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Kaziranga National Park – Rhino Country

 
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With its massive build, huge head, rivetted (and mythically bullet-proof) amour-plate like skin, the Indian Rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis) appears like a battle tank. Awe of their sheer size and the thrill of seeing their legendary ill-temper (they often do charge, but rather than their horns (a mass of hair), use their razor sharp tusks to do damage), inspires many a nature lover to see them first hand.
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There are not many wildlife parks in India where you can even sniff a rhino– the endangered one horn rhinoceros. Only a few parks in the east and northeast India are home to this animal. Kaziranga National is among those few where you can enjoy the sight of this marvelous beast. Kaziranga National Park, the home of the one-horn Indian rhino is a Unesco Natural World Heritage site. It is located in the Jorhat Nawgaon district of Assam and is spread over an area of 430 sq. km. The park bounded by the Mikir Hills on the South and Brahmaputra River on the north was declared a Wildlife sanctuary in 1950 and a National Park in 1974.

Elephant-Safari- Kaziranga

This home of the king of Kaziranga is much more than just a wildlife destination; it is a piece of history. And rightly so has been declared a World Heritage Site, which completed a century in 2005. The park is flanked all along by tea estates, with NH31 running along its southern boundary with a huge refinery at one end.

The tropical wet semi-evergreen and evergreen forests interspersed with cane brakes, alluvial grasslands, open woodlands, interconnecting streams and numerous lakes or 'beels' comprises the vegetation of Kaziranga National Park. Its swamps and grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and patches of ever green forest support the growing Rhino population in the Indian subcontinent. The eastern part or the Agoratoli range of the park comprises of woodland interspersed with grassland and water-bodies and attached to it is the Burhapahar sector. The Baguri range covers the western part of the Park and boasts of the highest rhinoceros density while the Central part or Kohora range is the most easily accessible from the range office.

Seeing the Rhino in Kaziranga National Park
Contact and permits

Director, Kaziranga National Park
PO Bokahat
Dist - Golaghat, Assam, India
Tel: 91-3776-268095 / 086

Joint Director of Tourism, Kaziranga
P.O Kaziranga National Park
District Jorhat, Assam – 785612
Phone: 037626-62444

Most of the time, we get to see rhinos first time in zoo. So watching rhinos move around at such close quarters can be extremely thrilling and a special experience all together. If you are lucky enough, you may spot two rhinos fighting, the sight of which will not only enthrall you but jolt you as well for sometime. Rhino sightings not very rare in Kaziranga and you may see this magnificent creature roaming around.

Wildlife safari is a good way to get good views of the rhino and other animals in the park. Safari can be under taken at Kaziranga by jeeps and elephants only. Elephant rides are the best way to see the rhinos and the Bengal florican. The safari tours can be booked the previous evening at the park administrative Centre in Kohora.

Crimson- breasted-Barbet in Kaziranga

Jeep Safaris are available on routes like:

  1. Kaziranga or central range - Kohora, Daglang, Foliomari
  2. Western range (Best to see rhinos and buffaloes) - Baguri, Monabeel, Bimoli, Kanchanjuri
  3. Eastern range (30km from Kohora best to see birds) - Agortoli, Sohola, Rangamatia.
These road routes are opened from 0800 - 1100 and 1400 – 1630. There are conducted tours available, arranged by Assam Tourism Offices in Guwahati (217km) and Jorhat (97km).

Other animals in Kaziranga National Park
Park Timings &
Best Time to Visit

Park Timings
Park Timings: 7:30 am to 4 pm
Elephant Rides are from 5 am – 6 am, 6.30 am – 7.30 am and 3.30pm – 4.30pm.
Jeep safaris are 7:30 am - 9:30 am & 2 pm - 3:30 pm

Best Time to Visit
November to April.
Park Entry Fee
Indians Rs 20, foreigners Rs 250 Vehicle entry fee Rs 200 Still camera fee Indians Rs 50, foreigners Rs 500 Video camera fee Indians Rs 500, foreigners Rs 1,000.

Though the king of Kaziranga (rhino) is the star attraction at Kaziranga, the park is also home to a number of other wild animals, which include swamp deer, wild buffalo, hog deer, barking deer, sambar, elephants, pythons, civet cat, wild boar and tigers. Around 52 mammalian species & 39 reptiles can also be seen in the park. They include the Chinese pangolin, hoolock gibbon, hog-badger Gangetic dolphin, parti-coloured flying squirrel, the reticulated and rock pythons, the rare Assam roofed turtle and the endangered Gharial.

Water Buffaloes

Water buffaloes, gaur, blackbucks, otters, barasingha, monitor lizard and of course a large population of colorful birds can be spotted on a wildlife safari in the park. Kaziranga National Park is also a birding paradise. A large numbers of migratory birds descend on the lakes and marshy areas of the park during winters. Some of the commonly sighted birds in Kaziranga include the flamingoes, cranes, fishing eagle, grey-headed whistling teal, open-billed stork, crested serpent eagle, herons, swamp partridge, osprey, cormorant and marsh harrier.

Places to stay in Kaziranga
Kaziranga has a number of hotels that offer comfortable accommodation facilities to wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Kaziranga National Park. Check Hotels in Kaziranga


Reaching Kaziranga National Park

By Air: Nearest airport is at Jorhat which is 97 km away. Guwahati airport is 240 km from Kohora by road via Nowgong.

By Rail: Jorhat is the nearest railhead.

By Road:The main gate for Kaziranga, at Kohora is on National Highway 37 which connects Guwahati with Jorhat on the east.  The 4-hr drive from Guwahati along the Brahmaputra south bank on the NH37 passes Dispur, Nowgong and Bagjan to the park entrances at Kohora and Baguri.


About Kaziranga National Park: Kaziranga National Park Fact File
Altitude 80 meters
Temp
Summer 37 (Max) & 23(Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 25 (Max) & 5 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go September - October & February – March
Monsoon June – August
Summer April - June
Winter December - February
Clothes Cottons in summer and light woolens in winter
Nearest Airport Jorhat, 97 km; Guwahati, 240 km
Nearest Railway Station Furkating, 75 km; Jorhat, 97 km
Bus Station Kohora on NH37 is the main gate for Kaziranga. The highway connects Guwahati with Jorhat.
Hospital & Doctor

The Christian Medical Centre at Jorhat (97km) is fully equipped to handle emergencies.

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