Dihing Patkai is Assam’s 7th National Park
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – National Parks
- Dihing Patkai as a National Park was recently notified as Assam’s national Park.
- Raimona National Park in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district was also notified recently.
- Assam now has the third most National Parks after the 12 in Madhya Pradesh and nine in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- The five older National Parks in the State: Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang and Dibru-Saikhowa.
- Kaziranga and Manas are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- They are also tiger reserves along with Nameri and Orang.
- Dihing Patkai is a major elephant habitat
- Short stretches of the Dirak and Buri Dihing rivers have been included in the park,
- Raimona adjoins the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal to its west, Phipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan to its north and the first addition to Manas National Park to the east.
- Raimona is home to the golden langur, elephant, tiger, clouded leopard and Indian gaur