Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary
· Summer: April-May (25°C - 35°C)
· Winter: October-March (10°C - 20°C)
· Monsoon: June-October
Best time to visit:
Entry Fees for Indians
Video Camera: N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals
Deepor Beel (or Dipor Bil), the pristine beel (lake) near the city of Guwahati is no less than a heaven for birdwatchers. Flanked by steep highlands and enjoying the pictorial backdrops of Garbhanga and Rani Hills, the bird sanctuary occupies about 4.1 sq. km. of the total 4,014 sq. km. of the wetland area. Designated as a Ramsar Site, the sanctuary is a home to many native and migratory bird species which add magnificent beauty to the place.
Nearly 220 species of avifauna thronging the wetland include the likes of spot billed pelican, Pallas sea eagle, Siberian crane, Baer’s pochard, open bill stork, lesser adjutant stork, Eurasian marsh harrier, cotton teal, little cormorant and green sand piper among many others.
Snakes, turtles, tortoises, lizards and a variety of amphibians can also be explored at Deepor Beel. Tourists get lucky when herds of elephants visit the lake area from the nearby forests reserves of Rani and Garbhanga. Water hyacinths, lilies, aquatic grasses and many other varieties of vegetations add to the splendour. Don’t miss the opportunity of a boat cruise on the lake (cost may vary from INR 100-INR 250).
About 13 km. from Guwahati city centre, the whole of Deepor Beel area is conveniently accessible from National Highway 31. NH 37 and Engineering College Road are other routes to approach the sanctuary. Enjoying good condition, the roads promise amazing sightseeing of this paradise.
Guwahati Railway Station is only 18 km. from the lake and sanctuary area. Autos and taxis are the convenient modes for travelling the road towards the place. Tourists also love to hire motorbikes for pleasant road trips.
Only about 10 km. from the sanctuary area is Guwahati Airport. The most preferred means of transport from the airport is taxi.