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About Kaziranga National park

Kaziranga located in Assam is located in the south bank of Brahmaputra around 250 kms from Guwahati and 96 kms from Jorhat.

Best time for sightings March end to early April.

What to see Rhinos, elephants hoolock gibbons.

Kaziranga is a flat grassland water bodies and tall elephant grass, shorter grass, some tall trees and bamboo cover. In monsoons Kaziranga is submerged by the Brahmaputra. A UNESCO site Kaziranga is famous for being the habitat of the Great Indian one horned rhinocerous. Today over 1,500 rhinos and around 70 percent of the wild buffalo poplulation is seen here. The rare swamp deers are also seen here. Over 1000 elephants and 400 plus species of birds are also found here.

Kaziranga is divided into three ranges - Baghori, Kohora and Agaratoli. Kohora is the central part and so the park entry, entry formalities are here. Elephant rides start from here as well as Baghori during the wee hours of the morning to facilitate sightings of the grassland at dawn. There are nearly full chances of rhino siting. You can hire jeeps from Kohora or the hotel guys can arrange one for you. The forest guard who travels with you will be your guide and can be hired from Baghori and Agaratoli. You are not allowed to travel on foot in the park.

Kohora is the longest spanning a 3-4 hr safari. Apart from Rhinos, elephants and wild buffalos, pied hornbills are also spotted in the ficus trees. Monitor lizards, owls, eagles are also seen here in the trees camouflaged. The elephant grass promise sightings of elephants and rhinos, further ahead a small rivulet has turtles and the can thickets promise a variety of birds. Birds like khaleej pheasant, minivets, jungle fowls are spotted. Tiger sightings are uncommon but there has been spottings of tigers here. In the afternoon the elephants of the Mihimukh camp is given a bath in the stream and you can enjoy a private session with these domestic elephants.

Baghori is the western side and has a watch tower which promises sightings. Herds of elephants can be seen here in the evenings, from the watch tower during sunset one can spot the swamp deers, hog deer, rhinos, buffaloes and if lucky even elephants.

Panbari Reserve forest - Just a few kms away from Kohora is this place which is a thick canopy of trees, probably a small sized area remaining after being converted to tea plantations. The ride is rough but promises lots of greenery and small rivulets. Hoolock gibbons are found here along with many birds and the cat langur. Elephants are seen here too.

To go to Panbari you have to hire a gurd from Kohara. the trip takes a little above 2 hours. The forest likes enroute Agaratoli and there is a Rescue and Rehab centre here.

Agaratoli is the eastern part and 20 kms away from Kohora. This is a wooded jungle and sightings are less frequent. Birds are abundant and there is a pelican colony at the end of the route.

Bird watching
Above 400 species of birds are seen here both resident and migratory. The Bengal florican, owls and raptors are seen here. Also Indian rollers, drongos, doves, shrikes, rose breasted parakeets, open billed storks, blck necked storks, pelicans, khaleej phesants, crested serpent eagles, Pallas fishing eagles atc are seen here.

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