Tourism In Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park, situated in the northeastern state of Assam, is one of the most picturesque wildlife parks in India. The natural habitat of the one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Kaziranga lies on the southern banks of the Brahmaputra River, northeast of Assam’s capital Guwahati. Originally established as a game reserve in 1908, which included specific portions of Assam’s Sibsagar district, Kaziranga was declared a sanctuary in 1940 to counter excessive poaching. In 1974, the Indian Government declared it as a protected site. The park’s original inhabitants-the rhino and the elephant being the most noticeable-now thrive in a serene environment to the sheer delight of nature lovers. Viewing wildlife at Kaziranga Park because of its vast open spaces, the presence of the mighty Brahmaputra, and adjoining Mikir hills makes a trip to Kaziranga a complete ‘jungle’ adventure.
Area :- 430 sq km
Languages :- Assamese, Hindi, and English
Best Time to Visit :- November to April
STD Code:- 036776
Best Time to Visit
Weather in Kaziranga is pleasant throughout the year. There are no extremities in terms of temperature variation; the winters (November-January) are cool and summers warm (temperature does not exceed 38°C). Monsoon (June-July) season is dominant and lasts for a long time in this area. Mild showers may be experienced throughout the year.
How to Reach
We can provide you all tourist permit car/coach, for the city and intercity drives and can look after all your travel related services. Kaziranga National Park is scattered across parts of Golaghat, Nagaon and Sonitpur districts of Assam. The Park’s headquarters are located at Bokakhat, on the NH 37, which also happens to be the sub-divisional headquarters of Bokakhat Civil Sub Division in Golaghat District. Bokakhat is located about 240km east of Guwahati, which is the capital city of Assam and the Gateway to Northeast India.
Kaziranga has five ranges, namely Eastern Range at Agaratoli (which lies about 4km northeast of Bokakhat), Central Range at Kohora (which is located about 20km west of Bokakhat), Western Range at Bagori (which lies about 12km further west of Kohora), Burapahar Range at Ghorakati (which is about 25km further west of Bagori on the NH 37) and Northern Range at Biswanath (which is aerially about 44km northwest of Bokakhat, and by road is 168km).
BY AIR to Guwahati/ Jorhat / Dibrugarh/ Silchar –
The most convenient way to reach Kohora is to take a flight to Guwahati for all those coming from outside the North-east India. Guwahati has regular flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata, Imphal, Agartalla, Bagdogra, Dibrugarh, Silchar and Jorhat. One can alight at Guwahati and proceed by road to Kohora/ Bagori; and it may take about 4-5 hours of road journey. Jorhat has flights from Guwahati and Kolkata. One can alight at Jorhat, and travel one and half hours to Kohora by road. Silchar is well connected with Guwahati and Kolkata. However, the road journey could be long and arduous. One could also alight at Dibrugarh and travel by road to Kohora.
BY RAIL to Guwahati/ Jorhat –
The main railway station at Guwahati is the Guwahati Railway Station, which is well-connected to the rest of India. Upon reaching Guwahati, one can reach Kohora by road. Trains from Guwahati/Dibrugarh to Jorhat are also available. After getting off at Jorhat, one can reach Kohora by road.
BY BUS –
Kohora is the main tourist hub for Kaziranga, lying on the National Highway 37 (NH 37), which links it with Guwahati on the west and Jorhat on the east. One can also reach it directly by road through National Highway 37 (NH 37). Depending upon the time of travel as well as the traffic conditions, the journey would take you anywhere between 4 to 5 hours. Tourists also have the option of reaching Kohora from Jorhat. One can also reach Kohora through Sibsagar, which is about 56km east of Jorhat on the NH 37, and Dibrugarh, which is about 140km from Jorhat, which also lies on NH 37.
Apart from being the home of the one-horned rhino, it is also the natural habitat of wild buffaloes, wild boars, elephants, Barasinghas (swamp and hog deer), leopards, tigers, hoolock gibbons, capped langur, rock python, monitor lizards, various species of eagles, partridge, bar-headed geese, whistling teals, florican storks, herons, pelicans and water fowls. Large areas of the park comprise of marshland interspersed with large pools fringed with reeds, patches of elephant grass, scattered trees, and thickets. The areas adjoining the park, though they sound like tough terrains, are easily accessible on the backs of elephants. Mihimukh is the starting point for the park and elephants can be hired from here to enter the sanctuary. An elephant-ride during early hours of dawn awards an excellent opportunity for seeing wildlife at a close range.
Elephants are managed by authorized mahouts (trainers), who guide visitors through the park. Contrary to what one may have heard, rhinos browse past visitors nonchalantly. The rhino is a peace-loving animal and, instead of batting an eyelid about peaceful tourists who have invaded its territory, it keeps itself busy grazing in the wild. Moreover, the conditions at Kaziranga are ideal for the rhino to survive. In addition to elephant rides, several watch towers have been set up for elevated viewing of the wildlife park. Pleasant boat rides at the nearby Rhinoland park can also be availed by tourists. Sunset is a pleasant sight as well with the birds returning to their nests. After sunset, a pleasant conversation and personal experiences can be exchanged with other fellow tourists once the day’s adventures come to a close. Convention and norms are limited and the beauty of the regional flora and fauna can be enjoyed at its closest best. It is precisely for this reason that many tourists feel drawn towards Kaziranga National Park.