We were at Deepor Beel in Assam. It was early morning, we were trying to spot migratory birds and this train passed by. I loved the stillness of the water as the train moved past!Also Read Family Trek to Mesar Kund
Well Deepor Beel, (Beel means lake) a freshwater lake is located on way to Pamohi. It falls in between the road which connects Garchuk (@NH-37) to Airport road. The airport is just 5kms away. The beel is also a famous place to spot migratory birds. It is home to 219 species of birds. Great variety of aquatic birds can also be seen in winter. Some endangered species of birds like the Greater Adjutant Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Spot Billed Pelican, etc. can also be spotted. In winter it’s a delightful place for wildlife photographers. The sunset witnessed from Deepor Beel is a view for a lifetime.How to reach- Deepor beel in on the road connecting NH-37 and airport. Book a cab or go for a long drive in your car/ bike.Where to Stay- You can stay in the hotels nearby to NH 37 like Radisson Blue, Hotel Bhargav Grand, Hotel Parashuram, etc.Things to do- Spend the day enjoying the cool breeze of the lake water, spot birds from the watch tower.
Bird lovers like me enjoy hours roaming along the Beel area and it is an easy way to connect ourselves with nature in its unadulterated form and experience its beauty and majesty right in front of our eyes.
The Beel is a source of livelihood for several of the villages around it whose fishermen depend on it. Boats moving around the lake are a common sight here as the fishermen throw their net into the water hoping for a good catch of freshwater fish. What is heartening is that overfishing is never the case here and the local people are also well aware of the need to preserve this rich piece of wetland to sustain the ecosystem of the area. There have been serious cases of land cutting, waste water disposal and land grabbing in the vicinity that has raised serious concerns regarding the dangers faced by the Beel’s ecosystem. Hunting and trapping of birds happens occasionally and more manpower is needed for the authorities to look into these matters. Thankfully, the local people realise it and have been active with several groups and NGOs to counter these maladies and keep the Beel fit for all purposes.