From merely few hundreds rhinos during 1970s to 2413 one-horned rhinos counted during the census in 2018. And they say that this number I sonly 12 more than that of count during 2015. In Kaziranga national park, also the Unesco World Heritage Site, the census is carried out every three years. This is a laudable conservation success story at Kaziranga, in Assam state, India, where two-third of the world’s population of the species are living.
The national park spread across around 430 sq km is also a home to many other animals and a destination for many migratory birds can be seen during the month of November & December. The weather condition i.e not so hot or so cold during winter and summer invites many tourist to spend few days with the wild life. However during rainy season i.e mainly during the month of July-August it becomes a difficult place for the people and also the animals here when the river Brahmaputra that passes through the national park start overflowing affecting a major part of the national park.
While the monsoon starts from February and the national park experience intermittent rains, the climate is good during October-May. However it is advisable to visit this place after checking the weather forecast in advance.
There are two nearby airports: Jorhat (123 km) and Guwahati (194 km) accessible by road.
There are Elephant safari as well as Jeep Safari available in the national park which is divided in to four ranges i.e Burapahar Range (Ghorakati), Eastern Range (Agaratoli), Kaziranga Range (Kohora) and Western Range (Bagori).
All the four ranges provides a different flavor and experience of the national park. While one-horned rhinos will be visible across all four ranges, there are also plenty of deers, boar, wild buffalo also many other animals and birds including the hornbill can be seen. Also the wild elephants can be seen during the safari. Sometimes Gibbons can be seen, that I found in my recent trip.
Timings for Elephant Safari;
Morning session: 5.30 am to 7.30 am
Afternoon session: 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Jeep Safari Timings:
Morning Jeep Safari: 07.00 am to 9:30 am
Afternoon Jeep Safari: 01.30 pm to 03.30 pm
While the days will be blocked with safari, there is an option of enjoying the Assamese dance and music and experience the culture in the evening at a place called Orchid Garden near Kohora.
Though Kaziranga is also declared as a Tiger reserve in the year 2006 and as per record there are more than 100 Royal Bengal Tigers are there in the forest, it is very hard to spot a tiger due to the size of the jungle areas. However in few instances people have seen in Wild Big Cat. May be I was not that lucky enough though I spend 2 complete days in Kaziranga.
There are many other wild life reserves are there in the state of Assam also near to Kaziranga. One should really plan for a comfortable days in and around Kaziranga to experience the wild from close.
I was impressed with a tagline I saw during my trip that aptly describe the state ” Adventure in Life….Awesome is Assam”
Its worth a visit *****