The back story
Formed in 1908 on the recommendation of Mary Curzon, the park was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in the year 1985. It is said when Mary Curzon, the wife of the then Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, visited the park to see Indian one-horned rhinoceros, she wasn’t able to spot one. She then persuaded her husband to take urgent measures to protect the dwindling species which he did by initiating planning for their protection. The Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was then finally created with an area of 232 km2 (90 sq mi) in 1905.
The park is split into four areas; each with its unique topography and characteristics. This gorgeous forest can be experienced in various ways. The Kaziranga Park authorities organize jeep and elephant safaris at different times of the day.
There are jeep safaris at 8 am 10 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. These safaris usually begin from Mihimukh in Central Range at Kohora, Bagori in Western Range at Bagori, Agaratoli in Eastern Range at Agaratoli, Ghorakati in Burapahar Range at Ghorakhati.
You can sign up for an elephant safari at 5:30 am and 6:30 pm. The timings in summer and winter may differ slightly, so do confirm this at the time of booking. The elephant safaris come highly recommended as the experience is quite surreal and allows you more intimate access to the park in all it's glory. The elephant ride would cost you around ₹900 per head, while the jeep safaris at priced at ₹2500 per vehicle. Safaris can be booked at ticket counters of respective forest gates (eastern, central and western). There are limited seats for the elephant safari. Tickets for this are booked the previous day. You can also request your hotel to arrange them.
When To Go
The Kaziranga National Park remains closed from June to September, every year. The region receives heavy rain during this time (approximately 2,220 millimeters/ 87 inches). It often witnesses the flooding of the Brahmaputra river. It's summer in April and May and the climate remains dry and windy. It's easy to spot animals around the water bodies, at this time. November to February is the best time to visit the park as the climate is mild and dry. Chances of spotting rhinos are more in winter as the grass burns off and the background becomes clearer.
By air: There are no direct flights or trains or buses between New Delhi to Kaziranga.The convenient and fastest way to reach from New Delhi to Kaziranga is to take a flight from New Delhi to Guwahati then hire a cab from Guwahati to Kaziranga.
By train: There is no direct train between New Delhi and Kaziranga. You can take a flight from New Delhi to Guwahati then take Rjpb Ntsk Exp from Guwahati to Hojai then take a taxi from Hojai to Kaziranga
By road: There are buses to Kaziranga from Guwahati (217 KM, ₹500), Jorhat (96 KM, ₹70), Nawgaon, Dibrugarh, Tezpur (75 KM, ₹50) or Tinsukia. Get down at Kohora, which is nearly the central part of the park on Guwahati-Jorhat route, it would be around 6 hours in bus. If visiting Kaziranga from Arunachal Pradesh, Tezpur is the best destination from which to catch a bus towards Kaziranga. Bus fare varies between private services and Government service buses and are usually comfortable. Buses are also preferred to avoid any unwanted disturbances in the journey as they are considered safer.