Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam reopens after remaining closed during monsoons
After remaining closed during the monsoons, the very famous Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam has finally reopened its doors to tourists. The sanctuary is known to be home to the exotic population of Indian one-horned rhinos. The gates to the park were opened in the presence of Minister of Environment and Forestry Chandra Mohan Patowary and MP Jagiroad Pijush Hazarika.
Learn about Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobitora is a dream destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The park is located in Morigaon district, about 48 km from Guwahati in Assam. It can be reached in an hour’s drive by road passing through the Brahmaputra River. The place was declared a classified forest in 1971 and a wildlife reserve in 1987.
Spread over 38.8 km², the park is a natural habitat of the greater Indian one-horned rhinoceros. Currently, there are about 93 rhinos in the park living in a habitat of 16 km². Besides, Pobitora is also home to nearly 2000 migratory birds, a large number of reptiles and other wildlife including leopards, wild boars, elephants, barking deer and wild buffalo among others.
Over the past six years, the sanctuary has seen a 10% increase in the rhino population.
How to reach?
Air: The nearest airport to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport or Guwahati Airport. The distance between the two destinations is about 70 km which takes a little over two hours. Taxis and private vehicles are readily available outside the airport.
Rail: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, located approximately 45 km from the park.
Road: Guwahati is easily accessible from all parts of Assam. The park can be accessed from any means of road transport.