Dibru Saikhowa National Park

The sprawling Dibru Saikhowa National Park, spread over an area of 650sq km, is located close to the eastern border of Assam, straddling both the districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. The park has a dense forest cover and is bounded by three rivers. While the park was initially set up to protect some rare varieties of birds, it is also home to a large number of animals, many of which are endangered. An Identified Important Bird Area (IBA), it is most famous for the rare white-winged wood ducks as well as feral horses.

In 1997, Dibru Saikhowa National Park became the ninth biosphere reserve out of the total 18 identified till date in India. Earlier known as Dibru Reserve Forest and Saikhowa Reserve Forest, this protected area was notified as a wildlife santuary in 1986, and a national park in 1999.

The park is bounded by theBrahmaputra river, Lohit river and Arunachal Hills in the north and Dibru river, Debang river, Dibru and beautiful, verdant surroundings. The climate is tropical monsoon - where the summers are usually hot, humid and wet with a maximum temperature of around 35 degree celsius. The winters are cold and dry, with temperatures between 7 degree celcius to 18 degree celcius.

Dibru Saikhowa is accessible round the year. Although the best time to visit this park is during the late winter and during the monsoon. The park may remain close sometimes due to heavy rain.

Travel Tips

The temperature is quite comfortable and you will not be hindered by rainfall.

It is advisable to check with the authorities and tourist guides before planning a trip here during the rainy season.

Entry is not permitted in the park before sunrise and sunset.

Night halts and picnic are not allowed in the park.

Hiring a local guide is highly recommended. They are a mine of information on the park and have adequate knowledge about the concentration of wildlife, making for a rewarding trip.

Dress in muted forest colours such as greens, bowns, beige and dull browns. Avoid orange, red, pink and bright prints.

Since fire hazard is a serious problem, please do not smoke and carefully put out every last tibmer in your campfire before leaving.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget a hat! High boots with socks are a sensible option for jungle walks.

Check whether swimming and fishing are permitted in the lakes and follow the law.

Do not take pets to wildlife sanctuaries.

Night drives are not permitted inside parks without prior permission.

Try not to talk too much or make loud sounds while journeying into the jungle. Do not carry speakers, whistles, etc.

Do not get too close to animals and dp not ever attempt to feed them.

Consuming alcohol and carrying arms and ammunition within a sanctuary is strictly prohibited.

Carry your own toiletries. Go easy on the perfume, deodrant, aftershave and smelly ointments. Such fragrances attract biting insects that are in plenty.

Binoculars and a bird book will enhance your birding experience.

It is useful to carry a first-aid kit with basic quick fix solutions and medicines for any emergency.

While on tour of the wild, carry your won supply of drinking water.

Carry a map of the jungle with you. It is quite useful to know in which direction of the park you are travelling in.

When to visit

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  • 23.4° Max
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Things to do

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is one of the places you must visit if you are interested in wildlife. The park is famous for the different species of animals that can be seen roaming around in the protected area of the sanctuary. Some of the major animals in the sanctuary here are Royal Bengal Tiger, Clouded Leopard, Wild Boar, Jungle Cat, Pig Tailed Macaque, Sloth Bear, Dhole, Leopard, Small Indian Civet, Malayan Giant Squirrel, Gangetic Dolphin, Slow Loris, Hog Deer, Rhesus Macaque, Capped Langur, Hollock Gibbon, Chinese Pangolin, Assamese Macaque, Asian Elephant, Sambhar, barking Deer, Asiatic Water Buffalo, and Feral Horses. In all, there are 36 different varieties of animals that can be seen in the national park of Dibru-saikhowa. 

The park is also rich is reptilian life form. Several types of monitor lizards, turtles, and snakes can be seen here. While the animal population here is quite diverse, no less so is the avian population. The park is host to a large varieties of birds, both local and migratory. Some of the birds that you can spot here are Great Grebe, Greater Adjutant Stork, March Babbler, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Indian Shag, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Grey Heron, Large Whistling Teal, Purple Heron, Yellow Bittern, Open bill Stork, Pale Capped Pigeon, Black Stork, Graylag Goose, Common Pintail, Night Heron, Osprey, Crested Serpent Eagle, Spot Billed Pelican, White Winged Duck, Great Pied Hornbill, Bear's Pochard, Griffon Vulture, Greater Spotted Eagle, Bengal Florican, Jardon's Babbler, and Black Breasted Parrot bill.

There are two entry points to the park. One is the Guijan Ghat entry point and the second one is the Saikhowa Ghat or Dhola entry point. the former is about 10km from Tinsukia and Saikhowa Ghat/Dhola entry point is about 50km from Tinsukia.

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

Guijan Forest which is located just outside the park is the ideal place to stay in if you are making a trip to the national park here. The rent is quite reasonable and you will be located quite near the park.  

If you are looking for hotels, there are several in the surrounding region.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Mohanbari. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Guwahati and Manas National Park is around 40 km.
  • The nearest railhead is new Tinsukia railway junction (13km/20minutes).
  • Tinsukia is the nearest town. Taxis, autos and buses are available from Paradise Cinema in Tinsukia. The park is about 500km from Guwahati.

Surrounding Attractions

The Bell Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the popular sights to see around her. Devotees tie bell on the branches of the tree. The town of Digboi is quite nearby. It is the first town in Asia where oil has been mined. Tameswari Temple in Sadiya is another popular tourist spot.

The state capital of Guwahati is 7 hours away. The temples of Kamakhya temple, the kaziranga sanctuary, the Assam state zoo are some of the must visit destinations.

There are no elephant or jeep safaris in Dibru Saikhowa National Park and visitors have to hire a local boat to explore the park. One can likely to spot water buffaloes basking in the sun by the muddy banks, turtles swimming past and groups of storks fishing in the water.

Another rewarding way of exploring this national park is by way of trekking. The jungle is quiet, far away from the hard dicordant mixture of sounds of the city, and the stillness is only broken by the rustle of dry leaves beneath your feet or the chorus of birdcalls.

Emergency No.

Police: 100

Fire Brigade: 101

Hospital: 102

tourist Information Ofiice Tinsukia - 09954292052

Divisional Forest Officer- 09435171721 STD code (0374)