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Guwahati

Situated on the banks of the mighty river Brahmaputra, Guwahati is Assam's sleepy capital. It was once known as "Pragiyotishpura" or Light of the East. The name Guwahati is a combination of two words: Guwa meaning areca nut and Hat meaning market. Guwahati or Gurahati is the gateway to one of the most exotic and fascinating regions of India - the north east. Today, Guwahati is the business hub of the region and also Assam's largest city. It is the service centre for the oil industry and tea plantations; the world's largest tea auctions are held here. There are many ancient Hindu temples in and around Guwahati. Notable among them is the Umananda temple on Peacock Island dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Local Festivals


March

Sivaratri is celebrated on Peacock Island at the Umananda Temple with all night vigil and hymns and prayers

September

Manasa Festival at the Kamakshya Temple in honour of the Snake goddess.

November-April

The Assam Tea Festival is celebrated with events in various parts of the state.

January

Magh Bihu and Bohag Bihu and Rongali Bihu in Mid April, the week-long New Year festivities are celebrated with singing and dancing.

How to reach

By Air

Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, situated 18-km east of the centre, is well connected by air with New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Indian Air Lines, Sahara And Jet Airways operate regular flights to Guwahati. Air India operates direct flight between Guwahati and Bangkok on Mondays and Thursdays.

By Train

The railway station is in the centre of town with the state bus stand right behind and operates a very useful left luggage service. There are direct train services from New Delhi and Kolkata with connectivity to Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram etc. The back of the railway station leads into the Paltan Bazaar area, from which most of the private bus companies operate.

By Road

A network of National Highways and other roads connect Guwahati with all the important places of Assam. It is the connector city of NH - 31, 37 and 40 with the other cities of India by road. Buses ply from Guwahati around the cities of Northeast India by National Highways. State Transport Express and Super Express buses of Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal, Nagaland, and North Bengal ply from Guwahati.

Transport

Guwahati has an efficient and extensive system of minibuses too. Cycle rickshaws are easy to find around the centre of the town. The main terminal for river ferries is available at Sukreswar Ghat.

Guwahati at a glance
Area 27.5sq.km
Population 5,80,000
Altitude 55m
Temperature
Summer Max. 35C - 22C
Winter Max. 26C - 10C
Rainfall 182 cms. (May - September)
STD Code 0361


Places of Interest at Guwahati

Temples

Kamakhya Temple
Navagraha Temple
Umananda Temple
Janardhan Temple
Basista Ashram

Museums

Assam State Museum
Assam Forest Museum
Commerial Museum
Assam Government Cottage Industries Museum

Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra

Veterinary College Museum
Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Kamakhya Temple

Kamakhya Temple on Nilachal Hill, eight km west of the city is believed to be an ancient 'Khasi' sacrificial site. It has been a part and parcel of Assamese life and culture from ancient times. The temple dedicated to the Goddess Kamakshya is one of the oldest and most sacred centre for Shakti worship and Tantric Hinduism. The original 10th century temple was destroyed by Muslim converts but was rebuilt in 1665 by King Naranarayana of Koch Bihar. The sikhara or spire is in the shape of a beehive and it has the nymph motifs and the long turtle back hall. The stone images and other relics found around the temple have been dated by archaeologists to the eighth century onwards. It attracts pilgrims from all over India, especially during the Ambubachi Festival which usually falls around July. The ponds here are home to some giant turtles. There is a majestic view of the city and the Brahmaputra river from the hill top. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the sanctum.

Navagraha Temple

Navagraha temple or temple of nine planets is situated on Chitrachal Hill to the east of the town. It was the ancient seat of study of astronomy and astrology. The nine planets are represented by the nine linga's inside the main temple. This temple just 3 km from the railway station is still a center of Astrological and Astronomical research. It was for this temple Guwahati was named Pragjyotishpur ( the city of Astrology).

Umananda Temple

The Shiva temple stands on Peacock island in the midst of river Brahmaputra. The temple built by an Ahom king in 1594, can be reached by crossing the river via country boats plying from Kachari Ghat in Guwahati. Ferries make regular crossings from 7am to 5pm. The site is especially busy during the annual Shivaratri festival, when devotees from all over the state come to worship the god.

Janardhan Temple

The temple is situated on the hillock Suklesvar in the heart of the city. The temple consecrated in the 10th century was rebuilt in the 17th century. Located near Suklesvar Ghat of the Brahmaputra river, the temple has an image of the Lord Buddha, which is a unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Basista Ashram

Situated in the southern-most rim of Guwahati city on the Sandhyachal hill is a well known holy cum picnic spot, called Basisthashram, after the great vedic Sage Bashistha, who is said to have lived here. Three rivulets named Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta meet here and flow perenially adding scenic grandeur to the place. It is 12 Kms. from the Guwahati Railway Station. City buses ply regularly to the Ashram.

Madan Kamdev

Barely 40 kms. away from the sprawling metropolis Guwahati, on N.H. 52 Madan Kamdev is an enigma, a mystery, a marvel and in the words of Omar Khayam, "a veil past which I could not see". Very little is known about the origin of this magnificient archaeological ruins. Written history is almost silent on it, leaving wide room for conjectures and hypothesis. Very little is known about this archaeological ruins, making it a mystery. Kamrupa - the ancient name of Assam, is believed to have derived its name from the legend that love God Kama or Madan, after being turned into ashes by an angry Shiva, was reborn here. One school believes that Madan was reborn and united to Rati on this tiny hillock. The season to visit is from October to May.

Museums

Assam State Museum

The Assam State Museum has collections of archaeology, sculpture, paintings, metal, ivory and woodwork, costumes and ethnology. There are exhibits of reconstructed huts of Assamese tribes. You can walk right through these village huts. There are also displays of weavings and musical instruments. It is open from 1000 to 1630 from Tuesday to Saturday and 0800 -1200 on Sundays. Closed on Mondays and second Saturdays.

Assam Forest Museum

This museum is situated at South Kamrup Division, Guwahati. It has collections of timber, cane and ivory work, tusks and horns and models of buildings and bridges. Visit : 10am - 4pm weekdays. Saturdays 10am -1.30pm

Commerial Museum

Guwahati University has a commercial Museum with a collection of art and crafts, commercial products, minerals and rocks, coins etc. The museum is open daily, from 12.30am to 6.30pm. Closed on Sundays and University holidays.

Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra

The Srimanta Sankardeva kalakshetra has been set up as a grand exposition of the life and culture of the people of Assam. Named after the greatest Vaishnava saint and the greatest integrator of the Assamese society Srimanta Sankardeva, the Kalakshetra is a multi-Arts complex. It houses a Central Museum where cultural objects and day-to-day articles used by different ethnic groups will be preserved and exhibited, an Open Air Theatre with 2000 capacity to hold folk festivals and to present traditional dance and drama of the State, an Artists' Village which offers the visitors and the residents an atmosphere of the village of Assam, the Sahitya Bhavan which is a library of rare books and manuscripts, the Lalit-Kala Bhavan which has sufficient space for exhibition, art and sculpture workshops, and a Heritage Park. The Kalakshetra has been chosen as the venue for many cultural activities.

The other Museums are Assam Government Cottage Industries Museum, Open 10am to 4.00pm on weekdays, 10am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. Veterinary College Museum, Open 10am to 4pm

Assam State Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Zoo and the landscaped Botanical gardens are located about 5km east of the railway station. The zoo mostly has open enclosures with swamp tapirs, tigers, leopards, Assam's famous one horned rhinos and a rich bird life among other species. Open daily except Fridays. Dighalipukhuri, a water body in the heart of the city with boating facilities, cruises on the river Brahmaputra in the 'Jolporee', the famous Balaji Temple of Tirupati,Planetarium, the Saraighat Bridge over the Brahmaputra, the Guwahati Oil Refinery, Lachit Barphukan Park and the Guwahati University are places worth visiting.

Other religious places in Assam

Viswanath Temple in the district (Darrang), called second Kasi (Benares) or Gupta-Kasi (hidden Kasi). This temple is also said to have been installed by King Bana .

The Siva temple at Sibsagar by the side of a splendid tank is about half a mile in length and a quarter of a mile in breadth . The temple stands between two smaller temples, Devi-doul and Vishnu-doul (doul-temple ).

Neghriting Devalaya is also a Siva temple. In architectural beauty it surpasses all the temples in Assam. It is situated at a distance of 17 and 14 miles respectively from the towns of Jorhat and Golaghat. There are four smaller temples in the four corners of the base of the main temple .

Parasuram Kunda is a shrine of all-India importance and now falls within N.E.F.A. Thousands of pilgrims, visit the place in winter every year, when a great fair used to be held to which wild cows, rare fur-rugs and other curios were brought down by the mountaineers. Besides the temple

The Surya Pahar Temple, situated in Goalpara in Assam. It is an ancient center of sun worship and there are numerous insufficiently explored archaeological remains around it.

Other Places of Interest in Assam

Chandubi Lake

A natural lagoon and fine picnic spot which is 64 kms. from Guwahati. The lake and its surroundings is an ideal holiday resort with the added attraction of fishing and rowing.
The place is easily accessible by bus from Guwahati.The best season to visit is from November to April.

Sualkuchi

Assam produces three unique varieties of silks, the Golden Muga, the White Pat and the warm Eri. Silks grown all over the state find their way to Sualkuchi, 32 kms from Guwahati. Sualkuchi is one of the world's largest weaving villages often called the Manchester of the East. The entire population here is engaged in weaving exquisite silf fabrics. A renowned centre of silk production, particularly known for Muga - the golden silk of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world.

Hajo

This place located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra, 28km from Guwahati. Hajo is a sacred place for Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Hajo is also renowned for its bell metal work.

Places of Interest in Hajo

Powa - Mecca
Hayagriba Madhava Temple
Mahabhairab Temple

Powa - Mecca

Side by side with the Madhav temple there is a celebrated Muslim shrine at Hajo, called Powa- Mecca i.e. 1/4th Mecca. According to the inscription on the wall of the mosque situated there, it was built by Mir Lutufullah-i- Shiraji, in 1657 during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shajahan. In front of the mosque lies the tomb of Gyasuddin Aulia who made the first attempts to propagate Islam in this part of the world. It is said that the foundation of the mosque partly consists of some earth brought from Mecca.

Hayagriba Madhava Temple

The Hayagriba Madhava Temple at Hajo is an important place of pilgrimage both for Hindus and the Buddhists. The image of Vishnu installed at the shrine resembles that of Jagannath at Puri in Orissa. A curious feature of this temple is that it is regarded as a Buddhist shrine by Buddhist Lamas and Butiyas, who profess Buddhism. They believe that the Buddha attained Nirvana at this place. This temple had been destroyed by Kalapahar and was rebuilt in 1543 by the Koch king Raghudev. A smaller temple nearby was built by Ahom king Pramatta Singh where 'Doul' is celebrated on a grand scale every year. There is a large pond here inhabited by a giant turtle.

Mahabhairab Temple

An ancient temple where King Bana worshipped Mahabhairab, another incarnation of Lord Shiva. A place of pilgrimage. This Shiva temple is regarded as the oldest Shiva shrine where thousands converge on "Shiv Ratri".

Sibsagar

Sibsagar is 369 kms. towards the east of Guwahati and is the headquarters of a district of the same name. It is also a leading tea and oil producing district. The Eastern Regional Headquarter of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission is located at Nazira, 18 kms. from Sibsagar. Modern Sibsagar is a fast developing town. The highest Shiva temple in India, situated in the heart of Sibsagar, which was the capital of the Ahom dynasty. Sibsagar was the capital of the Ahoms who ruled Assam at a stretch for six hundreds years before the advent of the British. It is a beautiful town located around the huge Sibsagar tank, an artificial lake constructed by Queen Madambika in 1734 A.D. The Shiva idol or Shiva Temple on the bank of this tank is believed to be the highest Shiva temple in India.

Haflong

Up in the rugged terrains stands Assam's only hill station, Haflong, where one can see the rainbow down below. It is the district Headquarters of North Cachar Hills.

Hilly Assam is a land of sensuousness. A heaven to the senses where one touches the sweetest dream with one's fingers. The mountains float in the distant sky. The clouds descend and snugly lie below one's feet. A beautiful lake 'Haflong Lake' is located in the heart of the town. Jatinga 9 kms. from Haflong, is famous for the unexplained phenomenon of migratory birds 'committing mass suicide'. The migratory birds come during the month of August to November and it becomes the Orinthologists attraction. From the elevated watch tower one can see them yielding to their death wish and their little plumage dropping down. Season to visit is from August to April. Other attractions include exciting trekking in Borail Hills, watching the traditional dances of the Tribals and a visit to the Orchid Garden.

Digboi

Surrounded by numerous Tea Gardens and mystic blue hills, Digboi is a major oil town. A hundred year old Refinery and it's hundred and twelve year old oil field still exist here. The Digboi Refinery came into being in 1901 as the first refinery of Asia and as the second one in the world. Today, the oil field and refinery are the oldest continuing oil field and refinery in the world. There is also a War Cemetry and Golf Course in Digboi.

Tezpurv

Tezpur, known as Sonitpur (city of blood) of Puranic fame, is associated with the legend of princess Usha, the daughter of King Bana and prince Anirudha, the grandson of Lord Krishna for their eternal love and romance. The great mythological war believed to have been fought between Hari(Lord Krishna) and Hara (Lord Shiva) and as a result the whole city was said to have been drenched in blood, hence the name. Situated on the north bank of the majestic river Brahmaputra, Tezpur town is of magnificient scenic beauty and exquisite archaeological ruins. It is the headquarters of Sonitpur district and is considered as one of the most beautiful towns of the state. Undulated green valleys surrounded by the hills of Arunachal Pradesh, with snow capped peaks of the Himalayas as the northern backdrop, lush green tea gardens and magnificient archaeological ruins have all contributed to make Tezpur a tourist's delight. Her contribution to art, culture, literature particularly her contribution to the freedom struggle have earned for Tezpur a unique niche in the history of Assam. In 1942, for the first time in entire British India, the tricolour (Indian flag) was hoisted in the police station at Gahpur, a quiet mofussil town under Sonitpur district. Fourteen year old Kanaklata braved British bullets and died holding the national flag aloft.

Places of Interest around Tezpur

Cole Park
The Hazara Pukhuri
Bamuni Hills
Bhalukpung

Bamuni Hills

The ruins of Bamuni hill is famous for its artistic beauty. The sculpture remains which dates back to the 9th and 10th century A.D. now lie in the Cole park and Missionary compound.

The Hazara Pukhuri

The large tank preserves the name Harzara Varman in Tezpur. It was excavated in the early part of the 19th century. This is the third largest tank covering an area of 70 acres.

Cole Park

It is one of the most beautiful places in the town. The park which was first established by a British Deputy Commissioner, Mr Cole, is the place for peace loving people. Here one can see the two massive ornamental stone pillars and the sculptural remains of the famous Bamuni Hills.

Bhalukpung

Surrounded by mystic blue hills and evergreen forests, Bhalukpung is situated on the bank of the river Jia Bharali. It is only 64 kms. from Tezpur and is on the border of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. It is famous for its unique natural beauty, angling and rafting. Far from the madding crowd Bhalukpung is a place of peace and tranquility.It is only 56 kms from Tezpur town.

Other attractions of Bhalukpung are a hot spring and an Eco-Camp at Potasil.

Diphu

This hilly town is the headquarters of the Karbi-Anglong district. Diphu is the centre of Karbi art and culture. The indigenous tribe of karbi Anglong, the Karbis, are well known for their hospitality and colourful culture.

Bhomoraguri

A mammoth stone inscription made by the Ahom General Kalia Bhomora Phukan, who planned to construct a bridge over Brahmaputra is seen here. Almost two centuries later, a bridge over Brahmaputra at the same place has now been completed. The 3.05 km. bridge named after the great Ahom general, connecting Nagaon district with Tezpur was opened for vehicular traffic by the then Prime Minister of India Late Rajiv Gandhi on April 3, 1987.

Majuli

Assam is famous for Majuli, the world's largest river island. Majuli situated in the midst of river Brahmaputra, is the centre of Vishnava culture. The total area of Majuli has been steadily decreasing due to strong erosion of the river Brahmaputra. The area of the island has reduced from 2,82,165 acres in 1853 to less than 886 sq. kms today. There are over fifteen Vaishnava monasteries or satras on Majuli. Auniati is famous for its considerable collection of Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. Upper Majuli is inhabited by tribes like the Mising and the Deoris and is the centre of a living heritage of colourful costumes and festivals. Plenty of migratory birds of great varieties are also seen here.

Satra

The Institution of Satra is a unique feature of Vaishnavism in Assam, founded by Sankardeva, the father of Assamese culture. Satras are basically monasteries which propogate neoVaishnavism. They also became centres for education and dissemination of the art of harmonius living. In 15th century the first Satra was founded in Majuli. Since then sixty five Satras have come up for the propagation of ethics and socio-cultural ideals. However, at present there are only twenty two Satras in Majuli. The others had to be shifted to safer places due to the devastation of flood and erosion.

The main existing Satras are:

Dakhinpat Satra

Founded by Banamalidev, an exponent of Raasleela, which is now observed as one of the National Festivals of Assam. During Rasotsava several thousand devotees visit these holy Satras every year.

Garamurh Satra

Founded by Lakshmikantadeva. During the end of Autumn, traditional Raasleela (co-acting) is shown with great enthusiasm. Some ancient weapons called "Bortop" (canons) are preserved here.

Auniati Satra

Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the Satra is famous for "Paalnaam" and Apsara Dance and also its considerable collection of Assamese old utensils, jewellery and handicrafts.

Kamalabari Satra

Founded by Bedulapadma, it is a centre of art, cultural, literature and classical studies. It's branch, Uttar Kamalabari Satra, has showcased the Satria Art in several states of India and abroad.

Bengenaati Satra

It is a storehouse of antiques of cultural importance and an advance centre of performing art. Muraridev, the grand son of Sankardeva's step mother founded this Satra. The royal robes belonging to the Ahom king Swargadeo Gadadhar Singha, made of gold and an golden umbrella are preserved here.

Shamaguri Satra

The satra is home to famous Mask crafts.

Batadrawa Satra

It is the birthplace of the greatest Vaishnava Saint Srimanta Sankardev,a Shrine and a centre of Vaishnava art and culture. It is about 140 kms. from Guwahati and about 15 kms. from Nagaon town.

Barpeta Satra and Kirtanghar

In addition to the Satras, the most striking monument to the genius of Sankaradeva and his chief disciple Madhav Deva is the Kirtanghar at Barpeta in Kamrup district which was the centre of their activity for many years. This famous Shrine and Kirtanghara attracts Vaishanavas from all over India. It was established by Madhadeva, the greatest disciple of Shankardeva.

Besides these Aswaklanta on the north bank of the Brahmaputra where the third Pandava, Arjuna, is believed to have watered his horse while covering the length and breadth of Bharat for the performance of the Aswamedha Yajnya, Sukreswar and Ugratra are also important religious places to be visited.

Wild Life in Assam

National Parks

Kaziranga National Park
Manas National Park
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
Nameri National Park
Orang (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

Wildlife Sanctuaries

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary
Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobha Or Milroy Sanctuary
Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary
Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Gorampani Wildlife Sanctuary, Golaghat
Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary
Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary
East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary
Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary
Panidihing Bird Sanctuary, Sibsagar
Deeporbeel Bird Sanctuary, Guwahati(Proposed)
Bordoibam Bilmukh Bird Sanctuary, Lakhimpur,
Dhemaji(Proposed)

Kaziranga National Park

The first and the oldest National Park in Assam situated in Golaghat District, is a World Heritage site. Spread over an area of 430 sq. kms., Kaziranga National Park is the natural home of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Declared a National Park in 1974 the landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. The one horned Rhinoceros, Elephant, Indian bison, Swamp Deer, Samber, Hog Deer, Sloth Bear, Tiger, Leopard cat, Jungle cat, Hog badger, Capped langur, Hollock gibbon, Jackal, Goose, Hornbills, Ibis, Cormorants, Egret, Heron fishing eagle etc. all form a part of the very complex ecological balance of the park.

During Winter a large number of migratory birds are also seen here. The Park can be visited by Jeep, Car or on Elephant back. Kaziranga is 217 kms from Guwahati and 96 kms from Jorhat by road.The nearest airport is Rowriah(Jorhat). Tourists can either fly to Jorhat or can go by surface to Kaziranga from Guwahati. The nearest railhead is Furkating. The best season to visit is from November to April.

Recommended clothing is Woolen in Winter and light cottons in Summer.

Manas National Park

The only Tiger Project in Assam, Manas is one of India's most magnificent National Parks. It is situated on the bank of the river Manas at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a well known World heritage site with it's unique combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife. Covering an area of 519.77 Sq. Kms, it has a core area of 360 Kms and is situated in Barpeta District. Manas is one of the nine tiger reserve sanctuaries in India. Tigers however are not the only wildlife to be found here. Manas has its own peculiar faunal features, the rarest species of which are Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog, Golden Langur, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Buffalo etc. Other commonly seen animals are Elephant, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Wild Boar, Samber, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer etc. Hundreds of the winged species migrate to the friendly climate of Manas during Winter. Among them are Riverchats (White Capped Redstars), Forktails, Cormorants and various types of ducks including the Ruddy Shelduck. The woodland birds are no less charming and include the Indian Hornbill and the Great Pied Hornbill. Manas is 176 kms from Guwahati by road. The nearest airport is Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati. The nearest railhead is Barpeta Road Station which is 40 kms away from Manas. Season to visit is from November to April.

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

The fourth National Park of the state, this National Park lies partly in Dibrugarh district and partly in Tinsukia district and covers an area of about 340 sq.km. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wet land and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest. The main attractions of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park are its semi-wild horse and White winged Wood- Duck. Other animals are Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, Slow Loris, Indian wild water Buffalo, Capped Langur, Gangetic River Dolphin, Indian Wild Dog etc. More than 250 varieties of local and migratory birds are also found in this Park. The best season to visit is from November to March.

Nameri National Park

Situated at the foot hills of eastern Himalayas, Nameri National Park covers an area of about 200 sq. km. Hills, deciduous forests and the river Jia Bhoroli have all added a unique charm to it. It is about 35 km. from Tezpur town which is 181 km. from Guwahati.The nearest airport is Salonibari(Tezpur). Many wildlife species are found here such as the Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Pangolin, Indian Wild Dog, Civet Cat, Capped Langur etc. Atlas Moth with a wing span of more than 10 inches has been spotted at Nameri National Park. Nameri is a haven for bird watchers which include the most endangered White Winged Wood duck, four species of Hornbill in abundance, the small and beautiful Scarlet Minivet, to name a few. Many species of reptiles are also found in this National Park. It is an entomologist's paradise. A huge variety of different butterflies and moths are found here. Atlas Moth with a wing span of more than 10 inches has also been spotted here. The best season to visit is from October to April.

Orang (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park

It is a miniature Kaziranga covering an area of 78.81 sq. kms. and is situated in the Darrang District of Assam. Sixty percent of the sanctuary is grassland. The animals seen in this sanctuary are the One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Tiger, varieties of water birds, Green Pigeon, Florican, Teal , Goose, etc. Most endangered bird found in Assam's sanctuaries. Out of a total world population of 250, about 200 adjutant storks are found in Assam. Various species of birds such as the Pelican, Cormorant, Greylag Goose, Large Whistling TeaGreat Adjutant Stork, King Vulture etc. have also found this sanctuary to be their ideal habitat. Orang is 150 kms from Guwahati and 31 kms from Tezpur. The nearest railhead is Rongapara and the nearest airport is Salonibari(Tezpur). Both Govt. & Private buses ply regularly from Guwahati.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated in the Morigaon district, Pobitora is one of the major wildlife sanctuaries of Assam. It is about 60 km. from Guwahati City, situated on the border of Nagaon and Kamrup Dist. Covering an area of 38.8 Sq. km., Pobitora is mainly famous for its Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. Other animals such as the Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild Bear, Civet Cat etc. are also found here. More than 200 birds and various reptiles are found in this sanctuary. The best season to visit is from November to March.

Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary

Another magnificent wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 44.06 sq. kms. is Bura-Chapori. It is situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra in Sonitpur District.It is considered to be an ideal habitat for the Bengal Florican.Various species of migratory birds are also seen here.Other attractions are the Great Indian One horned Rhinocerous, Asiatic Buffalo, Wild Boar, Otter, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, etc. Various reptiles and fish are also found here.

Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary

Covering an area of 70.13 sq. kms Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Nagaon Dist. and is only 25 kms from Nagaon town. Its main attraction is the Great Indian one horned Rhinocerous. Other animals found here are Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Asiatic Buffalo, Wild Boar, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, Hog Deer etc. Various species of birds and reptiles are also found in Laokhowa. The sanctuaries in Assam are home to many different species of deer.

Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary, 220 Sq. Kms. in area, is situated in Sonitpur District. Extending along the Himalayan foothills it offers a magnificent view of both scenery and wildlife. The sanctuary is home to Elephants, Indian Bison, Deer and a variety of hill birds.

Pobha or Milroy Sanctuary

Covering an area of 49 sq. kms., Pobha Wildlife sanctuary is situated in Lakhimpur District. It is a sanctuary created exclusively for the protection of the magnificent Wild Water Buffalo.

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary

Covering an area of approximately 45.568 sq. kms, this sanctuary is located in the Dhubri District of Assam and is 68 kms from Dhubri.

This area was recognised as a Sanctuary by the Govt. of Assam on 14th July'1994. It is surrounded by hills and there are two lakes on either side of the sanctuary. The world famous Golden Langur was discovered here in the year 1986.

Many different mammals, birds, twenty three species of reptiles, more than forty butterfly species are found in this area. Hornbills are also seen here.

Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary

Wedged between the Himalayas and Bhutan, this sanctuary is situated in the Darrang District of Assam. It covers an area of 26.22 sq kms. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1980 by the Govt of Assam especially for the protection of the Hispid Hare and Pigmy Hog.

Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary

This small sanctuary covering an area of 6.05 sq. kms was recognised as a sanctuary by the Govt. of Assam in 1952. Situated in Karbi Anglong district, it is 25 kms from Golaghat and 65 kms from Kaziranga National Park. This area is famous for it's hot water springs. Animals found here are Elephants, Leopards,Tigers, Deer, Golden Langurs, Hoolok Gibbons in additon to a large variety of birds and reptiles.

Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary

Covering an area of 33.93 sq. kms, Pani Dihing was declared a sanctuary in December '1996 by the Govt. of Assam. It is situated in Sibsagar district. Pani Dihing is famous for migratory birds. Adjutant Storks, Fishing Eagle etc. are commonly found here.

Deeporbeel Bird Sanctuary (Proposed)

Deeporbeel is situated at a distance of 18 kms from Guwahati city and is a proposed Bird Sanctuary.The area of the sanctuary is 4.14 sq kms. In this area 120 different types of birds have been listed by Dept of Forest, Assam. Adjutant Storks, Fishing Eagle, Kingfisher etc. are found here.

Bordoibum Beelmukh Bird Sanctuary (Proposed)

Bordoibum Beelmukh is also a proposed Bird sanctuary.It is situated at 50-55 metres above sea level in Dhemaji district. Bordoibam was formed after the great earthquake of 1950 when the river Subansiri changed it's course. Adjutant Storks, Fishing Eagle etc. are found here.

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary

Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 37 sq. kms. Situated in Karbi Anglong district, it is 25 kms from Golaghat and 65 kms from Kaziranga National Park. Animals commonly found here are Elephants, Tigers, found here.

East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary covers an area of 221.81 sq. kms and is situated in Karbi Anglong District.Animals commonly found here are Elephant, Tiger, Bison, Bear etc.

Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 96 sq. kms. Situated in Karbi Anglong district. Animals commonly found here are Elephant, Tiger, Leopard etc.

Reserved Forests are Holongpar in Jorhat District, Jaipur in Dibrugarh District, Barail in North Cachar District, Dhansiri in Karbi-Anglong District, Dumduma in Tinsukia District and Dipu-Chirang in Kokrajhar District.

For detailed information and assistance please contact:

Director of Tourism

Govt. of Assam
Station Road
Guwahati- 781 001
Assam, India
Phone:+91-361-547102/542748/544475
Fax:+91-361-547102

Assam Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.

Dr. B. Barooah Road
Guwahati 781007
Assam, India
Phone: +91-361- 454421
Fax: +91-361- 454570
Email: astdcorpn@sancharnet.in






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