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ABOUT KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK


Kaziranga National Park is situated in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam in eastern India. Kaziranga was declared as a World Heritage Site byUNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 1985 for its unique natural environment. Located at the edge of the Eastern Himalayan biodiversity hotspot, the park has both a high degree of species diversity as well as visibility.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary



The history of Kaziranga as a protected area can be traced back to 1904. It was in this year that Mary Curzon, the wife of the Viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, visited the region and was unable to spot any rhinoceroses. It was due to her efforts that the Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was created on June 1, 1905, covering an area of 232 sq km.

The park is home to two-thirds of the world'sgreat one-horned rhinoceroses. It was declared a Tiger Reserve in 2006 and boasts of the highest density of tigers among protected areas of the world. The park also has large breeding populations of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. In addition, Kaziranga is recognised as an 'Important Bird Area' by Birdlife International, for the conservation of avifaunal species.

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Kaziranga contains significant breeding populations of about 35 mammalian species, of which 15 are listed as threatened in the IUCN (International Center for Conservation of Nature) Red List. The park has the distinction of being home to the world's largest population of Great Indian one-horned rhinoceroses, wild Asiatic water buffalo and eastern swamp deer. Large herbivores found here include the elephant, gaur and sambar. Small herbivores in Kaziranga include the Indian muntjac, wild boar and hog deer.

Kaziranga was once home to seven species of vultures. However, the vulture population was on the brink of extinction, supposedly due to these birds feeding on animal carcasses that contained the drug Diclofenac. Only the Indian vulture, slender-billed vulture and Indian white-rumped vulture have survived.

Two of the largest snakes in the world- the reticulated python and rock python, as well as the world's longest venomous snake- the King Cobra, are found here. The park houses several other species of reptiles as well.

KAZIRANGA RHINO TOUR
Destinations Covered: Guwahati - Kaziranga National Park- Shillong - Guwahati
Duration: 00 Night / 07 Day

DAY 01:ARRIVAL AT GUWAHATI

After a brief welcome ceremony on arrival at Guwahati drive to city and check into your hotel room. Overnight stay at Guwahati.


DAY 02: GUWAHATI-KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast visit Kamakhya Temple, a Major Hindu Pilgrimage site. During the festival of Ambubashi more than a million devotees throng this holy place. Return to hotel after paying homage to the mother goddess Kamakhya and drive on to famous Kaziranga National park (220 kms 4 hrs drive). Check into a Jungle resort on arrival. In the afternoon visit nearby Tea Estate. Evening cultural show at Guwahati. Stay overnight at Kaziranga.


DAY 03: KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK

Early morning (5:30 am) explore central Range of Kaziranga National Park on Elephant Safari. On return explore the eastern range on a jeep safari. Return for lunch and proceed to Western Range of Kaziranga National Park on jeep. Stay overnight at Kaziranga.


DAY 04: KAZIRANGA-SHILLONG

After an early morning breakfast drive to Shillong (280 kms 6 hrs drive). Have Lunch en-route at Borapani Umiam Lake, a majestic placid lake with its surrounding sylvan hills. Check in at your hotel. In the afternoon visit the local market. Stay Overnight at your hotel in Shillong.


DAY 05: SHILLONG: CHERRAPUNJEE, WATERFALLS, CAVE, LAKE

After breakfast drive to Cherrapunjee (60 kms 1and 1/2 hr), the wettest place in the world. The beautiful waterfall-Noh-ka-likai is at Cherrapunjee you can also explore some of the caves in and around Cherrapunjee. Return to Shillong, en-route visit Elephanta falls and Shillong peak for some breathtaking views. Stay overnight at your hotel in Shillong.


DAY 06: SHILLONG-GUWAHATI

Morning sightseeing at Shillong, visit Ward Lake and Hydari Park. Admire the beauty of Shillong, also called Scotland of the East. It is erstwhile capital of undivided Assam and present Northeast and home to the Khasi highland tribes. After lunch drive back to Guwahati (100 kms). In the evening take a cruise on Mighty Brahmaputra River. Stay overnight at your hotel in Guwahati.


DAY 07: DEPARTURE

After breakfast day at leisure till you depart for your onward journey.