Located in the Bhagalpur District of the Indian State of Bihar, the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is a 50 kilometer stretch over the River Ganges from Sultanganj to Kahalgaon. This is the only protected area for the endangered Gangetic Dolphins in Asia which were abundant at one time, but now only a few hundreds remain. The Gangetic Dolphins have also been declared as the National Aquatic Animal of India in the year 2009, and which would fortify our efforts towards the protection of these endangered species.
Established as a National Park in the year 1991, the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary was especially designed for the conservation of this species. Conservation efforts have since helped sustain and safeguard the Gangetic Dolphin population within the sanctuary, which are known as ‘Soons’ by the locals. This Sanctuary also contains a rich diversity of other threatened aquatic wildlife that includes the Indian Smooth-Coated Otter, the Gharial, a variety of Freshwater Turtles and 135 species of Water-Fowl.
The core area of this Sanctuary is located between Sultanganj in the west of Bhagalpur, to Kahalgaon in the east of Bhagalpur, notably at the Barari Ghat where the Vikramshila Setu, a bridge built across the River Ganges starts. Bhagalpur Railway Junction is the closest Railway Station and well connected with the rest of the sub-continent. Patna, the capital city of the Bihar State is the closest Airport which is a few hours drive from Bhagalpur. Bhagalpur is well connected by road through a network of National and State Highways with the entire region.
October to June is however, the best time to plan a visit to the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin