If you are a wildlife enthusiast and wanted to visit wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks then you must visit Assam. Assam is a house of 6 national parks and 18 wildlife sanctuaries. Each and every park and sanctuary has its own importance in respect of its wildlife and other activities. Along with its rich wildlife, the parks and sanctuaries also offers scenic beauty for nature lovers. Among the sanctuaries Sonai Rupai wildlife sanctuary deserves a special attention for visitors. The sanctuary is located along the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range and offers a rich wildlife hub with scenic beauty and enhanced wildlife experience to the visitors. This sanctuary is slightly larger than the Pabha (Milroy) sanctuary in Assam.
Location of Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary covers an area of 175 sq. km and is located at 52 kilometers away from Tezpur town in the Sonitpur District of Assam in India. Tezpur town is situated on the banks of the Brahmaputra River. The town is also famous for many historic temples and monuments.
What to see in Sonai Rupai
The main attraction of the sanctuary are Elephant and Indian bison.The Indian bison roaming around the grassland of the sanctuary gives thrilling experience to the visitors which can hardly be seen in any other place. The other animals found in the sanctuary are deer, one-horned rhinoceros, leopard, tiger and some rare species of cats. Various hill birds, native and migratory birds are also found here.
The sanctuary is very rich in natural vegetation with many rare species of plants and trees that are available only in this region.
Best time to visit Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is from the November to March. During this time there is no rain and the weather is pleasant so that one can enjoy the true natural beauty and can spend some time with nature.
Accommodation near Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
The best accommodation is at the Inspection Bunglow of the Forest Department at Bura-Chapori. Government tourist lodges and private hotels are also available in Tezpur town. Some of the hotels are Luit Hotel, Basumati Hotel, Central Lodge, Pradyut Hotel, Hotel KRC Palace, Hotel Grand City, etc. which offers good accommodation.
How to reach Sonai Rupai
The nearest airport to reach the sanctuary is in Saloni which is 10 km from Tezpur town and is 181 km from Guwahati, the capital city of Assam.
The nearest railhead is Rangapara which is 60 km away from Bhalukpong in Sonitpur district.
Tezpur town is well connected by road to all the major states of the country. Buses or private coaches are available from all parts of the state.
Other tourist attraction near Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
There are many other tourist attraction places near the sanctuary. The main interesting places are Agnigarh, Ketakeshwar Dewal, Cole Park, Padum Pukhuri, Bamuni Hills, etc which are situated in Tezpur Town.
Contact for visit Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
The Divisional Forest Officer, Western Assam
Wildlife Division, Tezpur, Tel.- 03712 - 268054(0), 268003(R).