The famed one-horned rhinoceros, with the Brahmaputra on the upper side, it becomes India’s one of the best-known tourism charms.
As a part of our annual travel, in the year 2019, we planned for the tour of East India. Among the places which could easily be covered in 4 days, are two states – Assam and Meghalaya. In Assam, we opted for Guwahati and Kaziranga (2 Days). Remaining two days, we planned for Cherrapunji, also called as Shora and Dawki City for Umngot River. Although this itinerary did not turn out as the optimum one
Why Kaziranga National Park?
We have been travelling to many places in the last couple of years. During this time, we visited national parks like Sariska National Park at Alwar, Rajasthan and Jim Corbett National Park at Uttarakhand. If we compare these two with Kaziranga, the latter has better greenery and is denser. Although we visited in an offseason, yet the place was no less appealing.
Best Season to Visit Kaziranga National Park: Is during monsoons.
Visiting Kaziranga could take your full day if you are starting from Guwahati Airport. The distance between Airport and the Kaziranga National park is approx 230 Km and it will take your 4-5 Hours.
Geography of Kaziranga National Park
Spread across an area of 57,273.6 acres (232 km²), it is divided into three ranges, Eastern, Western and Central Range. All these ranges are miles apart and have their individual access points as well as a different ticket counter. Cost of tickets at each counter varies as per the range and season. The central range is famous for elephant safari, which gives you a better opportunity to witness Rhinos from a close distance.
In Kaziranga National Park we chose the central range because we had to go to Cherrapunji post-safari. If we talk about the mode of safari in the jungle, then there are mainly two – Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari. The cost is different for both.
We chose the
People of Assam !!
People in Assam are very nice and helpful. They speak Hindi, English and their local Assamese language. If you go for a shared ride, then there are higher chances of meeting some local person, which will enhance your travelling experience.
With the chilly air of winters, we started the safari. We witnessed wildlife creatures like King cobra, elephants,
The Rhino we saw was very far and we couldn’t see it clearly with naked eyes. A binocular could have helped. If you go by elephant Safari, then the chances to witness it from proximity is higher.
Tigers at Kaziranga
Kaziranga is one of the few wild breeding areas outside Africa for multiple species of large cats, such as Bengal tigers and leopards. Kaziranga was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and has the highest density of tigers in the world (one per five km2), with a population of 118, according to the latest census.
Time required for Safari
It takes around 3 hours to complete the safari in either of the ranges, which gives you plenty of time for pictures (sharing a few of our clicks). The first safari starts at 7 AM. Although there are many Jeeps available, still it is advisable to reach before time to book your jeep else there are chances that you might not get any during the peaks season.
A major part of the jungle consists of water bodies and remaining is occupied by tall trees and dense forest.
Other attractions near by :
- Kaziranga National Orchid Park
- This park has a very small and silent Pond, where you can get a free ride in a boat. Another attraction here other than Orchid garden is Bamboo, cactus, medicinal garden.
- In the Medicinal garden, you can get to see all kind of herbal plants.
- Kaziranga National Bamboo Park
- A very beautiful and wide range of bamboo plants.
- Tea Estates
- For us it was for the first time we saw tea estate and it was one the best views ever enhanced by the sun rays falling over tea leaves.
Things to carry for Kaziranga National Park Visit ?
- High Focal Lens for your Camera:
- If you are carrying your DSLR, keep a few things in mind. Take a high optical zoom lens for nature photography.
- You may need to pay extra as a part of the ticket.
- Plastic bags are not allowed so make sure your camera is waterproof/spill-proof.
- Water Bottle
- carry glucose water or normal water with you for the trip.
After Kaziranga National, we proceeded for Meghalaya.