Assam: Kaziranga

 

Kaziranga, situated on the southern banks of the River Brahmaputra, is famous in India due to the existence of the priceless one horned Rhinos. The price of a horn is marked as US$50, 000. Weight (2 tons) and height (2 meters) of these Rhinos have never been a problem for these lively animals. They are quite nimble footed and are fast to seize upon their foods. The presence of these Rhinos in the woodlands is incredible but you can also anticipate a glimpse of Tigers and Elephants, the other important denizens of the sanctuary. The safari ride inside the sanctuary is a prime enticement for the adventurous and intrepid throng. According to the census, 1855 rhinos, 1246 elephants, 1431 bulls, 30 bison, 358 sambar, various species of deer, 85 tigers, leopards, beer, and more than 4000 types of boars amble freely inside the compound of the Kaziranga national park. The dim national park has rich and virgin woods of simul, sishu, hizal, gamar, sidha, and dissimilar types of orchids. Bird watchers take the pleasure in the wilderness of the several unknown and colorful birds. Besides the birds like pelican, hornbill, and egret, there are more than 400 other species of birds show the varieties of fauna in the woodlands. Kaziranga is the homeland of more than 300 species of butterflies as well.

520 square km of wild life sanctuary is delimited by the Miki hills in the south, Brahmaputra in the north, Bora hills in the west. The governing authority of the sanctuary has started its wild life conservation project with only 12 one horned rhinos and now the number has moved up to 1855. In 1974, the wild life sanctuary has got the status of the national Park and UNESCO has included the name of Kaziranga in the list of the heritage sites. The national park comprises of ponds, grass lands, and dense forests. It looks like the nature has offered the park everything to garnish itself. The myriad of colors in the natural locale are eye catching. The 100th year celebration of the forest in 2005 had shown the value of the park in reserving the wild life of India. Watching the vista of the Rivers Diflu, Mora, Barjuri and bhalukjhuri through the darkness of the forest is a tantalizing experience. The musical environment created by the instruments of the tribal communities breaks the silence of the woodlands.

Enjoy the elephant safari in and around the woods from Mihimukh elephant point which can be accessed by the jeep of the forest authority. Book your tickets for the elephant safari early on from the forest booking office, situated adjacent to the tourist lodge of forest authority. Ardent nature lovers should prepare themselves to enjoy both the elephant and car safari in the morning and afternoon respectively. Take a guide alongside spending 100 rupees. The fare structures are different for both the Indian tourists and foreigners. The watch towers are built specially for the improvements of the tourism business at Mihimukh, Sohala, Kathpara, Fhaliyamari and Hatmoti. Baguri of western range is another starting point where from the journey in the heavenly forest can be initiated. The startling cosmos of the surrounding environs of Baguri has an immense appeal to the eyes of the holiday makers. The pleasure in viewing the wild life in the vicinity of Baguri is paramount. 8 additional entry points are also there to get into the mysterious and delightful woodlands of Kaziranga.

Nature lovers can walk in and around the proximity to watch the ethnic village of the Miki community, orchards of tea and coffee and rubber wood lets. The best time to visit the national park is during November-May but always try to visit the place in the month of February and March to watch the gripping greeneries of the sanctuary. The temperature of the sanctuary varies from 18.3 degree to 25 degree Celsius in summers and 7.2 degree to 24 degree Celsius in winters.

How to reach:
Avail express trains from Howrah and sealdah railway stations, Kolkata and get down at Guwahati. From Guwahati you have to take another train to Fharketing which is located at a distance of 72 km from Kaziranga. Bus services are available from Fharketing to Kaziranga. The nearest railway station of Kajiranga is Jhaklabanda, about 45 km off Kajiranga. To have a comfortable journey it is wise to avail a bus to Kaziranga from Guwahati. Jorhat (90 km) and Guwahati (117 km) are the nearest airports. Hire a taxi from the airport and visit Kaziranga. If you travel with your family then the best possible option is to arrange a package tour to Kaziranga from Guwahati.

Where to stay:
Hotel Bidisha, Hotel Relax, Hotel Bahagi, Chowdhury Lodge, Boras Inn and Shree Rajasthan Hotel. Check out our online link for hotel booking options and virtual tour.

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