Kaziranga National Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in India. Spread in the area of 378km, it touches the districts of Golaghat, Karbi Anglong, and Nagaon which are parts of Assam State in India. It holds an important place on the world map as it is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceros population. It is also a perfectly protected place for different types of animals such as tigers, elephants, wild water buffalos, eastern swamp deer, and more.
With the constant effort of the government, the sanctuary was declared as the official tiger reserve in 2006 which added its name to the list of the world's highest populated tiger reserves. Apart from this, bird lovers too would find their solace place here, as it is also declared as an important bird spot by BirdLife International.
The amazing and gigantic flora of Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary nurtures the habitat with lush and dense forest including elephant grass, marshland, and fringed lagoons. Also, various small and big water bodies add supplementary help to the habitants. Such brilliant amalgamation also forms beautiful and breathtaking sceneries for wildlife photographers.
Kaziranga Park remains closed from 01 May through 31 October every year for the visitors. So, November to April is the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park.
History of Kaziranga National Park
With the grace of Mary Curzon, wife of Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, the sanctuary came into being in 1904. In just one visit, Mary Curzon felt bad by not seeing even a single Rhinoceros as the place was famous for the same. She then approached Lord Curzon with this concern. Their joint effort then made the place Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forces on June 1, 1905.
After further efforts made by different people and activists, it became a non-poaching place and came to be known as Kaziranga Game Sanctuary in 1916. Again, in 1950, it was renamed as Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary by the-then environmentalist P. D. Stracey. Its unique features bagged it the position of World Heritage Site on Feb 11, 1975.
Major Attractions In And Around Kaziranga National Park
The sanctuary houses the iconic one-horned Indian rhinoceros. Around 2,413 rhinoceros have been estimated to live here as of now.
2. Python & Rock Python
World’s two largest snakes Python & Rock Python are also found here, at Kaziranga National Park.
3. King Cobra
The poisonous King Cobra can also be seen. Interestingly, King Cobras are not from the genus Naja which is the true Cobra genus. In spite, it is the sole member of its genus Ophiophagus.
4. Kaziranga National Orchid Park
In a radius of a few kilometers, there is the National Orchid Park which houses around 500 species of orchids. Also, the orchid park consists of 132 species of leafy vegetables and 46 species of bamboo, cane.
The lush forest, alluring water bodies, and adventurous animals will urge you to capture them on camera. So, if you are fond of wildlife photography, this is the place for you.
6. Tribal Village
You can head to the nearby villages of Kaziranga that hold the true heritage of Assam. The amazing handicrafts by the local women will leave you mighty impressed. The beautifully woven shawls and sarees in the traditional method are amazing.
7. Boat Safari
You would love to explore River Brahmaputra while enjoying Boat Safari. Those gigantic Dolphins are a delight to the eyes. Though, these dolphins are smaller than the ones found in the ocean but equally amusing.
8. Elephant Safari
You also would love to hail the beauty of Kaziranga while enjoying the Elephant Safari. Viewing the adventurous animals of Kaziranga from close proximity would be an experience you will cherish for life.
How to Reach Kaziranga National Park
A magnificent park that is inhabited by some of the dangerous creatures of nature. Famous for one-horned rhinoceros, it can be an enthralling experience for anyone. The park is 2,085.6 km via NH27, 2,909.2 km via NH27, 1,180.0 km via NH27, 3,136.0 km via NH 44 away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
The nearest airports are Guwahati International Airport aka Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport and Jorhat Airport which are situated at a distance of 217 kilometers and 97 kilometers respectively. Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is considered the easiest option to arrive from any corner of India or overseas. Also, the road connectivity from the airport to the park is absolutely perfect. So, no inconvenience. You can easily take a bus, auto or taxi to reach the park.
The nearest railway station is Furkating Junction Railway Station which is located in the Golaghat district of Assam with a distance of just 75 kilometers from the park. The railway station is well-established and housing all the facilities right from restaurants, hotels, etc. The frequent buses and taxis make your journey easier towards the park. The railway station is well-connected to other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Kaziranga National Park is situated on the National Highway 37 which is the reason it is connected to major cities of Assam such as Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Dimapur, Nagaon, and many. For the neighboring states, these major cities can be reached by hiring buses and trains. Once you reach, you can easily get local government and private buses to reach the park.