Wild India – Assam - Wildlife Sanctuaries - Part 2

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Assam with its huge forest cover, vast open lands and incredible climate is an excellent place for wildlife to flourish. The state has a total of eighteen wildlife sanctuaries. In this second part of this series, we present the remaining nine of the wildlife sanctuaries of this beautiful state.

 

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Mayong village in Morigaon district of Assam. It is approximately 50 kilometres from Morigaon.

Attractions: The sanctuary is covered by tropical forests, hillocks comprising flat flood plains and marshlands. This sanctuary covers an area of 38.80 square kilometres in Morigaon.

Rhinoceros, leopard, wild boar, barking deer and wild buffalo can be found in this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. It is approximately 25 kilometres from Golghat, the nearest town.

Attractions: The sanctuary spans an area of 37 square kilometres in the forests of Karbi Anglong district. The foliage includes Himalayan forests and tropical forests as well as water bodies.

Elephants, Leopards, Tigers, Deer, Golden Languor, Hoolock Gibbons, Sambar, Gaur (Indian Bison), Barking Deer, Ant Eater, Hares, Flying Squirrel, Mongoose, Barking Deer, Tiger Civet Cat, Slow Loris, Hog Deer, Wild Pig, Civet Cat, Porcupine, Jackal, Otter, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Honey Bear, Swamp Deer, Wild Dog, Bat and Hoolock Monkey call this sanctuary home.

Bird species found in the sanctuary include Great pied Hornbill, Hill Mynah, Imperial Pigeon, Green Pigeon, Jungle Fowl, Pheasant, Quall, Whistling Teal, Cotton Teal, Plover, Hawk, Magpies, Parrot, Horn Bill, Racket Tailed Drone, Rock Dove and King Crow.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Panidihing Bird Sanctuary

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Location: Panidihing Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Sivasagar district of Assam. It is approximately 25 kilometres from Sivasagar.

Attractions: Around 267 species of birds are found in the sanctuary including 70 species of migrating birds.

The common birds spotted in the sanctuary include bar-headed goose, greylag goose, spot-billed duck, mallards, gadwall, widgeon, garganey, shoveller, red crested pochard, common pochard, ferruginous duck, adjutant stork, kingfisher, lesser adjutant stork, open bill stork and white necked stork along with the rare griffon and white-rumped vulture.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Nature trails and bird watching.

 

Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Darrang district of Assam. It is approximately 90 kilometres from Darrang in Assam. The sanctuary is named after the river Bornadi which flows on its western border.

Attractions: Wild animals found in the sanctuary include Capped Langur, Pigmy Hog, Porcupine, Bison, Hispid Hare, Pangolin, Tiger, Asiatic Elephant, Leopard, Gaur, Leopard, Small Indian Civet, Jungle Cat, Chinese Pangolin, Porcupine, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer and Wild Pig.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Jorhat district of Assam. It is approximately 25 kilometres from Jorhat.

Attractions: Western hoolock gibbon, Bengal slow loris, stump-tailed macaque, northern pig-tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, capped langur, Indian elephants, tigers, leopards, jungle cats, wild boar, three types of civet and four types of squirrel call the sanctuary home.

Best Time to Visit: June to July and February to March.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary is located 6 kilometres from the Tinsukia district in Assam.

Attractions: The sanctuary is spread over three separate forests, namely, Bherjan, Borajan and Padumoni in Tinsukia district. It is covered by Evergreen forests. This sanctuary covers an area of 7.22 square kilometres.

The sanctuary is home to different species of wild animals such as Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Pig-tailed Macaque, Slow Loris and Rhesus Macaque and Leopard. Other important wild animal species found in the sanctuary include Assamese Macaque, Capped Macaque, Wild Pig and Giant Flying Squirrel.

Important bird species found in the sanctuary include Osprey, Kingfisher, Indian Pied Hornbill, Lineated Barbet, Woodpecker, Durango, Common Mynah, Bulbul, Magpie Robin, Wagtail and a variety of Woodland birds.

Best Time to Visit: October to April.

Things to do: Nature trails and bird watching.

 

Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The sanctuary is 330 kilometres from Guwahati and 55 kilometres from Dimapur.

Attractions: The name Garampani means “Hot Water”. The sanctuary is famous for its natural hot water spring. Presence of natural hot water spring and waterfalls, surrounded by Nambor Sanctuary and a home for more than 51 rare species of orchids makes this sanctuary unique.

Mammals like Tiger, Elephant, Gaur, Bear, Sambar, Barking, Deer, Rhesus Macaque, Hoolock Gibbon and Wild pig call the sanctuary home. Birds like The Great Pied Hornbill and Hill Mynah are commonly spotted. Also reptiles like Python, Cobra and Monitor Lizard can be found.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Enjoy the hot spring, Orchid spotting, nature trails and bird watching.

 

Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Dipor Bil or Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary is located 15 kilometres from Guwahati. This sanctuary spans an area of 4.14 square kilometres in the wetlands near Bil or Beel Lake which lies to the south of Brahmaputra River in Assam.

Attractions: Deepor Beel, a permanent freshwater lake is a home to different species of birds. Ornithologists recorded occurrence of 219 species of birds, including more than 70 migratory species in the sanctuary.

Some of the inhabitants of the sanctuary include Wild Asian Elephants, Leopard, Jungle Cat and the protected Barking Deer as well as the Chinese Porcupine and Sambar.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Things to do: Boat rides, nature trails and bird watching.