arunachal Pradesh, located in the north-east of India, is always known as a tourist magnet and famous for the flora and fauna it contains. In this corner of India, there are a lot of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries to visit. Here are some of the national parks in Arunachal Pradesh:
Namdapha National Park:
Recognized as one of the most richest in biodiversity, this national park is spread over an area of 1985 square kilometre. The fauna of this region primarily consists of leopards and tigers. There are many other animal species thriving in this habitation too. It consists of evergreen, deciduous forests and also alpine vegetation.
Mouling National Park:
This park is spread over an area of 483 square kilometre and forming the western part of Dihang-Debang reserve. Again, pandas, leopards and tigers form a great part of this park along with rich vegetation. This park receives a lot of rainfall. It is not easily accessible too.
Sessa Orchid Sanctuary:
This is the southwest part of the Eaglenest reserve and spreads over an area of 100 square kilometre. This area contains more than 200 species of orchids. This is more of an artificial habitat rather than a natural one. This area is useful for researchers and botanists.
Dihang-Debang Biosphere Reserve:
This spreads over an area 5112 square kilometre. This reserve contains animals Asiatic Lion, Black Bear, Red Panda, etc. This reserve spreads over three districts; Dibang valley, West Siang and Upper Siang.
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary
This is a ‘Project Tiger’ reserve. Pakhui wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 862 square kilometre. This sanctuary ahs many rivers flowing close to it in the eastern, western and northern directions. The Sessa orchid sanctuary is very near to this sanctuary. This sanctuary contains Bengal Tiger, Leopards, Jackal, elephants, etc. the vegetation her consists of the semi-evergreen and Himalayan broadleaf forests. This reserve is now renamed as Pakke Tiger Reserve.
Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary acquires special significance as it is located in the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh. This sanctuary contains leopards and tigers and is very rich in flora and fauna. The vegetation in this place is of semi tropical in nature. Bamboo trees are a common sight in this sanctuary.
Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary:
This was established in the year 1989 and is situated in the Lohith district. This sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Kamlang wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 783 square kilometre. This sanctuary has Alpine vegetation and much of tropical wet evergreen forests. There are tigers, leopards, flying squirrels and giant squirrels present here. This sanctuary is bordered by the Namdapha Tiger reserve.
Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary spreads over an area of 282 square kilometre. This sanctuary houses many birds and snakes, including the Hornbill and King Cobra, respectively. Sanctuary comprises vegetation of tropical evergreen forests, coniferous forests, temperate broadleaf forests, etc.
Eagle Nest Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary spreads over an area of 218square kilometre. This sanctuary consists mainly of birds such as hornbills, kingfishers, sparrows, etc. other than this the place also is a home for many species of mammals and reptiles. Eagle Nest Wildlife sanctuary consists of poisonous nettles on either side of the road.
Kane Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary spreads over an area of 55 square kilometre. The fauna consists of tigers, elephants, etc. with a good mix of reptiles and birds. The vegetation here consists of many herbs and shrubs.
Amazing how a lot of flora and fauna are found in a single state!