Exploring Raimona National Park: A Treasure Trove of Biodiversity

Raimona National Park, declared as Assam's sixth national park on June 9th, 2021, is a sanctuary of natural wonders nestled in the westernmost part of Assam, India.

Covering a sprawling area of 422 square kilometers, this park forms a part of a larger transboundary conservation landscape alongside Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan and Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal. 

The park is located in Kokrajhar district of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) in Assam, India. BTR is the 6th Schedule Autonomous Council within the state of Assam.

Location and Landscape:

Situated at altitudes ranging from 85 meters to 1042 meters above sea level, Raimona National Park is a mosaic of hilly terrains, ridges, and valleys.

Its natural boundaries are delineated by the Sonkosh River in the west and the Sarabhanga River in the east, both originating from Bhutan.

The park shares its northern border with the Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan and is a captivating blend of tropical evergreen forests, subtropical, and temperate hilly forests.

The park is renowned for its rich biodiversity, harboring a diverse array of flora and fauna.

Biodiversity Marvels

At the heart of its conservation efforts lies the iconic GOLDEN LANGUR, the BTR’s mascot and an endemic species.  

Alongside these majestic primates, the park is home to elephants, Bengal tigers, Pangolin......

Clouded Leopards, Deer.....

Fox, Squirrel.....

and an assortment of other mammals,  

totaling around 170 species of birds....

totaling around 170 species of birds....

over 150 butterfly species ...

and an impressive 380 plant varieties including beautiful orchids.

In collaboration with the forest department, the Raimona Golden Langur Eco-Tourism Society (RGES) was established soon after the park's declaration.  

Conservation Initiatives 

This community-driven society focuses on preserving the park's natural heritage while promoting responsible tourism.  

Remnants of the engine, tramline and bogies of the tram are lying abandoned in Kachugaon.

Engagement and Transformation:

In a remarkable turn of events, 57 former poachers of Raimona National Park surrendered on World Rhino Day, demonstrating a shift in their commitment towards wildlife preservation.  

These individuals, once a threat to the park's ecosystem, now work alongside conservationists and the RGES to protect biodiversity and combat illegal activities.

The best time to visit is during the winter months (November to February), offering mild and dry weather, perfect for exploring the vibrant vegetation and sighting wildlife. 

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