Bura Chapori is a nature’s nest. An enchanting land with the Himalayas on one side and Brahmaputra on the other, it is home to a thousand varieties flora and fauna. Although it is one of the lesser known sanctuaries of Assam, it is ideal for those travellers who want to visit a quiet, undisturbed jungle.
Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary
We know how rivers change their course and transform the landscape. The land of Bura Chapori is one such place. The mighty Brahmaputra River shifted its path through centuries leaving behind a rich alluvial sandbank. Snuggled between the Himalayas and the Brahmaputra is the forestland of Bura Chapori. Like the other jungles of Assam, Bura Chapori is also the coveted land of the one-horned rhino. It is one of the few places on earth where these rhinos can be easily spotted grazing in the wild.
Bura Chapori wildlife sanctuary is a part of the Laokhowa – Bura chapori eco-system. This wildlife sanctuary lays along the banks of the Brahmaputra, which is one of the most beautiful rivers of India. Bura Chapori lies in the Sonitpur district in Assam and is about 44 square kilometer in area.
Bura Chapori makes a great tourist spot due to its matchless vegetation and landscape. A major part of its vegetation is grassland. These grasslands are home to thousands of birds which can be easily spotted here. Due to its semi-evergreen forests and grassland nature, the tourist has more visibility and hence more chance of spotting the wildlife. That is why tourists find it common to spot herds of Asiatic gaur and barking deer grazing the flat terrains. The elephants can also be easily seen here.
Bura Chapori is home to several kinds of wild cats of India. The leopards and the civets make great photo subjects. If you are extremely lucky you may even spot the majestic tiger. Along with the barking deer and other antelopes with wild boar and elephants, Bura Chapori makes a nice trip for the traveller.
Bura Chapori is a great destination if you want to spend your holiday in nature and wildlife without having to venture too deep into the jungle. Surrounded by greenery and fresh air, you will spend a most relaxing time.
You can visit Bura Chapori is all round the year except the monsoons. However the weather is quite pleasant from September to March. However best time to visit is from late November to January because during the winter the jungle becomes full of migratory birds. It truly becomes a photographer’s paradise.
Bengal florican, swamp partridge, wood cock, water hen and parakeets are commonly found here making it a bird lover’s spot. Photographers will get a lot of open landscape and grassland to click their heart away.
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You can leisure your time away in the sanctuary. The forest is also said to be abundant with rare medicinal plants. It is also home to rare orchids and other flowers.
Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is especially famous for its Bengal Florican. Bengal Floricans, also called the Bengal Bustards are critically endangered. Found only in India, Cambodia and Vietnam, less than 1,000 of these birds exist on earth, almost a step away from extinction. These beautiful birds can be seen roaming in the grasslands of Bura Chapori which makes this place really special.
Bura Chapori is also home to the freshwater mangroves. This is a really extraordinary sight.
The water bodies of Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary are really clear and it is amazing to see the abundance of fish and aquatic wildlife here.
Jeep safaris are available at Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary at Rs.1000 per head (subject to change). Average range of temperature in Bura Chapori is 7 to 18 degree Celcius in winter and 25 to 35 degree Celcius in the summer.
Where to stay at Bura Chapori
One can stay at the Bhalukpong Tourist Lodge which is about 30 km away from the Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary. While you book the rooms, do ask about the pre-booking of jeep safari inside the sanctuary. Trying to book a safari at the last moment can be risky as the seats may already be taken.
There are a number of hotels in Tezpur where you can stay. If you have a prior booking they can also arrange a pick up for you from the airport or railway station.
You may contact here if you need more details – Divisional Forest Officer, Western Assam Wildlife Division, Dolabari, Tezpur, phone- 03712-268054, Range Forest Officer, Burachapari Wildlife Range, Dhania (Assam).
Bura Chapori is a great place for the tourists. But the main issue that tourists face is the lack of good food and restaurants. The local food carts sell basic cuisine so make sure you carry some of your own food. It is safe to ask your hotel or guide about food arrangements beforehand.
Near to Bura Chapori is the Nameri National Park. You can also pay a visit there. The Park also organizes trekking trips through the jungle which is a very close way to experience the raw nature. These treks take you deep through the National Park in groups. For safety of the tourists the guide or forest officials are armed. However it is quite safe and you can experience the jungle firsthand.
How to reach Bura Chapori
If you go by air, the nearest airport will be Salonibari which is also known as Tezpur airport. You can take a taxi, bus or rent a car to go to Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary. The forest is 45 km away from Tezpur and it will take about 1 hour by car or bus.
The second nearest airport is at Guwahati. The distance from Guwahati to Bura Chapori is nearly 145 km. From Guwahati, it will take around three and a half hour by car.
If you come by rail, get down at Rangapara. From there you have to travel 70 km to reach Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary. You can take a local bus or rent a car.
You can take a bus to Tezpur from Guwahati. Tezpur is well connected by roads in Assam. Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary is 145 km from Guwahati via National Highway 27.
Indian Rhino Vision 2020
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been active in the conservation in India. In 2005, the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV 2020) was applied which has been gradually helping to increase the one-horned rhino population. It aims to have 3000 rhinos in Assam within 2020. Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary along with Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is seeing an increase in rhino population. Special security and attention is given here to protect these beautiful creatures.
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