The Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the principle attractions of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Sanctuary lies in headquarters of Seijusa in the southwestern side of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Covering an area of 861.95 Sq. kms, Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is dark, deep and green. Little rivulets crossing the park and moving into narrow clearing filled with animals are amazing.
The Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary has been dowered with another name that is ‘Pakke Tiger Reserve’. The park is also blessed with the ominous presence of a throbbing rivulet that spans across it. Other rivers like Kemeng river and the Pakke river also make their way through the periphery of this humongous park.
The Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary of Arunachal Pradesh has another designation that is ‘Camo Sanctuary’; this name was bestowed to this national park on 28th of March, 1977. The park was finally titled as the Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary on the 18th day of April in the year 2002. This park forms an integral appendage of the tiger scheme introduced by the Government of India. The closest air terminal is at Tezpur and you can also opt to travel by a train which is available from the railway station at Rangpara.
The lower areas are covered with swampy rainforests, great sized trees like the Hoolock, Bola and giant sized Bamboos, plentiful Climbers (most prominently of Cane) and abundant under growth. Many varieties of orchids (500), of which 175 found only in Arunachal add that touch of delicacy.
Bamboos are found even higher up. There are over 12 genera and 30 species of Bamboos occurring in Arunachal Pradesh. The higher altitudes between 1,000 to 3,000m have mainly deciduous and mixed deciduous forests. Walnuts, Oaks, Chestnuts, Pine, Spruce and Rhododendrons are found here. Short statured wild Rhododendrons are, however, found in plenty at a height of about 4,000 m. between the two areas, there comes an area of the conifers. Above the area of the Rhododendrons lies the alpine meadows at peaks just short of 5,000 m.
The possible faunas could be the tiger , leopard, clouded Leopard, jungle cat, wild dog, Fishing Cat, Jackal, Indian Fox, Himalayan Black Bear, Biturong, Elephant, Gaur, Samber, Hog deer, Barking Deer, Slow Loris, Wilboar, Yellow throated martin, Malayan Giant, squirrel, Flying squirrel, squirrel, civet, capped langur, Rhesus macaque, assamese Macaque, Bison etc. The presence of stamp tailed macaque has been reported by one researcher.
Major Wildlife Attractions:
Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary is home to tiger , Leopard, Clouded Leopard, jungle cat, wild dog, Fishing Cat, Jackal, Indian Fox, Himalayan Black Bear, Biturong, Elephant, Gaur, Samber, Hog deer, Barking Deer, Slow Loris, Wilboar, Yellow throated martin, Malayan Giant, squirrel, Flying squirrel, squirrel, civet, capped langur, Rhesus macaque, assamese Macaque, Bison etc. The presence of stamp tailed macaque has been reported by one researcher.
Birds like Hornbill, white winged wood duck, Jungle Fowl, Peacock Phesant, Khaleej Pheasant, Dove, Barbets, Drongo, Scrpent eagle, Baaz eagles, ducks etc. can be seen.
Some reptiles like the python, the Cobra or the Krait are distinct possibilities.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit the wildlife is between the months of October to April.
How to Get there:
Road: From Tezpur regular buses ply to Bhalukpong and other major cities of Arunachal Pradesh. From both Tezpur and Bhalukpong you can easily reach the park by road.
Rail: Nearest railhead is at Rangpara. From here you can pick a bus or hire a car to reach the sanctuary.
Air: Nearest Airport is at Tezpur, From here you can pick a bus or hire a car to reach the sanctuary.
General Info / Tips:
There are several places for accommodation for the tourists, the accommodations are quite comfortable with all required facilities. Accommodation can also be arranged in forest rest houses or small hotels and lodges.
Arunanchal Pradesh, India
Pasighat (50 kms.)
Elephant, Tiger, Gaur, Barking Deer, Binturong, Leopard, Hornbill
Seijusa (21 kms.)