About Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~
When the word ‘Rhinoceros’ strikes our mind, the first name that pops in our head is the famous ‘Kaziranga National Park’ of Assam that is home to the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. And it’s ok, because that’s what we all have portrayed in our head for a long time now. But what we all have to reconsider is that there is a Wildlife Sanctuary just near Guwahati that has the highest density of One Horned Indian Rhinoceros (102) in the entire world and it’s not known to the majority of people. Yes, it’s the ‘Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary’ which holds this illustrious record. With the rhinos being hunted down by the poachers on a regular basis, it’s not at all easy to maintain this record.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, is situated around 42 kms from Guwahati, in the plains of River Brahmaputra in the district of Morigaon. Legend has it that the King of Mayong gave the name Pobitara to the forest after his lovely daughter who died in her youth. In 1971, the forest was declared a reserve forest to protect the famous rhinos. In 1987, Pobitara was declared a wildlife sanctuary. The extent of the Protected area is 38.81 sq km. Pobitora is mainly famous for its great Indian one horned Rhinoceros. Besides Rhinoceros the other animals found are Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild bear, civet cat etc. The Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to more than 2000 resident and migratory birds such as Indian pied horn bill, osprey, hill myna, kalij pheasant. Due to its rich birdlife, the Sanctuary is also called as the ‘Bharatpur of the East‘. Various species of reptiles like Indian python, common monitor lizard, Indian tent turtle, Indian cobra are also found in the sanctuary.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the unexplored magical Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam. Known for its population of the Endangered One Horned Rhinoceros species, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest population density of Indian Rhinoceros anywhere in the World! The Pobitora Wildlife forest reserve is located around 48 km from the city of Guwahati in Assam and is the best place to spot the Indian Rhinoceros from a very close distance. The total notified area of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is around 38 sq. km. with 16 sq. km. being the effective habitat of the Indian Rhinoceros.
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, in addition to having a sizeable population of the Indian Rhinoceros is also home to other fauna species like leopards, wild boars, barking deers, asiatic water buffaloes, etc. Pobitora is also classified as an important bird area and is a bird watcher’s Paradise with over 200 migratory bird species and 375 other species of birds.
The natural boundary of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is the Garanga Beel on the south and the River Brahmaputra on the north. The eastern and western boundary are covered by around 27 local villages. However, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in itself is free from any human habitat. Pobitora runs a successful Rhino Breeding Program with the Sanctuary premises.
Very near to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is the Land of Black Magic in India ~ ‘Mayong’. Mayong is located in a picturesque setting of nature in the west of the district of Morigaon in Assam. The mighty Brahmaputra river flows along the outskirts of northern Mayong and the river Kolong lies on its west; and the two beautiful rivulets namely Pakaria and Daipara lie in its east. The drive from Guwahati to Mayong is across dense forests and once you enter these woods you can feel a strange calm that sets into your soul and you can feel the magical vibes flowing through your body. In addition to Magic, Mayong has a large number of archaeological relics dating back to several hundred years lying scattered in different parts of the area. The longest stone inscription in Asia which is 3.85 meters in length is located at Mayong. Though the people of Mayong have stopped their practice of Black Magic, they still use magic to cure many ailments of the local people. Some of these magical rites are ‘Tez Rakhowa Mantra’ (to stop the oozing of blood), ‘Ushah Shular Mantra’ (to relieve the pain while breathing), ‘Bichar Shung Guchuwa Mantra’ (to cure the hairy caterpillar bite), ‘Narengar Mantra’ (to cure abscess in the back bone) and many others are still practiced to help and cure people with ailments. One of the famous outstanding magical art (we witnessed it in front of our eyes) that is very much prevalent in Mayong is curing of back pain by village witch doctor who utters a magical chant and uses a copper dish to track where the pain originates. The plate gets stuck to the body and the locals believe that this dish eats away the pain. The local witch doctor demonstrates the magical act and if the person is really suffering from a back pain, then the copper dish becomes hot like fire with seconds and its gets smashed automatically.
Jungle Safari Options at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~
1| Jeep Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Even though the total area of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is not as large as the other National Parks of Assam that is home to the Endangered One Horned Rhinoceros of the likes of Kaziranga, Manas and Orang, travelling by foot into the Sanctuary interiors is not permitted. An all terrain 4WD vehicle is the best possible option of exploring the depths of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Accompanied by Forest guards along your journey, the Jeep Safari at Pobitora assures your spotting of the Indian Rhinoceros from a close view point.The entire Jeep Safari ride inside Pobitora lasts for over an hour with the options of travelling into the park at regular intervals of an hour all through the day. The Jeep Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary starts as early as 7.30 AM in the morning and takes you for an hour long ride inside the heart of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The Jeep Safari at Pobitora timing can also be extended as per your requirement but at an additional cost. Each Jeep can comfortably accommodate 5 visitors to Pobitora. There safari timings are starting from 7.30 AM in the morning and are available in hourly slots continuing till around 11 AM in the morning. In the afternoon Jeep Safari at Pobitora will resume from 1.30 PM and continue to be available till around 3 PM. An hour long Jeep Safari will cost around INR 2000 for Indian Nationals. For Foreign Nationals Jeep Safari at Pobitora would cost around INR 3000 for the entire Jeep for 1 hour duration into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
2| Elephant Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
When at Pobitora, take a tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary aboard the ride of the Kings ~ the Elephant Safari at Pobitora! Inside the area having the highest population density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros in the World it’s bound to have close encounters with the mighty beast at regular intervals. View these majestic beasts while riding the back of another majestic beast ~ the Indian Elephant. Early mornings are the best time to spot the majestic Flora, Fauna and Avi-Fauna at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and the Elephant Safari provides you this option as early as 6.30 AM in the mornings. Rides lasting for over an hour into the Wildlife Sanctuary guarantees your spotting of the Indian One Rhinoceros from a very close range ~ a spectacle which is never assured at the other National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of Assam. There are generally 2 slots for Elephant Safari in the morning. The very first Elephant Safari into Pobitora as mentioned begins at 6.30 AM in the morning and the next slot is at 7 AM in the morning. However, these timings change upon the existing weather conditions. If there are rains or dense fog in the winter mornings these timings are slightly extended. The forest department allocates timing of Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Elephant Safari at Pobitora unlike the Jeep Safari here needs to be booked priorly as there are many visitors to Pobitora and with less number of available Elephants, the slots are generally full during the peak tourist season from October to April months. Hence for taking an Elephant Safari into the interiors of Pobitora it is always a good choice to book the slot before hand.
3| Jeep and Elephant Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
When you are at the one of the best Biodiversity spots in the World why limit yourself to spot the wonders of mother nature in one ride alone. We offer you the options of undertaking your safari in the midst of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary aboard a Jeep as well as an Elephant Safari. With the habits of the Fauna exploring the Wildlife Sanctuary during different times you may choose to spot them early in the mornings aboard the Elephant Safari and later during the afternoon aboard a Jeep Safari. With the Climate being favorable owing to the Winter Season both Safaris are to ensure you leave Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary with a bouquet of memories to cherish for a lifetime!
4| Boat Safari at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
In addition to the options of the Jeep and Elephant Safari at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary a new safari option has been added to the available options at Pobitora. This is the Boat Safari near the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The boat safari at Pobitora starts from a point near the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and takes you across on a tour of the River Brahmaputra. Special attractions include visit to the smallest inhabited river island in the World of Umananda Island, majestic riverside views, sighting of the highly endangered river dolphin species on the Brahmaputra and lunch at a river island retreat. Costs for a boat safari here at Pobitora is INR 2,000 per head for a day long safari.
To Plan your visit to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam please fill form below ~
Resorts, Hotels, Lodges & Homestays at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~
1| The MAIBONG Eco Resort at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
The perfect example of Jungle Cottages in the heart of a Wildlife Sanctuary in India is a concept well understood by the founders and promoters of the Maibong Eco-Resort at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Clean and Well maintained cottages and rooms are a core competency of the people at Maibong. Ethnic delicacies to pamper your taste buds after an adventurous Safari into Pobitora always await you at Maibong. Awarded for promotion of Tourism in Assam by the Government of Assam, Maibong ensures all your needs at Pobitora are catered to from morning thru night. A souvenir shop inside the premises of the Eco-Resort having traditional handicrafts from crafted by the locals of Pobitora ensures you carry back with you a bouquet of memories that you cherish for your lifetime of visiting the Land having the Highest Population Density of Indian Rhinoceros in the World at Pobitora!
Tariff Starts at INR 2,200 per room per day
2| The ARYA Eco Resort at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Wake up to the sounds of Birds Chirping at the Arya Eco Resort at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Individual cottages at the Arya Eco Resort ensure for your privacy during your stay at Pobitora. Well trained staff are on call 24 X 7 at the Arya Resort to cater to your needs here. Surrounded by a cover of lush greenery and amidst the tall trees of the Sanctuary, your stay at Arya will ensure that every breath you breathe here is free of the pollution of a city life. All this along with the sighting of the Endangered One Horned Rhinoceros at Pobitora will make your visit to the Sanctuary a memory to cherish for your life!
Tariff Starts at INR 3,000 per cottage per day
3| The PRASHANTI Tourist Lodge at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Developed and promoted by the Government of Assam (Deptt. of Tourism), the Prashanti Tourist Lodge is at the heart of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Spacious A/C and Non A/C rooms all equipped with traditional handicrafts of Bamboo of Assam ensures your comfortable night halt at Pobitora. The Prashanti Tourist Lodge at Pobitora is an Eco friendly property that harness’s solar power for its electricity needs ensuring to promote a sustainable environment at Pobitora.
Tariff Starts at INR 3,000 per room per day
4| The SILENT ROCKS Homestay near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Located on the outskirts of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary the Silent Rocks Homestay at Pobitora is an ideal retreat among the lush greenery of the forests of Burhamayong. If you enjoy a homestay experience instead of a modern day Hotel or Resort then Silent Rocks Homestay is the place to be. Spacious home environment rooms with delicious traditional cuisine awaits you at the Silent Rocks Homestay. With only two double rooms at disposal for guests this Homestay eliminates the hustle and bustle of a resort so that you can enjoy a moment of calm rejuvenating, relaxing, unwinding or simply reading a book of your choice.
Tariff Starts at INR 1,800 per room per day
5| POBITORA Village Eco Camp at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at just a distance of 2 km from the entrance of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, the Pobitora Village Eco Camp offers an unique ethnic stay experience while your wildlife wilderness at Pobitora. Traditional thatch houses of Assam equipped with modern amenities greet you at the Pobitora Village Eco Camp. Ethnic food preparations of Assam help you savor the traditional cuisine of Assam. Get an experience to river cruise at Pobitora at the Pobitora Village Eco Camp in addition to the Jeep and Elephant Safari options into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary here.
6| SONOKA Eco Camp near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at just a distance of 7 km from the entrance of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, the Sonoka Eco Camp offers an unique ethnic stay experience very close to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Traditional thatch houses of Assam very near to the local village of Sonoka greet you at the Sonoka Eco Camp. Ethnic food preparations of Assam help you savor the traditional cuisine of Assam. Get an experience to catch a glimpse of the rural life style of Assam at the Sonoka Village and interact with the local villagers and see them weaving exquisite handicrafts and handlooms at the local village near Pobitora at the Sonoka Eco Camp in addition to the Jeep and Elephant Safari options into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary here.
7| POBITORA Hill & Eco Camp near Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
The first camping experience near the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~ Welcome to the Pobitora Hill and Eco Camp. With the waters of the mighty Brahmaputra receding after the monsoon, immense opportunities arise to promote ecotourism by the banks of the river on the fertile sandy grounds. The locals of the Sonoka village along with dynamic youth from Guwahati have collaborated to bring forth to you a unique camping experience by the cool waters of the mighty Brahmaputra and clearing gazing night skies. The Pobitora Hill and Eco Camp provides a unique ecotourism opportunity to be experienced at the home of the land of the highest population density of the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. After a day of thrilling Jeep and Elephant Safari at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary get a chance to relax in the evening by the Bonfire savoring lip smacking traditional meaty delights and sip a glass of wine here. The promoters of the Pobitora Hill and Eco Camp ensure to leave no stone unturned to make your stay at Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary a one to to be cherished for a lifetime. While here, get a chance to play a game of beach volleyball, explore the local village of Sonoka and get a chance to interact with the locals villagers of Assam and experience Ecotourism at its best at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sample Itinerary Option for your visit to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary ~
Day 1 ~ Guwahati – Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Arrive at Guwahati Airport. On arrival you will be received by our representative at the airport offering a warm welcome in traditional Assamese style. From the Airport drive to the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuaryto spot the One Horned Rhinoceros of Assam, an endangered Rhino breed indigenous to Assam. The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary has the highest population density of One Horned Rhinoceros anywhere in the World. Also, visit the Mayong Museum. Mayong is the famous land of black magic in India. Although black magic is no longer practiced, you will find relics in the museum showcasing these practices that were prevalent earlier.
Night Stay: Jungle Resort/Guest House at Pobitora
Meals Included: NA
Day 2 ~ Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary – Cherrapunji
Go for a thrilling Elephant Safari into the interiors of the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. After breakfast go for a Jeep Safari into the interiors of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Later depart to Cherrapunji. On the way sight the Umiam Lake. At Cherrapunji, visit the Majestic Nohkalikai Falls (India’s tallest plunge waterfall) and spot the exotic view here. Also visit the Seven Sisters Falls and the Mawsmai Caves at Cherrapunji.
Night Stay: Resorts/Cottages at Cherrapunji
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 3 ~ Cherrapunji- Mawlynnong – Dawki – Shillong
After breakfast enroute to Dawki (Indo-Bangladesh) border and enjoy boating on the clear waters of the Umngot River at Dawki. Later visit to Mawlynnong (Asia’s cleanest Village). At Mawlynnong visit the Living Root Bridges, sight the balancing rocks and take a walk along the Cleanest Village of Asia. Experience the rich culture of the Khasi Tribes of Meghalaya at Mawlynnong. Later depart to Shillong for night halt. At Shillong, visit the Madina Masjid (India’s only Glass Mosque).
Night Stay: Homestay/Hotel at Shillong
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 4 ~ Shillong – the Scotland of the East – Guwahati
Today we will spend the first half of the day sightseeing at Shillong City. Visit the Ward’s Lake, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls and Don Bosco Museum. Depart to Guwahati.
Night Stay: Comfortable Hotel at Guwahati
Meals Included: Breakfast
Day 5 ~ Kamakhya Temple – Guwahati Airport
Morning visit the Holy Maa Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati. The Kamakhya Temple ‘the Temple of the Bleeding Goddess’ is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas and is one of the holiest temple shrines in India. Offer your worship to Goddess Kamakhya. After breakfast, depart to Guwahati Airport for your onward destination. Tour Ends. Bid Adieu!
Meals Included: Breakfast
To plan your visit to Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam please fill the form below
The Pride of Assam ~ the Indian One Horned Rhinoceros is to be spotted surely at the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary