My first day to experience Indian wildlife was in the state of Assam in Northeastern India. Assam is very different from the majority of India and although it is largely Hindu there are many different cultures and religions. The mighty Brahmaputra River runs through Assam from Tibetan China and this would be my route, by boat, through this fascinating state.
Assam is very famous for the fine tea plantations that cover great swathes of the region and the people look like they are much more closely related to people from East Asia rather than the Indian Subcontinent. This is a truly fascinating area of India to visit and very few people do, maybe this is why Assam has an appeal unlike anything else in this diverse country.
Below I have included some images of some of Assam's most beautiful wildlife, the Hoolock Gibbon. These are India's only species of Ape and they sing the most beautiful duets. It took us a few hours to find them in the thick rainforest of Mariani Gibbon Sanctuary which is now only a small pocket of what was once a huge forested landscape. Later the forest rang with the sound of Gibbons, calling out to others to tell them that this was their patch of forest and they are fit and healthy and ready to defend it. This Gibbon duet is amazing and a recording just does not do it any justice at all. A wonderful day in this beautiful forest was had by all and the morning was one that I would certainly never forget.
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