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Friday, September 19, 2008

Wildlife in Assam : Kaziranga National Park - 20

Guys, Kaziranga National Park lies on the south bank of the Brahmaputra and its boundary for the most par follows the Mora Diphly river and runs parallel to National Highway No. 37. It covers an area of 688 sq. kms. The park was first established in 1908, as a reserve forest with only about a dozen rhinos and was declared a National Park in 1974.

Kaziranga is famous for the great One-Horned Rhinos. Tigers which are natural enemies of rhinos, are also there in sizable numbers in this area. Other attractions of this National Park include the wild buffalo, magnificent swamp deer, hog deer, wild boar, hoolok gibbon, capped langur and ratel (badger).

A wide variety of snakes including the rock python and the monitor lizard are also found here. Amongst the birds, the created serpent eagle is common while Palla's fishing eagle and grey headed fishing eagle are frequently seen. Others include the great adjutant stork, crane, Bengal floricab, bar-heated goose, whistling teal and pelican.

Mihimukh is the starting area for the park and elephants can be hired from here to enter the sanctuary. Jeep safaris and early morning elephant rides can be arranged for at the Tourist Center here.

When to visit: November to March

Where to stay:

Forest rest houses and bungalows are available in the park area. Kaziranga Forest Lodge is also available with air conditioned rooms, bar, restaurant and other facilities.

How to get there:

By air and rail at Jorhat (94 kms) and Guwahati (220 kms) from the park. Nearest town is Bokaghat, 22 kms, from the park.

Contact:

Director, Kaziranga National Park, P.O. Bokaghat, District Jorhat, Assam.

Related Links :

01. Nature and WildLife of India : WildLife Protection Act 1972 - 1
02. Wildlife in Jammu and Kashmir - 2
03. Corbett National Park (Project Tiger) : Wildlife in Uttaranchal - 3
04. Rajaji National Park - 4
05. Wildlife in Uttar Pradesh : Dudhwa National Park - 5
06. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Bharatpur National Park - 6
07. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Ranthambore National Park (Project Tiger) - 7
08. Wildlife in Rajasthan : Sariska Tiger Reserve - 8
09. Wildlife in Gujarat : Gir National Park and Sanctuary - 9
10. Wild Ass Sanctuary - 10
11. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Bandhavgarh National Park - 11
12. Wildlife in Madhya Pradesh : Kanha National Park - 12
13. Wildlife in Bihar : Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary - 13
14. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary - 14
15. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Palmau Tiger Reserve - 15

16. Wildlife in Jharkhand : Topchanchi Wildlife Sanctuary - 16
17. Wildlife in West Bengal : Sunderbans National Park and Tiger Reserve - 17
18. Wildlife in West Bengal : Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary - 18
19. Wildlife in Assam : Manas Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve - 19
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