Kaziranga National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the heart of Assam and is famous for sightseeing of One horned Rhinoceros in its natural habitat. Kaziranga is the only home to this Jurassic era species. Situated around 240 kilometers away from Guwahati, the gateway to the Northeast India, it is one of the easily accessible and most sought after destinations in Northeast. One can visit Kaziranga national park within a weekend. Kaziranga is a paradise for wildlife enthusiast. Thousands and thousands of tourists visit this place every year.
The primary reason to visit Kaziranga is the jungle safaris. The park offers safaris in two formats, jeep and elephant. Jeep safaris are longer in durations and covers the jungle mostly though the park roads. On the other hand, elephant safaris are shorter in duration and cover only a limited area which is usually inaccessible through vehicles. The elephant safaris also provide a close encounter experience with the wildlife. The park is home to wide variety of flora and fauna, including the one-horned Rhinos, Water Buffalos, different species of cats and tigers, Asian Elephants, different species of deer, wide variety of arboreal animals, Python and variety of migratory birds, water birds, predators, scavengers and game birds etc. In between the gaps of safaris, you can explore the local area of Kaziranga. Assam tea is very well known over the world for its taste and fragrance. There are vast stretches of tea gardens around Kaziranga, which produces the finest in the world. Northeast is also home to a dynamic variety of orchids. An impressive collection of north-eastern orchids can be observed in the National orchid and bio-diversity park in Kaziranga.
If you wish to spend your holidays in Kaziranga, a weekend is enough (unless you want extensive safaris at each range of the park). The park is officially open in winter from November through April. The safaris are officially is available is open season. Unofficially, the jeep safaris are available in May until the park becomes inaccessible due to rains, with the arrival of monsoon. Depending on the weather, the park sometimes opens early in October.
Kaziranga National Park - the World Heritage Site is ideal to visit in between the month of November and April. Because of factors like summer heat, the monsoon rain and flood, and breeding season, the Government of Assam keeps the national park officially closed from May through October. However, there are exceptions in certain years depending on the weather and sometimes the park is opened one month early and/or closed one month late.
The unique attraction of Kaziranga National Park is the one-horned rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Unicornis) which is found only in Kaziranga National Park. Apart from the one-horned rhino, Kaziranga is also home to numerous species including large mammals to migratory birds to beautiful orchids. On an average safari, there is a high possibility of witnessing one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, wild water buffaloes, wild hogs and boars, different species of deer, stags, different species of Himalayan birds etc. On a lucky day, you can even see a Royal Bengal Tiger in its natural habitat.
The elephant safari in Kaziranga starts at 5.30 AM. It is an hour long safari and there are two batches of elephant safaris everyday.
Kakochang Waterfalls or Kaipholangsho Waterfalls is located around 15 kilometers south of Bokakhat town area. Bokakhat is nearly 20 kilometers east of central range of Kaziranga national park (Kohora).