Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Guwahati (Visit in 2023)

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a hidden gem of Assam. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the largest places for Indian rhinoceros. 

Do you want to know and explore this Sanctuary?

Hey friend, I am Somraj Mondal, wildlife and bird sanctuary content developer at indianchacha.com. In this article, I will show you the complete details of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • Here, you can learn about,
  • History of the sanctuary
  • Wildlife
  • Jeep Safari Cost
  • And, much more information

Let’s begin.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Guwahati Overview

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the south bank of the Brahmaputra in Morigaon district, Assam, India. The Sanctuary is home to the world’s most densely populated one-horned Rhinoceros. Covering 38.85 km2, in 1987, it was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has one of the largest Indian rhinos in Assam.

  • Location: Morigaon, Assam
  • Nearest city: Guwahati
  • Area: 38.85 km2 (15.00 sq mi)
  • Established: 1987

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many species of Birds. It is also called as also ‘Bharatpur of the East’. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is often visited as a stopover route to Kaziranga National Park. The sanctuary is raw wilderness and a paradise of Greenery. Moreover, anyone can take a short trip from the Pobitra Wildlife Sanctuary to Sualkuchi, a weavers village, and Hajo, a pilgrimage site.

History Of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Basically, the Area, Pobitora was originally a grazing ground for cattle in the erstwhile which was famous for its one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) sighting in 1961-1962. From the Orang National Park and Laokha, the resident wildlife area of the Pobitora Sanctuary, many Rhinos come here. Then, two such pastures comprising 38.83 square kilometers were declared as reserved forests in 1971 and after that, covering an area of 16 square kilometers, Pobitora was declared a wildlife sanctuary covering in 1987.

Currently, this wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by 20 villages, where sometimes, many Rhinos have seen in the Farmlands. There are more than 90 rhinos available in the sanctuary which increase by 10% in the last 6 years. Pobitora has outgrown its rhino holding capacity and the population is high. 

Wildlife at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has at least 15 grass species in its grassland vegetation, which are Vetiver, Cynodon dactylon, Whip grass, Ravengrass,  Cynodon grass, Phragmites cuttergrass, and many more.

As we already know, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the one-horned rhinoceros. By the way, now, this wildlife sanctuary is also home to many other animals such as leopards, barking deer, buffalo, wild boar, and many more. Now, the Sanctuary has over 2000 migratory birds and reptiles. These rhinos survive in the park’s 16 square kilometer area which has led to overpopulation and exploitation of rhino holding capacity. That’s why many Animals are beginning to move out of the sanctuary in search of food and it becomes a high probability of deadly human-animal.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Ticket Price, Timing

ActivityTicket Price
Elephant ride: Per Person (below 3 years is complimentary):
Rs. 800
Jeep safari (1- 6 Person):
Rs. 2000
River cruise on a Country boat :
Rs. 3500

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Timing:

DayTiming
Monday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Tuesday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Wednesday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Thursday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Friday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Saturday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–8:30PM
Sunday6:30 AM–12 PM, 1–7:30PM

Things to do at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 

1. Plentiful Wildlife 

The one-horned rhinoceros is the main attraction of this sanctuary. You can find 2 or more rhinos per square kilometer of forest area. This wildlife sanctuary has been designated as a protected area under the Indian Rhino Vision (IRV 2020) program.

This program is a joint effort of the Government of Assam and the Ministry of Environment and Forests in partnership with some renowned international NGOs.  It is successfully conducting rhino breeding initiatives. As part of IRV 2020, some rhinos were translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary to Manas National Park.

2. Bird Watching

The wetlands of the sanctuary serve as a wintering ground for numerous migratory birds. Migratory Birds are coming to the sanctuary in the winter season which is in November Month and it last until March Month. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has attracted a large number of bird watchers and ornithologists from all over the world during the season. In addition, you can see many species of resident birds in the sanctuary. 

3. Boat Riding at Ganahga Lake

There is a Ganahga Lake where you can do a boat ride. Basically, Beel Mean Lake in Assam Local Language. You will see many waterfowl like ducks and geese swimming in this serene lake. The lake is fulfilling with many types of Fish and Aquatic Plants. You can take a small Boat Ride in Ganahga Lake.

4. Haduk Hanging Bridge

There is a Haduk Hanging Bridge the opposite Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The Bridge looks like the Howrah Bridge of Kolkata. Tourists are attracted to the Haduk Hanging Bridge.

5. Jeep Safari

Jeep Safari costs around Rs. 1300 for a group of six for a jeep safari, which includes tolls, guide, and security costs.  However, this is the rate for certain route travel. One can also choose to spend a full day inside the park and it costs Rs. 200 for Indians and Rs. 2000 for foreigners. On the other hand, an Elephant safari costs Rs. 500 per person for Indians and Rs. 1000 for foreigners.

Best Time To Visit Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

The best time to visit Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is November to March. Though you can visit the Sanctuary throughout the year, The sanctuary is open throughout the year, except Rainy Season. But, in that time, November to MarchMonth, Sanctuary, the environment, during that time is pleasant during the day and cool at night, considered the best time for bird watching in Pobitora due to the arrival of migratory birds.

Monsoon season should be strictly avoided visiting here. The area is prone to flash floods and road conditions make travel almost impossible.

Food Facility At Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has located some distance from Guwahati. If you are exploring the sanctuary for a whole day, you need food to stay energetic. However, there are still several places within 10 km where you can eat some lip-smacking Assamese and Asian food. Here are some of the places to eat near Pobitora National Park; Cafe B-U, Indian & International Hotel Sagar Restaurant,  Indian Ma Mansha Hotel, North & South Indian NestAsia, and many more.

How to reach Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 

You can visit the Pobitra Wildlife Sanctuary in 3 ways;

  • By Road: Guwahati is a 2-hour drive from Pobitora via a narrow road. You can take  NH 37 from Kaziranga to Mayang. By the way, From Guwahati, there are many Buses available from the Adabari bus station in Guwahati to Chasmata, and, next, you need again take a public bus from Chamata to Kolangpur and autorickshaw to the Pobitra Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • By Train: The nearest railway station to the Pobitra Wildlife Sanctuary is Jagiroad Railway Station. Jagiroad Jagiroad Railway Station is well connected to the Guwahati Station. After reaching the station, you need to take the local car to reach the spot.
  • By Air: Flights to Guwahati are available from all major domestic airports in India, from where you can hire local care to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Accommodation: Resorts near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary 

There are several eco-resorts available near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Zizina Otis Resort is one of the best places to stay near the sanctuary. The resort is located in the Forest from Hustle and Bustle city. It offers a rustic and tranquil atmosphere with a beautiful garden, a playground, and an on-site restaurant.

In addition, you can also stay in Guwahati. From luxury to budget hotels, the city of Guwahati has plenty of options to choose from. 

1. ZIZINA OTIS, POBITORA (LUXURY)

Category Number of RoomRate (Per Night)
MUD HUT65000
SAFARI TENT29000
SWISS TENT46250
POBITORA110000
MAYONG110000
ZIZINA SUITE115000
RHINO SUITE113750
EXTRA BED (Per person)1000
DORMITORY (Per Bed Per Nights)72 Beds1000
Child without bed (Sharing with parents) (Per child)500
MEALS (Per person)750

2. ARYA ECO RESORT, POBITORA (DELUXE)

CategoryNumber of RoomRate (Per Night)
COTTAGE on CP43500
EXTRA MATTRESS on CP (Per person)400
Child without bed (Sharing with parents) (Per child)200
MEALS (Per person)350

3. MAIBONG ECO RESORT, POBITORA (STANDARD)

CategoryNumber of RoomRate (Per Night)
Standard on EP31575
COTTAGE on EP52200
EXTRA MATTRESS on EP (Per person)300
Child without bed (Sharing with parents) (Per child)150
Breakfast (Per person)150
MEALS (Per person)350

Conclusion

Briefly, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is famous densest population of One-horned Rhinos. I hope you got the necessary information about the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary from this article before visiting the sanctuary.

Now, I would like to know from you:

Have you visited this land of one-horned rhinos? 

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