|Kaziranga National Park
Highlights: Wildlife in Kaziranga and Karbi Anglong
How To Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport from Kaziranga National Park is Gawahati (217 kilometers away from the Park) and Johrat (97 kilometers away (from the Park)
By Rail: The nearest railhead to visit Kaziranga is Furkating (75 kilometers).
Road: Kohora on the NH-37 is the entry point if Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary. Buses to and from Guwahati, Tezpur and Upper Assam take a stoppage here.
Kaziranga is well known for inhabiting rare specie of one-horned Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis). It also serves as a shelter to a number of other wild life species as well. Spreading on an area of 430 square kilometers, Kaziranga is full of swamps and tall coppices of elephant grass. Kaziranga was declared wildlife sanctuary in 1940.
The fauna at the Park consists of Indian Elephants, Sloth Bears, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Indian Bison, Hog Deer, Leopard Cats, Tigers, Jungle Cats, Otters, Hog Badgers, Capped Langurs, Wild Boar, Hoolock Gibbons, Jackal, Wild Buffalo, Pythons and Monitor Lizards.
There are many beautiful birds at the Park. On safari you would chance upon Black-Shouldered Kite, Black Kite, Pallas's Fishing Eagle, Grey-Headed Fishing Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Brahminy Kite, White Tailed Eagle, Himalayan Griffon, etc. The migratory birds in this region are Greylag Geese, Bar-Headed Geese, Ruddy Shelduck, Gadwall, Red-Crested Pochard, Falcated Duck and Northern Shoveller.
The tourists can go on a safari either on jeeps or on elephant backs. The trained mahouts guide the visitors through the park. In the jungle the tourists come across many herds of wild elephants.
The best time to visit the Park is from mid-November to early April months. In monsoon months, the mighty river Brahmaputra floods whole of the region and causes the migration of animals living in low lying areas to move to relatively higher regions.
Here is a list of various Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks: