In order to protect its rich flora and fauna, Assam government recently upgraded the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park. With this, the state of Assam has become the state with the second highest number of National Parks with a total of 7 such protected areas in the state.
This news attracted a lot of attention towards the national park especially since the Ministry of Tourism is promoting it under the 'Dekho Apna Desh' scheme.
The 234.26 square km Dehing Patkai National Park spans eastern Assam's Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. Owing to the upgrading, short stretches of the Dirak and Buri Dihing rivers have been included in the Dihing Patkai National Park.
According to the Union Ministry of Tourism, the Dehing Patkai National Park is home to the only rainforest in the state and hosts a wide variety of plant and animal species. A major attraction to Dehing Patkai is 30 kinds of butterflies, a variety of indigenous and migratory birds, monkey, langoor, elephants, and wild buffaloes among others.
Additional anti-poaching camps and manpower are being deployed now for strengthening the security and patrolling besides conservation of the new National Park.
Here's a look at the beautiful Dihing Patkai National Park and the bio-diversity that it holds.
With inputs from IANS.