Kaziranga National Park

This article describes about the Kaziranga National Park located in the North East which is famous for the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros. Read to know more about the park, its location, how to reach and interesting points to see and official contact information.

Kaziranga National Park is the pride of the North East and is famous for the conservation of the One Horned India Rhinoceros and providing shelter to a variety of wild lives of North East India and was the establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest. Located across the Brahmaputra and crisscrossed by another 3 rivers, Kaziranga is a vast grassland consisting of tall elephant grass, marshland, and dense tropical forests. All these values have made Kaziranga National Park turned into a World Heritage Site in 1985. It came under wildlife conservation in 1926 and was declared a sanctuary in 1940. Recently, it was declared a Tiger Reserve as well in 2006 after it was evaluated that it has the highest density of tigers in the world. It has an area of approximately 430 sq. km. and is situated across 2 districts of Assam, Golaghat and Nagaon.

The Indian one Horned Rhinoceros, a survivor from prehistoric times is found only in certain areas of Assam and in Nepal and Kaziranga alone accounts to two-thirds of the world's population of the Great One-horned Rhinoceroses. Apart from its horn, the Indian Rhinoceros can be distinguished from the African Rhino by its skin, which is knobbly and falls into deep folds at its joints, which looks as if the Rhino is wearing an armoured coat. They are vegetarian and eat grass, fruits, leaves and crops, with the tall elephant grasses being their favourite. Other notable animals include Wild Asiatic Water Buffalo, Eastern Swamp Deer, Indian Muntjac, Wild Boar, Hog Deer, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat, Leopard Cats, Hispid Hare, Indian Gray Mongoose, Small Indian Mongoose, Large Indian Civet, Small Indian Civets, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Chinese Pangolin, Indian Pangolins, Hog Badger, Chinese Ferret Badgers, and Particolored flying squirrels, Assamese Macaque, Capped, Golden Langur, and the only ape found in India, the Hoolock Gibbon. Kaziranga's rivers are also home to the Ganges Dolphin.

It is also a birding paradise which includes numerous migrating birds like Lesser White-fronted Goose, Ferruginous Duck, Baer's Pochard duck, Lesser Adjutant and Greater Adjutant, Black-necked Stork, Asian Openbill stork, Greylag Geese, Bar-Headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Falcated Duck, Red-Crested Pochard and Northern Shoveller.

Many others such as the Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Brahminy Kite, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, Blyth's Kingfisher, White-bellied Heron, Dalmatian Pelican, Spot-billed Pelican, Spotted Greenshank, and Black-bellied Tern, Eastern Imperial, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Indian Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, and Indian White-rumped Vulture, Swamp Francolin, Bengal Florican, and Pale-capped Pigeon have their home here.

The transport to reach there is very good with all buses under Assam State Transport Corporation and other private agencies between Guwahati, Tezpur, and Upper Assam stop at the main gate of Kaziranga on NH-37. The nearest town is Bokakhat, 23 km; the nearest railway station is Furkating, 75 km; and the nearest airport is the Jorhat Airport at Rowriah, 97 km. There are many lodges in and around the park geographical area. Some are "Bonoshree Tourist Lodge" which is maintained by the Government of Assam; Wild Grass Lodge, Bonhabi Resort, Landmark Woods, Iora Resort. Observation towers are situated at Sohola, Mihimukh, Kathpara, Foliamari, and Harmoti for wildlife viewing. The park is closed for visitors from mid-April to mid-October due to monsoon rains. For all the timings and site seeing on Safaris please visit this link Kaziranga National Park.

For more queries contact any of these

Kaziranga-National-Park.com                Tourist Information Officer,
Corporate Office Tour My India Station Road, Guwahati,
C - 114, Sector -02 Assam - 781001
Noida - 201301 Ph: 0361-544475, 547102
Tel +91-120-4052601-99 Fax: 0361-547102
Fax +91-120-4052699
(24 hrs helpline)+91-9212777223/24/25
Email: info@indiawildliferesorts.com

Director, Kaziranga National Park, Joint Director of Tourism, Kaziranga,
P.O Bokakhat, District: Jorhat, P.O Kaziranga National Park,
Assam (India) - 785612 District Jorhat, Assam - 785612
Phone : 03776-68095, 68086 Phone : 0376-2662444


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