Welcome to the official website of Dipor Bil – a Ramsar site

Upcoming Events:

1. World Wetlands Day February 2, 2016

2. Message from Ramsar Secretariat

World Wetlands Day 2nd Feb 2016!

Wetlands are essential assets & demand instantaneous protection. Join us in our endeavour to accomplish this goal!

3. Photography contest for WWD 16!

Details: www.worldwetlandsday.org/photo-contest


 

DIPOR BIL ( also spelt Deepor Beel) is located 18kms south west of Guwahati city in the Kamrup district of Assam on the National Highway 31 on the Jalukbari Khanapara bypass.  It is a permanent freshwater lake, in a former channel of the Brahmaputa River, to the south of the main river.

The name Dipor Bil is stated to be derivative of the Sanskrit word ‘Dipa’ which means Elephant and the Bil means wetland or large aquatic body in Assamese language, inhabited by elephants. It is considered as one of the largest Bils in the Brahmaputra valley of Lower Assam, it is categorized as representative of the wetland type under the Burma Monsoon Forest biogeography region.


Location: Guwahati, Kamrup district Assam

Coordinates: 26.13°N 91.66°E

Type: Fresh water

Surface area: 4,014 km2 (1,550 sq mi)

Average depth: 1 m (3.3 ft)

Settlement: Twelve villages on the periphery of the Bil (Declared Ramsar Wetland)