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Kaziranga National Park

Location: Assam

Main Wildlife Attractions: One-horned Rhinoceros, Wild Buffaloes, Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Elephants

Coverage Area: 430 sq.kms.

Established: 1974

Best Time to Visit:November to April

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Kaziranga National Park is home to one-horned rhinos and tigers and other flora, avifauna, and fauna. This makes the national park popular among wildlife enthusiasts. The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between November to April. These attributes have also made the park listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List. It also provides shelter to about 35 mammalian species, including 15 species of mammals categorized as threatened under the IUCN Red List.

How to reach Kaziranga National Park

By Air

Guwahati is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 235 km. Taxis, auto-rickshaws, and buses are available to carry tourists from the airport to the Kaziranga national park.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations to Kaziranga National Park are located at Jorhat, Furkating, and Guwahati. In addition, forms of transportation such as taxis, auto-rickshaws, and buses are available to reach the national park.

By Road

Due to proper road connectivity, reaching Kaziranga National Park is easily accessible. You can take a bus to reach Kaziranga National Park from the Guwahati Bus stop, Jorhat Bus stand, Nawgaon, Dibrugarh, and Tezpur bus stand.

Note: The Kaziranga national park is expected to open for tourists on 21 October 2020. It is mandatory to wear a mask and face shield inside the park. A person below 10 years and above 65 is not allowed in, and all vehicles entering the park shall be sanitized at the check gates.

Ques: What is Kaziranga National Park famous for?

Ans: One-horned rhinoceros are an attractive feature of the Kaziranga National Park. The national park hosts about two-thirds of the world's population of endangered one-horned rhinoceros.

Ques: When was this National Park established?

Ans: Mary Victoria Leiter Curzon established Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary in 1905 to protect the decreasing population of the rhinoceros in the area. In 1950, P.D. Stracey changed the name of Kaziranga Game Sanctuary (as in 1916) to Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary. The main motive for changing the name was to avoid hunting activities in the park. Poaching is strictly banned, and a huge penalty is imposed on whosoever found involved in it. In 1985, the park was entitled one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Ques: What is Entry Fees and Charges of Safari in Kaziranga National Park

  • Entrance: INR 50 (Indians); INR 250 (Foreigners)
  • Vehicle Entry: INR 200
  • Camera: INR 50 (Indians); INR 500 (Foreigners)
  • Video Cameras: INR 500 (Indians); INR 1000 (Foreigners)
  • Elephant Safari: INR 280 (Indians); INR 750 (Foreigners)
  • Jeep Safari: INR 1000 (Central Range); INR 2000 (Burapahar)

Ques: What is the Opening and closing timings of Kaziranga National Park?

  • Elephant Safaris: 0530 to 0730 (Morning Hours); 1500 to 1600 (Afternoon Hours)
  • Jeep Safaris: 0730 to 1100 (Morning Hours); 1400 to 1630 (Afternoon Hours)

Ques: What are the best Places to stay nearby Kaziranga National Park

Ans: There are numerous wildlife resorts and hotels available near the Kaziranga National Park for a comfortable stay. These resorts and hotels offer comfortable accommodation at very lucrative deals. Guests enjoy the modern facilities and services and the fantastic sights of the surrounding.

Some popular wildlife resorts are –

Diphlu River Lodge, Jupuri Ghar, Unicorn Cottages, Iora-The Retreat Resort,  Wild Grass Lodge

Ques: What are Best Time to visit Kaziranga National Park?

Ans:Kaziranga Park remains open and offers excellent game sightings from November to April. Thus, it is the best time to visit the park. However, the site closes in the rainy season, i.e., from May to October. During this time, the majority of the park's area gets flooded due to the heavy flow of the Brahmaputra River.

Further, the best time to visit Kaziranga may differ according to what we are intending to see here.

January to March - migratory birds, one-horned rhino, tiger and other rare animals.

February and March- the Flame of Forest trees make the forest look more picturesque.

March and April- one-horned rhinos and tigers especially near water-bodies. These months are also best for superb photography.

Ques: Places to visit nerar by Kaziranga National Park?

Ans: After visiting the popular Kaziranga National Park, you can also enjoy side trips to various nearby attractions mentioned below.

  • Bokakhat (23 km):Bokakhat is popular for historical sites, monasteries (satras), temples, natural spots, tea gardens, hand loom products, handicrafts, archaeological remains, etc.
  • Behora (43 km): Behora is a must visit to witness lush greenery and rolling tea gardens. The place is a visual treat for nature lovers.
  • Kakochang Falls (46 km): Kakochang Falls is a picturesque location to enjoy picnics and some quality time in peace.
  • Deopahar (51 km):  Deopahar is a popular site housing Numaligarh Ruins.

The Kaziranga National Park is known worldwide for being home to great Indian one-horned rhinos and tigers and other flora, avifauna, and fauna. It remains open from November to April and closes in the rainy season (May to October) as most park regions get flooded due to the heavy flow of the Brahmaputra River. Hence you can visit Kaziranga National Park in winter and summer.

The winter months (November to April) are the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park, and this is the time you have the highest probability of game sightings. As a result, the National Park looks green and fresh. As soon as summer arrives, the climate gets hot but bearable, but during peak summer months, the temperature may rise above 35 degrees Celsius.

However, the best time to visit Kaziranga may differ according to what we intend to see here. For example, if you want to watch migratory birds in the park, January to March are the best months. Also, during this period, you can spot its unique animal, the one-horned rhino, along with a tiger and other rare animals.

The temperature during this time remains around 25 degrees Celsius. The Flame of Forest trees makes the forest look more picturesque in February and March. March and April are considered the best time to spot one-horned rhinos and tigers, especially near water bodies. Many wildlife photographers visit the park at this time to catch the best shot.

If you are visiting Kaziranga National Park in November and December, make sure you book your accommodation in advance as many tourists visit the park during these two months because this is the festival season in India.

Last minute tips before visiting Kaziranga National Park

  • The central park area is ideal for enjoying Elephant Safari and getting a lifetime experience.
  • The Northeastern Zone of the park is ideal for enjoying boat rides in beautiful waters.
  • Avoid visiting the park in the wee hours as the mist and fog can block the view.
  • Private vehicles are only allowed if you accompany a forest guide.
  • Teasing, hurting, or harming wildlife or fauna species of the park is strictly prohibited.
  • Entry of any weapon or sharp object inside the park is prohibited.
  • Keep your clothing comfortable and light. Do not wear bright colors as some animals find bright colors as a sign of danger and run away.
  • Do not miss carrying your camera along as you will get numerous perfect pictures to keep in your collection as a lifetime memory.

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