Kaziranga National Park Overview
The Kaziranga National Park is a versatile biodiversity park with a vibrant and sustained ecology that spreads across 430 square kilometers. It was established in 1908 and is an important and famous tourist attraction in North East India. The Kaziranga National Park is home to one-horned rhino, swamp deer, elephants, wild buffaloes, Chinese pangolins, Bengal foxes, gibbons, civets, sloth bears, leopards and flying squirrels.
In addition to the amazing wildlife, Kaziranga National Park has picturesque water bodies and picture-perfect forests. You can experience the park by taking safari rides in either jeeps or SUVs or elephant rides. Elephant rides are very famous, therefore, need to be booked in advance.
Address: Kanchanjuri, Assam 784177
Best time to visit Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga is not accessible during the Monsoon season when the water of the Brahmaputra River floods the park. The rainy season begins from June and lasts until August/September. Therefore, the best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park is from November to April.
How to reach Kaziranga by air, rail and road:
Air: The nearest airport from Kaziranga is Jorhat, Assam, which is just 74 kilometres, followed by Dimapur in Nagaland. Both these airports have good domestic airline connectivity.
Rail: If you are travelling by rail, then you can book at ticket till Helem, which is only 30 km away from Kaziranga National Park. In case Helem is not on your route, then you can try Jorhat (90 km), Furketing (75 km) and Guwahati (200 km ). Furkating is connected by trains from Guwahati, Delhi and Kolkata. Meanwhile, Guwahati is the nearest major railway station and it’s connectivity to rest of India is quite good.
Road: You can reach Kaziranga National Park from either side via national highway 37. The nearest bus stop is in Kohara. There are buses that operate from Guwahati, Tezpur, Dimapur and Upper Assam that crosses Kohara.
The timing for Jeep Safari and Elephant Ride:
Jeep Safari Timing: (for Eastern Range, Central Range, Western Range and Burapahar Range [BPR]):
Morning Shift: 7.00 am- 10.00 am
Evening Shift: 1.30 pm-3.00 pm
Elephant Ride Timings (For Central Range and Western Range only):
Morning 1st Shift: 5.30 am-6.30 am
Morning 2nd Shift: 6.30 am-7.30 am
Safari Prices (as of 2017):
Elephant ride: INR 900 for Indians, INR 1,950 for foreigners
For Jeep Safari (per vehicle, usually group of 5):
Toll for Road per vehicle INR 300
Entry fee to the park is INR 50 per person (Indian) INR 500 per person (Foreigner)
Guard fee per vehicle is INR 100
Why Visit Kaziranga?
There are many reasons why tourists should visit Kaziranga National Park, and the top three reasons are:
• Kaziranga is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros.
• Visit the national park to see some of the beautiful migratory birds.
• It is a treat to visual senses with mesmerizing, lush tea plantations and pleasant climate.
Who Should Visit Kaziranga?
Kaziranga is a friendly destination and has something for everyone. It is a must visit place for forest buffs, wild safari lovers and adventure junkies. For peace loving people, enjoy a relaxing vacation in the peaceful place!
Wild Safari in the Kaziranga National Park
The Kaziranga National Park has a lot for everyone. You can either book a safari jeep or a modern SUV and explore the area. The national park is a protected zone for some of the endangered species in the world, and therefore, it is advised to maintain silence in and around the area. You can spot tons of wild animals including the Indian Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffalo, Wild Boar, Sambar, Macaque, Sloth Bear, Indian Leopard, Black Bear and a range of birds.
The Kaziranga National Park also houses a Tiger reserve to protect the very endangered Great Bengal Tiger. You can also opt for Elephant rides in the Park. Elephant rides are highly recommended as it takes you very close to the wildlife. Children and adults alike can take the ride, and it is advised that you book the rides in advance during peak season.
Hotels in Kaziranga
There are several hotels, lodges and resorts in and around Kaziranga. It is advisable to book rooms well in advance during the peak season – between November and May. Room nights usually start at INR 1,000 in most of the places. But fares can change depending on the season and go up to INR 5,000.
There are some really good luxury hotels too, where fares range between INR 7,000 to INR 10,000. During summer months, it is advised that you take an air-conditioned room to avoid the sultry weather. Most of these luxurious resorts have spas, well-stocked bar, gift shop and other basics. Some of the resort and hotels in Kaziranga include:
• IORA – The Retreat
• Jupuri Ghar
• Wild Grass
• Bon Habi
• Nature Hunt
Restaurants and Local Food in Kaziranga National Park
There are limited local food joints or Dhabas in and around the Kaziranga National Park. Hence, the most convenient options for food are the resorts, lodges and hotels situated here. The best food you can try here is the local Assamese dishes like Laksa, Khar, Tenga as well as some other fish delicacies and rice dishes.
What to carry and tips
It is advised that you carry
• Binocular for spotting animals in the wild
• Mosquito repellant
• Water bottles to stay hydrated.
• Sunscreen lotion to avoid sunburns
• Sunglasses and caps
• Don’t wear shorts if you are going for an elephant safari.
• If you are going for an SUV or a jeep safari, then shorts are fine.