Deepor Beel (or Dipor Bil ) wildlife sanctuary is situated in West Guwahati, Kamrup District of Assam. It lies between 26⁰08’ N and 26⁰13’N latitude and 91⁰40’ E and 91⁰66’ E longitude. Its core area is 4.14 sq km.
It is a permanent freshwater lake, in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River, to the south of the main river. The main source of water are Basistha & Kalmini river. The Beel (lake) drains into Brahmaputra river 5 Km to the North, through the Khonajan channel.
The name “Deepor Beel” is stated to be “Deep” meaning island, (which is situated at the middle of the Lake) and “Beel” meaning a wetland. In other word it is a derivative of the Sanskrit word “Dipa” which means elephant and Beel which means a Wetland (The wetland of elephants).
Photos from Deepor Beel
There is a village in the bank of the Deepor Beel named “Chakardo”. The village is mainly a residence to the Karbi Community. Apart from the Karbi people, there are also Bodo, Kalita, Rabha and Fishermen communityin the village.
In the word of great leader Desh Bhakta (Nation Lover) Tarun Ram Phukan, Chakardo is a Heaven in terms of hunting.
The village Chakardo is very rich naturally as well as culturally. Deepor Beel preserves a rich biodiversity of fresh water aquatic plants. Altogether more than 150 species of birds are found in Deepor Beel and its adjoining areas. In addition to this, the sanctuary provides shelter to a large number of migratory birds each year.Highest number of single day count of waterbirds in Deepr Beel recorded is 19,000 birds. About 61 species of fish fauna are found in Deepor Beel. It has a large number of diversity in Avian, Fish, Amphibian, Reptilian, Mammalian and Aquatic insects.
Category : Lake, Wildlife Sanctuary
Deepor Beel was proposed as a Wildlife Sanctuary by Assam Govt in 1989 (Preliminary Notification). It is the only Ramsar site of Assam (List of wetlands of international importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention) and was declared in November 2002. Birdlife International has also declared Deepor Beel as an Important Bird Area (IBA) in 2004. On 21 Feb 2009 the Beel (lake) was declared as a “Wildlife Sanctuary”.
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Assam is a charming land with heart warming people. It is one of the Seven Sister states in the North East of India. It is encircled by the remaining Sister states Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and another state West Bengal. Moreover, the countries Bangladesh and Bhutan share the international borders with this state.
Assam is a wonderland of enchanting beauty and excitement, a Green Paradise. It contains so much beauty and depth that a nature lover is held spellbound.
Rongmon Tourism Society is committed to showcase this charm and wonder to the people of the world. This activity has the potential to generate tremendous tourist movement and business potential. Assam also has the advantage of being the gateway of the