Dibru-Saikhowa National Park:
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, spread over 340 sq km is One of the hot spots situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in the extreme east of Assam. Biographically the area exhibits the properties of both the Indian and Malayan sub-regions. Dibru-Saikhowa is among the most vibrant wildness on earth.and is also distinct for her pristine scenic beauty. Situated in the flood plain of Brahmaputra, Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven of many rare and endangered species of wildlife. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park lies partly in Dibrugarh and partly in Tinsukia district. Of the seven parts of the park, one part is wetland and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest It is 13 km from Tinsukia town which is 490 km from Guwahati. The government of Assam recognised it as a sanctuary which was previously known as Dibru-Saikhowa Forest Reserve. It is known as the primary habitat of the white-winged wood duck, commonly known as Deo Hanh.
This area was declared Dibru Reserve Forest in 1890. The additional area was added to the Dibru Reserve Forest in 1920 and 1933. In 1929, the Saikhowa Reserve Forest was declared.
It was declared jointly by Wildlife Sanctuary (650 km2) by the Assam Government by combining two reserve forests, such as Dibrugu and Sakhova, along with some other areas in 1986. In 1997, the Dibru-Saikhowa Biosphere Reserve was declared as an area of 765 km2, in which 340 km 2 sanctuary was included as the core.
In 1999, the Dibru-Sakhova Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a National Park. The total area of the park is approximately 340 km2. In the past the park was originally designed to help save the residence of rare white-winged wood ducks.
Various species of monkey, land and aquatic bird and snake; deer, wild pig, tiger etc. On 91″ March, 1999 the central government recognised it as a National Park. This is the only forest reserve of the world where wild horses are found. At present there are about 100 wild horses in it.
Best time to Visit:
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is generally open for tourists from November to April, or notified by the National Park Authority. A written permission from the Park Authority for entering into the National Park is obligatory.No entry after sunset and before sunrise is permitted in the Park. Night halts and picnicking are strictly prohibited inside the park. Lodging facilities are available outside the park in Guijan One IB. For which advance booking is necessary.
However, private Hotels are also available at Tinsukia Town at a very reasonable rate.
Where to stay:
1) Divisional Forest Officer, Wildlife Division, Tinsukia, Phone: +91-374-331472(O) 333082(R)
2) Guijan Forest I.B.,
How to reach:
By road: Tinsukia is the nearest city, which is approximately 10 km and 50 km away from Gujjan and Dhola entrance point respectively. Anyone can take buses, auto rickshaws and taxis from Tinsukia. Park is 500 km from state capital Guwahati.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is also at Dibrugarh which is linked with Guwahati by a broad gauge.
By Air: The nearest airport to the park is at Dibrugarh, which is located at a distance of 40 km from Tinsukia.