There is nothing more soothing and enchanting than being one with nature. And Kaziranga is one ultimate destination I believe every nature lover should pay a visit to. Located in the Golaghat and Nagaon District of the North Eastern state of Assam, Kaziranga is a national park often referred as a wildlife sanctuary popular widely for the one-horned rhinoceros is also a World Heritage Site.
A rich abode to flora and fauna, this national park is one of the most popular tourist attractions and have acclaimed momentous heights in wildlife conservation today. Resting beside the mighty Brahmaputra, Kaziranga is a tropical moist forest and marshland. Read along to know what makes this natural home so special-
Close to nature
Popular for the one-horned rhino, Kaziranga boast stock of two-thirds of world’s one-horned rhino population. Impressive? Well the place also caters as a home to several species like the wild water buffalo, elephant, swamp deer, wild boar, hog deer. You might also spot Bengal Tigers, leopards, leopard cats, Bengal Fox, sloth bear, barasingha deer
You simply cannot have enough of Kaziranga as the national park supports life of birds and is an important area for migratory birds. Apart from this you can also find water birds, game birds, predators, scavengers and some of the unique varieties are ferruginous duck, lesser white fronted goose, Baer’s pochard duck, white bellied heron, grey-headed fish eagle. Among the threatened varieties are black breasted parrotbill, rufous vented prinia to name a few
Once you visit the place you would be amazed to step in a surrounding so rich in its flora exhibition. Flaunting several precious herbs and trees like Indian Gooseberry, Kumbhi, Cotton Tree, Sugarcanes, Spear Grass, Elephant Grass. A medley of several vegetation is what we get to witness in Kaziranga is why undoubtedly is the finest home for wildlife.
Evolution of the Idea
It’s interesting to know that the history of this wonderful national park dates back to 1904 with Mary Curzon, the then Baroness and wife of Lord Curzon who insisted her husband to start up with the place. There are several local legends that people refer to with how the place got its name.
How to Reach?
Guwahati is the most common destination you need to visit at first if you are visiting from somewhere outside Assam and this is because of the ease of access to the national park. If you are travelling by train then Furkating is the nearest railway station to Kaziranga and is well connected by train from Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi. Anyone travelling from other places then these cities needs to reach Guwahati.
If you plan to travel by air, the nearest airport is located somewhat about 75 km away in Jorhat, Assam. This airport has good connectivity from other parts of India. Dimapur in Nagaland is the other nearest airport and is also easily accessible.
Road trips are what have become popular nowadays as visitors are keen to experience the sights of Assam while travelling. You can book your cab or board a bus to the nearest stop named Kohara in Golaghat district which is the entrance to Kaziranga. Tezpur, Dimapur and Upper Assam road route to Kaziranga all pass through Kohara.
Best Time to Visit
The most favorable time to visit this natural haven is from November to April. The summers should be avoided as there is monsoon during this time in the region which makes access to the national park impossible due to flood.
Where to Stay?
There are many resorts and hotels which are quite budget friendly for visitors to enjoy a stay. Hotel rates starts from ₹1000. Some affordable and comfortable stays are- Kaziranga Floricous Lodge (Kohara), Landmark Woods (Kaziranga), The Green Village Resort (Kaziranga), Infinity Resort (Kaziranga), Jonaki Kareng (Kohara).
What and Where to Eat?
If you visit Assam and do not try on the local specialties, there’s no fun. There are several dhabas, restaurants and local food stalls that you would love to dine at. Local Assamese thalis including of Masor Tenga a fish recipe and many such delicacies to brighten up your trip.
Kaziranga is a vast home to wild life and natural habitat. Get one with nature as you plan your holiday to this wonderful safari.