Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 18.53 sq. kms. The sanctuary is located 28 kms from Agartala. The Sepahijala bio-complex came to existence in 1972 to conserve and multiply the bio-diversity of the State. Since then it has found its own place and has become an important wealth of the State. Since its establishment, it has been successfully modified and a Botanical Garden, a Deer Park and a Zoo added to it. There are more than 456 species of plants in the Sanctuary. It is a safe haven for the flora and fauna of the State.
The vehicle stopped right at the entrance of Sepahijala. The Zoo is a good 3-4 kms from the entrance. There was no way I could have walked with all my luggage. Luckily, there was an auto at the entrance that drove me to the zoo. Since I couldn't find a place to check in anywhere nearby, I left my luggage with the gatekeeper at the entrance of the gate.
The Zoo covers a large area. It takes a lot of time to cover each enclosure. The animals are kept in a spacious enclosure. Some animals found here are leopards, clouded leopard, jungle fowl, civets, barking deer, wild pigs, elephants, Himalayan black bears, rhesus, macaque, pig-tailed macaque, capped langur, spectacled monkey, slow loris, monitor lizards, python, rhino, hog deer etc. There are a lot of avian species in the Zoo and even in the wild. It was the first time I spotted a hornbill in the wild. Its wings made a loud flapping sound as it takes off. The lake in the sanctuary is also home to water birds like stork, whistling teal and white ibis. The sanctuary also offers boating facility at the lake.
The coffee and rubber plantation in the sanctuary are a scenic beauty in themselves. While returning from the Zoo I stopped at the rubber plantation. The beautiful trees all lined up against the sunset was an amazing sight. I had to stop to get a shot of it. I ended up spending a lot of time in the woods. While admiring a worker who was collecting the rubber from the little bowls hung to the trunk of the tree, I spotted a troop of monkeys marching on the tree tops as if they were basking in the last light. I had spent more time than I really should have.
When I came back to the main road with all my luggage, the trees had begun to cast long shadows. I was beginning to panic. There was no house nearby. I could have been stranded. Out of nowhere, a bike then stopped in front of me. A guy looked with intent at me and asked if I had taken permission for the photo shoot. I said I did. I was a little mad because it was getting dark and here he was asking me so questions which seemed silly to me at that point. When I explained my condition, I felt he was compelled to pick me up. He asked me to come along as he was going to the shop at the entrance. I hopped on readily. Later he told me that he was a vet doctor at the Zoo. So just another timely help from a stranger saved my day. A traveller needs all the luck he or she can get.
Lake View Resort, Tourist Lodge (Abasarika) & Forest Rest House (Cottage)
Phone no- 0381-2361225/1227
Prior permission in written form has to be taken from the higher Forest Authority before heading to the sanctuary.