Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Morigaon District in the plains of River Brahmaputra. Previously it was a grazing reserve of former Nagaon district. It became popular during 1961-62 for housing One Horned Rhino, also known as Rhinoceros unicornis. The southern edge of the sanctuary is bordered by Garanga Beel whereas its north is bordered by River Brahmaputra. Rest of the sanctuary is surrounded by a number of villages. Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary hosts four endangered, two critically endangered three near threatened and eight vulnerable bird species. Various types of flora and fauna are found here including the aquatic animals.
Mayong, situated in the western zone of Morigaon district, is famous for its occult practices. The place serves as a major tourist attraction. Nature and wildlife tourism of the district includes a number of flora and fauna present in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary along with picturesque beauty of hills and River Brahmaputra. Elephant and Jeep Safaris are also fascinating features of the region. A plethora of temples and shrines around Mayong makes it an ideal place for pilgrimage tourism. Significant pilgrimage sites of Mayong are Narashinha Ashram of Hiloikhunda, Kechaikhaiti Shrine of Burha Mayong, Lord Shiva Shrine of Kachashila, Lord Ganesha Temple of Hatimuria etc. Several archaeological remains and monuments of this region attract tourists for archaeological tourisms. A big stone inscription is situated in Mayong belonging to several hundred years ago. Mayong village Museum and Research Centre have preserved abundant earthen vessels, terracotta images, stone-bullets, stone-axes etc. Mayong is also an ideal place for river tourism, eco tourism and sporting activities. The place is also well known for its age old practice of black magic.
Kachasila Hill is famous for housing an ancient temple belonging to 9th century. Statues of Lord Shiva and Parvati are placed inside the temple. A number of Lord Ganesha idols are also located in the temple. The temple is visited by researchers to study about coriin stones and rare statues.
Deosal hosts an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. A grand fair is organized every year on the occasion of Shivaratri. Local myths say that Deosal was previously the Ashram of Valmiki where Lord Rama left Sita.
Sitajakhala has been discovered quite recently, in the fourth decade of last century. Temple stones were cut into steps up to the River Killing at Sita Jakhala Hills. Statues of Sita and Lord Hanuman are inscribed on the walls of the temple. It is believed that those stone steps were cut by Valmiki for Sita to reach from the temple to the river. Thus the steps had been named as Sita Jakhala.
Sivakunda is a waterfall located in Amsoi hills. It is famous as tourist and picnic spots owing to its scenic natural beauty.
Asia's largest dry fish market is situated in Morigaon District. Freshwater and sea dry fishes from different regions including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal etc are brought to this market. Consignments of dry fishes from local areas also come to this market. The market supplies dry fishes to Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya. These are also exported to South Asian Countries, Singapore and Malaysia.
People from far off places visit the tourist sites of Morigaon district. The sites are well maintained and provide several facilities to the visiting folks. Some of these places also contribute immensely in the national heritage of the country.
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