Assam is truly called the land of beauty and tranquility. Thanks to the pristine natural beauty of the state- it enjoys a prominent place as a tourist destination in India. A number of wild life sanctuaries and national parks attract tourist throughout the year. Orang national park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary and Pabitora wildlife sanctuary, Kaziranga national park, etc. are some of the important parks and sanctuaries in the state. These house a large number of wild animals, birds and reptiles and also some endangered species.
The sanctuary located at a considerable distance from the state capital, Guwahati is marked by a flat land coupled with a gentle inclination in the direction of ease to west, exempting the region of the Burha-Mayong hillock.
Pabitora sanctuary in Assam received the status of a reserve forest in 1971. With the aim of protecting the dwindling number of rhinos, this area was reserved as a wildlife sanctuary. In the past the sanctuary was subject to heinous crimes like poaching. The rate of poaching was so high that 50 animals were poached in 10 years.
Area and Location:
The sanctuary stretches over an area of 15.9 sq km. It is located in the Morigan District that is 50 km away from Guwahati.
You will find a lot of wild animals and birds in the sanctuary. The Great Indian One Horned Rhino is the center of attraction. According to the team of the researchers, there are 27 species of reptiles and 9 species of amphibians.
Large Indian Civet Cat, Small Indian Civet Cat, Indian One Horned Rhino, Leopard, Jackal, Wild Boar, Chinese Pangolin, Smooth Indian Otter, etc. are the attractive wild animals.
Man has always been attracted to the winged creatures and their flying skills. In the Pabitora wildlife sanctuary, these creatures will be found humming the mysteries of nature in your ears. The avifauna include Greylag Goose, White-necked Stork, Black-necked Stork, Spotbilled Pelican, Swamp Francolin, Greater Adjutant Stork, Falcated Teal,Lesser Adjutant Stork, White-bellied Heron, White Ibis, Ferruginous Duck, etc.
Apart from all these, various species of deer will impress you. The species known as Ferruginous Duck have found refuge in regions like Chitalmari, Tamuliduba and Dholi which are some wetlands of the sanctuary.
When to visit the sanctuary?
The best time to go there is between the months of November to March.
The sanctuary is not very far away from the state capital; so you can stay there. There are a number of budget and luxury hotels in Guwahati. Luxury hotels include Brahmaputra Ashok, Diphlu River Lodge, Hotel Rajmahal, Hotel Vishwaratna, Kiranshree Portico, Hotel Nandan, Hotel Kuber International, etc.
You can travel to the park by air, train or rail. The nearest railhead is also Guwahati.
The nearest airport to Pabitora sanctuary is Guwahati airport or Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. This airport is linked with Kolkata, Delhi, Tripura, Mumbai, Imphal, Jorhat, Hyderabad, Bangalore, etc.
Guwahati is well connected with other parts of the country through road ways. So you can travel easily from the any corner of Assam or from any state.
What else do you get?
Morigaon is primarily an agrarian district that is marked for the natural beauty. There are 3 Reserved Forests like Sunaikuchi, Khulahat, and Bura Mayong and the other being the Pobitora sanctuary. You can also visit other places like Sitajakhala, Patekibori Than, Deosal Siva Temple and Kachasila Hill. Besides these, Sivakundu waterfall in the Amsoi hill is a hot spot for family picnic or lovebirds.
With so much of natural attractions in Morigaon district, a trip to the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary would definitely be meaningful and successful. Come out of the hangover of daily existence and enjoy nature's bounties in this north-eastern state of India.