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Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary – Assam Wildlife Destination

Dibru Saikhowa Sanctuary Map
Assam is the reflection of India’s rich forests reserves and the incredible wild life prospering in these dense forests. It is the north eastern Indian state blessed with a panorama of attractions for the tourist with number of popular Assam wildlife sanctuaries and rare species of animals preserved in them. The states cultural richness is the outcome of various ethnic groups settled here since historic times and each group is adding its share to the mix bowl of culture. If we take a glance at preference of the tourists visiting this state, it is clear from statistics that jungles and wildlife of Assam is the prime factor bringing hordes of tourists to this natures marvel. Kaziranga National Park is not only a popular Assam wildlife sanctuary but it is pride of the nation.

Bengal Tiger at Dibru Saikhowa Sanctuary
Assam tourism is bestowed with many popular wildlife sanctuaries. Among the wildlife sanctuaries Dibru-Saikhowa is one of the Assam National Parks in Dibrugarh, which is tucked amidst three great rivers of Assam namely Dibru, Brahmaputra and Lohit. The sanctuary is renowned as the biggest salix swamp forest in whole of North East India and vegetation is deciduous as well as semi-wet evergreen type. Area of the sanctuary was declared as reserve forest in steps, Dibru region being declared first and Saikhowa later. This sanctuary was established with the aim of preserving the rare, diminishing species of white winged wood ducks, but provided shelter to other rare species like wild horse, capped Langur, tiger and water buffaloes. Wild horse also known as feral horse is the highlight of this sanctuary.

Hoolock Gibbons at Dibru Saikhowa Sanctuary
Animal life to be viewed in their natural habitat includes royal Bengal tiger, hoolock gibbons and leopards. This sanctuary shelters many exotic migratory bird species like Bengal florican, lesser adjutant stork and spotted billed pelican providing a chance to the bird enthusiasts to get a closer look at these birds roaming freely along boundaries of the sanctuary. Maguri Motapung beel, lake near sanctuary is the right place for tourists to spot variety of birds at a single location, where more than three hundred bird species are recorded. The area around lake is supposed to be rich in biodiversity and has played an important role in conserving fast diminishing species of waterfowl and grassland birds. 

Salix Swamp Forest at Dibru Saikhowa Sanctuary
Bird and animal life near the lake can be well explored by joining the boat rides specially organized for the tourists. Easy encounter with the birds can only be made if you are carrying a set of binoculars and a good quality camera. While exploring the sanctuary it is advisable to hire a local guide, since knowing places of concentration of animals is the key factor while spotting animal life of this region. Best time to visit this sanctuary is between the months of September to March and Dibru-Saikhowa Sanctuary timings in the day are convenient for visitors.

How to Reach

To reach at Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary need to come Tinsukia town from where you can catch buses or hire private vehical to the national park in Dibru Saikhova.

By Air 

Mohanbari or Dibrugarh Airport at Mohanbari is nearest Airport, about the 40 kms. away from Tinsukia town.

By Rail 

Tinsukia is well connected to Rail route. Many trains are running through New Tinsukia Junction railway station.

By Road 

By road, park is 55 km away from Tinuskia District is connected by NH 37. Private Vehicle and Buses are running frequently from Tinsukia District to Dibru Saikhova National Park. If you come from Guwahati than it is 500 kms by road. State Buses are quite uncomfortable because poor condition of bus, so, better opt for private vehicle.

Travel Tips

Prior permission is require to get enrty into park. Tourist can enter the park from Guijan Ghat (10km from Tinsukia) or Saikhowa Ghat. Entry before and after sunset is not allowed, even night halt is not permitted. Dibru Saikhova National Park have two forest villages Dhadia and Laika, which have beautiful views and natural fauna.

There are no riding elephants in Dibru Saikhowa and no roads, so prepare for long walking also hire a guide for better directions. A small motorized boat are available travel inside the park. The Maguri Lake is one more attraction. It is situated outside the park. Maguri Beel has rare exotic birds, a few migratory birds and a resident strong herd of wild buffaloes.

Best Time to Visit

Park remain closed during monsoon because of heavy rainfal. It reopen by Novermber till April, is only time when tourist are allowed to entry at Dibru Saikhova National Park. The climate is warm during this period and many migratory birds are coming here for breeding here.

Kaziranga National Park - Fact Files

Kaziranga National Park is situated at Assam is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds away from any human distraction. Kaziranga National Park is recognized as World Heritage Place by UNESCO on December 1985.  Following are Fact files about the Kaziranga National Park - 

Located at
 Assam, India
 N26 40 0 E93 25 0
National Park Status
World Heritage  Status
Nearest River
 Brahmaputra River
Nearest Hill
 Mikir Hills
Types of Vegetation

·         Alluvial Inundated Grasslands
·         Tropical wet Evergreen forests

·         Tropical Semi-Evergreen Forests
Threatened Mammals

       15  Indian Species –

·        Capped langur

·        Hoolock gibbon

·        Tiger panthera tigris

·        Leopard

·        Sloth Bear

·         Ganges Dolphin

·        Otter

·        Wild Boar

·        Water Buffalo

·        Gaur

·        Sambar

·         Swamp Deer

·        Hog Deer

·        Indian Muntjac

Migratory Birds
More than 100 Species

·         Water Monitor

·         Indian Python
·          Common Cobra

·          King Cobra

Kaziranga National Park Timing -

Elephant Safari

Timing - 5:00 am until 4:00 pm
Jeep Safari

Timing - 7:30 am until 11 am
Timing - 2:00 pm until 4:30 pm
Bird Watching
Anytime in day
Anytime in day
Anytime in day
Best time to visit
December to May
Park Closing
Between June to October

One Horn Indian Rhino 

Total Numbers of Rhino
Adult Males Rhino
Adult Females Rhino
as per 2013 census by Assam Government.

Wild Buffaloes at Kaziranga National Park

Wild Buffaloes at Kaziranga National Park
Wild Buffaloes are listed as one of the endangered species, wild water buffaloes in India are mostly concentrated in the state of Assam. They are bigger than domestic buffaloes, with a narrow head, small ears and large hooves. These wild buffaloes have a tendency to form clans that are headed by older members. These clans have their specific areas for grazing, drinking and resting. Wild water buffaloes live for about 25 years in their natural habitat, feeding mostly on grasses. To prevent these rare species from extinction, they have been kept under protection in wildlife reserves. These reserves or national parks offer a safe haven for them while providing favourable living conditions. Authorities of these wildlife sanctuaries have also taken necessary steps to make sure that these buffaloes are protected against diseases and natural calamities. Wildlife enthusiasts visiting these regions can watch these wild animals in significant numbers, roaming around in herds with members of their respective clans.

Areas where Wild Buffaloes found in Assam
Kaziranga receives plenty of rainfall every year, which promotes the growth of grasses and other types of flora in this region. This abundance of natural vegetation provides nutrition for many animals of the region, including wild water buffaloes. An amazing plant and animal life of this wildlife reserve attracts many tourists from different parts of the world every year. Most of them arrive here for spotting wild animals, while some are interested in birding. This national park can be visited between the months of November and April, when climate is very pleasant and suitable for tourism. Wildlife tours are conducted during this period for tourists that present an opportunity for them to watch their favourite animals and birds in action. One can find many hotels and resorts around Kaziranga that offer comfortable lodging facilities for tourists. Eco-tourists generally prefer Jungle Home Resorts that give utmost importance to conservation of environment and wildlife. Accommodation in such types of resorts offer a pleasant stay for all tourists and rooms in them are fully furnished with eco-friendly materials. Nature lovers would definitely appreciate marvellous views of natural surroundings from their rooms in these resorts.

Wild Buffaloes dipping in water
Some of these resorts are located very close to the national park which provides a great deal of convenience for tourists to visit this wildlife sanctuary. They provide all basic facilities for guests and there are certain added amenities for a pleasant stay. Guided tours are also available as a part of these amenities which enable guests to embark on sightseeing tours at their convenience. Wildlife safaris offered as a part of Kaziranga accommodation also helps them to watch different types of wild animals in this region, such as One Horn Rhinos, Hoolock Gibbons and Wild Water Buffaloes. But, before entering this national park, necessary permits have to be taken. Authorities have certain rules in place to make sure that no disturbance is caused to wildlife in this region and a pollution-free environment is maintained. Services of trained nature guides who accompany tourists during such wildlife tours serve the purpose of ensuring that park rules are strictly followed.

Kaziranga Travel Attraction: Hoolock Gibbons

India's north-eastern forests have many species of wild animals that have been provided adequate protection by authorities. Best example is the region of Kaziranga National Park, where Hoolock Gibbons can be seen jumping around from one branch of a tree to another is Kaziranga travel attraction. These are India's only apes and are classified into two kinds, western and eastern. They rarely step on ground as most of them can be seen swinging from one tree to another at amazing speeds. Males have black hair and have a white brow, while females have copper-tan hair which is dark-brown on the sides of their faces. Kaziranga's forests supply them with all their diet requirements consisting of fruits, leaves, flowers and shoots. These apes are famous for their peculiar voices that can be heard from longer distances. They make such sounds to attract their mates and each call echoes across trees, making their presence felt in this region.

Monsoons in Kaziranga provide enough rains for this wildlife reserve, which satisfies the requirements of its flora and fauna. Winters are highly pleasant in this region, but summers are dry and not very comfortable for tourists. Best season to visit this national park would be between the months of October and April. This is a perfect time to embark on wildlife safaris or go birding around Kaziranga to sight its marvellous animals and birds. These tours can help visitors to have an excellent view of their favourite animals or birds in action. Hoolock Gibbons can also be sighted during these trips. In addition to these safaris that are conducted on jeeps or elephants rides, there are observation towers situated at strategic points for getting a better view of wildlife in this region. Visitors are free to take as many photos as they want with their cameras, but there are certain rules to be followed during their Kaziranga wildlife safaris. Authorities have taken great efforts to maintain a tranquil environment for its animals and birds. Due to this reason, visitors are expected to maintain the required distance from wild animals and not to do something that disturbs animals in the wildlife reserve.

Tourists visiting Kaziranga National Park for making their holidays or vacations memorable can choose to stay in any of the Kaziranga resorts or hotels. Some of them are located very close to the wildlife reserve and offer beautiful views of lush green landscapes. A Kaziranga accommodation would give tourists the chance to stay in the midst of natural surroundings and enjoy wildlife tours for sighting their favourite Hoolocks Gibbons at convenient timings. Some of the resorts in this region encourage eco-tourism in a bid to promote a greener environment and conserve wildlife. Rooms or cottages in such hotels or resorts are fully furnished with eco-friendly materials and have all basic amenities that would ensure a comfortable accommodation for their guests. But there are certain added amenities available for guests which would make for a luxurious stay, such as, airport pick-up and drop facility, currency exchange and travel desk assistance.

Kaziranga Tourism Guide

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