Spanning across the floodplains of the Brahmaputra River, the Kaziranga National Park is one of Assam’s offbeat places. This park is a protected area in the north eastern Indian state. Kaziranga National Park’s wetlands, forests and grasslands are home to wild elephants, tigers, buffaloes, monkeys, gaur, deer, otters, leopards, badgers, wild boar and the world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. You can also see the Ganges River dolphins swimming in the park’s waters. It is also home to many rare migratory birds. Grey pelicans roost near Kaziranga village making the national park best among all places to visit in Assam.
Best Time to Visit Kaziranga National Park
Kazaringa is open for tourists and visitors daily from 1st October to 30th April every year. However, the best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is between the end of February and March since the climate is pleasant and the peak season rush in December and January is over.
The park usually gets extremely crowded during the peak season and it will negatively impact your experience with nature due to the massive amount of people that are allowed inside. Another perk is that you get to witness a week long Kaziranga Elephant Festival that takes place at the park in February. It is held to encourage people and create awareness about saving and protecting elephants.
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How to Get There
By Air: The nearest airports at Guwahati and Jorhat which has flights flying in from all over India regularly. You can book a private taxi or hop in a public bus six hour drive from Guwahati and two hour drive from Jorhat.
By Train: The nearest railway stations are at Jakhalabandha that is one hour away from the Kaziranga National Park. Trains run there from Guwahati. Furkating is another close by station where trains from Delhi and Kolkata come in.
By Road: Buses drop you at the park entrance on the way from Tezpur, Guwahati and Upper Assam.
Timings of the Safari at Kaziranga National Park
The morning session of elephant safari is held in two groups. The first ride starts at 5.15 a.m. while the second batch starts at 6.15. The safari is for a duration of one hour. In rare occasions, a third batch is also offered from 7.15 a.m. to 8.15 a.m. depending upon the number of visiting guests.
The park is open for jeep safaris from 7.30 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. until 4.30 p.m.
Entry Fees and Charges
The fees payable comprise a number of elements — park entry fee, vehicle entry fee, elephant safari fee, jeep hire fee, camera fee and fee for an armed guard to accompany tourists on safaris.
- The park entry fee is INR 100 for Indians and INR 650 for foreigners.
- Elephant safaris cost INR 750 per person for Indians and INR 1,250 per person for foreigners.
- The jeep hire fee is based on the distance and zone to be travelled. It ranges from INR 1,500 for Central range to INR 2,500 for Burhapahar, per jeep.
- There’s a road toll of INR 300 per vehicle for Indians and foreigners.
- If you’re carrying a still camera, the fee is INR 100 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners. The charges to carry a professional camera is more. For video cameras, INR 1,000 is the fees for Indians and foreigners.
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The park is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hence, make sure to include it in the Assam tourism package you opt for. Offbeat Tracks offers great deals at best prices. So hurry and book your Assam vacation package now!