Situated in Eastern Himalayan Foothills the glory of the majestic mountains extends as a panoramic range overhanging like a specter in white. In this magical mystical abode resides the majestic one horned rhino along with other equally rare and endangered species like the tiger, wild water buffalo, swamp deer and wild elephant. Although Kaziranga is a tiger reserve the center of attraction is the Indian rhino and receives conservation initiative benefits as well. Although a conservation unit the management under the guidance of NTCA facilitates tourism which is the major revenue generator for the unit in India.
Kaziranga Rhino Tours
Kaziranga is a realm of enchanting wildlife inhabiting a spectacular terrain of low lying hills, tall elephant grass and dense forests. This is the home of one horned Indian rhino
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Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga is a National Park and well recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also recognized as Important Bird Area by Birdlife International. The amazing biodiversity, rugged terrain and picturesque Himalayan settings invite another species to its enchanted abode – human. Though very much part of conservation and protection, humans arrive here in large number as holiday makers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and film makers. This lot is ever present in the park whence it is open. Kaziranga is situated in Eastern Himalayan Foothills in the State of Assam in Karbi Anlgong, Golaghat and Nagoan Districts. It is accessible from New Delhi via Guwahati by flight and then a four hour drive to the park. The drive itself is scenic and many tourists have seen tigers and rhinos on the way.
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Park Excursions & Widlife
The park excursions are organized as rhino safari on open jeeps and elephant back. These are the best means to see the numerous wild denizens of the park including the tiger and the rhino. The tall grasslands full of elephant grass and the marshes are ideal for sighting wildlife. The water buffalo and swamp deer prefer marshes and wetland habitats.
The park is home to more than two thousand rhinos, over sixteen hundred water buffalo, one thousand elephants and five hundred eastern swamp deer along with common animals like sambar, chital and guar. One can also see rare golden and capped langur, hoolock gibbon, Assamese macaque and hog deer. Small and nocturnal life is interesting too and you can see ferret badgers, Chinese and Indian pangolins, flying and giant squirrels and three species of small cats. There are number of observation towers inside the core area of the park. The observation towers enable photography and closer sightings of the animals.
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Avian Species of Kaziranga
The avian species here are as striking as the mammals and one can observe a wide variety of families in the park. The destination is home to residents and winter migrants and good birding trip will lead to fabulous sightings. Some of the interesting species seen here are the greater adjutant stork, ferruginous duck, lesser white fronted goose, Baer’s pochard, Eastern imperial eagle, black necked stork, white bellied heron, Nordmann’s green shank, lesser kestrel, pelicans, lesser wreathed horn bill, marsh babbler, Finn’s weaver, Hodgson’s bush chat, Jerdon’s babbler and many more.
Indian Elephant Herd
The unique wildlife makes the reserve a much desired destination for safari holiday. There are organized tours for rhino sighting at Kaziranga. These are conducted by tour operators as all in one package. Please book permits in advance if you are traveling on your own else requests the tour operators.
The tourism infrastructure is well laid with good access road, internal jungle roads and wide range of hotels and restaurants from budget to high end facilitate accommodation. There are very many lodges that cater to guest arriving at Kaziranga National Park. Please book accommodation and taxi in advance since during the rush time there may be difficulty in availing these services. But many modern amenities may not be available hence carry essentials along with you including much needed cash.
The best season for safari holiday is between November to April after that monsoon rains take over and the weather in unstable. Avoid excursions during the festivals and weekends.