Experiencing The Kaziranga National Park

Spending A Day At The Kaziranga National Park

Discover the realm of rhinos by experiencing the Kaziranga National Park. One of the most significant national parks in our country, Kaziranga is also a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. What makes this place so exceptional is that it is home to around two-thirds of the population of one-horned Rhinoceroses on the entire planet. But there’s a lot more to this wildlife haven, and visiting it will certainly be a wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true.

Situated in Assam’s Kanchanjuri locality, Kaziranga National Park spreads across an area of 430 square kilometres. The park is nestled away on the banks of the Brahmaputra River and is also famous for its Tiger Reserve. In fact, the park has a staggering number of 104 tigers. While about 80% of India’s rhinoceros population resides here, the national park is also home to over 10 other endangered species.

But animals aren't all you'll find, as the national park is a paradise for birdwatchers. Countless types of migratory and endemic birds can be found here. Let us help you get started to plan your visit to the park.

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How To Travel To Kaziranga National Park?

Getting To Kaziranga National Park By Air

The two nearest airports are the ones in Jorhat (around 130 kms) and Guwahati (around 180 kms). While the town of Jorhat is closer to the park, Guwahati airport has much more flights and better connectivity. It totally depends on where you’re coming from, but both are good options. Either way, you'll have to get a bus or a cab from the airport.

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Getting To Kaziranga National Park By Train

The nearest railway stations are in Furkating, Guwahati and Jakhalabandha. Furkating is around 120 kms away, Guwahati is about 160 kms away and Jakhalabandha is just about 11 kms away. However, Jakhalabandha is not very well connected and trains don’t run regularly here. Your best bet is either Furkating or Guwahati, unless you get lucky and find a train to Jakhalabandha. No harm in trying!

Getting To Kaziranga National Park By Road

Getting a bus to reach Kaziranga National Park is definitely possible since many private and state-operated buses run here. National Highway 37 also makes sure that roadways are well connected, so driving down to the national park is also something you can do. And Assam is pretty beautiful so you will definitely enjoy the drive.

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Best Time To Visit Kaziranga National Park?

The best time to visit Kaziranga National park is anywhere from late October to early May. The weather here during the winter is comfortable and really cool, but you might want to layer up a little. April is when summer begins and it does get a little hot and dry but we found it tolerable.

However, the summer season is usually good for wildlife spotting in general as animals and birds come out for water. April would also be a good month considering fewer tourists will visit compared to the months between November and March. Do not visit during the monsoon, it isn't advisable in the least. Assam often gets flooded during the monsoon and the Brahmaputra river swells to a mighty size, affecting the park and its residents.

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Rhino in the Kaziranga National Park

Things To Know About Kaziranga National Park

The national park is divided into 4 zones by the forest authorities:

  • Bagori (Western Range)
  • Agaratoli (Eastern Range)
  • Mihimukh (Central Range)
  • Ghorakati (Burapahar Range)

Each of these zones is unique in its own way. They all have different grasslands and different densities, as well as certain kinds of wildlife. There’s an entry fee of INR 100 for Indians and INR 650 for foreigners. Keep in mind that this price is only to enter the park and the fee for safaris is separate.

If you wish to carry a camera with you, there will be an additional cost for that. It would depend on whether you’re carrying a professional camera or a regular one.

Finally, early morning safaris might not be the best option, especially during winters. This is purely because you won’t get a clear view of the wildlife till it’s bright and the sun is out.

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What To Do At Kaziranga National Park?

Kaziranga is one of the most iconic and best places to experience wildlife in India. They have regular safaris for visitors to get a glimpse into the brimming wildlife that inhabits the park. These are the types of safaris you can go on:

Elephant Safari

The most important thing to know is that the Central Range and Western Range are the only ones in which an elephant Ssafari is possible. The timings are 05:30 am to 07:30 am in the morning and 03:00 pm to 04:00 pm in the afternoon. An elephant safari is considered to be the best way to get a look at the rhinos. By sitting on top of these giant beasts, you get a very up close view of the rhinoceroses since they don’t tend to attack elephants.

Jeep Safari

Only 6 people can be accommodated at a time in a jeep. The timings for the jeep safari are between 07:00 to 09:30 in the morning and 01:30 to 03:30 pm in the afternoon. Driving across the vast expanse of the natural park will definitely give you an uplifting feeling. It’s a very exciting way to discover wildlife, but apart from that, the untamed forests, endless stretches of tall elephant grass and dense greenery make for a really captivating experience in the wild.

Boat Safari

This is something that not many people know about; this one hour boat ride is only possible in the Eastern Zone of Agoratoli. There are no fixed timings for the Boat Safari - it purely depends on the minimum number of people being available and the visibility. This is definitely the best safari to witness birds. You also get to see various animals on the periphery, quenching their thirst.

We would suggest you opt for the jeep safaris over the elephant safaris. The reason behind this is that a Jeep can cover a lot more ground in the given time. Also, domesticating wildlife in a national park seems kind of counterproductive to us.

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Gharial crocodile in the Kaziranga National Park

What Makes Kaziranga National Park Special?

Getting a chance to see the majestic rhinoceroses is definitely one of the special things about the Kaziranga National Park. But even apart from that, the biodiversity of Kaziranga National Park is really phenomenal. Swamp deer, elephants and Asiatic water buffalos are definitely common sightings. You could also spot golden jackals, sloth bears, Indian pangolins, civets, leopards and so much more. While spotting a tiger is rare, it just makes it even more fulfilling when you do.

Amongst birds, you can witness the great Indian hornbill, the weaver, the spot-billed pelican, the endangered Indian white-rumped vulture, and many others. The list is just as long or even longer for reptiles and aquatic creatures.

The Park has accommodation options in and around the periphery to make your stay be as close to its nature as possible, one of which is the luxurious yet sustainable Diphlu River Lodge. Visiting Kaziranga National Park not only makes you fall in love with nature but seeing these creatures in their natural habitat up close and personal is an experience you will always cherish.

FAQs

Why Is Kaziranga National Park Famous?

The Kaziranga National Park has the world’s largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, alongside a large number of tigers, leopards, and other wildlife. The biodiversity here is so rich and precious that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Which Is The Best Time To Visit Kaziranga National Park?

The park is only open from the months of October to mid-May and remains shut during the monsoon which is when the Brahmaputra tends to flood. The best time to visit is in the winter months when the weather is pleasant, but you have a higher chance of spotting animals in the summer.

Which Animal Is Preserved In Kaziranga National Park?

The Kaziranga National Park is a declared Tiger Reserve, with a protected population of tigers living within its borders. It also protects the one-horned rhinos.

Are There Tigers In Kaziranga?

Yes, there’s a population of tigers in Kaziranga, and you could be lucky enough to spot one when on a safari. There’s a little over 100 tigers in Kaziranga today.

Can We Stay Inside Kaziranga National Park?

There is no property to stay in within the Kaziranga National Park, but there are several great accommodation options right on the periphery, bringing you closer to the park’s inhabitants.

Which Is The Smallest National Park In Assam?

The Orang National Park is Assam's smallest national park, covering an area of 78.81 sq. km.

How Far Is Kaziranga From Guwahati?

Kaziranga National Park is around 192 kms away from Guwahati, and it takes a little over 4 hours to get there.

Is Kaziranga Open In May?

Kaziranga is only open till mid-May, and even then, the onslaught of the monsoon can still mess with your plans.

Is Kaziranga Worth Visiting?

Yes, the Kaziranga National Park is definitely worth a visit! It is brimming with wildlife and biodiversity, and there’s a choice of three safaris to spot some of the animals in the park.

Which Safari Is Best In Kaziranga?

Kaziranga National Park has three safaris - the elephant safari, jeep safari and boat safari. Each can take you into different regions or zones of the park. The boat safari is best for spotting birds, the elephant for spotting rhinos and the jeep covers the most distance on land. We recommend avoiding elephant safaris if possible since using the elephants for commercial activities seems counterproductive.

  • Region
    North East
  • Type Of Experience
    Wildlife
  • Best Time To Visit
    October to May
  • How Much Will It Cost You?
    Entry Fee: INR 100 for Indians & INR 650 for Foreigners. Elephant Safaris: INR 900 per person for Indian & INR 1950 per person for Foreigners
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