Hiking The Kaziranga National Park
The 15th most popular hiking trail in India.
Thursday 21 July 2016 05:59 GMT
Northeast of Gaunati and east of Tezpur, the Kaziranga National Park is known for hiking and trekking in the India state of Assam. It is a 471 square kilometer national park known for rhinos, tigers and elephants. Its swamps and grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and patches of evergreen forest, support a large number of wild animals. With a population of over a thousand, Kaziranga National Park has the largest concentration of the one-horned Rhino in the subcontinent, saving it from near extinction.
Kaziranga National Park is one of the most picturesque wildlife parks in India. Apart from being home to the one-horned rhino, it is also the natural habitat of wild buffaloes, wild boars, elephants, Barasinghas (swamp and hog deer), leopards, tigers, hoolock gibbons, capped langur, rock python and monitor lizards. Large areas of the park comprise of marshland interspersed with large pools fringed with reeds, patches of elephant grass, scattered trees, and thickets.
If you plan to reach Kaziranga National Park by air, the nearest airport is Jorhat (96km / 2hr) which connects with Calcutta.
If you plan to reach Kaziranga National Park by train, the nearest railstation is Furkating (75km).
The Assam Road Transport Corporation runs regular buses from Guwahati, Jorhat, Furkating which stop at Kohora, 5 kms outside the Park. Long distance night coaches run by private operators from Guwahati and Jorhat also stop here. The Tourist Department, Kaziranga Forest Lodge, has a reservation quota of 10 seats on the Kaziranga Express from Golaghat to Guwahati. To reach by road from Guwahati, take the NH37 to Kaziranga via Dispur, Nagaon, Jakhalabanda and Hatihkuli.
The park can be approached by road from the nearest town of Bokakhat, which is about 23 km away.
Note: In any national park known to have lions or tigers, hikers need to exercise extreme caution. It is highly recommended to us a park-approved guide prior to hiking or trekking in these regions.
Overall, Kaziranga National Park is the 15th most popular hiking trail of all 42 hikes in India.