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Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary opened for tourists
Like the previous years, as winter comes, the tourists' season in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Morigaon district of Assam, around 45 kilometres from the state capital Guwahati, has started.

The authorities of the sanctuary on Sunday, in a programme which was also attended by health (state) minister Pijush Hazarika, announced the starting of the tourists' season. The tourists would be able to visit the sanctuary till end of May next year.

Like the Kaziranga National Park, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to the world famous one-horned rhino. The sanctuary, which lies between latitude 2601'N to 26015N and longitude 91059E to 92005'E, was declared as wildlife sanctuary in 1987 by the government of India. Apart from the rhinos, leopard, leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, wild Asiatic water buffalo, wild pigs and some other rare species of mammals are found in the sanctuary. The sanctuary's rhino-density has been found to be higher than other rhino-habitations of the state including the Kaziranga National Park.

Every year large number tourists, both domestic and foreign, visit the sanctuary to enjoy its scenic beauty among its flora and fauna. Around 375 species of both migratory and resident birds have been spotted in the sanctuary owing to its vast tract of wetlands.

As the sanctuary offers easy access, it attracts tourists from all over the world. Tourist accommodation facilities are available in and around the sanctuary aplenty. Many luxurious hotels and resorts have sprung up in the area. The facility of elephant safari is also available for the tourists.

The sanctuary generates huge amount of revenue from tourists every year. A government data has revealed that the five national parks in the state together earned Rs 5,73,67,000 in the year 2016-17, of which, major share came from the Kaziranga National Park.

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