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Dibru - Saikhowa Wildlife National Park
Place : Tinsukia, Assam Nearest town: Tinsukia (13km)
Dibru - Saikhowa Wildlife National ParkBest time to visit : November to April
Main Attraction : Semi Wild horses (Feral) and White winged wood duck

History about Dibru - Saikhova is the largest national park of Assam, spread over an area of 650 sq. km and is bounded by the Brahmaputra river and Arunachal hills in the north and Dibru and Patkai hills on the south. It is located at about 13 kms north of Tinsukia town and about 515 kms from Guwahati. It was declared a wildlife Sanctuary in 1986 by the government of Assam by uniting two Reserve forest. It was elevated to the Wildlife National Park status in 1999 restricting its core area to 340 sq. km. with a large buffer zone.

Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife National Park is one of the 19 (nineteen) biodiversity hotspots in the world. It mainly consists of semi wet evergreen forests. Dibru-Saikhowa is a safe haven for many extremely rare and endangered species of wildlife including over 300 avifauna both endangered and migratory, as well as various species of shrubs, herbs and rare medicinal plants.

Though the wildlife park was primarily meant for the conservation of White winged wood duck in its natural habitat, it is also the famous for its bright coloured wild horses known as Feral Horses. Some rare and endangered animals of this sanctuary are Hoolock gibbon, capped langur, slow loris, water buffalo, tiger, elephant, gangetic river dolphin etc. Bird life consists of Spot billed pelican, White bellied heron, Pallah's fishing eagle, Pale capped pigeon, Swamp francolin etc. and migratory birds like Geyleg goose, Brahmini duck, Bar-headed goose, pelican, Black stork etc.

Permission is required for entry into the park. Guijan Ghat (10km from Tinsukia) and Saikhowa ghat are the two entry points for tourists. Entry before sunrise and after sunset as well as night halt and picnicking inside the Park is not allowed. two Villages are inside the forest park Dhadia and Laika.

Where to stay
There is an Inspection Bungalow at Guijan(10km from Tinsukia). Tented accommodation is also there. Private hotels and forest Inspection Bungalow at Tinsukia town also provide comfortable accommodation.

How to get there
  • Air
    Dibrugarh is the nearest airport which is about 40km away from Tinsukia Town. There are regular flights from major cities like Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati to Dibrugarh.
  • Rail
    Dibrugarh is the nearest railhead which is linked with Guwahati by a broad gauge and it is also connected with other cities by express and super fast trains.
  • Road
    Regular Bus service, Taxies and Auto rickshaws are available at Tinsukia (13 km).

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