Birds of India

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park

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Dibru River at Guijan Ghat

Introduction
Dibru-Saikhowa National Park is located on the floodplains of the Debang, Lohit, Dibru and the Brahmaputra Rivers and spreads over the Dirugarh and Tinsukia districts of Assam. This 340 sq. km. sanctuary located on the south bank of The Brahmaputra is characterized by old growth semi-evergreen forests, deciduous forests, littoral and swamp forests and patches of wet evergreen forests. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wetland and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest.

Dibru-Saikhowa has an impressive list of over 350 species and is, perhaps, the best place to see three Indian specialities: Marsh and Jerdon's Babblers, and Rufous-vented (Swamp) Prinia.



Several other rarely observed species can be found in the extensive grasslands, wetlands, and riverine forests. These include Baer's Pochard, White-winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Jerdon's Bushchat, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Pale-capped Pigeon, and Rufous-rumped Grassbird.

The Park lies between 27°30' N to 27°45' N and 95°10' E to 95°45'E at an average altitude of 118 m. It is only 13 Km from Tinsukia town. Entry is by written permits issued by the Wild Life Wing of the Forest Department. Guijan Ghat (10km from Tinsukia) and Saikhowa ghat are the two entry points for tourists. Park is out of bounds between sunset and sunrise.

Best time: November to March

Contact:
1. Divisional Forest Officer
Tinsukia Wildlife Division, Tinsukia
P.O./Dist. Tinsukia (Assam)
Pin: 786126
Phone : 0374-331472(O)
2. Range Forest Officer, Guijan Wildlife Range, P.O. Guijan
3. Range Forest Officer, Saikhowa Wildlife Range, Na-bormurah, P.O. Dholla

How to reach:
Dibrugrah, Assam is the nearest airport at a distance of about 40 km and Tinsukia the nearest railhead. Approach is easy from either place.
Dholla is the nearest township of Saikhowaghat entry point.



Where to stay:
Banashree Eco-camp - Benu knows his birds. Brilliantly located. Basic facilities.
Guijan District, Tinsukia, Assam
Phone: +919435335462
email: banashree.eco@gmail.com

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - the lap of luxury.
Purvi Discovery (P) Ltd
Jalannagar, Dibrugarh 786 005, Assam, India
Phone :+91 373 2301120, 2300035
Email : purvidiscovery@gmail.com

Links and references:
1.
Department of Environment & Forests; Government of Assam
2. K. Kazmierczak and R. Singh: A Birdwatchers’ Guide to India, Prion 1998

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