The Dibru Saikhowa National Park takes pride in
its amazing flora and fauna. It has some of the most exotic and rare species of
birds, animals, trees, and plants. The park is among the rare protected sites
in the Endemic Bird Area of the Assamese Plains. The national park is also
a river island national park. There are
only 19 biodiversity hotspots in the entire world. Fortunately, the Dibru
Saikhowa National Park is one of them.
Located in Assam, nearly 12 kms towards the north
of the quaint town of Tinsukia, the national park has seven parts. One of the
seven parts of the park is a wetland. The rest 6 parts of the park have a thick
covering of greenery. They are forests and grasslands that house some exotic
fauna. You can find the famous Royal Bengal Tiger in these dense forests. There
are plenty of leopards, hoolocks and gibbons too in the forests. And these are
not all the species you can find. You can also find the likes Bengal Florican.
Swamp Partridge and Black-breasted parrotbill. Other restricted species include
the white winged wood duck, Adjutant Stork, Herdon’s Babbled, Striated
Grassbird, Yellow Weaver, and Swamp Prinia. White-bellied heron and Marsh
Babbler can also be found here.
Entry to park is restricted to two locations –
Saikhowa Ghat and Guijan Ghat. One characteristic feature of the national park
is the absence of roads. Therefore, you will not find jungle safaris and won’t
be able to take elephant rides to explore the jungles. The only option for you
to explore the park is by trekking. You can also take a boat ride in the park.
It remains a good option for tourists to explore various parts of the park.
Dibru Saikhowa National Park
The Kekjori Trees have their own special place in
folklores. Found in the Dibru Saikhowa National Park, one of these trees can
span an area of many bighas. These are majestic trees that have had several
huge branches sprouting from the stem and forming a canopy. Tourists from
around the world visit the national park to watch these in awe. These trees are
found on an island that is in the middle of the Brahmaputra river. The path to
these trees is a cow trail too. You will
have to take a 15-minute boat ride and then walk for another half an hour to
The Churkey Sapori is located in Saikhowa part of
the national park. It is a river island that is in the northern part of
Saikhowa. Tourists come to this part of the park to watch the Feral Horses.
Belonging to the Equus genus, these are not true wild horses but are beautiful
bright wild horses that descend from domestic horses. They are not tamed and
are free by nature. These are not scheduled wildlife species but have created
quite a buzz among people around the world.
It was reported that in the year 2008, there were
48 feral horses in the national park of Dibru Saikhowa. Reportedly, these are
the 3rd and 4th generations of the first wild horses. They move in small herds
of, maybe, 3 or 4 feral horses. They have been seen grouping together in herds
of 17 or so in monsoon.
matapung beel (lake)
If you love watching birds, you will like Maguri
Matapung Beel. It is a lake where you can find nearly 374 different species of
birds. On either side of the lake, you will find 6 villages each. Since there
are so many bird species found here, the place has been marked as an Important
Bird Area. Tourists come here for bird watching. You can enjoy watching plenty
of migratory birds and exotic species here on an amazing boat safari. On your
trip, you can spot some rare species of birds like Swamp Prinia, Baikal Team,
Jerdon’s babbler, Faceted duck, and many more. You can enjoy the beautiful
sunset while listening to the sounds of these birds chirping.
and Local Food in Dibru Saikhowa National Park
Though you may not find a lot of options to dine
in Dibru Saikhowa National Park, tourists can savor some northeasters food at
some of the food points around.
To successfully do all the sightseeing, it is
suggested to begin your trip early in the morning. For tourists staying in Tinsukia,
it is easy to reach Dibru National Park. You can take bus or a taxi. Upon
reaching the national park, you can take a boat ride and reach the Maguri
Matapung Beel lake to enjoy the sight of plenty of migratory birds that come to
the lake from different parts of the world. From the lake, you can visit the
dolphin spot. People can spot the River Dolphin, which is an endangered
Then head over to the Laika and Dodhia. These are
the forest villages that are situated int he Dibru Saikhowa National Park.
These forest villages offer a unique experience for you to meet and stay with
the Mishing Tribe and understand their Assamese culture. There are many ethnic
tribes too in the villages. You will love the diverse lifestyle and traditions
of the Sonowal Kacharis, the Mottocks, the Nepalese and the Morans.
After visiting them, you can head over the
Churkey Sapori that is located in Saikhowa part. The Churkey Sapori is a river
island. Here, you can find Feral Horses. These are wild species that are bright
in color and have free in nature. Once you have seen them, you can watch the
majestic Kekjori trees. You can reach them by boat. It takes 15 mins to reach
the island. It is located in the middle of the Brahmaputra river. Upon reach
the bank, you will have to walk for 30 mins. While on the way to watch the
Kekjori trees, you can watch wild buffaloes on the cow trail. The park is an
absolute delight for adventure lovers. You can also trek.