The name “Kaziranga” is synonymous with the One Horn Rhino. Fun fact, this is the only place in the world where you can get face to face with the One Horn Rhino. Unfortunately, the rhino population has been under threat due to poaching, due to their valuable horns being sold for a huge sum in the black market. However, with the support from the Indian Government, tourism has significantly thrived, thereby giving the much needed security to the animals.
How to reach Kaziranga:
You can catch a direct flight from Mumbai to Guwahati or a connecting flight via Kolkata. And then a 200 Kilometer road trip to Kaziranga. I assure you the road trip is equally scenic, with gorgeous Assam backdrop rushing by.
As per our experience, the more prominent the resort that you have booked, the better the quality of guide, jeeps and Elephant back safari. There are 2 really comfortable and eminent resorts at Kaziranga – Borgos and Iora The Retreat (where we stayed). FYI, ask for Parag (Mob No – +91 8471813140) at the reception while booking your Jeep Safari. Not only is he an excellent guide, but has thorough knowledge about the animals and the park’s ecosystem. FYI December is the perfect month to visit Kaziranga due to the chilly weather and the opportunity to see a variety of migratory birds.
Kaziranga is home to the Big 5 – Elephant, Rhino, Wild Buffalo, Sambar (Swamp Deer) and Tiger. Hence this national forest is one of a kind!
With a mix of open grass lands, lakes, really tall grasses, and dense forests, the scenery inside the national park changes every few meters.
But once you are inside, you’ll never know what to expect…perhaps a Sambar glides away in front, or you’ll find your path blocked by an adult wild buffalo or you come tantalizingly close to a monumental wild elephant! Then there are routes that leads to the mighty Brahmaputra – the only male river in India! Even the pugmarks in the mud are enough to give you chills.
Home to various kinds of birds and animals, this truly is a nature photographer’s paradise. All I can say is I WILL be back for more!
Here’s my take at wildlife photography (Click on the image to enlarge it). Be sure to COMMENT/ LIKE/ SHARE. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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