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Dibru Saikhowa National Park

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Best Time: Nov-Apr Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Dibrugarh Check Flights

"Bird-watchers Paradise"

Dibru Saikhowa National Park Tourism

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is one of those places which boast of a rich collection of flora and fauna, many of them endangered. It is one of the few remaining protected sites in the Endemic Bird Area of the Assamese Plains.

Dibru Saikhowa National Park is a river island national park and one of the 19 biodiversity hotspots in the world. This National Park is situated 12 km north of Tinsukia in Assam. Of the seven parts of the park, one is a wetland and the rest is mainly covered with grasslands and dense forest. Animal life to be viewed in their natural habitat includes royal Bengal tiger, hoolock gibbons and leopards, it is also home to some restricted-range species, such as the White-winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, spotted-billed Pelican, White-bellied Heron, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Jerdon's Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill and Striated Grassbird. Marsh Babbler, Swamp Prinia and Yellow Weaver.

There are no roads and hence no jungle safari or elephant rides for roaming in the park, so you can explore the park only by trekking, although boat service is available which can take you to various spots. Guijan Ghat and Saikhowa Ghat are the national park's entry points. 

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Kekjori Trees

Kekjori Trees are known for there vast branches, one single tree covers an area of several bighas with branches spreading low and wide. With its majestic appearance as well as folk beliefs surrounding its existence, the kekjori tree has emerged as an important tourist attracting spot. A visit to look at these trees requires a 15 minutes boat ride to an island in middle of Bhramaputra and and half hour walk. The path to these trees is also a cow trail.

Churkey Sapori

Churkey Sapori (river island) in the north of the Saikhowa part of the Park is famous for spotting the bright colored wild horses known as "Feral Horses". The Feral horses are free-ranging, untamed horses descended from domestic horses, and are not true wild horses. Although not a scheduled wildlife species, the feral horses of Dibru-Saikhowa have considerable curiosity value. The most recent count in 2008 estimates a population of 48 feral horses in Dibru-Saikhowa, which are the third and fourth generations of the original feral horses. The horses roam in three to four herds. During the monsoon, bands of up to 17 animals have been seen together.

Maguri matapung beel (lake)

This beel is a heaven for bird lovers. The lake has six villages on either side of it and it is classified as an Important Bird Area(IBA). It is a host to 374 different species of birds. The boat safari on this lake is an amazing opportunity for bird watchers to spot migratory birds and rare birds of various descents. Rare species like Baikal Teal, Faceted duck, Jerdon's babbler, Swamp Prinia etc. have been recorded here. If undertaken during the evenings, the sights and sounds are sure to leave you awed and mesmerized.

Restaurants and Local Food in Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Dibru National Park do not have much to offer in terms of food to its tourists except for few eating joints here and there.
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One Day Itinerary

It will be a very good idea to start your day early morning. If you are staying in Tinsukia, then take a bus or taxi to Dibru National Park. Start with the boat ride on the Maguri matapung beel where you can spot hundreds of species of birds which have migrated from various corners of the world. Then you can go to the dolphin spot where if you are lucky enough you can spot the endangered River Dolphin.

After this, visit the two forest villages located in the National Park - Laika and Dodhia. Here you can visit the homes of the Mishing Tribe and experience the life of these Assamese people.
The ethnic diversity, lifestyle and cultural tradition of other ethnic tribes such as the Mottocks, the Morans, the Sonowal Kacharis and the Nepalese are also quite attractive for interested tourists.

The next spot to visit can be the Churkey Sapori (river island) in the north of the Saikhowa part of the Park where you can spot the famous bright coloured wild horses known as "Feral Horses". After this, you can visit the Kekjori trees. It requires a 15 minutes boat ride to an island in the middle of the Brahmaputra and half hour walk. The path to these trees is also a cow trail so you can spot the wild buffaloes on way. If there is still time left you can enjoy the nature by trekking in the park.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Easily accessible. Free from commercial clutter.

What's Not So Great?

Limited food joints. The roads are not very well maintained.

For Whom?

This is an ideal destination to spend a peaceful vacation. It is a perfect place for family get-togethers and to unwind away from the city life. It serves as an excellent place for bird watching as it houses countless varieties. Wildlife photographers, nature lovers and bird watchers should visit this place.

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How To Reach Dibru Saikhowa National Park

Dibrugarh and Tinsukia are both major provincial cities in the state of Assam. To reach the park, Tinsukia is closest, and from there you can hire a cab or an auto rickshaw. 

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