Kaziranga National Park is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Assam, covering an area of 430 sq.km. Declared world heritage site the Kaziranga National park is the natural habitat of the one-horned rhinoceros. This vivid mosaic of habitats wet and dry, plain and hills, forests and grasslands supports numerous plant and animal species which include elephants, sloth bears, tigers, leopard cats, jungle cats, hog badgers, capped langurs, hoolock gibbons, pigs, jackals, porcupines, pythons, buffaloes, Indian bisons, swamp deer, sambhars and hog deer from very close quarters. During winter various types migratory birds are also seen here.
Kaziranga which is the habitat of various wildlife species consists of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, marshes and shallow pools. Kaziranga is a Biosphere Reserve with the largest, unspoilt grassland, tall grasses cover 41 percent and short grasses cover 11 percent of Kaziranga, with open jungle extending across another 29 percent, swamps four percent, rivers and water bodies 8 percent and plain sand 6 percent.
Trips into the sanctuary are taken at dawn on elephants that wade through the tall elephant-grass and give you a vantage view of animals waking up to the day. The sight of the one-horned rhino bathing in ponds with its offspring on its back is the one you just cannot afford to miss. Do wear trousers that fully cover your legs to avoid abrasions from the elephant-grass. The best season to visit this park is November to April. Avoid the monsoons (June to September) that bring heavy rainfall and often flood the park.
Range: Kaziranga National Park Comprises of four Ranges namely Burapahar Range, Bagori Range, Kohora Range, Agaratoli Range.
All the entry formalities need to be processed at the main entry gate (Kohora, Bagori and Agaratoli )
Entry Fee: The park charges entry fee Rs. 100/- (Per Indian Individual) & Rs. 650/- (Foreigners)
Major Attractions: One-horned rhinoceros, Elephant, Sloth bears, Leopard cats, Hog badgers, Capped langurs, Hoolock gibbons, Porcupines, Pythons, Buffaloes, Indian bison, Swamp deer, Sambhars and Hog deer.
Best Season: The best season of Kaziranga National Park is from November to February.
The Park is open daily from 1st November to 30th April. Due to the rains in exceptional year, the park has to be closed earlier by the management for safety reasons.
Closed: The park remains closed from June to September.
Opening Hours: Kaziranga National Park is open from 5:15 am to 4:30 pm. The closing hours are scheduled to accord to with the seasonal variation and climate.
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