Dibru Saikhowa National Park is an unexplored destination but a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna, including many endangered species.
And guess what? It’s one of the few remaining protected sites in the Endemic Bird Area of the Assamese Plains.
It is like a magical island surrounded by the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in the north and Dibru River in the south. So, it’s not surprising that the park is a biodiversity hotspot and home to some of the most stunning creatures like the Royal Bengal tiger, hoolock gibbons, and leopards.
It’s also the perfect spot to see the rare White-winged Wood Duck, Bengal Florican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, spotted-billed Pelican, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Swamp Partridge, Jerdon’s Babbler, Black-breasted Parrotbill and Striated Grassbird. And if that’s not enough, you can also spot Marsh Babbler, Swamp Prinia, and Yellow Weaver.
Now, if you’re thinking of an adventurous jungle safari or a ride on an elephant’s back, hold your horses! Because there are no roads inside the park. So, forget the safari and get ready to trek! But don’t worry, you can still explore the park by boat. Hop on a boat and let it take you to various spots where you can see the animals up close.
The park is situated about 12 km north of Tinsukia in Assam and mainly consists of moist mixed semi-evergreen forests, moist mixed deciduous forests, canebrakes and grasslands. And it’s the largest Salix swamp forest in northeastern India! The tropical monsoon climate here has a hot and wet summer and cool and usually dry winter. So, don’t forget to pack your raincoats and umbrellas.
The best time to visit the park is from November to March. And if you’re wondering how to get there, Guijan Ghat and Saikhowa Ghat are the park’s entry points.