6 Wildlife Sanctuaries In Assam That Will Bring You Close To Nature
There are very few experiences that come close to spotting a wild animal in its natural habitat. Wildlife enthusiasts across the world flock to this northeastern state to escape from the hustle-bustle of the city and into the bounty of nature and wildlife in Assam. Located along the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valley, Assam is known for its lush greenery, marvelous archaeological sights, extensive tea plantations, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries located across the state.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit these wildlife sanctuaries in Assam and plan to book a jungle resort and watch the best in wildlife that this beautiful state has to offer.
Kaziranga National Park
Situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra river, Kaziranga is a wildlife sanctuary in Golaghat, Karbi Anglong and Nagaon districts of Assam that is immensely popular. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park has been attracting thousands of tourists for many years now. The 800 sq. mt. area of the national park is full of thickets, beautiful rocky landscapes, and green vegetation. Amidst the greenery, you can spot a variety of birds and wild animals like elephants, tigers, and water buffaloes. However, the main attraction of the national park is the one-horned rhinoceros. You can explore the national park in a jeep with your loved ones, and if you’re lucky, you will be able to see some of the wild animals a few centimeters away from you.
Best time to visit: November to April
Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts, Chakrashila is a gorgeous wildlife sanctuary in Assam, home to some of the most exotic wild animals. It is spread over 45.568 sq. km with two lakes, Dheer Beel and Diplai Beel, on each side. There are over 20 species of reptiles and 40 species of butterflies in this sanctuary. Some of the mammals spotted at Chakrashila include the Indian flying fox, Rhesus Macaque, Bengal Fox, Asiatic Jackal, Hornbill, and Indian Pipistrelle. This sanctuary in Assam also houses the glorious and endangered golden langurs and over 250 species of birds which will simply take your breath away!
Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated on the foothills of the Himalayas with the beautiful country of Bhutan on its north, in the Udalgiri and Baksha district of Assam, Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary is where some of the most ferocious wildlife in Assam reside. Named after the river Bornadi which flows from its border, the natural beauty of this wildlife sanctuary is hard to describe in words. Some highly endangered species like the Clouded Leopard, Golden Langur, and Pygmy Hogs reside in this wildlife sanctuary in Assam. Other wildlife species spotted here include Hispid Hare, White Winged Wood Duck, and Swamp Deer.
Hoollongapar Gibbons Sanctuary
Situated in the civil district of Jorhat in Assam, Hoollongapar Gibbons Sanctuary is surrounded by lush grasslands and tea plantations that make it a picturesque location perfect for some wildlife photography. Not only is this sanctuary home to India’s one and only ape species–the Hoolock Gibbon, but also the Bengal Slow Loris. This sanctuary in Assam is a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts as it also houses tigers, leopards, wild boars, and around 220 species of avifauna.
Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
Located on the south banks of the Brahmaputra river in the Nagaon district, Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Laokhowa-Burachapori ecosystem. The sanctuary offers an ideal habitat for Asiatic water buffaloes. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at this picturesque sanctuary with some of the most exotic wildlife in Assam like the Indian leopard, Indian boar, Bengal tiger, leopard cat, and hog deer. If you’re looking to get a closer look at some of the most exotic wildlife animals you can find in India, then spend a day at this sanctuary.
Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary:
Surrounded with sparkling water and lush greens, this Deepor Beel Bird sanctuary is located in the Kamrup District of Guwahati, Assam. Recognised as one of the finest wildlife sanctuary in India, this beautiful sanctuary is a home to 120 species of birds and a must visit for Bird watching. Some of the species that can be spotted here are the kingfishers, fishing eagles, stork and wide variety of ducks. If you are planning to have a real closer view of these birds at their natural habitat, do plan a visit at this sanctuary and plan your stay at the nearest club Mahindra partner hotels.
Assam is a great place to spend some time with your loved ones amidst the glory of nature and see some of the most exotic wildlife species up close. It truly is a little piece of paradise on Earth!