Assam Wildlife Sanctuaries
This wildlife sanctuary is located at a distance of twenty five km from Golaghat in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. It can be accessed from Dimapur airport of Nagaland which is just fifty five km away from the sanctuary. Garampani meaning hot water carries the reputation of being one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries of the state surfaced on an area of six sq km. The sanctuary is popular for its explicit hot springs and scenic waterfalls. This region rich in biodiversity and tropical semi-evergreen vegetation preserves some of the rare bird species. With a tropical semi-evergreen type of climate, the sanctuary hosts a wide range of rare and endangered flora and fauna. Places to visit near this sanctuary are Golaghat town, Neghereting Shiva Temple, Kaziranga National Park and Nambor wildlife sanctuary.
Located on the southern bank of Brahmaputra River in Nagaon district, covering an
area of seventy sq. km, this sanctuary is ideal home for Rhinoceros and Wild Buffalo.
It can be accessed easily from Nagaon, which is just twenty eight km and Guwahati
which is at a distance of one hundred forty eight km. The sanctuary has a variety
of attractions in the form of mammals like hog deer, tiger, fishing cat, civets.
Bird life includes around two hundred twenty five species of incredible birds. Marine
life, around nine species of amphibians and fourteen species of reptiles are the
treasures of Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary.
This sanctuary is located at foot of the Himalayas having borders with Bhutan and
it can be reached from Guwahati airport which is around one hundred fifty km from
the sanctuary. It is blessed with panoramic views of Himalayan ranges on one side
and the majesty of Bhutan on the other side. The best season to visit this place
is from November to April. Here exotic animal life and some rare and beautiful species
of birds can be viewed from close distance. The central reason behind formation
of this reserve, was to protect and conserve rare species like Pigmy Hog and Hispid
This is the second largest protected reserve for Golden Langur located in Kokrajhar
which comes inside the limits of Kokrajhar and Dhrubi districts of Assam. Initially
the Chakrashila hill received the status of a reserve forest in 1966 and in 1994
it was offered the status of a sanctuary. Covering an area of around forty five
sq. km it can be accessed from Kokrajhar town, which is at a distance of six km
and from Dhubri town at a distance of sixty eight km. Total one hundred nineteen
exclusive bird species are recorded in this region offering a feast of bird watching
for the bird enthusiasts. Accommodations are available at Kokrajhar and Choraikhola
with facilities of forest trekking, bird watching and photography.
The sanctuary is located on the southern banks of river Brahmaputra in Sonitpur
district providing a suitable environment for the bird Bengal florican. The vegetation
includes semi-evergreen forests and alluvial grasslands. It is part of the Laokhowa-Burachapori
eco-system and serves as the best home for Bengal florican accompanied with other
exorbitant migratory bird species. Several varieties of plant species represent
the natural vegetation of this particular region. Many medicinal and flowering plants
are also found in the jungles of Burachapori. Wildlife safaris operated here are
the prime attractions for visitors, which provide a quick glance of the flora, fauna
and other incredible features.
Panidihing bird sanctuary located in the northern part of Sivasagar district which
is tucked at a distance of about twenty two km from the town, beautifully located
between Demow and Disang rivers. It represents a rich wetland ecosystem and is spread
on around thirty four sq.km. The fascinating species of migratory birds like fishing
eagles, adjutant storks are the pride of this sanctuary. Around one hundred sixty
five explicit bird species are recorded here making it a paradise for bird watchers.
This sanctuary having a winter bird population above 20,000 qualifies as a Ramsar
This is a protected area of evergreen forest isolated from the hustle bustle of
cities located at the foot of Patkal mountain range. It is bestowed with India’s
only gibbons called the hoolock gibbons, hence received this name. The upper patch
of the forest is enriched with Hollong trees, whereas the Nahar dominates the middle
portion. The lower portion is subdued with evergreen herbs and shrubs. The sanctuary
is marked with rich biodiversity making existence of the apes possible in its dense
forests. There are nocturnal primates inhibited in along with predators like tigers
and leopards. Other major attractions are around two hundred nineteen bird species
and several types of reptiles.
Located at one hours drive from Guwahati, this sanctuary is located at a distance
of thirty km from the city, which conserves a dense population of Indian one horned
rhinos residing in a sixteen sq km habitat. It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary
in 1987. It envelopes flood plains and a hillock called Raja Mayong. Other animals
dominating this sanctuary are barking deer, wild buffalo, leopard and wild boar.
At one stage attempts were made to conserve the rhinos but a stage is reached, when
the area of sixteen sq km is over populated with them. Some of the places to visit
here are Garanga Beel and Haduk Hanging Bridge. Tourists can enjoy moving deep inside
the sanctuary by riding the jeep or elephant safaris.
Sonai Rupai Sanctuary can be reached from Salonibari airport in Tezpur which is
at a distance of forty five km from the airport. The sanctuary located in Sonitpur
district is adorned with classic natural beauty and exotic wildlife of the region.
River Burhidihing is proceeding through this sanctuary, making the region green
and boosting the growth of plant and animal life. The best time to visit this sanctuary
is between November and March. The visitors can stay in the forest bungalows. Elephant
and Indian Bison are the prime attractions of this sanctuary. One of the endangered
bird species white wood duck can be easily spotted here. At Sonai Rupai wildlife
sanctuary you will have the dual advantage of watching the extrinsic wildlife, birdlife
at the same time you can explore the scenic landscapes of the region.
This is a small sanctuary located on a patch of around seven sq km, which is just
six km from Tinsukia town, where accommodations and other facilities for visitors
are available. As per the name of this sanctuary it is formed by combining the three
forests of Bherjan, Borajan and Padumoni. This small wildlife reserve encompasses
around eighty four exotic bird species, including some exclusive birds like Kingfisher,
Bulbul, Osprey and Magpie Robin. Some of the rare wildlife species to be spotted
here are Assamese Macaque, Capped Langur and Hoolock Gibbon. Best months to explore
these treasure troves of nature are from October to April.
This sanctuary is a huge reserve spread on an area of around two hundred twenty
two sq. km in karbi Anglong autonomous district, administered by the forest department
and is a part of Kaziranga Karbi Anglong Elephant reserve. The prime features of
the sanctuary which attract tourists to this place are a lake enveloped by scenic
beauty, abundance of forests and rare species of animals. This tropical paradise
is rich in Biodiversity and exorbitant wildlife including mammals, predators, reptiles
and langurs. Around two hundred sixty species of splendid bird life is recorded
This sanctuary is a true introduction of hilly Assam state with forest clad hills
and valleys, sheltering many species of typical wild animals which are the heritage
and identity of this region. The sanctuary is located between area covered with
tropical forests and the vast low-lying plains in Golaghat district famous for its
hot springs. Tourists get mesmerized by its location among green fields which is
lined with streams visible at regular distance. This sanctuary expanded on a huge
plot of Ninety seven sq. km is providing refuge to number of majestic animals like
Royal Bengal tigers and elephants in their natural habitat.
Some of the most important reserved forests of this region like Englongkiri, Disama,
Miyungdisa and Kaki are pride of this sanctuary, offering rich biodiversity in which
many rare varieties of animal and bird life are flourishing. Due to the measures
taken by the forest department the number of Asiatic elephants is multiplying at
a faster pace in this Marat Longri wildlife reserve. It’s a huge reserve settled
on a plot measuring around four hundred fifty sq. km. in Karbi Anglong district
and a part of Dhansiri-Lungding Elephant Reserve. It can be reached from Dimapur
airport sixty km or from Diphu railway station, which is just eight km from the
sanctuary. November to March is supposed to be the best time to visit this destination.
This sanctuary in Golaghat district divided in three blocks on an area of ninety
seven sq. km is popular for its hot water springs and the frequent sighting of Hoolock
Gibbon and Gaur. The sanctuary can be accessed from Rowriah airport in Jorhat which
is sixty eight km. A long list of mammals, which can be sighted here are Assamese
Macaque, Gaur, Leopard, Slow Loris and Barking deer. Birds to be spotted in Nambor
- Doigrung Wildlife reserve are Great Pied Hornbill, White winged wood duck and
This small sanctuary situated at Guwahati is rich in birds and mammal population.
Declared as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 2004, it is located to the east of
the city. Just fifteen km from Guwahati railway station, it is the perfect place
to visit and get refreshed. The sanctuary is governed by East-Kamrup forest division,
where tourists can stroll and view the wildlife of Assam in their natural habitat.
The reserve is famous for the availability of rare endangered species like Chinese
pangolin, Rhesus macaque, Hoolock gibbon, Elephant and Gaur.
This sanctuary settled on an area of around one hundred twenty sq. km is divided
into three divisions namely Jeypore, Dirok and Dihing River and is a part of Dehing-Patkai
Elephant Reserve. Major attractions for tourist include World War II cemeteries
and the Digboi refinery which is popular as the oldest refinery in Asia. Out of
the total rainforest of 575 sq. km a part was declared as wildlife sanctuary and
other part is occupied by Debru – Deomali elephant reserve. This longest stretch
of tropical low-land rainforest of the sanctuary is many times referred as “Amazon
of the east”.
This wildlife reserve in Cachar covers an area of around three hundred twenty four
sq. km, The sanctuary settles on a semi evergreen and Tropical evergreen forests.
Many varieties of wild cats, barking deer, Sambar, Leopard and Porcupine are frequently
seen in the jungles of this sanctuary. Birds seen here include many varieties of
hornbills, Grey peacock and mountain bamboo partridge.