Dibru Saikhwa National Park tour

Dibru Saikhowa National park

If you want to spend some time in nature's lap, start heading towards Dibru Saikhowa wildlife century, the most scenic nature's treasure. Located at 12km away from Tinsukia town, near the borders of Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, one can see the biodiversity hotspot named Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. Dibru-Saikhowa, also a biosphere reserve is surrounded by three of India's eastern-most rivers, the mighty Brahmaputra, the Lohit River in the north and Dibru River in the South. Encircled by the mighty Brahmaputra and Dibru River, the island and its bank has become an internationally acclaimed BIRDING area. The area is predominantly comprises of semi wet evergreen forests, tropical moist deciduous forest, bamboos, cane brakes and grasslands, making it highly conductive for wildlife habitat. Out of the seven parts of the park one part is wetland and the rest are mainly grassland and dense forest.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is mostly visited for its scenic forest-landscapes, and most importantly for the bright colored wild horses known as Feral Horses and white-winged Wood Ducks. Dibru-Saikhowa was declared as one of World's top 19 bio-diverse hotspots. Several endangered species of birds including over 350 species of avifauna both endangered and migratory, are the main attraction of the park. It is an interesting birding destination for rare specialized grassland and swamp forest birds such as the threatened Marsh Babbler, Jerdon's Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Swamp Prinia and Jerdon's Bushchat. Some of the other birds found here are Swamp Francolin, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Spot-billed Duck, Speckled Piculet, Drongo Cuckoo, Pale-capped Pigeon, Grey-headed Lapwing, Slenderbilled Vulture, Red-necked Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Darter, Rosy Minivet, Spangled Drongo etc and migratory birds like Geyleg goose, Brahmini duck, Bar-headed goose, pelican, Black stork etc.

This park is a safe haven for many extremely rare and endangered species of wildlife, as well as various species of shrubs, herbs and rare medicinal plants. Some rare and endangered animals of this sanctuary are Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, gangetic river dolphin etc.

One can also check out Maguri beel, a large wetland just on the border of the park and Koliapani grasslands. Resorts nearby can arrange guided tours with excellent guides.

Entry Point : GuijanGhat and Saikhowaghat, these small river port are the entry point for the park. The main jungle is surrounded by rivers, one need to approach by boats or large houseboat at these ghats to enter inside the park.

Entry Permit : A small amount of entry fees is charged. Generally the tour operators club it with their own fees and so that you do not have to deal with the Forest officials.

Major Attractions: Sea Dolphin , Feral Horses, white-winged Wood Ducks and endangered species of birds.

Best Season: November to April is the best seasons to visit Dibru Saikhowa National Park, during this period one can enjoy migratory birds.

Opening Hours: Dibru Saikhowa national park opens all day. Entry after sunset and before sunrise is not permitted and night stay is strictly prohibited inside the park.

What to do

Things to do in Dibru Saikhowa National Park are:

  • Boat safaris : You can do boat safari for wildlife and bird watching. The evenings on the boat give you sights that leave you stunned. Ferry boats are available at Rs.300-500 for an hour visit. You can watch a number of birds and if you are lucky and you can see Dolphins.
  • Nature-Treks : walk through the dense forest and vast dry land singing in the tune of the different birds and experience the wild ambience. you need to take a forest guard along for trekking inside the park.
  • Houseboats trip: One can enjoy the tranquility of the mighty Brahmaputra river while cruising in the houseboat. River dolphins make their appearance at certain spots on the way

Best Time to visit

Best Season to visit Dibru Saikhwa National Park.

Summer

The summer season in Assam starts from the month of March and extends till the end of June. The season is characterized by extreme humidity and frequent showers. Maximum temperature during summer (May, June & July) is 34 degree Celsius .

Monsoons

The main rainy months are June, July, August, September. Monsoon is the best time to watch bio diversity and wildlife in Dibru Saikhowa as due to flood animals are coming out from Deep forest to the plain outside.

Winter

The winter season start from November and last till April. The temperature during this season is (7 degree - 28 degree Celsius). Feburary to April is quite warm in Dibru Saikhowa.

How to reach

Dibru Saikhowa by Air

Nearest airport is Mohanbari (Dibrugarh) which is accessible from Kolkata and Delhi by flights. Dibru-Saikhowa is just 70km from airport.
Vehicles are available at airport / railway station. Tata sumo normally charges Rs 1200. Maruti Omni charges Rs 1000.

Dibru Saikhowa by railways

The nearest raileway station is Dibrugarh which. Which is well connected with major cities in India by Rajdhani express.

Dibru Saikhowa by road

Tinsukia is the nearest town which is 10km from Gujjan entry point and 50km from Dhola entry point . Various options are availble to rach Dibru Saikhowa from Tinsukia such bus, auto rickshaw and taxi etc.

Where to stay

There are verious resorts and hotels available for stay near Dibru Saikhowa National Park. Some of them are :

1. Padmini Resort, Tinsukia
2. Kohuwa eco camp (Maguri Beel ,Natun Gaon) located at a distance of 3 Km from Guijan Ghat.
3. Banashree Eco-Camp, Guijan
4. Guijan Forest Inspection Bungalow which is the nearest accommodation available outside the park.
5. You can also stay at house boats available with exciting packages which include Bon fire, night fishing, night sports and various other activities at Guijan ghat.

Neraby Tourist Places

Best places to visit near Dibru Saikhowa National Park are :

Digboi

Digboi

Situated at a distance of 46 km from Dibru Saikhowa, the beautiful historical town of Digboi is located. Digboi is a small and beautiful town of Assam carrying the memories of world war- II. In Digboi Cemetery, 200 graves lie there, reminding us of a saddest truth of the past. Digboi also has the distinction of establishing the first oil museum in India. Another chef d'oeuvre is the only 18 hole Golf Course in Assam is located in Digboi near Upper Dehing range.
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Margherita

Margherita

Situated at a distance of 50km (approx) from the beautiful town Margherita, formally known as Coal Queen of Assam is located. It is surrounded by splendorous Patkai range hills, and vast stretches of green tea gardens and forests on one side and the Burhi Dehing River flowing across it on the other side. The picturesque Margherita Golf Course is located at the foot of the Patkai hill. Treat yourself in watching the tea making process and a visit to its famous plywood factory can be a unique experience.

Parshuram Kund

Parshuram Kund

Situated at a distance of 160km from Tinsukia the picturesque pilgrimage Parshuram Kund is located. Located in the Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh it is one of the prominent pilgrimage destination for the Hindus where thousands of devotees flock together to take a dip in it during Makar Sankranti(mid January). Entry permit is required to enter this place which is available at Deputy Commissioner office in Lohit District.

Pangsau Pass

Pangsau Pass

Pangsau Pass in the Patkai ranges is about 130 Km. away from Tinsukia in the Indo-Myanmar border. The area is in Arunachal Pradesh and the journey to Pangsau Pass from Nampong through the abandoned stretch of Stilwell road with dense forest on one side and deep gorges on the other can offer a thrilling experience. A fortnightly market is also held at the border where people from both sides take active part. Interestingly, the age old barter system is still prevalent among the natives in this market.

Namdapha National Park

Sibsagar

Sibsagar is a beautiful town located at a distance of 172 km from Dibru Saikhwa. It was the capital of Kingdom of Ahom. It is an alluring tourist destination where you can witness the glorious Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghra, Tolatol Ghar as well 3 big ponds constructed by queen Ambika. Spent a evening on the bank of Joysagar Tank, Rudrasagar tank and Gaurisagar tank is a memorable experence.
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Tourist Map

Google map of Dibru Saikhowa National Park.