There were laughter, warm food and endless conversation over several cups of Darjeeling tea. And then everyone decided. We were going to visit Deepor Beel the next morning.
It was 5 the next morning when I woke up, freshened up and got ready for the day out. We packed our breakfast of precisely cut slices of bread and salami. I carried a travel mug of black coffee sweetened with this delicious organic raw forest honey from The Honey Shop.
(Insta Cuppa’s French press travel mugs are the best things in the world! You can make your own tea and coffee while travelling and enjoy your freshly made cuppa.)
We reached Deepor Beel in an hour.
Deepor Beel is a freshwater lake situated in the south-west of the Guwahati city in Assam (India). It can also be considered a wetland. In fact, the word beel etymologically refers to an Assamese word meaning wetland. Whereas, Deepor refers to the Sanskrit word Dipa meaning elephants. Hence the name, Deepor Beel or a wetland inhabited by elephants.
Thanks to wonderful friends like Halim Hussain, we could access the wetland from the inner route through the campus of Assam Engineering College. Halim, being the nicest human that he is, has many friends. It was one of his such friends who got us connected to a local boatman.
We sailed through the wetlands and the lake. The clear blue sky above us. Greens all around. Only occasional bird calls broke the serenity. Rather, the sounds of the birds and the water were only rejuvenating.
Deepor Beel is known for its variety of aqua fauna. It is home to different kinds of fishes and birds like Pelicans and Greater Adjutant Storks. It is a place to be for bird lovers and bird watchers.
After spending some good amount of time sailing across nature, we returned to our car, hungry but extremely happy. Our minds and hearts were satiated. Fresh coconut water we bought from the roadside later satiated our appetite.
How to Reach Deepor Beel ?
You can take a taxi or a cab from the Lokapriya Gopinath International Airport, Guwahati. It is a distance of only 10 kms.
From the Guwahati Railway Station, Deepor Beel is at a distance of 17.5 kms.
If you are staying at a hotel in the city, you can easily hire a cab or a taxi to reach there.
What is the Best Time to Visit Deepor Beel ?
During the winters. November-March. It is that time of the year when the place is teeming with migratory birds.
Early mornings are the best time to sight birds there.
What to Carry With You?
- A good camera for sure!
- An umbrella (just in case it rains or the sun is very hard).
- A pair of sunglasses.
- Wear a good pair of trekking shoes. It will be easier to walk down to the wetlands.
- Carry your breakfast with you if you visit the wetlands early in the morning.
- Carry a bottle of water with you too.
P.S.: Do not forget to take a quick drive around the wetlands after you are done with your boat rides. And sip on some fresh coconut water in one of the roadside stalls nearby.