A trip to Kaziranga National park located in the state of Assam is an absolute delight for wildlife lovers. World’s largest population of one horned rhino is the most sought after tourist destination of the North East India in Kaziranga. Spread across 430 square kilometers this National Park in India is situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of the state of Assam. The park was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985 and it is a home to more than 2200 Indian one-horned rhinoceros, approximately 2/3rd of their total world population. A couple of days at the Park with family and friends are surely expected to fulfil your vacation/holiday trip.
The Park looks beautiful with the vast expanse of tall grasslands, marshland, and dense tropical moist broadleaf forests along with the presence of the enthralling Brahmaputra river. It also has Elephants, Hoolock Gibbon, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Water Buffalo and Swamp Deer apart from the iconic one Horned Rhino.
The best way to enjoy and experience the park is by availing a Safari either by a Jeep or elephant. Morning Jeep Safari timings are: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM in the morning while 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM is the afternoon safari timings. Meanwhile the Elephant Safari timings are 05:30 to 06:30 and 06:30 to 07:30 in the morning. Although timings are subject to change, hence it is better to confirm from the forest authorities.
While planning the itinerary, the holidaymakers need to keep in mind the season when it is appropriate for them to visit the park. The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is from November to April when the climate is cool and pleasant with high chances of spotting the rhinos in that tenure as the grass burns off and the background remains clearer for the wonderful view of the rhinos. An alternate is during summer (April to May) although the climate is dry and humid, generally the animals are found near the water bodies. The park remains closed during the monsoon season (June to October – but it is flexible, depends upon the monsoon) .
Private vehicles ply regularly from Guwahati to Kaziranga main gate on NH 37 at Kohora. The nearest airports are Jorhat approximately 97 kms, Dimapur approximately 172 kms and Guwahati Airport approximately 217 kms respectively. Guwahati also has railway station connected to almost all the major cities of India and enabling tourist to reach Kaziranga National Park from any part of the country.