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About Kaziranga National Park

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Kaziranga National Park: Guwahati (217 Kms), Jorhat (88 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kaziranga National Park: November to April

Peak Season: December to January

State: Assam | District: Golaghat

At a distance of 67 km from Golaghat, 80 km from Tezpur, 88 km from Jorhat, 216 km from Kohima, 217 km from Guwahati, 230 km from Dibrugarh and 277 km from Shillong, Kaziranga is a national park in the Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam, India. Known worldwide for its Rhino population, it is one of the most picturesque wildlife sanctuaries in India and among the best places to visit in Assam.

Sprawling over an area of 430 Sq.km, Kaziranga National Park is a wonderful destination to watch the majestic Rhinos as part of India Wildlife tour packages. The vast area of Kaziranga comprises of tall elephant grass, dense tropical broadleaf forests and marshland making it the perfect habitat for the one-horned rhinoceros. Surrounded by Brahmaputra River on the North and the Karbi Anglong mounts in the South, the park presents a massive range of natural beauty.

Kaziranga Proposed Reserve Forest was created with an area of 232 Sq. km in 1905 on the recommendation of Mary Curzon. It was designated as a 'Reserve Forest' in 1908 and redesignated as the 'Kaziranga Game Sanctuary' in 1916 and remained till 1938, when hunting was prohibited and visitors were permitted to enter the park. The park was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1950 CE while the park got National Park status in 1974. Kaziranga was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1985 for its unique natural environment. With increase in tiger population every year, the government authorities declared Kaziranga as a 'Tiger Reserve' in the year 2006. The park celebrated its centennial in 2005 after its establishment in 1905 as a reserve forest.

The Park attracts huge number of tourists from all over the world as it is home to 2,413 Indian one-horned rhinoceros as of 2018, approximately 2/3rd of their total world population. It comprises 1,641 adult rhinos, 387 sub-adults and 385 cubs. Besides, The Park is home to large breeding populations of elephants, tigers, wild water buffalo, and swamp deer. Kaziranga is also noted for its bird life as thousands of migratory birds arrive at the park every year, from distant lands as far away as Siberia.

The park is divided into four ranges - Kohora in Central Range, Bagori in Western Range, Agaratoli in Eastern Range and Ghorakati in Burapahar Range. The forest department of Kaziranga offers Jeep Safari in every zone while the Elephant Safari is organized only in the Central Zone and the Western Zone. Other popular activities that you can take up in the national park area are trekking, bird watching, boat riding in Brahmaputra River.

The main entrance to the park is at Kohora on National Highway 37, where there's a Tourist Complex and booking offices. The Western range 25 minutes from Kohora is the shortest circuit but has the highest density of rhinos. It is recommended for seeing rhinos and wild buffaloes. The Eastern range is around 40 minutes from Kohora and offers the longest circuit. Birding and wetlands are the highlights there. Jeep and elephant safaris can be booked at the Tourist Complex or by hotels. No private vehicles are permitted inside the Park. Tourists need to hire authorized Jeeps from the Jeep Safari Associations at Kohora and Bagori.


About 92 km, Jorhat Airport is the nearest airport to Kaziranga which has well connected flights from Guwahati while Guwahati Airport is the nearest international airport. Furkating Railway Station is the nearest rail head which is about 75 km from Kaziranga. It is well connected by trains with Dibrugarh, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Darbhanga, Bangalore, Dimapur, Jorhat, Howrah and Amritsar. Kohora Bus Station, about 2 km from Kaziranga, is the nearest bus station and is well connected with all the major cities of Assam such a Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Golaghat, Dimapur, Tinisukia, Sivasagar, etc. by the state transport buses or the privately run buses.

There are many hotels and resorts available to stay near Kohora and Bagori zone of the Kaziranga National Park, some of which are government run lodges while other are private owned. Even the outskirts of Kaziranga National Park like Bokakhat and Nagaon has some good number of jungle resorts, camps and luxury hotels.

The best time to visit Kaziranga National Park is from November to April while peak season is from December - January. The Park remains closed from 1st May to 31st October every year as majority of the area of park gets flooded due to heavy flow of Brahmaputra River.

Jeep Safari Timings: 7 AM - 10 AM & 1.30 PM - 3 PM

Elephant Safari Timings: 5.30 AM - 7.30 AM

Park Entry: Rs. 100 for Indians, Rs. 650 for Foreigners, Rs. 300 for Vehicle, Rs. 200 for Camera & Rs. 1500 for Video

Jeep Safari: Rs.1500 - 2500 (Including Entry Fee & Guide Fee)

Elephant Ride: Rs.750 for Indians & Rs.1250 for Foreigners (Including Entry Fee & Guide Fee

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 03776
Languages Spoken: Assamese, English & Karbi
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
Notes/Tips:
The Park remains closed from 1st May to 31st October every year. No private vehicles are permitted inside the Park and the park entry fees and safari charges are liable to change without notice. Safari might be cancelled by the park authorities sometimes due to severe weather conditions.

How to Reach Kaziranga National Park

By Air

Nearest Airport: Guwahati - Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport (232 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Furkating Junction, Golaghat (75 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kohora Bus Station (2 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

Wildlife

#3 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 2 km from Kohora Bus Stand, Central Range is the main zone in Kaziranga National Park. This is an ideal place to enjoy Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari inside the national park.

The entry gate to the Central or Kaziranga Range of the Kaziranga National Park is located in Mihimukh area of Kohora town. It lies between Western and Eastern Range which covers the Daglang and Foliomari area. The Central Range safari is the most popular choice of jeep safari and has a well-marked 28 km trail which took about 2hours. The safari offers some spectacular sighting of the grazing Rhinos or wallowing in the large grassland, herds of elephants and many other species of the wild flora and fauna of this tourism zone. Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari are conducted here in the morning and evening during season i.e. from November to April.

The safaris in Kaziranga are organized by the Forest Department during season. To visit Kaziranga Central Range, permission needs to be obtained .....

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Wildlife

#4 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 2 km from Kohora Bus Stand, Central Range is the main zone in Kaziranga National Park. This is an ideal place to enjoy Elephant Safari and get a lifetime experience.

The entry gate to the Central Range of the Kaziranga National Park is located at Kohora town. The Central Zone starts from the Mihimukh riding tower, which is also the Elephant Safari starting point. Tourists who have booked for one hour Elephant Safari in to the Kaziranga Range will ride the elephant from this point. Safari ride passes through the Daglang and Foliomari area.

One of the major attractions in the park region, Elephant safari is the perfect way to watch the Kaziranga wildlife from the close quarters. The Elephant Safari permits in the Central Zone can be obtained from the Centenary Convention Center at Kohora in advance. The Elephant Safari is organized only in the morning time in two shifts during season i.e. from November to April.

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Wildlife

#6 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 11 km from Kohora Bus Stand, the Western Range at Bagori is considered as one of the best zones for the wildlife sighting in Kaziranga National Park. It has magnificently beautiful landscape with an abundance of wildlife species and lush greenery.

The entry gate to the Western Zone of the Kaziranga Park is located at Bagori. The Bagori Tourism Office is the starting point of this zone from where tourists can take the Jeep safari to the world famous Kaziranga. The Safari in Bagori Range covers Donga Beel and the right bank of Mori Diffalu River. It has a well-marked 26 km trail which took about 2 hours. Unlike Central Range, the Western Range safaris are wilder and take a rather bumpy jeep ride to get to this side of the reserve but it is well worth the trouble. The Jeep Safari in the Bagori zone offers an amazing sighting of the Rhinos, Elephant, Swap Deer and Wild Buffalos along with great variety of birds.

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Wildlife

#7 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 20 km from Kohora Bus Stand, the Eastern Range or Agaratoli Range of the Kaziranga National Park spreads in the eastern side of the park along the National Highway near Agaratoli village. This zone has beautiful landscape with an abundance of wildlife species and lush greenery.

The entry gate to the Eastern Range of the Kaziranga National Park is situated at Agaratoli which is located on the National Highway. The Agaratoli Tourism Office is the starting point of this zone and only Jeep Safari is organized here. The Safari in Agaratoli Range covers Soholabeel, Maklung, Turturani and Dhuba areas of Kaziranga. It has a well-marked 22 km trail which took about 2 hours to complete.

Like Western Range, the safaris in Agaratoli Range are wilder and bumpy. Despite the bumpy rides, birders prefer this range because of the greater variety of birds, including bar-headed geese, black-necked storks, spot-billed ducks, and pelicans. The eastern zone also offers boat safari .....

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City

#1 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 8 km from Dispur, 95 km from Shillong, 110 km from Nagaon, 159 km from Tezpur, 360 km from Agartala, 414 km from Dibrugarh, 452 km from Imphal, 467 km from Darjeeling, 504 km from Gangtok, 786 km from Darbhanga and 923 km from Patna, Guwahati, also known as the 'City of Eastern Light', is the largest city in the Indian state of Assam. Situated on the banks of Brahmaputra River, Guwahati is one of the fastest growing cities in India and among the popular places to experience Assam Tourism.

Considered to be the gateway to north east India, Guwahati is situated between the southern bank of Brahmaputra River and the foothills of the Shillong plateau. Dispur, a part of Guwahati, serves as the capital of Assam. The city derives its name from two Assamese words 'Guwa' meaning betel nut and 'Haat' meaning market. The city is regarded as the cultural hub of North Eastern India and is also the second largest metropolis in eastern India after Kolkata.

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Distance (From Kohora Bus Station): 217 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kohora Bus Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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Hill Station

#2 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 98 km from Guwahati, 377 km from Dhaka, 414 km from Kohima, 420 km from Cooch Behar, 572 km from Siliguri, 594 km from Darjeeling, 631 km from Gangtok and 1116 km from Kolkata, Shillong is a mesmerizing hill station in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in India. Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya as well as the headquarters of East Khasi Hills district. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in India and among the most popular tourist destinations in northeast India.

Perched at an attitude of 1496 m, Shillong is situated on a plateau bounded by the Umiam gorge on the north, Diengiei Hills on the northwest, and the hills of the Assam valley on the northeast. Shillong Peak is the highest point in Shillong with an altitude of 6449 feet. The city gets its name from the deity Shyllong or Lei Shyllong, who is worshipped at the Shillong Peak. The British fondly called Shillong the 'Scotland of the East' as the rolling hills around the town reminded the .....

Distance (From Kohora Bus Station): 277 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kohora Bus Station - Including Travel): Full Day
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Wildlife

#5 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 11 km from Kohora Bus Stand, the Western Range at Bagori is considered as one of the best zones for the wildlife sighting in Kaziranga National Park. It has stunning landscape with an abundance of wildlife species and lush greenery.

The entry gate to the Western Zone of the Kaziranga Park is located at Bagori. The Bagori Tourism Office is the starting point of this zone from where tourists can take the ride of Elephant Safari and Jeep safari to the world famous Kaziranga. The western zone is the most preferred tourism zone in Kaziranga for the Elephant Safari as the landscape of this zone provides the opportunity to get the very close sight of one-horned Rhino.

Elephant Rides in the Western Range are privately managed. Foreign tourists are not allowed here because the elephants aren't put through any formal training,. This ride is not recommended as the elephants here sometimes have wounds, and mahouts may be inexperienced. The Elephant Safari is organized .....

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Wildlife

#8 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 33 km from Kohora Bus Stand, the Burapahar Range of Kaziranga National Park is situated at Ghorakati on National Highway. This is the first zone on the way to Kaziranga from Guwahati by road.

The entry gate to the Burapahar zone of the Kaziranga Park is located at the Ghorakati village. The Rhino Land Park is the starting point for the Jeep Safari in this zone. The Burapahar tourism zone is the hilly terrain with beautiful scenery of nature and also considered best for birding. It has a well-marked 17 km trail which took about 1-2 hours. The zone also offers the trekking in the forest on the designated route which can be a very enriching experience to explore the dense forest so close. The Hoolock Gibbon and the Capped Langur can be primarily spotted in this zone along with a large number of Avifauna species.

To visit Burapahar Zone, visitors need to get the permission from the Ghorakati Range Office. Maximum 10 vehicles are allowed to travel into Burapahar .....

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Heritage

#9 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 3 km from Numaligarh, 38 km from Kohora and 30 km from Golaghat, Deoparbat Ruins, also known as Deopahar Ruins is an archeological site situated at Numaligarh town in Golaghat district of Assam. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Assam and among the best places to visit in Kaziranga National Park.

The Deopahar Ruins are archeological remains of a Shiva Temple and Lakhowgart Fortress that belongs to 8th - 9th century CE. The ruins of Deopahar tell about the culture of Assamese ancestors and the Ahom people. According to the mythology, Deopahar is part of the Kingdom of Jarasandha, who related to the great epic Mahabharata. The statues of this temple are scattered on a hill top, from where visitors can get a view of the Numaligarh tea estate and nearby Karbi Anglong hills. Though in ruins, the grandeur and beauty of the place is something that you would remember forever. Climbing the Deopahar is quite tiring especially on a hot day.

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Waterfall

#10 of 10 Places to Visit in Kaziranga National Park

At a distance of 13 km from Bokakhat, 32 km from Kohora, 56 km from Golaghat and 75 km from Jorhat, Kakochang is a stunning waterfall situated near Naharjan Gaon in Assam. It is one of the best waterfalls in Assam and among the best places to visit in Kaziranga National Park.

Locally called as Keipholangso Falls, Kakochang Fall is a majestic waterfall amidst thick tea and coffee plantations. It cascades down from a height of about 40 m into a pool. One can have refreshing dip in the cool waters of the pool. The remains of the historical Numaligarh can also be viewed from this place. The surrounding tea plantations are yet another enchanting vistas at Kakochang Waterfalls.

To visit the falls, visitors have to trek about 3.5 km from the last motorable point at Naharjan Gaon. Not only the spot is mesmerizing but the way to reach this spot is also wonderful as it covered with bamboo trees, some mean bridges and numerous small fresh water streams. The trek is easy, but for kids .....

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