Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is located in Bhagalpur District. The sanctuary is a 50 km stretch of the Ganges River from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon. Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary was initiated as a protected area for the conservation of River Dolphins by the government of India in the year 1991. The species of dolphins found in the sanctuary were classified as endangered in the year 2006 by IUCN and intense measures have been taken to ensure their survival and re-population ever since.
The Gangetic dolphins have been declared as the National Aquatic Animal of India.
The Sanctuary also contains rich diversity of other aquatic wildlife include Gharial, Indian Smooth Coated Otter and Turtles. One can also spot migratory and residential birds in the area. Inside the river, several species of freshwater shrimps, fish and crustaceans can be observed.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is October and June.
How to Reach
Nearest Airport is Patna Airport. Flights from all over the country connect to Patna. The Sanctuary is located at an approximate distance of 235 kilometers, taxis and buses can be availed till Sanctuary. From Patna, regular trains are also available to Bhagalpur.
The nearest railway station is Bhagalpur Junction. The entrance to the Sanctuary is located approximately 15 kilometers from the railway station and can be accessed via road.