Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Guide

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled at about 50km from Guwahati in the Morigaon district of Assam is the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is one of the three main wildlife reserves in Assam, after Kaziranga and Manas. It also gained fame for being a hub for the one-horned rhinoceros that live here in peace and draws thousands of photographers and wildlife enthusiasts every year.

Sprawled across 38.81 square kilometers area by the side of the River Brahmaputra is the wildlife sanctuary of Pobitora that was famous as a reserved forest between 1971 and 1987, after which, it got the recognition as a Wildlife sanctuary.

The king of Mayong had given the name of Pobitora after his daughter who had died as a child. The wildlife sanctuary boasts of a very high one-horned rhinoceros population. The wildlife sanctuary is in close proximity to the Mayong village that is renowned as the Black magic capital of India.

As per a 2006 study, the Pobitora Sanctuary has 81 rhinoceros among other animals like wild buffalos, feral buffalos, and fishing cats among others. The sanctuary is also proud for being a home to a wide variety of birds along with welcoming migratory birds too. Approximately 375 species of birds have made Pobitora their home. Birds like Hill Mynah, Khalij Pheasant, Osprey, and Indian pied hornbill are available here in plenty.

In fact, Pobitora is widely acclaimed for being a home to amphibians and reptiles too. Around 9 species of amphibians and 27 species of reptiles grace the sanctuary. From housing monitor lizards to Indian Cobra and python, a visit to Pobitora is surely going to be rewarding for all environmentalists and nature lovers in general.

The dense wildlife sanctuary gets denser just from very near the gate itself and this is sure to add to the thrill. A jeep safari with a guide or an elephant safari through the sanctuary to get a real close encounter with the plethora of rhinoceros is indeed a pleasure.

Important Information about Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Area: 38.81 square kilometers.
Entry fee: Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigner tourists.
Entry fee for full day visit till sunset: Rs. 200 for Indians and Rs. 2000 for foreigners.
Elephant safari timing: 6.30am to 7.30am.
Jeep safari timing: 7am to 3pm daily with an hour break from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Opening hours: 6.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 3.30pm.
Still camera: Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs. 50 for foreign tourists.
Video camera: Rs. 500 for Indians and Rs. 1000 for foreign tourists.
Animals to watch out for : One-horned rhino, Asiatic buffalos, leopard, civet cats and wild bear.
Other attractions: Mayong village, Garanga beel picnic site.

Best Time to visit
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Summer

Summer is sultry and windy from the middle of May to September. The maximum temperature is 38 degree centigrade and the minimum is 24 degree Centigrade.

Monsoon

Pobitora is in that part of Assam, which experiences sub-tropical type of climate. The rains are quite high and the humidity is generally around 95 percent. The months of April to August gets the rains.

Winter

Winter season is mild and during the months of November to middle of February. The maximum temperature is around 20 degrees centigrade and minimum is 9 degree centigrade. This is also the best time to visit Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to reach
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by Air

The nearest airport is Guwahati airport which is located at a distance of 65 Km form Pabitora wildlife reserve. One can hire a cab from Guwahati airport to reach Pobitora.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by Railways

Guwahati is the main railway station that is close to the Pobitora Wildlife sanctuary located at a distance of 48 Km (2 hr drive).

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary by Road

From Guwahati through Chandrapur, or via NH37 one can reach Pobitora by car or even by bus.

Where to stay

On your visit to Pobitora, you might stay at the government owned Jungle resort that is in the campus of the sanctuary. There are budget accommodations available near the sanctuary.
Some of them are Zizina Otis Resort, Pobitora Eco Camp, Aryanwood Resort, Maibong Resort etc.

You can also stay in Guwahati city as it is located approximately 50 km from here. The famous Paltan Bazar in Guwahati is a busy market road that has plenty of restaurants offering mouth-watering Assamese dishes.

Nearby Tourist Places

Best places to visit near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are:

Nameri National Park

Nameri National Park

Located in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. situated at a distance of 200 km from Pobitora, Nameri National Park is a Heaven for wildlife lovers. The Park covers an area of 1000 sq. km of deciduous forest interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen flora, cane and bamboo brakes and narrow strips of open grassland. river rafting, angling and trekking are major attractions of Nameri.
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Sualkuchi

Sualkuchi

Situated at a distance of 35 km from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is a beautiful place regarded as the 'Manchester of the east'. This small place is famous for the elusive Assamese silk. The entire process of silk manufacturing, starting from the early stages of cocoons to spinning, dyeing and weaving into exquisite mekhela chaddar, can be seen in the numerous cottage industries and indigenous workshops here.

Shillong

Shillong

The popular hill town Shillong is also located very close to Pobitora. Don't miss visiting the beautiful hill town Shillong and Cherrapunji while your visit in Northeast India. The hilly terrain of Shillong is covered with blue hills, lush green valleys, winding lanes and splendid waterfalls.
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