Hollongpar Gibbon Sanctuary

A lesser known but a must visit place about 120 kms from Kaziranga is the Hollongpar Gibbon Sanctuary that is home to 7 species of primates is the best place to see the only ape in India, the Hollock Gibbons. The sanctuary is beautifully surrounded by tea gardens on one side & unfortunately a railway track on another. It is a also good place to see the rich bird  and insect life as well. Got a fleeting glance of the Red-headed Trogon - regrettably could not get a photo of him! here are some glimpses.
Hollock Gibbon swinging on a Hollong Tree. Gibbons are apes & do not have tails. this is more than made up by their long limbs used for swinging between branches. they are canopy dwellers

Malayan Giant Squirrel

Common Birdwing

Vine Snake


Golden Sapphire

Three-spot Grass Yellow

Our guide Deven Bordoloi with Mandar above & Adesh below, Nature India gifted him Grimmett's field guide - a very good gesture to encourage local naturalists to update their knowledge of birds

Chocolate Albatross

Clear Sailor

Tortoiseshell Beetle

Gaudy Baron

Cruiser (female)

Gaudy Baron

Moth pupa

 above & below - Black-faced Langur

Brahmaputra Jungle Resort at Amchang wildlife Sanctuary

If you have a day or more to stay in Guwahati & are not enamoured of the sultry, dusty city atmosphere, you can literally have your cake & eat it too! as you approach Guwahati on NH 37, a board guides you to the Tapesia stadium & to Amchang wildlife sanctuary. almost immediately, you feel the gigantic change from the hot dusty plains to the cool environs of a small hill station. a 2 km drive brings you to the the charming Brahmaputra Jungle Resort where a quaint ethnic cottage awaited me. here are great views.
entry to Brahmaputra Jungle Resort & Amchang

Welcome to my abode - the ethnic cottage

The concrete structures for the city folks!

White-throated Kingfisher


a view from my cottage

a Great Tit outside my cottage window at 6 a.m.

Black-crested Bulbuls seen on the trail

Info & acknowledgements

Guwahati is the gateway to reach Kaziranga, Hollongpar Gibbon Sanctuary & Amchang. the distances are
Guwahati - Kaziranga 230 kms
Kaziranga - Jorhat 90 kms You need to stay at Jorhat to access the Gibbon Sanctuary which is another 30 kms ahead
Guwahati - Amchang 50 kms. Amchang is on the outskirts of Guwahati

This was an amazing trip made possible by
  1. Adesh & Mandar for their excellent organising  and being equally excellent resource persons
  2. the staff of Jupuri ghar at Kaziranga & Brahmaputra Jungle Resort at Amchang for their excellent service with a smile
  3. My fellow campers for adding to the enthusiasm