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Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is one among the popular wildlife Sanctuary’s of Arunachal. The Sanctuary is situated in the foothills of Himalayas. The Sanctuary is spread across an area of 218 sq kms. The place was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1989 by the Indian Government. The sanctuary got its name from the Red eagle division which was posted here in 1950s. The Sanctuary experiences a subtropical monsoon climate.
Flora and Fauna
The forest has patches of grasslands, woodlands, evergreen and deciduous lands. The grasslands are fertile. The vegetation of the forest include a wide variety of flora which includes several species of grass, scrubs, shrubs, creepers, climbers trees etc. the vegetation of the forest include sugar cane, common reed, cotton tree, elephant apple tree, cinnamon, indica, bimali, rubra and many others. But the on ground vegetation is not all. The place has quite good aquatic flora too. These include invasive water hyacinth, mimosa invisa and others. There are several poisonous plants in the region. The most widespread of these is the elephant nettle plants. The fauna found in the place is as rich as its flora. The place includes wide range of animals- mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, etc. the forest is a home to several endangered species too. The fauna include the one horned – gaur, leopard, elephants, boar, deer, wild pig, hog deer, bear, jackal, big cats, squirrel etc. the sanctuary is a home to 800 species of birds that include hawks, eagles, , woodpeckers, bee eater, rollers, hornbills etc. several migratory birds visit the Sanctuary in large number like the waterfowl. The place is also a home to several very rare and dangerous species of snakes. The forest is a home to more than 165 varieties of butterflies.
Arunachal Pradesh has a unique culture. It is a perfect blend of 26 different cultures. The development of these individual tribes and their cultures is unknown but today the culture of the state is one of the richest of the cultures in India. The coming of new cults further added to the culture. The people here engage themselves in hunting, weaving, handicrafts etc. the majority of people are Hindus including Buddhist and donyi- polo. People here speak a variety of languages and also know Hindi and English. Most of the festivals revolve around agriculture like any other part of India
Where to go
Bomdila is a city in Arunachal Pradesh and is called the Veranda of the Himalayas. The city is at an altitude of 7275 ft. The proximity to the great Himalayas is what makes the city so special. The city has several Hindu and Buddhist temples. The Eaglenest wildlife sanctuary makes Bomdila even more popular. The view from Bomdila is breath taking. The place is not so frequently visited but it is one of the places of Arunachal which you don’t want to miss. The monastery of Bomdila is the most famous attraction of Bomdila. The monastery is a home to over 100 monks. The monastery is a replica of the Tsona Gonste Monastery of Tibet. The monastery is associated with the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. There is a Buddha temple within the monastery vicinity. Tawang is a city in Arunachal Pradesh situated on the border of Arunachal and Bhutan. The city is at an altitude of 10000 ft. China claims the city to be a part of the Tibet. The valley of Tawang is truly awe inspiring. The place is known for its beautiful autumn season. The place has an awe inspiring natural beauty. Lush green mountains, snow covered passes, crystal clear lakes, beautiful falls and the list goes on. To add to this the place boasts of the richness of Buddhist traditions. Tea gardens in and around the city are really popular. You can see large spreads of these gardens on your route to various places. Visiting these gardens is a wonderful experience. You might also be able to see how tea leaves are picked and tea is made. You can also have fresh tea made out of just picked leaves here. Visiting the gardens is one of the popular things that people do here.
What to do
The state is full of greenery and there are several trekking trails here and there. You can trek in the hills. For those who like water can engage themselves in water sports on the river Brahmaputra. There also cruise that goes for an entire day giving the passengers a round of the mighty river.
What to eat
The spice mix of Arunachal is greatly influenced by the tribal taste. The food of Arunachal is quite different when it comes to preparation and taste but it is good to taste. The tour to the state in not complete without eating the traditional dishes of the state or the common dishes prepared in local > rice, fish and green vegetables are staple in the state.
How to reach
The airport of Jorhat is the closest airport to Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati Airport receives both national and international flights. From the airport bus and cabs are available to reach the Sanctuary. The nearest railway station is that of Mariani. It is well connected to several cities of India. From the station bus and taxi is available to reach the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is easily accessible by road. There are buses from Guwahati and other nearby cities of Assam. Cab services from nearby towns and cities are also available.
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