Ultapani Reserved Forest

If you are exploring the labyrinth of shallow channels of the Samokha river in Ultapani Reserved Forest with luxuriant intertwined trees, creepers, ferns and wild flowers around you, river crabs camouflaged among the pebbles shining through crystal clear water
at your feet, dragonflies of emerald green and crimson red hues fluttering all around, and somehow, you happen to forget where
you are, your first guess would be 'Amazon'. Some not-so-easily accessible areas of Ultapani Reserved Forest perhaps remain unseen
even by the rays of the sun. Parts of its Chiknajhar area certainly defy description and one has to see them to believe the untouched and complex variety of biodiversity on display there. It is certainly a place only for serious nature lovers and should be explored only in the company of an experienced guide from that area.

Ultapani literally means 'reverse waters'. It derives its name from the uncommon flow of a little stream that goes west to east whereas
all rivers in the north bank of Brahmaputra flow from east to west. Ultapani Reserved Forest is an important part of Manas Biosphere Reserve. Technically the forests of the area can be classified as Tropical Semi-evergreen Forests, Tropical Moist and Dry Deciduous Forests and Alluvial Grasslands. This small forest has a rich botanical wealth. About 393 species of dicotyledons (flowering plants whose seeds typically have two embryonic leaves) including 197 trees and 98 species of monocotyledons (flowering plants that typically start with one seed leaf) have been identified from this area. This habitat is also a favourite with the Indian Elephant, the Golden Langur, the Capped Langur, the Tiger, the Clouded Leopard, the Leopard, the Golden Cat, the Fishing Cat, the Leopard Cat, the Swamp Deer, the Sambar, the Malayan Giant Squirrel, etc. Other attractions of Ultapani include an abundance of wild orchids, butterflies and birds, particularly Pied Hornbills whose flocks of up to twenty birds have been spotted at dusk.

Although Ultapani so far does not have any tourist accommodation of its own, its short distance of about 36 km. from Kokrajhar makes it perfectly manageable for day trips from the town. The adventurous kind can also camp with the Bio-diversity Conservation Society headquarters situated near the charming old temple on the bank of Ultapani stream. Members of this organisation provide protection to the forest and also serve as nature guides for the serious visitors.

How To Reach:

From Kokrajhar
51 kms1.5 hours
Nearest AirportLGBI Airport, Guwahati200 kms4.5 hours
Nearest RailheadKokrajhar
51 kms1.5 hours
Nearest TownKokrajhar
51 kms1.5 hours