Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

Situated in Morigaon district of Assam, the northeastern state of India, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is a major wildlife attraction. Covering an area of 38.8 Sq. km.Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is about 50 km from Guwahati(the capital of Assam).Though much smaller than Kaziranga national park( in the same state of Assam), Pobitora has a much higher density of animal habitationPobitora is famous for its great Indian one horned Rhinoceros. Besides Rhinoceros the other animals are Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild bear, civet cat etc. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to more than 2000 migrator birds and various reptiles.
The sanctuary is best visited from November to March.During the Indian monsoon season(rainy season),most of th grasslands of the santuary are submerged in water for weeks,forest guards switch from elephant backs to boats as their preferred mode of transport to patrol the forest borders.

Reached the park after a short drive from the capital city of Guwahati,weather gods however were unrelenting,sky was overcast after rains and visit inside the park was called off. Had to sit out near the forest office till darkness was overwhelming and had to check in to a nearby lodge.
The shutterbug in me tookover and resulted in a few shots below.
Elephant handlers who to take tourists inside the park had spare time for some maintenance of their vehicles (elephants!).

Water lilies floating nonchalantly in the water.

The night was long and as I waited for the first sign of daybreak. This bug was too noisy and shot it down(with a click of a camera )!

Finally daylight dawned, the fresh dew on the ground and Common hoopoe(bird) by the dirt track on the way to the park, was welcoming. Desperate to enter the wildife park, an opportunity which comes once a year during my annual holidays, the elephant it appears took notice of my distress so did the forest guard and mahut(elephant handler),we hurried in.

A view of grasslands.

Wild Buffalo shot from Elephant back.

A wild boar making a guest appearence from the dense undergrowth.

The Indian Rhinoceros or the Great One-horned Rhinoceros or the Asian One-horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis).
It is a large mammal primarily found in north-eastern India and Nepal. It is confined to the tall grasslands and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas.The rhino stands top in the list of poachers for its horn, which some cultures in East Asia believe has healing and potency powers and therefore is used for traditional Chinese Medicine and other Oriental medicines.
They are known to be very aggresive and protective about their young. It even charged at
our elephant. Missed the shot, as I was precariously balanced with one hand on the rope of the elephant and the other hoding the camera and the elephant taking evasive action. the mahut made a large sound from a bell to deter the rhino with her young.


  1. What an amazing place. Thanks for sharing!

  2. An awesome place to visit. That must have been a scary moment with the Rhino.

  3. These pics are fantastic! Looks like a great place to visit. I can't imagine seeing a charging rhino coming at me. That had to be a little scary.

  4. Everything they said! What an adrenalin rush that must have been. Great photographs and commentary.

  5. This was well worth the wait as you got some fantastic shots! I am impressed that you were able to keep the camera so steady after being charged by the rhino.

  6. Oh wow wow wow! what a fantastic post! there is so much to see here. Thank you so much for sharing. I've enjoyed every bit of this post. Rhinos look smaller than their african cousins.

  7. Thanks for sharing! Those rhinos are so strange looking to me who is used to African rhinos.

  8. No wonder Arun decided to stay back!!! I've been there too but didn't see the hoopoe or the wild boar or even rhinos this time! fantastic captures! The sight of the grasslands with the flight of birds...that's beautiful!

    Loved going through the Guwahati shots and the barbet in the 'tamul gos' is a a prize 'catch'!!

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