Assam tourism is a blooming industry that is rapidly gaining strength. Assam, the land of blue hills has a lot of attractions that draws a host of tourists from all over India. Wildlife sanctuaries with their flora and fauna are the favorite holiday destinations of masses. With the aim of preserving endangered wild species, 11 wildlife sanctuaries have been established in Assam, among which Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary deserves special mention.
Assam, one of the most picturesque states in north-east India has a lot of national parks and sanctuaries that help to maintain the ecological balance in the nature. Kaziranga National Park, Orang National Park, Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary, Nameri National Park and Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary are the important wildlife conservation centers.
The Bura-Chapori sanctuary is well-known for the Bengal Florican and One-horned Rhinoceros that was once on the verge of extinction. The mighty Brahmaputra River flowing behind the sanctuary provides a scenic backdrop to it. So tourists are able to see the richness of the flora and fauna along with taking a glimpse of one of the most important rivers of country.
Area and location:
The park is located on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River in the Sonitpur District. It covers a total area of 44 sq km. The splendid location of the park has never failed to attract tourists. The intoxicating beauty of the Himalayan mountains dominating the skyline of Arunachal Pradesh and the rugged plains laced by the rippling waters of the rivulets of the Brahmaputra River caste a magical spell on you.
The richness of wild life in the Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is really noticeable. You will find the great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Florican, Wild Boar, Otter, Civet Cat, Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, etc. Various species of migratory birds like wintering ferruginous ducks and reptiles are found over here.
There are a lot of fishes and it would really be fun to watch them moving about in the water bodies. The migratory birds come to this place stretching over the alluvial flood plains of Central Assam.
Ideal time to visit:
The best time to visit the park is from the months of November to March. During this time Mother Nature is at her highest glory and the wild animals can be seen enjoying this glory.
Accommodation in Sonitpur District would not be a problem for you. There are a number of hotels and rest houses like Hotel Frontier, Hotel Rest House, Hotel Basant, Hotel Meghdoot, Hotel Luit, Hotel Parijat, Hotel DurbaHotel Blue Star, Hotel Himalaya, Central Lodge, Hotel Kanyapur, and Hati Pilkhana.
How to reach the park?
By rail: The nearest railhead is Rangapara. It is at a distance of 60 km from Bhalukpong in Sonitpur district and 178 km from Guawahati, the state capital.
By air: The nearest airport is at Saloni at a distance of 10 km from Tezpur.
By road: The park area is connected with the major cities in Assam by Tezpur. Tezpur is the headquarters of Sonitpur District. It is connected with the important cities in Assam by road.
What else do you get?
Every traveler wants to see a lot of attractions. So you might be wishing to visit some nearby places along with the sanctuary. There are a lot of places to see like Bamuni Hills, Sri Mahabir Mandir, Agnigarh, Chitralekha Udyan, Nag-Shankar Temple, etc. But if you want to visit only wildlife sanctuaries, then Nameri National Park and Orang National Park would be your dream destinations.
Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure trove to Assam, rightly known as the "Land of the black Rhinoceros". Amazing natural beauty and wild life comprising of birds, fishes and animals would make your trip a complete entertainment package.