Going to Kaziranga? Guwahati or Jorhat?

#16 Dec 8th, 2007, 21:13
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Originally Posted by Indian_writer View Post You can also go to Jaldapara in West Bengal for the rhino. I am giving below the link.
http://www.wbtourism.com/wildlife/ja....htm#jaldapara
They are supposed to be there, yes. To spot them is another thing; I certainly didn't. Didn't see much more wildlife than a fleeing deer's ass and the ubiquitous monkeys for that matter; nice elephant ride through the woods though.

May have been just back luck; I hear sticking around to do a couple of safaris (when I was there there was just 1 a day, but this is quite some time ago) should obviously increase your chances.
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Backpakker,

Saw the site on Pobitora...honestly, don't know about it. 38 Sq KM of parkland is awfully small I would say...For all you know it could be a (private)forest plantation!!!
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Beesakopie,

I agree with you..it didnt excite me much, neither did Panbari, another sanctuary .
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As far as I am aware, there are only 2 big wildlife sanctuaries in Assam - Kaziranga and Manas. Next to Tinsukia area, we have the Dibru-Saikhowa park which is being looked after for bird watching, but beyond that, reserve areas are small and far between. There is a place in South Assam (Cachar) called Jatinga where birds migrate - some even come to die ...and no scientists have ever explained the phenomenon...
The road to Dimapur (NH39) runs through the Nahor Reserve Forest..but its not somewhere I'd go for "tourism"...In one of the tea estates that we lived in, we had a bamboo plantation...surely, I'm not going to sell the area as a tourist attraction. Mind you, we really did get excellent bamboo from there which was used to make cane furniture...
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There is one near Dibru which I wanted to visit last year when I went to kaziranga, but there was a bit of violence in that area..wanted to go to manas as well - but no time..

are there any good homestays there in any of the plantations ?
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Tea Garden Stays.

Backpakker,

Tea Tourism is a new idea that has a HUGE amount of potential...if we can only calm tempers in Assam / North East. For an insight to what Tea Society *USED* to be like , please visit the following website :

www.koi-hai.com

The best known tea garden stay at the moment is one that is run by McLeod Russell Tea Company (part of Williamson Magor Tea Group - the biggest tea property owners in Assam) at one of their tea gardens near Tezpur/Bishnauth Charali area called Balipara Tea Estate. Here is a rather informative Website :

http://www.oldassam.com/wildmahseer/default.html

I know in the Dooars area (Jaldapara - beyond Silliguri towards Bhutan border in West Bengal) they have plans to start tea tourism...but I think because of certain labour problems, tea estates there are having a tough time.

On a personal level, if I ever get the chance, I would relocate myself immediately to start a project like this one...

Cheers!
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Oh wow !sounds so much like the coffee tourism in South india-coorg, chikmagalur and some parts of Kerala..

Im keen on promoting such initiatives in my own little way
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Dear all,
Can anyone tell me the deluxe bus timing from Guwahati to Kaziranga. preferably around 2pm.

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