It doesn’t get better for spotting the one horned Rhinoceros
Home to around two-thirds of the world’s one-horned Indian rhinoceros, Kaziranga is famous for its conservation efforts to save endangered species. Although the rhinos were earlier found throughout the Himalayan foothills, now Kaziranga is the only national park reserve in India where the mammal can be seen in its natural habitat.
The chances of spotting the rare rhino are highest in the Western Zone of the National Park. An early morning or afternoon safari – on an elephant or a jeep – is likely to be rewarded.
Date with tigers
The Royal Bengal Tiger
Ever wondered how the tiger population grew in India?Kaziranga offers fascinating answers. Thanks to strict protection measures by the state government and re-education programmes linking wildlife tourism to employment opportunities for the local people, Kaziranga went on to house the highest density of tigers among the protected areas of the world, making it a tiger reserve in 2006.
The Kaziranga National Park offers you a delightful chance to witness a time in the life of these mighty creatures. They are truly a sight to behold!
A visit to the Kaziranga National Park would be incomplete without an Elephant Safari. It is the best way to explore the forests and its diverse residents at a leisurely pace.
Elephant herds are known to migrate between Kaziranga, Darrang and the Mikir Hills. Get ready to watch the jumbo mammals indulge in playful water games, enjoy a quiet snack, or simply stroll along with their huge families.
During a safari at Kaziranga, you are likely to spot rare mammals such as hispid hare, Indian grey mongoose, Chinese pangolin, parti-coloured flying squirrels and hog badger, among a host of other little-known species. Giving them company are the hyena, Indian deer, spotted deer, blue bull, chinkara, long-tailed langur and many, many more captivating creatures.
The Chinese Pangolin
Long Tailed Langur
Recognised as an ‘Important Bird Area’ by Birdlife International, Kaziranga also houses about 479 avian species, such as Blyth’s Kingfisher, white-bellied heron, Dalmatian pelican, spotted greenshank, black-bellied tern, white-tailed fishing eagle, Griffon Vulture and red-headed vulture, to name a few.
Floored by flora
The tall elephant grass, along with the small water bodies and marshland, lend Kaziranga the look of a fairy-tale setting. The water lilies, water hyacinth and lotus will transport you to another world, where natural splendour reigns supreme.
Every monsoon, though, the Brahmaputra River floods the park, making it inaccessible. So, it remains closed from June to September. The best time to visit the Kaziranga National Park is from November to April.