Skip Kaziranga & Visit The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary In Assam For Better Rhino Sightings

by Suchismita Pal
Skip Kaziranga & Visit The Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary In Assam For Better Rhino Sightings

Spread across the lush green grasslands, Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its sizable one-horned rhino population. One-horned rhinoceros, also known as the great Indian rhinoceros, has been listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. But Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary offers sightings of these rhinos better than the more popular neighboring national park, the Kaziranga National Park. If you want to spot tigers, Kaziranga can be a good option. But to catch more glimpses of the vulnerable rhinos, the Pobitora Sanctuary has to be your answer.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Assam Rhino
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Spot The Highest Number Of Vulnerable One-Horned Rhinos

Just around two hours drive from Guwahati, on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra, lies the incredibly spectacular Pobitora plains and Burra Mayong that make up the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. The realms are home to gorgeous migratory birds, wild boars, golden jackals, rhesus macaque, barking deer, Indian leopard and most prominently, the one-horned rhinos.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Assam Rhino
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The website of the sanctuary states, “Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is nestled in the grasslands of Assam which is the dwelling place of the Greater Indian One-Horned Rhinoceroses with its highest population in the whole world. It is landlocked by Assamese villages from every side of it with the traditional Assamese culture.”


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Jeep Safaris Taking You Close To The Majestic Beasts

The sanctuary conducts jeep rides deep into the forest that take tourists to the proximity of the majestic rhinos. You can spot them taking a bath in the waters or strolling flamboyantly in the pastures. And if you happen to be a shutterbug, you’ll end up clicking some stunning pictures as well. For Indian nationals, jeep safari rides for maximum 6 persons per jeep are offered at ₹2000. Additionally, tourists need to pay ₹50/per person extra as entry fee. For foreign nationals, the cost is ₹2000 for four persons per jeep and ₹500/per person extra is charged as entry fee. The sanctuary also offers early morning elephant rides.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Assam Rhino
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A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

As mentioned earlier, the wild expanse is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Some rare birds that one can spot here include White-bellied Heron, Lesser Adjutant, Spot-billed Pelican, Swamp Francolin, Greater Adjutant and Oriental Pied Hornbill.

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary Assam Rhino
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Also, the sanctuary is home to many river dolphins and it also organises boat rides to offer their sightings. To spend a night in the grasslands, you can book your stay at the Pobitora Village Eco Camp. So, if you happen to be a wildlife enthusiast, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary must definitely be on your bucketlist.