A Guide to Sonai-Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary

Kaziranga and Manas forests of Assam are very famous. In addition to these two, there are six National Parks and eighteen Wildlife Sanctuaries in the state. Let us know about a lesser-known but exquisitely beautiful sanctuary, Sonai-Rupai Sanctuary. It is located at the North-Western part of Assam.

Sonai-Rupai Sanctuary is near to Tezpur and Bhalukpong (in Arunachal Pradesh). The Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its floras and faunas. The trees and plants seen in this sanctuary are very difficult to find in most of the forests of India. The forest is of tropical, semi-tropical, evergreen and moist deciduous type. The vast grassland attracts the nature-lovers. In this sanctuary, elephants, gaurs, different types of deers, snakes and varieties of birds can be seen. In winter, migratory birds from far-away Siberia and Tibet reach this Sanctuary. Very few rhinos and tigers are also there in this forest. The serene natural beauty is beyond description.

Travel Tips

The tourists are advised to book the guest house (or other places of accommodation) well in advance. There is an acute scarcity of accommodation. Many tourists visit the sanctuary from Tezpur or Bhalukpong.

The common tourists must avoid visiting the sanctuary in summer or during monsoon. Mosquito-repellant, boots and essential medicines are must for the tourists. Bird-watchers may carry binoculars. Guides are available in the Forest office.

How to Reach

Now, it has become comparatively easier to reach the sanctuary. The nearest airport is at Tezpur, located at a distance of only 52 kilometers from the sanctuary. The nearest railway station is at Rangapara at a distance of 60 kilometers. Private road transport is available from Bhalukpong and Dhekiajuli (at a distance of 30 kilometers). The state capital, Guwahati is located at a distance of 190 kilometers. The road from Guwahati is fairly well-maintained.


The tourists visit this place to spend quality time on the lap of nature. During winter, the tourists can watch tigers, rhinos, elephants, deers and beautiful birds. The migratory birds attract the attention of bird-watchers. Many ornithologists visit this sanctuary to know the nature and habit of these migratory birds.

Common tourists should take the help of trained guides while visiting the sanctuary. The lush green grassland attracts the attention of city tourists.

Timings & Season

The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to March. During this period, generally, there is no rainfall. The roads are more comfortable and the tourists can also watch different types of migratory birds. Additionally, there is no menace of snake during winter.


The forest has been formally notified as a sanctuary in 1998.