Assam is known for having some of the best wildlife destinations in North East India. Its amazing vegetation and protected reserves are truly a wonder to visit. Among various destinations, Kaziranga National Park is a very famous one in Assam. However, there are many other wildlife reserves which are lesser-known and yet most beautiful. In this article, we are discussing about the enchanting Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Assam.
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History of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
This wildlife park on the banks of Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers was declared as a National Park in the year 1999. Earlier, it was a wildlife sanctuary which covered an area of 650 sq.kms. Later, the region was expanded by adding the neighbouring reserves to create Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
Animals at Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
The national park is a home to several endangered species of animals and birds. It houses rare animals like clouded leopard, dhole, Malayan gaint squirrel, gangetic dolphin (rivers), Asiatic water buffalo and so on. It is also home to other animals like tigers, rhesus macaque, hoolock gibbon, Asian elephant, sambar, jungle cat, Assamese macaque and slow loris.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is also a home to several bird species. You can spot different birds like greylag geese, Asian openbill, greater spotted eagle, great pied horbill, purple heron, Indian cormorant, Bengal Floricon, etc.
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Nature of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
This wildlife reserve is rich is flora with semi-evergreen forests, swamp vegetation (river basin), decidous forests, grasslands and moist mixed deciduous forests. One can see a different biodiversity in different section of the forest. Rivers within the reserve is also rich in aquatic life.
Best Time to Visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
The time from October to March is the best time to visit Dibru-Saikhowa National Park. This is also the time when migratory birds can be seen here. Tourists can also enjoy some treks and nature walks in Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
How to Reach Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
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Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is located near the town of Tinsukia in Dibrugarh. The best way to reach the national park is through this town. You can both reach Tinsukia by train or bus and later go to the national park from there.
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is one of the best offbeat wildlife destinations in Assam. Its virgin forests, river basin and rich wildlife make it worthwhile to visit.