Kaziranga National ParkKaziranga National park is in Assam, India and is famous as the home of the rhinoceros.
HistoryKaziranga National Park was said to be first recognized around 1940, but was established in 1974.
Flora and fauna
Visitors seldom see tigers due to the dense, tall grass. The rhinoceros is the real star of the park. Kaziranga also has one of the very last populations of truly wild Asian water buffalo, but even here there are many feral descendants of domesticated water buffalo, and hybridization occurs. The park is also the last haven for greater adjutant storks, with fewer than one hundred nesting pairs.
ClimateClimate is typically tropical. Varies from very hot and humid in summer (April to June) and cold nights and warm days in winter (from November to January). Kaziranga gets flooded by the water of Brahmaputra almost every year, during monsoon. The rainy season prevails from June to August. During rain, Kaziranga becomes inaccessible. Best time to visit Kaziranga is in September - October or February/March.
By air- Nearest airport is in Jorhat town, which is 96 km away from Kaziranga. Jorhat is connected to Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati by regular flights.
By rail- The nearest railway station to Kaziranga is Furkating, which is 80 km away. Furkating is connected by trains from Delhi and Kolkata.
By motorcycle- Another way to reach Kaziranga from Guwahati and Kohima is by riding a motorcycle in a group, which is conducted as guided motorcycle tours in the state of Assam and adjoining states. Tours are operated by various adventure tourism firms. These adventure motorbike tours covers the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh, giving a traveller to visit to not only popular places but also rural parts of the region to experience first-hand of tribal cultures and traditions.
Fees and permits
Jeep ride: Based on which part of the National Park one wants to visit, the jeep fare may vary.
Central Range: ₹1800, Western Range: ₹1900, Eastern Range : ₹1800, Kalapahar Range: ₹2200 as of Feb 2016.
It is recommended to visit the Western and the Central Ranges both by Jeep and elephant. If you prefer birds and have a good camera, the Eastern Range is preferred. The costs will vary depending on your hotel. The price will be the for Indians and foreigners.
Elephant ride: ₹1950 (₹950) Central Range. You can see rhinos very up and close while on an elephant ride. There are two batches (015-06:15, 06:15-07:15) for the elephant ride. It is advisable to make the trip in the second slot during winter months as fog and a late sunrise does not allow one to see anything during the first slot.
There are extra charges for carrying a nicer camera (still or video) inside the park. The charges are different for Indian and foreign tourists. The charges are also different for amateurs and professionals depending on the level of equipment you bring in.
Your hotel should be able to book everything for you if you advise them before 19:00 the day before.
- Stay at one of the local lodges, such as Nature hunt Eco Camp, Wild Grass Resort or Diphlu River Lodge. A evening of music and great food rounds off the day so nicely.
- Take an elephant ride into the grassland for up-close encounters with the famous one-horned rhinocerous. Elephant rides take place very early in the morning and last about an hour.
- Take a jeep tour of the park to see other wildlife such as storks, fish-eagles, and barasingha (swamp deer).
Contact information for tourist lodges inside Assam Tourism Complex are as follows-
Bonani (Bon Habi) - 03776-262423, 03776-262675, 03776-262575
Kohora forest IB-03776-262428,
Bagori - 03672-283463
Director of Tourism can be also contacted:
Guwahati : 0361-2547102, 2542748
LodgingSome other commercial private resorts are:
AranyaUnder Assam Tourism Development Corporation.
phone: +91-3776262777address: No. 1 Sildubi Goan, KohoraIt is a lush green resort at the gate of the Kaziranga National Park.
phone: +91 99571 93550address: BogorijuriAround 2 km from Kaziranga National Park. IORA has 42 rooms including 4 Thematic suites, 4 Supreme rooms, 23 Luxury rooms and 11 Deluxe rooms.
Landmark Woodsphone: +91 9957189228A resort near the western range of the park.
phone: +91-9435515011Relatively new and not commercialized. They provide excellent service as the owners personally take care of the guests. Apart from offering services in Kaziranga they also offer services in other North Eastern states and can arrange stay in all the national parks.
Wild GrassThey have specialist guides and very beautiful grounds. The resorts offer an old world charm Jungle resort environment, with no distractions of Cable Television. The rooms are large and comfortable, and staff efficient. Make advance reservations during season to avoid disappointment. The resort is a little away from the highway, and easy to miss. A simple phone call, and the lodge's vehicle will come to the highway to receive guests.
phone: +91-3714-234354Wild Mahaseer is a Colonial Plantation Bungalow. This property is a historic one characterized by its Victorian architecture and has spacious rooms across four bungalows.
Bonani/Banashree/Kunajabon Tourist Lodgephone: +91 3776 262423
Agaratoli Resortphone: +91 9706010838, +91 9435110838address: Agaratoli
Camping is possible near Laudubi.
Hiking in Kaziranga is prohibited to stop man-animal conflicts, so going on a jeep or elephant-back tour are the only options. There is malaria in the region, but night-flying mosquitos are not active during the winter months which are the ideal time for visiting. Most local cases of malaria occur in the summer, when the park is closed.
If you head to Kohora across from the main entrance to Kaziranga, you can reserve a bus there or just wait for a bus heading to your location as it passes by. Buses pass frequently.
Hills of Karby Anglong district is a nice place for an outing.
Drive down to Sibsagar, in Upper Assam, to visit the famed "Rong Ghor", an amphitheatre built by Ahom Kings for their entertainment.