One Horned Rhino - Kaziranga National Park
Kingdom of The One Horned Rhino
Kaziranga is an important national park in Golaghat District of Assam that covers an area of around 430 sq Km. The park was considered a forest reserve in the year 1908, and in 1916 it was recognized as a game reserve. Till 1968 it remained a wildlife sanctuary after which it was designated as a National Park by Assam Government. The Park is most famous for the one horned Rhino. The population of one horned rhino in the park forms two-third of their total population in the whole world. Not only are the rhino its prized possession, Kaziranga also boasts of the highest density of tigers among the protected areas in the world. This led to Kaziranga being declared as a Tiger Reserve in the year 2006. Kaziranga National Park is now also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rhinos and tigers are definitely the biggest attractions of the park, but there is more to Kaziranga than these two majestic animals.
Kaziranga National Park is now synonymous with one horned rhino and is known to have largest number of them in the world. But what many people don't know is that the park also has the largest density of tigers in a protected area in the whole world. In total there are around 35 mammalian species in the park out of which 15 are seen as endangered. Kaziranga also has the largest population of Wild Asiatic water buffalo and eastern swamp deer. The park is the best place to sight different large cats of the wild. Other than tigers, you can also see Jungle Cats, fishing cats, and leopards. Smaller mammals include Indian grey mongoose, large Indian civet, Bengal Fox, Hog Badger, sloth bear and many more. 9 species of primates are also found here like Assamese Macaque and the most important Hoolock Gibbon. Kaziranga is also home to two of the world's largest snakes Reticulated Python, Rock Python and the world's largest venomous snake King Cobra.
There are probably none better places than Kaziranga National park to go for an interesting bird watching spree. For the number of local and migratory birds found here, Bird International has identified Kaziranga as an Important Bird area. The park is brimming with different species of birds like spot billed pelican, dalmatian pelican, black bellied tern, Blyth's kingfisher and black necked stork. The birds of prey found here are eastern imperial, greater spotted, Pallas's fish eagle.
Best way to experience the wildlife in Kaziranga National Park is by taking an elephant safari in the park. The park is so full of animals that it is almost sure that you will get to see the rare animals in their natural habitat. Most of the safaris are arranged early in the morning or in the late afternoon when it is most probable of sighting a tiger or a rhino. The mahouts are all very trained and know every part of the park and also serve as a tour guide. So a trip with them really turns out to be quite rewarding. There are Jeep rides also deep into the jungle. On all your safaris, make sure you carry your binoculars along , as bird watching in the park is truly an unforgettable experience.
For your stay, there are number of jungle resorts situated on the outskirts of the park. Located right in the lap of nature, a stay in the well equipped resorts is also a highlight of your trip in Kaziranga National Park. Some resorts also show visuals educating tourists about the do's and don't s in the park. Best time to visit the park is between October and May. It is situated at a distance of 217 Km from Guwahati and the closest railway station is at Furkating at a distance of 75 Km The main gate to the park is situated on the NH 37 at Kohora.
Nothing comes close to the excitement and thrill that you get while on an elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park. One gets to see the untamed nature at its best and its wildest creation right in their backyard. Visit Kaziranga National Park to explore the many of nature's wonders.
|Assam - In Nature's Lap - By Baharul Islam|
There are many reasons a traveller should visit the place.Assam is known for its greenery, so my village is no exception....