The legacy of India lies not only in its imposing monuments but also in its natural beauty. Kaziranga National Park is one such place in the country that has preserved natural marvels and exquisiteness of the region!
Kaziranga National Park is situated partly in Nagaon district and partly in Golaghat district of the Assam state. It covers an area of 430 sq kms along the Karbi Anglong hills on the South and Brahmaputra on its North. One can see the wild elephants and rhinos straying near the NH-37. UNESCO has listed Kaziranga among the world heritage sites. The park is famous globally for the great one-horned rhinos. The vista of the park comprises of the tall elephant grass, sheer woods, rugged reeds, shallow pools and marshes. It was declared as a national park in the year 1974. It also boasts of many mammals including elephants, tigers, bears and panthers, and thousands of birds.
The climate in Kaziranga is typically tropical. It is very hot and humid in summers (April – June), and warm days and cold nights in winters (November – January). Every year, the water of the Brahmaputra River floods the park during the monsoon. The rainy season continues from June to August. Kaziranga becomes inaccessible during this season. November to April is the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park.
The safari in Kaziranga can be done on the Jeep. The safari timings are as follows:
Jeep Safari Timings
Morning Jeep Safari: 7:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Afternoon Jeep Safari: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
By Air: Jorhat (96 kms) is the nearest airport.
By Rail: Furketing (75 kms) is the nearest station.
By Bus: It is advisable to come to Jorhat or Guwahati (240 km) and then take (a cab or a bus to reach the park.
There is a wide assortment of accommodation option in Kaziranga ranging from the rest houses to luxury resorts, dormitories and tourist lodges. Most of them are maintained by the Forest Department or ITDC and some are privately owned as well. There is a need of prior booking in the state-run forest resorts. Some of the main private resorts are Grassland Resort (an eco-resort), Wild Grass Lodge, The Infinity Resort, Jhupuri Ghar, Diphlu River Lodge. Other such good options are Landmark Woods, Dhanshree Lodge, Iora Resort and Bonhabi resort.
There are many interesting places to visit near Kaziranga. Some of the main ones include Behora, Bokakhat and Numaligarh. Bokakhat (23 Kms) is famous as a base for various tourist attractions around the area. Behora (43 kms) is renowned for its tea plantation and is a treat for the tired minds and sore eyes. Kakochang fall (46 kms) is a picturesque picnic spot and a perfect place to soak and relax in a tranquil atmosphere. A tourist who is fascinated by ancient ruins, should visit Deopahar (51 kms) that is well known for the Numaligarh Ruins.