Kaziranga National Park
Overview - Kaziranga National Park
Synonymous with its stable population of the 2000 or so Greater One Horned Rhinoceros or the Indian Rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park, known for rhino and tiger safari in India is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a well protected National Park of India and an area of great ecological importance.
It is also an Elephant & Tiger Reserve, a unique status bestowed upon it, and is home to more than 500 species of birds.
The mighty River Brahmaputra flows alongside this biological hotspot, and the alluvial plains of the river along with the Diphlu, Mora Diphlu, & Mora Dhansiri rivers which pass through the park forming the basis of all life in this region.
The habitat of the park includes Long Elephant Grass, short grasses, Swamps & Marsh, Oxbow Lakes, Alluvial Savanna Woodlands, Tropical Moist Deciduous Forest & Tropical Evergreen Forest.
Kaziranga has been classified as an Important Bird Area(IBA) for Birdlife International and birding trips are fruitful, along with potential sightings of the Big 5 of India : Rhino, Elephant, Asiatic Water Buffalo, Swamp Deer & Tiger.
Best Time to Visit Kaziranga National Park
Mid-November to end of April is a great time to visit.
Highlight Species - Kaziranga National Park
Boat Safaris : Guijan ghat and Saikhowa ghat are the two entrances 10 km and 50 km respectively from the Tinsukia town. You can hire a boat once you reach any of the two entrances for approximately Rs 500 for an hour which will take you to different spots for wildlife viewing.
How to reach Kaziranga National Park
By Air : The nearest airport from Kaziranga is Rowriah Airport, located at a distance of almost 74km in Jorhat, Assam. The second nearest airport is Dimapur Airport, situated at a distance of almost 83km in Dimapur, Nagaland. Both these airports operate flights to and from all the major cities of the country.
By Train : The nearest railway stations to Kaziranga National Park are located at Helem (30km), Jorhat (90km), Furkating (75km) and Guwahati (200 km). Furkating Junction Railway Station is situated at a distance of almost 75km and is connected by trains from Guwahati, apart from Delhi and Kolkata. The nearest major railway station is Guwahati and enjoys good connectivity to the rest of India.
By Road : One can approach Kaziranga National Park located in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam, from NH (national highway) 37. Kohara is the nearest bus stop to reach Kaziranga. Buses which operate from Guwahati, Tezpur, Dimapur and Upper Assam pass through Kohara.