Assam, a state whose 34.21% of the total geographical area comes under forest cover, must be a wildlife haven without a doubt. To experience wildlife in Assam means getting to know some very rare and unique species of plants, animals and birds. Rare and endangered animals like the one-horned rhinoceros, golden langur, pygmy hog, hoolock gibbon, to name a few, have been the reason why Assam is one of the best states in India for wildlife. There are wildlife resorts aplenty supporting this but then there are these five that deserves a special mention. Here is a list of five best wildlife resorts in Assam and why you need to experience them:
Infinity Resorts Kaziranga
The name is synonymous with wildlife conservation, thanks to the sister organisation—The Corbett Foundation. The resort is located in Golaghat district, on the fringes of Kaziranga National Park. This luxury eco resort is as close to nature as you'd expect out of a wildlife resort. Accommodations are made in typical Assamese architecture, atop bamboo stilts. The resort's 16 luxurious guest rooms offers nothing but undisturbed and quaint stay amidst greenery and plenty of birdcalls for company. For more information on the resort and tariff, check Infinity Resorts Kaziranga.
Diphlu River Lodge
For that ethnic rural experience, Diphlu River Lodge is the right pick. Giving back to the community is what they follow and it can be seen in their selection of staff that mostly comprises of local residents. The lodge in its entirety is an example of healthy and positive attitude towards nature; interiors fashioned from bamboo and wood, a lodge without any fences thus blending with the nature, and employing local weavers for every woven articles—says a lot about the lodge's commitment towards nature and the community. For best stay, wildlife and birding experience, visit Diphlu River Lodge
Zizina Otis Resort
Located near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, in Mayong, a place also famous as the land of ancient magic and medicine. Zizina Otis Resort will take you close to the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros and wild buffaloes, among many other rare animals. From mud huts, Swiss tents to suites, the resort has wide range of accommodation options. A special shout out to butterfly enthusiasts—there are butterfly species aplenty! For more information on the resort and tariff, visit Zizina Otis Resort
Wild Mahseer Resort
The stay at Wild Mahseer means getting to experience the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, a biodiverse setting dedicated to nature and those who are working towards conserving it. At the resort, experience the life of a Colonial tea-planter and go for safari in Kaziranga National Park, trekking, bird watching, river dolphin watching, among many interesting activities. For more information, visit Wild Mahseer Resort
Nameri National Park is two hours away from IORA-The Retreat, a perfect place for birding. The resort offers trips to the said national park, Gibbon Sanctuary, the river island Majuli, the ancient city of Shivasagar, and also to Kaziranga Golf Resort in Jorhat. It's a mix of luxurious stay and fun excursions. For more information, visit IORA-The Retreat.