Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Pobitora wildlife sanctuary is small, but it packs quite a punch. The 15 square kilometers is home to the One-Horned Rhinoceros, and has been a very important sanctuary for the conservation of this endangered species, in India. The sanctuary is located in the Morigaon District of Assam, and it is rich with various species of birds too. Over 2,000 birds make their home in this sanctuary, and many rare, migratory birds can be spotted here. The small but important sanctuary is home to various other forms of flora and fauna, and it is quiet and idyllic, which is perfect for a short getaway trip. It is an absolute haven for those who love and appreciate the beauty of wildlife.

You can enjoy a long and peaceful picnic near the bridge, which will make for a wonderful daytime experience. The sanctuary has regular bird-watching and animal-watching tours to offer, which mostly occur during the day time.  Starting out early during the day, a nice, relaxing tour of this haven for birds and animals is worth exploration. The evenings can be dedicated to small walks, close to the hotel, and lots of rest, to start out early again, the next day.

The Pobitra Wildlife sanctuary is about 48km by road from Guwahati.

Travel Tips

Opt for the elephant rides, rather than travelling by jeep. The motor of the jeep tends to disturb the birds and the animals nearby, and these animals will be wary of proximity to the alien machine. An Elephant ride will not only be more adventurous, it will also allow you to view your surroundings at a more leisurely pace, and you will be able to get very close to the rhinos and to flocks of birds. It makes for a much more wholesome experience.

The tours happen on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure you book your guide and your mode of transport as soon as you check in to the resort. The months between November and February are the best for visiting the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This makes for cool climate, and a leisurely holiday. The summers and the monsoons tend to get hot and humid.

The tours happen very early in the morning, because sunset happens much earlier in east India. Make sure you sleep early, and rise up early, so as to not be groggy and sleep-deprived while taking in all the beautiful sights.

Make sure you eat some beautifully cooked fish in the typical Assamese style, and drink lots of calming, aromatic Assam Tea when you’re not out exploring the Sanctuary.

When to visit

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Things to do

The small space in Pobitora ensures easy rhino sightings for tourists. The sanctuary is home to over eighty rhinos, and a short tour on a jeep or an elephant ride will ensure close sightings of many of these majestic creatures. Although a jeep takes you around faster, for a much more nature-oriented experience, you should opt for the leisurely elephant rides which are offered within the sanctuary. These rides will also help you get very close to the Rhinos.

The Asiatic buffalo as well as the wild boar also live within this sanctuary, and they can often be spotted near small water bodies.

Because of the huge population of birds, bird-watching too, in a must-do for those who visit this sanctuary. Starting out early in the morning, with a knowledgeable guide will help you spot many rare species of birds, including the fascinating migratory ones. The swampy nature of the sanctuary, with its marshlands, make it very ideal for the animals living there, and because of the small size of the sanctuary, the people and animals there live in close harmony with one another.

Small wildlife walks are also done within the sanctuary, which is refreshing as well as calming to the nerves. The chirping of the birds, mingled with the occasional calls of the animals provide a relaxing experience, and the natural setting will leave you feeling refreshed after the walk. The Haduk Hanging Bridge is also a good place to visit within the sanctuary. The Garanga Beel Pond is anothear spot which should be visited. If you’re lucky, you’ll find various different animals refreshing themselves over here.


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

There are some resorts which one can avail to stay, while visiting Pobitora. These resorts are small and comfortable, and they have all the facilities which one required for comfortable living. With reasonable rates, and clean, airy rooms, these resorts has proven to be the ideal location to put up at, while visiting the sanctuary. The food served in these resorts are delicious and warm, and the hotel arranges for the tours as well.

For people who prefer to stay in the city and visit the sanctuary, Guwahati is the nearest location, with a wide array of different hotels with specific ranges and facilities suited for different needs and wants.

How to Reach

  • The closest airport to Pobitora is the one at Guwahati. You can take a plane to Guwahati, and then come by car or by bus to this sanctuary.
  • The station closest to Pobitora also happens to be Guwahati. Proceeding to Guwahati from anywhere in India, and then going to the sanctuary by road is the best option.
  • Pobitora is very close to Guwahati, and can only be reached by road. It is about 50 kilometers from the city, and is an hours drive away. Many tourist buses ply to this sanctuary, and for those who want a more comfortable journey, private cars or share cars can be booked. The other option would be to make a stopover at Pobitora while on your way to Kaziranga from Guwahati. The NH 37 is the best route to Pobitora from Guwahati.

Surrounding Attractions

The historical village of Mayong is very close to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. This village is known for being the home of black magic, and tantric practices for many years. Rich in cultural history, there are many things to see and observe, in and around Mayong. Guwahati is also very close to the sanctuary, as is Kaziranga National Park, another famous protected area devoted to the conservation of the one-horned Rhinoceros.

Emergency No.

Divisional Forest Officer: 0361-2550207 Mobile: 09435031789

Range Officer: 03678-248157

Kunki resort telephone: 09854-612196