The state of Assam is something more than the rich aroma of tea leaves and Bihu dance. If variety is the spice of life, then Assam bears witness to this fact. With a plethora of wild animals, birds and reptiles, the wildlife of this state is really very rich and diversified. Kaziranga national park, Orang national park, Nameri national park, Chakrashila wildlife sanctuary, Pobitora wildlife sanctuary and Laokhowa wildlife sanctuary are some of the most important wildlife conservation in Assam as well as the north-east India.
This wildlife sanctuary is a treasure to Assam, rightly called the 'land of the red river and blue hills'. It is also known as the 'Laokhowa Avayaranya'. If you plan a family trip or a pleasure trip with your partner, the park would be a great place for that. The pleasant and eco-friendly atmosphere of the park will allow you to spend a great time while exploring its diverse wildlife areas.
Area and location:
Till 1980's this wildlife sanctuary was considered to be one of the most diverse and rich sanctuaries in Assam as well as the entire north-east India. Located at a distance of 25 km from the Nagaon Town and 140 km from Guwahati in Assam, this sanctuary covers an area of 70.13 sq km. The park area spreads over 60 sq km and is a haven for a variety of wildlife species.
Innumerable species of birds, animals and plants are the main attraction of the park. Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros are definitely the eye-catchers of the Laokhowa wildlife sanctuary. Besides these, you would also find many threatened mammal species like the Wild Boar, Elephant, Tiger, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Black Deer, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, etc.
You will be surprised to know that more than 200 species of birds can be found in this sanctuary. Resident as well as migratory birds find shelter here. One of the major attractions of the park is the endangered Bengal Florican. The eco-friendly ambience of the park is the key-reason of the survival of these innumerable animal and bird species.
Best time to visit:
The climate of Assam along with the park is characterized by high humidity and high levels of precipitation. Keeping this factor in mind, the best time to visit the park is from the months of November to April.
You need not worry about your accommodation in Nagaon. You can stay in Adhunika Hotel, Hill View Hotel, Ashok Hotel, Relax Hotel, Parth Hotel, Piyus Regency Hotel, Star Hotel, etc. Otherwise a lot of budget and luxury hotels are ready to welcome you in Guwahati.
How to reach the park?
You can travel to the sanctuary by air, rail or road.
- By air: Guwahati, the capital city of Assam is the nearest airport. It is 140 km away from the sanctuary.
- By rail: The nearest railhead is the Nagaon railhead. It is connected to a number of major cities of the country though an extensive network of trains of the Northeast and Indian Rail.
- By road: Guwahati, as mentioned above is 140 km away from the sanctuary. It is connected to all the important cities in the country by road. You can take A/C and Non A/C coaches from the neighboring states also.
You might want to visit other places nearby the park while planning a trip for 1 or 2 days. Nagaon, rightly known as the rice bowl of Assam can cater to the demands of the tourists. You can travel to Bordowa, which is the birthplace of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardeva. Ranthali, Raha, Champawati Kunda, a waterfall and Pokhi Tirtha which is a home to a number of migratory birds are also places worth a visit.
Laokhowa wildlife sanctuary is one of the 18 wildlife sanctuaries in Assam. The sanctuary contributes a lot to the Assam tourism. The richness of wildlife will always beckon you for a wonderful experience of a lifetime.