Our Bharat is not just about its monuments. It is also about its natural habitats that preserve some of the most unique and exquisite species.
What is it famous for?
Kaziranga national park is famous for its great one-horned rhinoceroses. What makes this park special is its uniqueness and beauty. It is the only natural habitat with that huge of a rhinoceros species number residing together in harmony and symphony. Guess what? This place also happens to be a world UNESCO heritage site.
This park is an exotic fusion of elephant-grass meadows, swampy lagoons, and dense forests. Flanked by the Brahmaputra River on the north and Karbi Anglong hills on the south, this Assam Park is abode to numerous wildlife species.
Kaziranga national park entry fee
At Kaziranga, the entry fee is 100 rupees per person for Indian nationals while it is 650 rupees per person for foreigners.
History of Kaziranga National Park
Here we are in the year 1904. An excursion by Lord Curzon and his wife Mary Curzon led to the birth of Kaziranga wildlife park. There were no traces of rhinos, which coerced Mary Curzon to persuade her husband to help preserve the dwindling rhino species. Time changed this region into Kaziranga National Park with an area of 430 square kilometres. In 1985, this park was recognized as a UNESCO heritage site. Today Kaziranga stands proudly as a protege for the rhino species and houses around two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceros population.
Best time to visit Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga park doors are only open for wildlife lovers and tourists from November to April. Other months witness floods due to heavy rains and that is how the park remains off service from May to October.
The flora of this park is divided into three parts namely alluvial inundated grasslands; tropical wet evergreen forests; and tropical semi-evergreen forests. Some exotic species like Kumbhi, Indian gooseberry, the cotton tree, and elephant Apple and Rattan Cane can be found here too!
Do not miss out the blooming water hyacinths and lilies. Aquatic flora is equally competent in its beauty and rarity!
- Kaziranga is not just home to one-horned rhinoceroses. This park boasts many species such as tigers, leopards, Indian Wild Elephants, Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalo, Wild Boar, Hoolock Gibbons, Spotted Deer, Swamp Deer, Goar, Sambhar, Indian Bison, Hog Deer, Sloth Bears, Leopard Cats, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Hoolock Gibbons, Jackal, Pythons, Monitor Lizards.
- Kaziranga national park is a paradise for birdwatchers too! Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, White-Tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Pallas’s Fishing Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle can be found in this park.
This park is divided into four zones:
- Burapahar Range, Ghorakati
- Eastern Range, Agaratoli
- Kaziranga Range, Kohora
- Western Range, Bagori
Each zone here at Kaziranga has got its own speciality and the varying probability of spotting species. Choose smart!
Kaziranga National Park Safari Timings
This park offers you two Safari options.
The first option that you can opt for is the Kaziranga Elephant safari. Warning! This safari is only for the early birds.
The first shift starts at 5.30 am in the morning and the second shift at 6.30 am. Therefore, it is time to wake up before the sun! Kohora and Bagori Ranges are the only two zones accessible by Elephant safari. This safari ride lasts for an hour.
The second option is the Jeep safari that lasts for a duration of two hours. There are two shifts. The morning shift begins at 8 am while the afternoon shift commences at 2 pm. Can you guess the biggest advantage? You can travel across any of the four zones, unlike Elephant safari!
Kaziranga National Park Safari Charges
Elephant safaris for Indians cost 900 rupees per person and 1,950 rupees per person for foreigners.
The Kaziranga national park jeep safari rates range from 3500 to 5000 rupees for Indian nationals and 7500-8000 rupees depending upon the forest range.
Places to visit nearby
Have you got additional time on your hands? It is time to visit nearby places like Addabarie Tea Estate, Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary or Kakochang falls. These are some of the nearby tourist destinations worth visiting.
How to reach Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park is sited in the Golaghat and Nagaon district of Assam.
By Train: This wildlife destination is located at a distance of 75 kilometres from Furkating Railway station. Any private vehicle or public services can be availed to reach this destination.
By Air: This wildlife park is sited 97 kilometres from Jorhat Airport and 217 km from Guwahati International Airport. Private cabs or state-owned bus services are at your service!
All you have to do is plan an expedition and reach out to the wildness of nature. It is your calling. Kaziranga National park waits to offer you an experience of a lifetime. With its biodiversity and lush greenery, we are sure that you would cherish the safari rides throughout your life.