Elephant Safari in Kaziranga -Home to the world Famous single horned Rhino- the World Heritage site
How about wandering in the thick elephant grass( very tall grass ) fields and enjoying the elephant ride in the early morning winters to take a glimpse of the world famous Great Indian One Horned Rhino and other wild life which go out for their food at a very close proximity? Excited? No surprise. Definitely everyone would love and enjoy it. My family had the opportunity to visit the Kaziranga National Park in India and those happiest moments remain in our memories for ever. This rare experience
The Kaziranga National Park, the natural habitat for the world famous Indian One Horned Rhino, declared as the National wildlife sanctuary in 1940, is located on the banks of the mighty Brahmaputra river in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The park covers an area of about 430 sq. Km.spreading in two districts of Golaghat and Nagaon in Assam. The swamps and thickets of tall elephant grass of the park make it an ideal natural habitat for the Great Indian One Horned Rhino. The sanctuary is also boasts of a large populations of Indian elephants, wild boars, swamp deers,tigers, leopards,etc.
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Kaziranga is situated at about 200 km from the state capital Guwahati and by road it takes about 5 to 6 hours through a scenic route. The sanctuary has a limited no of resorts, but we happened to stay in a nearby guest house of a company. It can be approached by rail at Furkating (75 km) and the nearest Airport is Jorhat (25 km)
The trip can be finished in two days stay though many people prefer to spend more time. There are beautiful tea gardens in the surrounding areas which are extremely scenic.
I along with my wife, 6 years old daughter and 1 1/2 years old son made the trip to the world heritage site by travelling through the beautiful and tranquil tea plantations and forests to reach in the afternoon.
Immediately we have gone for a Jeep Safari (we have taken our own 4WD vehicle, though the forest department has the vehicles for hire with the drivers. The forest guard took a group of 5 , 6 vehicles for a drive in the thick forest on the mud roads for watching many wild animals like elephants, rhinos, monkeys, bison and pythons etc. We could stop at certain locations to see the animals in action and in doing so we were left behind and ultimately returned after getting lost for awhile.
The most interesting and the life time experience is the elephant safari. The forest department organises the elephant safari with about 25 elephants in the early morning hours .We have to be ready for the chilling morning for a ride on the back of the elephants. 3 people can be accommodated on the specially made seating arrangement on the elephant apart from the mahout (the elephant rider). The elephants start their journey into the tall grasslands carrying the tourists in the foggy morning with silence marred only by sounds of the birds and animals that come out for their food.
The beauty of this safari is that you can go to very close proximity to the animals like One Horned Rhino silently and watch them very closely, a very rare opportunity one gets. The mahout takes you throughout the area in any direction he feels there are animals and no fixed route is followed. We were so excited to see the wild animals like rhinos, elephants, boars, bisons, deers, and birds that we did not want to return.
Overall, it is a lifetime and unforgettable experience one should not miss.
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