Dibru-Saikhowa is a National Park as well as a Biosphere Reserve situated in the south bank of the river Brahmaputra in the extreme east of Assam state in India. Dibru-Saikhowa, with an area of 340 sq km, is among the most vibrant wildness on earth and is also distinct for its pristine scenic beauty. Situated in the flood plain of Brahmaputra, Dibru-saikhowa is a safe haven for many extremely rare and endangered species of Wildlife.
The forest type of Dibru-Saikhowa comprises of semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. Famed for Ferral horses, a total 36 species of mammals and above 400 species of birds have so far been recorded from the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
36 species of mammals have so far been recorded – Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Bears, Small Indian Civet, Squirrels, Gangetic Dolphin, Slow Loris, Assamese Macague, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hoolock Gibbon, Wild Pigs, Sambar, Barking Deer, Water Buffalo, Feral Horses etc.
It is an identified Important Bird Area (IBA) having more than 382 species of Birds, some of which are Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Crested Grebe. Large Cormorant, Open bill Stork, Black necked Stork, Large Whistling Teal. Grey leg Goose, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Griffon Vulture, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot Billed Pelican, White Winged Wood Duck, Baer’s Pochard, Greater Spotted Eagle, Pale Capped Pigeon, Great Pied Hornbill, Marsh Babbler, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black Breasted Parrot bill, etc. The Park is renowned for natural regeneration of Salix trees.
In and Around
Main Attractions at Dibru Saikhowa
The feral horses are something unique here. They are the progenies of domestic horses left there by the soldiers during the World Wars. They survived and thrived in the jungle and their succeeding generations became wild horses. Apart from the them you will see an array of birds and of course rive dolphins.
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. There are two forest villages Dhadia and Laika inside the park.
November to April is the best season to visit Dibru Saikhowa National Park, during this period you can enjoy watching migratory birds which are the main attraction of the park.
How to Reach
Mohanbari (Dibrugarh) is the nearest Airport, which is about 40 kms. away from Tinsukia town.
One of the easiest ways to reach Tinsukia town is travelling by trains. You can opt for Rajdhani trains from Delhi city which pass through the route to Dibrugarh.
Buses can be taken to the town of Tinsukia which is well connected with Dibrugarh town by NH. 37 and the distance is 55 kms. The distance between the city of Guwahati and Dibru Saikhova National Park will be around 500 kilometers approximately. Travel through the buses can get quite uncomfortable due to improper maintenance and crowd.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Mancotta Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh – the lap of luxury.
Purvi Discovery (P) Ltd
Jalannagar, Dibrugarh 786 005