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Assam Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
The Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest identified and protected regions of Assam. Located on the Northern flood banks of the Brahmaputra River these fertile plains are home to large number of organism from insets to mammals to winged predators.
Located near Nagoan town in Assam in the Northeastern part of India, this small patch of rich and fertile land has been home to a rich wildlife and is a part of the Laokhowa - Burachapori eco-system. This patch of land measuring about 70 sq km is a flat, alluvial plain and is famous for its flora, as it is well known for its fauna.
The Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary has a proud legacy of being a protected region for over 80 years, as of today. First identified and demarked by the colonial British Government as a Game Reserve like many other Sanctuaries and National Parks in Assam, the Laokhowa region became a Wildlife Sanctuary after independence as per the Assam Government Gazette.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The climate of the region is subtropical and is prone to flooding during heavy rains in the monsoon. The annual temperatures can go up to 320 C in the summer and fall as low as 80 C in the winter. The best time to visit and hence the peak tourist season at Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is between November and March, which is winter-spring-early summer.
How to Reach
The closest airport at the state capital of Guwahati (140km), which is connected to all the important Indian cities and a few international ones. From the airport, one can take the road to Nagoan town and subsequently to Laokhowa.
The Nagoan Railway Station is only 25 km from the Laokhowa Sanctuary and is connected to all the neighboring cities like Guwahati, Kolkata and New Delhi and thus to the rest of India, with the efficient railway system.
Arriving at Laokhoa Wildlife Sanctuary by road is also easy because of an efficient network of national and state highways. The route from Guwahati(148 km) – Tezpur (70 km) – Nagoan (25 km) is the best suited and more convenient, to get to Laokhoa and also visiting nearby places of interest.
The Laokhoa region attracts a large number of bird species, which have become either resident of the sanctuary and the surrounding area or migrate for mating or winter. There are at least 225 species of birds, which have been spotted here. This region is also home to the Bengal Floricon, a critical species, with special protection in the region.
There are 14 species of snakes, including the Indian Python, Cobra and Krait. At least 9 amphibian species are spotted and recorded along with the 39 fish varieties in the small streams crisscrossing the plain.
The One-Horned Indian Rhinoceroses and the Indian Water Buffalo are the two major residents of Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary. Other animals found in the Sanctuary are Tiger, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Fishing Cat, along with others.
With the Elephants being a part of the ecosystem of Laokhowa, elephant rides are the best way to venture into the wild and enjoy the scenic beauty as well as animals in their undisturbed natural habitat.
Where to Stay
The Forest Department has a few rest houses that can be booked in advance by visitors. Many tourists find it convenient to lodge at the many accommodation facilities in the closest town of Nagoan.
- Prior permission is needed to visit the Laokhowa Sanctuary, which is obtained from the Divisional Forest Officer at Nagoan.
- All the visits are overlooked and regulated by the Range Officer of the Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary, with his office just outside the Sanctuary in Nagoan.