Kaziranga National Park

Located in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam, Kaziranga National Park is a dream come true for any wildlife enthusiast. The forest is known for the large variety of animals, many of which have been declared endangered, that can be seen roaming about in the protected area of the sanctuary. Its location in the biodiversity hotspot of the Eastern Himalayas means that the park is rich in life forms, both animals, and birds. Spread over an area of around 140 sq. km. the 158 year old national park is a prime tourist spot in the north-eastern part of the country as well as the whole of India.

Travel Tips

The best time to go to Kaziranga is during the months between December and February. The temperature is moderate and the animals can be spotted easily as they crowd around the waterholes.

When to visit

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Things to do

If you love to be in the midst of nature, and if you are planning a trip to the Kaziranga National Park, one thing you can be sure of is that you will never have a moment’s dullness. The park is famous all over the world for the sheer number of animals belonging to different species that can be found here. The flagship species is the Indian rhinoceros. Kaziranga National Park is the proud host of two-third of the world’s population of the rhinoceros. Of the 35 different species of mammals that are found here, 15 of them are of the endangered category. Apart from rhinoceros, the other endangered animals are Wild Asiatic Buffalo, and Eastern Swamp Deer. The other major attraction of the park is the Bengal Tiger. Kaziranga also has the distinction of having the highest density of tigers in the world. It is the one of the few places outside of Africa where the big cats mate in the wild. The other animals that can be seen in the park are Hispid Hare, Indian Civets, Small Indian Mongooses, Large Indian Civet, Sloth Bear, Chinese Ferret Badgers, Small Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Chinese Pangolin, Indian Gray Mongoose, Indian Pangolins, Hog Badger, and Parti-colored flying squirrels. Apart from the animals, the park also plays host to a large variety of birds, both local and migratory. Black-necked Stork, Lesser White-fronted Goose, Baer's Pochard duck, Ferruginous Duck, Lesser Adjutant, Greater Adjutant, and Asian Open bill stork are some of the birds that are sighted here. The park also has two of the largest snakes, Indian Rock Python, and Reticulated Python amongst its inhabitants. King Cobra, the longest venomous snake on earth, is also found here.

Once there you can opt for the elephant and jeep safaris which are provided by the Forest authorities.

Getting Around

Getting around the place is quite easy. The public transport system is quite developed. There are regular buses that connect the place to the nearby cities and towns. Hiking is another very good way to explore the various places. You can also hire cars or rent taxis to take you around. Cars can be rented from the local tourist agencies or rental car services.

Places to Stay

If you are going to visit the Kaziranga National Park, the best place for you to stay would be in the Forest Rest Houses. They are located within the park itself and are ideal for watching the animals. The rent is quite reasonable and you will also get all the necessary amenities. However, if you are looking for hotels, there are several in the surrounding region.

How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Guwahati. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Guwahati and Kaziranga National Park is around 217 km.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Furkating. The rail station at Furkating is connected to the station in Guwahati and the other stations across the state. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The national park is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Guwahati and Kaziranga National Park. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to the National Park. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. The National Highway No. 37 connects the Kaziranga National Park to the rest of the state and the country. Buses run by the Assam State Transport Corporation make regular trips to the park.

Surrounding Attractions

If you have had your fill of wildlife at Kaziranga, you can go to Gohpur. It is quite nearby and is one of the historical places in the state of Assam. Panbari Reserve Forest is also quite nearby and is known for its wildlife and scenic beauty. And do not forget to make a trip to the numerous tea-gardens that abound in the region.

Guwahati is nearby and offers a number of popular destinations, namely the kamakhya temple, the Assam state zoo, etc.

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102