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kaziranga national park

Kaziranga National Park

Location: Assam

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

Coverage Area: 430 sq.kms.

Established: 1974

Best Time to Visit: November to April

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Kaziranga National Park acquired a significant position in the list of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Rich flora and fauna, and beautiful ambience are the major factors that the national park a must visit amidst adventure seekers.
These attributes have also made the park get listed amidst the UNESCO’ World Heritage Site List. The national park also provides shelter to about 35 mammalian species, which includes 15 species of mammals are 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 national park.

By Rail

Furkating, at a distance of 80 km, is the nearest railway station to reach the national park. Means of transportation such as taxis, auto-rickshaws and buses are available to reach the park.

By Road

Due to proper road connectivity, thereafter reaching Assam, you can take a bus from Guwahati Bus stop (217 km), Jorhat Bus stand (96 km) or from Nawgaon, Dibrugarh and Tezpur bus stand (75 km). The fare for the bus varies Government service and private service.

  • 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 (Burhapahar)

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

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

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

The temperature during this time remains around 25 degrees celsius. In February and March the Flame of Forest trees make the forest look more picturesque. March and April are considered best time to spot one-horned rhinos and tigers especially near water-bodies. A lot 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 a lot of tourist visits the park during these two months because this is the festival-season in India.

 Opening and closing timings of the 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)

Kaziranga National Park known for

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

When was this National Park established?

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 to change the name was to avoid hunting activities in the park. Though poaching had been banned in the park, visitors were and are allowed to visit the park. According to the rules and regulations set in 1954, huge penalties were imposed on poachers. In 1968 it acquired the status of a National Park and later in 1985, the park was entitled as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. In 2005, the sanctuary celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Where is the Kaziranga National Park located?

Kaziranga National Park is located in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam northeastern state of India.

Are there any other attractions in and around the National Park?

After visiting the popular Kazinanga National Park, you can also enjoy side trips to various nearby attractions. Some of the major attractions are Bokakhat, Numaligarh ruins, Behora, etc.

  • Bokakhat: Located at a distance of 23 km, Bokakhat is popular for historical sites, monasteries (satras), temples, natural spots, tea gardens, hand loom products, handicrafts, archaeological remains, etc.
  •  Behora: Located at a distance of 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: Located at a distance of 46 km, Kakochang Falls is a picturesque location to enjoy picnics and some quality time in peace.
  • Deopahar: Located at a distance of 51 km, Deopahar is a popular site housing Numaligarh Ruins.

Can you tell me where I can stay while visiting Kaziranga National Park?

For accommodation, there are numerous wildlife resorts and hotels available in close vicinity of the Kaziranga National Park. These resorts and hotels offer comfortable accommodation at very lucrative deals. Guests not only enjoy the modern facilities and services, but the amazing sights of the surrounding. The rooms are well-appointed and equipped with all modern amenities to meet the satisfaction level of the guests.

Further, the resorts and hotels also offer excellent dining facility. There are in-house restaurants that specialize in serving delicious food, tantalizing the tastebuds of the guests. Some popular wildlife resorts are Diphlu River Lodge, Jupuri Ghar, Unicorn Cottages, Iora-The Retreat Resort, Wild Grass Lodge, and Nature-Hunt Eco Camp.

Any last minute tips before I visit Kaziranga National Park?

Few tips to follow:

  • Central range is ideal to enjoy Elephant Safari and get 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.
  • While traversing in forest, patience is very much required.
  • Keep your clothing comfortable and light. Do not were bright colors as some animals find bright colors as sign of danger and run away.
  • Do not miss to carry your camera along as you will get numerous perfect pictures to keep them in your collection as a lifetime memory.

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