The Kaziranga National Park located in the Nagaon and Golaghat districts of Assam, India is renowned for playing host to about two-thirds of the one-horned rhinoceros in the world. This park is also known for a high density of tigers in protected environments across the globe. In 2006, it also gained recognition as a Tiger reserve. The tall grass providing exceptional camouflage may prevent sighting of tigers, but their pug marks everywhere in the park are tell-tale evidence of their presence. The Kaziranga National Park is also home to a large population of wild water buffalo, elephants, and swamp deer.
The Kaziranga National Park is considered one of the first National Parks globally and an exotic wildlife destination in Northern India. Its intense geographical location presents a wide range of absorbing natural beauty. Flanked by the Brahmaputra River on its north and Karbi Anglong Mountains on the South, the scenic beauty offered by the park is splendid. We recommend you book a cab from Guwahati to Kaziranga to soak in the scenery.
Professional mahouts steer the elephants deployed for the elephant safari that enables you to explore the hidden mysteries of the dense jungle safely. Riding these majestic animals in open grounds is in itself a special treat for travellers. Another advantage with the elephant safaris is that the huge animal can traverse terrains that the jeeps cannot, and it has no engine or tyres that can malfunction. Visitors are also safer since they sit comfortably at a significantly higher level compared to a jeep. An elephant safari between 5.30 and 7.30 am, and 5.30 to 6.30 pm is the best way to explore the Park. Jeep Safaris are also available between 7 am and 9.30 am, and 1.30 and 3.30 pm.
Kaziranga National Park also allows you to witness several other grand creations of nature. Gohpur, located about eight km from the National Park is historically important and famed for the Gohpur Reserve forest, Bor Pukhuri, and Dhandi devalay. Kakochang Waterfalls is a popular picnic spot where visitors can also see several tea gardens and ruins of the ancient Numaligarh. Rubber and coffee plantations flanking the approach to the waterfalls offer a breathtaking sight.
One-horned Rhinoceros is among the major attractions in the park. The mammoth built that even elephants will envy along with their distinct features have earned them the name of “Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros.” You need to remember that they are at least thrice the size of normal Rhinoceros and they feed on the elephant grass abundant in the region. This park is also home for three other giant herbivores – The Swamp Deer, The Asiatic Elephant, and the Asiatic Water Buffaloes, apart from being an important birdlife area promoting and conserving several endangered species.
Deoparbat Ruins represent archaeological remains from an ancient temple. Located about five kilometres from the park the statues of the temple lie scattered on top of a hill from where visitors can get a view of the abutting Karbi Anglong hills as well as the Numaligarh tea estate. Panbari Reserve Forest can be accessed via Kohara. Visitors can spot rare bird species here, including rufous-gorgeted, crested goshawk, pied falconet, speckled piculet, flycatcher, etc.
The best time to visit Kaziranga is between the months of November to April as it is inaccessible during the monsoons. Kaziranga is not directly connected to other parts of the country, and the nearest airport is Jorhat airport at 109 Km from the park. For visitors coming from other parts of the country, Airports in Siliguri and Guwahati have better connectivity as well as flight frequency. The nearest railway station is the Furkating railway junction which is approximately 75 km away. Even if you are planning to reach by road, you will have to either reach Guwahati, Jorhat, or Tezpur. We recommend you book a Savaari cab from any of these three cities to reach the Kaziranga National Park. Happy Vacationing!