Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kaziranga National Orchard & Biodiversity park - Beyond an Orchard




     
      Northeast India has color, culture and charisma of abundant natural beauty. Especially my home state Assam is blessed with the most exotic flora and fauna. My recent visit to India this time, I visited Kaziranga biodiversity park. Entering the park after getting tickets, we were greeted by humble staff ready to help, wearing the most whimsical Assamese traditional attire.





      The park was inaugurated on 2015 October. It is 17 miles from Kaziranga national park and 137 miles from the Capital city Guwahati. The orchard and biodiversity park is a humble attempt by Akhil Gogoi, the founder Secretary of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), a farmer organization based in Assam India, to preserve the biodiversity of Assam and North East India.



      The park is a whimsical display of 600 orchids, greenhouse, seed bank, herb garden, cactus garden, a park for children, different variety of local food and a restaurant which offers local food and assamese style juice and snack bar. It also tries to conserve a variety of paddy seeds, medicinal plants, local flowers, sour fruits, cane, bamboo, a variety of fishes, photo gallery and a museum. Also, a vivid display of assamese culture and stage where you can enjoy cultural performances folk dance and music etc perform by local artist.


      It was almost lunchtime when we reached the park. We had our lunch in the park which offered an array of assamese local food. If you devour the local flavor, this is a great place to enjoy the assamese food.


      My children were excited to see the tree house and swung in the swing in the children park area. Along with everything, considering about kids entertainment and learning at the same time was the raving part.



      I took a long walk in the tiny alleys that lead to a natural lake and boating. And I visited the weaving center and museum that showcased exciting display of northeast India's rich handloom tradition.


      The park also sells souvenirs, handlooms and different types of rice, cereals, pickles and spices etc, which are only found in Assam or northeast India.
 
 
As I visited the park in cold January, orchards were not in its full glory but got hooked enough with the diverse culture. I went to visit biodiversity park but came back with great historical Assamese cultural insight and tribal heritage. And I experienced the orchard,  nature and diverse cultural unity and returned with the great feeling of seeing the effort of preserving things that are related to our roots which we all are proud of.



19 comments:

  1. Loved this piece , so informative. Ddnt know about the orchard and biodiversity park. It i
    Looks so good.I visited kaziranga around 30 years back and have many fond memories of the time spent over there.

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  2. It sounds like a wonderful day. I’m so glad you and your kids played and learned a lot together.

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  3. Oh my goodness!! I am in love. I love taking garden tours and this one looks like I could stay there for hours. Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden.

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  4. This sounds like such an amazing trip! I want to go there! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  5. One if my dreams is to travel to India one day.
    How do they eat a starfruit?

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  6. Great place you have. I wish I can visit the place too. I am planning to visit India one day.

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  7. Great trip you have. I loved the tree house very much. I wish I can visit there once in lifetime.

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  8. I love the pictures as they are so full of color and custom. While I've never been, this is what I would expect to see. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Wow what a great trip! Your photos are just beautiful and the flowers are all so pretty! I would love to visit!

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  10. What a beautiful place to visit. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. xo, Suzanne

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  11. I like seeing all this nature in India. Really beautiful! I usually tend to think a really over-populated city when someone brings up India.

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  12. What a beautiful place! I'm looking to travel soon so I may just swing by there!

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  13. oh my god! look at those pictures! so beautiful and colorful! What a beautiful place to visit! something i could defo travel for!

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  14. What a relax and beautiful place!! I love the photos

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  15. Wow, the photos here are beautiful! I want to travel and see places like this!!

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  16. Your photos look amazing!! India is definitely somewhere I want to go plus Jamaica also has star fruit

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  17. My hubby and I love to travel and dive into different cultures around the world. The Indian handloom tradition is very neat and we love Indian cuisine.
    Your photos are awesome and make me feel like I was there! :)

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  18. Great pics. This place looks beautiful. I'd love to visit it myself one day. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. i know all about the starfruit cause we have it in St. lucia. great post. thanks

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