Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Darrang district of Assam, Bornadi forms one of the main attractions of this state. It is located right at the foothills of the Himalayas, and this sanctuary grazes the border between India and Bhutan. Bornadi is a haven for those who love their flora and fauna. The Sanctuary was established in 1980 for the protection of the Pigmy Hog and the Hispid Hare.

The Pigmy Hog, especially, is highly endangered, and is now found in only Assam. This sprawling getaway, which is named after the river Bornadi, is the perfect escape plan for those who love exploring nature.

The sanctuary is one of those national parks and wildlife sancturies in Assam for which the state is so famous. Bird Wild Sanctuary is considered as one of the important protected areas in Assam for the protection of primate diversity.


Travel Tips

The best time to visit Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary is between the months of November and April. The winter and spring seasons offer the best climate conditions, and one can also spot the migratory birds at their best. The summers tend to get slightly hot and humid, while the monsoons tend to be very wet, and are not conducive to the spirit of the explorer.

Carrying mosquito repellents, a good camera, a few torches, good, sturdy walking shoes, sunglasses, and cotton clothes is advisable.

For those who take an avid interest in nature, and especially bird-watching, do not forget your binoculars at home.

If you’re visiting during the winters, carry a light jacket for the morning, and a shawl, or something thicker for the nights.

When to visit

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Things to do

Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary is perfect for those who like exploring the flora and fauna around them, and for those who prefer their holidays at quiet, scenic locations. If you want to run away from the bustle of the city, and if you prefer going to wildlife sanctuaries, which have a rich, diverse flora and fauna heritage, then Bornadi is the place for you. The place is famous for its conservation efforts of the Pigmy Hog, which is found nowhere else in the world, as well as the Hispid Hare. These are good enough reasons to go to Bornadi, and look at these critically endangered species from close quarters.

The sprawling grounds of this sanctuary are also home to the highly elusive clouded leopard. If you’re passionate about the big cats, and if you’re willing to spend time and be patient, you might just spot this phantom cat, and just a glimpse of it is worth the wait for wildlife enthusiasts. The Himalayan black bear, the Asiatic elephant, the Chinese pangolin, the gaur, the barking deer and the small Indian civet also call this sanctuary their home, and a few days at Bornadi can be spend leisurely spotting these unique animals. Tigers are also found at the sanctuary, and as with the big cats in open spaces, patience and dedication are required to catch them in their element, in their natural surroundings. Make sure you read up a little about these animals while you’re at the sanctuary. Get a guide who will tell you about these animals and their behavioral patterns.

Bird-watching enthusiasts will also love the sights Bornadi Wildlife sanctuary has to offer. The Bengal Florican, the swamp partridge, lots of kingfishers, the hornbill, peacocks and peafowl are found within these grounds. Bird-watching is often time-consuming, and may take up a whole day, or even a few days, depending on the kinds of birds you want to spot. This is another important thing to do while at the sanctuary.

Some very rare animals and birds are found within Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary. For those who are looking for wildlife destinations which are uncommon, and yet gratifying, this is the place to be. Some very rare forms of mammals are found within these grounds, and the peace, quite and serenity is always a bonus. The days start early at the sanctuary, because most of the animal and bird watching happens while there’s still sunlight. The nights can be spend leisurely sipping on some aromatic, rich Assam tea, or enjoying a simple but wholesome meal of Assamese cuisine. If you like adventure, wildlife, peace and quiet, Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary amalgamates all these attributes into one very fabulous trip.

Getting Around

Getting around the place is quite easy. The public transport system is quite developed. There are regular buses that connect the place to the nearby cities and towns. Hiking is another very good way to explore the various places. You can also hire cars or rent taxis to take you around. Cars can be rented from the local tourist agencies or rental car services.

Places to Stay

Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary as such, does not boast of many resorts and hotels. The best bet to find accommodation closest to this place would be the circuit houses. The circuit house in Darrang as well as the one in Udalguri are closest to the sanctuary.

Apart from these Circuit houses, which need to be pre-booked, you can also put up at various hotels in Guwahati. Since you’ll be spending most of your time at the sanctuary, make sure you book a hotel which offers easy transport to the sanctuary and back.

Hotels at Guwahati include:

High range hotels located in Guwahati are luxurious hotel with services such as entertainment with live music, a tandoor restaurant, gorgeous rooms, and suites. Every room is endowed with Wi-Fi connectivity, the hotel is centrally air-conditioned, and it has a new spa, as well as a health-club and a banquet hall. They have all the facilities which you might require, including laundry services, medical attention, and even baby-sitters, if you want to leave your child for a day or two.

Mid range hotels are located at S.S Road where one can avail AC and non-AC rooms, and the hotel provides services such as laundry and running hot water.

Low range hotel are located at M.D Shah road, where one can avail for a comfortable double bed rooms. The rooms are clean and cheap, and for those who will want to spend most of their time out, and do not want to waste money on accommodation, this is the place to opt for.

How to Reach

  • Various flights go to Guwahati. The best travel route to Bornadi would be to land at the Guwahati Airport, and then take a car to Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • The nearest railway stations are the ones of the cities mentioned above. Bornadi does not have a separate railway station, but you can take trains from various parts of India to Guwahati, from where you can proceed to Bornadi by car.
  • One can drive down to the sanctuary from the nearby cities of Mangaldai, Tezpur or Guwahati. It is about 70 kilometers away from Mangaldai, about 120 kilometers away from Tezpur, and about 150 kilometers away from Guwahati. Various private and public cars from these cities play to the sanctuary.

Surrounding Attractions

Apart from the city of Guwahati, there are various places in Assam which one can visit from Bornadi Wildlife sanctuary. Assam itself is dotted with wildlife resorts which include National Parks and Sanctuaries, so for those who want to be foot-loose all over the state, exploring the surrounding sanctuaries such as the Sonai-Rupai Sanctuary at Tezpur, or the Amchang Sanctuary at Guwahati. You can also visit the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park, which is 140 kilometers away.

Emergency No.

If you want to visit the sanctuary, get in touch with the Divisional Forest officer of the Mangaldai Wildlife Division. You can call him at: 03713-230022

The numbers for the circuit houses are mentioned above.

State Control Room, Dispur: 1070 (Toll- Free)
0361-2237219/2237460 (LandLine Nos)

Medical emergency: 108