Assam, the eldest of India’s seven North-east sisters, is a land of wonders. The natural beauty of the land is akin to paradise, while for others, it is a passionate retreat. It is a great recreational gateway for nature lovers.
The Kaziranga National Park is a perfect manifestation of natural beauty and thus may be termed as the pride of Assam. Let’s explore the beauty of Assam and its culture with Flying Squirrel Holidays hand-picked Kaziranga Tour Packages.
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Kaziranga National Park is home to one-horned rhinos. It is, in fact, the only place in Asia where one-horned rhinos are found. The historical backdrop of Kaziranga National Park goes back to the timewhen the British ruled India.Lord Curzon’s wife, being a naturelover, visited Kaziranga in 1904 to have a look at the rhinos present in the region. But she couldn’t trace any of them which bothered her about their extinction. She requested her husband, Lord Curzon,the Viceroy of the country, to create a safe home for the wild animals. Following this, the Kaziranga National Park was formed in the year 1905.
Kaziranga is known for its rich and huge ecosystem and natural beauty. It is spread across more than 1,06,300 acres of land. The ethnicity, wildlife magnificence, and rich biodiversity make Kaziranga one of the most destined tourist wildlife locations in India.
You can spot animals like tigers, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, and swamp deer. It is home to more than 546 species of flora like the cotton tree, elephant apple, kumbhi, and Indian gooseberry. As the park is recognised for the animals, it also houses a wide variety of birds from Central Asia like a ferruginous duck, black-necked stork, Asian Openbill Stork, and white-fronted goose.
There are a plethora of things to do in and around the park. Around Kaziranga, there are many nature getaways for you to indulge in like bird watching, wildlife sanctuaries, and hill stations. You can visit the Orang National Park aka mini Kaziranga National Park which is highly enriched in wildlife and consists of tiger, one-horned rhino, sambar, leopard, and deer among many others, or the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary which is the only home to apes in India like stump-tailed macaque, rhesus macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, and capped langur.
Tea lovers can sip a hot cup of tea and learn tea processing at Addabarie Tea Estate, you can witness and admire the breath-taking Kakochang Waterfall, or visit the Deopahar Archaeological Site for the ancient ruins and monuments and know about the Assamese history and culture. Other attractions in Assam include the beautiful city of Guwahati, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Nameri National Park, and Manas National Park.
Trekking in Kaziranga is another popular activity, and for tourists who are interested more in sightseeing, then trekking in Panbari Reserve and Kukurkata Reserve Forests are the most popular options out there. From the peak of the Kukurkata Hills, you can also explore the beautiful view of the floodplain ecosystem in the Kaziranga forest.
The nearest airport to reach Kaziranga is situated in Guwahati which is accessible from all parts of the country. If you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station is Furkating or you can also travel by road through buses from Guwahati, Tezpur, and Upper Assam. The best time to visit Kaziranga is from November to April. If you want to travel in winters then woolen is preferable and light cotton is preferred in summer.
From luxury resorts to rent houses to dormitories, there are various options of accommodation available in Kaziranga with all modern amenities. The resorts are constructed from recycled building materials and use solar water systems, low consumption bulbs, and sewage treatment plants. The Lora Resort, Wild Grass Lodge, Bonhabi Resort, Landmark Woods, Dhanshree Resort, and Kaziranga Resort are some of the best lodges and resorts among others, just to name a few. If you are traveling during the peak season, it is recommended to book the hotel in advance.
Assamese cuisine is a mix of fermented food and fresh produce. From their traditional meal made of Khar, to dishes with elephant apples and fiddlehead fern, or be it simple Doi Chira, Assamese food is unique in its way. Some of the must-try dishes are Masor Tenga, Duck with Kumura, Dhekia Xaak, and Pani Hamuk.
Assam is said to be blessed by Lord Brahma and hence, it was gifted with the mighty Brahmaputra River. Located on the southern bank of the river Brahmaputra, Kaziranga National Park is home to such species which can be found only in this region. It is home to five big animals which is difficult to find in any other part of India - Rhino, Wild Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, and Swamp Deer.It is a UNESCO proclaimed heritage site. A visit to Kaziranga is not only a treat to your soul but also to your eyes. The greenery, which the city fails to offer, can be found abundantly in Kaziranga.
The Kaziranga National Orchid Park houses 600 species of orchids from all over the northeast, some of which are unique to the region. One of such orchids is the “Kopou Phool” which is worn by the Assamese women on their bun, during Bihu (the state festival of Assam). The Kaziranga National Orchid Park doesn’t only remain confined to showcasing the beautiful orchids it has. It also has bamboo gardens, a cactus house, medical gardens, and a handicrafts museum.
Assam and its people are proud of the Kaziranga National Park. There is a lot you can explore in its biodiversity and a few days in the great outdoors will rejuvenate your mind and spirit.
There are different ways to explore the wildlife in Kaziranga and the jeepsafari is one of the most enjoyable ones. It lets you explore the deep interiors of the forest with an up-close view of the animals.
There are three Safari regions on Kaziranga National Park namely- The eastern zone also known as Agartoli, The western zone also known as Bagori, and The central zone also known as Kohora.Jeep Safaris are conducted twice a day, from 6.30 till 10 am and from 2 pm.
Unlike most of the famous National Park, you cannot go for a day-long elephant safari, there are designated slot to do so. It is advisable to stay near the central zone as it is easier to access every amenity from there.
Another way of exploring the lush green beauty of Kaziranga is on an elephant. Elephant safaris are mostly driven from the western zone (Bagori) and the central zones (Kohora). The elephant safari at the central zones (Kohora) is run by government forest employees.
These safaris are much in demand and are served on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure you are early at the counter when it opens at 6am. The safari continues for one or half hours, where you can spot wide varieties of wildlife in the area covered by the elephant grass and can be best viewed from the elephant’s back.
On your elephant safari tour, you can spot Indian elephants and one-horned rhinoceros. The safari covers the area of Hole path, Kohora Central Path, Arimarah, and Baguri. The safarisin the western zoneare privately owned and are easy to access.
You can easily book them by simply asking your hotel reception to do so.
The Kaziranga National Park marked by the River Brahmaputra on the northern border, makes it accessible on a boat. The boat safari is available only in the eastern zone, also known as Agartoli.
This region is not frequented by tourists which often makes it peaceful. The boat safari has everything that a wildlife enthusiast craves to see, from exquisite birds to majestic wildlife.
The best part of going on a boat safari is that you will get to see the dolphins in their natural habitat. The boat safari at Kaziranga will let you explore the interiorparts of Kaziranga.
You may come across a varied range of animals and birds that comes to quench their thirst.
The three safari zones of Kaziranga let you explore the rich biodiversity of the region. In the Eastern Zone/Agartoli, you will find rhinos, tigers, deer, wild buffalo, a variety of birds, and tortoises. Due to the vast marshlands, Kaziranga supports a wide range of existence of different wildlife and mammals. Over 500 species of birds can also be found here.Other animals that you can spot in Kaziranga aremacaques, bison, sloth bear, gibbons, antelopes, Indian civet, Chinese ferret badger, Indian porcupine, Himalayan mole, and Indian mongoose,etc.The tiger population is higher than any other National Park in India.
Kaziranga is also home to some of the endangered species of birds. Some of them are– ruddy shelduck, spotted owlet, spot-billed ducks, grey-headed fishing eagle, black-headed ibis, greenshank, bar-headed geese, lesser whistling duck, brown fish owl, bronzed winged jacana, and greater cormorant, etc.
Kaziranga National Park is not accessible throughout the year. The best time to visit is from November to April. It is not advisable to visit Kaziranga from July to September as monsoon sprung in full swing during this time and the floodwater overflows to the park. We suggest you visit during April as this is the month of Bihu. Visiting Assam during Bihu will give an extra flavor of the beauty of Assamese culture and tradition.
(Please note that this is just a SAMPLE itinerary. Our Kaziranga Tour Package Itinerary can be customised as per your preferences.)
The nearest Airport to Kaziranga National Park is Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Guwahati. Upon landing at Guwahati Airport, our guidewill receive you and accompany you to your hotel. On your Day-1, you will stay in Guwahati.
After your lunch, visit the Navagraha Temple, a hilltop temple from where you can have a marvelous view of the entire city. Give yourself a treat and sip a cup of traditional Assam Tea and add a dash of freshness to your Kaziranga Trip. Head back to your hotel early and take some rest as the next day is going to be hectic.
On day two of your Kaziranga National Park tour package, you will start your journey to Kaziranga National Park. It is a decent 4-5 hours ride from Guwahati. After check in to your resorts, you will be having a delicious Assamese lunch. Post lunch, you will head back to the evening Jungle Safari, which will last till 5 pm.
Day 3 of your Kaziranga National Park tour package will start early as you will be going out for Boat Safari. Have a magnificent and unfiltered view of the birds and animals in their natural habitat. After lunch, explore the paradise of wildlife on an elephant's back. The elephant safari will give you a vivid tour of the national park minutely. In the evening, enjoy the beauty of Assamese culture with some Assam tea and Bihu Dance.
Take a tour of the local markets in the morning. Buy some tea leaves, world-famous Assam Muga silk sarees, Assamese gamusa, and rhino miniature as a memory of Assam. After lunch, it's time to travel to your next destination, Jorhat. Explore the beautiful tea plantations of Upper Assam on your way to Jorhat. It will be almost a 4-hour ride to Jorhat from Kaziranga, so you will be staying there overnight.
Get ready to witness the largest river island in the world on a boat. Visit the Vaishnavite Monasteries known as satras and learn about the heritage, local literature, artifacts, and history of the Assamese culture. Famous satras that you can visit include Kalambari satra, Garamur, Auniati satra, Dakshinpat satra, and Samaguri satra. The 'Paalnaam' of Anuiati satra and Mask making of Samaguri Satra is world-famous for preserving the rich heritage and lost artifacts.Return to your hotel in the evening for some rest and enjoy the delicious Assamese dishes for your dinner.
Head towards the Rowriah Airport, Jorhat which is well connected to Kolkata and Guwahati, and bid goodbye to the beautiful Assam and its lush green natural beauty.
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The cost of the package depends on the type of airline you choose and the place of your departure, how much in advance the tickets are booked, the category of the hotel or resort you wish to pick, and an additional cost for a Jungle safari, Boat Safari, and Elephant Safari in Kaziranga.
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What is the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park?
The best time to take a tour to Kaziranga National Park is between November and April.
How can a family enjoy Kaziranga National Park?
Along with safari, there are many options for the families to enjoy. You can enjoy a picnic at the Bogamati Picnic Spot or Chowki Picnic Spot, or enjoy an adventurous river rafting tour.
What animals can I witness here in Kaziranga National Park?
You can witness some exotic wildlife here such as one-horned rhinoceros, tigers, panthers, bears, elephants, and beautiful birds.
Kaziranga is on the top of the bucket list of every nature and wildlife lover, wildlife and photography enthusiasts, bird watchers, and environmentalists. The scenic beauty, the mighty river Brahmaputra, and the wilderness will leave you enchanted. Check out Flying Squirrel Holidays' Kaziranga Holiday Package or Safari tour packages today!
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