A Complete Guide to Kaziranga
Famed for having the largest population of the majestic and critically endangered one-horned Rhinoceros at the Kaziranga National Park is one of the most popular tourist places in Assam and in India. Apart from the beautiful wildlife, there are plenty of things that you can do and explore in the region. So, if you are thinking of taking a trip to Kaziranga, here is a complete guide that will help you with a lot of useful information you need to make your trip a memorable one.
Kaziranga National Park is a paradise on earth and it is endowed with the most beautiful landscape you would see anywhere in Assam. The National Park located in the small town called Kohora in the Golaghat district is home to about two-thirds of one-horned Rhinos in the world.
Apart from these beautiful mammals, several other animals and exotic (both migratory and indigenous) birds call this sanctuary their home. You can find the Royal Bengal Tigers, Wild Water Buffaloes, Asian Elephants, Swamp Deers, Leopards, Great Indian Hornbill, Greater Spotted Eagle, to name a few.
The Kaziranga wildlife sanctuary is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is the perfect place to go on an adventure safari and click some amazing pictures of the wildlife and yourself and the family in the most beautiful backdrop.
At Kaziranga, you can go on two types of Safaris, the usual Jeep Safari, and Elephant Safari. In Jeep Safari where you travel along the particular trail on the road and see the wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitat and displaying their antics from a distance.
If you want to get up close and personal with the Rhinos and other animals, you can take the Elephant Safari. It will take you on a ride in the swamps and the marshy land where the Rhinos graze carelessly.
The Jeep safari operates in two shifts. The morning shift starts at about 7:00 AM and ends at 9:30 AM and the afternoon shift begins at 1.30 PM and ends at 3:30 PM. The whole Jeep safari lasts for about two or two and a half hours.
The Elephant safari starts early in the morning at about 5:00 AM and ends at 7:30 AM. According to wildlife experts and the guides at the Sanctuary that accompany you on all the rides, the morning safari is the best time to spot the big cats, especially near the water bodies as they come to quench their thirst and get ready for their hunt for the day.
If you are not a morning person, you can take the Elephant safari in the afternoon; the shift starts at 1:30 and ends at 3:30.
Make sure that you carry binoculars and a good camera to get a close-up view of the beautiful Kaziranga wildlife and click some amazing pictures that you can post on social media.
The Kaziranga National Park remains open for the visitors from November to April and remains shut for the rest of the year. This is because due to heavy rains that Assam receives, the mighty Brahmaputra River floods the sanctuary.
The best time to visit the sanctuary is between February and April as the chances of sighting the Rhinos, wild Elephants and Tigers are the highest during this period. The weather here during these months can be warm and humid but it becomes pleasant at night.
If you love bird watching and have a keen eye for spotting the birds, the best time to visit the sanctuary and get the best experience of seeing the wildlife of Kaziranga National Park is between November and January. Many migratory birds visit the sanctuary during this period and the weather is pretty chill and pleasant as the temperature hovers around 5-25 degrees Celsius.
Apart from the Jeep and Elephant safari, another lesser-known way to see the Kaziranga National Park animals is to take the boat safari. The safari takes you on a boat ride over the Brahmaputra River that flows through the sanctuary and is sure to give you a thrilling experience.
During the safari, you may spot many animals like the river Dolphins, otters, monitor lizards, turtles and a variety of birds and of course the Rhinos. If you are lucky, you may even spot a Bengal Tiger lying lazily on the banks of the river.
You can travel to Kaziranga by train, flight or road.
If you are travelling by air, the nearest airport is the Jorhat and Guwahati airport. You can take a private taxi or use the local public transport system to reach the sanctuary.
If you are travelling by train, the closest railway station is Guwahati. From here, you can take a cab, or book a private car to reach Kaziranga. The journey may take about 5-7 hours. Also, Guwahati is well-connected by train to all parts of India, so getting here would not be a problem.
If you are travelling by road, you would be pleased to know that Kaziranga being a popular tourist spot is well-connected to all major cities and towns in Assam. You can take the state transport bus, mini bus or book a cab to reach Kaziranga.
There are many stay options in Kaziranga from cheap hotels to more exotic resorts. You can stay at any of these facilities to suit your budget. You can also opt to stay at any resorts in kaziranga.
You may have often heard of the term, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ here in Kaziranga, the beast is the real beauty. It is one of the most spectacular sanctuaries in India that deserves a visit. So, pack your bags and head for a memorable holiday.