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Deepor Beel – a birdwatcher’s paradise

Deepor beel is a permanent wetland located in the Kamrup district of Assam . Known primarily for the migratory birds which visit it every winter , this is a Ramsar Wetland . Elephants taking bath in deepor beel Photo Courtesy : Neeraj K Phookan

Not all elephants are born in Africa , there are some in Asia , too . ~ Walt Disney

The name Deepor Beel literary translates to “Elephant’s lake ” in Sanskrit and Assamese . Thus it goes without saying that herds of wild elephants are spotted here quite often . But the birds visiting this huge lake in winter is what makes it so famous among the nature lovers , specially the birdwatchers .

DeeporBeel was connected to the Brahmaputra river in the past , which had enriched the lake with a variety of aquatic fauna. Although the connection has ceased to exist , the fish population is still there . The nearby villages comprise mainly of fishermen , who depend on the lake for their livelihood . Locals here have a noteworthy fishing agreement wherein outsiders aren’t allowed to fish in the lake . Fixed locations for fishing are allocated and they have a community fishing occasionally which is an absolute delight to shoot through your lenses . This pact allows a somewhat equal distribution of the fish . These fishermen also take out people for cruise and photography in various parts of the lake in their small wooden fishing boats .

But inspite of all the efforts of various organizations to protect its natural and biological value , deepor beel is fast losing its resources due to illegal encroachment in the lake . So please do make it a point to visit this gem of nature before humans destroy it .

How to get there :

Take the road toward Guwahati Airport from Jalukbari . Take left at the Y – Intersection to go towards Accoland on the Guwahati – Accoland – Rani road. Take another left just after crossing the BSF IG Headquaters and follow the road for about 5 more kilometers and you will reach the office of deepor beel guards .

Another way is from Garchuk on NH 37 . Take left from the highway to the Gorchuk – Pahomi road towards at Garchuk . Follow the road for about eight kilometers to reach the spot .

Timing :

Dawn to Dusk Everyday .

Entry fees  :

None . However boatmen charge Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 for cruises depending on the distance you want to explore .