All those who have thought the best wildlife excitement can be experienced in the Jim Corbett National Park of Uttarakhand, for them an audacious trip to Kaziranga is a must. Sprawled with an area of nearly 430 square kilometres in the Nagaon and Golaghat districts of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is quite popular for inhabiting two-thirds of the world’s great one-horned rhinoceros. The park area is delimited by the Brahmaputra River, elephant-grass, lush bush and marshy lagoons making the place an absolute paradise for travel-buffs and adventure enthusiasts.
Despite being an abode to more than 2,200 one-horned rhinoceros, the park is also famous for housing the “big five” including tiger, elephant, rhino, wild buffalo and swamp deer. One of the interesting facts about Kaziranga is that in 1985, the park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and going further in 2006, the park was also declared as a Tiger Reserve in the north-eastern states of Assam.
Kaziranga National Park: An overview
The actual tale of Kaziranga goes like this; decades back Mary Curzon, the wife of Lord Curzon of Kedleston visited the park to witness few Indian one-horned rhinoceros. However, owing to her low luck, she was unable to notice a single one-horned rhino in the park. Consequently, she persuaded her husband to execute some effective measures in safeguarding the dwindling species in that region. Going ahead, he incorporated the same for the protection of one-horned rhinoceros, and after frequent discussions and meetings, Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was brought into the picture in 1905. Thereafter on the recommendation of Mary Curzon, finally the park was incorporated in 1908 in Assam.
Birding: Kaziranga has no dearth of wild creatures in making one’s presence absolutely amazed. The World Heritage site is also recognised as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International. The park is an important abode to several endangered species of indigenous and migratory birds. Some of the worth exploring birds in the park include ferruginous duck, black-necked stork, greater adjutant, white-fronted goose, Asian Open bill stork etc. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture some of the astounding flying moments of any of these birds you behold.
Vibrant flora: The park area boasts four different patterns of vegetation including mixed deciduous forests, tropical semi-evergreen forests, alluvial savanna woodlands and alluvial inundated grasslands. It is said that due to altitude diversity in the eastern and western regions of the park, such floral variance exist in Kaziranga. Besides, one can also observe affluence of cotton tree, aquatic flora and Indian gooseberry around the wetlands and rive shores.
Furious fauna: The afforest region of Kaziranga Park is a home to several endangered fauna. One-horned rhinoceros being the upmost attractions, the park also boasts many other furious fauna including leopard, sloth bear and hoolock gibbon. In addition, one can also find here a good crowd of tiger, elephant, rhino, wild buffalo and swamp deer. In addition, the forest region of Kaziranga also houses several mammals and reptiles.
Safari: Be it any national park you visit, jungle safari is one of the most happening things that a visitor can experience. With intend to promote the wildlife tourism in Assam; the park authority organizes both elephant and jeep safaris for tourists. The timing of elephant safari is from 5.30AM to 6.30AM and again from 6.30AM to 7.30AM. On the other hand, people who are interested for jeep safari can avail the same from 8AM to 10AM and from 2PM to 4PM. To enjoy an adventurous jeep safari in the midst of the woods, tourists can head towards any of the following sites in Kaziranga:
- Bagori in Western Range at Bagori
- Ghorakati in Burapahar Range at Ghorakhati
- Mihimukh in Central Range at Kohora
- Agaratoli in Eastern Range at Agaratoli
Best time to visit:
Kaziranga National Park in Assam can best be revealed from November to April.
Entry timings and fees:
Every year, the park is basically opened for visitors in the month of November and closed in the month of April, which means the park remains closed from May to October. For elephant ride and safari charges, refer the following Table:
|Categories||Indian (INR)||Foreigner (INR)|
|Elephant ride / person||750||1250|
|Park Entry fee||100||650|
|Guard fee for elephant ride||25||25|
|Guard fee for jeep safari||100||100|
Note: The listed charges are subject to change as per the decision of the Park Authority.
Being one of the enchanting National Parks in India, Kaziranga witnesses an influx of good tourist footfalls from November to April. If you are planning your next rousing voyage to Kaziranga anytime soon, here’s how to get there:
By Air: The nearest airport to Kaziranga National Parks is Rowriah Airport Jorhat (nearly 100Kms). The airport is well-connected to various destinations like New Delhi, Guwahati, Silchar and Kolkata. From the airport, one can take a bus or hire private vehicles to reach Kaziranga. By road it will take nearly 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach the destination.
By Train: For railway commuters, the nearest railhead is Furkating, which is located nearly 80Kms away from the National Park. This railway station is in good connectivity from Kolkata, Guwahati and Delhi. From the railway station, one can hire a taxi to travel further.
By Road: The road connectivity to Kaziranga from nearby locations like Guwahati (nearly 190Kms), Tezpur (nearly 50Kms) and Jorhat (Nearly 112 Kms) is quite convenient. There are several buses and private cars that can be availed from these locations to reach Kaziranga. In addition, various adventure bike trips are also organized by many tourism firms leading the travellers to Kaziranga.
Places to stay:
There are several homestays, lodge, execute cottage and resorts in and around Kaziranga offering you some delightful staying options.
Some of the leisurely accommodations that tourists can avail during their stay in Kaziranga are:
#Diphlu River Lodge
Address: Kaziranga National Park Kuthuri, Nagaon, Assam 782136
#Hills N Lakes Resort
Address: A T Road, NH37, Near Mahi Miri Ting, Bagori, Kaziranga, Assam 782136
#United-21 Grassland Resort
Address: Harmoti, Bagori Range, Kaziranga, Assam 785609
Address: Kaziranga National Park, Bogorijuri, Kohora, Assam 785609
#Bora’s Home Stay
Address: Near Kaziranga National Park, Kohora, Assam 785609
With rousing safari, bird watching and afforest exploration, let’s make your trip to Kaziranga more remarkable. Do share your wild experience in the midst of great one-horned rhinoceros.
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